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San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Sausalito Custom Tour

Morning tour itinerary: Explore San Francisco and discover rich culture and history at every corner! Many of San Francisco’s famous sites –Lombard Street, Alamo Square, Telegraph Hill, and the Seacliff District – are not accessible to stretch limousines, vans, and bus tours; however, our SUV tours can access these picturesque neighborhoods. Your guide will drive you to these sites (and many more) and allow ample time to stop, walk, and take pictures throughout the tour. You’ll travel drive across the Golden Gate Bridge for its fantastic views, as well as through the Seacliff District, so you can take photos of the bridge from afar. Have you ever wanted to drive down the “crookedest street in the world”? Your guide will be happy to take you to Lombard Street, and from here, you will have a panoramic view of North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz.

Golden Gate marin headlandsYour passionate and professional guide will lead you through the best of San Francisco, including Baker Beach, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake, Russian Hill, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Japantown, Nob Hill, Haight-Ashbury, Palace of Fine Arts, Pacific Heights, Union Square, the Financial District, the Marina, Marin Headlands and many more!

Afternoon trip itinerary: Visit Muir Woods National Monument, home to coastal giant redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. These trees are so tall, if you combined three of them, they would be the same height as the Eiffel Tower! You’ll also have a chance to visit the coastal town of Sausalito.

By reserving your private tour, you can customize every aspect of your itinerary (even pick up location and time) to fit your needs and desires. Your guide will be knowledgeable and experienced leading tours through the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you are traveling with kids, we’ll suggest options for a younger audience, including walking tours and photo stops. For nature lovers and landscape photography enthusiasts, there will be suggestions for the best sites to visit.

muir woodsIf you want quality time to visit attractions and hidden sites off-the-beaten-path, your guide will make time for that! Unlike group tours, you’ll be offered a variety of routes and flexible itineraries for more flexibility, and the option to visit areas, which are not congested with visitors.

Lunch will be in either Sausalito or San Francisco, based on your preference, and afterward, your guide will drive you to Muir Woods National Monument to visit giant Redwood Trees. Muir Woods was named after John Muir, a pioneer, environmentalist, naturalist, author and conservationist. Due to park regulations, which prohibit walking tours through Muir Woods forest, your guide will drive you through a scenic and exciting redwood canyon, while sharing the history of Muir Woods. You’ll then enjoy the pristine forest in peace and tranquility as you walk at your own pace along a winding creek crossed by several bridges. Your entrance tickets to the park will be reserved in advance and are included in the tour package.

After your exciting hike in Muir Woods, you’ll travel along California State Route 1, to enjoy a stunning vantage point overlooking Muir Beach, the Pacific Ocean, and Marin County’s rugged coastline. A short walk will take you to a hanging cliff for breathtaking and sweeping views. You’ll see birds soar along the coastline, and fishing boats as small specs down below you. Review the itinerary below for more information about this tour.

WHY CHOOSE GOLDEN HORIZON TRAVEL?

We’re a local and innovative tour operator, specializing in private and small group tours since 2004. Our high standard of customer service means we go above and beyond to meet and exceed your expectations! We know how slow and inconvenient large bus tours can be, and by choosing our private tours, you are selecting quality over quantity. Our accolades include Better Business Bureau A+ accredited business, and five-star reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor, placing us among the top tour companies in San Francisco.

Included in the tour package:

  • A full guided private tour in a 4X4 luxury SUV or luxury van
  • Pick up, drop off, and all applicable taxes are included in the package price
  • Entrance fees to Muir Woods National Monument
  • Refreshments and unlimited photos stops
  • Hiking and walking guided tours in San Francisco, Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • An optional chocolate tasting at Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, where you will learn how chocolate is made, can be added (for an additional cost)


San Francisco-Muir Woods full-day tour Itinerary

lombard street Complimentary pick-up & drop-off Back to Top

Redwoods forest9.00: 09.00 – Complimentary pick-up at your hotel in Downtown Union Square, Marina District, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Financial District, Nob Hill, Mission, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Japantown Center, or Sausalito.


