City Tour of San Francisco
Dylan’s Famous San Francisco City Tour
Experience San Francisco’s most famous neighborhoods and diverse landmarks in a small-group setting with a local guide.
Time & Duration
Daily at 9:30 AM
Afternoon Private Tours Available
- Explore the top neighborhoods with your local guide and learn the stories, history, and diversity of San Francisco.
- 13 locations, 7 amazing photo stops (Including Mission murals, Twin Peaks, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Bridge, and more!)
- We offer hotel pick-ups from all San Francisco Bay Area locations.
- We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 12 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour.
Dylan’s Famous Tour – City tour of San Francisco!
We have developed this small-group tour to explore the diversity of San Francisco’s distinct neighborhoods and landmarks, including several amazing photo opportunities in areas off-limits to larger buses. Our local guides will provide interesting stories along with plenty of recommendations and fun facts along a route that is 100% unique to Dylan’s Tours.
First-time visitors to San Francisco take our highly-rated San Francisco tour where you visit the busy outdoor markets of Chinatown, local cafes of North Beach and explore the beautiful Haight-Ashbury victorians and panoramic views of Twin Peaks.
At the conclusion of the tour you will have the option to end the tour in the beautiful waterfront town of Sausalito OR return back to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Comprehensive San Francisco Tour with a local guide, several photo stops, great for first time visitors.
See the itinerary and additional details below.
9:30 AM – Depart Fisherman’s Wharf
Our guide meets you at our departure location shortly before 9:30 AM. After a brief roll call, we board the bus and begin our adventure.
9:30 AM–12:30 PM – Explore San Francisco’s BEST neighborhoods
During this time, you are treated to entertaining stories about the neighborhoods, as well as the history, diversity, and geographical nuances that make San Francisco one of the most unique cities in the world!
We exit the bus several times (10-15 minutes) to soak in the neighborhoods and capture amazing photos! Please see “neighborhoods visited” (below) for details on each neighborhood, as well as where we stop for photos.
12:30 PM – Drop off in Fisherman’s Wharf OR Sausalito
At the end of our adventure we will then drop you off back in Fisherman’s Wharf where you started OR you have the option to cross the Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy lunch in the waterfront town of Sausalito. If choosing the Sausalito option our guide will explain how to take the scenic ferry back to San Francisco ($12.50, 25-minute ferry, runs every hour) or you can easily Uber/Lyft back to the city.
Fisherman’s Wharf— One of San Francisco’s most popular destinations – from old shipyards, to Boudin’s Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman’s Wharf has it all.
North Beach— Voted as one of the USA’s “ten great neighborhoods”, North Beach is best known as the home of Little Italy. From delicious restaurants to authentic sidewalk cafes and bakeries, you will feel the charm of San Francisco as soon as you arrive.
Chinatown— Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with energy, amazing food, and unique and colorful shops that give this area its charm.
*City Hall— This beautiful Beaux-Arts monument epitomizes the high-minded American Renaissance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The site of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage in 1954.
*Mission District— Known for its prominent and colorful mural installations, delicious food, and vibrant art and music scene, The Mission embodies the culture of old and new San Francisco.
Castro— One of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the United States. Colorful bars and restaurants line the streets with the historic Castro Theater overlooking the area that Harvey Milk once called home.
*Twin Peaks— Featuring a panoramic view of all of San Francisco, Twin Peaks offers ones of the best perspectives of the downtown skyline, surrounding hills and vistas (weather permitting).
*Haight Ashbury— The origin of the hippie culture and the birth place of the “Summer of Love.” From the stunning Painted Ladies to the homes of music’s favorite 60’s bands, this district started the counter-culture movement across the USA.
*Pacific Heights— Offering one of the most scenic outlooks in all of Northern California, Pacific Heights is home to Billionaire’s Row, featuring the estates of politicians, tech titans and other San Francisco celebrities (includes Mrs. Doubtfire house!)
Presidio— Former military base, now a beautiful park that includes Crissy Field, Fort Point, Lucasfilm’s (George Lucas) headquarters and the Walt Disney Museum.
*Fort Point— Located just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point gives you a front row seat to the Bay and is a great photo stop. This former military fortification was used during WWII.
Golden Gate Bridge— Declared “one of the 10 wonders of the modern world,” the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized symbols of San Francisco. Simply stunning!
***Marin Headlands— Offering a stunning perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown San Francisco in the background, this awe-inspiring view is the perfect place to capture a memorable photo.
***Only available on private tours.
Dylan's Famous San Francisco Tour "A must for 1st time visitors! We had existing plans in the morning so were very excited to be able to join the tour with the 1pm start. Really enjoyed our guide and the route around San Francisco. Our guide was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. We got to see all of the top sights within a few hours with plenty of well thought-out photo stops. Thank you Dylan’s for a great introduction to your city.”Terry M.
