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San Francisco Discovery Bridge to Bridge Cruise

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  • Enjoy wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Skyline
  • Offers you a choice of Choose from three fascinating commentaries available – San Francisco Architecture, Natural History or Native American Culture
  • A fun cruise everyone will enjoy
  • Learn fascinating facts about San Francisco Bay


If you love being out on the water, this narrated cruise is a wonderful way to explore the sights of San Francisco Bay. The cruise will take you under both of San Francisco's incredible bridges, the Oakland Bay Bridge and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.

Enjoy three fascinating commentaries – on San Francisco Architecture, Natural History and Native American Culture respectively – and listen on the headphones provided. Whether you are a San Francisco resident or a visitor, you are sure to learn something new and interesting.

Or, if you’re in the mood to just relax, gaze out over the rail and watch the San Francisco skyline, or look out for brown pelicans diving for fish.

As you return to port, listen for a greeting from the friendly resident sea lions.


To enhance your enjoyment, you can hear three excellent audio commentaries, in 12 different languages, on the headphones provided. The topics are:

Architecture: Learn about the extraordinary mix of architecture for which San Francisco is famous. Building styles range from Victorian, through elegant art deco to the thoroughly modern.

Natural History: With its sand dunes, salt marsh, rocky islands, open water and beaches, San Francisco Bay is a haven for many fascinating wild plants and animals. The natural history narration will tell you more.

Native American Culture: Find out about the Ohlone or Costanoan Native Americans, who lived around the Bay before the Spaniards arrived in 1776. Spanish colonization all but wiped them out, but descendents of the survivors are actively revitalizing their culture.

As your cruise departs, the audio commentary synchronizes with the sights and landmarks on the way. You can stick to one commentary or switch between them.

On the way out, you will pass the forbidding island of Alcatraz, once a federal penitentiary. Isolated by dangerous currents, this was a prison from which no one could successfully escape, although many tried. Notorious inmates included Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud, the ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’.

Sailing along, you may see brown pelicans, with their huge 6 ½ foot wing span, diving for fish. You will cruise past the man-made Treasure Island, and the natural outcrop of Yerba Buena, and sail under the massive Oakland Bay Bridge. This 8.5 mile long combination suspension / cantilever structure links the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.

On your return to Fisherman’s Wharf you may hear the barking sea lions at Pier 39.

Your enjoyable cruise ends at the starting point.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



90 minutes

Start time

Till 27 Mar 2015: 12:00pm
28 Mar 2015 - 17 May 2015: 12:30pm & 2:15pm
18 May 2015 - 07 Sep 2015: 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm & 5:45pm
08 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015: 12:30pm, 2:15pm
01 Nov 2015 - 25 Mar 2016: 12:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes

Meeting point

The tour starts from Pier 43½, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
Please arrive 15 minutes before sailing time. .

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

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  • 90 minutes boat cruise
  • 3 English audio commentaries on Native American Culture, Natural History and Architecture
  • Headphones
  • Audio commentary available in 12 Languages - English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian, Thai, Russian and Hindi


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Refreshments


Remember the camera Weather changes rapidly in the Bay, so bring layers of clothing you can peel on and off

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Please note

A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise at reasonable prices is available onboard.

The tickets are open dated, and can be used for up to one year from the date specified at the time of booking.

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.

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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.
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Cancellation policy

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