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Ghirardelli Square Tours

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What began as the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory in the 1890s is now a multilevel retail square across the street from San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. The red brick structure is recognizable by its clock tower and large “Ghirardelli” sign, which make excellent photo backdrops for visitors who come to shop, dine, and eat ice cream.  
 
The Basics
Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, Ghirardelli Square is home to a selection of upscale stores, restaurants, and even a brewery and a wine-tasting room. The staple of the square, however, is the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. 

On sunny days, the plaza bustles with people sprawled around the fountain and on benches, taking in the scene.  Most hop-on hop-off San Francisco tours include a stop at or near Ghirardelli Square; a Segway tour is another popular way to see it.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The line at the ice cream and chocolate shop can be out the door, so be prepared to wait if you go on a busy day.
  • If you’re driving, metered street parking is available in the neighborhood, or you can enter the parking garage from Larkin Street.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there’s a good chance you’ll be walking several blocks or more to your car, public transportation, Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, or the many other attractions in this part of the city.
 
How to Get There
Ghirardelli Square is located between Polk, North Point, Beach, and Larkin streets, just a few blocks west of Fisherman’s Wharf. City buses 19, 30, and 47 stop next to the square, while the Powell–Hyde cable car turnaround at Hyde and Beach streets is one block away.
 
When to Get There
The square itself is open every day from late morning to late evening, though the hours of restaurants and shops vary. Festivals and outdoor movie screenings are held throughout the year; particularly popular is the annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, which typically takes place the second weekend of September. If you’re visiting during the holidays, go at night to enjoy the lights of the Christmas tree. 
 
Aquatic Park
Once you have your chocolate fix, don’t leave the area without popping across the street to explore Aquatic Park on the waterfront of San Francisco Bay. You can admire views of Alcatraz Island, watch bold locals swimming in the water, or visit the art-deco Maritime Museum.
Address: 900 North Point Street, San Francisco 94109, USA
Admission: Free
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31 Tours and Activities to Experience Ghirardelli Square

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Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
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$79.99
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San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$78.99
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Private Group Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco 3 Hours of Fun

Private Group Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco 3 Hours of Fun

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. This route is only available on the private tour. The extended route includes the best of the Waterfront, North Beach and the Advanced Hills Tour in one incredible experience. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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So many adventures to have in San Francisco with so few funds. If the pocketbook is feeling a touch light then consider these invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunts. The three-hour events force adventurers to solve clues and navigate the city streets; plus all the SF scenery you can absorb during the journey. Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
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Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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Discover top sights along San Francisco's iconic waterfront during this time-saver guided tour. Learn about the evolution of the picturesque waterfront city, from the gold rush frenzy to the advent of the cable-car. Highlights include the sea lions on Pier 39, stunning views overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and a stop at the historic Old Del Monte Fruit Cannery. Upgrade to include a sightseeing cruise along the water.
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  • 2 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

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Go sailing on the San Francisco Bay on a spectacular sailboat cruise from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Head to the Golden Gate Bridge for sweeping views of the Marin Headlands, Tiburon and Sausalito, then glide across the bay, passing Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, The Presidio, Crissy Field, Ghirardelli Square, and the Bay Bridge. You can enjoy two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, beer or soda, and ask your captain and crew any questions you may have along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Visit some of the top attractions along San Francisco's famous waterfront: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with this special tour and Alcatraz ticket upgrade option. Save time and see more. During this 75 minute walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, the cable car system, earthquakes and much more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Muir Woods + Fisherman's Wharf + Sausalito Tour

Muir Woods + Fisherman's Wharf + Sausalito Tour

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Visit some of SF's top attractions along our famous waterfront: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Sausalito and Muir Woods. This is a full day experience and well worth it. During your 2.5 hour walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, cable cars, sea lions, earthquakes and much more. After a leisurely lunch in Sausalito and stroll along the waterfront shops and galleries get ready to be impressed by the truly magical experience that is Muir Woods! Learn about how John Muir, one of the first conservationists, donated 300 acres of his land to the government for protection with the help of President Roosevelt. Today Muir Woods is a National Monument that inspires reflection and reverence for these 1000 year old trees. You'll board the Muir Woods shuttle to and from Sausalito for a seamless and unforgettable day in the bay!
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  • 8 hours
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt: Along Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt: Along Fisherman’s Wharf

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 5 hours
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Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Fishermans Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt

San Francisco Fishermans Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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This tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Fishermans Wharf to Russian Hill and North Beach! In fact, it will take you to all the major sites, museums and lookout points, as well as a few hidden gems.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.51
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The Ultimate Wine Country Experience (Private & All-Inclusive)

