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San Francisco Half-Day Private City Tour

Do more and see more on this private San Francisco city day tour. Your insider guide takes you to see attractions like the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, and Coit Tower. If you like, stop to explore the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Land’s End, and Twin Peaks.

Stops at key attractions to photograph and explore
Golden Gate Bridge crossing
Live narration (English)
Guide gratuity
Pickup anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area
Flexible departure times
Savings for large parties
Meals or beverages

Highlights on this Private Tour of San Francisco

  • Convenient pickup anywhere in the Bay Area
  • Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Coit Tower & more
  • Stop to photograph the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate Park.
  • Go at your own pace with your private tour group

San Francisco City Day Tour Details

This private San Francisco city tour visits the most popular attractions in the city. Your guide knows the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the city and will point out San Francisco’s famous landmarks, even stopping for you to photograph and explore. Want to linger or skip a stop? Just ask your guide!

Your group’s private tour of San Francisco begins at a pickup location of your choosing. From the Ferry Building, your group will take a trip down San Francisco’s waterfront where you will see Fisherman’s Wharf, then Alcatraz Island and then Angel Island from the green lawn of the Marina District. You’ll have time to explore at the Palace of Fine Arts before heading to Golden Gate Bridge!

Next, your private tour reaches San Francisco’s western shore. Here, you can pause to stretch your legs and get great pictures of the City, its Pacific coastline, the Sutro Baths ruins, and the historic Cliff House. In Golden Gate Park, you will be blown away as you walk through the Japanese Tea Garden (beverage prices not included) and other outdoor attractions.

As your SF private tour rides in comfort, your guide will point out painted Victorian homes and explain what makes the Haight-Ashbury, Mission, and Castro districts such an essential part of San Francisco’s culture. After a drive through Nob Hill, Union Square, and Chinatown, your group will tour the charming neighborhood of North Beach, home to the famously crooked Lombard Street, Coit Tower, incredible Italian restaurants, and so much more!

Why choose us:

Your private group gets special treatment with a customizable pickup and the support of an attentive guide who stays flexible as you visit San Francisco’s iconic attractions. No waiting for the hop-on-hop-off bus. The tour goes at your pace as you explore and photograph the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Land’s End, and Golden Gate Park.

Private San Francisco Tour Itinerary

Hour 1

  • Start the tour at a location of your choosing
  • Visit the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and the Marina District
  • Stop and explore picturesque Palace of Fine Arts

Hour 2

  • Photograph as you cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Photo stop at a spectacular vista in the Presidio
  • Take in the Pacific Ocean coastline at Land’s End
  • Enjoy views of Sutro Baths and the Cliff House

Hour 3

  • Admire the beauty of Golden Gate Park
  • Stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden (not included)
  • Learn the fascinating history of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury
  • Visit the Castro and Mission district neighborhoods

Hour 4

  • Enjoy views of Chinatown, Nob Hill, Union Square and the Financial District
  • Learn the fascinating history as you pass through North Beach, home to Coit Tower and crooked Lombard Street

Things to know:

We can arrange a pickup at any time between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. We can easily arrange a morning or an afternoon adventure for your group.

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Important Information
Does this tour operate every day?

Yes, this tour can be arranged for any day of the year.

How long is the tour?

This tour takes 4-5 hours. Allow a little extra time in the Summer and on holiday weekends.

Will I have time to see the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes. This tour will take you across the Golden Gate Bridge, we will also make a stop so you can take photos of the bridge and city (weather permitting).

What will we see during the city tour?

The tour will cover as much of San Francisco as we can in 4 hours. We will delve into the facts and history of the Haight-Ashbury, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Marina District - and even more. You will also have the chance to see the city’s majestic parks, rugged coastline, and the not-to-be-missed Golden Gate Bridge. In short, you’ll get to see most of the things that make San Francisco the city it is today!

I'm traveling with a child

Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.

What is the average temperature?

San Francisco average temperature data is below.SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):Average High temperature: 67°F / 19°C Average Low temperature: 54°F / 12°CWINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):Average High temperature: 58°F / 14°CAverage Low temperature: 47°F / 8°C

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included, however, there will be places you can purchase something light at some of the stops we make.

How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

What should I bring?

Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc.
A light waterproof jacket (easily removable)
Water bottle
Warm, layered clothing
Comfortable shoes
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, all are clearly marked “Extranomical Tours”. Your guide will have your name and announce the arrival of the vehicle at your pick-up location.

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