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With so much to do and see in San Francisco, let Explore California make it easy for you! Our Best of the Bay Tour will get you to those "must-see" spots, and bring you to some local gems that only locals know about. A ride on the cable cars? You bet. Strolling across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge? Obviously! A redwood park without the crowds of Muir Woods? Absolutely. An oyster-shucking lesson and a tasting of locally made cheeses and sparkling wines? But of course! We'll take care of getting you there, getting you in, and getting you tapped into the secrets and insider's knowledge that make this one of the world's most fascinating destinations. 

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ITINERARY


The Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, cable car rides, secrets of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, redwoods, oysters, scenic ferry rides, and more!

ITINERARY


The Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, cable car rides, secrets of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, redwoods, oysters, scenic ferry rides, and more!

DAY ONE: Over the golden gate bridge to sausalito

You'll start our tour with an iconic San Francisco experience: and exhilarating walk over the Golden Gate Bridge.*** Drive through the Marin Headlands for jaw-dropping views of San Francisco and the bay. Visit the Marine Mammal Center, view sea lions and seals, and learn about efforts to protect these incredible animals. Have lunch in Sausalito and stroll along the waterfront. Get a close-up view of the floating homes of Sausalito's houseboat communities. Marvel at the engineering feats that made life in and around San Francisco possible at the Bay Model. Relax on a scenic ferry ride from Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf. 

*** This day includes a 2-mile walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, but you are welcome to stay with the van if you would prefer to not walk that much. You'll still be able to get onto the bridge even if you don't walk all the way across!

DAY TWo: cable cars, chinatown, COIT TOWER, and fisherman's wharf

Stretch your legs on a walking tour of North Beach, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf.*** Ride to the top of Nob Hill on a cable car and learn all about this San Francisco icon at the Cable Car Museum. Stop at the top of Lombard Street and experience the "crookedest street". Stroll through the colorful streets of San Francisco's vibrant Chinatown. Have lunch at Washington Square Park, in the heart of North Beach. Enjoy the panoramic views and fascinating murals at Coit Tower, then follow the garden-lined Filbert Street steps down to the Embarcadero. Learn about life on board an authentic World War 2 liberty ship--one of only two remaining--on a tour of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Finish the day exploring the delightful oddities at the Musée Mécanique.

*** Throughout this day of the tour you can expect to walk about 2.5 miles in total, including one fairly steep descent down stairways. We will also use public transportation to connect parts of the city--your transport fares are included in the tour cost. If you prefer not to walk as much, we can help you to arrange transport to connect the dots.

DAY THREE: redwoods, point reyes, oysters, and highway 1

Avoid the throngs of people at Muir Woods and let us spirit you away to a quiet grove of towering coast redwood trees. You'll experience the majesty of the world's tallest trees without the crowds of Muir Woods. Sample artisanal cheeses and pastries in the quaint town of Point Reyes. Enjoy an oyster-shucking lesson and picnic on the shores of tranquil Tomales Bay. Delight in a tasting of sparkling mead at a local winery. Take in the splendid coastal views on a scenic drive along Highway 1 all the way back to San Francisco.

PACKAGES AND PRICING


PACKAGES AND PRICING


ACCOMMODATION AND PRICING details coming soon! contact us in the meantime for information.

ALL OF OUR Best of the bay TOURS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • 3 days of guided transportation in and around San Francisco as per the itinerary;
  • A fun, knowledgable trip leader;
  • 2 nights of accommodation in San Francisco in the package of your choosing;
  • Admission fees to all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • A scenic ferry ride from Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf on Day 1;
  • Fares for public transportation (cable cars, SF Muni, and historic streetcars) on Day 2;
  • Oysters and a wine tasting on Day 3;
  • Light snacks to enjoy in our vehicle.
  • Please note that breakfast is not included in this package. We would be happy to arrange breakfast for you at an additional charge of $21.50 per day per person.

SCHEDULE


SCHEDULE


2017

NOVEMBER 1-3
NOV 5-7
NOV 8-10
NOV 12-14
NOV 15-17
NOV 19-21
NOV 29-DEC 1

DECEMBER 3-5
DEC 6-8
DEC 10-12
DEC 13-15
DEC 17-19
DEC 20-22
DEC 27-29

2018

Our Best of the Bay Tour is scheduled to begin on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout 2018. Stay tuned for the exact schedule, or contact us for details!

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GALLERY


GALLERY


These images capture only a few of the spectacular places you'll see on our Best of the Bay Tour. Contact us today to book your trip and come and see for yourself!