When your cruise ship docks, see San Francisco at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off tour! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour uncovers the beauty and culture of the city. On modern, comfortable, environmentally friendly double-decker buses, travel around the city and see top attractions and neighborhoods like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight Ashbury, Chinatown and North Beach. Complete with live narration, this tour is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco at your own pace. Begin your tour at Pier 33, a 5-min walk from the cruise terminal!
Shore Excursion Highlights
- Hop-on hop-off tour shore excursion of San Francisco with live narration
- Travel on air-conditioned double-decker buses with open or glass tops
- Stop at numerous San Francisco attractions including Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Lombard Street and Fisherman's Wharf
- All buses feature free Wi-Fi on board
- Professional driver
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This is the must-do sightseeing tour when visiting the City by the Bay! See the best of San Francisco at your own pace while you’re in port. On this do-it-yourself shore excursion, you can hop on and off the double-decker tour bus as many times as you like to see the city’s top attractions. In the summer, the top deck of the buses are open, and in the winter, clear tops shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.
The duration of the tour loop is approximately two hours across 14 stops. Hop off whenever you want to explore neighborhoods like Chinatown and North Beach, or to see popular attractions like Lombard Street. If you miss something on your first loop of the city, simply re-board the bus and go around again!
This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Francisco. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
For a list of stops see Itinerary below:
Board the bus at Pier 33, a 5-min walk from the cruise terminal
Departure Time (local time)
Nov 1- 23: every 30 minutes; 9am-4pm
Nov 24-Dec 31: every 20 minutes; 8:30am-5pm
Jan 1-April 14: every 30 minutes; 9am-4pm
April 15-Oct 31: every 20minutes; 8:30am-5pm
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- Hop-on hop-off tour
- Professional driver
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Port pickup and drop-off
- This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy
- Wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the bus on their own and if the wheelchair is foldable. The driver is not permitted to assist handicapped persons due to insurance restrictions
- Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
STOP 1 - Fisherman's Wharf / Information Center
Corner of North Point & Taylor St.
to San Francisco's fishing fleet. The old factories and warehouses that
once dotted the wharf have now been converted into great shops and
restaurants.The Cannery at Del Monte Square - Shops and restaurants.
Ghirardelli Square - Chocolate lovers paradise, great shops and
restaurants. San Francisco Maritime Historic Park at Hyde Street Pier
and Aquatic Park, the famous Cable Cars on Hyde Street hill.
STOP 2 - Cow Hollow
Lombard Street @ Gough (in front of Town House Motel)
Convenient stop for hotels on Van Ness and Lombard. Walking distance from the "crookedest street in the world."
STOP 3 - Golden Gate Bridge
South Vista Point
views of San Francisco’s skyline, Alcatraz island, and the span of the
bridge over the entrance of San Francisco Bay. Access point to walk the
STOP 4 - Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Ave. & Fulton)
Concourse and Cultural Heart of Golden Gate Park. See the De Young
Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Botanical and Japanese
Tea Gardens. Also nearby, boat rentals at Stow Lake.
STOP 5 - Haight-Ashbury
Haight Street @ Stanyan (in front of McDonald's)
district, famous for its role in the 1960’s Hippie Movement. Still a
center for bohemian culture, it is lined with one of a kind shops,
trendy cafes, bars and restaurants.
STOP 6 - Alamo Square
Hayes Street, just before Scott Street
Square Park, spectacular views of the city skyline, and the famous
Painted Ladies, a row of beautiful Victorian homes, make this a must hop
STOP 7 - Civic Center Plaza
City Hall (at McAllister and Van Ness)
the Beaux-Arts City Hall with its massive gold leaf covered dome, the
War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Asian Art
STOP 8 - Hilton Hotel
At corner of Taylor and Ellis
Walking distance to Westfield Shopping Center and Market Street’s Muni and Bart stations.
STOP 9 - Union Square
Geary Street @ Powell (across from Macy’s)
Shopping and Theatre District –featuring department stores, upscale
boutiques, art galleries, salons, grand hotels, and repertory theatres.
Westfield Centre and Cable Cars.
STOP 10 - Chinatown Gate
Grant Street @ Bush – across from Chinatown Gate
“The Dragon Gate” entry to Chinatown. Also, San Francisco’s very own quaint French Quarter.
STOP 11 - Barbary Coast / Chinatown
Kearny Street, between Clay & Washington (across from Portsmouth Square)
Where Chinatown meets the Financial District and the Barbary Coast.
STOP 12 - North Beach / Little Italy
Columbus Avenue @ Powell
cultured cafés, restaurants, and gelaterias. Walk to Coit Tower, the
worlds “crookedest street”, and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.
STOP 13 - Alcatraz Landing
On the Embarcadero - Between Pier 35 and Pier 33
Departure point of the Ferries and Tours to the infamous Alcatraz Island.
STOP 14 - Pier 39 / Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39 pullout (during special events corner of Beach & Stockton across from “F” Muni stop)
Wharf’s number one destination – enjoy restaurants, souvenir shop, a
world class aquarium, and the San Francisco Sea Lions.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Local Operator Information
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Recent Reviews from Other Travelers
Sorry we couldn't review. Our ship as delayed and we didn't get to use the excursion.
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The tour was nice and good.
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