Muir Woods & Marin County Outdoor Adventure -Visit Stinson Beach, Bolinas, and Mount Tamalpais State Park.


Tour Overview:

This new and exclusive outdoor excursion is a day trip from San Francisco to explore Marin County’s best-kept secret sights and hidden attractions. It encourages getting out of the car as much as possible to enjoy nature at its best, without even driving too far. You will see: Muir Woods National Monument and walk among the giant redwoods; travel on California pacific coast highway 1 to visit Stinson Beach, a quintessential Northern California beach town; Bolinas another coastal village with a rich history; and Mount Tamalpais State Park which offers stunning 360-degree breathtaking views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This new outdoor adventure is suitable for the entire family and is only a one-hour drive from San Francisco. Please be sure to check out our videos, photos gallery, and tour itinerary to learn more about this unique eco-adventure that will take you away from crowded places and bus tours. This must-do new outdoor adventure appeals to all ages and tastes and will exceed your expectations.

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Important: Please book your private tour asap, because Muir Woods has become the first national park to require reservation in advance, with special commercial and parking permits. No one can visit or access Muir Woods anymore without prior reservations and the required permits. But don’t worry. Thanks to our private tours and small group custom trips, we will take care of all the required arrangements and offer you a worry-free tour package. We will tailor the program and itinerary to suit your needs, schedule and expectations. As a local, reliable and accountable tour operator, we have been rewarded with over a thousand 5-star ratings since early 2000. We will not disappoint you.

Tour Description

Golden Horizon Travel is an innovative tour operator that specializes in private and small group tours. We are focused on providing adventures that are rich in memorable experiences. Our new Muir Woods escapade tour is an outdoor adventure, it covers an array of amazing sites, outdoor activities and hidden gems including Stinson Beach, Bolinas’ old downtown and hidden beaches, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Sausalito, Muir Beach, California scenic highway 1 and the majestic ancient redwoods forest in Muir Woods.

The first stop will be Muir Woods National Monument where you will marvel at the giant coastal redwood trees. Then you will take a walking tour to Muir Beach overlook and enjoy breathtaking views along Pacific Highway 1 on the way to the restaurant in Stinson Beach or Bolinas where you will spend quality time visiting these small towns and speculator beaches. This is where you may spot an amazing array of wildlife including harbor seals.

After lunch in Stinson Beach or Bolinas, your tour guide will drive you through picturesque meadows and beautiful lagoons surrounded by the Pacific Ocean before heading to Mount Tamalpais state park, the highest peak in Marin County where will enjoy sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Ocean. Once at the iconic Mount Tamalpais state park, you may choose to walk or hike with your tour guide and experience the serene beauty of Marin County’s back roads and trails. Marin hiking trails are suitable for the whole family, but you may also choose not to go on a hike and still enjoy breathtaking views from the parking lot and from other stunning scenic viewpoints.

Important notes:

-Please book your private tour asap, because Muir Woods has become the first national park to require reservation in advance, with special commercial and parking permits. No one can visit or access Muir Woods anymore without prior reservations and the required permits. But don’t worry. Thanks to our private tours and small group custom trips, we will take care of all the required arrangements and offer you a worry-free tour package. We will tailor the program and itinerary to suit your needs, schedule and expectations. As a local, reliable and accountable tour operator, we have been rewarded with over a thousand 5-star ratings since early 2000. We will not disappoint you.

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8:00 am Pick Up

Your private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or home in San Francisco or Sausalito. At your pick-up location, your dedicated travel guide will greet you with a sign displaying your name, and he or she will take into consideration any special requests you may have, no prior planning is required, please leave it to the tour guide and you’ll be in good hands. The earlier you leave the hotel the better because Muir Woods national monument is a small forest of redwoods and gets very crowded after 8 am. Please book your private tour asap, because Muir Woods has become the first national park to require reservation in advance, with special commercial and parking permits.

Drive to Muir Woods

After your complimentary pick-up, you will head north to Muir Woods National Monument via the Golden Gate Bridge. You will continue along this Panoramic Highway to Muir Woods, where you will see spectacular views of Marin County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Pacific Ocean. You may choose to include an optional stop at Muir Beach overlook or drive via Mill Valley. Your guide may vary the route based on road and weather conditions.

Visit Muir Woods National Monument

Your tour guide will tell you more about the coastal giant redwoods and secret to their longevity, more than 1,800 years or more, reaching 380 feet (115.8 m) in height and up to 27 feet in diameter. Enjoy a peaceful walk on a flat loop that starts with bridge 1 by the gift shop and takes you all the way to bridge 3. This trail follows a stream through a canyon lined with tall redwoods, maple, oak, and bay laurel trees. You may even see deer as you walk in the forest. Be sure to capture the serenity and beauty of these massive trees on camera as there is nothing like them.

Please note that Muir Woods staff and rangers prohibit guides from walking and bringing groups into the forest to preserve its peace and tranquility. But we will walk with you and guide you through the main area and give you maps and directions. This is an easy hike on a paved path for most of the loop, it takes visitors from bridge 1 to bridge 3 and back bridge 1 located by the main entrance where the visitor center, a café, restrooms and a gift shop are located.

Visit Muir Beach overlook & Stinson Beach

Tucked in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, the charming town of Stinson Beach boasts a three-mile swath of golden sand beach, which became a popular destination for families with kids and couples who seek a romantic and cozy getaway. What amazes Stinson Beach visitors is that it is often sunny on the beach, while it is foggy in San Francisco. Enjoy a walk with your guide or alone along this beautiful beach, have a drink, or grab a bite to eat in one of the beach’s snack bars or restaurants.

Many famous people fell in love with Stinson beach’s beauty, calling it home, including Senator Dianne Feinstein, Steve Miller, Jerry Garcia, and David Grisman.

The dramatic scenery of Stinson Beach is the setting for movies including “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” “Basic Instinct,” “Play It Again Sam,” “The Fog,” “Shoot the Moon,” and “On the Edge.”

Drive to Bolinas & Enjoy Lunch

The small coastal town of Bolinas is located off Highway 1, a few miles north of Stinson Beach, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, beautiful lagoons, and wetlands. The trough in which the lagoon sits was formed by the San Andreas Fault, which runs through it. The lagoon is separated from the main bay by a small spit of land and is a tidal estuary, which is part of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Bolinas is known for its reclusive residents and is only accessible by unmarked roads. In the past, road signs were torn down to help this area remain off-the-beaten-path. Discover the town's natural beauty, from bird watching to surfing where you may have surf lessons as well.

Bolinas is a hidden gem and small beach town that featured in the 1981 novel "Ecotopia Emerging," by Ernest Callenbach. It is also the mythical setting for Richard Brautigan's novel “In.” Bolinas has a long history of environmentalism and is characterized by its free-spirited community of surfers, actors, poets, artists, and writers. The visitors who make it to Bolinas appreciate its earthy custom-built homes and shingled New England-styled cottages with colorful gardens.

Fun facts: Did you know Bolinas’ post office and some of Bolinas’ houses were constructed during the Gold Rush era?

Alice Waters is also a resident. She is an American chef and owner of "Chez Panisse," the world-renowned restaurant in Berkeley, famous for its organic, locally-grown ingredients and as the birthplace of Californian cuisine. During the tour, you may choose to have lunch in Bolinas or in Stinson Beach.

Mount Tamalpais State Park Adventure

After visiting Bolinas and Stinson Beach, your guide will drive you on windy roads and a panoramic highway around the mountains, that will take you all the way up to Mount Tamalpais. Mount Tamalpais State Park is the highest point in Marin County and offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Your guide will then drive you through Marin County’s scenic backroads and guide you on beautiful off-the-beaten-path hiking trails.

These hiking trails are suitable for the entire family; however, you may choose not to participate in the hiking and instead, enjoy views from the parking lot and overlooks along the way. This new outdoor adventure is highly recommended for nature lovers, photographs and families. The views from the top of Mount Tamalpais State Park are breathtaking!

Drive though Mill Valley

Mill Valley was inhabited by the Coast Miwok for over 10,000 years, before Spanish and Mexican explorers arrived. This charming community is located 5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County and is characterized by its scenic views, marshlands, wooded canyons, and strong artistic heritage, home to former musicians, authors, actors, poets and TV personalities like 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 “10 Best Places to live in the United States!”. Tamalpais High School is located in Mill Valley and is named after Mount Tamalpais State Park, which stands 2,500 feet high. Former students include Joe DeMaestri, Daniel Caldwell, Signy Coleman, Tupac Shakur, and actress Kathleen Quinlan who began her acting career in George Lucas' "American Graffiti" (filmed in the school’s gym). Other notable people who live, or have lived in Marin County are Barbara Boxer, Andre Agassi, George Lucas, and Carlos Santana.

Sausalito coastal town and houseboat communities

Now you will head to Sausalito, where you can enjoy a walk downtown in this charming Mediterranean-style coastal town, filled with history, culture, and beautiful waterfront shops. Choose to stay an hour or spend the rest of the day at this enchanting village for a romantic dinner and return on your own to San Francisco by ferry (ferry tickets are not included but affordable).

There are three houseboat communities in Sausalito, consisting of more than 400 homes of various sizes, shapes, and values— Galilee Harbor, Waldo Point Harbor, and the Gates Cooperative. It was in a houseboat at Waldo Point here the singer Otis Redding wrote his famous "Dock of the Bay" song in 1967: " I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay - Watching the ships roll in…the tide rolls away - I left my home in Georgia - Headed for the 'Frisco bay - Just to make this dock my home."

Golden Gate Bridge sky view overlook

Return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, where a photo stop is scheduled at the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay Area.

4:00 pm drop-off at your hotel in San Francisco.

