• Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Tours in San Francisco

Tours of San Francisco allow you to see the city’s main sights, including the Golden Gate bridge, its many steep, winding roads and its lively shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. Stop off here as part of a road trip, or simply spend a few days taking in the attractions of this thriving city. Browse our selection of San Francisco tours below or speak to our Destination Specialists who will book a bespoke holiday for you.

For the ultimate luxury tour of San Francisco, book our Wings Over The West Tour. This 15 day suggested itinerary takes you from Las Vegas to the coast, national parks and Los Angeles in a luxury private aircraft. Speeding between destinations gives you plenty of time to explore each at your own pace. In San Francisco you can explore the beautiful waters of the bay and enjoy a morning guided tour which takes in all of the top sights. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the sea lions that bask in the sun on Pier 39.

If you prefer the freedom of a San Francisco road trip, try our Golden California tour. Drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1, beginning in the city by the bay, San Francisco. See crab markets and basking sea lions, take in the unique architecture of pretty houses that cling to the steep streets of the city and take a tour of Alcatraz. Alternatively, our Postcards of California road trip begins in San Francisco, allowing you to take a guided tour of Chinatown, the Italian district of North Beach and more before heading along the golden coastline.

11 days Yosemite National Park

Splendours of the West Tour

Guide Price  £1,899  pp  

One of our most popular USA escorted tours, Splendours of the West takes you on a 11 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  £4,399  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...

Adventure holidays

Wings Over The West Tour
12 days a close up of a street sign sitting on the side of a road

Golden California Self Drive Itinerary

 

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...

Self drive holidays

Golden California Self Drive Itinerary
8 days Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Postcards of California

Guide Price  £1,379  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...

USA road trips

Postcards of California
16 days Motorcycle tour of the Wild West

EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour

Guide Price  £4,829  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,...

Escorted tours

EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour
17 days a train is on the side of a mountain

Classic West

Guide Price  £2,859  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...

Motorhome holidays

Classic West
22 days a large body of water with a city in the background

The Great American Roadtrip

 

Take a scenic tour through 12 of America's 50 states passing by iconic sights, breathtaking landscapes and tasting delicious food and drink. You'll see the best of America on this trip of a lifetime. Discover the sights of New York,...

Self drive holidays

The Great American Roadtrip
15 days Rock formations in Utah

Western Discovery Tour

Guide Price  £2,499  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 a person riding on the back of a truck on a city street

Artisan Adventures in the Wild Northwest

 

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...

Iconic journeys

Artisan Adventures in the Wild Northwest
15 days Yellowstone National Park

National Parks Explorer Tour

 

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 tranquillity of...

Escorted tours

National Parks Explorer Tour
16 days Cable Car Ride

West Coast Aloha Tour

Guide Price  £2,899  pp  

This tour has it all: the stunning beaches and cities of California, the vibrant and exciting city of Las Vegas, the dramatic landscapes of the Grand Canyon, and the perfect accompaniment of relaxing, postcard-perfect beaches of Hawaii. You will enjoy...

Escorted tours

West Coast Aloha Tour
15 days El Capitan

National Parks and Lodges Tour

Guide Price  £5,169  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 highlights some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the United States,...

Escorted tours

National Parks and Lodges Tour

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.