Walking Tour of the picturesque Telegraph Hill Back to Top

Walking TourTelegraph Hill offers majestic views of the San Francisco Bay, and has been used as a landmark to guide ships entering the San Francisco Bay via the Golden Gate Bridge. The famous Coit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill and has been there since 1933. It was a gift to the city from Lillie Hitchcock Coit and built as a Federal W.P.A. project. The tower's design is reminiscent of a fire hose nozzle. The dramatic setting of scenic Telegraph Hill is featured in many famous movies including: Vertigo, Dark Passage, Out of the Past, The House on Telegraph Hill, and in Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry Series. Families will have fun climbing up and down the steep staircases zig-zagging amongst quaint hillside houses and chattering green parrots. Check out The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a documentary on escaped feathered pets that flock together all around the neighborhood. We recommend our SUV tour as larger vehicles are prohibited from entering this area.

Alcatraz –The Legendary Rock Back to Top

The Fisherman's WharfOur tour guide will give you unlimited opportunities to take pictures of the Alcatraz Island and other sights from the city. Our tour guides are excellent photographers and can also assist you with capturing the best shot. Admire how Alcatraz Island, a lone rock, stands in the middle of the San Francisco Bay between Angel and Treasure Islands. Millions of tourists from all over the world have been drawn to this historic federal penitentiary. This legendary Rock and former federal prison was turned into a National Park and is open daily to visitors. You might consider reserving the Alcatraz and San Francisco city combo tour to save time and money.

The Fisherman's Wharf Back to Top

AlcatrazSan Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions where millions of tourists and visitors from all over the world come to visit year round. It is an exciting and dynamic attraction, both during the day and in the evening, with a variety of restaurants, boutiques, night clubs, seafood restaurants, bay cruises, an aquarium, and museums like the Musée Mécanique, among other attractions. Fisherman's Wharf offers incredible and scenic views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Sausalito, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We also offer a San Francisco and Bay Cruise combo tour if you wish to explore San Francisco Bay by boat.

Palace of Fine Arts in Marina DistrictBack to Top

Palace of Fine ArtsThe Palace of Fine Arts reminds us of the pure classic art of Roman temples. This masterpiece of classic architecture has been here since 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition and was designed by Bernard Ralph Maybeck (he was a prominent architect in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century). The dramatic setting amongst swans and seagulls brought many filmmakers from all around the world to see and feature this unique monument in many movies including ‘The Rock.’ Enjoy a walking guided tour to understand the mystery behind the impressive collection of sculptures decorating the Palace of Fine Arts.

The Golden Gate Bridge: The Gate to the Golden StateBack to Top

The Golden Gate BridgeThe Golden Gate Bridge is widely considered to be the most beautiful architectural achievement because of its challenging and giant structure. This iconic monument became a Modern Wonder of the World. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, at the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. It was the longest suspension bridge span in the world on completion in 1937. It has become one of the most internationally recognized symbols of California and U.S.A.

Pacific Heights – Elegance and ExtravaganceBack to Top

Pacific HeightsPacific Heights is a very elegant and sophisticated district and considered to be one of the most expensive residential real estate sectors in the U.S. Pacific Heights is located in one of the most scenic hills in California. It is home to gorgeous mansions where wealthy people and celebrities live. Our tour guide will drive you by some famous homes and sites where movies were filmed including ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’. You will also enjoy a guided walking tour in this elegant neighborhood and enjoy a stunning vista point overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Legion of Honor HistoryBack to Top

Legion of Honor HistoryLegion of Honor History:The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is one of San Francisco's fine arts museums, perched atop the cliffs of Land's End neighborhood and located between Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. It is a replica of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris, and was completed in 1924 as a memorial to the Californian soldiers who died in WWI. The museum contains a representative collection of European art and sculpture, of which the largest portion is French including ‘The Thinker’ of Rodin and Joan of Arc.

Land’s End: Land’s End is San Francisco's wildest and rockiest coastline, a place strewn with shipwrecks and rife with landslides. Our full-day San Francisco tour allows our customers to hike with their tour guide to a breathtaking view point called Eagle Point. This is the best photo stop of San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Bonita Lighthouse, and Baker Beach.

Pacific HeightsSea Cliff: The Sea Cliff district is an elegant and upscale neighborhood where some of the city's most notable residents live. It offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, China Beach, and Baker Beach. Some of the neighborhood's famous residents (past and present) include Jefferson Airplane (guitarist), Paul Kantner, Robin Williams (actor), Sharon Stone (actress), Cheech Marin (actor), Donald Fisher (founder of Gap), and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.