Your guide will drive you back to your hotel via San Francisco’s Marina District or Pacific Heights neighborhoods, among the most expensive districts in San Francisco, where movie stars and celebrities have lived or still live. You may also see some former movie locations, including the Victorian house where “Mrs. Doubtfire” was filmed. The Pacific Heights is home to beautiful Victorian houses we show on our daily San Francisco city private custom tours.

Tour Prices

This custom tour is totally private and conducted by luxury SUV with a professional tour guide. The price is per person and includes your applicable taxes, pickup and drop of at your hotel in San Francisco or Sausalito.

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This custom city tour is totally private by luxury vehicle, and the price is per person. We don’t offer semi-private tours; all our trips are totally private.

Price per person 1 Guest 2 Guests 3 Guests 4 Guests 5 Guests 6 Guests 7 Guests
Hotel Accommodation Excluded $658 $329 $255 $215 $195 $159 $149
Price per person 1 Guest 2 Guests 3 Guests 4 Guests 5 Guests 6 Guests 7 Guests
Hotel Accommodation Excluded $658 $329 $255 $215 $195 $159 $149

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This tour by large van is totally private and not available for public reservations or individual booking.

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Price per group 1-5 Guests 6-7 Guests 8-10 Guests 11-12 Guests 13-14 Guests
Hotel Accommodation Excluded $1199 $1299 $1629 $1819 $1989

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What’s Included?

All applicable taxes, pickup and drop off at your hotel in San Francisco or Sausalito, a private 8-hour tour, all applicable taxes, Muir Woods new online reservations fees, commercial parking and permits fees, Mount Tamalpais State Park entrance fees. This 8-hour tour is totally private and customizable to your needs and schedule.

What’s Not Included?

Meals, your own Muir woods entrance tickets, driver’s gratuity (which are recommended and customary in the USA at 15%-20%) and entrance tickets or fees to any optional site not stated above.

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Our Terms, Refund and Cancellation Policy are as follows:

Term & Refund Policy

-91% of the total amount will be refunded to your credit card if you cancel your trip at least 15 business days prior to the scheduled tour (or the date of the tour or service). The remaining 9% covers the required transaction fees; that’s 4.5 % per each transaction (booking is one transaction and refunding is a second transaction for which we get charged as well). (weekends and holidays don’t count).

-50% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled tour date or service. (weekends and holidays don’t count).

-15% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled date of the tour (weekends and holidays don’t count).

-0% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled 4 business days, or less, prior to the day of the scheduled tour or service. This includes no-shows. (weekends and holidays don’t count)

Please note that all refunds are subject to credit card and merchant’s fees imposed on us by credit cards companies and merchant banks or providers. The average amount of credit cards and merchant’s transactions fees may range between 3.9 % to 9.8% of the total amount of your purchase (transaction) based on the type of credit card you use when booking this tour, the credit card issuer, country and conversion fees we are subject per transaction. Many foreign countries apply additional origination and conversions fees.

 

Important: Please note that we reserve the date(s) you requested and booked on our website for you and we decline taking other tours for these date(s) to honor yours. We keep a tour guide and a luxury vehicle on hold and make all required reservations and arrangements for you and your party, so please don’t change the date or cancel at the last minute as we have other customers and tours to honor.

 

General Terms 

– Reservation and Confirmation: As soon as you book online, a merchant receipt is generated automatically and sent to you via email. We will also confirm your reservation by email and send you a tour voucher or email confirming your booking date, tour and pick-up time. This tour confirmation or voucher is only valid for the specific date(s) you reserved on our website, and only valid for the names listed on the booking. You can’t transfer the names or ask for a different date(s), as we have other tours to honor. You may not change the tour date within 15 days from the date of the scheduled tour you booked, and there will be no alternative days offered.

 

In an effort to honor all tours, we reserve the right to partner with other tour operators, freelancers, and/or our sister companies. The exact name and contact information of your tour operator will be stated on your tour voucher and the trip confirmation will be issued especially for you after we received your approved transaction.

-All tours are subject to availability as we may get several tour requests at the same time. Approved payment transactions do not guarantee your tour unless it has been confirmed via email.

Declined Transactions: 

Please note that when transactions are declined, we do not receive any information in this regard, so do not expect your reservation to be in place unless you received written confirmation. Please contact us asap, but do not expect us to honor your tour without an email confirmation and tour voucher from us.

If your booking was declined by your own bank, this is often due to a mismatch between your bank information (such as the names on the credit card, zip/postal code or billing address) compared to the bank information you provided on our website when placed your order. Sometimes, transactions are declined due to insufficient funds as well. Your tour(s) will not be confirmed until your new transaction is approved by your own bank. We apologize for the inconvenience, but your own bank did so to prevent fraud and protect your credit card information or due one of the above factors.

All our tours are subject to availability even when the transactions are approved. We will get back to you as soon as possible and let you know if the required tour(s) and date(s) still available. Also, all our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise stated in the email or tour voucher confirmation we will send you soon, once your transaction is approved.

We reserve the right to offer you suitable substitutes or changes to your itinerary, tours or services due to special events, weather conditions, road closures, vehicle breakdowns, unpredictable circumstances, unavailability and/or due to last minute reservations. We assume no responsibility for delays caused by accidents, breakdowns, unforeseen accidents or events, road, weather conditions and/or all other circumstances beyond our control. We do not guarantee to arrive to, or depart from, any point at a specific time for the same above considerations. However, we will do our very best to honor your tour itinerary and schedule accordingly.

Hot-Air Balloon Special Cancellation and Refund Policy: This is an 8-hour guided tour (door to door when leaving from San Francisco or 6 hours when leaving from Napa or Sonoma Valley).

Your balloon ride will be scheduled before sunrise depending on weather conditions. Your safety is our #1 priority. Some rides may launch from other sites like Yolo County or Pope Valley when Napa weather conditions don’t allow us to fly the balloon. Balloons will never fly when it rains or in winds higher than 12 mph.

Heads-up: The hot-air balloon pilots offer alternative launching sites when Napa Valley weather conditions don’t permit them to take off from the valley. This maximizes your chances to fly from other sites even when weather conditions are not ideal in Napa.

Non-refundable for No-Show or last-minute changes: Our office staff will notify you by 5 pm the day prior to your hot-air balloon tour (generally, we pick our customers between 4 and 5 am at your hotel in San Francisco or Napa). If we are unable to reach you before 5 pm the day prior to your balloon tour because you don’t respond to your email or cellphone, or because you decided not to return our calls, your driver will still show up at 4 am as scheduled. However, if you don’t wake up , this will be a no-show and therefore, the entire cost will be non-refundable as per our refund terms and cancellation policy.

The Refundable Portion of the balloon ride: If you decide to cancel the balloon ride portion of the tour, you must do so at least 72 hours in advance. The hot-air balloon ride is only refundable when the pilot cancels it the same day due to bad weather or for any other considerations. If you cancel the balloon reservation is 72 hours in advance; the tour guide will pick you up at 9 am instead of 4 am and proceed with the wine tour as scheduled.

The wine tour itself is not refundable regardless of weather conditions. However, if you wish to proceed and take your chance, your tour guide will pick you up as scheduled at 4 am. Please keep in mind that we have reserved this day just for you and turned down other reservations to honor your tour, we still get charged and pay all wages and business expenses. For that, only the hot-air balloon ride portion of this package is refundable IF YOU CANCEL IT BEFORE 5 PM THE DATE PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR. If so, you will receive a $190 refund per person, which will be credited back to you within 7 business days. If you book directly with Viator, please review their own terms and policy .

Again, no changes or modifications are accepted within 72 hours prior to your trip. We close our office at 5 pm and your driver goes as early as 7 pm to be able to wake up at 2 am and come over to the office to pick up the required vehicle and meet you at 4 am at your hotel.

We are extremely transparent about these unforeseen weather conditions ,cancellation policy and terms. Please read these terms carefully so we avoid any misunderstanding or blame. Our drivers are humans and go to bed incredibly early to be able to show up at your hotel at 4 am. Please do not make any last-minute changes after 5 pm the day before your departure/tour. We will not even get your message until the next day!

Other terms and information

Wheelchair and Handicap Accessibility issues: We apologize but our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access. There is no room for a wheelchair in our vehicles unless it’s a very small and foldable wheelchair. However, the main concern is the customers’ ability to get it in and out of the vehicles for liability issues. When kids, seniors, and wheelchairs are part of the tour, this will slow down the trip, and requires overtime. $179 will be charged to your credit card for each additional hour added to the tour after 12 hours by van, and $129 per hour when touring by SUV.

Pets:  Pets are not allowed in our vehicles out of respect for those who have allergies to pets.

 

Smoking:  Our vehicles are also non-smoking.

Clothing: Please be prepared for cold weather, slippery roads and hiking trails, so have comfortable waterproof hiking shoes to walk on the snow in winter and spring. This long day-tour is hard on kids and seniors, we therefore recommend the overnight tour package.

Parks, Attractions and Site’s Closures: We are not responsible, nor liable, for road and weather conditions. State and national parks’ closure can happen at any time and without a prior notice, due to bad road and weather considerations. No refund will be issued, regardless the reasons for which the trip may not reach its destination. If you cancel or stop the tour for personal or medical reasons, there will be no refund or change of tour or dates offered either.

Guided tours in foreign languages: All tours in foreign languages are subject to extra fees to cover tour guides or freelancers we may hire to honor your tour in the required language.

Travel Agents: Travel agents are liable for 20% gratuity when their customer does not tip the driver or tour guides. We require customers’ full name and contact information from all travel agent or the tour will be cancelled. Travel agent are also liable for all overtime when their clients do not pay for, and a credit card will be needed on file. Due to high cost of conducting business in California, we barely cover our business expenses and wages, therefore, all our tours are non-commissionable rates.

Gratuity: 15 to 20% gratuity is required and customary in the USA. Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20% of the total purchase amount, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It really depends upon the situation, and your generosity because without gratuity tour guides can’t thrive in this expensive state of California, and without tour guides, we can’t run this business. Thank you for your generosity and understanding.

