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Golden Gate Bridge and Beach Walking Tour, San Francisco

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Key Highlights

  • Photograph the splendid Golden Gate Bridge from many different perspectives
  • Meet the locals and get the inside track on places you visit
  • See things the guidebooks don′t tell you about
  • Enjoy great views and fresh sea air along the rocky Pacific coast
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    2015: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    2016: Saturday & Sunday

    Duration

    4 hours
    From 1 Jan 2016, the duration of the tour will be 3.5-4.5 hours.

    Start time

    2015: 1:30pm
    2016: 4pm

    Meeting Point

    Please make your way to the start point at the concrete benches in front of the Bridge Pavilion Visitor Center which is located on the south east end of the Bridge (also known as the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center area).
    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Cliff House (restaurant on west coast of San Francisco peninsula), where you can catch a bus back to the city center)

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This walking tour provides stunning views of San Francisco, unique vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a chance to mix with locals at work and play.

    Walk out onto the Golden Gate Bridge, then trek along the rugged Pacific coastline. Hike along cliffs for bird’s eye views, walk along the beach where you can mix with locals, stroll through San Francisco’s most exclusive neighborhood, explore the remains of Sutro Baths, and finish with a hot or cold beverage at the famous Cliff House restaurant.

    First-time visitors to San Francisco will love this tour and even people who know the city will discover something new.

    Itinerary

    Expect to see some incredible views on the San Francisco Bridge & Beach Walking Tour.

    You will walk out onto the Golden Gate Bridge where you will have fantastic views of the city skyline. Your guide will tell you the history and lore of what is probably the most photographed bridge in the world.

    You will hike away from the Bridge and explore the historic battery sites along the shore. You then walk further along the Pacific Coast while pelicans soar overhead and barges and sailboats glide into the Bay. During your hike, the Bridge will often come back into view for a variety of perspectives and superb photo opportunities.

    Along the rugged coastline you can enjoy exhilarating cliff top views of the crashing surf from overlooks like Land’s End and Eagle’s Point. Throughout the walk, your leader will provide insight into the area’s history, folklore and abundance of natural life.

    Take a 30-minute walk alongBaker Beach to put your toes in the ocean, mix with locals taking a break from city life or chat with fishermen casting lines. Climb the steps into Sea Cliff, San Francisco’s most exclusive neighbourhood, where you will stroll among mansions, manicured gardens and fine architecture.

    Drop down to the edge of the Pacific to explore the crumbling ruins of the once magnificent Sutro Baths. This extravagant public bathhouse opened in 1896 with a USD $ 1 million price tag, brainchild of the wealthy and eccentric one-time mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro. After surviving through many incarnations (Playland, 1960s ice rink, etc) the complex burned down in 1966.

    After viewing the Baths, make your way to the Cliff House Restaurant and watch the sun sink down on the Pacific while you sip a celebratory beverage.

    The tour ends at Cliff House where you can catch a bus service back to the city center.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Local English-speaking guide
    • 1 select beverage at the Cliff House

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Bus ticket back to the City center
    • Snacks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    From 1 Jan 2016 onward, drink at the Cliff House will not be included.

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
    In really inclement weather, a rain check can be provided to use on a future trip

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.This trip is offered on a ‘join-in’ basis. Maximum group size is 12.If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry in San Francisco. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this trip.