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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

1. San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

Take in an aerial view of San Francisco and the Bay Area with the Bell Jet helicopter. Choose between 3 departure times and pickups at Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf. Relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard and see a vista of the world-famous city.   Admire the city's landscape and see landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. View both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge; if you're lucky, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the 15 to 20-minute flight, enjoy inspiring background music and live narration from your pilot. After touching down back at the launch pad, you will be transported back to your original departure point.

Elite Sightseeing Flight Over San Francisco

2. Elite Sightseeing Flight Over San Francisco

You haven't discovered San Francisco until you've seen it from the air! On this 1-hour scenic flight over the city and bay, you will get amazing views from a truly unique perspective. Your journey begins at Hayward Airport as you climb aboard a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk, with seats for 3 passengers in addition to the pilot. Fly directly out to the Pacific coast, and soar over the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco and along the waterfront. Look down at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, and continue over Alcatraz. Fly around Angel Island, and along the coast, admiring the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito as you tour. Experienced pilots will make the flight truly unforgettable, giving you plenty of opportunities to take stunning aerial pictures of the sights of the beautiful bay city as you fly over them.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

3. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

San Francisco is a city of excitement, and what better way to experience it than from the air on a traditional seaplane. The San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour is a very popular flight, and you'll soon discover why. You can choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley, or book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf. Either way, you'll take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay. You'll soon be high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Cruise around and directly over the Golden Gate Bride, making sure you can snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. During the flight, you will also fly over Fisherman's Wharf, where you can look down on the chic and cool restaurants and shops below. You'll also fly over Angel Island and Alcatraz, before heading over the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Finally, land back on the water and taxi up to the dock in Sausalito.

San Francisco Sunset Flight Tour

4. San Francisco Sunset Flight Tour

Take a 35-45 minute flight that starts off with a fly-over downtown Oakland, along the Bay Bridge, and over the Embarcadero, into San Francisco. From there your pilot navigates all the landmarks San Francisco has to offer including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This flight takes place as the sun sets and the skies highlight the Bay in beautiful orange and red hues. Witness nightlife waking up as the city lights light up all the main roads and buildings, and the first stars of the night greet you from above.

San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

5. San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Get bird’s-eye views of San Francisco and the Bay Area on a popular helicopter flight above the city. Choose from 3 different departure times and enjoy a free shuttle transfer to the heliport from Union Square, Nob Hill or Fisherman’s Wharf. Listen to a safety briefing at the launch pad, and then climb aboard and glide up into the air for unforgettable views of the city and California coast. Hover over landmarks such as Alcatraz Island and the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building. Continue over Ghirardelli Square and see the Coit Tower and AT&T Park from above. Benefit from an informative narration from your pilot along the way. Hear about the Bay Bridge and other attractions. Sit back and listen to inspiring background music as you fly over Sausalito and Tiburon in Marin County. Get the ultimate adrenalin rush and fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, weather permitting.  

San Francisco: Bay Area Scenic Flight

6. 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.

San Francisco: Seaplane Flight with Champagne

7. San Francisco: Seaplane Flight with Champagne

Have you come to San Francisco with that special someone and you're looking for a fun and exciting adventure to share together? Take a premium flight for your special occasion over the romantic and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. After you're airborne, the champagne will flow, and as you sip your Mumm's Champagne, we'll fly directly south along the Pacific Coast and directly over the Golden Gate Bridge. Nothing is more romantic than the history and iconography of this lovely city, and this adventure will be something truly special. After flying over the bridge, we head around the bay, pointing out Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and Aquatic Park. We then head east towards the State Park of Angel Island. You'll be sure to see all of the beauty down below out of our huge viewing windows. Land back on the water so you can sip your final glass of champagne, after having also seen the beautiful towns of Tiburon and Belvedere Peninsula

San Francisco: Greater Bay Area Seaplane Tour

8. San Francisco: Greater Bay Area Seaplane Tour

This 45 minute flight includes all the sights described in the Golden Gate Tour flight, but brings you the additional delights of the Bay Area’s dramatic coastline. This flight will begin with a take off from the sea base in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito just across the Golden Gate Bridge. You will then fly right over the Golden Gate National Reserve and out along the coast beyond the Golden Gate. This coastline has been sculpted by fantastic geologic forces over hundreds of millions of years, making the San Francisco Bay Area one of the most active seismic zones in the world. Fly out to the wide, sandy beaches of Stinson Beach, then over the majestic and ancient redwoods of Muir Woods and finally back over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge itself. Then, continue on above Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - home of the Major League Baseball World Champion the San Francisco Giants and over the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the immigrant gateway to the west and a smooth landing back in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. At checkout, you may choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley or you may choose to book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf.

Sausalito: Norcal Coastal Tour

9. Sausalito: Norcal Coastal Tour

This deluxe 60 minute flight will begin with a take off from the sea base in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Traverse the lovely Marin county on your way out over Tomales Bay where Sir Francis Drake himself likely landed over a century ago.  Then, it's on to Point Reyes National Seashore, looking for frolicking porpoise and whales along the way until you round the breathtakingly scenic Point Reyes Lighthouse. Continue along the incredible Northern Californian coastline above Highway 1 and finally back over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge itself. Fly above Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - home of the Major League Baseball World Champion San Francisco Giants and then over the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the immigrant gateway to the west and a smooth landing back in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. At checkout, you may choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley or you may choose to book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf.

Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour Vacation from San Francisco

10. Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour Vacation from San Francisco

Start your tour in the birthplace of the California wine industry, Sonoma Valley which is nestled between the Mayacamas and Sonoma mountains and is home to more than 50 wineries. Learn about the combination of microclimates and soil types that allow grapes to be grown on hundreds of acres of prime vineyard terrain in this region. Visit the historic Sonoma Plaza, home to the San Francisco Solano Mission (the last Franciscan mission built in California) and more than 40 restaurants offering dining options from formal to casual. Tour and taste all day at an assortment of exceptional wineries, with lunch and evening to enjoy as you wish. Spend another full day of tasting in picturesque settings in the nearby Napa Valley which has maintained a rustic, agricultural environment where more than 30,000 acres of farmland have been preserved from development. Enjoy this area of natural diversity and scenic quality and visit some of the finest wineries in the world.  The next day, take advantage of a host of activities including hot air balloon rides, a cooking class, a cheese and oyster tasting, hiking, more wine tastings, and even performance racing. On the final day, return to San Francisco airport in a private car

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Rick was the absolute best. He made us feel welcomed and comfortable. The flight was breathtaking! So beautiful! Thanks for making it the smoothest flight I have ever experienced. I would highly recommend this sunset flight :)

Definitely worth it! A whole new appreciation of the Bay Area from that view! Alicia from Hayward Flight was very helpful & informative. Tanner our pilot was great!

We had a great flight with Bruce, an excellent way to see the city, and learn about the history. Unforgettable!

Breathtaking, pilot was very nice and answered all our questions

The best thing I’ve ever done!! It was spectacular and smooth!