Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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San Francisco – Tours

Tours in San Francisco

The modern, cosmopolitan city of San Francisco holds the attention of any visitor, with numerous activities, diverse sights and great food. Here you can admire a number of fabulous views, perhaps walking or cycling the length of the Golden Gate Bridge; riding in the beautifully preserved cable cars; or climbing the trail to the top of Twin Peaks. 

Visit familiar locations from blockbuster films, such as the Pacific Heights house in Mrs. Doubtfire, or scenes of numerous movie car chases on the rollercoaster roads downtown, while Walt Disney Family and Cartoon Art museums are just two of many attractions to visit. San Francisco boasts several rugged (and often deserted) beaches which are ideal for leisurely walks with great views – though the Pacific Ocean might prove a little chilly for a swim. You may catch the sea lions playing at Fisherman’s Wharf and foodies will be unable to resist the fresh fish on offer here.

Our EagleRider Pacific Coast Guided Motorcycle Tour takes you along the stunning Pacific coast road - wind in your hair, sun on your face – and allows time to dive in and get to know San Francisco. If you prefer to head south, Golden California is a self-drive tour from San Francisco to San Diego. But idle a while before leaving - the sprawling city of Los Angeles and the wild hedonism of Las Vegas won’t overshadow your time here.

Alternatively, combine a San Francisco experience with awesome deep canyons, ancient giant Redwoods and the sound of wild animals on our National Parks and Lodges Tour.

10 days Yosemite National Park

Splendours of the West Tour

Guide Price £1,679 pp  

One of our most popular USA escorted tours, Splendours of the West takes you on a 10 day journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco stopping along the way at some of the region’s best cities and sights. This tour...

Escorted tours

Splendours of the West Tour
15 days Private aircraft over Lake Mead

Wings Over The West Tour

Guide Price £3,659 pp  

The ultimate Western USA tour, this 15-day itinerary takes you on an incredible journey across Western America – from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, to the roller coaster roads of San Francisco. You'll visit the epic Grand Canyon...

Iconic journeys

Wings Over The West Tour
15 days Rock formations in Utah

Western Discovery Tour

Guide Price £2,039 pp  

Visit the big cities of California and stunning national parks of California, Arizona and Utah. You'll start at the coast, and travel inland through Hollywood's playground; Palm Springs, then on to the magnificent Monument valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion. After...

Escorted tours

Western Discovery Tour
11 days

Artisan Adventures in the Wild Northwest

Guide Price £1,899 pp  

Explore some of the National Parks and spectacular landscapes along America's spectacular West Coast, including the breathtaking Redwood National Park where you'll find the tallest trees on earth and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area where sand dunes have been sculpted...

Fly drive holidays

Artisan Adventures in the Wild Northwest
15 days Yellowstone National Park

National Parks Explorer Tour

Guide Price £2,459 pp  

Explore some of the West Coast's most breath-taking parks, including the Grand Canyon, Arches and Yellowstone, and stop off in unique and iconic cities along the way. See LA's beautiful beaches, the bright lights of Las Vegas, the tranquility of...

Escorted tours

National Parks Explorer Tour
16 days Cable Car Ride

West Coast Aloha Tour

Guide Price £2,309 pp  

The stunning beaches and cities of California along with vibrant Las Vegas are the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing and exhilarating stay in Hawaii. You'll enjoy a fully guided tour of both San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as...

Escorted tours

West Coast Aloha Tour
15 days El Capitan

National Parks and Lodges Tour

Guide Price £4,949 pp  

From the 2000 natural sandstone arches in Arches National Park, mysterious Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and towering cliffs in Zion National Park. This small group escorted tour showcases some of the most awe inspiring landscapes in the United...

Escorted tours

National Parks and Lodges Tour
11 days

Western Highlights Tour

Guide Price £1,769 pp  

Take in all of the West Coast's best attractions in one incredible tour. This fantastic ten night escorted tour takes you from the stunning coastal City of San Francisco, to the entertainment capital Las Vegas via the natural wonder of...

