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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise
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Visit charming Sausalito, cruise across San Francisco Bay and stare up in wonder at the redwood trees of Muir Woods on this combo tour from San Francisco—the perfect day out in the Bay Area. Experience the Golden Gate Bridge from both above and below as you drive across it and glide under it, and learn about some of California’s oldest and tallest natural wonders, the coastal redwoods. In Sausalito, you can stroll along the waterfront or shop in the galleries and boutiques.
  • Combined excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito with one-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise
  • Exploring the giant redwood sequoia trees at Muir Woods
  • Shopping and browsing in Sausalito, California's prettiest town
  • Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • One-hour narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and by Alcatraz Island
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Free wireless on board tour vehicle
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Guided tour across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods and Sausalito
Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach and professional tour guide
Admission to Muir Woods ($15 value)
Bay cruise from Pier 39 (flexible ticket)
90' Stop guaranteed at Muir Woods (Maximum time allowed by National Parks for tour operators)
60' Free time in picturesque Sausalito
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Bus Transportation after the Bay Cruise part is not included
  • 478 Post St , 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Gray Line Union Square Departure location Downtown. Meet us at 478 Post St. Encore Cafe is next door. The bus will board from directly across the street. Arrive by 7:25 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 7:40 AM

  • 2805 Leavenworth St , 2805 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Gray Line Fisherman’s Departure Location Meet us at 2805 Leavenworth St. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours is across the street (blue canopy). The Bus will board just in front. Arrive by 7:45 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 8:00 AM

  • 7:40 AM
    Pier 39 , Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    The Bay Cruise concludes at Pier 39. Guests will have time to enjoy Fisherman's Wharf after the Bay Cruise tour.

    Muir Woods National Monument and the village of Sausalito are two of the most popular things to do north of San Francisco. This convenient tour from the city makes it easy to check off both from your list, plus take a San Francisco Bay cruise for even more photo ops.

    Your morning starts with a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll stop to take in views from Vista Point on your way to Muir Woods. Enjoy ample time to walk along paths through the forest of old-growth coastal redwoods, known for being some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world.

    Then head to Sausalito, a picturesque small town nestled between the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a walk on the waterfront, grab a snack (own expense) or check out the art galleries and shops. Once back in San Francisco, board your Bay Cruise departing from Pier 39.

    Your narrated cruise takes you underneath the bridge (weather permitting) and past Alcatraz Island. Enjoy views of the city skyline and the local sea lions, and then end your tour with a drop-off at Pier 39.

    Please note: the order of activities can change, depending on the Muir Woods departure time, which won’t be confirmed until about a week before each tour.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Union Square
    Departing the heart of Union square, the coach makes its way to the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way to the Golden Gate Bridge, travelers will see: Union Square: Theatres, shopping, hotels
    Pass By:  
    Van Ness Avenue
    Famous for being used as a firebreak, by the US Army during the 1906 earthquake and fire.
    Pass By:  
    Cow Hollow
    Two affluent neighborhoods, attracting young professionals. Chic fashion boutiques, Pilates studios, juice shops, beauty salons. Many fine dining restaurants ranging from French Bistros to American Fusion Cuisine.
    Pass By:  
    Crissy Field
    Driving above Crissy Field it gives a great vantage of the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Pass By:  
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. On a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge offers a panoramic view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.Golden Gate Bridge
    Pass By:  
    Marin County
    Entering Robin Williams tunnel also known as the Rainbow Tunnel. Once we exit the tunnel, travelers get a view of Sausalito.
    Stop At:  
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood's latitudinal region. Incredible diversity of flora and fauna can be daunting at times, redwoods, Stellar’s jay, ladybugs, ancient horsetail ferns, and the banana slug.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sausalito Boardwalk
    A gorgeous Mediterranean-style village with quaint shops, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. Extend your stay in Sausalito and return by ferry to San Francisco at your leisure. Ferry cost is not included unless selected during booking. The Ferry docks at Pier 41, in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Pier 39
    The bus transportation portion of the tour will end at Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and your Bay Cruise Adventure will begin. Once you disembark the bus the driver will direct you to The Bay Cruise Adventure landing where you can board the boat (Departure times are seasonal). “Bay Cruise Adventure”, will bring you close to the infamous prison island (Please note this tour does NOT land on Alcatraz Island or include the prison interior), on it's way to the Golden gate Bridge seeing it from all angles as well as the beautiful city skyline.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the bus on their own and if the wheelchair is foldable.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise.

