There’s no doubt that any of the San Francisco shore excursions you can schedule when your cruise ship is in port will forever cement in your memory the city’s already stellar reputation as one of America’s most exciting cities on the Pacific Coast.
San Francisco shore excursions fit into two basic categories: in-city tours and out-of-city sojourns, and depending on your interests and schedule, you may be able to enjoy a bit of both.See the best of San Francisco’s sights on a daytime tour that winds through the city streets, stopping at the Embarcadero, Union Square, and Grace Cathedral. After a stop for dim sum in Chinatown, continue on to North Beach, and end with a spectacular view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
If nighttime is your favorite time, book one of the San Francisco cruise tours that show off the city sights and lights. On a twilight motor bus tour, thrill to the city as the sun sets, and the city comes alive with twinkling lights from skyscrapers, bridges, and homes. Cross the Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, and look back over the bay at the sparkling city skyline. For a night owl city tour, hop an open-air double-decker bus to see the iconic sights, shop the souvenir stands and food stalls at Fisherman’s Wharf, and take in the bewitchingly beautiful illuminated Golden Gate Bridge.
To see as much of San Francisco as you please, book a ticket for the hop on, hop off bus tour. Visit the city sights you most want to see and spend time as much time as you like at each site. Hop on to shop and people-watch at Ghirardelli Square, hop off to spend time in Golden Gate Park, then back on to Twin Peaks.
Out-of-the-city San Francisco shore excursions to the spectacular sights of the Bay area are just as popular as city sights tours. Ferry over to Alcatraz, the infamous prison from which it was said there was no escape. Spend time strolling in Sausalito, a vibrant town of artists and craftsmen.
For the ultimate San Francisco wine country experience, board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a journey that passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in the United States. Relive the glory days of train travel in retrofitted Pullman cars, complete with meal service. Savor a prepared-on-board meal as you travel past world-class wineries like Opus One and Far Niente.