Muir Woods National Monument new regulations: Once in Muir Woods National Monument, you’ll find out that it has become less crowded and even very peaceful because Muir Woods has become the first national park to require reservations in advance with special commercial and parking permits. This extra cost and in addition to the complicated reservations process turn off manty visors and tour companies from visiting Muir Woods. No one can visit or access Muir Woods anymore without prior reservations and permits. But don’t worry, thanks to our private tours and small group custom trips, we will take care of all the required arrangements and offer you a worry-free tour package, we do reserve and pay for your parking and Muir Woods permits, however, your Muir Woods tickets are not included in the tour price and will be at your charge ($10 per person, but may go up again).

Please note that tour guides are not allowed to conduct guided tours to Alcatraz or Muir Woods. Your Alcatraz and Muir Woods are self-guided tours as stated on our website (an audio self-guided tour on your own for Alcatraz prison). Also, in order to keep the cost down, we therefore do not include a drop-off at your hotel after you visit Alcatraz, so you don’t pay overtime or have a driver waiting for you while visiting Alcatraz Island. The Fisherman’s Wharf hotels are walking distance from Alcatraz landing. Public transportation is very affordable and available everywhere.

Alcatraz tours and tickets and the use of our online calendar: The only online calendar available on our website is extremely hard to manage and update on daily basis. This calendar governs all our tours and available in over 10 different languages which multiplies the number of tour options by 10! When Alcatraz tickets are sold out, we cannot simply block the calendar for these particular date(s) because this will prevent all other clients from booking any of our tours in 10 different languages, this would put us all out of business! Alcatraz represents only 1% of our tours and it’s extremely impossible to block the calendar each time Alcatraz is sold out. For that reason, we have amended these terms and conditions on our website stating clearly unequivocally the following terms regarding Alcatraz tour and tickets:

-All our tours including Alcatraz are subject to availability even if the transaction is approved. We do reserve the right to void or refund your transaction when Alcatraz tickets are sold out, this is totally out of our hands as the only provider of Alcatraz tickets and tours are governed by the U.S. National Park Service.

-We do require 8 business weeks in advance when booking our Alcatraz tour during the peaks season, holidays and week-ends. The peak season refers to the period of April to the end of October.

-We reserve the right to offer you alternative tours when Alcatraz is sold out, if you decline our offer, we simply and fully refund your transaction which takes about 10 business days before your funds are available to you as stated above under section “voided and refunded transactions” clause.

Common mistake some customers do: When Alcatraz tickets are sold out, customers rush desperately to book directly Alcatraz tour on our website without taking the time to review our terms and conditions in this regard, we are not to blame in this case as we made it extremely clear that we have no control over Alcatraz tickets when they are sold out, for that reason we do require at least 8 business weeks booking in advance!

The misconception about private tours: There a misconception about private tours. Yes, public large bus group tours are more cost-effective for the operator, than private tours. In essence, the input cost of private tours and public tours are roughly the same - both provide one driver or a tour guide, one vehicle, same trip length whilst both companies assume the same business expenses and commercial insurance liability. However, private tour operators (like ours) make 90% less profit than public group tours, because all our resources are dedicated to a small group (couples or families), whilst the pubic tour operators make 10 times more profits thanks to the volume(quantity)! We, on the other hand, focus on quality as we never share our private tours with other customers. Yet, although we provide a higher quality tour service, and incur even greater expenses in many cases, the profit margins are limited. This makes some of our private tours barely profitable due to the increasing cost and liability of conducting business in California.

Additional Terms & Tips for visitors and hikers

– If you are subject to car or motion sickness, please consider asking your doctor for recommended medication. Some visitors underestimate this aspect and end up visiting only 50% of the tour as they suffer from this or altitude sickness and make an excessive number of stops along the way. Please consult your doctor and ensure you have the appropriate medication in advance.

– Consider leaving unnecessary luggage at your hotel and travel light so you have more room in the vehicle.

– Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and hiking (Snow shoes in winter are recommended, and a swimsuit to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and hot tub).

– Bring sunscreen, bug spray, extra memory cards, and batteries for your camera (if applicable).

– Warm layers for cooler weather and a raincoat for summer showers.

– Drink lots of water due to the high altitude and don’t hike alone, as we offer fully-guided tours.

– We are not responsible for injuries or accidents that may occur during this trip, in or out of Yosemite National Park. Please read our < href="/terms-conditions">terms and conditions for more information.

-Expect rugged terrain with narrow, steep, and very curvy hiking trails to the sequoias. Also, be prepared for a downhill hike and then back uphill to the parking lot. The trail is very steep right at the beginning on the way back up but mellows out as you get closer to the parking lot. It depends on the grove your driver will choose for you, but they all require hiking. The elevation at the trail head of both top groves is about 6,200 feet (1,860 meters). The most popular is the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the distance is about 2.5 miles (4 km) round trip and takes about 1.5 – 2 hours of hiking, and recommended for everybody who can hike including kids.

-California Gold Country: When Tioga Pass road (located between Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra where a major highway leads to Tahoe) is closed due to heavy snow that may start as early as October until about June or July, we will drive through the infamous, yet legendary, California Gold Country on day 2 and day 3 of your adventure.

-Please note that we may start in Lake Tahoe first, and then head to Yosemite National Park or vice versa. This will depend on the hotels’ availability, the season, the weather and road conditions. We do not work on commission, so you are welcome to book your own hotel, but if you don’t want to deal with these details, we can take care of that on your behalf when you choose the option ‘hotel included’ from our shopping cart.

Hotel Reservation: To keep costs down, we charge each guest only about $100 per night, for a three-star hotel in and around Yosemite Valley area, based on availability. However, if you have high expectations of the hotel accommodation, and wish to upgrade, we recommend that you choose your own hotel and book it directly with the required resort or hotel. The Majestic hotel (the former Awhanhee) is the only 4-star hotel in the Yosemite Valley where a suite may go from $600 to $1200 per night based on availability and the season. Please note that there are a very limited number of hotels in Yosemite, and they are often sold out 6 to 12 months in advance, so the sooner you book the better. However, we often manage to get a hotel reservation nearby Yosemite Valley, in one of the small resort or motel style hotels in the area, for reservations closer to the tour date.

 

More Terms and Miscellaneous

Foreign Languages: Our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher. Some foreign languages are subject to additional fees. For all foreign languages, you must book a Private Tour and not a semi-private tour to enjoy the tour in the required language (subject to availability). Additional fees may apply on any additional foreign languages. All semi-private tours are conducted in English and can be shared with other clients. Semi-private tours will no longer be available on our website. Please book your private tour asap as our tour bilingual tour guides are booked up months in advance.

Miscellaneous: Meals and tour guide/driver gratuities are not included in our tour price unless indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.

Tour prices do not include additional fees including wine tasting, accommodations, and entry fees to see attractions and sites, winery tours, unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.

-All vehicles operated by Golden Horizon Travel Inc are non-smoking according to state and federal laws.

-Golden Horizon Travel Inc reserves the right to hire independent tour guide/drivers, subcontractors and/or contractors to facilitate our tours, shuttle services and travel packages.

-In the event that we are unable to facilitate your tour due to weather and/or road conditions, we will attempt to reach each location, site and destination using alternative routes, but we are not liable nor responsible for these unforeseen weather/traffic conditions. No refunds will be available.

-All photos or videos taken by our staff of our customers or passengers, during the capacity of the tour, trip or transfer, may be included on our website. Customers hereby agree to the use of these photos and videos and under no circumstances can customers dispute.

-No substitution or refunds for any unused part of the tour(s) will be issued. All sales are final.

-No refunds will be issued for a no-show or unused portion of the tour.

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Muir Woods and Redwoods Tour Reviews and Testimonials

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Wonderful Muir Woods & Point Reyes Experience

We went on two Golden Horizon Tours during our week in San Francisco. The tours were definitely highlighting of our trip to San Francisco . We scheduled the Muir Woods/Point Reyes and also the Napa Valley tour. We were very fortunate to have Adam as our tour guide during both trips. He was an amazing tour guide and greatly exceeded our expectations ! We would highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours, and especially Adam, to anyone visiting the area.

Ashley Perk

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Wonderful 2-day tour of Muir Woods, SF, Point Reyes and Alcatraz

Our tour guide Adam was awesome! So nice and very enthusiastic about all aspects of the tour--he really seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. We visited Muir Woods, which was awe inspiring, traveled on some very winding roads and saw panoramic views from high on the mountain. Lots of wildlife--elephant seals, harbor seals, elk, cows(!),Quite a full day and one of the best tours we have taken anywhere! Highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours and Adam as your guide!

Cheryl R

Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

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Alcatraz , Muir Woods and Sausalito Combo Tour

Muir Woods and Alcatraz now require advanced booking, which we didn’t know. I’m so glad we found this company, they accommodated our last-minute request, and provided us with tickets to muir woods and Alcatraz... Leo is an amazing tour guide.

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Stop reading reviews and book with Golden Horizons

Stop reading reviews and book with Golden Horizons. .... we highly recommend this tour company, their tour guides are passionate, fun and very knowledgeable. San Francisco is amazing city and Muir Woods is so beautiful and enjoyable. Highly recommend.

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Unforgettable & fun day outdoor adventure with Adam

Our girl tribe had such a good trip up the coast with Adam. He was always engaging and funny - and we spotted a lot of animals that we wouldn't have otherwise. In addition to a great early stroll through Muir Woods, we saw whales, a bobcat, a coyote and the elk herd. Adam dropped us off in Sausalito where we dined on Dungeness Crab before taking the ferry back to the city. Loved the trip and would do it again (with Adam)!

