Cyndi Recommends...the Best
Today's quote: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust
SAN FRANCISCO SPECIALTY TOURS
Our favorite San Francisco tours & Northern California activities are described below. Pick from these or select your favorite parts and create your own tour! Expect the Ultimate!
SAN FRANCISCO and
YOU TOUR- Small, Custom, Private Tours - See and Do what
YOU want! The Itinerary is based upon upon your Interests,
Pace, Time and Preferences.
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Our smaller vehicles have access to sights
and areas unavailable to the large tourist buses. Actively
participate in customizing your own tour. YOU specify the
time schedule and your own particular interests. Our guides
are specialists in their chosen areas, waiting to share
their "tidbits" with you!! Our wide array of tours range
from broad overviews to more focused discussions on Historical
to Current Events, Environmental, Cultural, Aesthetic, Culinary
and Educational aspects. Discover and explore San Francisco
and all it's unique characteristics.
Our knowledgeable & personable guides will show you
the BEST in town. Let them share their stories & experiences.
Discover the nooks and crannies, those off-the-beaten-path
places! Learn the local favorites. See what makes SF so
unique. Trips vary according to your requests. Casual tours
to luxury excursions.You'll learn and see much! It will
be one of your best tours!! By appointment.
SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (4-5hr)
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There's much to see in San Francisco and we'll take the
opportunity to do lots of walking around as we explore some
of our most interesting places. Come join us as we experience
the Hyde Street Cable Car Line, one of our most popular
sights and activities and a walk down The Crookedest Street
- Lombard St. On to Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, Hyde Street
Pier, the ships there and the Cable Car Museum. We'll stop
and walk around Nob Hill, with history of the Pacific Union
Club and all the local gossip, Grace Cathedral - Ghiberti
doors and more. We'll tour Chinatown, Old St Mary's Church
built in 1850 and the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese from
the Rockies to the Pacific, Portsmouth Square, Jackson Square,
the original settlement of Yerba Buena. We'll discuss the
beatnics of the fifties, Vesuvio Bar where Ginsberg and
others hung out, Old St Mary's Park , and St Peter and Paul's
Church. History will be reviewed in Pacific Heights, Fisherman's
Wharf, and Fort Mason. At the Golden Gate Bridge, there
will be a photo opportunity and discussion of the Military
activities in the now Golden Gate Nation Recreation Area
before heading to Fort Point (Winfield Scott), renovated
for harbor defense in anticipation of the Civil War. Hopefully
there will be wind surfers out in the most challenging of
currents. We'll drive by Sea Cliff to Golden Gate Park,
stop at the Japanese Tea Gardens, tour the Haight-Ashbury
district (Summer of Love-Flower Childeren 1960's), and weather
permitting, stop a top Twin Peaks. We'll cover Mission Delores,
Civic Center, and course, our newly remodeled gold gilted
City Hall. By appointment.
SAN FRANCISCO ALL DAY TOUR - HIGHLIGHTS
plus lots of Nooks and Crannies - (8hr)
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Much of what is different and special about our Favorite
City that can be managed in a single day. Starts where the
city itself originated, at Portsmouth Square in today's
Chinatown, exploring the markets, hidden temples and fascinating
history of the real community behind the tourist attraction.
Moves to Nob Hill (with its Gothic cathedral and grand hotels),
stopping at the historic Palace Hotel's Garden Court, one
of the nation's most magnificent public rooms. We continue
through the new Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to the two-centuries-old
Mission Dolores, a living souvenir of our Mexican colonial
past, sampling the amazing murals of its neighborhood, then
proceeding via The Castro (the gay mecca) and The Haight
(-Ashbury) neighborhood (famous for nurturing a New Age)
to Golden Gate Park. We hurry by its main sites, and via
the Presidio, stop at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts
in the Marina District, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and
slide down into picturesque Sausalito for a bayside lunch.
We drive up to Pacific Heights to see some of its famous
and architecturally significant homes, cruise through exclusive
Seacliff, and take in the view from the classical Palace
of the Legion of Honor. From the Cliff House above Ocean
Beach, we move back into Golden Gate Park, to experience
its exquisite Japanese Tea Garden and,or the thrilling Earthquake!
