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San Francisco Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Key facts

Where: San Francisco , U.S.A. Duration: 1 hour

Highlights

  • Enjoy wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Skyline
  • Stupendous photo-opportunities
  • Frequent cruise departures – choose the one that is right for you!

Overview

A San Francisco Bay Cruise is the perfect introduction to San Francisco and a ‘must do’ when you visit the city.

Board a comfortable boat for the delightful narrated cruise and lean over the rail to admire San Francisco’s renowned skyline. Pass under the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and marvel at its colossal span. Return past notorious Alcatraz Island, site of the former federal prison that once housed Al Capone.

Itinerary

Your exciting trip will be enhanced by an excellent audio commentary, available in no less than 12 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian, Thai, Russian and Hindi). Headphones are provided.

Sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and numerous other exciting sights.

As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Next, enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio—both former army installations—that are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot span of the 746-foot tall Golden Gate Bridge.

As you sail under the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge you will have the opportunity for fantastic photographs of this magnificent engineering feat.

Looping back into the Bay you will pass the important wildlife sites of the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve.

Sail past the town of Sausalito and see its 400 houseboats in all shapes and sizes. Sausalito was notorious as a center for bootlegging during the Prohibition era.

You will slowly cruise around the infamous island of Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary for 29 years. Notorious inmates included Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud, the ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’.

Sailing back towards Fisherman’s Wharf look out for the splendid art deco Coit Tower. As you near the Wharf, you may hear the barking sea lions at Pier 39. After your enjoyable 1-hour cruise, you will be dropped back at the start point.

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Reviews

Great tour, clean ship, pleasant staff, lovely audio - we couldn't be more pleased with this experience.... Sally Underwood

The tour was approximately one hour long and took us under the Golden Gate Bridge (unfortunately shropuded in mist) and baxk again to Pier 43 and a half via Alcatraz. There was... mr s m heffer

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

1 hour

Start time

Cruise departures:
01 Apr 2014 - 18 May 2014: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 12:00noon, 1:10pm, 1:40pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm & 5:00pm
19 May 2014 - 01 Sep 2014: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 12:00noon, 1:10pm, 1:40pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm & 6:15pm
02 Sep 2014 - 01 Nov 2014: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 12:00noon, 1:10pm, 1:40pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm & 5:00pm
02 Nov 2014 - 29 Mar 2015: 10:00am, 10:45am (Thursday - Monday), 11:15am, 1:10pm, 1:40pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm

Meeting point

The cruise starts from Pier 43½, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
Please report at the meeting point 25-30 minutes before the start time.

Ending point

The boat cruise ends at Pier 43½, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.

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Inclusions

  • 1-hour boat cruise
  • Audio commentary on boat cruise (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian, Thai, Russian and Hindi)
  • Headphones

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Refreshments

Do/Dont's

Remember the camera for those shots of Golden Gate Bridge Weather can change rapidly in the Bay, so take layers of clothing you can peel on and off

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Please note

Please arrive at least 25 minutes prior to the sailing time

Boarding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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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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  • 4.5Reviews (3)
  • "Absolutely not to be missed!" Great tour, clean ship, pleasant staff, lovely audio - we couldn't be more pleased with this experience....
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