The Golden Gate ParkBack to Top

The Golden Gate ParkHistory:: In 1870, William H. Hall, a civil engineer, assisted by John McLaren, started laying out the Golden Gate Park project inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of Central Park in New York. It was a considerable challenge for them to convert large sand dunes into a green park. Mr. Hall succeeded and created a hilly British style park with a landscape filled with lakes, meadows, ridges, and winding roads. The Park consists of 1,017 acres configured in a rectangle shape and similar in structure to (and about 20% larger than) New York City’s Central Park. It is over three miles (5 km) long east to west, and about half a mile north to south. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate Park is the third most visited city park in the United States after Central Park in New York City and Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Some of the most popular attractions within Golden Gate Park are the Conservatory of Flowers, the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, Queen Wilhelmina Windmill and Dutch Garden, Buffalo Paddock, the Rose Garden, the Steinhart Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences, the Arboretum, Golden Gate Archery Range, the Polo Fields, and the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant.

The Golden Gate Park The North Windmill in the Golden Gate Park: This windmill, which was built in 1903, was a gift from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands; it was used to pump water throughout the park. The blades seen here were covered with canvas sails. This windmill is located by Ocean Beach, at the very end of the park.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a beautiful Victorian-style greenhouse, which was built in 1876 and is made up of traditional wood and glass panes and modeled after the Palm House at the Kew Gardens in London. It houses a collection of tropical plants and flowers.

The Japanese Tea GardenBack to Top

The Japanese Tea GardenThis Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States and was built as part of a sprawling World's Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. After the conclusion of the World's Fair, Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and gardener, approached John McLaren with the idea of converting the temporary exhibit into a permanent park. The historic and exotic Japanese Tea Garden provides the best ambiance and setting for a relaxing day away from the city. Enjoy a peaceful walk through an amazing collection of trees and flowers passing through green paths linked by wooden bridges. You can also enjoy a Japanese herbal tea at the old tea house. To enjoy a guided walking tour to the Japanese Tea Garden and the Golden Gate Park, we recommend our San Francisco full -day private SUV tour.

Note: This stop at the Japanese Tea Garden is optional and tickets are not included

Japantown - The "Little Osaka".Back to Top

Japan townJapantown was built in the 19th and early 20th century, when Japanese immigrants began moving into the area following the 1906 earthquake. By World War II, the neighborhood was one of the largest enclaves of Japanese people outside of Japan, as it took an appearance similar to the Ginza district in Tokyo. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were forced to move out. In 1957, San Francisco entered in a Sister City relationship with the city of Osaka and called San Francisco Japantown ‘Little Osaka’. Today, Japantown offers an amazing number of traditional restaurants, sushi bars, and karaoke lounges. Experience the Japanese customs and tradition that has made this landmark of San Francisco such a memorable one for more than 100 years. Join us on our private night tours to explore the nightlife of Japantown.

Grace Cathedral - Nob HillBack to Top

Grace CathedralGrace Cathedral is located atop Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is a Neo-Gothic style Cathedral built after the French ‘Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres.’ You can see its stained glass, indoor and outdoor labyrinth, and twin towers. Grace Cathedral was founded in 1849 during the California Gold Rush and was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake.

Lombard Street: San Francisco's Crookedest StreetBack to Top

Lombard StreetLombard Street was laid out in the 1920’s and is the most photographed site after the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Known as the Crookedest street in San Francisco, this particular section of Lombard Street is paved with bricks, and vans and buses are prohibited to drive on this road. Join us on our 4x4 SUV tour to discover Lombard Street and learn more about the story that makes Lombard Street so famous. Unlike vans and motor coaches, our 4x4 SUVs are allowed access to San Francisco’s Crookedest Street.

North Beach and Washington SquareBack to Top

North BeachNorth Beach is a dynamic and eclectic neighborhood also known as ‘Little Italy.’ North Beach is a popular destination for locals and visitors because of its vibrant nightlife, coffee shops, nightclubs, famous jazz clubs, Italian restaurants, and boutiques. It is located along Columbus Street, just a few blocks away from the Transamerica Pyramid – which is the tallest and most recognizable skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. North Beach is also famous for the St. Paul and St. Peter churches, which are situated in the heart of Washington Square.

Coit Tower and Telegraph HillBack to Top

Coit TowerCoit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill offering scenic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, bridges, and islands. Coit Tower was built in 1933 and was sponsored by the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit. She inherently believed in San Francisco’s renaissance and was committed to maintaining its beauty and outstanding architecture. She also admired and supported San Francisco's firefighters, which might explain why Coit Tower’s architectural design is a reminiscent of a fire hose nozzle. Your tour guide will take you on guided walking tour through Coit Tower to admire its mural paintings, as well as to and take advantage of the spectacular views of San Francisco Bay from this stunning overlook.