Exhibit. The day winds down with the view of "Postcard Row," a drive through our outstanding Civic Center, and finally
a ramble down the Crookedest Street in the World, where
we view Coit Tower crowning Telegraph Hill. Or, after lunch,
we can drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods,
for ninety minutes inside this primeval redwood forest,
maybe returning via ferry from Sausalito to the Crookedest
Street in the World, before driving through North Beach
to the panoramic view from Coit Tower. However we've spent
the after- noon, a ride on our fabled cable cars offers
a great way to put a cherry on top of a delight-full day.
SAN FRANCISCO MARIN HEADLANDS, MUIR WOODS, BEACH, MT TAM, TIBURON, SAUSALITO TOUR
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Experience the rustic natural wonderland just outside San Francisco! See the rugged California Coastline, experience the serenity of the Redwood forest, the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean and beach, awe at the panoramic views from the Marin Headlands and atop Mt Tamalpais from ocean to mountains. Explore the quaint and charming towns of Marin just across the Golden Gate Bridge. On this custom tour, you the driver/guide will determine where you'll go and what you will see and experience! Option to
return to San Francisco from Sausalito or Tiburon via ferry. By appointment.
SAN FRANCISCO CULTURAL TOUR (4+hr)
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Explore the wealth and diversity of Ethnic Cultures that make up the city of San Francisco and California. We'll visit the various neighbors and get to know what makes tham so special. We'll start with a stroll through Japantown with it's singular
shops and museum-quality objet d'art. We continue to Haight
Ashbury, a charming neighborhood of late 19th and early
20th century homes, stunning views and one-of-a-kind shopping
in a district famous for its hippie and New Age survivals.
Then on to the Castro, the world's gay mecca, including
a stop at the world famous Names Project Quilt. We lunch
on Upper Market or in the Mission district. The afternoon
begins with a visit to the two-century old adobe Mission
Delores in the largely Latino district, where we'll see
as many mural as we make time for. Next, is historic North
Beach, with its local museum, quaint side-streets and wonderful
places to sip cappuccino. On to exotic and multi-faceted
Chinatown. The day closes with a view of the Bay from below
Coit Tower. By appointment.
SAN FRANCISCO BARBARY COAST HISTORICAL
WALKING TOUR (2+hr)
The most comprehensive guided walking tour
of SF history - the great events, grand characters, glorious
eras and unique treasures that transformed Native American
lands into one of the greatest cities in the world! It's
the discovery of gold, silver, earthquakes, fires, bridges,
towers, pyramids. Of beatniks, hippies, writers, poets,
musicians, bonanza kings, robber barons and our very own
emperor! Tour includes a free souneir photo album with more
than 100 pictures and images that reveal the City of THEN
and as you see it NOW! Price: $pp. Call for times.
SAN FRANCISCO ARCHITECTURAL TOUR -
Look up and around ot discover the many special
building features found in our city. We'll look at exteriors
and interiors, commercial and residential with some options
for special visits to Victorian homes and their owners who
have refurbished their houses back to the original antiquit
SAN FRANCISCO's PAINTED LADIES VICTORIAN HOMES - OPTIONAL INTERIOR HOME & ANTIQUES
TOUR (2, 3 or 4hr)
VIEW San Francisco's three main Styles of Victorians: Italianate,
Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne. Discover over 100 of these Beautiful
PAINTED LADIES in designated "Historical Districts" of San Francisco. Learn their History and How they were
built. OPTIONS: Interior visits to 1 or more original
or restored Victorian Homes/ Mansions and meet with the
owners and/or Shopping for Antiques. By appointment.
WINE COUNTRY TOURS -
Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, Alexander & Dry Creek Valleys
WINE COUNTRY and YOU CUSTOM TOURS
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Tours based upon Your Interests, Time, Schedule. Allow our KNOWLEDGEABLE guides to show you some of the very special wineries that make California Wine country so unique. From the hugh renowned wineries like Mondavi and Beringer to the very small boutiques and family owned operations, we'll visit settings in historic mansions, modern architecture, with galleries, gardens, panoramic views. Some have caves, barrel tastings, under ground streams, and meet the wine-maker opportunities. Whether you are wine novice or experienced collector, we can expand your knowledge and share some very special wines to taste, their unique production settings and the people who make them.
