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    Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Day Trip

    Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day of contrasts: from catching the ferry to Alcatraz Island and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, to walking through a forest of giant redwoods and relaxing in the picturesque village of Sausalito. This enthralling day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge for a view of San Francisco from Vista Point, then through the coastal mountains to the Bay Area's popular Muir Woods. This national monument is the site of a virgin forest of California Coast redwood trees, among the oldest and tallest on earth. Take the opportunity to roam through an ancient forest of giant redwood trees on your 75-minute visit of Muir Woods.

    Next, it's time to take a stroll along the waterfront of quaint Mediterranean-style Sausalito, considered the prettiest village in California. You'll have 30 to 45 minutes to browse, shop and take photos at your leisure in this picturesque artists' colony nestled on the northern shores of San Francisco Bay. You'll also go on a 90-minute bay cruise that sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circles Alcatraz twice allowing you to get up close and see every angle of this mysterious island. You'll hear chilling accounts of harrowing escape attempts by Alcatraz's notorious criminals as well as their descriptions of the brutality of life on the island. This special San Francisco bay cruise featuring sound effects and intriguing stories about Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson's Alcatraz escape attempt and many more, will take you back to the days when this maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
    Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Day Trip

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Balance the brutal history of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito
    • Ride the ferry while learning about the famous escape from Alcatraz
    • Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to walk through a forest of giant redwoods
    • Transport to and from central San Francisco hotels and airport hotels by air conditioned coach bus
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    Urban Jungles and City Heights

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    Let loose your inner mountain (wo)man without ever leaving the city limits! Experience San Francisco's stunning combination of nature and architecture with a 3 hour, 5 mile hike. Get your blood pumping as you ascend the 200+ stairs of Pemberton Place. Embrace your inner koala in the hidden eucalyptus forest behind Sutro Tower. And if you're feeling brave, soar down the Seward Street Slides. You'll get a unique workout while you learn about San Francisco's hidden treasures and compelling local history. Soak in panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and downtown SF from Tank Hill. Begin your journey today!
    Urban Jungles and City Heights

    429 Castro St, San Francisco

    • Discover the natural and manmade beauty of San Francisco on a guided urban hike
    • Summit peaks, bushwhack through unmarked hiking trails, and wander ghost streets and alleyways
    • Combine good old fashioned exercise with a unique historical tour
    • Go behind the scenes and beyond the streets for an exciting new look at the city
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    Tales of the City Tour

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    Let loose your inner adventurer without ever leaving the city limits! Experience San Francisco's stunning combination of nature and architecture with a 4.5 mile, 2.5 hour hike. Get your blood pumping as you ascend the Filbert Steps. Then, as you elevate, meet the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill at Colt Tower. Experience San Francisco from a new perspective and bravely go where few have gone before as you uncover Molinari Mana Park, a secret park on a secret street. You'll get a unique workout while you learn about San Francisco's hidden treasures and compelling local history. This is truly a trip into nature with no historical limits: Descend the Greenwich steps and see quirky mosaic art; then, uncover where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding photos! Begin your journey today!
    Tales of the City Tour

    1155 Battery St, San Francisco

    • Discover the natural and manmade beauty of San Francisco on a guided urban hike
    • Summit peaks, meet wild animals, and visit iconic locations
    • Combine good old fashioned exercise with a unique historical tour
    • Go behind the scenes and beyond the streets for an exciting new look at the city
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    Presidio Exploration Tour

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    Let loose your inner adventurer without ever leaving the city limits. Experience San Francisco's stunning combination of nature and architecture with a 5 mile, 2.5 hour hike. Get your blood pumping as you ascend the Lyon Street Steps. Expand your mind with stops at stunning works of Andy Goldsworthy's art, both hidden and iconic. Bask in the beauty and historic importance of El Polin Spring. You will get a unique workout while you learn about San Francisco's hidden treasures and compelling local history. Walk the line at Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line, fall in love with Lovers Lane, and connect with history at the National Cemetery Overlook. With so many different highlights to experience, this exploration is really meant for everyone and anybody!
    Presidio Exploration Tour

