• 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


    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!


    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.


Cruises in San Francisco Bay


North Beach

Sail under both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in one spectacular cruise along San Francisco’s entire urban skyline, accompanied by our headphone audio with 12 language choices. Along the way, explore San Francisco's stunning landmarks like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, Transamerica Pyramid, Palace of Fine Arts, and many more.

SF Bridge to Bridge Tour Details:
Bring a boxed luncheon aboard our 12:30 lunch departures or come aboard our 5:45pm summer sailings for Happy Hour! A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise (including logo wear) at reasonable prices is available onboard our San Francisco bridge 2 bridge tours.
Departs Pier 43 ½, 2 – 4 times daily from .

SUMMER (May 22–Sep 2): Daily @ 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:45 PM
FALL 2013 (Sep 3-Nov 3): Daily @ 12:30 PM and 2:15 PM
WINTER 2014 (Nov 4-Mar 30): Daily @ 12:00 PM; Thurs-Mon @ 4:15 PM - Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise

Cruise the Bay



Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous former prison Alcatraz, is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular attractions and often sells out well in advance. But there are other options to see Alcatraz, particularly with our boat tours. San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet gives you the option to join various boat tours around Alcatraz island, learning about its colorful history, without leaving the comfort of the ship.

Historic Red and White FleetSM — the original San Francisco sightseeing adventure — has been in operation since 1892, providing guests with a memorable way to experience this renowned city. Our around Alcatraz boat trips are no exception.

Join us on one of our Alcatraz boat rides, the perfect way to learn about one of San Francisco’s most dramatic landmarks without ever having to leave the boats comfy confines.

2-Day San Francisco Combo See the Golden Gate Bridge Cruise schedule.


On this relaxed 2-hour cruise, enjoy spectacular sunset views, live guitar music and hearty appetizers from the buffet that include a variety of sandwiches, salads, antipasti, crudité, fruit, and dessert. Come as you are as this sunset cruise of San Francisco is a casual, relaxed affair. Along the way, share drinks with friends while taking in the incredible views.

Enjoy Great Views on the California Sunset Cruise Get a great view of some of the greatest sights of the city on this San Francisco Bay sunset cruise.

Cruise past the infamous island of Alcatraz, around Angel Island National Park, under the majestic span of the Golden Gate, and along the beautiful shorelines of Tiburon and Sausalito, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.

Be sure to dress warmly if you plan to be on the outside decks as San Francisco Evening Bay Tours are known to have cool evening weather – but trust us that you will love the views nonetheless!

Watch a video of this tour.

San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruises Booking Info Advance booking is recommended as this event may sell out. A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise (including logo wear) at reasonable prices is available onboard.

Sorry, no smoking and outside alcoholic beverages are permitted on the Red and White FleetSM. Tickets for this cruise are valid only for date booked.


Tours depart every 15-20 minutes right across from Pier 43 ½, on the corner of Mason & Jefferson Streets.

2014 : 5:30 PM Thurs-Mon

Operates as California Twilight Cruise during winter months California Sunset Cruise

North Beach and Chinatown at Night

Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, our Golden Gate Bay cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for more than 70 years. Sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and cruise closely around notorious Alcatraz Island.

Frequent wildlife/sea life sightings!
See harbor seals, harbor porpoises and whales. Dolphins, sea lions, sea gulls, pelicans, schools of fish, salmon, sharks, rays. From the mouth of the bay during the winter- see Humpback and Grey Whales migrating. On our San Francisco Golden Gate tours, you’ll discover this city’s colorful history and world famous landmarks through personal headphone audio in 12 languages.
Details on Golden Gate Cruise Tours:
On our San Francisco Golden Gate boat tours, you’ll find a full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise (including logo wear) at reasonable prices available onboard.

8 - 12 daily departures from Pier 43½ starting at 10AM. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Boarding on first-come, first-serve basis.
Your ticket is valid for any departure time within 365 days from date of purchase. -

Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Nob Hill


Be amazed by San Francisco's sparkling city lights, as you enjoy an assortment of hearty and tasty appetizers aboard this twilight cruise in winter. San Francisco becomes quite chilly during this time so nestle up in the warm and cozy atmosphere of your Red and White cruise boat where you can enjoy hot drinks from the bar. San Francisco’s illuminated skyline and holiday lights will be sure to dazzle you while you delight in live guitar music onboard.

Details on our California Twilight Boat Tours Vessel features indoor spaces with large windows and upholstered seating. Departs from Nov - March. Advance bookings are highly recommended. Buffets include assorted sandwiches, Caesar & potato salads, antipasti, crudite, fresh fruit & miniature desserts. One beer, wine or soda included with cruise. Additional drinks available from the bar. Additionally, all twilight boat tour tickets are valid only for date booked. Sorry, no smoking and outside alcoholic beverages are permitted on the Red and White Fleet.

California Sunset Cruise SAILS FROM PIER 43 ½, FISHERMAN'S WHARF: 2013/2014 : 5:30 PM Thurs-Mon

Golden Gate Park

At Explore SF, we always recommend walking as the best way to see our city. But walking is not always an option for everyone. So we have partnered with what we believe is the best "Hop-on-Hop-off" bus tours in the city. They are efficient and the recorded audio is the most compelling of all the different bus tours, and the tour is available in 12 languages!

Join us for a fantastic hop-on hop-off tour on state-of-the-art open top double-decker buses through beautiful San Francisco. During the tour you will discover San Francisco’s vibrant culture, exciting architecture, breath-taking natural surroundings, and stunning vistas. We promise amazing photo opportunities along the way! While onboard, learn about San Francisco’s history, from the early Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush, and from the dot com booms to today. The headphone audio is available in 8 languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin on every second departure.

The 2 and a half hour loop, the most comprehensive hop-on loop in San Francisco, features over 20 hop-on hop-off stops for you, so you can explore the city at your own pace.

Stops on the SF city tour include:

Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Landing Pier 33
Fishermans Wharf
Pier 39
China Town
North Beach
Union Square
Haight Ashbury
Coit Tower
San Francisco China Town
Civic Center
Financial District
Golden Gate Park
Academy of Sciences
Ghirardelli Square
Ferry Building
and much more...
Tours depart every 15-20 minutes right across from Pier 43 ½, on the corner of Mason & Jefferson Streets.

SF City Tour & Golden Gate Bay Cruise




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