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San Francisco City Loop Hop-On, Hop-Off 48 Hour Pass

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Design your own journey around San Francisco by hopping on and off at popular landmarks

Highlights

Fisherman’s Wharf Visitor Information Center Alcatraz Landing Levi's Plaza Embarcadero Center Hyatt Regency Hotel Union Square South Van Ness Ave Lombard St Palace of Fine Arts Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Park Golden Gate Natural Park Haight District Haight-Ashbury District Alamo Square Civic Center Hilton Hotel Union Square North Chinatown Gate Portsmouth Square Broadway Washington Square PIER 39 PIER 41 Sausalito Loop (two day pass)

  • Departs from the Golden Gate Bridge stop
  • Visit the quaint coastal town of Sausalito at your pace

Inclusions

  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour
  • Live guided narration in English
  • Two FREE walking tours
  • Golden Gate Park/Ocean Beach Loop
  • Sausalito Tour by Double Decker Cable Car
  • 7-D Experience Ticket Included
  • GPS activated foreign language audio guide available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean
  • 10% Discount on all other Gray Line Products
  • Professional driver
  • Hotel pickup from select San Francisco hotels (only with confirmation from the Gray Line reservations staff)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

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May 05 2017
Very informative and easy to get around
May 01 2017
I had purchased the hop-on hop-off 48 ticket. I arrived at a bus stop and called the customer service number to confirm I was in the right spot. I was informed yes and that a bus was on its way and should arrive in 10 minutes. After 20 minutes of waiting, I had called again and was informed that no buses would be coming to that stop (due to that day's festival) and that I should go to a different intersection (which was not an official stop). After walking for a mile to the intersection, and waiting for a bus, the next TWO which came, simply passed by WITHOUT STOPPING. I called and was connected to a different customer service agent, who told me I should go to an intersection of an actual stop. I followed directions and walked to the closest stop. After waiting for 30 minutes, and no sign of a bus, I called back, and was informed that no busses were making stops there either! I was instructed to return to the prior location (intersection which was not an official stop). By the time I had gotten on a bus, more than half the day had passed - I lost many hours of precious sight seeing.It seems as though none of the customer service employees which I had spoken to knew what was going on. And the bus drivers were also not instructed/informed of the new stops. The next day, after sight seeing the San Franciso loop, I decided to get off at Golden Gate Bridge and transfer to visit Saulsalito. I had gotten there at 4:10, just missing a bus and was told that was the last one for the day. The map/booklet passed out stated that the last bus was leaving at 5pm!I will not be making any purchases through this company.
Reply From Gray Line:
Hi Emily, 

We want to apologize for the details of events you've outlined here. We know that Hop On Hop Off bus tours can be a fantastic way to discover a city, but there's no question that bus frequency and consistent information plays a vital role in terms of an enjoyable experience or not. We have reached out to our team in SF regarding your statements in order to further inquire about their consistency of information and how to best operate when events and other roadblocks affect the tour operation. Moving forward, our team in California will be contacting you offline regarding any compensation. We again apologize for the experience, and wish you the best of luck in your future travels. 

The Gray Line Team
Nov 11 2016
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Oct 09 2016
The night tour was great with Keith and Mike but there was a lot of confusion as to where we should get on that tour from Wharf area First told Pier 41 and then told something different. For the Hop On and Hop Off day tour, there were VERY FEW buses running. We waited forever at Union Square to start the trip. Saw at least 2-3 of the Red Bus and City Tour Buses leave before ours finally came. Hard to spot the one sole Gray Line rep (a competitor had to point him out to me). Same thing next day. At Golden Gate Park, saw 2-3 of each of competitors' buses come before Gray Line came. We got so we didn't want to get off for fear we'd never get on again. Ended up taking a Lyfte ride back to avoid the long wait and aggravation.
Reply From Gray Line:
Hi Gail,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know both the positive and negative aspects of the Hop On Hop Off tour you joined with us recently. We understand the importance of frequency on these bus routes, as our customers have booked this with the goal of seeing as much of the city as possible in one day; based on this, we do apologize that you felt the intermittent service was the norm for our tour--certainly this is not the case, or our goal! On the behalf of our SF team, we wish to apologize for the delay in service that you experienced--we will be alerting them to this review and discussing ways to alleviate these wait times when the busses to get a bit off schedule. 

