• Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Tours in San Francisco

Tours of San Francisco allow you to see the city’s main sights, including the Golden Gate bridge, its many steep, winding roads and its lively shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. Stop off here as part of a road trip, or simply spend a few days taking in the attractions of this thriving city. Browse our selection of San Francisco tours below or speak to our Destination Specialists who will book a bespoke holiday for you.

For the ultimate luxury tour of San Francisco, book our Wings Over The West Tour. This 15 day suggested itinerary takes you from Las Vegas to the coast, national parks and Los Angeles in a luxury private aircraft. Speeding between destinations gives you plenty of time to explore each at your own pace. In San Francisco you can explore the beautiful waters of the bay and enjoy a morning guided tour which takes in all of the top sights. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the sea lions that bask in the sun on Pier 39.

If you prefer the freedom of a San Francisco road trip, try our Golden California tour. Drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1, beginning in the city by the bay, San Francisco. See crab markets and basking sea lions, take in the unique architecture of pretty houses that cling to the steep streets of the city and take a tour of Alcatraz. Alternatively, our Postcards of California road trip begins in San Francisco, allowing you to take a guided tour of Chinatown, the Italian district of North Beach and more before heading along the golden coastline.

10 days Yosemite National Park

Splendours of the West Tour

 

One of our most popular USA escorted tours, Splendours of the West takes you on a 10 day journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco stopping along the way at some of the region’s best cities and sights. This tour...

Escorted tours

Splendours of the West Tour
15 days Private aircraft over Lake Mead

Wings Over The West Escorted Tour

 

From the bright lights of Las Vegas, the heights of the Grand Canyon to the awesome Yosemite National Park, you’ll get a true flavour of the West Coast of this diverse county. Spend 14 nights in the West Coast of...

Adventure holidays

Wings Over The West Escorted Tour
15 days Yellowstone National Park

National Parks Explorer Tour

 

Our National Parks Explorer Tour guides you through America’s best nature preserves over 14 full days of adventure. Uncover the USA’s most important geological hotspots on this unforgettable tour of renowned landmarks and lesser travelled landscapes. Travel back in time...

Escorted tours

National Parks Explorer Tour
16 days Cable Car Ride

West Coast Aloha Tour

 

The stunning beaches and cities of California along with vibrant Las Vegas are the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing and exhilarating stay in Hawaii. You'll enjoy a fully guided tour of both San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as...

Escorted tours

West Coast Aloha Tour
15 days El Capitan

National Parks and Lodges Tour

 

Get ready to see some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth and the best of America’s incredible national parks, on this unforgettable national park tour of the American south west. Starting off in beautiful San Francisco, this 14 night...

USA road trips

National Parks and Lodges Tour
10 days a large body of water with a city in the background

Western Highlights Tour

 

Take in all of the West Coast's best attractions in one incredible tour. This fantastic ten night escorted tour takes you from the stunning coastal City of San Francisco, to the entertainment capital Las Vegas via the natural wonder of...

Escorted tours

Western Highlights Tour
12 days a close up of a street sign sitting on the side of a road

Golden California Self Drive Itinerary

 

Explore California's incredibly scenic Pacific towns; little gems that dot the coast as you cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway 1. Cycle the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and see the noisy sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf, walk the...

City holidays

Golden California Self Drive Itinerary
8 days Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Postcards of California

 

Enjoy the sun ofnyour face and the wind in your hair on this 8 day California self drive itinerary starting in San Francisco. Experience the thrill of the Cable Car and the eeriness of Alcatraz before you travel down the...

City holidays

Postcards of California
16 days Motorcycle tour of the Wild West

EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour

 

From the iconic landscapes of the wild west to the rugged pacific coastline and world-famous national parks, this once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle tour lets you experience the unparalleled natural beauty of America’s West Coast by bike. Over 16 days, you’ll ride through...

Escorted tours

EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour
17 days a train is on the side of a mountain

Classic West

 

Take a huge bite of Western highlights, visit iconic cities and see nature at its most splendid, explore Yosemite, Grand Canyon and more!California is the back drop for this fantastic self-drive tour - you'll get it all - from celeb...

Motorcycle holidays

Classic West
10 days a person riding a motorcycle on the side of a road

EagleRider Pacific Coast Highway Guided Motorcycle Tour

 

The exhilarating EagleRider Pacific Coast Highway Guided Motorcycle tour takes in the sun-drenched coastlines and dreamy landscapes of Washington, Oregon and California. On the way you’ll explore historic cities, tackle rugged mountain roads and cruise through deep forests, enjoying some...

Adventure holidays

EagleRider Pacific Coast Highway Guided Motorcycle Tour
22 days a large body of water with a city in the background

The Great American Roadtrip Self Drive

 

The Great American Roadtrip Self Drive is an epic 5,000km journey from New York City to San Francisco, taking in the country’s national parks, fabulous cities and legendary roads. On the way you’ll discover America’s rich history and culture, crossing...

Self drive holidays

The Great American Roadtrip Self Drive

San Francisco has a warm and fairly predictable Mediterranean climate, typical of California's coast. Winters are mild but can be rainy and often misty, while summers are dry and hot. 

Spring is a great season to visit, as the temperatures are usually warm and the city can get hot and busier in the height of summer. In addition, September through to November is also good, since rain and fog are quite rare and days are sunny and warm.

San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, with an eclectic combination of culture and architecture from pretty candy-coloured Victorian houses to modern glass and steel constructions. Landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square Park, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown district, the Palace of the Legion Honor, and Pier 39, which offers dining, shopping, entertainment and views over the ocean.

San Francisco is a foodie's dream, with numerous fantastic restaurants to choose from. The city is traditionally known for fresh seafood – take your pick from cioppino (seafood stew with tomato and wine broth), Dungeness crab and sand dabs to oysters, bay shrimp and creamy clam chowder in a crusty sourdough bread bowl. If you're still hungry, finish off with a Ghiradelli hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. Thirsty? Order up one of America's first craft beers, Anchor Steam Beer, which is brewed here. 

San Francisco is one of the delights of a visit to California, and a tour here will expand your every horizon. There’s plenty to like: fascinating museums and galleries, fresh seafood, unique transportation, familiar film locations and, of course, the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Why you'll love San Francisco... 

  • Cycling the length of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Smelling the aromas and seeing the colours of the farmers’ markets in Ferry Building
  • Walking along beaches in the sun, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Taking in panoramic views of San Francisco and East Bay from unspoilt Quarry Beach on Angel Island
  • Riding one of the cable cars and taking in amazing views of the city
  • Driving the hilly San Francisco roads
  • Tasting fresh fish in San Francisco’s many seafood restaurants
  • Absorbing the easy-living lifestyle
  • Observing the sunbathing sea lions from Pier 39 
  • Watching for whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean

Did you know?

  • There’s been an annual Muni Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest in San Francisco since the 1960s.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge is actually a red/orange colour.
  • San Francisco's China Town is the largest in the world, outside of China, with 100,000 people living in its one-and-a-half square miles.