Chinatown, San Francisco

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Chinatown, San Francisco: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • GPS Talking Tour Cars: Chinatown/Downtown Loop

    1. GPS Talking Tour Cars: Chinatown/Downtown Loop

    Take a GPS-guided tour in the Storytelling Car® and see for yourself why TIME Magazine called GoCar "The Most Amazing Invention of the Year!" Let GoCar be your guide through an exciting loop of San Francisco's Chinatown and Downtown. GoCar, The Cure for the Common Tour®, lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour busses cannot go – all at your own pace! Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and let the GoCar show you what most visitors never see! Zip around in a cute, yellow Storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive. Since it is GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don’t. With you in the driver’s seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells the stories that bring the city to life. Let the car direct you, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail! Your tour’...

    Really enjoyed experience it was fun to explore San Francisco in this way. For sure go in the morning because later in the day there’s traffic. My cons are that the go carts are very loud, the one I drove looked like it was beaten up may be someone crashed with it not sure. They should also not offer one hour options honestly, you can’t see the Golden Gate Bridge with one hour, I think you can only do the downtown experience in the time. You need at LEAST two hours to get the most out of the experience. Don’t stay too long at view point because it will eat your time.

  • San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

    2. San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

    Explore San Francisco with a 1-day ticket, that includes two most popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. You can hop on and off the bus at any of the designated stops to explore all the major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. The Official City Tour - Hop On, Hop Off This 2 hour tour provides the best views of San Francisco's Downtown, Union Square, The Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park from a Double Decker Bus. Be sure to bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate your visit to the city by the bay.  Official City Tour Highlights: Ghirardelli Square – Over 40 shops and restaurants, including the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, world famous for its ice cream sundaes. Palace of Fine Arts – Built for the World Fair has been a favorite wedding location for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Also a popular loc...

    The tour started out really well and we enjoyed the information provided through out the trip. We liked the ideal of being able to get on and off at will, but only used that privilage one time. The problem came when one of their drivers did not understand regulations concerning hand caped passengers and their service dog. I was through off the bus because I could not climb the stairs to the upper deck of the bus, when the entire handcape area was wide open. The next bus came by 40 minutes later and we were able to board and return to the start of the ride.

  • San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    3. San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    Get a huge amount of choice for sightseeing in San Fransisco in one go—access to the hop-on hop-off city tour route, a special night tour, and tickets to the Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of the notorious prison. 

    Audio guides are available in a variety of languages but the hop-on hop-off tour is only available in English. With open double-decker buses and a guide on each one, you can see just about everything and learn just as much.

    You can get to all the most famous spots in the city, and 48 hours is enough time to go back and visit your favorites again. Official City Loop highlights include:

    The Palace of Fine Arts

    North Vista Point where you can take photos of Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Park where you c...

    The tour was very organized. The tour guides were very good in explaining the property. The Self-guided tour was thorough as well.

  • San Francisco Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

    4. San Francisco Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

    Explore the largest Chinatown outside Asia on a 3-hour food tour of San Francisco's Chinatown, and discover a maze of alleys off Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, where traditional techniques that date back centuries are still practiced. See food markets and local restaurants, with a surprise around every corner. Watch artisans making Fortune Cookies by hand, and enliven your senses with new flavors, smells, and aromas. Your guide will help you search out authentic crafts and pottery, explore exotic produce, and learn about herbs and teas from the very people who know them best. Uncover the hidden secrets that only intrepid locals know about. As you taste and see everything from Dim Sum to fortune cookies, teas, incredible antiquities, rare and unique musical instruments, and authentic cookware, you'll know you've really experienced Chinatown. Marvel at statuettes and ritual objects th...

    The cultural activities were so incredibly interesting! It was way more than just food.

  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

    5. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

    Start your tour near the Ferry Building with a view of what was once one of the busiest ports in the world. Then catch an iconic San Francisco cable car from a favorite stop and learn what makes this very unique public transport so special. Disembark atop Nob Hill and learn about the industrial tycoons who built the city as you wander through Huntington Park. Visit the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral. Enter the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Taste fresh fortune cookies and see hidden landmarks like the Tin How Buddhist Temple as you learn how the neighborhood went from being a seedy red-light district to one of the most vibrant enclaves in the city. For a little treat, pop into the legendary Golden Gate Factory for an insight into the art (and logistics) of fortune cookie makin...

    We hit all the high points. The cable car, the trolley and walked the streets from Nob's Hill to Chinatown and a boat ride that went by the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable.