There are hundreds of wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Discover Cyndi's favorites. Trips vary according to Your Requests. Casual tours to luxury wine country excursions. Multiple days tours, special & private tastings, appointment only wineries experiences available.
NAPA VALLEY & WINE COUNTRY TOUR (9 hrs)
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Experience world famous Sonoma and Napa Valleys or Russian River, Alexander or Dry Creek Valley wineries. Visit several historic to boutique locations and some fabulous wines. Dine upon gourmet delicacies in additon to the sumptuous chardonnay, cabernet, merlot, pinot noir varietals. Experience the charm, beauty of wine country and marvelous wines that California produces.
We'll recommend a nice variety of very special winery settings and award winning wines. You'll learn much about wines and CA. wine country by the end of the day! By appointment.
NAPA VALLEY & WINE COUNTRY TOUR with LUNCH(9hr) - Medium group
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There is a magical fascination to the year long wine-making process; from the quiet winters to the ripe excitement of the fall harvest. Discover it for yourself….with us. SONOMA VALLEY - Visit at least two famous wineries and sample vintage wines in their tasting rooms. LUNCH - Experience a leisurely linch at a cozy Sonoma Restaurant, or on certain days we may picnic overlooking the vineyards and enjoy local produce, fresh sourdough bread and Sonoma cheeses. NAPA VALLEY - Relax on a scenic ride to DOMAINE CHANDON, a sparkling wine (champagne) house. After an informative tour, enjoy tasting with hors d'ouvres - a piece de resistence to complete the day. This may be the best tour you'll ever take. Price: $ includes lunch.
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm Hotel pick-up
WINE COUNTRY - SONOMA AND NAPA VALLEY (9 hrs) - Large Group
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Sonoma and Napa counties' Mediterranean climate makes them the premium wine making provinces of North America. Enjoy stops at an array of fine wineries such as Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace, Sebastiani, Mount St John for tastings and a behind the scenes walking tour. Lunch opportunities abound at either Sonoma's historic square or Yountville's rustic Vintage 1879 complex. We promise a day that is as informative as it is fun, jokes tend to get better and better with each subsequent wine tasting. P rice: Adult - $.
Time: Daily - 9:15 Hotel Pick-up from 8:30-9am
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA TOURS
MUIR WOODS AND YOU CUSTOM TOURS
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based upon Your Interests, Time, Schedule Allow our KNOWLEDGEABLE guides to show you the BEST in town & share their stories & experiences. Discover the nook and crannies, those the "off the beaten path" places! Learn the local favorites, See our Finest and what makes us so Unique! Trips vary according to Your Requests. Casual tours to luxury excursions. Two hours to all day (and night!). Call to schedule the GREATEST of outings! " This was THE BEST tour we've every had!"
SAN FRANCISCO MARIN HEADLANDS, MUIR WOODS, BEACH, MT TAM, TIBURON, SAUSALITO TOUR
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Experience the rustic natural wonderland just outside San Francisco! See the rugged California Coastline, experince the serenity of the Redwood forest, the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean and beach, awe at the panoramic views from the Marin Headlands and atop Mt Tamalpais from ocean to mountains. Explore the quaint and charming towns of Marin just across the Golden Gate Bridge. On this custom tour, you the driver/guide will determine where you'll go and what you will see and experience! Option to return to San Francisco from Sausalito or Tiburon via ferry. By appointment.
