San Francisco tours and excursions
San Francisco tours
A boat tour of the Bay is a must, providing perhaps the best panorama of the city and a unique view of the Golden Gate Bridge. A number of tour operators offer departures from Fisherman's Wharf. Blue and Gold Fleet runs a daily narrated cruise, with regular departures from Pier 39. Tours last around one hour.Tel: +1 415 705 8200.
Local Tastes of the City Tours savours the best of San Francisco's culinary traditions. Three-hour walking tours experience a behind-the-scenes look at local bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and the places where locals shop. Sample fresh bread, pastries, chocolates, truffles, coffees, dim sum, seafood and olive oils, or watch artisans at work.Tel: +1 888 358 8687.
San Francisco excursions
Sonoma Valley Wine Country
San Francisco is delightfully positioned within less than an hour's drive of northern California's famous wine region. The Sonoma and Napa Valleys are the most travelled by wine lovers, and hold a blend of elegant lodging, superb food, choice wines and dazzling scenery. Less crowded than the Napa Valley, Sonoma has more than 400 wineries to visit in rolling hills and fragrant vineyards that stretch westwards to the Pacific Ocean.Tel: +1 707 996 1090.
Monterey and Carmel
Even if you're not a driver, it's a shame to miss out on the incredible coast road that makes up the Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1. A two-hour drive south will bring you to the Monterey Peninsula, home to some spectacular coastline and attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its former mayor (a certain Mr Clint Eastwood), and its historic mission and great downtown shopping.Tel: +1 831 646 3799 (Monterey); +1 831 620 2000 (Carmel).