Escorted tours

Western Highlights Tour
12 days

Golden California

Guide Price £3,009 pp  

Explore California's incredibly scenic Pacific towns; little gems that dot the coast as you cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway 1. Cycle the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and see the noisy sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf, walk the...

City holidays

Golden California
8 days Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Postcards of California

Guide Price £1,209 pp  

Enjoy the sun on your face and the wind in your hair on this 8 day California self drive itinerary starting in San Francisco. Experience the thrill of the Cable Car and the eeriness of Alcatraz before you travel down...

Iconic journeys

Postcards of California
16 days Motorcycle tour of the Wild West

EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour

Guide Price £4,899 pp  

Experience some of the best motorcycle roads in America as you are escorted along the likes of Historic Route 66 and the great Pacific Coast Highway. Cruise over 2,500 miles of mountain roads, looping though national parks, canyonlands, and coastlines,...

Motorcycle holidays

EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour
17 days

Classic West

Guide Price £2,619 pp  

Take a huge bite of Western highlights, visit iconic cities and see nature at its most splendid, explore Yosemite, Grand Canyon and more!California is the back drop for this fantastic self-drive tour - you'll get it all - from celeb...

Iconic journeys

Classic West

Charlie

Destination Manager

“I love the old cable cars trundling up and down San Francisco's steep hills. Take the Powell/Hyde line, which has classic city views over Alcatraz Island, Union Square and Nob Hill, and it takes you to Fisherman's Wharf. A helicopter tour is another great way to see the sights.”

Verity

General Manager

“If you like a scare, take a creepy night tour of Alcatraz – and hope the fog descends. Your guide will point out attempted escape spots as well as the solitary confinement cells. You'll also enjoy fantastic views, back over at an illuminated San Francisco.”

Steph

Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

“Spring and autumn are pleasant and warm during the day, but take a jacket as San Francisco can get a bit chilly – especially if the famous mist descends.”

San Francisco has a warm and fairly predictable Mediterranean climate, typical of California's coast. Winters are mild but can be rainy and often misty, while summers are dry and hot. 

Spring is a great season to visit, as the temperatures are usually warm and the city can get hot and busier in the height of summer. In addition, September through to November is also good, since rain and fog are quite rare and days are sunny and warm.

San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, with an eclectic combination of culture and architecture from pretty candy-coloured Victorian houses to modern glass and steel constructions. Landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square Park, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown district, the Palace of the Legion Honor, and Pier 39, which offers dining, shopping, entertainment and views over the ocean.

San Francisco is a foodie's dream, with numerous fantastic restaurants to choose from. The city is traditionally known for fresh seafood – take your pick from cioppino (seafood stew with tomato and wine broth), Dungeness crab and sand dabs to oysters, bay shrimp and creamy clam chowder in a crusty sourdough bread bowl. If you're still hungry, finish off with a Ghiradelli hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. Thirsty? Order up one of America's first craft beers, Anchor Steam Beer, which is brewed here. 

San Francisco is one of the delights of a visit to California, and a tour here will expand your every horizon. There’s plenty to like: fascinating museums and galleries, fresh seafood, unique transportation, familiar film locations and, of course, the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Why you'll love San Francisco... 

  • Cycling the length of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Smelling the aromas and seeing the colours of the farmers’ markets in Ferry Building
  • Walking along beaches in the sun, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Taking in panoramic views of San Francisco and East Bay from unspoilt Quarry Beach on Angel Island
  • Riding one of the cable cars and taking in amazing views of the city
  • Driving the hilly San Francisco roads
  • Tasting fresh fish in San Francisco’s many seafood restaurants
  • Absorbing the easy-living lifestyle
  • Observing the sunbathing sea lions from Pier 39 
  • Watching for whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean

Did you know?

  • There’s been an annual Muni Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest in San Francisco since the 1960s.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge is actually a red/orange colour.
  • San Francisco's China Town is the largest in the world, outside of China, with 100,000 people living in its one-and-a-half square miles.