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Excellent San Francisco , Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

My family had a great time on the tour and Mary was great. She was great with my four kids (ages 5, 7, 11, and 13) and kept the tour interesting for not only them but my wife, sister, and I as well. We would definitely recommend Golden Horizon Tours and Mary. Mary was absolutely wonderful. She was entertaining and full of so much knowledge of the area. We will definitely be a repeat customer our next trip to the Bay area and would like to go on many of the other tours that Golden Horizon Tours has to offer.

Scott C.

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Outstanding Muir park & Point Reyes combo tour

My husband, daughters and my son , and I took a day tour of San Francisco, and second day adventure to Muir Woods/point Reyes and each with Adam to Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. Both trips exceed our expectations.

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Amazing Day in Muir Woods & Pt Reyes!

Booking a private trip with Golden Horizon Tours was the best idea I have had in a long time!!! We have never done anything like this, and I was hopeful it would be incredible......it exceeded our expectations!!!!!

Heather R.

Toronto, Canada

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Muir Woods escapade adventure

A Beautiful and quiet forest of redwoods and majestic county with awesome landscape and views. I highly recommend this Muir Woods and Marin County outdoor adventure with Golden Horizon Travel, even If you are in average physical shape. There are all kind of stops and easy hikes along offering 360 degrees breathtaking views.

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Alcatraz Island Tickets "The Rock"!

We took a tour with Golden Horizon as we got cancelled at last-minute by another company due to the lack of Alcatraz tickets, which we prepaid thru the interne, but, when we arrived at Fisherman's Wharf to embark the ferry, they had no reservations for us! Watch out when you book online and trust Golden Horizon reviews – they saved the day. You’ll not be disappointed

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San Francisco & Alcatraz - Great Experience

I have always wanted to go to Alcatraz Island with my wife, and we finally got to do it. I consulted the online reviews and decided to go with Golden Horizon Travel. We booked Yosemite 3-day tour , Silicon Valley and San Francisco tours through them; they exceed our expectations.

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Alcatraz prison evening tour.

We booked the Napa Valley and Alcatraz combo tour thru Golden Horizon tour, almost 2 months in advance, and we are so glad we did. It was so hard to find availability for Alcatraz night tour. Napa Valley is beautiful, and the wines are outstanding, but Alcatraz was our favorite experience.

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Must See attraction while visiting San Fran!

Alcatraz and San Francisco combo tour is highly recommended. It’s super fun, informative and saves time. Great ride across the san Francisco bay, the ferry was crowded but it was cool. The walking tour with headphones is awesome and informative.

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Alcatraz at night tour is spooky but awesome

Unfortunately, we were not able to get same day tickets to Alcatraz Island, but our tour guide managed to get us night tickets to Alcatraz prison the next day. We were so lucky and grateful - we even booked 2 more tours with this company – they are the best! Alcatraz at night is a must-see attraction for all visitors. The rangers’ talk and the audio-walking guided tour complete each other.

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Alcatraz at night is a must-see activity

Alcatraz at night is a must-see activity while visiting San Francisco Bay Area. The now- abandoned maximum-security prison can be visited at night, and it’s much better than the day tour. Golden Horizon and Adam deserve 10 stars!

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Alcatraz day trip from San Francisco

We recommend the San Francisco and Alcatraz tour package. We got to see the best places in the city and enjoyed a free afternoon walking tour at Alcatraz Island. The views of the city and the golden gate bridge from Alcatraz are spectacular.

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Our Bucket List Overflowed

Our Bucket List Overflowed, a wonderful day in an amazing park with the perfect tour guide!

Katheryn Kennedy - London, UK

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Breathtaking adventure in Yosemite Wonderland

Breathtaking adventure in Yosemite wonderland , and a great private tour of San Francisco combined with Alcatraz. We found this company on Trip Advisor & we were not disappointed!

The Jamesons. Cydney, Australia

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The best experience ever!

A wonderful tour package in Yosemite National Park and Alcatraz with Adam. This tour has totally exceeded expectations! The best experience ever!

Erin M.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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Unforgettable & Fantastic!

Unforgettable & Fantastic! trust their reviews and believe what you read on Trip Advisor; they are consumed professionals.

Chris G., Dallas, Texas

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Just Magnificent & Just Stunning!

5-stars to our tour guide Adam, he made this journey unforgettable. He is an expert photographer too!

M. Hachadourian. Greenwich Village, New York

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Fun, informative & very professional

10 Stars! Fun, informative, flexible, indulgent, patient,& very professional guides in a warm & engaging manner.

Jarmila Sramkova. Prague, Czech Republic

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Believe every good thing you read about this tour company

Believe every good thing you read about this tour company; you will not be disappointed!

Mike and Jane - Nashville

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Treated like King & Queen!

Treated like King & Queen! OUTSTANDING and A MUST See!! Without any hesitation, 5 stars!

Loreena’s family Madrid, Spain

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They are consummate professionals

They are consummate professionals who really care a lot for their customers' wellbeing and experience- a must do!

Rob & Marhta Baton Rouge

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Unforgettable experience!

Impressive! Their Ability of organization, understanding , customizing , entertaining , educating - make them the best at what they do. What unforgettable experience with Buddy!

Natasha C Calgary, Canada

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Outstanding bucket-list destinations!

Outstanding tour package to Yosemite ,Mammoth Lakes , Sequoia national park , Death Valley , San Francisco and Alcatraz with Adam and Jonathan . I've run out of superlatives to describe this unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience ...10 STARS + & Highly Recommended

Holly Millard- Holly Millard, IN

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"Stop reading reviews and book with Golden Horizon!"

5-Star TripAdvisor Review

You won't be disappointed if you use Golden Horizon for all your tours! Top notch service!

Susan.S- McAllen, Texas

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Top-Notch VIP Service!

5-Star TripAdvisor Review

A 6-star experience! Their tag line is to “exceed expectations” and they certainly delivered. From the moment of making a booking to the actual tours - Superb!

Superdin0-Singapore

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Wonderful Muir Woods & Point Reyes Experience

5-Star TripAdvisor Review

We went on two Golden Horizon Tours during our week in San Francisco. The tours were definitely highlighting of our trip to San Francisco . We scheduled the Muir Woods/Point Reyes and also the Napa Valley tour. We were very fortunate to have Adam as our tour guide during both trips. He was an amazing tour guide and greatly exceeded our expectations for the tour. He always took his time with us and made every effort to show us unique qualities about the places we visited.

He was also extremely generous with his time and worked hours over the scheduled end time for the tour. Our two girls, ages five and six, also loved spending time with him. He made the tours, including the Napa Valley tour, fun for the girls. We would highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours, and especially Adam, to anyone visiting the area.

Ashley Perk

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Wonderful 2-day tour of Muir Woods, SF, Point Reyes and Alcatraz

Our tour guide Adam was awesome! So nice and very enthusiastic about all aspects of the tour--he really seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. He kept us laughing as well while keeping us informed about each place we drove by . He and my husband enjoyed talking about and spotting different birds on the tour. We visited Muir Woods, which was awe inspiring, traveled on some very winding roads and saw panoramic views from high on the mountain. Lots of wildlife--elephant seals, harbor seals, elk, cows(!), horses and lots of birds. Took a very windy walk up to the lighthouse at Point Reyes but the road down was closed. Had a great lunch and checked out Stinson Beach too. Quite a full day and one of the best tours we have taken anywhere! Highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours and Adam as your guide!

Cheryl R

Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

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Unforgettable & fun day in Muir Woods and Point Reyes

Our girl tribe had such a good trip up the coast with Adam. He was always engaging and funny - and we spotted a lot of animals that we wouldn't have otherwise. In addition to a great early stroll through Muir Woods, we saw whales, a bobcat, a coyote and the elk herd. Adam dropped us off in Sausalito where we dined on Dungeness Crab before taking the ferry back to the city. Loved the trip and would do it again (with Adam)!

Tpropst

Dallas, Texas

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Excellent San Francisco , Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

My family had a great time on the tour and Mary was great. She was great with my four kids (ages 5, 7, 11, and 13) and kept the tour interesting for not only them but my wife, sister, and I as well. We would definitely recommend Golden Horizon Tours and Mary. Mary was absolutely wonderful. She was entertaining and full of so much knowledge of the area.

We will definitely be a repeat customer our next trip to the Bay area and would like to go on many of the other tours that Golden Horizon Tours has to offer.

Scott C.

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Best Way to see San Francisco with limited time

I chose a private tour with Golden Horizon Tours for a trip to San Francisco in late September. This was our first trip and with limited time, we wanted to see all the "must see" and not have to stress about it.

Mary, our tour guide, took us on a full-day tour that covered everything we wanted to see - San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods, etc. It was so nice to be able to get out of the car, take pictures and Mary was there waiting for us when we finished. Also, no worries about parking spots - since the vehicle we were traveling in was considered "commercial", we got spots up close.

I would highly recommend a tour with Golden Horizon - a nice, stress-free way to see everything in a short period of time.

LT2020

Athens, Georgia.

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San Francisco, Muir Wood & Sausalito Private SUV Tour

I selected Golden Horizons based on the positive reviews on Trip Advisor and can honestly say it was everything we believed it would be and more. From the booking process to our arrival back to the hotel, everything was first class.

Patricia was a true professional and at the same time a warm, genuine person. We felt very comfortable with her right from the start and enjoyed her company. We never felt rushed and she went out of her way to ensure we saw everything listed in the tour description and was also open to any special requests.
Thanks for a memorable day!

Artb.

Tampa, Florida

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Best tour EVER

I would give Golden Horizon and our tour guide Leo, 10 stars if I could. Originally, I booked a Muir Woods tour for myself and two teenage nephews. We added on Point Reyes National Seashore and we all had the most amazing day! Leo was knowledgeable, funny and just great to be week. His attention to the details and the little things was above and beyond. The teenagers loved him. I have done many small/private tours and Golden Horizon and Leo are the best I have ever encountered. I booked this company based on internet reviews. If you are reading this, do not hesitate to book with them. You will not be disappointed...I’ll bet you will be beyond satisfied! Thank you, Leo! Thank you, Golden Horizon Travel.

