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SF City Insider's Tour℠ Afternoon With Optional Bay Cruise

SF City Insider's Tour℠ Afternoon With Optional Bay Cruise

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Camera
    • Solid shoes
    • Bottle of water
  • How long is the tour?

    This tour takes about 4 to 5 hours.

  • What type of vehicle do you use?

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

  • What is the maximum number of people that can go on the tour?

    The maximum capacity is 13 passengers; however, there is a minimum of 4 passengers for this tour to operate.

  • How many stops will we be making and what places will we visit on this tour?

    Since the tour is semi-customizable, it is up to the consensus of those on board to request favorite locations and decide the amount of time spent at each location. Your guide will try his or her best to accommodate you. Some tour highlights include: Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Highway and surfers at Ocean Beach, and Twin Peaks with its 360-degree views of San Francisco.

  • Are there only photo stops or will we get out the vehicle?

    The tour is flexible and open to suggestions given by those on board. There would be photo opportunities as well as time to walk around and explore the locations.

  • Can I combine this tour with another tour?

    The best combination with a city tour is our Muir Woods Expedition & City Insider's combination.

  • What is the difference between City Insider's and the City by bus tour?

    The City Insider's Tour is on a smaller vehicle with a maximum capacity of 13 passengers. It is a semi-private tour that allows more flexibility to alter the itinerary, request specific stops, and spend more time at the group's chosen locations. The San Francisco City Tour by Bus is on a large motor coach, holding up to 50 passengers, and has a fixed itinerary.

San Francisco City Insider's Afternoon Tour

Our San Francisco City Insider's Afternoon Tour takes about 4 hours and is semi-private and partially customizable, so feel free to request areas that interest you. Our knowledgeable tour guide will show off San Francisco from a “local’s” perspective, taking you to hidden neighborhoods as well as famous attractions. The advantage of small group tours is the ability to enjoy more stops and photo opportunities and spend more time at one or more attractions. The San Francisco City Insider’s Tour is great for those who want to discover sights not included in the large tour busses or the tourist guidebooks! You can put in a request for a favorite location and your guide will try his or her best to accommodate you. Some potential tour highlights include: Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Highway and surfers at Ocean Beach, and Twin Peaks with its 360-degree views of San Francisco. You also have the choice to end the tour early and explore San Francisco on your own.

San Francisco Bay Cruise option: Upgrade your City Insider's Tour to include a San Francisco Bay Cruise in the morning, where you will sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and will enjoy breathtaking views of San Francisco's amazing waterfront, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Fort Mason, Angel Island, Marin Headlands and Sausalito. You will be back in time for your San Francisco City Insider's Afternoon Tour pickup.

Hint for a perfect day: schedule Muir Woods in the morning and this tour in the afternoon! Another popular combination for the SF City Insider’s Tour is with Alcatraz. This San Francisco City Insider’s Tour is also available in the morning. Our San Francisco City Insider’s Tour guarantees an exclusive insider’s view of San Francisco.

San Francisco City Insider's 
Afternoon Tour - Times Approximate

12:30 - 1:00 PMPick up from Sausalito (if you choose the ferry bay cruise upgrade). Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for Extranomical San Francisco SOMA Office pick-ups.
1:00 - 1:30 PMPick up at hotels in Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf areas.
1:30 PM - 5:30 PMOur San Francisco City Insider's Afternoon Tour is given from a local perspective. Spend the afternoon seeing amazing sights and hearing the stories you can't get on bigger busses. More stops and photo opportunities on this San Francisco City Insider's Tour.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PMGet dropped off back at the hotels in Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf areas.
SF City Insider's Tour℠Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children (< 11)
Regular Price:$79$53
Internet Special:$73$48
City Insider's PM & San Francisco Bay CruiseTour Prices*Adults (12+)Children (< 11)
Regular Price:$105$84
Internet Special:$95$74

San Francisco City Insider's Tour Available Daily (All Year)

Customer Reviews

SF City Insider's Tour℠ Afternoon With Optional Bay Cruise
– Sheila L. on 01/02/2016

Phil was the best tour guide I've ever had. He was knowledgeable about the city, witty, and very pleasant. I'll recommend him to all my visiting friends.
– Marcus W. on 12/27/2015

It was an very interesting tour! There were al lot of Storys she told.
– Eileen L. on 08/28/2015

Phil was a blast! The tour exceeded all of my expectations. Phil will funny, informative and extremely generous with accommodating everyone on the tour.
– Sara D. on 08/23/2015

Not only was Phil knowledgeable and engaged, he was very funny. My whole family agreed (even our 16 year old) that this was the highlight of our San Francisco trip.
– Charlotte M. on 08/06/2015

Loved your. Phil was fun, informative, flexible.
– Kevin L. on 06/29/2015

Phil was great. He had a less than enthusiastic crowd to work with, but never let his high energy level down because of the sticks-in-the-mud that happened to book with this tour. They were more into sitting and going through the motions, rather than being active participants in the experience, but Phil was cool about it all and kept everyone entertained. My suggestion is, if you are going to do it, you might as well be a part of the experience, rather than a spectator.
– Janet L. on 06/24/2015

Phil was a terrific guide, funny knowledgeable and professional. I had a wonderful day!
– Mark G. on 12/02/2014

Great experience with a personal touch. Don was fantastic, friendly and informative. Would recommend your services especially with Don as the guide!!!!
– Barbara S. on 10/19/2014

Excellent, comprehensive, enjoyable tour. Phil clearly loves his job and his city.


  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Extensive & exclusive tour of San Francisco
  • Discover hidden sights & neighborhoods
  • Enjoy more locations with smaller groups
  • More stops & unique photo opportunities
  • Spend extra time at group's chosen locations
  • 4-5 hour tour given from a local perspective
  • Local and experienced tour guide
  • Upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay Cruise
  • City Insider's Tour is also available in the morning with Sausalito & Ferry Bay Cruise