MUIR WOODS / SAUSALITO TOUR - (3 ½ hrs) - MEDIUM GROUP
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We'll drive north over the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, through picturesque MARIN COUNTY to MUIR WOODS - a virgin stand of COAST REDWOODS among the oldest and tallest trees on earth. You'll have 45 minutes to stroll through the forest and feel the serenity. Breathe deeply. Feel the cool, fresh air and experience the inspiration and invigoration of the wilderness. (Be sure to bring a sweater). Following that reprieve, we'll continue on to SAUSALITO, a quaint waterfront artist community that might remind you of the Mediterranean Rivera. We'll stop for 30 minutes or so for browsing through the many delightful shops and absorbing the fabulous views of San Francisco, Angel Island, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and the East Bay. Price: Adult: $ Time:Hotel pick-up between 9-9:30am & 1:30-2pm
MUIR WOODS / SAUSALITO TOUR (3 ½ hrs) - LARGE GROUP
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North across the Golden Gate Bridge lies two of California's most unique tourist attractions. Marin County, one of the most affluent counties in the United States, is home to one of the few remaining groves of virgin Coastal Redwoods. These redwoods are among the tallest and oldest trees in existence. The "Nature Trail" at Muir Woods leads you into the heart of its cathedral-like grove. An extended stop in Muir Woods will be made. Sausalito is an alluring village of art galleries, quaint shops and waterfront restaurants with the views of San Francisco across the Bay. Its cliff-hanging cottages and houseboat community lend a Mediterranean ambiance. Price: Adult - $
Time: 8:30am & 1:30- pm Hotel pick-up
MONTEREY / CARMEL TOURS
MONTEREY/ CARMEL and YOU CUSTOM TOURS
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based upon Your Interests, Time, Schedule Allow our KNOWLEDGEABLE guides to show you the BEST in town & share their stories & experiences. Discover the nook and crannies, those the "off the beaten path" places! Learn the local favorites, See our Finest and what makes us so Unique! Trips vary according to Your Requests. Casual tours to luxury excursions. All day tour. Call to schedule the GREATEST of outings! " This was THE BEST tour we've every had!"
MONTEREY / CARMEL TOUR (11 & 13 hrs)
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On our way down to the beautiful sea side towns of Monterrey and Carmel we'll bypass some of the Peninsula's scenery including Palo Alto, Stanford University, San Jose, and Silicon Valley, haven to some of the largest high tech industries. We'll meander through Salinas Valley, home of John Steinbeck. and stop at Cannery Row, named for the writer. All visitors will the enjoy the wonders of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, inside and out. The journey will continue along the spectacular coastline to Pacific Grove, Seal/ Bird Rock, 17 Mile Drive, home of several world class golf courses and it's Lone Cypress Tree, and through picturesque Pebble Beach. We'll make a stop in the charming village of Carmel by the Sea with it's 200 boutiques, art galleries and beautiful white sand beach. Afterwards, we'll take in the Spanish Mission, coastline along Point Lobos and Big Sur and dine among the Capitola Beach restaurants (these 4 are omitted on the shorter tour). The tour returns through Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay (the guide may do the sites in reverse order). By appointment.
MONTEREY / CARMEL with GOURMET LUNCH (11 hrs) - Medium group
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Come with us down the STUNNING PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY to SANTA CRUZ on MONTERREY BAY, through the farm rich SALINAS VALLEY (East of Eden), and spend more than TWO MEMORABLE HRS in CARMEL BY THE SEA. A refuge for wandering writers and artists after the 1906 earthquake, this endearing forest village of charming cottage homes remains a creative haven, while steadfastly resisting 20th century clutter. You'll enjoy a GOURMET LUNCHEON at a cozy restaurant, and the leisure to properly explore beguiling galleries, boutiques and hidden courtyards, stroll along the dazzling white sand beach, or repent at the CARMEL MISSION (Circa 1770).