Lynnb88

Cheshire, Connecticut

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Amazing Day in Muir Woods & Pt Reyes!

Booking a private trip with Golden Horizon Tours was the best idea I have had in a long time!!! We have never done anything like this, and I was hopeful it would be incredible......it exceeded our expectations!!!!! Jon arrived early and was exactly where he said he be...he loaded us up and quickly got us out of the city. We instantly knew that the day was going to be special as Jon had so many different facts to share with us about the city and sites along the way. He was professional yet we both felt like we had known him for years. He knew all the perfect spots to stop along the way and seemed to anticipate every need before we did!!!! Thank you to Jon for making our day so special and memorable!!!!!!!!!! We would absolutely recommend!!!!!!

Heather R.

Toronto, Canada

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Thanksgiving Family Trip to Redwoods & Wine County

Review of: Best Alcatraz Prison Tickets & San Francisco Combo Tour

We used Golden Horizon Tours to book a day trip from San Francisco to Armstrong Redwood Forrest and the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County to visit some wineries.

Our guide for the day was Mary, she picked us up promptly at 8:00 at our hotel in a nice Ford Expedition XL. There was a total of 5 in our group, my wife, my son, daughter and her husband. We had plenty of room and some really nice conversations while we traveled. Mary grew up in the area and had lot of stories about visiting the Redwoods and Russian River Valley as a kid. Our first stop was Armstrong Redwood Forrest, which is about an hour away. This Forrest is a little further north than Muir Woods, but it is a lot less crowded, no parking or entry fees and is a little older Forrest with larger older trees than Muir Woods. We had a nice 2 hour walk in the woods, it was extremely beautiful and relaxing.

We then went to Korbel Winery for a nice lunch and a free tour of the winery and free tasting. The Winery is beautiful, built in the 1880s and the tour was very interesting. I am not really a Champagne fan, but I really enjoyed the three we sampled, they were all quite good.

We then visited two other wineries, Merry Edwards Winery, which included a free tasting of 5 of their wines (4 Pinot Noirs and one Sauvignon Blanc). All 5 were great, we found out that the Russian River Valley is one of the best places in the world to grow Pinot Noir grapes, which happens to be one of our favorite wine types.

We then had an extremely nice and intimate wine tasting at Dutton Estate Winery. We were only supposed to get 4 tastings, but we received at least 6. We all sat around a fireplace and the rep would bring in a bottle, discuss it and then we would taste. We had tons of questions and some awesome discussions.

Mary than took us back to the Hotel, we got back around 6:15. All in all it was a great fun day and one of the highlights of our trip.

I would highly recommend Mary and Golden Horizons if you are planning a trip to the Bay area.

JIM P.

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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San Francisco in a Day

Our family of four took the private SUV all day San Francisco/Muir Woods combination tour. There's no way we would have seen so much if we would have tried to see it on our own. Our guide, Buddy, was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs and interests. He allowed us to spend as much or as little time at each stop as we wanted. He also made some great recommendations along the way. We had lunch and free time in Sausalito which was a nice break during the day.

misterSman

Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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Incredible trip with Leo.

This tour is well planned, informative and fun. Leo picked us up at our hotel early enough to get to the woods before the crowds. We practically had Muir Woods to ourselves. Leo was very informative on the drive about the scenery, and just in general, he really knows the area. He’ll walk with you through the woods, too. The pace was laid back and we never felt hurried. Then on to wine country, stopping in Napa first, then Sonoma. We had one tasting in Napa and two in Sonoma. Leo knows the best wineries and don’t be afraid to tell him what you are looking for, he will take you there. Our tour went half an hour longer than planned bc we had so much fun in wine country. Didn’t bother Leo’s cheerful attitude one bit. And he will take pictures of your group if you ask. Overall, a great experience and wonderful way to spend a day.

Jed F.

Denver, Colorado

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Private SUV tour of Muir Woods and Muir Beach

Our guide Mary was very knowledgeable and energetic. She was also very kind and patient with our two kids. I would recommend taking a guided tour so your whole family can enjoy the views.

pjohnides

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Best Muir woods tour

Had a great afternoon touring Muir Woods with Leo. He is a very knowledgeable and passionate tour guide who taught some great stuff! Leo is also a phenomenal picture taker and knows all the great spots to stop for the family photo ops! Highly recommend!

Erica G.

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San Francisco & Muir Woods Sightseeing

We spend a superb day together with Patricia from Golden Horizon Torus. Patricia made us feel, as if some relative would be taking us through SF and its surroundings. Everybody enjoyed Patricia’s broad knowledge on historical as well as socio-cultural backgrounds of the bay area. We highly appreciated Patricia’s sensitivity towards the interest point of our three teenagers. And finally, Patricia understood that touring SF and Muir Woods was for us as important as some chasing up of some old family roots in Ross, Marin County. Thus, thanks to Patricia’s personal effort, Golden Horizon Tour lived up to our expectations completely! Our rating is eventually "six stars" ;-)

Nick W

Zurich, Switzerland

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“Believe every good thing you read!”

My boyfriend and I signed up for a private tour on a Wine Country/Muir Woods tour. We were lucky enough to get Adam as our guide (again, believe every good thing you read about him!) who was not only on time in an immaculate SUV, but early! He took us to three wineries where everyone knew him, and we just had THE BEST experience. .... I hugged him goodbye because he felt like an old friend. My boyfriend and I agreed we would have paid $1,000 bucks EASY to go on another of his tours.

GREAT. GREAT. GREAT.

Clemson22

Charleston

Senior Contributor

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Muir Woods tour with Leo

Had the pleasure of being guided through the mystical, magical Muir Woods with the affable and kind Leo. He was knowledgeable, patient with energetic children (he wasn't fazed when one of the children threw up in his vehicle), and a lot of fun. On the ride home he sang songs of San Francisco to our delight. What a great day.

Martha H

South Dennis, Massachusetts

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¡Excelente tour de Muir Woods y Alcatraz todo en un dia!

Teníamos solo unos pocos días en San Francisco y escogimos este tour privado que combina las dos atracciones en
el mismo dia, tuvimos suerte de que esta compañía tenia los tickets de Alcatraz.
El mejor Guía de san francisco sin duda alguna fue Adam, nos llevó a recorrer el bosque de sequoias en un vehículo
SUV de lujo
muy recomendable el servicio, todo incluido, hasta nos dejaron en el terminal para tomar el ferry de Alcatraz

javiercJ7637QS

CUERNAVACA MORELOS

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Muir Woods, Stinson Beach and Point Reyes Private Charter

Our team spent a fantastic day visiting Muir Woods, Point Reyes and surrounding areas. Jon, the tour guide was great. He had such a friendly demeanor and was happy to customize the experience where possible. The team had a great time. Overall, I think their pricing and the variety of tours they offer is really great. Highly recommend, and I will definitely use them for our next adventure.

Rlicu

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Excellent muir woods tour!

We took a tour of Muir Woods and visited two wineries, as well as lunch in Sonoma, on September 20th. Our tour guide, Jon, was excellent. He arrived promptly to pick us up for our tour and was friendly and very informative. Our tour lasted just as long as promised and we saw such beautiful countryside on our drive. The stop at the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of the day was icing on the cake. We learned a lot about the areas we visited, as well as San Francisco in general. I would do a tour with Golden Horizon again in a heartbeat, especially with Jon. Thank you for being a part of a once-in-a-lifetime, wonderful vacation!

bev203

Visalia.

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Muir Woods Escapade Tour

Our large combined family of 13 enjoyed a fabulous day with Adam! He picked up 2 families at one hotel and the other family at their hotel which is very convenient. He was on time and super friendly, learning everyone's names and making us all feel welcome. Adam was very knowledgeable about each place we visited. He gave us in-depth information prior to our Muir Woods stops, did some impromptu easy rock climbing with our kids, made an effort to take lots of great pics of our family, assisted us in getting our big clan into a restaurant for lunch and more. We ended our day with an unexpected stop at the Golden Gate Bridge as it was the most visible it had been since we'd been in the city. Adam took us to a great look out point and our tour was extended an hour which we were very thankful for. We got some great pics with the bridge thanks to Adam! I would highly recommend this tour and thank you Adam for the fun-filled day!!

TDWI

Milwaukee

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Day trip around San Francisco and Muir Woods!

Adam was WONDERFUL!! I can't say enough wonderful things about our day. I scheduled a private tour for my in-laws who only speak Spanish so they could understand what they were seeing. We were not disappointed! Adam, our tour guide, was THE BEST. He took us everywhere and was so gracious with his time. He also took beautiful pictures for us so we could focus on the sites. I think this tour is well worth the money and highly recommend this to anyone. The personal treatment made the extra $ well worth the expense.

Robyn W.

Michigan

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Outstanding! Fantastic Time!

We took part in Golden Horizons' "Wine Country and Muir Woods Combo Tour" this past week. Peter, our personal tour guide, completely exceeded our expectations. Everything was great, from the very beginning meeting us at our hotel, to the end as we made our way back into the city. While we initially thought the price was a bit high, the outcome made it completely worthwhile. The SUV was comfortable and very clean. Peter did a great job pointing out different things along the way. He did a great job informing us about the Muir Woods and varies wineries that we visited. Peter went out of his way to take a ton of pictures for us and even emailed a number of great shots that he took with his own camera.

I would highly recommend Golden Horizons to anyone considering a tour.

Thank you to Peter and Golden Horizon for a fantastic time!

381bruce

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Perfect tour

Mary did an incredible job giving our family a private tour of the city and Muir Woods. She is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. What a treat to meet someone who is from the city. We definitely would not have been able to see all the sights and places on our own. Golden Horizon Tours is the only way to go!

