San Francisco City Tour Excursion Reviews

Dive into San Francisco's world-class culture and historical landmarks, all wrapped up by a sparkling bay flanked by the famous Golden Gate Bridge, visible from hilly streets' whizzing cable cars. You'll see why Tony Bennett left his heart here!
Great tour.
Great tour. At our stop in Golden Gate Park we went to the top of the tower at the museum there for fabulous views. The tour guide was great. I've been to S.F. many times and I think we covered just about the whole city.
Great tour. At our stop in Golden Gate Park we went to the top of the tower at the museum there for fabulous views. The tour guide was great. I've been to S.F. many times and I think we covered just about the whole city. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We took a Big bus hop on hop off bus tour of San Francisco.
We took a Big bus hop on hop off bus tour of San Francisco. We got off at stops at the Golden Gate bridge and Fine Arts Palace. Very good way to see some of the highlights of this city.
We took a Big bus hop on hop off bus tour of San Francisco. We got off at stops at the Golden Gate bridge and Fine Arts Palace. Very good way to see some of the highlights of this city. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I particularly liked the Dim Sum and tour in San Francisco.
I particularly liked the Dim Sum and tour in San Francisco. We saw some interesting landmarks in San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, and were able to catch a bit of the air show since it was Fleet Week. We brunched at the New ... Read More
I particularly liked the Dim Sum and tour in San Francisco. We saw some interesting landmarks in San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, and were able to catch a bit of the air show since it was Fleet Week. We brunched at the New Asia in Chinatown, which when I remarked to some of my table mates that it was very "authentic" and "funky" were less than kind about the atmosphere/decor: they did not seem to appreciate its "authenticity". The Dim Sum though was scrumptious, and I myself had no complaints! Overall a really great tour of the best of San Fran, and makes me want to return for a longer stay. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I booked the hop on/off bus tour and it was useless.
I booked the hop on/off bus tour and it was useless. We spent over an hour and half in traffic before finally getting over the Golden Gate Bridge. I decided to walk back over and was able to jump on to a bus to The Palace of Fine Arts ... Read More
I booked the hop on/off bus tour and it was useless. We spent over an hour and half in traffic before finally getting over the Golden Gate Bridge. I decided to walk back over and was able to jump on to a bus to The Palace of Fine Arts before connecting back onto the Red line. The first 1.5 hour showed me nothing. It was simply a city with high rise buildings. Personally I'd take a taxi if you want to go over the bridge or just spend your time walking around Pier 30 and Fishermans Wharf which are walking distance from the cruise terminal. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Hop on, hop off bus.
Hop on, hop off bus. Look for good deals online. The operator will match the online deals, so don’t just pay the advertised price. We did all three bus routes and it was well worth it. Legroom upstairs is very tight. Much better ... Read More
Hop on, hop off bus. Look for good deals online. The operator will match the online deals, so don’t just pay the advertised price. We did all three bus routes and it was well worth it. Legroom upstairs is very tight. Much better downstairs, although you do miss some of the views then. Commentary depended very much on who was driving. Some of it was great, others just let the recorded system do the talking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had a wonderful tour guide and driver who took us up to the top of the hills, which is an ...
We had a wonderful tour guide and driver who took us up to the top of the hills, which is an unbelievable view of the city below as well as some of the more notable areas in the city such as Giradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, China ... Read More
We had a wonderful tour guide and driver who took us up to the top of the hills, which is an unbelievable view of the city below as well as some of the more notable areas in the city such as Giradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, China Town, etc. You cannot get the full perspective of San Francisco until you're driving up any of the streets to the top and see how cars park along the side streets. It is so steep it makes the cars look like they're going to tumble downhill! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
booked outside pier 39 this included 3 routes and night time tour hop on hop off bus excellent
booked outside pier 39 this included 3 routes and night time tour hop on hop off bus excellent
booked outside pier 39 this included 3 routes and night time tour hop on hop off bus excellent Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did the hop on hop off bus multi day tour through the ship and were very disappointed in the ...
We did the hop on hop off bus multi day tour through the ship and were very disappointed in the service from the bus company. I would recommend using Uber of Lyft instead.
We did the hop on hop off bus multi day tour through the ship and were very disappointed in the service from the bus company. I would recommend using Uber of Lyft instead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
bought BigBus Hop on Hop off all day tour.
bought BigBus Hop on Hop off all day tour. DO NOT BUY BOTH DAYS -- you will not need them. Entire loop takes 2.5 hours. Very informative, but hard to hear -- a native English speaker would be much better fro anyone who is hard of ... Read More
bought BigBus Hop on Hop off all day tour. DO NOT BUY BOTH DAYS -- you will not need them. Entire loop takes 2.5 hours. Very informative, but hard to hear -- a native English speaker would be much better fro anyone who is hard of hearing. This tour goes over the Golden Gate Bridge. No bathrooms on board. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did the hop on/hop off bus in San Francisco.
We did the hop on/hop off bus in San Francisco. Make sure to pick up your ear plug as you board the bus. We really enjoyed it and rode it around the full route, went back to the ship for lunch, then hopped back on to explore the city ... Read More
We did the hop on/hop off bus in San Francisco. Make sure to pick up your ear plug as you board the bus. We really enjoyed it and rode it around the full route, went back to the ship for lunch, then hopped back on to explore the city more. Do dress warmly if riding on the top deck because it’s quite chilly when you cross the Golden Gate Bridge. We chose Big Bus Tours because you can use the ticket within 30 days of purchase and if we missed the port, it would be easy to use the ticket since we live two hours from San Francisco. But the really nice thing is they pick you up right in front of the ship. You can buy your tickets when in port right in front of the bus. You save $5 by buying in advance online. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hop on Hop off bus - we had a great tour guide who kept us informed.