    Lyon St & Green St, San Francisco

    • Discover the natural and manmade beauty of San Francisco on a guided urban hike
    • Summit peaks while you visit important historical and cultural sites
    • Combine good old fashioned exercise with a unique historical tour
    • Go behind the scenes and beyond the streets for an exciting new look at the city
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    Historical Tour of the Castro

    Discover the incredible past and present of The Castro, which remains to this day a hotbed of LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender culture and rights. In two hours, you'll cover San Francisco's beginnings in the Gold Rush, up through the Civil Rights Era and Harvey Milk's legacy. Visit the Harvey Milk Plaza, the Civil Rights Academy, the original site of the AIDS Names Quilt Project, and The Castro Theater. You'll see Pink Triangle Memorial Park, which honors homosexuals persecuted in WWII, and the Rainbow Honor Walk, which pays tribute to famous LGBTs in history. There are few neighborhoods more important to LGBT history. It's time to find out why. Booking Note: Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag pole at the corner of Castro & Market Street above the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Castro MUNI underground rail station and across from the "F" Line streetcar.
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    Historical Tour of the Castro

    Castro St & Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore The Castro, a Gay Mecca and epicenter of LGBT rights and culture
    • Learn about the neighborhood's history and iconic cultural events
    • Visit the "Hope For A Cure"Mural, Harvey Milk's camera shop, and Pink Triangle Memorial Park
    • Check out the Rainbow Honor Walk and other historic sights
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    Alcatraz & Magic Bus Tour

    Get the most out of your stay in San Francisco with this combo tour, which includes two iconic experiences in one day. Hop aboard the Magic Bus and travel back to the 1960s! On this 2-hour fun-filled historical tour, produced by the creators of the award-winning Alcatraz Cell House Audio Tour, learn about the Beatnik generation in North Beach, imagine life during the Summer of Love at Haight-Ashbury, visit the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and learn about Eastern influences as you explore Chinatown. In the afternoon, hop on the ferry and head to famous Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of this notorious prison, featuring stunning sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards. In the morning, head to Union Square and board the Magic Bus. Put a flower in your hair and travel back in time to the groovy 1960s! Using real archival material, the past comes alive with the original sights and sounds of 1960s San Francisco. Cruise through Chinatown, an important epicenter of Eastern philosophies that spread throughout the city in the 1960s. Next, visit North Beach, where you'll see the City Lights Bookstore, the hub of the Beatnik generation. This was an epicenter of social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks such as Jack Kerouac hung out. Continuing your Magic Ride, watch modern San Francisco blend with the past as you travel through the Financial District and up central Market Street on the way to Haight-Ashbury - the home of the Summer of Love. As you discover this iconic neighborhood, you'll see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that cover the windows! Your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park, where you'll stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America's largest urban park hosted the Human Be-In event in 1967 and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is nice, you may even join a drum circle!The '60s-era video, music and costumed staff of the Magic Bus will provide a fun, immersive experience of America's most memorable cultural movements. It's not just a sightseeing tour - it's a trip! Next you'll hop on the ferry to Alcatraz and head to the island for an afternoon at your leisure exploring this famous former prison. Touring the whole island usually takes around 2.5 hours, but you're welcome to stay as long as you like. Take the award-winning audio walking tour, produced by the same creators of the Magic Bus, which leads you on an immersive journey through the prison grounds. Featuring life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and cell guards, you'll discover what life was like here for some of history's most notorious criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. You'll also learn about the history of Alcatraz Island, which was first utilized as a Civil War fort. After your tour, hop back on the ferry, which departs every 30-40 minutes and head back to San Francisco.
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    Alcatraz & Magic Bus Tour

