On this San Francisco city tour, you'll start with a ride a historic street car into the Mission District, one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and colorful neighborhood. We will walk to Mission Dolores, the site of San Francisco’s first European settlement in 1776, and the oldest standing building in the city. Afterwards, a walking tour of the Mission District’s brightly painted neighborhoods. Murals splash vibrant color on the façade of many buildings, expressing Latino culture, folklore, famous citizens, and history.
Hop on the iconic cable car to climb California Street through the financial district to China Town. We will explore the influence and history of SF’s Chinese immigrant population, Portsmouth Square, Grant Street, historic side lanes, and local markets. Lunch will be at a local dim sum house where we can sample a variety of specialty dishes.
A short walk into North Beach brings us to the City Lights Bookstore, one of the country’s most renowned independent bookstores founded by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and meeting point for some of America’s famous Beat generation authors. We will also get a glimpse into the Italian influence along Columbus Street and visit Washington Square.
A local city bus will deliver the group to Fisherman’s wharf where we can enjoy panoramic views of the bay. Boarding our catamaran, we set sail past Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge with the impressive San Fran skyline in view. (Note: between November 30th and February 28th the cruise on the bay will not be on a catamaran but will be on a Blue and Gold Fleet cruise).
Upon return to the pier, your local guide will accompany the group back to the meeting point on a historic street car, or Upon return to the pier, your local guide will accompany the group back to the meeting point on a historic street car, or travelers can explore the waterfront area independently.
Inclusions: Local english speaking guide, one day unlimited MUNI (public transport) pass, catamaran sailing, 1 meal: Dim Sum lunch
Exclusions: Mission Dolores admission ($5 USD) Snacks and drinks, personal purchases, tips and gratuities for your local guide
Dress standard: San Francisco is a city of microclimates so you might experience cold wind and fog, as well as warm sunshine in one day. For your comfort, dress in layers, bring rain gear, and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Your Trip: This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: Please contact San Francisco Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.
Closure of sites: (Note: between November 30th and February 28th the cruise on the bay will not be on a catamaran but will be on a Blue and Gold Fleet cruise).
Child Policy: Children must be 6 years of age to 11 inclusively. Children under 6 are not permitted on this tour.