The Union Square: The heart of San FranciscoBack to Top

The Union SquareUnion Square is the heart of San Francisco and considered a paradise for shoppers. Union Square is a plaza of 2.6 acres (11,000 m2) bordered by Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton Streets in downtown San Francisco. ‘Union Square’ refers to the central shopping, hotels, cultural center, and theater district that surrounds the plaza. This beautiful space got its name from the rallies, in support of the Union Army during the Civil War, which were held there. Today, this one-block plaza and nearby area is home to one of the world's premier shopping districts, with the largest collection of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and saloons in California, making Union Square a major tourist attraction and a vital, cosmopolitan place in downtown San Francisco.

Chinatown: The largest Chinatown outside of ChinaBack to Top

ChinatownSan Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest and largest Chinatown in North America. It is home to the largest Asian community outside of Asia. San Francisco Chinatown is the best tourist attraction for curious tourists who want to explore a unique neighborhood. San Francisco's Chinatown is located between Nob Hill, North Beach, and Union Square. We also offer guided walking tours in Chinatown and North Beach (which includes lunch).

Ferry Building and the EmbarcaderoBack to Top

The Ferry BuildingThe Ferry Building stands in the heart of the Embarcadero and offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. It is a terminal for ferries and home to an upscale gourmet Farmers Market Place. The Ferry Building Bell Tower and its old clock tower contribute to San Francisco Mediterranean ambiance. Architecturally, the clock tower was modeled after the 12th century Giralda bell tower of Seville in Spain. During the day, on every full and half-hour, the clock bell chimes portions of the Westminster Quarters.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Treasure Island Back to Top

ferry buildingThe San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a pair of bridges spanning the San Francisco Bay. The east and west spans are both double-decker bridges and meet in Yerba Buena Island. The toll bridge was actually conceived as early as the Gold Rush days, but construction did not begin until 1933. The Bay Bridge opened for traffic on the 12th of November, 1936, six months before the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. It originally carried automobile traffic on its upper deck, and trucks and trains on the lower deck, but after the closure of the streetcar Key System, the lower deck was converted to road traffic as well.

City Hall – The Civic Center Back to Top

The City HallCity Hall of San Francisco is the heart of the vibrating Civic Center. The structure reminds us of the European Beaux-Arts and classic architectural style. Its baroque dome is the fifth largest dome in the world and is 14 inches higher than the United States Capitol. The rotunda is a spectacular space and the upper levels are public and handicapped accessible. Opposite the Grand Staircase, on the second floor, is the office of the mayor. Bronze busts of former Mayor George Moscone and his successor, Dianne Feinstein, stand nearby as tacit reminders of the Moscone and Harvey Milk assassination. San Francisco’s beautiful City Hall has been featured in many famous movies including The Rock, Dirty Harry and James Bond 007. Joe DiMaggio (age 39) and Marilyn Monroe (age 27) married at San Francisco City Hall on January 14, 1954 and briefly lived in a house in the Marina District located at 2150 Beach Street.

Alamo Square Park and the ‘Painted Ladies’ Back to Top

Alamo Square ParkAlamo Square is a residential neighborhood and park located in the Western Addition of San Francisco. Alamo Square Park consists of four city blocks at the top of a hill overlooking much of San Francisco with a number of large and architecturally distinctive Victorian mansions along the perimeter, including a row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street, known as the ‘Painted Ladies’. They are often shown in the foreground of panoramic pictures of the city. A number of movies, television shows, and commercials have been filmed in or around Alamo Square including the TV series ‘Full House.’

The Twin Peaks and Sutro TowerBack to Top

The Twin PeaksTwin Peaks are two hills standing on the highest elevation of San Francisco (after Mount Davidson). They offer sweeping and unique views of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean. Sutro Tower stands atop Twin Peaks and provides television and radio transmissions.

Haight-Ashbury: The Capital of the Hippies Back to Top

Haight- AshburyHaight-Ashbury is a district named for its intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets. The Haight-Ashbury district is noted for its central role during the 1960s hippie movement, a post-runner and closely associated offshoot of the Beat Generation. The '60s era and modern American counterculture have been synonymous with San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood ever since. This neighborhood became the center of the San Francisco Renaissance and with it, became the rise of a drug culture and rock-and-roll lifestyle by the mid '60s. College and high-school students began pouring into Haight-Ashbury during spring break of 1967. During that year, the neighborhood's fame reached its peak as it became a haven for a number of the top psychedelic rock performers and groups of that time. Famous and notable figures include Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, who all lived a short distance from the Haight-Ashbury intersection.

