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San Francisco: Luxury Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Bay

1. San Francisco: Luxury Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Bay

Choose between a buffet brunch or plated dinner during this luxury cruise on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy on-board entertainment as you cruise by the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and other sights. Dazzling waves and soft breezes set the mood for this champagne brunch or luxury dinner cruise. Champagne Brunch CruiseThe brunch option offers a good-morning getaway featuring free-flowing mimosas and sparkling wine. Sit back and munch on a buffet stocked with classic breakfast dishes, lunch entrees, and desserts. Live music and views of San Francisco Bay’s renowned sights make this option the perfect way to unwind after a hectic week or celebrate a special event. Luxury Dinner CruiseThink of this as date night with a delicious, dynamic twist: When the sun sets and city lights twinkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate, your dinner cruise kicks into high gear. Get served a 3-course sit-down meal, including appetizers, salad, a choice of entrée, and dessert, with live music playing in the background. Sample Brunch Menu:Early Risers• Breakfast pastries - assorted muffins and Danishes• Scrambled eggs - American cheddar cheese• Breakfast meats - applewood smoked bacon, pork sausage links• Breakfast potatoes - caramelized onions, red and green bell peppers• French toast - whipped cream, maple syrup Late Risers• Kale quinoa salad - quinoa, roasted red pepper, spinach, lemon oregano vinaigrette• Green goddess pasta salad - sweet peas, white beans, scallions• Caesar salad - romaine lettuce, aged Reggiano parmesan cheese, herb croutons, traditional Caesar dressing• Oven-roasted flounder - spicy tomato and white bean ragu• Kid's station - chicken tenders and French fries• Hand-carved strip loin - signature spice rub, horseradish crème, au jus (broth)• Hand-carved oven-roasted turkey - cranberry sauce• Pasta al forno - alfredo sauce, panko parmesan crust• Scottish smoked salmon display - cream cheese, shaved red onions, Roma tomatoes, capers Dessert• Signature dessert station - cakes, brownies, seasonal fruit Sample Dinner Menu:Starter (choice of one)• Watermelon and baby arugula salad - feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette• Signature seafood chowder - clams, flounder, potatoes, cream Main Course (choice of one)• Root vegetable fricassee - butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, grape tomatoes, gremolata, cauliflower coconut cream sauce• Broiled salmon filet with roasted tomato vinaigrette - lemon orzo, farm-fresh seasonal vegetables• Oven-roasted chicken breast with rosemary and thyme - roasted new red potato salad with scallions, haricot verts, creamy mushroom sauce• Braised beef short ribs with Fresno pepper demi-glace - garlic mashed potatoes, baby carrots, broccoli Dessert• Signature chocolate cake - creme Anglaise, raspberry coulis, candied pecans• Mixed fruit with strawberries - Madagascar vanilla and orange cream• New York style cheesecake - lemon mascarpone cream, blueberry compote

San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

2. San Francisco: Airplane 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: Ghosts of the Bay Area Haunted Walking Tour

3. San Francisco: Ghosts of the Bay Area Haunted Walking Tour

Set off on a San Francisco ghost tour through 8-12 different sites around the downtown area. Meet your experienced tour guide at Union Square and embark on a one-hour tour through the Nob Hill area. Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, this tour is great way to see the amazing sites of the affluent neighborhoods while getting a feel for the city's ghostly atmosphere.  See a side of the city seldom witnessed. Take a walk past by haunted hotels, streets, clubs, and office buildings. Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter buildings, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906, which has literally and figuratively haunted the city for over a century. Find out about the terrible night that lead to Fatty Arbuckle's blacklisting from the film industry. After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, but not everyone can strike gold, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune found tragedy instead; their stories are likely to disturb and frighten you. These events throughout history continue to have an impact on the area, and the accounts you'll hear on this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.

San Francisco: Food Walking Tour of Chinatown & North Beach

4. San Francisco: Food Walking Tour of Chinatown & North Beach

On their own, Chinatown and North Beach stir your senses. Together, they awaken you to new flavors, new cultures, and to parts of your heart. Explore both on this unique combination walking tour. Start by exploring Chinatown by twilight, including tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in this vibrant neighborhood. You will delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture and see close up how fortune cookies are made by hand. Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to coffee and you will sample both. Search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery. Uncover the hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. And you'll be astonished by new finds in secret alcoves. Explore the "Beat Generation" of North Beach as we visit the very place where Francis Ford Coppola wrote "The Godfather" screenplay and the location where Steve Allen got his start, which has not changed at all since they performed there. Try some pizza and wine in North Beach. From wine to Dim Sum, fortune cookies, and teas, to cappuccinos in the very places where the Beat Generation started and Barbary Coast history that made San Francisco what it is.

San Francisco: Ghosts, Murder, and Mystery Walking Tour

5. San Francisco: Ghosts, Murder, and Mystery Walking Tour

Have a ghoulish good time on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Embark on a macabre and murderous tour through the streets of downtown San Francisco. This tour is rated PG-13 for some talk of violence, gore, and the macabre. Children are welcome at your discretion. Be led by a professional guide on a ghost walk through Chinatown and the Jackson Square historic district. Uncover tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, the old red-light district, famed spirits, Chinatown assassins, and much more. Get access to ghost hunting gear. Every Ghost Hunter ticket includes the use of an EMF detector during the tour. The host will carry other modern ghost hunting tools, which will be used throughout the tour. Visit mysterious and ghostly places in San Francisco, where residual ghost impressions are felt and poltergeists heard. Get a haunted history lesson through true crimes and hauntings that took place on the very streets you’ll walk.

