Alcatraz and Sausalito
You ferry over to Alcatraz for an audio tour that lasts about an hour and a half, and will include this prison's history that includes Al Capone and “the Bird Man of Alcatraz.” You then visit pretty little Sausalito for shopping, strolling, and exquisite views.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $100 for this 5.5 hour tour through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: These excursions are rated as easy in terms of physical exercise. There are age minimums for visiting Alcatraz, so this may not be a family outing. Cruise line prices are actually quite reasonable, but you may want to check out our link for viator.com for price comparisons as well as for the variety of tours.
City Coach Tours
A typical coach tour may includes highlights such as seeing the Coit Tower, Market Street, Golden Gate Park, the Arboretum, the De Young Museum, the Cliff House, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, and Grace Cathedral. Higher end, longer tours may include lunch in Chinatown.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $55 to $65 through the cruise lines, depending upon tour length (3 hour or 5.5 hour tours), tour agenda, and whether or not lunch is involved.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as easy in terms of physical difficulty. From personal experience, San Francisco is easy to manage via public transportation, and Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tours are SO reasonable! You may want to check out http://www.city-sightseeing.us/
Chinatown Walking Tour
Tours which occur at night are indeed enchanting in San Francisco's Chinatown, and include seeing the markets, temples, restaurants, and shops, and may include a visit to a fortune cookie factory.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $60 for a 2.5 to 3 hour tour through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as physically strenuous. We do suggest that you consider Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tours for less than $30 at http://www.city-sightseeing.us/
Wine Country Tours
Sonoma is the closest wine country area to San Francisco, and is about 45 minutes away. Coach tours may visit two vineyards, where you can lean about the wines and purchase if you want. Sonoma tours typically stop at the town's plaza for shopping and dining. These tours may not feature free sampling, and likely don't include lunch.
Price: Adults expect to pay up to $160 for 7.5 hour tours through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as easy in terms of physical exertion.You can do better via online third party vendors. You may want to check out http://www.allsanfranciscotours.com/Napa-Wine-Country-Tours/Wine-Country-Tours/sbc-3252?pref=204&aid=ltb1023
Wax Museum and the Aquarium of the Bay
You can actually walk to the museum and the aquarium on this tour. At the Wax Museum, you'll see exhibites including the Hall of Religions, the Gallery of Fame, and the Chamber of Horrors. This wax museum is the largest of its kind in North America, and houses over 250 wax figures. After browsing through their gift shop, you'll then see the Aquarium by the Bay, featuring 20,000 marine animals and those indigenous to the area.
Price: Adults expect to pay no more than $27 through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: This tour is rated as easy in terms of physical exertion. This cruise line price is exactly what you'd expect to pay to see these two exhibits. If you want to see different attractions, however, you may want to explore http://reservations.waxmuseum.com/1242_ticket-list_m264_r852665.html