-The Gray Line Worldwide Team
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ITINERARY

Includes main loop, Sausalito loop. two walking tours, GG Park loop, FREE one hour bike rental, FREE 7D Experience, 10% Discount on all other Gray Line tours

STOP 1 – Visitor Information Center
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Leavenworth & Jefferson
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Anchorage Square; The Cannery at Del Monte Square’s shops and restaurants; San Francisco Maritime Historic Park at Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park; the famous Cable Cars on Hyde Street hill; and Ghirardelli Square, a chocolate-lovers paradise.


STOP 2 - Alcatraz Landing
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of North Point & Embarcadero
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: One of the most popular destinations in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island is home to the former max-security infamous federal prison.


STOP 3 – Levi's Plaza
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Battery and Union Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Visit the Levi's Store at Levi Strauss Plaza or walk to Coit Tower and visit the top for stunning 360 degree views of the city and bay! Other points: Cruise Terminal, Fog City Diner, and the Exploratorium


STOP 4 – Embarcadero Center
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Clay and Davis Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Embarcadero Center offers over 120 unique dining and shopping experiences. Embarcadero Plaza and Justin Herman Plaza surround the center and serve as parks along Embarcadero Street.


STOP 5 – Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Market and Steuart Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Stroll through the Ferry Building Marketplace where you can find a dreamy selection of artisan food, independently owned and operated businesses, and a local farmers market. The Ferry Building showcases some of the Bay Area's finest local offerings. Get up close to the Bay Bridge for exceptional photo opportunities.
  • Bus and Bike COMBO ONLY bike pickup stop


STOP 6 – Union Square South
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Geary and Powell Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Central Shopping and Theatre District –featuring department stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries, salons, grand hotels, and repertory theatres. Westfield Centre and Cable Cars.
  • Start point for the 'Gold Rush Daze' FREE walking tour**
  • Bus and Bike COMBO bike pickup stop**


STOP 7 - Van Ness Ave
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Van Ness and Post Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Hop off directly between Japantown and Nob Hill neighborhoods


STOP 8– Lombard Street
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Lombard Street @ Gough (in front of Town House Motel)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: A convenient stop for hotels on Van Ness and Lombard, you’re walking distance from Lombard Street “the crookedest street in the world." Nearby shopping can found at fabulous Union Street.


STOP 9 – Palace of Fine Arts
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Richardson and Chestnut
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Just a few blocks from the Palace of Fine arts, a famous relic of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Walk into the Presidio for a visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum or see LucasFilm's Letterman Digital Arts Center’s iconic Yoda Fountain.


STOP 10 – Golden Gate Bridge (South Vista Point)
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: South Vista Point
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Great views of San Francisco’s skyline and Alcatraz Island or walk the span of the bridge over the entrance of San Francisco Bay.
  • Change here for the Double Decker Sausalito Cable Car Tour**


STOP 11 - Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Ave. & Fulton)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Music Concourse, De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Botanical and Japanese Tea Gardens. Also nearby, boat rentals at Stow Lake.
  • Change here for the Golden Gate Park & Ocean Beach Trolley**


STOP 12 - Golden Gate Park / Conservatory of Flowers
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: John F. Kennedy Drive
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Victorian glass and wooden greenhouse is home to exotic tropical flowers and plants and is the oldest of its kind. Outside you can find stunning floral layouts and breathtaking architecture.