Entertaining and informative! "Small group tour, approximately 15 people on the bus. The seats were comfortable, and large windows for viewing. Our guide did a great job navigating the streets/traffic while taking time to explain every neighborhood, its history, and intriguing us with facts that most of us wouldn’t have known if a local hadn’t told us. There were plenty of photo stops and bathroom breaks provided along the way, and they even had granola bars and water available for anyone wanting a snack or drink. 5 stars to Dylan’s Tours!”David L.
Ideal way to get to know San Francisco in just 3-hours! "Only had a half day in San Francisco and this was definitely the best way to spend it! Basically managed to see the whole city with the incredibly well-informed, funny and friendly guide. Great tips on places to eat, places to shop and places to visit. This would definitely be the perfect way to start a holiday here so you get to see all the places you want to visit later.”Adam B.
The little mini buses are very comfortable and not very crowded so you still get a personal feel to the tour.Jenny T.
Why Choose Dylan’s minibus tours?
1. Small Groups: With Dylan’s, you aren’t just a number. Our minibuses are the perfect size to make sure you are comfortable, well looked-after, and are having FUN!
2. Local Guides: Each of our tour guides are Bay Area locals who love their city. From in-depth knowledge of SF to the best restaurant recommendations, they are energetic and invested in making each tour special.
3. Great Value: Our minibus tour are priced to give our guests the best possible locations in the shortest amount of time without feeling rushed.
4. 100% Refund Guarantee: Change of plans? Feeling under the weather? We are happy to refund your entire tour with 12 hours advance notice.
5. Independently Owned: We aren’t one of the big San Francisco bus tour companies, and it shows. Dylan’s is owned and operated by San Francisco native Dylan David.
6. Your Experience is our Top Priority: From our convenient meeting location to each stop on your tour, our goal is to make your tour fun and enjoyable. We have thought of the small things so you don’t have to.
How does the hotel pick-up work?
We are proud to now offer hotel or AirBnB pick-up to any location in the San Francisco area for just $20. We utilize both ride-share and tour bus pick-ups depending on location in San Francisco; please be ready 45-minutes prior to your tour time if you do opt-in for the pick-up option.
What minibus tour should I take?
Dylan’s Famous San Francisco Tour (3 hours)— We recommend this tour for those who are short on time but still want to see the best San Francisco neighborhoods.
Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods (7 hours)— San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods – all of the must-do’s in Northern California! Your day will truly fly by as you explore these 3 awesome destinations.
1-Day Alcatraz Experience (7 hours)— If you only have 1-day in San Francisco this is the tour for you! See Muir Woods and San Francisco’s best neighborhoods in the morning, then take the Official Alcatraz Tour in the afternoon.
The 2-Day Alcatraz Experience (2-Days)— If you are visiting for multiple days we highly recommend this tour! Enjoy San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods on your 1st day, then take the Official Alcatraz Tour on Day 2.
Where does the minibus tour pick-up and drop-off?
Pick-ups: Our minibus tours pick-up in a convenient location in Fisherman’s Wharf, across from 710 Beach Street.
Drop-offs: Depending your tour we can drop you off in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, North Beach, or Chinatown.
Is there a parking garage near the starting point?
Yes, there are several parking garages located near our meeting point.
Sausalito and Ferry Schedule
Sausalito: Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, this artistic enclave has the setting and beauty of a european mediterranean town.
After enjoying an afternoon of fun on our Dylan’s Famous San Francisco Tour, take the ferry back across the bay to cap off the perfect day. This tour is a great way to experience the city by day and enjoy an afternoon lunch, shopping or sightseeing on the waterfront in picturesque Sausalito.
Ferry schedule link here: Sausalito Ferry Schedule
What is your cancellation policy?
Payments: Please note our site is secure and offers SSL security on all credit card purchases.
Cancellations: We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 12 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour**. All tours cancelled within 12 hours of scheduled departure are non-refundable. We also offer rescheduling options for a future tour date without penalty.
**Please note for any tour including Alcatraz we require 7-days notice.
Can I make changes to my reservation?
There are many websites across the internet where you can book a tour with us. They all have different terms. When possible, we request that you book directly here on our website. This enables us to not only provide you the best pricing available, but it also enables us to provide a much more customized level of service. Just give us 24 hours notice, and it’s our pleasure to accommodate any possible changes to your tour.
**Please note Alcatraz tours must be changed 7-days in advance.
We are not a big bus company! It’s very common to see large hop-on, hop-off buses around town, we take a much more personal approach. Our guides not only have intimate knowledge and unmatched enthusiasm for our city, but we also use specialized minibuses which are built specifically for sightseeing tours. We take you where the big buses can’t go.
Our minibuses have large windows for full view of the city as we conduct the tour and are climate controlled with plenty of room for everyone. We stop several times and provide many photo opportunities.