  • San Francisco: Alcatraz Tickets and Chinatown Walking Tour

    6. San Francisco: Alcatraz Tickets and Chinatown Walking Tour

    Begin your day with a local guide near the Dragon Gate of San Francisco's beloved Chinatown. Weave through time and space down the main street for a walking tour through a neighborhood lined with dragon lanterns, imperial terracotta statues, and all the adornment of a "Little Shanghai." Hear the stories of the former streets and alleys — how it came to be and the more seedy aspects of its Gold Rush foundations. Discover how the neighborhood has transformed over the decades. See neighborhood landmarks including Waverly Place and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Stop into a traditional apothecary featuring fascinating Chinese medicine. Snack on some fresh fortune cookies, a San Francisco invention, and take some home for the road (on us!). After your Chinatown tour, head out for lunch on your own into 2 incredible foodie neighborhoods. Your guide will set you up to find all the "locals only" spots ...

    I really enjoyed learning about Chinatown, Little Italy and Alcatraz. The tour guid was amazing and very informal.

  • San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods Small Group Tour

    7. San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods Small Group Tour

    Meet outside Fisherman’s Wharf at your chosen tour time. After a brief roll call, you’ll board the bus and travel to your first stop. Over the next 6 hours you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity and geography of the area. You will exit the bus at several stops for photo opportunities and exploration, enjoying lunch in Sausalito and then spending over an hour in the beautiful Muir Woods National Monument. At the end of your amazing adventure, you’ll be dropped off at the same location where you boarded the bus.  Here are the places you will explore (photo stops noted by *): • Fisherman's Wharf - One of San Francisco's most popular destinations. From beautiful old shipyards, to Boudin's Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman's Wharf has it all • Chinatown - Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with ...

    A great overview of the sites and history of San Francisco. Our guide Sully was very knowledgeable and an excellent driver!

  • San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Tour with Fortune Cookie

    8. San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Tour with Fortune Cookie

    Enjoy the lantern-covered streets of Chinatown through this hour-long introduction with a local guide. Start near the Dragon’s Gate to discuss the history of this once-rough area and address the mystery of San Francisco's moving waterline. Take in some of the most incredible shops, eateries, and cultural icons including the 'Street of the Painted Balconies' as you detour from the main thoroughfare, Grant Avenue. Stop at historical points of interest and get an introduction to the often-overlooked history of Asian immigration to the United States, which goes back much farther than you may think. Learn the ways that Chinatown has been integral to the growth of San Francisco as a whole and how the Gold Rush defined this neighborhood. This tour is only partially about history. You will also get to learn the modern life of the neighborhood that is a fascinating mix of east and west. Marvel ...

    This was the perfect way to see Chinatown! Maggie was awesome, very knowledgeable!!!

  • Night Walking Tour of Chinatown and North Beach

    9. Night Walking Tour of Chinatown and North Beach

    On their own, Chinatown and North Beach stir your senses. Together, they awaken you to new flavors, new cultures, and to parts of your heart. Explore both on this unique combination walking tour. Start by exploring Chinatown by twilight, including tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in this vibrant neighborhood. You will delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture and see close up how fortune cookies are made by hand. Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to coffee and you will sample both. You will also get the opportunity to search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery. We will help you uncover the hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. And you'll be astonished by new finds in secret alcoves. We'll explore the "Beat Generation" of North Beach as we visit the very place where Francis Ford Coppola wro...

    Brian was so much fun and knowledgeable this was my first food tour and had an amazing time all the food was very delicious I definitely recommend booking this event.

  • From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    10. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel Depart north from Los Angeles up the spectacular California coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Head north to the world-famous 17 mile drive (part of route #1), where you will get to see the spectacular California coast line up-close. After your visit, head to the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town before heading onto Silicon Valley for an overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites.    Day 2: San Francisco - Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown Today, understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities i...

    It was well organised and great experience. Would have preferred longer time in Vegas since we stayed there for about half day. Also the last day we just had one hour in Zion which is not ideal, would have appreciated if it’s Antelope instead of Zion.

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What people are saying about Chinatown, San Francisco

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 581 reviews

A great overview of the sites and history of San Francisco. Our guide Sully was very knowledgeable and an excellent driver!

The cultural activities were so incredibly interesting! It was way more than just food.

Started off slow, but as the tour progressed it was fantastic!

joseph was a perfect guide and took us off the beaten path

Really good tour! Our tour Gide Costa was amazing!