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About San Francisco

Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco is one of the world's greatest travel experiences for it acts as gateway to a fascinating city set across dozens of hills overlooking the bay.

The hippies are long gone but San Francisco's scenic beauty, laid-back ambience and more than 3,000 restaurants make it a joy to visit. The famous Fisherman's Wharf harbourfront restaurant and multi-coloured boats complex, where seals happily sunbathe on its wooden decking, faces out towards the former island prison of Alcatraz which is now a major tourist attraction just like the city's colourful Chinatown district and upmarket shopping centre in Union Square.

And no visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip on the city's 130-year-old tram system carrying you up and down the improbably steep streets made famous by that stomach-churning Steve McQueen car chase in the movie Bullitt.

From the city, you can also visit the pretty resorts of Sausalito and Monterey.

 

Shore excursions in San Francisco

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Alcatraz and Sausalito

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Duration: 5½ hours

Enjoy a fascinating insight into the lives of those imprisoned on Alcatraz, before visiting the free-spirited town of Sausalito.

This tour begins with a cruise to the infamous and notorious former federal prison - Alcatraz. Home to the likes of Al Capone and Robert ‘The Birdman’ Stroud, this austere island fortress retains its mystique even today. An award-winning audio tour allows you to explore at your own pace, while hearing actual interviews of former guards and inmates and the fabled escape attempts of those criminals who made their home on ‘The Rock’.

Returning by ferry to the city, you’ll board a coach for a scenic drive crossing the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll arrive at the artists’ colony of Sausalito, a stark contrast to the prison island. The winding roads, cliff-side homes and houseboat havens make this one of the most unique areas in the region. You’ll have a short time to stroll at leisure and explore the many art galleries, boutiques and quaint shops in this bayside village.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, ferry and on foot. A $33 National Park admission fee is included in the cost of the excursion. Passengers are advised that this tour involves approximately 2 hours’ walking with frequent stops. The ground may be uneven with gravel surfaces and steps at Alcatraz. The tour may operate with a reverse itinerary. Bookings close 7 days prior to arrival, cancellations after this time cannot be refunded.

 

A selection of cruises to San Francisco

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