San Francisco - 4 Days

City Tour & Musical Masterclass

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Free time at the Ferry Building
  • Guided San Francisco City tour
  • Visit to the San Francisco beaches at the Land's End Lookout
  • Visit to Ghirardelli Square
  • Ferry ticket and self guided audio tour on Alcatraz Island
  • Admission to the California Academy of Science
  • Visit to Golden Gate Park with admission to the Japanese Tea Garden
  • Tickets to a performance at the San Francisco Symphony
  • Admission to Muir Woods National Monument
  • Visit & walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Free time at Pier 39
  • Ride on the famous San Francisco Cable Car
  • Free time in Chinatown
  • Free time at Union Square

  • Daily Itinerary

    Day 1

    You'll depart on your flight.

    You will meet your tour manager.

    Your luxury motor coach equipped with lavatory and video will pick you up for your trip.

    You'll have free time for lunch at the Ferry Building. Today it's a wonderful food market and also the home of San Francisco's largest farmers market. The farmers market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only. The building was first opened in 1898. Until the completion of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s it was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, second only to London's Charing Cross Station. It served as the embarcation point for commuters to San Francisco from the East Bay.

    You will take a guided city tour of San Francisco including a visit or drive by the Civic Center, Union Square, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Twin Peaks, the Cliff House, Lombard Street (the crooked one!), Fisherman’s Wharf and more.

    You'll drive along the Northwest coat of San Francisco for spectacular views of the Pacific beaches. You'll make a stop at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center where you'll have a chance to take photos and walk down to the water if you wish.

    You'll have dinner at Swiss Louis Italian and Seafood Restaurant.

    Ghirardelli Square is a landmark with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's Wharf area of the city. Here you can visit the chocolate shop and ice cream parlor for sweet treat!

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    You'll arrive at your hotel and check in.

    Day 2

    You'll have breakfast.

    You'll board your bus and depart the hotel for the day.

    You'll take the ferry to Alcatraz where you'll receive a headset for an audio guided tour of the island. One of the most infamous prisons in the country for housing notorious criminals, Alcatraz holds much history that will interest buffs and novices alike. No longer housing prisoners and managed by the National Park Service, Alcatraz allows tourists to visit by the boatload. Alcatraz was used as a federal maximum security prison from 1934 until 1963, when it was closed due to high costs and security issues.

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    You will visit the California Academy of Science, 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'll depart and walk to your next stop.

    You'll visit Golden Gate Park and the Japanese Tea Garden inside the par. The Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The garden features classic elements such as an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden.

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    You will enjoy a family style, Italian dinner at Buca di Beppo.

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    You'll see a performance at the San Francisco Symphony.

    You will return to your hotel for the evening.

    Day 3

    You'll have breakfast.

    Today you'll have additional small buses to accommodate the group. Buses traveling to Muir Woods cannot be longer than 35 feet an generally accommodate a maximum of 30 passengers.

    Muir Woods National Monument was established on January 9, 1908 when President Roosevelt signed legislation to protect an old-growth coast redwood forest from destruction. The trees range from 400 to 800 years old and their height can be up to 250 feet. You will have a chance to see this impressive trees as you take a self-guided walk on the park trails.

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    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! You'll also have an opportunity to walk across the bridge.

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    You'll participate in a master class with music professionals. Instruments will be required for the class.

    You'll begin your drive to the next stop.

    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 enjoy a dinner buffet at Boudin Bistro and then you'll tour San Francisco's famous sourdough bakery at Fisherman's Wharf. In 1849, the Boudin family struck culinary gold. Wild yeasts in the San Francisco air had imparted a unique tang to their traditional French bread, giving rise to “San Francisco sourdough French bread.” Today, the Boudin family's initial recipe lives on in the hands and hearts of their expert bakers, with a portion of the original mother dough still starting each and every sourdough loaf they make. The Museum & Bakery Tour allows you to witness history in the baking. Stroll through their collection of historic and interactive exhibits as you observe the bakery in action from the museum’s floor-to-ceiling window walls and glass-walled catwalk.

    You will return to your hotel for the evening.

    Day 4

    You'll have breakfast.

    You'll board your bus and depart the hotel for the day.

    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

    San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is an enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. You can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades. You'll have free time to experience the sights, sounds and smells!

    You will have free time at San Francisco's Union Square.

    You'll head to the airport for your return trip home.

    You will depart for your home city





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