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Muir Woods Expedition℠ & Sausalito Morning Tour

Muir Woods Expedition℠ & Sausalito Morning Tour

Semi-Private Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Solid shoes
    • Snack
    • Bottle water
    • Camera
    • Money for lunch
    • Sunscreen if necessary
  • How long is the tour?

    This tour takes about 4-5 hours.

  • Does the Muir Woods Expedition tour run everyday?

    This tour operates daily with a minimum number of 4 passengers.

  • Do you offer that tour in different languages?

    This tour is only offered in English. If needed, we can organize a private tour in other languages. Please also take a look at our Redwoods and Wine Country Escape Tour - it is a great deal and includes complimentary audio tours in 8 different languages.

  • Is the Muir Woods Expedition a guided tour?

    The tour is narrated and guided, but you will have time to spend on your own inside Muir Woods.

  • What kind of vehicle will take us to Muir Woods?

    • We use either a 13-passenger van or a 36-passenger minibus. 

  • How much time will we have inside Muir Woods? Will that be enough time to see everything?

    You will have over two hours on your own inside Muir Woods National Monument. Two hours is enough time to see all that Muir Woods has to offer. Our competitors only spend abot an hour at Muir Woods.

  • Do we only go to Muir Woods?

    No, there is an optional stop in Sausalito, where you can choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco instead (ferry ticket not included).

  • I would like to go on that tour during the afternoon. When would it start and until when?

    Please look at the itinerary for approximate times.

  • Can I combine this tour with another tour?

    You can book the Muir Woods Expedition & City Insider's combination or we also have a popular Redwoods & Wine Country Escape that goes to Muir Woods, Sonoma, & Napa Valley In one day

  • Are we crossing the Golden Gate Bridge?

    Yes, the tour will come back to San Francisco by way of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is also an optional stop in Sausalito or at the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Do we stop in Sausalito?

    There is an optional stop in Sausalito or the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco from Sausalito instead (ferry ticket not included).

  • Why should I stay in Sausalito and take the ferry instead of taking the bus back to San Francisco?

    Sausalito is a beautiful city North of San Francisco. It is well known for its beautiful views, boutique shops and art galleries. There are a lot of first-class restaurants with food from around the world. Taking the ferry back to San Francisco also allows a relaxing experience on the boat and offers a different yet fantastic view of San Francisco from the water.

  • Is the ferry ticket included in the price of the tour? If not, how much does the ferry cost from Sausalito to San Francisco

    No, the ferry ticket is not included in the price of our tour. Ferry services vary but it is around $!0 for adults. Prices are subject to change without notice and Extranomical Adventures are not responsible for passengers that depart from the tour at this stage.

  • How long does the ferry take from Sausalito to San Francisco?

    The ferry takes about 25-30 minutes.

  • What is the difference between MW Exp and Muir Woods & Saus bus tour?

    The Muir Woods Expedition Tour is on a smaller vehicle with maximum capacity of 13 passengers. It is a semi-private tour that allows over two hours inside Muir Woods National Monument and offers an optional stop in Sausalito or the Golden Gate Bridge. The Muir Woods Tour by Bus is on a large motor coach, holding up to 50 passengers, and only stays inside Muir Woods for an hour.

Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour

Our Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour from San Francisco starts off with a complimentary hotel pick up in San Francisco and a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the Muir Woods & Sausalito tour that spends the most time in the forest! For two hours, you'll be gazing up into the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees

The main trail has a boardwalk and runs along the shadowy Redwood creek. There is a half hour loop, a one hour loop, and a one hour and a half loop. Of course there are longer trails that extend into surrounding parks, but the tallest redwoods grow along the main trail, as it is at a lower elevation and the trees receive enough water from the creek. Other trails are pretty steep and require at least half a day to complete.

Don’t get a sore neck, these are some of the tallest trees in the word! Make sure you also appreciate the sights and smells down on the ground. During December, the heart of the Salmon breeding season, you may even get to see Salmon forging their way up stream to spawn and end their life cycle! In May it’s a race against time as the fingerling salmon hurry to get out to sea before the reducing water flow allows the waves to close off the mouth of the creek. 

Take it easy and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes so you can look out at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. Then head to Sausalito to see the seaside city and drop off those who will take the ferry back to San Francisco.

Ferry Bay Cruise option: Upgrade your Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour to include a ferry bay cruise ticket, where you will take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco after your Muir Woods tour. You'll get to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. Spend time to explore the quaint seaside town of Sausalito and maybe have lunch there before you make your way back to San Francisco. Please check ferry departure times to make sure you catch the last departure back to the city.