We'll enter the 17 MILE DRIVE and majestic PEBBLE BEACH GOLF COURSE, go through PACFIC GROVE to CANNERY ROW in HISTORIC MONTERREY where you may elect to visit the MONTERREY BAY AQUARIUM (fee not included), or simply browse about (with the ghost of John Steinbeck). Then it's a return to "my city by the Bay" via Silicon Valley. Price: Adult - $ w/ lunch
Time: Tues thru Sat : 9am - 8pm Hotel Pick-up
MONTERRY, BAY AQUARIUM, CARMEL & 17 MILE DRIVE (11 hrs) - Large group
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California's rugged coast can both humble and inspire. Our route down Highway 1* features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, through Half Moon Bay and the seaside town of Santa Cruz. We'll pass through the Salinas Valley, "the artichoke capital of the world", and Monterrey to Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Visit the Monterrey Aquarium (admission included). Enjoy time on your own for lunch and shopping in the Cannery Row area. Follow the coast through Pacific Grove to 17 Mile Drive** where you will visit Pebble Beach**, Seal Rock* and the legendary Lone Cypress*. Spend time in art/gallery and restaurant district of Carmel, home of Clint Eastwood, with it's unique boutiques, cafes, and charming cottage homes. Pass by one of the oldest Spanish Missions in the country. Return to San Francisco via route 101 through San Jose and the Silicon Valley - the computer capital of the world. * Road conditions permitting **Closed during pro golf tournament
Price: MC3a - Adult: $ without Aquarium ticket Child - $
Time: M,W,F,Sat - 9am-8pm/ Hotel
Pick-up MC3b - Adult: $ with Aquarium ticket Child - $
Time: Everyday- 9am - 8pm/ Hotel Pick-up
YOSEMITE & GIANT SEQUOIAS TOURS (14 hrs) -max 12 persons in a van
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The day begins between 6:30 and 7am and crossing the Bay. Breakfast is in the Central Valley, famous for it's rich volcanic soil. It is a booming agricultural region nest known for almonds, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and strawberries. We pass though the cattle and horse ranching lands of the Sierra Nevada foothills, continuing on through California gold country and the old gold rush town of Maraposa. We reach the Merced River Canyon and wind our way along the river into Yosemite National Park.
Maps and guides in hand, we begin with a 1 ½ hour tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley famous for Yosemite Falls (tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest on earth), El Capitan, Half-Dome, Bridalvail Falls, Sentinel Dome and many more. The valley is approximately 1 mile wide (1.5 Km) and 7 miles (10 Km) long and we stop and get out a number of vantage points, inluding Inspiration Point at 4500 feet above sea level. Yosemite is a mecca for rockclimbers and depending upon the time of the year, the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,00 ft (1Km) sheer rock face is quite amazing.
After the tour, we stop for the afternoon at the base of Yosemite Falls. Here you get a chance to walk to the base of the falls, get lunch and visit the main visitor's center, Ansel Adams Gallery, Awananee Hotel, rent a bike of hike some of the shorter trails.
Then it is down to the Giant Sequoias in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park where there are trees you can drive through! Come see nature's wonders!Although you could spend 3 weeks, 3 hrs on your own is enough time to experience what has made Yosemite one of America's most popular national parks. Price: $134 adults, $99 children. Time: 6:30am-8:30pm
YOSEMITE IN A DAY (13 hrs) - Large group
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One of the natural wonders of the world, Yosemite Valley has an unforgettable impact on everyone who visits. Full appreciation CAN be realized in one day. Getting an early start, we cross the Bay Bridge at sunrise. A refreshment stop will be made once we reach the Central Valley, the most productive agricultural valley in America. Yosemite's glacier carved grandeur awaits us in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east. Our stay will include both a guided tour of its majesty as well as time on your own for hiking, shopping, and dining in Yosemite Village. The return trip to San Francisco affords time to reflect as we follow the sun west to its setting over the Pacific. Adults: $
Time: T, R, Sun 6:30-7am to 8pm Hotel Pick-up
YOSEMITE IN A DAY BY TRAIN (15 hrs with 5 ½ hr travel time)
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All aboard Amtrak to Merced!! Start your journey to Yosemite aboard a shuttle bus to the Emeryville train station. Board the train and wind through California's famous San Joaquin Valley, the "Fruit Basket of America". At the Merced Amtrak station, board your motorcoach, receive a complimentary box lunch, and continue on a narrated sightseeing tour of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding countryside. Drive through the Gold Rush town of Mariposa following the unpredictable Merced River. Continue on via an "open air" tram tour* with a Yosemite Park Ranger to "Inspiration Point" for a panoramic view of Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridal Falls and more. Upon arrival in Emeryville, the motorcoach will meet and return you to your San Francisco hotel. * Enclosed bus may be used during winter season. Price: Adult - $.
Time: Everyday - 6:30am departure from Transbay Terminal.
