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Sunset Cruises
1–2 hours
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$80.00
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Bus Tours
6+ hours
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$209.00
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Bus Tours
6+ hours
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$169.00
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Bus Tours
6+ hours
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Wine Tours
6+ hours
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$159.00
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Full-day Tours
1 hour
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$38.00
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Day Cruises
1–2 hours
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$50.00
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Bus Tours
5–6 hours
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$99.00
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Sailing
1–2 hours
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  • PhillipWakefield
    Wakefield, UK94 contributions
    Very historic island…nice trip, ideal for the whole family…I wouldn’t have liked to have been sent there!!!! Poor old Al Capone…😉
    Written July 21, 2022
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  • cubsgia
    Harriman, TN1 contribution
    the beginning was not good as we were directed to a pickup site that did not have any indication that it was a Bray Bus pick up. After calling the tour bus and learning that the pickup was in front of a bicycle shop, we were told that there was a coffee shop across the street. There was a small "cafe" across the street but they did not have any coffee. then the bus was twenty minutes late. After that everything was very good, the bus driver was very informative, the stops were very good, lunch in the Sonoma Plaza was enjoyable, our return trip was also good. We meet several new friends.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • landrysarah
    Cobourg, Canada1 contribution
    This is a fabulous tour!! Highly recommend that you venture out of San Fran to see these fabulous sights! Our tour guide was excellent and told many amazing stories throughout the entire trip. The woods were gorgeous and it was nice to have time to spend in the adorable town of Sausalito! This was also the only time on our 5 day trip that we really got to soak up some sunshine and warmth because we weren’t in the freezing fog of the city.
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • deel330
    County Wicklow, Ireland53 contributions
    We had a negative experience with this bus company in Seattle so hadn't planned to use them again in San Francisco. However, we were lost and late for another experience when we passed by the office and the staff were so helpful with directions etc. that we decided to give the company another go.

    This was a really good tour, a little confusing at the outset as it is a pre-recorded audio and seemed to be out of sync with the route. Friendly driver, well organised and plenty of buses on the route.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Austin G
    3 contributions
    We had a great time at a great price. The jailhouse tour and boat ride to and from was excellent. Great views of SF and Drinks on the way back.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Gabe F
    1 contribution
    chad and tom r goats. i didn’t get to drive da boat sadly, but it was still so cool and awesome. very fun!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Lee C
    Norfolk, UK62 contributions
    This is a good option if you want to see the main sites of San Francisco. Our trip started with a morning boat ride to Alcatraz which is self services as we were just emailed the tickets. However the instructions were clear and we managed to start a little earlier so no problems.
    We then had a little wait time until our tour to Muir Woods, but we spent time around the bay exploring. Found the hotel where you are picked up easily as again the instructions are good and the van turned up on time.
    The van is really comfortable with charging points and leads which you are welcome to use which is a really nice touch.
    Our driver was great and knowledge of the area and for the 30 minutes ride out had a video to watch to pass the time.
    We were given a couple of hours to explore Muir Woods which was just about right and he was there on time to pick us up again.
    On the way back we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge for photos and again the 15 minutes we had was enough
    As we were the last tour of the day he actually dropped us back to our hotel, which was really useful and thoughtful especially as we had kids.
    This was a great tour and well worth the money and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see the main sites.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • Comanderkody
    Northboro, MA81 contributions
    Could not book Alcatraz so took this boat tour instead. It is a 90 minute tour and half the time was spent circling Alcatraz Island. The audio included stories about the prison from guards and prisoners. Learned a lot. Wish it was better weather but that is San Francisco for you. Leaves from Pier 39 so was easy to get to using public transportation. We were able t take a cable car which made it special.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Victor M
    1 contribution
    I was thinking I made a poor decision taking my 5 year old on a 4 hour drive each way. The trip was broken up very well with a visit to a supermarket on the way there and back, providing ample refreshment, food and bathroom opportunities. There was a very good documentary on the way up and a family-friendly movie on the way back to keep your mind off of the drive.

    Our guide, Brian, did a wonderful job injecting trivia, making sure we hit the high points and helping with family photos. I think he's done hundreds (literally) of these tours - he had all the answers.

    If I had to do it again, the only tips I'd have are 1) Weather - for some reason, I thought it'd be colder than it was. It was in the low 80s and a little cooler by the sequoias 2) Bring some other form of entertainment, if you have kids. My kid seemed to be occupied but we had a device with her preferred entertainment as well. 3) There are a couple of opportunities to play in the water if your kids want so bring water shoes and a towel if they're so inclined.

    Thanks for a great trip, Brian!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Christopher L
    26 contributions
    A good day out to see the Giant Sequoias (we could have done with an extra hour there). We then went to Yosemite which was amazing. Again, we could have done with a little longer here and lots of the stops we went to were extremely touristy.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • James Bo S
    5 contributions
    Great tour, Randall was very knowledgeable and the entire trip went smooth! The trip to Alcatraz was very historic and the Muir Woods tour was peaceful!
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Lisa L
    1 contribution
    Roman was an excellent tour guide & I highly recommend this tour. Even added some extras that weren’t promised. He kept us on schedule & made it interesting and fun! So glad we took this tour!
    Written August 11, 2022
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  • Zakia
    1 contribution
    Our tour guide Robin was amazing! Very personable, fun, and knowledgeable. He made the experience exactly that...an experience. It was the perfect amount of time, not too long, not too short. If I had to have one negative thing it would be the first winery that we visited. The owner was not that friendly, and I think they should tell you about the dogs before you get there. I'm not afraid of dogs, and neither was my fiance, but I have a friend that has a serious fear and that wouldn't have been a pleasant experience for anyone involved. Other than that, the tour was great! I learned a lot about San Francisco and wine from Robin! He was great!
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • CHEFMJBMAB
    1 contribution
    I would recommend this tour to anyone! Anthony was an amazing guide. He was patient, knowledgeable, and informative. He gave us so much information with humor and deep affection for San Francisco and the surrounding areas. The boutique wineries were lovely. We had the opportunity to buy at each of the three, but never felt pressured. The staff at each place explained their process and a little bit about their own lives. We traveled with two lovely couples and the day was beautiful and just right for our first full day in San Francisco. Anthony gave us some tips to navigate the city as we made our way from the hotels out of town. Loved everything about it!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Mystics
    Santa Clara, CA1 contribution
    Took a first time boat rider to see the sights around they Bay despite being a local and the weather was perfect for all the views and landmarks. Smooth ride despite the rough bay waters but overall a must experience.
    Written August 8, 2022
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