Science/STEM Experience in San Francisco

Learn about the history of tech and science, and tinker with the present

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional tour manager with your group throughout the tour
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • San Francisco City Tour
  • Admission to the Exploratorium
  • Visit to Pier 39 for free time to shop
  • Visit to Fisherman's Wharf
  • Visit to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Admission to the California Academy of Sciences
  • Admission to the Aquarium of the Bay
  • Admission to the Tech Museum
  • Visit to the Apple Company Store
  • Admission to the Computer History Museum

  • Daily Itinerary

    Day 1

    Upon your arrival in San Francisco, you'll meet your Tour Manager and begin your trip! To familiarize yourself with the city, you'll first take a guided city tour with a visit or drive by the Civic Center, Union Square, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Twin Peaks, Lombard Street (the crooked one!), Fisherman’s Wharf and more.

    Next, you will visit the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker.

    You'll visit Pier 39 and have free time to shop and explore. PIER 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex that is a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, PIER 39 is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marina. PIER 39 is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock.

    You'll head to Fisherman's Wharf where you'll have free time to walk around and visit some of the numerous souvenir shops or fresh seafood stands. You'll see great views of the harbor as you explore.

    You’ll have dinner.

    Day 2

    This morning you'll see the Golden Gate Bridge - a 4,200 foot long suspension bridge that was the world's longest from 1937 until 1964. You'll head to the viewing area on the San Francisco side of the water where you will have fantastic views of the bridge and the bay. Bring your cameras - there are lots of photo opportunities here!

    Next, you'll visit the California Academy of Sciences, a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

    You will visit the Aquarium of the Bay, an educational facility dedicated to inspiring conservation of San Francisco Bay and marine environments.

    This evening, you'll take a ride on one of San Francisco's iconic cable cars. Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after the 1950s, these cars have been kept in operation more out of historic nostalgia. Seventeen miles of track remain and have been deemed a historical landmark.

    You’ll have dinner.

    Day 3

    This morning, you'll visit the Tech Museum which is creates experiences that invite people to learn through play, evoke emotions of wonder and joy, contain solid and accessible science, show how technology can improve lives, provoke thought and inspire action, and represent our local Silicon Valley community.

    Next, you'll visit the Apple Company Store in Cupertino. First opened in 1993, the company store now resembles most Apple stores minus the Genius Bar. Nevertheless, the Apple Company Store is a very special Silicon Valley experience as it allows you to walk on the grounds of the Apple headquarters and maybe take a picture or two of its iconic main entrance or the 1 Infinite Loop signs.

    To close out the trip, you'll visit the Computer History Museum. Find out why computer history is 2000 years old. Learn about computer history´s game-changers in the multimedia exhibitions. Play a game of Pong or Spacewar! Listen to computer pioneers tell their story from their own perspective. Discover the roots of today´s Internet and mobile devices. See over 1,100 historic artifacts, including some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s.

    Your San Francisco trip comes to a close as you depart for your return trip home.





    OUR PRICE GUARANTEE

    We know how hidden costs can ruin a program. Our tours are fully inclusive; there are no hidden costs or surcharges.
    Once your group enrolls in a trip, the price will never change. Here is what you will get on every trip:



    Customization

    Every single tour that we operate is unique and tailored for your group.

    Private Tours

    We do not combine your tour group with others.

    Online Planning

    Take advantage of our innovative tools to make organizing your trip a breeze.

    Flexible Payments

    We offer a variety of online, scheduled and recurring payment options.

    Affordability & Quality

    We focus on providing the best experience with the best value for your dollar.

    Chaperones travel for free!

    Just tell us how many free places you need.

    Medical & Trip Delay Insurance

    ETA includes up to $50,000 per person in medical coverage and insurance protection for travel delays.

    Optional Trip Cancellation Insurance

    This even includes a "cancel for any reason" option.

    24 Hour Support

    We have staff available 24/7 via phone for any emergency.

    Full-time Tour Manager

    ETA's professional Tour Manager will be with you throughout your trip.

    Air, Land & Water Transportation

    We include all transportation... to, from and during your trip.

    Accommodations

    Hotel, homestay and/or hostel options are customized according to your preferences, itinerary and budget.

    Sightseeing & Entrance Fees

    If it is included in your itinerary, any fees and/or tickets are covered.

    Meals

    You choose which meals are included in your program.