STOP 13 - Haight-Ashbury District
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Haight Street @ Stanyan (in front of McDonald's)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Eclectic district, famous for its role in the 1960’s Hippie Movement, is still a center for bohemian culture. It is lined with one-of-a-kind shops, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Start point for the 'Love, Peace & Haight' FREE walking tour**
  • Bus and Bike COMBO ONLY bike pickup stop


STOP 14 - Haight-Ashbury District
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Haight Street @ Masonic (in front of Magnolia Brew Pub)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: For those looking for the full experience, hop off at STOP 14 and walk all the way through the Haight and hop back on at the other side
  • End point for the 'Love, Peace & Haight' FREE walking tour**


STOP 15 – Alamo Square
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Divisadero and Hayes Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Walk just two blocks to the famous row of San Francisco Victorians to see the houses premiering in opening credits of "Full House" and "Fuller House"!


STOP 16 – Civic Center / City Hall
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: On Larkin between Grove and Fulton (front of Asian Art Museum)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Featuring the Beaux-Arts City Hall with its massive gold leaf covered dome, the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Asian Art Museum.


STOP 17 - Hilton Hotel
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Taylor and Ellis
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Walking distance to Westfield Shopping Center and Market Street’s Muni and Bart stations, and theatre district


STOP 18 - Union Square North
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Post and Powell
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Shopping, cable cars, visit our head office at 478 Post Street
  • Start point for the 'Gold Rush Daze' FREE walking tour**


STOP 19 - Chinatown Gate
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Grant Bush Street – across from Chinatown Gate
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Go through “The Dragon Gate” entry to Chinatown. Also nearby, San Francisco’s very own quaint French Quarter


STOP 20 - Portsmouth Square
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Kearny Street, between Clay & Washington (in from of Hilton Financial District)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: The tallest building in San Francisco, the TransAmerica Pyramid; Chinatown; Fortune Cookie Factory


STOP 21 - Broadway
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Broadway and Kearny Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Visit Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights bookstore; North Beach/Little Italy


STOP 22 - Washington Square
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Columbus Ave and Powell Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Enjoy cultured café’s, restaurants, and gelaterias or walk to Coit Tower, Lombard “the world’s crookedest” Street and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral


STOP 23 - Pier 39
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: In front of Hard Rock Cafe
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Experience Pier 39s fun shopping and dining, bay cruise departures, sea lions, and the Aquarium of the Bay
  • 7D experience location for 48 hour ticket holders**


STOP 24 – PIER 41-Gray Line Box Office
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Little Embarcadero at Performance Plaza
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Hop on a ferry to Sausalito,
First Bus departs stop 1: 9:00am
Last Bus departs stop 1: 5:00pm

STOP 1 – Visitor Information Center
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Leavenworth & Jefferson
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Anchorage Square; The Cannery at Del Monte Square’s shops and restaurants; San Francisco Maritime Historic Park at Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park; the famous Cable Cars on Hyde Street hill; and Ghirardelli Square, a chocolate-lovers paradise.


STOP 2 - Alcatraz Landing
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of North Point & Embarcadero
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: One of the most popular destinations in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island is home to the former max-security infamous federal prison.


STOP 3 – Levi's Plaza
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Battery and Union Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Visit the Levi's Store at Levi Strauss Plaza or walk to Coit Tower and visit the top for stunning 360 degree views of the city and bay! Other points: Cruise Terminal, Fog City Diner, and the Exploratorium


STOP 4 – Embarcadero Center
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Clay and Davis Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Embarcadero Center offers over 120 unique dining and shopping experiences. Embarcadero Plaza and Justin Herman Plaza surround the center and serve as parks along Embarcadero Street.


STOP 5 – Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Market and Steuart Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Stroll through the Ferry Building Marketplace where you can find a dreamy selection of artisan food, independently owned and operated businesses, and a local farmers market. The Ferry Building showcases some of the Bay Area's finest local offerings. Get up close to the Bay Bridge for exceptional photo opportunities.
  • Bus and Bike COMBO ONLY bike pickup stop


STOP 6 – Union Square South
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Geary and Powell Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Central Shopping and Theatre District –featuring department stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries, salons, grand hotels, and repertory theatres. Westfield Centre and Cable Cars.
  • Start point for the 'Gold Rush Daze' FREE walking tour**
  • Bus and Bike COMBO bike pickup stop**


STOP 7 - Van Ness Ave
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Van Ness and Post Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Hop off directly between Japantown and Nob Hill neighborhoods


STOP 8– Lombard Street
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Lombard Street @ Gough (in front of Town House Motel)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: A convenient stop for hotels on Van Ness and Lombard, you’re walking distance from Lombard Street “the crookedest street in the world." Nearby shopping can found at fabulous Union Street.


