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2019 USA Study Tour free time activities in San Francisco

For those wanting to soak up some iconic sights of San Francisco and surrounds during the weekend free time on the afternoon of Saturday 19 October  and Sunday 20 October the following tours can be arranged for you.

All prices are in AUD and are at your own expense. 

If you would like to take advantage of some of the great tours on offer, please contact our agent directly:

Rachael Muller
Travel Counsellor - QLD

0481 986 106

Big Bus - San Francisco -   Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

In a city of stunning bays, bridges and hills, our San Francisco bus tour is the perfect way to sight see. Hop on, hop off, and revel in the flexibility as you explore the treasures of Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman's Wharf, Haight Ashbury to Chinatown.    With more than 20 stops, this tour ensures you see all the key attractions of this unique city.

The bus tour route starts at Fisherman’s Wharf, but you can board at any of the stops.

Depending on the option selected, your ticket also includes four walking tours, an hour's free bike hire and more.

Premium Ticket inc Alcatraz - $167.00 per person

Classic Ticket -  $80.00   per person 

Double Decker Night Tour

San Francisco sparkles at night and this double-decker bus tour takes you through the best that San Fran has to offer after dark. Beautiful light displays are everywhere you look: store-fronts, artwork, street performances and the city itself. The Night Loop is the safest, best and most enjoyable way to see the city's brightest neighbourhoods as you sit back and listen to the entertaining running commentary of our knowledgeable tour guides.

Visit includes Chinatown and the Financial District area which is marked by a cluster of high-rise towers that lie between Grant Avenue and Union Square and Bay Bridge, which spans San Francisco Bay and links Oakland and San Francisco. Embarcadero is located on the Eastern waterfront of the Port of San Francisco and sits atop an engineered seawall. It is lined with restaurants, businesses, and the Ferry Building. Union Square is home to some of San Francisco's nicest up-scale shopping and popular nightlife. We will also visit Alamo Square, home to the Painted Ladies of Postcard Row, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf.

Commences 6.30 pm for a 90-minute tour - $49.00 per person

Golden Gate Bay Cruise           

Take the 60-minute Golden Gate Bay Cruise and you'll see why it's the perfect introduction to San Francisco. This fully narrated one-hour cruise loops around San Francisco Bay, sailing next to Alcatraz and under the famous Golden Gate Bridge! Glide below the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - Sail past the notorious prison island of Alcatraz - See San Francisco from a new perspective! Sail past the iconic San Francisco skyline and admire impressive views over the lively neighbourhood of North Beach and the San Francisco Maritime National Park.  It’s a great vantage point for snapping pictures or simply reflecting on the vast beauty of San Francisco Bay.  

Weekend departures - 10:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5pm.

60 minute cruise - $45.00 per person

San Francisco City and Alcatraz Full Day Tour

Magnificent guided city tour of San Francisco.  At each stop, you'll have the chance to get off and see the sights. Along the way, your fully narrated tour will show you San Francisco like you’ve never seen it before! Visit the famous Golden Gate Bridge and explore one of the city's most famous neighbourhoods - Privileged views from Twin Peaks and the historic Sutro Baths - Admire mysterious Alcatraz Island.  

Prepare yourself to explore the beautiful coast and some famous neighbourhoods and sights including Chinatown, North Beach, Civic Center, the Presidio of San Francisco, Nob Hill and more!   Enjoy the 360-degree views of the city from Twin Peaks, the historic Sutro Baths at Land’s End & the Golden Gate. Your tour will begin and end in Union Square but will take in the superb vistas of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay on this comprehensive half-day guided tour. Alcatraz Island remains one of San Francisco's greatest landmarks and now you can experience its chilling allure for yourself, originally an old maximum-security federal prison.

9.00 am-4.30 pm - $195.00 per person

California Academy of Sciences

The only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, world class research and education facility and a 4-storey rainforest all under one roof! Filled with hundreds of exhibits and thousands of animals, explore earth, ocean and space, all in one place.  All housed in the world's largest public green building which was designed by award winning architect Renzo Piano. Topped with a living roof, a 2.5-acre expanse of native California plants, providing a habitat for birds, butterflies and insects, it blends seamlessly into the beautiful landscape of San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Park. Daily interactions with animals, educators, and biologists within immersive, hands-on exhibits offer discovery and wonder for guests of all ages.

General ticket inc all shows - $61.00 per person                                                 

Behind the scenes Academy Tour - $105.00 per person

Flavours and Murals of the Mission (Food & Street Art Tour)

The Mission might be San Francisco’s oldest neighbourhood, but this district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of the city. Walk among the hippest locals in town on this San Francisco food tour that combines artisanal eats with some of the most beautiful murals and legendary street art in the city. Sample artisan donuts, Mexican pastries, tasty pies, and other delicious local snacks!  Stroll by some of the Mission’s best street art and learn about its history from an expert local guide. Hear stories of how the Mission came to be and what makes this neighbourhood so uniqueWander through Dolores Park and finish your local tour at the famous Mission Dolores church

2.5 Hours - $110.00 per person   

California Wine Country – 5 Hour- Half Day Tour to Sonoma from San Francisco

This half day wine country tour is a great option for those with limited time in San Francisco and offers an opportunity to sample some of the superb wineries in the region. Enjoy the sweeping valleys and beautiful vineyards of Sonoma County. Visit 2 of the area's top wineries, with tasting included. Enjoy views of the beautiful Sonoma Countryside, Journey north from San Francisco over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, Experienced tour guide, bottle of water and chocolates included.

 Duration: 5 hours.  

Hotel Pickup: Available from the Downtown area

Start Time: 12.00pm.   

$125.00 per person

Wine Country – San Francisco Wine Tour in Napa and Sonoma Valleys- Full Day

Enjoy a relaxing and picturesque journey from San Francisco to the rolling hills and golden valleys of Napa and Sonoma Counties. Visit multiple wineries and sample the local produce. Fees are required for tastings at three wineries. Take in both large and small boutique vineyards. Our first stop is a small, family-run winery in the scenic Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma Valley that feels like a throwback to the days in which the area was still dotted with small farms. Here we’ll peek into the cave and sample 5 vintages with a light bite of food as we take in panoramic views over the countryside. Our next stop is an artisanal country deli specializing in food produced locally in Napa and Sonoma to get some lunch, which you’ll purchase on your own. Enjoy a picnic with a glass (or two) of Zinfandel wine produced from the valley's premier grape. We then head to Napa Valley for our final winery of the day, a lesser-known gem tucked into the hillside among some of the region’s most famous vineyards. After a full tour of the premises to learn about the wine-making process which pays tributes to the roots of wine-making in the region, we’ll sample 5 of their most characteristic wines. At the end of the day, we’ll drive back to San Francisco, passing over the Golden Gate Bridge and arriving downtown.   

Hotel Pickup: Available from the Downtown area

8.45am - 6.00 pm - $390.00 per person