12:30 – Visit Sausalito – A Mediterranean-Style Coastal Town Back to Top

Visit SausalitoYou will now head toward picturesque Sausalito. Here you can enjoy a walk downtown in this charming Mediterranean-style coastal town, filled with history, culture, and beautiful waterfront shops. Capture Sausalito's cliff-hanging cottages and houseboats that contribute to its Mediterranean ambiance. You may also ask your tour guide to drop you off in Sausalito at the end of the tour. Spend an hour, or stay for a romantic dinner and return to San Francisco on the ferry (ferry tickets are not included).

History of Sausalito: Sausalito was once a settlement for the native Coast Miwok. The Spanish explorer Don José de Cañizares who reached Sausalito in 1775 was looking for a suitable anchorage for vessels and reported back to his colleagues of the friendly native Miwoks and a large population of deer, elk, bear, seals, and otters. In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led the Spaniards (who had already opened the overland route from Mexico to California), and decided to establish the first settlement in the Presidio of San Francisco instead of Sausalito. During the Mexican Era (1821-1846), the British mariner William Richardson was the first to develop the site of Sausalito as a private rancho. By 1825, Richardson assumed Mexican citizenship, converted to Catholicism and married the daughter of Don Ignacio Martínez, who was the commandant of the Presidio, to acquire lands including Sausalito. In the post-Gold Rush Era, Sausalito played a major role in leisure, commercial and military Maritime transportation as many fishermen and wealthy yachting enthusiasts had already settled in Sausalito. This era came to an end in May 1937 with the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge bypassing Sausalito, making these large-scale ferry operations redundant. But Sausalito soon began to receive a steady stream of visitors thanks to the new bridge. In 1942, Sausalito Yacht Club was founded to promote yachting for both racing and cruising.

Sausalito & the ‘House Boat Wars’Back to Top

House Boat WarsWhen the United States entered World War II, Fort Barry on Point Bonita was reoccupied. Fort Baker also hosted a large numbers of troops when a major shipyard was sited along the shoreline of Sausalito. After the War, a lively waterfront community grew out of the abandoned shipyards. By the late 1960s, at least three houseboat communities occupied the waterfront along and adjacent to Sausalito's shore. Beginning in the 1970s, an intense struggle erupted between houseboat residents and developers. This long fight pitted the waterfront against the wealthy ‘Hillside community.’ Today, three houseboat communities still exist — Galilee Harbor in Sausalito, Waldo Point Harbor, and the Gates Cooperative. The houseboat community consists of more than 400 houseboats of various shapes, sizes, and values, along the north end of town, approximately two miles from downtown. It was in a houseboat in the year 1967 at Waldo Point in Sausalito where the singer Otis Redding wrote his famous song Dock of the Bay: ‘I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay - Watching the ships roll in- the tide roll away - I left my home in Georgia - Headed for the 'Frisco bay - Just to make this dock my home.’

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Lunch break: You will enjoy your lunch either on the Oceanside in San Francisco or in Sausalito overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Some recommendations for lunch in San Francisco:

Flag Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant is an American bistro style, offering seafood and local dishes, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The first floor is considered a museum because it offers a history and map of Golden Gate Park among other sites. www.beachchalet.com

Flag The Cliff House House is a restaurant perched on the headlands of Sutro Heights just north of Ocean Beach. The Cliff House offers spectacular views of the Pacific and Ocean Beach. It has two full-service dining rooms, two cocktail lounges with an oyster bar deli and The Terrace Room Champagne Buffet Brunch in addition to breakfast. Visitors can also stop to enjoy a coffee break and ocean views. www.cliffhouse.com

Flag The Franciscan Restaurant is a famous seafood restaurant in the heart of San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf, offering picturesque views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island. www.franciscanrestaurant.com

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Recommendations for lunch in Sausalito:

Flag Angelino's Restaurant
Angelino’s Restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine and specializes in bringing the taste of Southern Italy to Sausalito. This is the perfect place for lunch to enjoy good service and authentic Italian cuisine. www.angelinorestaurant.com