(6:15 shuttle bus from Union Square)
YOSEMITE 2 & 3 DAY TRIPS
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YOSCMP - YOSEMITE 3 DAY CAMPING TRIP(seasonal)
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No trip to California would be complete without a visit to Yosemite National Park. The park covers 1189 square miles of some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Waterfalls, glaciated cliffs, bears, hiking, giant Sequoias, swimming, snow, amazing trails, rockclimber spotting, campfires, sunny waether, diving into ice cold lakes,meeeting new people and having a laugh are among the never to be forgotten experiences. We're into our fifth year of offering backpackers and travellers the best way to experience Yosemite in a relaxed, fun filled atmosphere at a very good price. Because we mix the hiking up and include a free day where you can choose the trails you wish, nobody is under pressure and nobody is held back. M The itinerary varies depending upon the time of the year, weather , etc., but we know the park so well that there'll always be an interesting schedule and bring you to Yosemite's most spectacular hikes. The campsite we use is pretty good by American standards. It has a good bathroom and shower facilties, fresh drinking water and is situated in the picturesque Merced River Canyon close to the river. We stay at the same camp site for the 3 nights and drive to the various hikes and sights. All you need to hike with is a day pack.
Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don't worry is you've never camped before, many people haven't. We supply all the camping equipment , using quality tents, camping and cooking equi[pment. Everybody is expected to participate in setting up and breacking down camp. We provide the food, but not the chefs. You guys are the cooks, waiters, dishwashers and of course, the guests. We stop at a supermarket and buy everything we need. The fare is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegitarian, all you can eat and tasty. Most people eat better with us than they have in their previous travels. You will need a sleeping bag. One can be rented for $5. You will need sneaklers or hiking boots, shorts, T-shirts, swim wear and something warm in case of a change in waether. June through eptember is hot and sunny. May and October days are warm with cooler nights and occasional showers. Price: $ Time: By appointment
NATURE TAND ECOLOGICAL TOURS
MUIR WOODS & MARIN HEADLANDS NATURE & HISTORICAL TOUR (4 hrs)
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Led by a trained naturalist, you will explore the Marin Headlands, at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods, Marin's National Redwood Monument. Discover the California marine environment in the U.N. Bioshere Preserve from tide pool creatures to marine mammals to shore birds. Visit seals, sea lions and otters at the Marine Mammal Center. Nearby trails open up the Coastal Range (mountains) to a drier habitat of bobcats, fence lizards and hawks. Explore hands-on exhibits at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area Visitor Center. Learn fascinating details of Northern California's natural history. Binoculars and light refreshments provided. NATMWa - Price: $| Time: 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. Hotel pick-up
NAPA VALLEY NATURE TOUR at 3 WINERIES & PICNIC LUNCH (9 hrs)
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HORSEBACK RIDING TOURS in POINT REYES NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
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Try a Horseback Riding excursion through the woodlands out to the coast. Ride through Point Reyes National Seashore to a panoramic view of the rugged coastline and then down to the beach. Or follow the paths of the ancient Miwok Indians - Enjoy the diversified splendor of the local terrain on horseback. One hour to all day outings.