Hop on Hop off bus - we had a great tour guide who kept us informed. The tour is listed as 2.5 hours but that's if you just go all the way around once. You can get off and on whenever you want and had all day.
Hop on Hop off bus - we had a great tour guide who kept us informed. The tour is listed as 2.5 hours but that's if you just go all the way around once. You can get off and on whenever you want and had all day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
very good.
very good. We spent about 4 hours seeing downtown, SF, Golden Gate park, Twin Peaks etc. Very interesting and we were lucky only started to rain the last half hour.After all it was March!
very good. We spent about 4 hours seeing downtown, SF, Golden Gate park, Twin Peaks etc. Very interesting and we were lucky only started to rain the last half hour.After all it was March! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Due to bad organisation we lost some of the views due to this tour running into the dark.
Due to bad organisation we lost some of the views due to this tour running into the dark. Good to see the Golden Gate. Out of the three US stops this was the best. The next morning, whilst waiting to leave, I took myself off. ... Read More
Due to bad organisation we lost some of the views due to this tour running into the dark. Good to see the Golden Gate. Out of the three US stops this was the best. The next morning, whilst waiting to leave, I took myself off. Fisherman's Wharf was a total waste of time, but Pier 39 was great - I recommend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Did not get taken to Coronado, said we ran out of time but ship was not leaving for several hours.
Did not get taken to Coronado, said we ran out of time but ship was not leaving for several hours. Spent to much time at other stops.
Did not get taken to Coronado, said we ran out of time but ship was not leaving for several hours. Spent to much time at other stops. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Told to just walk up the street to get on tourbus, was a long way!
Told to just walk up the street to get on tourbus, was a long way! But there was a stop before ticket office (Pier 39) right there :-(
Told to just walk up the street to get on tourbus, was a long way! But there was a stop before ticket office (Pier 39) right there :-( Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Best way to get an overview of the city.
Best way to get an overview of the city. Tour is Hop-on hop-off, but only goes in one direction and take about two hour to make the whole loop. If you plan to get off somewhere you better do it first time around or there won't be ... Read More
Best way to get an overview of the city. Tour is Hop-on hop-off, but only goes in one direction and take about two hour to make the whole loop. If you plan to get off somewhere you better do it first time around or there won't be enough time to go back and still get back to ship in time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The Painted Ladies Tour was great.
The Painted Ladies Tour was great.
The Painted Ladies Tour was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Double decker bus tour through the city and then ferry ride under GG bridge and past Alcatraz.
Double decker bus tour through the city and then ferry ride under GG bridge and past Alcatraz. Bus ride had very knowledgeable tour guide that made it interesting and well informed.
Double decker bus tour through the city and then ferry ride under GG bridge and past Alcatraz. Bus ride had very knowledgeable tour guide that made it interesting and well informed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A waste of money
A waste of money
A waste of money Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
On and Off bus provides a great tour of the city
On and Off bus provides a great tour of the city
On and Off bus provides a great tour of the city Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We went on the hop on - hop off double decker bus tour.
We went on the hop on - hop off double decker bus tour. Unlike Sydney Australia's version [travels in both directions], this one only went one way. So if you missed getting off at a stop, you had to either ride the 2 1/2 hours around ... Read More
We went on the hop on - hop off double decker bus tour. Unlike Sydney Australia's version [travels in both directions], this one only went one way. So if you missed getting off at a stop, you had to either ride the 2 1/2 hours around to get there again or catch a cab from the next stop. This was a bit disappointing. The first day in we rode the bus around it's entire course and then got off at Fisherman's Wharf. While we were walking around Fisherman's Wharf, there was a power outage shutting down the shops, stores, and restaurants. So we walked the mile or so back to the ship and kicked back waiting for dinner. On the second day, we went to the Academy of Sciences in the Golden Gate Park. It was interesting, but plan on being there for several hours if you want to give it justice in looking at all of the exhibits. They have a nice aquarium, butterfly garden [rain forest], whale exhibit [on loan from New Zealand], planetarium, earth quake simulator, and other exhibits. We did not go through all of them. We then boarded the bus back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw parts of the town we had never seen.
Saw parts of the town we had never seen. Drove around GG Park. Ate at a small boutique burger joint which was so Mom and Pop that it was not to be forgotten. Though I could never find the place again, it lives with us.
Saw parts of the town we had never seen. Drove around GG Park. Ate at a small boutique burger joint which was so Mom and Pop that it was not to be forgotten. Though I could never find the place again, it lives with us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Really nice, young San Franciscan was our tour guide.
Really nice, young San Franciscan was our tour guide. Chinatown, Billionaire's Row, Twin Peaks, Haight/Ashbury, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Salsalito Highly Recommend!
Really nice, young San Franciscan was our tour guide. Chinatown, Billionaire's Row, Twin Peaks, Haight/Ashbury, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Salsalito Highly Recommend! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very complete and comfortable tour...Really covered a lot of ground...The tour brought back ...
Very complete and comfortable tour...Really covered a lot of ground...The tour brought back memories of my younger days visiting San Francisco...The bus was very comfortable and the tour guide friendly and very pleasant.. Very ... Read More
Very complete and comfortable tour...Really covered a lot of ground...The tour brought back memories of my younger days visiting San Francisco...The bus was very comfortable and the tour guide friendly and very pleasant.. Very comprehensive tour... Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line