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Flag Trident Restaurant looks like a houseboat and you can sit on the deck overlooking the bay and enjoy fresh seafood with a signature cocktail. www.thetridentsausalito.com

Flag Scoma's Sausalito - Located in the heart of Sausalito, it is an enchanting destination for both locals and visitors, serving up the freshest seafood including seasonal Dungeness crabs. www.scomassausalito.com

Flag The Spinnaker on San Francisco Bay The menu offers something for everyone, fresh seafood, pasta, steak, chicken, and vegetarian options. Highlights include the Mixed Seafood Grill, Pacific Mahi Sauté, Grilled Lobster Tail, Grilled Chicken Penne, Four-Cheese Ravioli, New York Steak, Filet Mignon, Chicken Breasts Sauté, and Pasta Primavera. www.thespinnaker.com

14:00 – Drive to Muir Woods via Mill Valley Back to Top

Drive to Muir WoodsMill Valley was inhabited by the Coast Miwok for over 10,000 years before the Spaniards and the Mexicans settled in. This small charming community is located 5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. It is characterized by its scenic views, marshlands, and wooded canyons. Mill Valley is known for being a village with a strong artistic heritage. It its home to many present and former musicians, authors, actors, poets, and TV personalities including John Lennon, Sammy Hagar, Janis Joplin, Jack London, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Tucker, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Eve Arden, and Mariel Hemingway. It is also home to the Mill Valley Film Festival and was immortalized by the song ‘Mill Valley’ (recorded in 1970).

In July 2005, CNN ranked Mill Valley tenth on its list of the 100 Best Places to live within the United States. Mount Tamalpais rises more than 2,500 feet above Mill Valley. Some of the famous people who live in Marin County are: Barbara Boxer, Andre Agassi, George Lucas, Sean Penn, and Carlos Santana, among other celebrities.

14:45 – Roam through the ancient redwood forest Back to Top

muir woods parkWe will get to Muir Woods National Monument around 14:45. You will first enjoy an exciting guided tour in Muir Woods forest to marvel at the majestic giant redwoods. Capture the serenity, beauty, fauna, and flora of this amazing forest. The park offers numerous easy hiking trails along the creek, a gift shop, a deli, and public restrooms.

15:15 – Visit Muir Beach overlook Back to Top

muir woods national parkAfter your guided tour in Muir Woods, your tour guide will drive you through picturesque meadows on the way to the beautiful Muir Beach overlook. The Muir Beach overlook is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This breathtaking vista point overlooks a picturesque quiet cove; a hidden beach and San Francisco Ocean Beach. We will take you on a short hike through this cliffside park to a rocky point on the Pacific oceanside. This short, but breathtaking overlook trail follows a narrow crest of a coastal promontory where the land sheers off dramatically on both sides down to the ocean hundreds of feet below. On clear days, you cannot only see San Francisco, but also as far as the Farallon Islands. That is why the Muir Beach overlook is a meeting place for nature and whale lovers to watch these giant marine mammals swim by during their winter migration. It is also a bird-watching point to see red-tailed hawks, osprey, ravens, turkey vultures, and seals. Thousands of migratory monarch butterflies can also be seen here during autumn. The clear views from this high coastal bluff led the U.S. Army to build bunkers during World War II immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Just a few miles away on scenic Highway 1, you can see the infamous Slide Ranch on the oceanside. It is a green and ecology-oriented farm where kids can milk goats and collect eggs as part of their educational school programs.

16:30 – The Golden Gate Bridge stunning overlook Back to Top

Golden Gate Bridge Return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge where a great photo stop is scheduled at the Marin Headlands. This breathtaking vista point overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to its astonishing colossal architectural and engineering dimensions, the Golden Gate is the most photographed bridge in the world. These spectacular and sweeping views have drawn millions of tourists from all over the world. The Golden Gate Bridge is featured in many movies like James Bond ‘A View to Kill.’

After this extensive and exciting tour, it is time to drive you back to your hotel.
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This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.

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1 $598.00
2 $299.00
3 $219.00
4 $189.00
5 $169.00
6 $149.00
7 $129.00

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This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.

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1 - 5 Guests $1,159.00
6 - 7 Guests $1,299.00
8 - 10 Guests $1,499.00
11 - 12 Guests $1,689.00
13 - 14 Guests $1,799.00

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Included: Pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf, all applicable taxes, Muir Woods park entrance fees, a private 8-hour guided tour from 09:00 to 17:00.

Not included: Meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, and optional activities or features.



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