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San Francisco Movie Sightseeing Tour

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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (including pick up)
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  • From Dirty Harry to Mrs Doubtfire, you′ll be amazed at the films made here
  • Watch film clips, then see the exact same location from the coach window!
  • Great for families and a must for movie buffs
  • Recommended by users of Trip Advisor – One of the top-rated things to do in San Francisco

This enthralling sightseeing tour with a difference shows you the famous landmarks of San Francisco by an entertaining romp through its cinematic past.

Popular with film-makers since the earliest days of cinema, San Francisco is peppered with familiar movie locations. Watch actual clips on a big screen in the coach and match them to the view outside the window. Its a magical experience.

On the way, your enthusiastic and interactive actor-turned-guide provides behind-the-scenes information and trivia about San Francisco and your favorite films.

You'll be amazed just how many movie greats were filmed here. Examples include Vertigo, Dirty Harry, Mrs Doubtfire, Bullitt, The Rock, Princess Diaries, Dr Dolittle and Milk.

Film buffs will be in heaven, but this tour is equally enjoyable for others too. A riveting introduction to a truly delightful city.

Customer reviews

AJ, our guide, really knew her stuff and delivered it with impeccable timing and a sense of humor. Being movie buffs, it was great for my wife and me to see 70 scenes from 60...

Mark Woollard Canada
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I took family members that wanted to see SF and I had been on the tour about four years ago and loved it so I took them. Had the same great time as the first time time and even...

gail l thompson United States
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The San Francisco Movie Sightseeing Tour is simply the best way to see the city. You will travel in an air conditioned mini-coach, known as the 'Theater-on-Wheels'. Your enthusiastic (English-speaking) actor-turned-guide sits facing the guests and provides behind-the-scenes information about San Francisco and your favorite films.

San Francisco provides a vast choice of dramatic movie locations and has been popular with film-makers from the early days of cinema.

Your tour visit all the major neighborhoods in the City. There will be two restroom stops and plenty of photo breaks. Highlights of the tour include:

Fisherman’s Wharf: The northern waterfront area of San Francisco and a popular tourist attraction.

North Beach: San Francisco's 'Little Italy'

Nob Hill: An affluent district used as a set-piece scene in many movies, especially when high-speed chases are called for.

Union Square: Premier shopping district. Also famous as a venue for rallies in support of the Union Army during the Civil War.

Civic Center: Contains many of the city's largest government and cultural institutions. There will be a restroom stop at the City Hall here.

Alamo Square: Neighborhood with many fine Victorian buildings. Scenes from Invasion of the Body Snatchers were shot here.

Haight/Ashbury: Bohemian district famous for being a center of the 1960s hippie movement

Golden Gate Park: A large public park where Charlie Chaplin filmed scenes for at least two movies.

Presidio: A public park containing historic fortifications. In Star Trek, the Presidio is the location of Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Command Headquarters. A 1988 action movie The Presidio, starring Sean Connery and Meg Ryan, is set here.

Fort Point: Historic fort on the southern side of the Golden Gate used in numerous movies and TV shows. Examples include Hitchcock's 1958 thriller Vertigo. You will have a restroom stop here

Golden Gate Bridge: The celebrated suspension bridge across the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. Seen in countless pieces of media, for example Superman: The Movie.

Pacific Heights: An affluent area with grand mansions and stunning views. Backdrop to around 26 famous movies to date including Dr Dolittle and Mrs Doubtfire, as well as the eponymous Princess Diaries.

Along the way you will be able to see more than 70 clips from over 55 of the most famous movies filmed in San Francisco. These include Vertigo, Dirty Harry, Mrs Doubtfire, Bullitt, The Rock, Princess Diaries, Pursuit of Happyness and Milk.

You will see the clip on the bus's big screen and can match it with the view right outside your window. Your enthusiastic actor-turned-guide provides behind-the-scenes information about San Francisco and your favorite films. This is a family-friendly tour and includes clips from Princess Diaries, Full House, Dr Dolittle, George of the Jungle, and X-Men 3, among others.

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at Pier 43 1/2. Transportation back to Nob Hill or Union Square is not included.

Please note
Please advise which meeting point you will join the tour at in the special requests field at the time of booking and call the activity operator to confirm 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. The tour guide will not go to each of these points unless they know there will be guests there to pick up.
  • Transportation in air-conditioned, 23-seat mini-coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Complimentary water and movie listing
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Morning tour: Daily
Afternoon tour: 01 Jul - 03 Sep, Daily
3 hours 30 minutes (including pick up)
Start time
The tour starts at the following times:
Union Square: 9:50am
Nob Hill: 10:10am
Pier 43 ½: 10:30am
Additional tour 01 Jul – 03 Sep only:
Pier 43 ½: 2:30pm
Meeting point
There are three possible pick up points for the San Francisco Movie Tour:
Union Square: A block away at the southwest corner of Post Street and Powell Street directly next to the Westin St. Francis Hotel (NOT the Sir Francis Drake) at 09:50am. (There is a white bus loading zone on Post Street along the north side of the Westin St. Francis Hotel. The bus (white mini-bus with MOVIE LOCATIONS in yellow above the windshield) will be parked there, and the guide will meet guests at the corner of Post Street and Powell Street.)
Nob Hill: In front of the Fairmont Hotel, at 950 Mason St (between California and Sacramento) at 10:10 am
Pier 43 1/2: on Fisherman's Wharf at 10:30am
(Please use the special requests field to advise us which meeting point you will join the tour at)
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time.
Ending point
The tour ends at Pier 43 1/2 on Fisherman's Wharf
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Additional information
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.
You can get on and off the bus at photo stops and during the two restroom breaks.
Dos & Don'ts
There are numerous photo-stops along the route, so don't forget to bring the camera!

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