• Little Saigon

    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's 1st neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart & soul of this vibrant city. This area is so rich in culture, that we have 4 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
  • North Beach

    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks.
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Our food and walking tours are 2nd to none.
  • Parrots!

    Parrots!

    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.


beyond the bay

Coach Tours to:

*Black Sands Beach, Marine Mammal Center, Muir Beach, Mt. Tam

*Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Pescadero

* Muir Woods and Sausalito,

*Wine Country (Napa and Sonoma Valleys),

*Yosemite in One Day,

*Monterey and Carmel, with or without Aquarium.


SAN GREGORIO- HALF MOON BAY-MOSS BEACH- PACIFICA-PESCADERO

Groups Reservations Only

Travel south to the quiet beaches and forests along Highway One where your group will see:

*Fort Funston
*Pacifica
*Point Montera Lighthouse
*Moss Beach
*Ocean Front Brewery
*Half Moon Bay
*Pescadero
*San Gregorio
*Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
*State Game Refuge
*Costanoa
*Pie Ranch

And More! You decide what you want you see.

Spend the day on the California Coast. We will travel south and will explore hidden coves, lighthouses, tidal pools, top surfing spots, eucalyptus groves, breweries, and quaint towns and villages. Depending on the season, migrating whales, dolphins, seals, and otters may be seen off shore.

We can also go inland just a short ways and be in forests of Redwood, Oak, and Madrone. The trails meander through incredible diversity, alongside ferns and berries next to bubbling creeks and hidden waterfalls. When you reach a peak there are views of the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as the Pacific Ocean. Wildlife abounds but is difficult to spot, but if lucky, you might see deer, squirrel, wild turkey, rabbit, Grey Heron, bobcat, raven, hummingbird, hawk, song birds of many types. Although there are large predators in the area, they shy away from human contact.

As this is a trip reserved for groups, your exact itinerary will be unique, and the options are almost endless. We can hike the cliffs overlooking the ocean, hike through the state parks, visit antique shops and other specialty shops, collect sand dollars, picnic, stand-up paddle-board, kayak, surf, swim, or all the above!

    email info@exploresf.biz or
    call us at 415-504-3636 x 101 or 102

    and we can give you all the information you like, and help you set up your tour today.

  • Operated by Explore SF-- Call us to plan your trip!

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    BLACK SAND BEACH- MARINE MAMMAL CENTER- POINT BONITO- MUIR BEACH- PIRATE'S COVE

    Groups Reservations Only

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    Your group will travel north to the
    Marin Headlands where you will see:

    *Kirby Cove
    *Hawk Hill
    *Black Sand Beach
    *Point Bonito Lighthouse
    *Fort Cronkhite
    *Ocean Hot Spring Revealed at Low Tide
    *Marine Mammal Center
    *Muir Beach
    *Pirate's Cove
    *Slide Ranch
    *Redwood Creek
    *Stinson Beach
    *Mount Tamalpais
    Call us now to plan your exact route!

    • This trip operates very much the same as the trip south but here we are venturing north. Over the Golden Gate Bridge we go into the wilds of the Marin Headlands. We'll stop at some of the many military lookouts that pepper the entire coastline since WW2 when they were built to defend the Bay from a Japanese invasion that never came. We can go to a volcanic Black Sand beach and enjoy the sand, surf and waterfalls that flow into the ocean. Not far from here is the Point Bonito Lighthouse, if open you'll walk through a tunnel drilled through rock and then walk on an elevated foot bridge hundreds of feet above the crashing surf to reach the lighthouse. Shy harbor seals congregate below the trail and are easily spotted.

    • Speaking of seals, we can stop at the Marine Mammal Center, the biggest facility of it's kind in the world, they rescue sick or wounded marine mammals and set them free again after rehabilitation. Commonly at the center are sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals and otters. There is an observaton area, and docents on hand to answer any questions.

    • There are many more fantastic places of interest on this tour, If you have an interest in taking this tour with your group,

      call us at 415-504-3636 x 101 or 102

      and we can give you all the information you like, and help you set up your tour.

      You can also email us at info@exploresf.biz





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    MUIR WOODS AND SAUSALITO

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    MUIR WOODS AND SAUSALITO

    Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. For up to 1 1/2 hours in the park, enjoy such sights as:

    · Coastal Redwoods
    · Marin County
    · Black-tailed Deer
    · Golden Gate Bridge
    · Mount Tamalpais
    · Stellar Jays

    Next, we travel to Sausalito , a Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay , famous for its sweeping views and timeless sophistication. Stay on board the bus as we drive through the sights of this wondrous town.

    MUIR WOODS WITH RETURN
    BY FERRY FROM SAUSALITO

    Extend your time in Sausalito by catching a Return Ferry and enjoying such sights in Sausalito as:

    ·One-of-a-kind Boutiques
    ·Unique Art Galleries
    ·Waterfront Restaurants and Cafes
    We strongly recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and a jacket. The Sausalito Ferry service is provided by Blue and Gold Fleet. For the latest ferry schedule, visit Blue & Gold Fleet Schedule

    To Book Option with Ferry, please email or call 415.504.3636 x 102

    ** 2:00 PM departure only available from April to October

    ADDITIONAL TOUR INFORMATION:
    Tour departs from Pier 43½ daily at 9AM, 11AM & 2PM.
    11AM departure is available from May 1 to Oct 31.
    24-hour advance booking required.
    No hotel pick-ups available.
    Muir Woods and Sausalito
    Entrance Fee to Muir Woods INCLUDED.
    Information subject to change without notice.