SAN FRANCISCO WALKING TOURS
CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR with DIM SUM LUNCH (2 hr tour; add 1 hr for lunch)
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Explore the ancient Chinese culture. This city within a city is a historic maze of mysterious sights, smells and sounds. It is a place where an ancient culture from the other side of the world survives and flourishes with remarkable authenticity. Come with us and you'll discover… Architecture and Art, Herbal Pharmacy, Fortune Cookie Factory and Ta Shop, Street Food Markets, a Chinese Temple , Portsmith Square, Chinese Language School, Waverly Place, Where to Shop and Eat. Come see the uniqueness of an ancient culture amidst our modern westernized society. Tour Price: Adult - $ w/ lunch; Child (5-11) - $ w/ lunch Time: 10am
VICTORIAN HOMES HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR (2 ½ hrs)
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Take A trip back to San Francisco's rich Victorian past. Learn about the architecture, lifestyle and history of this fascinating era. The group is small, the pace leisurely and the walk low impact through Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow. Explore the interior of a Queen Anne Style Home. View over 200 meticulously restored Painted Ladies. Learn to differentiate between Queen Anne, Italiante and Stick-Style architecture. Take a trolley bus ride to the neighborhoods. Walk past beautifully manicured gardens. Enjoy spectacular views of the Bay ibcluding Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Visit "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Party of Five" locations. Experience the local side of SF. Price: $
Time: 11am - 1:30pm. Meet at St Francisco Hotel (Powell & Geary)
OTHER SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA TOURS & ATTRACTIONS-
ALCATRAZ DAY FERRY TOUR (allow 2+ hrs)
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Cruise to the infamous former federal prison - home to the like of Al Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. The National Park Service presents a captioned orientation video with historical footage, self-guided walks, exhibits and interpretive talks on topics such as "Famous Escapes". Also featured is an award winning audio tour (available in 6 languages) in the prison Cell House with actual interviews of former guards and inmates. SEAT available for wheelchair users and visitor unable to walk up the quarter mile,12% grade hill. In addition to the prison, Alcatraz features some of the most spectacular views of the city and Golden Gate from the beautifully landscaped Agave Trail. The trail begins near the ferryboat landing on the east side of Alcatraz and continues just above the water level to the southern tip of the island. A walk along the trail winds through the protected bird sanctuary, ending at a stone stairway which leads to the parade ground, formerly ringed by the houses of guards and their families. The Agave Trail is open from late September to about mid-February, when bird nesting season begins. Price: $20; Child: $15
Departure times: 9:30, 10:15, & every 30 min until 4:15pm
ALCATRAZ AFTER HRS EVENING FERRY TOUR(2 ½ hrs) - L
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Take an evening cruise to the "ROCK". A limited number of special evening tours are available, featuring sunset and cityscape views of San Francisco after dark. Fully escorted, guided tours to the Cell House include west-side island viewing with narration by Alcatraz guides. Alcatraz after dark is truly a unique experience that you won't want to miss. Price : Adult-$29; Child: $25; Time: 6:20, 7:05pm
ALCATRAZ and ANGEL "ISLAND HOP" TOUR- (6 hrs) - L
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Combine two of San Francisco's famous islands in a one-day excursion. The tour connects Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous federal penitentiary and historical Angel Island State Park. The first stop on the "Island Hop" tour is Angel Island. Upon arrival on Angel Island you will take a one hour TramTour that includes breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge and an overview of the island's military and cultural history. You will see Civil War era Camp Reynolds, WWI and WWII installations Fort McDowell and the China cove Immigration Station known as the Ellis Island of the west. After your TramTour you will have about one hour to relax or enjoy lunch before the boat departs for Alcatraz. Food Service: Food and beverages may be purchased on all boats and at the cove Café on Angel Island. On Alcatraz, food and beverages are permitted only at the dock. No alcohol is allowed on Alcatraz.
Second stop is Alcatraz. The former federal prison is part of the Golden Gate National recreation Area. Your Alcatraz experience includes a dockside introduction by the National Park Service, a captioned orientation video, followed by self-guided walks, exhibits and interpretive talks on topics such as "famous escapes" . Also features is an award winning audio tour in the prison Cell House with actual interviews of former guards and inmates. At the conclusion of the Cell House tour, you are free to explore the island at your own pace, then board any returning ferry to Pier 41. This is a combination tour. There is only one departure from Pier 41 daily. No substitutes or refunds permitted. THERE IS ONLY ONE DEPARTURE DAILY FROM ANGEL ISLAND TO ALCATRAZ AT 12:50PM. PLEASE DON'T MISS THE BOAT! Price: Adult - $48 Child (5-11) - $33 Time: Mon - Fri, 10am & Sat - Sun, 9:30am
SAN FRANCISCO GROUP TOURS - Medium size-10-24p
SAN FRANCISCO CITY DAY TOUR - (3 ½ hrs) - MEDIUM GROUP
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Allow us to introduce you to The City - the land and the sea, the past and the present, the hilltops and the neighborhoods, the people and the spirit of San Francisco. Discover the Fascination of FISHERMAN'S WHARF, CHINATOWN and NOBHILL. Feel the charm of the old VICTORIAN HOMES and the glamour of NORTH BEACH. See the exotic night clubs on BROADWAY. Witness the end of an era in the HAIGHT-ASHBURY. Then there's yersterday's BARBARY COAST and today's FINANCIAL DISTRICT, PALACE OF FINE ARTS, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, UNION STREET, PACIFIC OCEAN.
