From the first Spanish Mission founded by the “Sacred Expedition” in 1776, to the rip-roaring days of the Barbary Coast and California Gold Rush to rising phoenix-like after the great earthquake of 1906, San Francisco never ceases to please the eye, the heart and the palate. With such iconic sites as Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Victorian architecture of Pacific Heights, Union Square, colorful trolley cars, Muir Woods and the surrounding vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley, the “City by the Bay” is always a must-see on any visitor’s list to the West Coast.

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  • City Highlights & Holiday Lights

    San Francisco is especially magical during the holiday season and this tour not only gives you a nice overview of the city, but also focuses on the colorful decorations of the season.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first set-off for a drive through the Italian neighborhood of North Beach and from there it's on to Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. Discover the holiday décor of Union Square, a true shopping mecca, where you will stop to enjoy the richly decorated windows of the stores, the decked out tree in Union Squire, the ice rink and more.

    Rejoining your coach, it's time to view exciting San Francisco by night. Your route this evening will take you past the glittering lights of Fisherman's Wharf and you will have the opportunity to view Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, the Broadway Strip, and the historic Ferry Building. Travel across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island and savor a breathtaking view of the city by night from this wonderful vantage point before it's time to return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic and includes minimal walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. The average evening temperature in San Francisco at this time of year is 40 degrees Fahrenheit and guests should dress in weather appropriate clothing. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Views of San Francisco

    See the icons of San Francisco on a leisurely drive up to Twin Peaks, along the coast to the Golden Gate Bridge, and past landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque ride along the waterfront Embarcadero, on to bustling Market Street and up to Twin Peaks, one of the highest points in the city. Coastal scrub, grassland and lupine cover the peaks, but their draw isn’t so much natural beauty as the 180-degree view of the bay area below. While pausing for photos, you can’t help but be captivated by the sight, a wonderful introduction to the city.

    Upon descending, you will soon reach Golden Gate Park, an urban oasis of gardens and cultural attractions such as the DeYoung Museum. The city’s oldest museum, it was damaged in the 1989 earthquake and eventually sheathed in perforated copper, a look so distinctive that the museum has now become landmark.

    Your next stop will be the Sutro Baths, a massive swimming facility built at the ocean’s edge in 1894. In its heyday, the glamorous baths could accommodate 10,000 people. While there, you will learn the story of the baths’ decline and the concrete ruins that remain today.

    You will also see San Francisco’s most enduring icon, the Golden Gate Bridge. Opened in 1937, the bridge is considered one of the seven engineering wonders of the United States. After pausing for photos, you will return to the pier, passing Ghirardelli Square and the lively Fisherman’s Wharf area.

    Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with walking at the guests’ discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able bodied companion to assist. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Tour sequence may vary.

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  • Alcatraz and Sausalito

    Explore the infamous and stark penitentiary on Alcatraz Island and then continue across the Golden Gate Bridge to lovely Sausalito, a small bayside town with extraordinary shopping.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the ferry for Alcatraz Island, the infamous site of the federal penitentiary known as “The Rock.” As you cruise toward the rocky island in San Francisco Bay, you will learn about its history and notorious inmates that included Al Capone, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and the Birdman of Alcatraz.

    Due to high operating costs, the prison was closed in 1963, just 29 years after opening. Still, in that short time span, Alcatraz earned a reputation for housing the most disruptive and dangerous inmates in sparse conditions. While touring the penitentiary, you will see some of the small cells and perhaps where prisoners were held in solitary confinement.

    Following the return ferry ride, you will continue on by coach across the Golden Gate Bridge to Vista Point, one of the best spots to photograph the iconic bridge. Just a few minutes up the coast, you will find Sausalito, whose name refers to the willow trees that once grew along the banks of its creeks.

    During free time, you might stroll the cobblestone streets and shop along the waterfront. The boutiques tend to offer artistic, one-of-a-kind merchandise. Or you may prefer to simply relax at a restaurant, admiring the bay views and San Francisco skyline. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time in Sausalito. There will be some uneven terrain and stairs to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able bodied companion to assist. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests who are prone to motion sickness may wish to take necessary precautions prior to the commencement of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light windbreaker or sweater; sunglasses; sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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