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    NAPA & SONOMA WINE COUNTRY TOUR


       
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    NAPA & SONOMA WINE COUNTRY TOUR


    * Estate Tours & Tastings
    * Golden Gate Bridge
    * Lunch @ Historic Sonoma Square

    Unwind and soak up the stunning scenery as we journey north into Napa and Sonoma Valley, two of the most prized wine regions of Northern California. During your venture, enjoy wine tasting and exclusive estate tours of three of our favored wineries: Madonna Estate, Cline Cellars, and Sebastiani Vineyards.

    Since 1922 the Bartolucci Family has consistently created a perfect marriage of grapes and wine at Madonna Estate. Located in the world-renowned Carneros region, an area known for its fertile lands and cool climate, the Bartolucci family has found success with their organically grown grapes and Estate Bottled wines. In addition to practicing natural farming methods, they also combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques. As the third oldest winemaking family in the Napa Valley, it is important to them that they continue the commitment to farm naturally and preserve the winemaking traditions of past generations.

    In the latter part of the 1800s, Oakley, Contra Costa County was a booming farming community with thousands of acres of orchards and healthy vineyards. Fred Cline's maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi of pump and spa fame, called this place home. On summer visits to his grandparents, Fred learned both the love of agricultural life and the mysteries of vinifying grapes into wine. These lessons led Fred to obtain a degree in Agriculture Management from U.C. Davis. In 1982, with an inheritance from his grandfather, Fred founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California. Here, he preserved and restored many ancient vine sites to their rightful reign as premier California wine lands.

    With over a century of wine- making experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from Sonoma County. Today, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery advances its record of acclaim under the guidance of vintner and entrepreneur Bill Foley, who acquired the winery in 2008. As part of Foley Family Wines, Sebastiani will maintain its commitment to producing singular wines from the appellations of Sonoma County.

    * Tour price includes wine tasting fees
    * Lunch cost not included.

    * Wineries subject to change on holidays or due to special events

    Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

    Tour price includes wine tasting fees. Winery locations may change due to special events.

    Information subject to change without notice.

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    MONTEREY & CARMEL LAND TOUR



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    MONTEREY & CARMEL LAND TOUR

    On this all-day bus excursion (11 hours), enjoy breathtaking coastal views and visits to some of Northern California's most scenic seaside towns. Your tour begins as we drive south down Highway 1* enjoying spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, through Half Moon Bay and the seaside town of Santa Cruz. Pass through the Salinas valley, the artichoke capital of the world, and through Monterey to Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.

    Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium* with more than 250,000 creatures and over 200 spectacular galleries. Follow the coast to Pacific Grove**, 17 Mile Drive**, Pebble Beach**, Seal Rock** and the legendary Lone Cypress*.

    d Spend time in storybook Carmel, home of Clint Eastwood, with its unique boutiques, cafes and charming cottage homes. Pass by one of the oldest Spanish Mission in the country. Return to San Francisco via route 101 through San Jose and the Silicon Valley - the computer capital of the world.

    Monterey and Carmel Land Tour

    ADDITIONAL TOUR INFORMATION:
    Departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9AM.
    Tour Length: 11 Hours


    A visit to the Monterey Aquarium is recommended, but not included in the price.

     

    MONTEREY & CARMEL LAND TOUR
    WITH MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM

    Bypass long lines and save money by prepaying the Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets with the Monterey & Carmel Tour. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the third top-rated family attraction in the United States.

    * Price includes entrance fee to 17-Mile Drive
    * Price includes Monterey Bay Aquarium Entrance Ticket
    * 17-Mile Drive will be closed during Pro Golf Tournaments


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    Poor weather conditions may require alternate driving routes.

    Information subject to change without notice.

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    YOSEMITE IN A DAY

       
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    YOSEMITE IN A DAY


    Yosemite National Park is often referred as "Nature's Cathedral" or the “Crown Jewel” of the National Park system due to its 1000-foot waterfalls, towering granite cliffs, and deep alpine lakes. Once inside the park, there is a narrated tour where you will experience such sights as:

    Yosemite Valley
    Bridal Veil Falls
    El Capitan
    Half Dome
    Merced River
    Vernal Fall
    Yosemite Falls
    Indian Rock
    Mirror Lake
    Glacier Point
    Mt Broderick
    Three Sisters
    Liberty Cap
    Sentinel Rock
    Ahwahnee Hotel
    Curry Village
    Wildlife

    Once inside the park, you have the option to purchase the tram tour, go hiking, or take a bike ride throughout the park.


    Departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8AM from:
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square at 333 O’Farrell Street.
    Tour Length: 13 Hours

    Yosemite tour is only available from May 1 to Oct 31.

    Price includes entrance fee into Yosemite Park. Price for Yosemite Tram Tour not included.

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday @8:00 AM

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    ADULT $149.00
    SENIOR (60 +) $143.00
    CHILD (4 - 11) $109.00

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    After you've seen the tourist attractions Explore San Francisco with us! Noticing a disconnect between the San Francisco that tourists see and the city that one would show to their own family and friends, the idea to show visitors a more authentic San Francisco was born.

    Put down the guidebook and come explore with us and let's explore the city, the real city. Don't settle for a prepackaged and scripted tour put on by a national tour company, staffed by undepaid and under-enthused guides. Exploring a new city should be FUN! All of our tours offer something above and beyond regular sightseeing. Be it a visit to a spa, shopping, neighborhood history and cultural tours, food tours, running tours, architecture tours, wine tours, trying a pop-up restaurant, biking across the Golden Gate, attending a book reading, or observing wild parrots, this is not to be missed...

    Happy to show you the city's rich and colorful history, the most fascinating neighborhoods or help you discover the best food, shopping and entertainment venues. You will be surprised at just how unique San Francisco is, but first you have to get away from Pier 39. We can help you with that and you’ll be happy we did. You will leave knowing just how much the real San Francisco has to offer because you experienced it for yourself.

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