STOP 9 – Palace of Fine Arts
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Richardson and Chestnut
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Just a few blocks from the Palace of Fine arts, a famous relic of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Walk into the Presidio for a visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum or see LucasFilm's Letterman Digital Arts Center’s iconic Yoda Fountain.


STOP 10 – Golden Gate Bridge (South Vista Point)
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: South Vista Point
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Great views of San Francisco’s skyline and Alcatraz Island or walk the span of the bridge over the entrance of San Francisco Bay.
  • Change here for the Double Decker Sausalito Cable Car Tour**


STOP 11 - Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Ave. & Fulton)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Music Concourse, De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Botanical and Japanese Tea Gardens. Also nearby, boat rentals at Stow Lake.
  • Change here for the Golden Gate Park & Ocean Beach Trolley now with NEW stops the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum and San Francisco Zoo**


STOP 12 - Golden Gate Park / Conservatory of Flowers
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: John F. Kennedy Drive
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Victorian glass and wooden greenhouse is home to exotic tropical flowers and plants and is the oldest of its kind. Outside you can find stunning floral layouts and breathtaking architecture.


STOP 13 - Haight-Ashbury District
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Haight Street @ Stanyan (in front of McDonald's)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Eclectic district, famous for its role in the 1960’s Hippie Movement, is still a center for bohemian culture. It is lined with one-of-a-kind shops, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Start point for the 'Love, Peace & Haight' FREE walking tour**
  • Bus and Bike COMBO ONLY bike pickup stop


STOP 14 - Haight-Ashbury District
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Haight Street @ Masonic (in front of Magnolia Brew Pub)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: For those looking for the full experience, hop off at STOP 14 and walk all the way through the Haight and hop back on at the other side
  • End point for the 'Love, Peace & Haight' FREE walking tour**


STOP 15 – Alamo Square
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Divisadero and Hayes Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Walk just two blocks to the famous row of San Francisco Victorians to see the houses premiering in opening credits of "Full House" and "Fuller House"!


STOP 16 – Civic Center / City Hall
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: On Larkin between Grove and Fulton (front of Asian Art Museum)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Featuring the Beaux-Arts City Hall with its massive gold leaf covered dome, the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Asian Art Museum.


STOP 17 - Hilton Hotel
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Taylor and Ellis
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Walking distance to Westfield Shopping Center and Market Street’s Muni and Bart stations, and theatre district


STOP 18 - Union Square North
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Post and Powell
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Shopping, cable cars, visit our head office at 478 Post Street
  • Start point for the 'Gold Rush Daze' FREE walking tour**


STOP 19 - Chinatown Gate
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Grant Bush Street – across from Chinatown Gate
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Go through “The Dragon Gate” entry to Chinatown. Also nearby, San Francisco’s very own quaint French Quarter


STOP 20 - Portsmouth Square
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Kearny Street, between Clay & Washington (in from of Hilton Financial District)
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: The tallest building in San Francisco, the TransAmerica Pyramid; Chinatown; Fortune Cookie Factory


STOP 21 - Broadway
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Broadway and Kearny Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Visit Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights bookstore; North Beach/Little Italy


STOP 22 - Washington Square
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Corner of Columbus Ave and Powell Street
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Enjoy cultured café’s, restaurants, and gelaterias or walk to Coit Tower, Lombard “the world’s crookedest” Street and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral


STOP 23 - Pier 39
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: In front of Hard Rock Cafe
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Experience Pier 39s fun shopping and dining, bay cruise departures, sea lions, and the Aquarium of the Bay
  • 7D experience location for 48 hour ticket holders**


STOP 24 – PIER 41-Gray Line Box Office
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off: Little Embarcadero at Performance Plaza
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Hop on a ferry to Sausalito, take a bay cruise, or stroll the waterfront
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