We will make three stops along the way: TWIN PEAKS - Panoramic view of the city. CLIFF HOUSE - The ocean & Seal Rock. MARIN HEADLANDS - Overview of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. Price: $ - Adult, $ - Child. Time: 9 & 11am, 2 pm. Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
MUIR WOODS / SAUSALITO TOUR - (3 ½ hrs) - MEDIUM GROUP
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We'll drive north over the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, through picturesque MARIN COUNTY to MUIR WOODS - a virgin stand of COAST REDWOODS among the oldest and tallest trees on earth. You'll have 45 minutes to stroll through the forest and feel the serenity. Breathe deeply. Feel the cool, fresh air and experience the inspiration and invigoration of the wilderness. (Be sure to bring a sweater). Following that reprieve, we'll continue on to SAUSALITO, a quaint waterfront artist community that might remind you of the Mediterranean Rivera. We'll stop for 30 minutes or so for browsing through the many delightful shops and absorbing the fabulous views of San Francisco, Angel Island, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and the East Bay. Price: Adult: $ Child: $ Time:Hotel pick-up between 9-9:30am & 1:30-2pm
SAN FRANCISCO AND MUIR WOODS / SAUSALITO COMBO TOUR ( 7 hrs) - MEDIUM GROUP
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SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR - Allow us to introduce you to The City - the land and the sea, the past and the present, the hilltops and the neighborhoods, the people and the spirit of San Francisco. Discover the Fascination of FISHERMAN'S WHARF, CHINATOWN and NOBHILL. Feel the charm of the old VICTORIAN HOMES and the glamour of NORTH BEACH. See the exotic night clubs on BROADWAY. Witness the end of an era in the HAIGHT-ASHBURY. Then there's yersterday's BARBARY COAST and today's FINANCIAL DISTRICT, PALACE OF FINE ARTS, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, UNION STREET, PACIFIC OCEAN. We will make three stops: TWIN PEAKS - Panoramic view of the city CLIFF HOUSE - The ocean & Seal Rock, MARIN HEADLANDS - Overview of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE.
Plus MUIR WOODS AND SAUSALITO TOUR-
We'll drive over the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, through picturesque MARIN
COUNTY to MUIR WOODS - a virgin stand of COAST REDWOODS among the oldest and talledst trees on earth. You'll have a 45 minute stop the stroll through the forest (the feeling of serenity may overwhelm you!). Take a deep breathe - the air here, though cool, is CLEAN and INVIGORATING. Be sure to bring a sweater. On to SAUSALITO - an artist colony whose waterfront and hillside homes may remind you of a village on the Reiveria. We'll stop for 30 minutes or so for browsing among the many DELIGHTFUL SHOPS, enjoy the view of the multi-colored sailboats and Dan Francisco across the Bay. Price: $78 - Adult, $- Child Time: 9 am - Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
SAN FRANCISCO GROUP TOURS -
LARGE SIZE GROUPS
SAN FRANCISCO-3 DELUXE CITY TOUR by Motor coach (3 ½ hrs)
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Discover everyone's favorite city. Take in the views from Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge along the scenic city coastline. See Angel Island and Alcatraz in the backdrop. Tour the major attractions of San Francisco and learn the best kept secrets from a local's perspective.
- Victorian "Painted Ladies"
- Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
- Fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean
- Telegraph Hill / Coit Tower
- Golden Gate Park
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Cliff House/Seal Rock
- Palace of Fine Arts
- Civic Center
- Twin Peaks
- Union Square
- Financial District
- Civic Center
- Mission Delores
- Nob Hill
- Union Square
- Cables Cars
- Pier 39
Price: Adult - $. Time: Departs Daily at 8:45am, 11am, 2pm. Hotel Pick-up from 8-8:30am, 10:30-11am, 1:30-2pm