Day Trips to San Francisco Bay

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  • San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    1. San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    Enjoy this relaxing 90-minute cruise on board a luxury catamaran and see sunset views of San Francisco as the sun dips below the San Francisco Bay. Sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and search for sea lions playing in the ocean. Then, cruise along the shore, gazing on the city skyline as you watch the magnificent sunset.

    Relax onboard either a 55- or 65-foot catamaran. Both come complete with a protected viewing area, providing panoramic 360-degree viewing, in addition to canvas trampoline nets for the more adventurous who want to experience the ocean and sights in the bracing open air.

    the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed

  • San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

    2. San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

    The beautiful Sonoma Valley is your destination on this laid back, fun-filled, all-day tour. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in downtown San Francisco. Get to know your travel companions for the day as you head out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the region from your friendly and knowledgeable guide and sample many of the delicious wines that have made Northern California a world-renowned wine-producing region. Travel with a small group (limited to 13 people) to three of Sonoma's finest boutique wineries and spend approximately one hour at each winery. This journey also includes a stop in scenic Sausalito, a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge and a lunch stop in the historic town of Sonoma where you can select from one of the many fantastic restaurants on the square. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk into the past at Missio...

    Anthony was such a great tour guide! So funny and knowledgeable- took us to three great wineries and Sausalito too. He had first hand knowledge of a lot of wine country experience and had us laughing the whole day. Highly recommend the Sonoma wine tour with Anthony!

  • San Francisco: Bay Sailing Tour with Drinks

    3. San Francisco: Bay Sailing Tour with Drinks

    Meet your captain and first mate at Pier 39, 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Check in and then make yourself comfortable on the Privateer, a lovely double-masted 28-person sailboat. Motor out of the dock, and once out on the bay, your crew will raise the sails. Sail past Alcatraz and Angel Island, get a great view of the Bay Bridge, take in the beautiful green landscape of Marin and the picturesque city of Sausalito, sail parallel to the Golden Gate for some great photo opportunities, and then return to views of the San Francisco waterfront before docking again at Pier 39.  While you are out on the water, your first mate will serve you two free beverages, your choice of beer, wine, soft drinks, or water! Friendly captains and first mates will be happy to answer any questions you might have during your tour, or you can feel free to just sit back, relax, and enjoy our in...

    If you want to experience sailing on the bay this is the way to do it. Very intimate, and close to the water, and not like standing on tugboat like some other tours. Friendly crew and having a couple beverages while viewing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is unforgettable.

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito and SF Bay Cruise

    4. San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito and SF Bay Cruise

    Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and after you motor through the “Rainbow Tunnels” on Hwy. 101, Marin’s unique topography comes into view. Tidal flats along the bay segue into gentle undulating hills as they rise to meet Mt. Tamalpais, Marin’s 2,600-foot landmark. As your tour ascends Mt. Tam, breathtaking views abound at every turn. Descending into the valley toward Muir Woods, you will see a landscape that hasn’t changed since its original inhabitants, the Coast Miwok Indians, lived here centuries ago. You will have 1-1/4 hour to spend in Muir Woods, the most time offered on any sightseeing tour program. There will be ample time to stroll the Nature Trail along picturesque Redwood Creek, and through Cathedral and Bohemian Groves, filled with 500 to 800-year-old redwoods. Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center and Gift Shop. The next s...

    My tour guide was well informed and kept us up on historical events throughout the tour. He was a great driver on a very twisty road. Our bus was more comfortable than others I’ve been on

  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Catamaran Cruise

    5. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Catamaran Cruise

    Experience the beauty of San Francisco Bay on a 1.5-hour catamaran cruise. Take in San Francisco's breathtaking skyline as you sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Feel the ocean breezes in your hair, and keep a look out for sea lions in the bay! Admire your surroundings from a protected viewing area, or live on the edge and stand on the canvas trampoline nets with the waves beneath your feet. Pick up a helpful navigation guide providing information about San Francisco's landmarks as you sail past many of them. Make this experience complete by taking the helm from the captain and steer the catamaran yourself! This sail is the perfect activity for kids as well as kids at heart. The captain and crew are always there, happy to snap a photo or answer your questions about the sights of San Francisco. If all this excitement makes you hungry or thirsty, you’ll find snac...