Karinphunt

Oregon

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Muir Woods with Mary

Spent a beautiful afternoon visiting Muir Woods and Sausalito with Mary as our tour guide. Since much of the time gets used up walking through the redwoods, we didn't ask for much personalization. Mary accommodated our request to stop at the GG bridge overlook for pictures, and we stopped for milkshakes in Sausalito. We also visited the Muir overlook to the ocean and saw a few whale spouts down below. She drove us by the mansions in Pacific Heights on the way back to our hotel. We liked the private vehicle for our more sensitive travelers who don't like windy roads, and not having to rush back to a pickup point due to a bus deadline.

jmaysatx

Nevada

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Wonderful tour!!!

I took this tour with my granddaughter this past week, and we were not disappointed. We went to Point Reyes and then returned by way of Muir Woods. Our tour guide was the delightful Mary!! She gave us so much information regarding the history, geographical facts and anecdotes of the areas we saw. She was accommodating when we needed or wanted to stop along the way. It was also very easy to set up this private tour, and dealing with Nelly was a pleasure, too. I cannot recommend this company more highly and will look forward to taking a different journey with them the next time I am in San Francisco!!

NBLoneStar

San Antonio , Texas

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A great tour company

We were in SF for two weeks and took two tours while we were there. i. Half day morning SF city tour and ii. Muir Woods and Sausalito tour . Our guide for both private tour, Jonathan was a superb guide. Knowledgeable, funny and a great driver. Private tour was really exclusive where pick up and drop off option at your choice, comfortable and clean SUV that was comfortable for us ( 5 adults and 1 toddler) flexible itinerary on the sights to see, guide was gracious enough to do repeat rounds to ensure we got a great picture of the sights we were seeing. Highly recommended!

riabu79

Kuala Lumpur

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Best tour experience with Adam !!

We spent the day touring Muir Woods, Napa and Sonoma with Adam. He was so fun, energetic and well knowledgable. This was definitely the highlight of our trip !!!

Seema H

Singapore

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Half-day tour to Muir Woods forest from San Francisco

Four of us took the Muir Woods tour with Mary. She was a wonderful tour guide. Not only did she give us a history lesson and lots of anecdotes on the way to Muir Woods she also took a scenic route through San Francisco and Sausalito. We saw and learned more in half a day than many tour groups do on a full day tour. Excellent tour!

Wtmarks

Weston, FL

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“Excellent wine country tour”

Had an amazing day with Golden horizon. Thank you so much. glad we booked following excellent comments on trip advisor. We booked a day tour which encompassed Muir woods and wine tasting in Sonoma. Our tour guide, john, was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and went out of his way to talk to us, answer questions, take us off route to other places. He knew so much about the tour, The redwood trees, san Francisco. The day was superb and well worth the price of the semi-private tour. We saw other parts of San Francisco like pacific heights, the presidio and Lucas film studios and we had great photo opportunities of the golden gate bridge. All parts of San Francisco we would've have come across. This Was on top of Muir woods and then brilliant wine tasting. Lunch in Sonoma was also excellent, and John had local knowledge about the best places to eat. All in all a lovely relaxing day and would highly recommend it to all.

AndreaCortez10

Lake Tahoe and PA

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Great Tour.

We toured the city of San Francisco in the morning and Muir Woods in the afternoon. Jon was a great tour guide providing a historical and informative context to each location. Highly recommend using this tour company. They provided myself and my family a fantastic experience!

Tim C.

Vancouver

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All Round Awesomeness!!!

We booked two tours with Golden Horizon Tours and could not have had a better experience all round. We booked a full day tour of San Fran, Sausalito and Muir Woods, and also did a two-day tour of Yosemite. Golden Horizon Tours were great communicators and were always available to answer my questions prior to and after booking. They were very professional and helpful at all times. We had Leo as our guide for our Yosemite tour and Buddy as our guide for our San Fran, Sausalito and Muir Woods tour. They were both absolutely fantastic!!! We couldn't have asked for two more thoughtful, friendly, good humored and helpful guys. They were super knowledgeable and full of invaluable information that totally enhanced our experience. It was a pleasure to be in their company. Both of them went out of their way to customize the tour to our interests. They have provided us with a lifetime of happy memories that we'll always treasure. Exploring Yosemite and San Fran on our own would have been a totally inferior experience. Thanks Leo and Buddy! You guys rock!

silverthornefam

Sydney Australia

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“San Francisco wine country tour”

Muir Woods Tour wine country tour review with a side trip to Monterey and Carmel: My mother recently had her 80th birthday. Having lost her husband, my father, 6 months ago, my sister Andrea C. and I decided to take my mother on a trip to California to refresh her mind and body. She is recovering from a stroke. She had never seen California before. We live on the East Coast. We wanted to see the redwoods in Muir Woods National Park , the pacific ocean , the wine country to visit some wineries in Napa , the golden gate bridge, the city of San Francisco and all the wonders found in San Francisco Bay area. We only had 4 days to see all these sights in California ....what to do? How do we make sure my mother is safe, comfortable, relaxed and enjoying these sights? Luck led to meet Adam at Golden Horizon Travel and tours. I spoke with Adam by phone, he understood our travel needs, and we arranged a two-day private tour coming muir woods and the wine country, San Francisco, Carmel and Monterey. My family cannot say enough good things about Adam and Golden Horizon tours. He was extremely kind, protective, proactive, knowledgeable from history to agriculture, multi-lingual, musical, humorous, interesting, a safe driver, great company, polite, a great teacher.... and the list can continue until all superlatives in the English language are exhausted. My mother is still talking about the trip to San Francisco Bay Area and how perfect it was even with the recent fires during our trip. Adam knew how to outsmart the smoke and the traffic. We saw everything we hoped for, and more without the trip being hectic or exhausting. The pace was comfortable, and we learned and experienced with joy. The tour was customized by Golden Horizon Travel to us and our unique situation. Adam did everything to be at my mother's arm at every doorstep and incline. He even borrowed a golf cart from a golfer at Pebble Beach in order to give my mother a ride, sparing her a steep, outside staircase. We did not need to ask...he intuitively knew how to help and be "present" to our needs. If you are considering a tour with Adam and Golden Horizon Travel.com , I hope you will make a reservation. You will not be disappointed, and I will be happy to be a reference. Thank you, Golden Horizon and Adam. My mother is still boasting to all about you.

Happy Travels

Marisa de Paulis and Andrea -Hawn

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“Outstanding Wine Tasting SUV Tour”

My friends and I did the Muir Woods and Wine Tasting Tour this past weekend with our amazing tour guide, John from New Zealand. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and made our transition from the mountains to the vineyards seamless. The SUV was clean, and John arrived/dropped off on time. We highly recommend this tour and this guide as you'll come out of it learning something and taking in some great outings that CA has to offer!

Monica A

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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“Best idea ever!”

We booked two days with Golden Horizon tours and loved it. We wanted to do extensive wine tasting for 2 days without having to worry about the best places to go or how to get there. Jon was the perfect guide! The wide range of vineyards from small family owned to huge tasting rooms meant we were never bored. The second morning of our wine tasting adventure we stopped at Muir Woods for several hours. It a magical, lovely place. If you want first class, worry free vacation days, I highly recommend this company.

Kristine S

Detroit

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San Francisco Muir Woods Park & Sausalito Private Combo Tour

The first thing I said to Patricia on finishing the tour was 'It was like a friend was showing us her own city'. I would recommend this tour for anyone who would like that little bit extra of San Francisco. We had been to San Francisco once before and had seen the main tourist attractions, but this tour shows you that little extra. We had done the private tour, so it seemed to go at our pace, which the kids enjoyed more. I give this tour and Patricia a definite 5 stars. Hang on to Patricia she is worth every cent to your company. An amazing lady.

Lovinglife068

Beerwah, Australia

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“Best tour service in the Bay area!”

We purchased the private tour and were pleasantly surprised. Everything about the day was perfect. Adam was well versed on every detail of the wine making progress. He also knew all of the wine makers so in most instances, we received priority service. He was also happy to take our photographs and often directed our photos, so we got better shots. We opted to be dropped off in Sausalito and took the ferry back to San Francisco. Adam's suggestions for lunch in Sonoma and dinner in Sausalito were both fantastic. I have nothing but good things to say about the entire day.

Smileybolster

Senior Reviewer

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Muir Woods Escapade and Yosemite Falls 1-day Tour

We enjoyed having Jon as our tour guide for both private tours. Jon is very knowledgeable in a lot of things, especially facts about places we went to. He knows all the hot spots and very entertaining. Nelly was great to work with. She helped us booked both private tours. Both the suv and van were nice and clean. Thanks

Hall H.

Dallas, Texas

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“Great Tour and Great Tour Guide”

We recently completed a private SUV tour with Golden Horizon Travel to the Wine Country and Muir Woods national park redwoods. My family's and my expectations were exceeded in every way thanks to our tour guide, Buddy. The communications with Golden Horizon tour office were great all along the way, my questions were answered promptly, and everything went according to the description on the website without a single hitch. He even went beyond the call of duty by letting us get off at a destination in Sausalito on the way home, and then personally delivered our wine purchases to our hotel (so we didn't have to lug them around). We could not have been more satisfied with everything about our day and we completely recommend this Golden Horizon Travel Company and Buddy as a tour guide!

