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Address: Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number:
+1 415-673-2900
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is San Francisco's...

Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is San Francisco's original sightseeing adventure and only multilingual sightseeing cruise. All of Red and White Fleet's cruises depart from Pier 43½ at the end of Taylor Street, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.Sail under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz aboard the 1-hr Golden Gate Bay Cruise featuring headphone audio about San Francisco sights and history in 12 languages; 8-12 daily cruises starting at 10AM. Or enjoy amazing sunset views, live music and hearty appetizers aboard the relaxed 2-hr California Sunset Cruise with sailings from April-October. Winter departures are offered aboard the California Twilight Cruise from November through March.The 90-min Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise promises spectacular views of the entire San Francisco skyline, from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the Bay Bridge with year-round sailings. Tours feature headphone audio in 12 languages.Red and White Fleet also offers a variety of tours on land for sale, from hop-on hop-off tours, to motor coach excursions to the Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, Monterey & Carmel, Muir Woods & Sausalito, and Yosemite.

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Awesome Tour!

We did the Golden Gate boat tour and loved it! The audio was very interesting and informative and the boat itself is really nice. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer M
London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Golden Gate boat tour and loved it! The audio was very interesting and informative and the boat itself is really nice. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it especially at the beginning of your visit since it gives you some ideas of more things to see in San Francisco.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great views, very informative and worth 30$. However few things to keep in mind before you book: 1) Weather forecast, the scenic views are largely dependent on the days weather. If it's cloudy or foggy, you miss out on a lot. Good time is anytime it is sunny. 2) Beat the tourist rush by standing at the rear of the... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an unplanned activity that we all enjoyed. The two bridge cruise went under the Golden Gate Bridge and turned around (take dramamine/bonine if you are prone to motion sickness). We then headed across the bay to the Bay Bridge. Great views of the city with a headphone narration (16 languages available).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well the start was rocky. A cold wet foggy day. We were the first then another couple came but 7 needed for them to go out. At last min a bus of Japanese tourist showed. Fun and informative but rain & fog all but obscured Alcatraz. Would do again but on a better day

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Orlando, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

I researched the differences between Red and White, and Blue and Gold, ahead of time, and we really enjoyed the Bridge to Bridge cruise. I would definitely recommend this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

It's a beautiful tour and you shouldn't miss this for anything. It's almost a 90 minutes ride from bridge to bridge and believe me.. it is just too beautiful. It also offers an audio tour, which is a good way to get familiarity with the locations in between. The bridge to bridge tour will take right below the golden gate.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

Awesome tour around San Francisco saw great sights like Alcatraz, AT&T Field, over and Ghirardelli Factory and looking out over San Francisco and all the beautiful bridges very romantic music and light buffet and wine. Get a lot for your money and it's very romantic but not too pricey on the wallet for someone who wants to romance someone on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

This was my first trip to San Francisco. I wanted to see the city and it was everything I hoped it would be. Very accommodating staff and great trip around the bay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

There are 3 types of tour red and white fleet offers. The 60 minute historic tour, the 90 minute bridge to bridge, and the sunset cruise that offers food. We took the 60 minute. So far, it was good. They give each passenger a audio guide where you can choose the language you want. Its just that the earphones are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

On our tour of West coast during our last stop at San Francisco we took the family boat cruise on 31st Dec to see the fireworks in the bay. It is a 3 hrs cruise with a good variety of both vegetarian and non vegetarian finger snacks, unlimited soft/ hard drinks, a live DJ with a dance floor, activities for... More 

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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