The Ultimate Wine Country Experience (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our Ultimate Wine Country Experience through Sonoma and Napa Valley will take you to the most incredible spots from San Francisco to Wine Country all in one day. If you are looking for some delicious world famous wines, nature, great food and a ton of beautiful photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup directly from your hotel by one of our friendly, English speaking guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous vineyards, amazing scenery, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 9:00 AM – Pick up at hotel 10:30 AM - Arrive at a Secret Winery 12:00 PM - Enjoy a Private Wine Tasting at Miner Family Winery 1:40 PM - Take a picture in front of the Welcome to Napa Valley Sign 2:10 PM - Lunch 3:00 PM - Taste the wines at Jacuzzi Family Winery 4:00 PM - Return to hotel 5:00 PM - Arrive at Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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Magical Muir Woods Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Magical Muir Woods Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our San Francisco Muir Woods Tour will take you to the most incredible spots from San Francisco to Muir Woods National Park all in one day. If you are looking for some culture, nature, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup directly from your hotel by one of our friendly, English speaking guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 7:00 AM – Pick up at hotel 7:15 AM - Leave SF over the Golden Gate Bridge 8:00 AM - Hike thru Muir Woods 10:00 AM - Visit the cute town of Sausalito 11:00 AM - Lunch 12:00 PM - Stop at Bakers Beach 1:00 PM - Explore Fisherman's Wharf 1:20 PM - Return to hotel 2:00 PM - Arrive at Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$436.00
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San Francisco Instagram Private Tour: Most Famous Spots with All-Inclusive

San Francisco Instagram Private Tour: Most Famous Spots with All-Inclusive

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If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:30 AM – Check out the legendary Painted Ladies 11:00 AM – Explore Union Square 11:45 AM – Catch of view of Alcatraz from Pier 39 12:00 PM – Walk around Fisherman’s Wharf 12:30 PM – Lunch time 1:00 PM – Explore Ghirardelli Square 2:00 PM – Awe at the view from the Golden Gate Bridge 2:40 PM – Stop by Golden Gate Park 3:10 PM – Get a picture at one of SF’s Hidden Gems (16th Avenue Tiled Steps) 3:30 PM – Overlook the whole city at Twin Peaks Viewpoint 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$369.00
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San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

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Our San Francisco Walking Instagram Tour will take you to some of the most famous spots in San Francisco in one day by foot! If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with meeting your friendly guide at the Embarcadero BART Station. From there your tour will begin as you start your walk through San Francisco’s beautiful streets. This half-day tour will be packed with famous landmarks, architecture, secretly located spots and much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Embarcadaro BART Station 10:20 AM - Get a view of Alcatraz Island from Pier 39 10:50 AM - Explore Fishermans Wharf 11:35 AM - Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge 12:20 PM - Explore a secret street in Mission District (Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley) 1:20 PM - Walk around Dolores Park 2:00 PM - Say bye to your guide & get dropped off at the 16th St Mission BART Station
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.00
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Zip From Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge on this 2.5 Hour Electric Scooter Tour

Zip From Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge on this 2.5 Hour Electric Scooter Tour

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Cruise through San Francisco on an electric scooter with this small-group tour from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow a local guide to see landmarks including Maritime Park, Marina Green, and Ghiradelli Square. Take in the views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge during the journey.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.60
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3 Hours Private VIP E-Scooter Tour to Golden Gate Bridge

3 Hours Private VIP E-Scooter Tour to Golden Gate Bridge

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Jump on our speedy Electric Scooters for a unforgettable private guided tour to the Golden Gate Bridge. 3 hours through Maritime Park, Crissy Field, Presidio and Marina District.  Enjoy e-scooter sightseeing with your own tour guide. A great guide makes all the difference and riding a Electric Scooter is a blast. Come hop on & go see the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Alcatraz Visit and the San Fran Tour Sampler Platter with Pier 39 Lunch Included

Alcatraz Visit and the San Fran Tour Sampler Platter with Pier 39 Lunch Included

Experience this classic San Francisco "Sanpler" express! Combine Inside Alcatraz prison with an Express van visit to Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side) by deluxe ride from Fisherman's Wharf. Relax with time for walking and photos at the bridge! Pass by Ghirardelli Square as you taste the chocolate sample provided! See the Palace of Fine Arts as we drive by on the way back! Tour ends at Pier 39 to enjoy an included light fare snack food voucher. View the sea lions before walking one pier over to board your Alcatraz ferry. This Half day experience gets you the iconic SF must sees in an economical hassle free way. No frills..just thrills! Total time is 5 hours (3 hours at Alcatraz/30 minutes at Bridge/30 minutes each way driving time and one hour Pier 39 lunch time.) Tour will typically start in Fisherman's Wharf mid morning and end at Pier 39. Alcatraz is often the last portion and is in late afternoon slots. Some days events may be reversed based on Alcatraz time slots.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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$115.00
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Early Bird San Francisco GoCar Tour

Early Bird San Francisco GoCar Tour

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Get up and out to rent your GoCar before noon for a cost savings on this great way to explore San Francisco. After rider orientation, zoom off into the city for a whirlwind tour that covers much more ground than you could on foot. Use the provided map to make a route that focuses on the sights that interest you, and return your car by noon to continue your day exploring.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.50
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4-Hour Painted Ladies and Haight-Ashbury GoCar Tour

4-Hour Painted Ladies and Haight-Ashbury GoCar Tour

On this tour, you will see everything on the extensive 3 hour tour plus you will take the options that include a winding detour to the top of Twin Peaks, 922 feet above the City, where on a clear day you can see an epic panoramic view of San Francisco. You will then descend back down to Alamo Square to view the Painted Ladies, made famous by the popular TV show Full House, working your way back to the Presidio and Lombard Street.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$228.38
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