5 tips to make the most of the Muir Woods hike:

1.     Discover the main trail as all the attractions are there!

2.     Enjoy the tallest trees in the Bohemian Grove

3.     Feel the spirit of the woods in the Cathedral Grove

4.     Find the Kent Memorial

5.     Grab a souvenir at the Visitors Center

San Francisco Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito
Morning Tour - Times Approximate

7:30 AM-7:45 AM
Pick up for your Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour from Extranomical San Francisco SOMA Office.
7:45-8:00 AM
Pick up at San Francisco Hotels in Downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area. 
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge with a 15 minute photo stop. Our Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour from San Francisco is the Muir Woods & Sausalito tour that lets you spend the most time in the forest! You'll have around two hours to gaze up into the forest's canopy and admire the Coastal Redwood Sequoias. Hike or walk while admiring some of the tallest redwood trees in the world. Drive through Sausalito and drop off those who are taking the ferry back to San Francisco.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Tour will ride over the Golden Gate Bridge as it moves its way back to San Francisco.
1:00 PM
Complimentary hotel drop offs in Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf area.

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Customer Reviews

Muir Woods Expedition℠ & Sausalito Morning Tour
– Randy and Aubrey L. on 07/20/2016

Very good value. Picked us up from hotel directly. 2 hours in Muir Woods at our leisure and about an hour in the sleepy little Sausalito. Roman, our guide, was excellent, funny and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
– Scott C. on 07/18/2016

Trip was great. Tour guide knew his stuff and was "steady eddy". Paul was informative and was really good at setting the days itinerary and making sure things were clearly communicatied. Worth every penny.
– Ronald J. on 07/12/2016

We really enjoyed the tour! Steve provided some nice stories along the way as well as historical information. We also enjoyed the music on the way back to Sausalito along with the background on how the music came to be. We are so glad we took the morning tour as Muir Woods wasn't so crowded. We opted for the ferry ride back which allowed us to have lunch & shop in Sausalito which we really enjoyed. We would highly recommend this tour!
– Susan D. on 07/10/2016

We booked this tour after being let down by another! Had we have known how brilliant this company would be we would' ve booked all our tours with them! Lars was absolutely brilliant - very informative. Had a great time at Muir woods and Sausalito. Would recommend to anyone. Thanks for a wonderful day!
– Shawn S. on 07/09/2016

Muir Woods was incredible and we stopped for a nice lunch in Sausalito. We also stopped at a Muir Beach overlook. Marin Headlands overlook wasn't great but only because of the fog. Our guide, Ben, was informative, helpful, funny, relaxed and engaging, making everyone feel at home. I'd definitely recommend this tour.
– I A. on 06/02/2016

I was promptly picked up from the meeting point given. Lars, our Dutch tourist guide was already smiling at the start of an early day. Pick up of other tourist went very fast and we were soon on way to Muir Woods in a very comfortable small shuttle. The group size for the morning tour that stays the longest is just perfect. Lars provided a lot of interesting details about the cities history including some points on its's current situation. He made sure that we were all comfortable and gave us the plan for the trip on the way to Muir. We arrived at Muir before the park opened which was super in that no entrance fee had to be paid and we felt it was quieter than later when the many other groups pile in. Lars suggested the trails that were possible within the time we had. I managed to do the fern trail but had to keep a steady steady pace to accomplish that. Wouldn't advise it for slower walkers or if you want to stop much. After this we were driven to Sausalito. If you are serious about visiting the place then I would suggest you take the ferry option back to SF as there is just a 30 minute stay. Sausalito has some interesting restaurants. Overall I was very happy with the tour. Highlights are the longer time spent at Muir. Other tours spend less time here which is probably too short. I would have loved to find a tour that allowed us to stay even longer. Muir is very difficult to get to if you want to visit during the week, without a car. I would recommend extranomical and Lars.
– Michael G. on 05/26/2016

Excellent tour guide and great fun
– Jessica M. on 05/18/2016

We had an amazing time on this tour. Phil was great - friendly, professional, very accommodating. I loved the small group over a large bus tour. There was plenty of time on the tour to really see the Muir Woods. I'm so glad we booked with you, and we'll definitely keep Extranomical in mind the next time we are sightseeing!
– Dale B. on 05/16/2016

He was very knowledgeable of the history and current status of the Muir Woods. He gave expert suggestions for what trails to take that would have the most scenery for picture taking
Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Morning Tour
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$79$53
Internet Special:$65$48

Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Morning Tour with Ferry Bay Cruise
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$90$64
Internet Special:$76$59

*Tour prices do not include Muir Woods park entrance fee of $10 or meals. 


  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Spend about 2 hours at the park
  • See some of the tallest trees in the world
  • Enjoy the tranquility inside the forest
  • Unique Golden Gate Bridge stop
  • Optional drop-off at Sausalito
  • Upgrade to take the ferry back to SF
  • Also available in the afternoon