RobynL44

Dallas, Texas

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“Redwoods and wine country”

We had a private tour to Muir woods and wine country in June with Patricia. We really enjoyed our time and would highly recommend it to anyone. We highly recommend this company

Holly M

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States

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“Fabulous Wine Country Tour- Napa/Sonoma Valley with Adam”

We were truly spoiled with such a wonderful private SUV tour with Adam from Golden Horizon Tours our knowledgeable and fun-loving host! Adam's bright, warm, friendly, enthusiastic attitude made this small intimate tour for 6 ladies go well beyond our expectations. The vineyards chosen were all very special and unique with little things like the on-board bottled water, pictures sent to us afterwards, wine tasting DVD, and especially the music as we headed out from lunch just adding to our incredible day. A large bus tour would have missed out on these magical moments. Highly recommend a tour with Adam to any visitors who would be traveling to the San Francisco area. We just couldn't stop smiling!

Lynn-Canadian

Winnipeg, Canada

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“Absolutely perfect thanks to Patricia!”

We booked a private tour for the Muir Woods and Wine Country , we were picked up on time by our wonderful guide Patricia. If you book this trip you should ask if you can request her. She was professional, genuine, knowledgeable and accommodating. We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. She went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and that we got the most out of our tour. We never felt rushed and Patricia also showed us other parts of the city and made recommendations for things to see and do, you won't be disappointed. Muir woods was breathtaking. Just absolutely beautiful. It was even sprinkling but the weather didn't affect our trip one bit. After the woods, we headed to Sonoma where we visited 2 wineries (Jacuzzi and Larson) and had lunch at an Italian restaurant (Della Santinas)., which was very good. You get to choose where you want to eat, and Patricia described your options. On the way back she took us to an overlook where we had a wonderful view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Perfect way to end the tour. I researched many other tours before deciding on Golden Horizon and I definitely made the right choice. Extremely happy, it was perfect! Not one complaint! We plan on returning for Yosemite and will book this company again! Thanks, so much Patricia!

TxAndi

Corpus Christi, Tx

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“Muir woods and wine country with Jon”

I chose to go with a private tour for two reasons. First, all the group tours met very early and we were coming off a cruise ship and worried about getting off late and missing the tour. The second reason was being on our own schedule and being able to customize our tour. Jon met us right outside the cruise terminal on time. We were able to plan our day and started out for Muir Woods. We got there before the bus loads and were leaving as the crowds arrived. Jon was very knowledgeable about the wine region and we valued his input on which wineries to visit. For anyone not wanting to deal with bus tour and wanting to have input on the itinerary I highly recommend this company.

cruizinnurse

Virginia

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“Muir Woods and Sonoma Wineries Tour-Outstanding”

We took the Muir Woods and Winery Tour on a Sunday from San Francisco. The online reservation process was seamless, and our guide promptly picked us up in a new comfortable SUV (with a bottle of water for each of us). We made our first stop at Muir Woods in the morning-we were never rushed and given ample time for walking, bathroom break and gift shop. From there we did one of two winery stops (excellent tastings, small growers-we loved it). We had a nice lunch break in between with good restaurant suggestions, one of which we took the bottle of cab we just bought at the winery. Our guide suggested dropping us off in Sausalito for dinner and taking the ferry back to San Francisco, which we did to take in the wonderful bay views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge. Travel tip: the ferry is very affordable, and it takes 45 minutes to get to the city, I would book another tour with Golden Horizon without hesitation.

scorpio117

Delaware

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“Excellent napa and muir woods tour”

my family and i had an excellent tour with Jon. It was absolutely top class, very kind and customer focused. Knows a lot about the places visited, he gave us enough time on our own so we wouldn’t feel any time pressure, he made sure we were relaxed and had as good a tour as possible.

thank you

marknlim

Manila, Philippines

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Great Private Tours in San Francisco and Muir Woods!!

We were a group of 7 that booked 2 separate days with Golden Horizon Tours. We were lucky enough to have Mary as a guide both days. Mary was struggling with a cold on day 1, but with only a half day with us, she was able to get some rest. Day 1 tour consisted of a trip to Muir Woods, Sausalito and drop off at Alcatraz pier. Mary picked us up in a luxury SUV and was a great guide and driver. She's a lifetime San Francisco resident and was a wealth of knowledge. She was very patient with our 3 daughters and also kind and courteous to the adults. After a short walk into Muir Woods, she left us to explore on our own for about an hour. After a quick stop in Sausalito for lunch, we were dropped at the Alcatraz pier with plenty of time. Golden Horizon had obtained these tickets for us. The next day Mary was back to pick us up at our hotel for a full day tour of San Francisco. We trekked all over the city. We saw many iconic sights stopped for many pictures and even did some souvenir shopping. Again Mary was patient with my kids! We would never have been able to see all of these sights on our own. We appreciate that Golden Horizon offered these tours for us to get the most of our time in San Francisco. I'll be honest that I was a little leery when the manager at our hotel had never heard of Golden Horizon Tours. Thankfully it worked out great! Our tour was set to end at 6pm. We didn't return to the hotel until closer to 6:30. Mary didn't rush us or comment on the extra time of our tour. We never felt rushed and didn't fell like we missed out on anything. Mary even spent some time talking to my father (who isn't very talkative) about his time in the army and his time in the San Francisco/Oakland area). Mary was very personable and made sure we got the most of our tour. If you are looking for a personal tour of San Francisco, choose Golden Horizon Tours! You won't regret it.

bobber84mn

Little Falls, Minnesota

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Customized tours to Muir Woods and Yosemite

Both our tours to Muir Woods and Yosemite NP were flawless and unforgettable, also thanks to Jon, the best tour guide ever! We asked for customized private tours and everything went smoothly from the beginning. The tour company also booked for us a horse riding tour in Point Reyes, right after our visit to Sausalito and Muir Woods National Monument, where we could walk among beautiful redwoods trees. Jon is attentive, incredibly knowledgeable, a true expert of the area, and I suspect of all western national parks. He knew exactly were to stop so we could take the perfect pictures, and during our first day inside Yosemite we even spotted a young black bear and a few deers in the wild. He suggested the right trails for us, according to the age of my son and our interests. We were interested in seeing the giant sequoias and he knew exactly were to go even if the main grove is currently closed for a restoration project. We felt perfectly safe and comfortable at all times. I will definitely book another tour with this company during my next visit to California, and hopefully Jon will be our tour guide again!

Laura C.

Milan, Italy

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Exceptional Tours!

There are not enough superlatives to adequately describe this tour company. I have booked private tours in numerous countries around the world, and Golden Horizon ranks with the best. I booked a half day Muir Woods tour and a full day San Francisco Ultimate city tour. Our group was blessed with two informed and personable guides – Tom and Mary! Both of our guides had extensive knowledge and were genuinely interested in us and our interests. You can tell if someone is genuinely enjoying their job or simply putting their hours on a time clock. I used this company because of its reputation and its ability to accommodate our needs. One of our party had recently had surgery and was somewhat limited in the amount of walking able to be done. I had questioned how this might impact our tours through their online chat and received accurate information on the amount walking that might be required. I consulted the online chat twice and was impressed with the representative’s knowledge and familiarity with the tours and what I had booked. It was simply EXCELLENT customer service! Any communication was promptly responded to within a very reasonable amount of time (minutes). Both SUVs were clean, well maintained and roomy for our party of 5. If you are considering a private tour, I highly recommend this company. Thanks Tom and Mary!

14141601

St. Petersburg, Florida

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HIGHEST RATING EARNED AND CONFIRMED

Our experience was completely satisfactory. For a decent and fair price, you get real customer service. Know what you want, ask for it, and you will get it from young, committed, hardworking travel agents. If you take the redwoods tour, be sure to take in the Loleta cheese...

oxforddoc

Oxford

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Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour

Who said that we couldn’t do Muir Woods and Wine country? We did in one day with Golden Horizon Travel, our tour guide allowed us to spend an hour in Muir Woods National Park and looked at the coastal Redwoods, he showed us the many loops to walk around and then our tour went to Sonoma Wine Country to tastes some of the most delicious wines of the Country, we liked the Zinfandel, the chardonnay, and also the dessert wines and we met a winemaker who kindly explained us the savor, aroma and legs of the wines. He was so educational, and the tasting wines were all free thank you Adam for the complementary wine tasting. Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour is a full day tour you can do both and have fun. We all thank for offering such small group and personalized tours.

PATRICIA DURAN

BARCELONA, SPAIN

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“Believe every good thing you read!”

After doing some major researching for a trip to SF I decided based on Trip Adviser reviews to book a tour with Golden Horizon Tours. At first their prices (which really aren't bad at all for what you get!) kind of made me gag- but trust me, paying these folks to take you around is worth every.single.penny... we just had THE BEST experience. We then went to Sonoma Square where again Adam knew everyone and told us exactly what we should/shouldn't do. After driving a little around Sonoma and seeing some beautiful houses, we headed to Muir Woods and then Muir Beach... AWESOME! 5 STARS!

GREAT. GREAT. GREAT.

Clemson22- Charleston

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Muir Wood & Sausalito morning tour

We enjoyed a great morning tour with Mary picking us up at the new cruise pier while our ship was in port. Mary was very friendly and knowledgeable, also a careful driver on the windy roads leading to Muir Wood. She was very accommodating with dropping us off in Sausalito to meet up with friends, while continuing of with our traveling companions back to San Francisco and on to the ship pier. The four of us had a most enjoyable tour.

J.M

Destin, Florida

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Guía Excepcional Para Un Tour Fantastico Y Muir Woods

Hicimos City Tour completo por San Francisco y del parque de Muir Woods con guía en nuestro idioma, llamado Buddy. Éramos 6 adultos y 1 niño. Debo destacar y resaltar la profesionalidad y maravillosa capacidad de Buddy para enseñarnos una ciudad fantástica con un conocimiento llamativo, gran carisma y un extraordinario respeto, sólo alcanzado por un profesional vocacional como sin duda lo es Buddy. ¡¡¡Sin miedo a equivocarme, en mi experiencia en turismo internacional NUNCA tuve otro Guía igual!!! Todo en un marco perfecto de corrección del vehículo proporcionado y puntualidad exacta. Muchas gracias y por demás recomiendo con creces este Tour y empresa. ¡¡Ojalá les toque Buddy!! ¡¡¡Si es así hagan llegarle SLDS de los uruguayos!!!