    This was beyond amazing and worth the price of admission. Going under the Golden Gate Bridge and just passed it was awesome!

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods Trip and Golden Gate Bridge Cruise

    6. San Francisco: Muir Woods Trip and Golden Gate Bridge Cruise

    Journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument on a half-day tour from San Francisco. After meeting in San Francisco, drive north of the city to this stunning canyon. Enjoy the peace and solitude as you stroll among 1000-year-old trees, towering 260 feet tall. Experience awe and wonder as you wander through the redwood alleyways. On your return journey to the city, enjoy a scenic drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito. This Mediterranean-style village lies across the bay from San Francisco, and is famous for its incredible views. Explore the local boutiques and quaint cafes.  Then enjoy a 1-hour scenic cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the views of the city skyline and Alcatraz Island, and admire the Golden Gate Bridge from the water. Benefit from audio guide commentary in 16 languages, to learn more about the city’s colorful history and famous landmarks. Look ou...

  • San Francisco Electric Bike Rental for 24 Hours

    7. San Francisco Electric Bike Rental for 24 Hours

    See San Francisco in an ecologically conscious way, while comfortably negotiating the city’s famous hills by electric bike. With your 24-hour rental bike you can cruise along the waterfront of San Francisco Bay, free of all the car traffic on the streets and the foot traffic on the sidewalks, and follow along the city’s exclusive bicycle paths. Bay City Bike has a brand new fleet of bikes that provide a healthy option for experiencing San Francisco. Take the less-traveled routes through this spectacular city, on a self-guided tour. Feel the e-Moto battery kick in as you pedal, propelling you towards your destination! The electric bikes have a range of 16-20 miles on a full charge and feature a full-comfort seat, and hand shifters and brakes. Bike through Golden Gate Park and along the coast, through the Headlands, into Muir Woods, or to Mt. Tam. Take an exciting ride across the Golde...

    Allows you to go further and faster. However, it will not propel you up a steep hill. It’s an assist not a replacement for your own effort.

  • San Francisco: Bay Area Scenic Flight

    8. San Francisco: Bay Area Scenic Flight

    Take a 40-minute flight over San Francisco for the best views of the city and bay. You will fly directly out to the Pacific Coast, and to the Golden Gate Bridge. After flying over the bridge, continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39. The flight continues to Alcatraz, around Angel Island, and along the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Experienced staff assist in a custom private flight just for you! This tour lasts approximately 40 minutes, and the experienced pilots will make the flight unforgettable. Your flight takes place in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with 4 seats (3 passengers and one pilot). You will depart and return to the Hayward Airport, located approximately 30 minutes from central San Francisco.

    Rick was very friendly and went above and beyond to make our experience the greatest. As natives born in the Bay Area, we saw the Bay from a different breathtaking view. The ride was also prices very well compared to others. I highly recommend this tour.

  • From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    9. From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    Discover the notorious former federal prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and enjoy the award winning audio tour. Then, spend the next day in the glorious surroundings of Yosemite Park. First, enjoy a narrated boat tour around Alcatraz Island before docking. Then, take the guided “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” from the dock to the main prison building.  The next day, escape the crowds of the city center, and drive to Yosemite National Park. Head east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and enjoy great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive through Central Valley, stopping at a fruit stand to try some local produce. Pass fruit orchards and nut farms, before entering the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Continue into the mountains to California’s gold rush town of Groveland. Once inside Yo...

    Stirling was an excellent guide, he knows so much about Yosemite, we had a great day, very informative. Night tour at Alcatraz was great!

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What people are saying about San Francisco Bay

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 25 reviews

This cruise was great! The crew made this trip absolutely amazing. They even offered to take pictures for everyone in front of the golden gate bridge and we got to see a beautiful sunset. 10/10 would recommend

This was beyond amazing and worth the price of admission. Going under the Golden Gate Bridge and just passed it was awesome!

So fun! Beautiful views. Awesome boat and crew. Definitely bring warm clothes. Thanks for having extra jackets!

the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed

The tour guide was excellent and the tour was beautiful and peaceful.