San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

6. San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

This panoramic night tour of San Francisco takes you from San Francisco Visitor Center at Fisherman's Wharf to the Presidio. Enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Marina Green and Crissy Fields. Next, reach the top of California Street on this 1-hour tour to see Grace Cathedral and historical Nob Hill. Then head downtown to capture the city skyline, the Bay Bridge, and the AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants. Cross the Bay Bridge for views of the city from Treasure Island. Once the bus returns to the city, continue along the Embarcadero and admire the lights of the Port of San Francisco. A courtesy shuttle will take you back to Union Square at the end of the tour.

San Francisco: Alcatraz at Night & Fisherman's Wharf Tour

7. San Francisco: Alcatraz at Night & Fisherman's Wharf Tour

Discover San Francisco on a tour of the neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf with a stop at Boudin Bakery, followed by a visit to Alcatraz Island to explore the former prison as night falls over the bay.  Begin your experience near Ghirardelli Square. Wander through the old factory grounds, where, in 1849 Domenico Ghirardelli brought his confectionery to the shores of San Francisco.  Depart the square for a “behind the scenes” view over Aquatic Park where brave swimmers jet through the cold bay waters preparing for the annual Escape from Alcatraz race.  As you weave your way through, Alcatraz Island will appear and fade you walk. With small interjections of Alcatraz lore, your guide will prepare you for your evening spent at the notorious prison.  Head down to the nearby waterfront to begin your walk towards the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf passing the iconic Powell-Hyde Cable Car turnaround. Pass a famed restaurant perched at the end of a wharf, and access a locals-only door to enter the crab stands lining the heart of the Wharf where the iconic mast sign welcomes your arrival.  As you leave behind the bustling stands, catch the scent of yeast and flour tinging your nose as you get nearer to Boudin Bakery. Enter the bakery and head to the small museum where your guide will share the history of the longest-running establishment in San Francisco.  Departing the bakery, spot San Francisco’s unofficial mascots - the lazy sunbathers of San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco Sea Lions. Head to Pier 39 and take the lesser-beaten path to view the famed sea lions as they lounge.  As the sun begins to descend into the Pacific Ocean and the shadows become deeper, load the boat to the “Inescapable Island”. Discover Alcatraz Island with a National Park Ranger. a Walk towards the cell house where you will collect your audio guide. The audio guide is an excellent way to hear the stories of former inmates, correctional officers, and the children that once called Alcatraz Island home. Wander the island, join small experiences throughout and then with the lights of San Francisco off in the distance, board the ferry back to the City by the Bay.

San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

8. San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

This live narrated 60-90 minute tour of San Francisco includes the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city, such as the Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Embarcadero. Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, the tour covers all the major attractions of San Francisco during the evening hours, with spectacular views from the top of an original open top double decker Bus. Exact highlights may vary according to the season, weather conditions, and San Francisco's famous traffic, Chinatown, and Union Square, San Francisco’s shopping Mecca. You will also go to Treasure island, across the Bay Bridge, to get spectacular views of the skyline of San Francisco. On your return, you will see the ferry building, Alcatraz Pier, Pier 39, and more on your way up Embarcadero. Depending on the time of the year, it may not be entirely dark on this tour, but you will either see the city glittering at night, or in the lovely light of dusk.

San Francisco: City Tour By Night on Hippie Bus

9. San Francisco: City Tour By Night on Hippie Bus

Enjoy beautiful night sights on this intimate, 6-person tour. Hop on board a vintage, VW hippie bus and take a 2-hour of San Francisco at night. Watch the city become tie-dyed, as the sun goes down and the lights go up. Enjoy sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, Embarcadero, and the night skyline. Hear historic facts, interesting stories and fun things to do in the city from your local guide. Snuggle up in free blankets as you take in the views. Additional buses are available for groups larger than 6 people to caravan through the city.

San Francisco: 2-Hour Private Jeep Tour at Night

10. San Francisco: 2-Hour Private Jeep Tour at Night

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore San Francisco in a Jeep at night. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Enjoy the nighttime ambiance of the city as you tick off the top San Francisco highlights on your bucket list, all from the comfort of an open-air, convertible Jeep. Choose from 23 of the most iconic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Ferry Building, and Alamo Square. This tour is a safe and fun way for the whole family to learn about San Francisco.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Great! Fun! Awesome and a lot more. Me and my wife went for our 5 year anniversary. I would for sure go again. Instead of going to a place that was ok and still spending alot on food.. this cruise cost me about the same but something I knew we would enjoy. Host was awesome. We got to dance walk around the ship freely. Get the best view every of the city at night. And one the food is top class not some regular stuff. Overall 9.4/10.

Wonderful experience!! Tour guide Judith was very funny and made the tour an enjoyable experience. Was able to see so many popular attractions and even stopped by a unique bar for a drink! Would highly recommend!

Tour was super interesting, especially lots of history. Unfortunately didn't feel anything in terms of entities but Aaliya, not sure if that's how you write her name, it was super fun

Great way to get an insight into the city's history at the same time as a few exciting ghost stories, we always grab these tours when we meet new cities on our US travels

It is magnificent experience especially one of awesome waiter knows some sign language and easy to communicate! We were all Deaf customers!