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Bay Voyager

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Address: Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 510-542-4200
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Bay Voyager is happy to announce the opening of our new location at Pier 39...

Bay Voyager is happy to announce the opening of our new location at Pier 39 in San Francisco! The range of tours offered by Bay Voyager include viewing historic ships, visiting former mooring sites of abandoned gold rush ships, and experiencing active estuaries populated by cargo ships and tug boats. You’ll see the San Francisco waterfront, cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, Under the Bay Bridge to the Port of Oakland, past AT&T Park (Home to the San Francisco Giants) and Back to Pier 39. While Bay Voyager does have specific routes, deviation is an integral part of the experience, making each adventure an engaging and exhilarating encounter.According to owner and captain, Charles Jennings, “we feel there is a need to provide more intimate and individualized tours that travel closer and give more in depth guided tours. By being in a small and agile vessel, guests can have an up close and personal adventure while traveling to all corners of the always-fascinating bay.”

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Best possible tour for a family in San Francisco

We had an amazing tour on the Bay Voyager today led by the incredible Charles who is not only an expert on San Francisco but is also funny and entertaining whilst sharing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Joanne B
Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing tour on the Bay Voyager today led by the incredible Charles who is not only an expert on San Francisco but is also funny and entertaining whilst sharing information about the city he obviously loves.The tour shows San Francisco's stunning scenery and Charles gives extra historical information about the natural and manmade landmarks you see. Our... More 

Thank Joanne B
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the tour in advance as a package with visiting Alcatraz. The fact it was a freezing overcast day didn't matter, the greeting when we arrived was warm and friendly. The service was excellent. After putting in our wet weather gear we headed out for an exhilarating trip around the bay, including out the heads after whizzing under the Golden... More 

Thank TripN2day
Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

My wife arranged this for our family in advance of our visit. I was somewhat skeptical given that I am a licensed Captain and tend to be more critical than the average lubber. This did not disappoint. We caught a spectacular weather day and the tour was informative and engaging. Charles is an affable fellow and provides a fine narrative.... More 

Thank Lazlo F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I absolutely loved this trip. Though we were a bit late (NOTE: Show up 30 minutes early to gear up) the tour guide quickly geared us up in waterproof and warm weather gear! We then embarked on an amazing journey of the San Francisco bay on the speedy (and stable) ribbed boat. We saw all the major sites in San... More 

Thank YikkoTO
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I loved the enthusiasm from both of you and thank you for laughing at my jokes! Thank you again for joining us and hope to have you back soon. Capt. Charles More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

It was such an amazing experience riding the Bay Voyager. Best views and best tour guide, Captain Charles! He was knowledgable, nice, humble and funny. He made sure to capture our experience by taking pictures of the group enjoying the wonderful views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This was a fantastic way to experience San Francisco Bay! Captain Charles is a knowledgeable and experienced guide and he has thought of everything when it comes to making this trip fun and comfortable. Even though our trip was in the middle of a cold snap in December, we were perfectly comfortable in the all weather gear he provided. We... More 

Thank Dirk S
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

What a great experience !! Just continue reading the other reviews for more information - it's all true. Great trip, Charles was a very knowledgeable Captain, and afterwards you will find loads of photos on the web (taken by Charles) of your own special day !

Thank Bedsman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

If there is only one thing you do while you are in SF- make it this! We were in town for a quick trip and wanted to do something unique- we had researched and researched fun things to do and had our trusty list in hand, we'd even bought tickets in advance. Unfortunately (but then fortunately), we landed and found... More 

Thank Brittany K
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The Bay Voyager trip is excellent. Considering that so much of the city's sights are either on or over the water, I booked this for my wife's birthday (we have just moved to San Francisco). From the start, this was a professional and fund trip with the captain, Charles, a really great chap who is clearly passionate and knowledgeable combining... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Thank you Captain Charles! Amazing local knowledge, his Navy ship story was unexpected yet fascinating. Such a thorough trip, the most spectacular views of the Golden Gate I ever imagined seeing. ...you go right past the other side as well as Oakland too. One of the highlights of our 3 week USA road trip holiday :-)

Thank Lucy R

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