Mau Orozco

maupau2015

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Outstanding Muir Woods and Napa Valley experience

Our tours of San Francisco, Muir Woods and the famous Wine Country were amazing. Adam, of Golden Horizon Travel, was the perfect host. He not only took us to all the important sites but also to lesser-known areas, so we could enjoy the local flavor. We loved every minute of our experience, which was truly enhanced by Adam's personal and friendly manner. Would we travel with Golden Horizons Travel again ! In a New York...I mean...In a San Francisco minute!

M. Matis

Cleveland, Ohio

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Totally private and customized tour to the Redwood National Park just for us!

We hired this company to take us to the redwood national park, we loves hiking and we wanted to see the real big trees. The company offers package with accommodation included which is a very good option as you don’t know the area. The SUV was super clean and big for all our luggage. Fantastic 3 day tour, highly recommended

Giuli David

Lima, Peru

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San Francisco, Muir Woods y Sausalito Combo Tour:

El tour estuvo muy bien, muy completo. Nos paseó por toda la ciudad sin escatimar en nada. Tanto el tour como el guía lo puntuó con un 5 porque es la máxima puntuación que hay que si no sería superior. Es la segunda vez que visitamos San Francisco y la segunda vez que escogemos sus servicios y por casualidad Buddy también lo tuvimos la primera vez y tanto la primera como la segunda para mí y mi familia fue un acierto absoluto que recomiendo a todos mis conocidos.

¡Felicidades por su trabajo!

Frankxyn Yomaz

Colombia

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Recomendado si quieres conocer San francisco y Muir Woods todo en un dia.

Exente experiencia desde la contratación, Nelly me soluciono a miles de Kilómetros las reservas, Luís el guía ,un argentino cordobés de sepa Guia excelente ,Educado servicial con experiencia , recomiendo 100% experiencias únicas ya que son tours privados onerosos comparativamente , pero conoces todo y con posibilidad de interactuar con los guias permanentemente y modificar los itinerarios de acuerdo a tus necesidades

223germanr

Bahia Blanca, Argentina

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Day tour of San Fran

I would book with Golden again for sure. Mr. Tom was wonderful, patient, and so informative! We had an amazing day seeing the city, Muir Woods, and Sausalito. I asked lots of questions that Mr. Tom would answer with complete respect. Thank you for a memorable day!!!

cf228

Malaysi

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Great day out

We took the Muir woods Sonoma combo tour. Driver Jon was great - very relaxed pace and customized to our preferences. Vehicle was clean and comfy. Winery choices in Sonoma were great as well as the lunch recommendations. Muir Woods is a nice place to spend a few hours in the morning.

njw_to

Toronto, Canada

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Thanks, Patricia! We NEVER Get Tired of Visiting "Muir Woods!"

Review of: Best Alcatraz Prison Tickets & San Francisco Combo Tour

We'd been to San Francisco twice before, so had pretty much seen all of the touristy stuff. However, there was one place we'd been to that I needed to visit again. And that place was Muir Woods!

I searched on TA and came upon "Golden Horizon Tours," which especially interested us, because they offered Private Van Tours of various locations in San Fran.

When I called, I spoke with a very knowledgeable and patient gentleman who answered all of my questions. Immediately after I booked our tour with him I received my email confirmation and Tour Voucher exactly as promised.

When our Cruise Ship arrived in San Fran we were scheduled to disembark at Pier 34; but, were taken, instead, to a brand new Cruise Terminal at Pier 27. We were its first passengers!! We didn't know that our Pier location had changed and neither did Patricia, our Tour Guide. Despite this, she was only a few minutes late getting to us, and we were then on our way.

She was a wonderful Tour Guide!!! Not only was she patient, polite and knew her city extremely well, but she was able to pull from us the things we'd hoped to see, tailoring our tour to exactly meet our needs!! We especially enjoyed her "take" on Muir Woods. She shared with us her attitude of respect, awe, wonder and appreciation. In fact, it was almost a kind of reverence; and, we felt it as well.

We'd planned to fit Sausalito in after Muir Woods (we'd been there before), but we were enjoying the information Patricia was sharing about the neighbourhoods so much, that we decided not to go to Sausalito! Our fave was a Boathouse Community that invited people to stop and wander around! She also provided us with fantastic, factual information, but in a way that was very interesting! By the time our tour was over, we had learned SO many things about San Fran that were new for us, despite our two previous visits.

Patricia was great, in that she was knowledgeable enough to tailor our tour to what we wanted to see. She was also an extremely careful and safe driver, and at no time did we feel unsafe, or as if she was not focusing on the task at hand. She was more than capable of doing both at the same time AND doing them extremely well!!

We highly recommend "Golden Horizon," and more specifically, Patricia, as your choice for a driving tour of San Francisco. We really enjoyed our time with her and never felt rushed. We returned to our cruise ship in plenty of time, filled with LOTS of new info about one of our favourite cities! Thanks, Patricia. You made our third visit to San Fran even more memorable!

TerrierWhoTravels

Ontario, Canada

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Muir Woods/SF Alcatraz

Review of: Best Alcatraz Prison Tickets & San Francisco Combo Tour

The wife and I took two private tours the first was San Francisco/Alcatraz and the second was Muir Woods/Sausalito. Our tour guide Jon had a wealth of knowledge of the history of San Francisco as well as Muir Woods and Alcatraz. Our whole experience was awesome! we were aloud to make the changes we wanted to which was great it gave us more time in Muir Woods as well as the other places that we wanted to see. It was a wonderful surprise when Jon took us to a couple of places that were not on the itinerary. I would highly recommend any of the tours we took as well as any others Golden Horizon has to offer as I'm sure they are just as wonderful. I know that if we are ever back in the area we will certainty use this service again. Thank you for the great experience.

Joe T

Evans, Colorado

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top-notch !

A 6-star experience ! Their tag line is to exceed expectations and they certainly delivered. From the moment of making a booking (a shout-out to Nelly at the office - most helpful !) to the actual tours - superb ! Our guide John took us on two tours : a day tour to Muir Woods / Sausalito / SF city tour, and a day tour to Yosemite. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. John knows the best routes and the best spots

Superdin0

Singapore, Singapore

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Muir Woods tour

Our Golden Horizon experience was 5 stars.

The tour that was described on the website is what was delivered - no bad surprises!
Our guide Mary arrived promptly and was friendly and welcoming.
The vehicle was comfortable and clean.
Mary took us to many interesting and beautiful places around SF.
She had lots of great stories to share and was very knowledgeable about the sights she showed us.
Mary is articulate, bright, funny and clearly a people person. We thoroughly enjoyed our Golden Horizon tour and would not hesitate to recommend your company to others.

N.K

Toronto, Canada

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Muir Woods tour

Patricia was fantastic and we loved our tour of Muir Woods! She is very knowledgeable, extremely familiar with SF and the surrounding areas, obviously an experienced guide - and her Irish accent is just lovely! Our trip to Muir Woods was a highlight of our SF experience. We HIGHLY recommend.

MM_in_ME

Porland, ME

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Muir Woods Mt. Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, Sausalito Escapade Adventure Tour by SUV

Oh, my goodness, what an incredible experience! From the time Leo picked the 6 of us up at our hotel, to the time he delivered us back there, was awesome! Leo was extremely knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, funny, courteous, and provided us with a day filled with magical experiences we'll never forget! I've been on many, many tours over the last 30 years, and nothing compares to our experience with Leo! Our only regret is we didn't book our other tour with Golden Horizon Tours and Leo! Next time!

Marcia D

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A day trip to Armstrong redwoods and the Russian Valley

We booked the Russian Valley and Redwoods tour, this place is called Armstrong redwoods, located by Guernville, it's a unique and peaceful and a nice getaway from Muir Woods traffic and large crowds. There are easy trails and large redwoods in this park, fountains, benches and cozy gift shop. The wineires in this area are small and more laidback than the wineries of Napa Valley. i recommend this trip and redwood forest.

Marggie Gaillo

Seattle, Washington

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Two unforgettable days in San Francisco and off the beaten path.

I searched trip advisor and found this tour company which was highly recommended so I got in touch with them and from the get go the whole trip became magical.
Nelly was my point of contact and helped me reach the best options for what we wanted also thumbs up on her great Spanish.
She set me up on two tours. Both with Spanish speaking guides.Buddy picked us up promptly at the scheduled time at our hotel lobby in a great SUV and showed us San Francisco detailing historical and architecture all facts of the city. He was kind and accommodating on taking pictures, so the memories were there and the stories in our hearts. Hard to think of someone who knows San Francisco as good as him. Also, extremely fluent in Spanish.
Second day we got Adam, whose expertise in the "off the beaten path" was only exceeded by his passion for photography and nature. We visited Sausalito, Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods and Stinson beach where we stopped at the Parkside cafe where lunch was superb, and the staff could not have been more friendly. We climbed up the hill where Adam showed us the most spectacular views of San Francisco. He later dropped us off at the ferry while taking our things to the hotel. We definitely started with a tour guide and left with a friend. My wife and I will not consider visiting San Francisco again without touching base with Nelly. A final thanks goes to San Francisco for giving us two very beautiful days weather wise...leaving the fog out enough time to get spectacular photos.

Juanpedrom

Siguatepeque, Honduras

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A friend and I had a private tour of the Red Wood Forests with Golden Horizon Tours.

Our tour was excellent, in great measure because of our tour guide, Adam. He did everything possible to make our tour safe, enjoyable, eventful, interesting and just an overall wonderful experience which fulfilled our long-time dreams. I have already recommended the tour and Adam to some friends who are interested in having the great experience we had. Thank you for such a talented and caring tour guide.

Eartha2018

Hartsdale, New York

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