    1398 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Embark on a combo tour of San Francisco and contrast the upbeat Beatnik generation with the gloominess of Alcatraz
    • Travel back in time on a brightly colored magic bus as you tour 1960's San Francisco
    • Compare iconic neighborhoods as they are now with how they were then via retractable projection screen window covers
    • End your adventure at Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of the notorious prison
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    San Francisco in One Day Tour

    This is the perfect tour for those who want to experience the best of San Francisco Bay. Snap photos of Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury and Twin Peaks on your semi-customizable sightseeing tour aboard a 13-passenger van. In the afternoon, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy free time in the charming bayside of town of Sausalito. During the summertime, you'll finish your thrilling day with a trip to Alcatraz! In the winter months, you'll hop the ferry to Alcatraz Island the following day for a fascinating audio walking tour of the notorious former prison. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a more personalized experience. You'll be picked up from Fisherman's Wharf in the morning for your 4- to 5-hour San Francisco sightseeing tour by comfortable 13-passenger van. Your guide will show you the city from a local's perspective, taking you to hidden spots that you wouldn't normally see on a big bus tour. Of course, you'll also make photo stops at iconic landmarks and attractions such as Coit Tower, Union Square and Chinatown, and other places you request to see. Next, venture north across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to reach the charming bayside town of Sausalito, where you'll have time to explore on your own and enjoy lunch (own expense). There are plenty of art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants worth visiting in this quaint, picturesque town. You'll then hop on the ferry (one-way ticket included) and cruise along San Francisco Bay back to San Francisco. Throughout your 25-minute ride, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline. When the days are longer, after your Sausalito ferry arrives at Pier 41 or Pier 1, hop off and walk along The Embarcadero to nearby Pier 33. In the winter, your Alcatraz adventure is reserved for the following day. At Pier 33, you'll board a 15-minute ferry to Alcatraz Island. This infamous landmark was once a federal penitentiary, housing such notorious criminals as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. After receiving a brief history of Alcatraz, explore the prison grounds on a fascinating audio walking tour, complete with life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards. The tour takes up to 2.5 hours, and you can stay as long as you like on Alcatraz before hopping back on the ferry (departs every 30 minutes) and returning to San Francisco.
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    San Francisco in One Day Tour

    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

    • Explore the rich history of the beautiful city of San Francisco on a small-group tour
    • Cruise along San Francisco Bay on a ferry while enjoying stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and skyline
    • Take an audio walking tour of Alcatraz Island and hear chilling accounts of brutal life on the island
    • Visit the picturesque seaside village of Sausalito to explore the shops and beautiful waterfront
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    Mission District Food Tour with Alcohol Pairings

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    Amazing things come in small packages. On this tour of the historically Latin neighborhood, the emphasis is on the quality of the food you taste, not the size of the portion. Good thing there are so many treats to be had! Get inside looks and tastes at some of the best shops and restaurants in the San Francisco culinary world. You'll love a top-rated, seasonal Michael Lazar-created cocktail, a cheese flight featuring only American artisan cheeses paired with a unique Belgian style dark beer, artisan cured ham and oyster from the first and only ham and oyster bar, seasonal fruit tastings from an iconic local groceries, and salted caramel ice cream, voted one of the top five desserts in the country. You might even get beer-and-a-shot braised chicken and cod taco duo from a bar featuring over 350 kinds of tequila, or a sweet potato quesadilla. As you go, you'll get behind the scenes meetings with chefs, learn the culinary history of this vibrant neighborhood, enjoy the colorful murals, and discover firsthand what makes the Mission District such a foodie force to be reckoned with.
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    Mission District Food Tour with Alcohol Pairings

    3543 18th St, San Francisco

    • Explore the amazing array of gourmet offerings in the Mission District
    • Taste artisan cheese, ham, oysters, fruit, and one of the top desserts in the country
    • Try craft cocktails, unique beer, and discover the neighborhood's vibrant culinary history
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