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    • "Note: the roadway in to the woods can be challenging for those that get car sick; the bus has to wind around a bunch of switchbacks so be warned." See review
    • "Beautiful experience in Muir Woods but it was extremely early and very cold and seemed pointless to be there that early." See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    Exceptional tour bus driver
    Antonette_P
    , Jun 2022
    The tour was smooth from start to finish. Our tour bus driver was very knowledgeable with great driving skills especially on those zigzag roads! Thank you for the awesome experience!
    star-5
    Fun, relaxing and a perfect half day
    Amy_H
    , Jun 2022
    Great tour!! Early start but so worth it to get to Muir Woods at 9am while still relatively quiet. Our tour guide was great, sharing lots of interesting facts on the journey and great food and drinks tips (fish tacos and pineapple margarita in Sausalito are highly recommended!). The bay cruise was fun, sadly for us the bridge was pretty covered in fog but we still got a good view when we reached it. Tips for the boat tour - however warm it seems you may need a jumper, and however cold it seems you may want to consider sunscreen as the cold wind can be deceptive!!
    star-5
    Overwhelming, exciting &...
    Piyush_S
    , May 2022
    Overwhelming, exciting & brilliant tour. The bus was comfortable & clean. The ambience was amazing. Thanks for the experience.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Piyush_S I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Excellent Trip!
    Sean_G
    , May 2022
    Seeing the redwood trees was amazing! The bus tour was well done and the driver was quite skilled. The stop in Sausalito was a nice touch before we were dropped off at Pier 39 for the boat tour, which was also great.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Sean_G, thanks for your lovely words about our tour. I am incredibly delighted to see you had such a great experience with us All the best, Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Archie drove the Muir...
    Heidi_S
    , May 2022
    Archie drove the Muir Woods roads like a professional. He kept everyone entertained and gave many interesting historical facts.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Heidi_S Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour and for your fantastic comments about Archie. Hope to welcome you again for another great experience. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Great tour!
    Maryjane_F
    , May 2022
    Archie, our guide made the trip fun from the start. He gave us so much history and information along the way. The trip was beautiful and informative! Driver and guide super knowledgeable! We also love the bay cruise! .
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Maryjane_F Thanks for your taking the time to share your experience. We're happy to see that you liked Archie's performance. Thanks again Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-4
    Muir Woods was beautiful!
    Kayleen_M
    , May 2022
    Muir Woods was beautiful! It was raining a little bit and it looked like a fairy enchanted forest. Wood love to go back and spent more time.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Kayleen_M I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. We hope you'll come and see us again soon!
    star-5
    Really enjoyed the trip
    jainramb
    , May 2022
    I had a great time vising Muir Woods. So serene, peaceful, and calming. A cooperative drive made it even more pleasant.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello jainramb Thank you for sharing your experience! I am truly glad to learn you enjoyed your experience on board our Muir Woods and Sausalito tour. I can´t thank you enough for recommending us to future travelers! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Muir Woods themselves. ...
    Susan_R
    , Apr 2022
    Muir Woods themselves. What a great place, wish that you could spend more time there. If you are a slow walker you cannot get to see all you would like to.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Susan Thank you for sharing your experience! I am truly glad to learn you enjoyed your experience onboard our Muir Woods and Sausalito tour. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to spend more than 90 minutes there, according to the Park regulations. I can´t thank you enough for recommending us to future travelers! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Archie was an excellent tour guide
    Kathy_A
    , Mar 2022
    Archie the driver/tour guide was excellent! He was knowledgeable, funny, and friendly. We learned a ton, saw great sites, and had a lot of fun!
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Hello Kathy Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am incredibly delighted to see you had such a great experience with us. And thanks about your lovely comments about Archie! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-1
    Worst tour EVER
    Yara_Q
    , Jan 2022
    I was so disappointed, I got excited for the Muir Woods, but we only got an hour and half, it takes 5 1/2 hrs to complete, was not enough time to see anything, should at least be 3 hrs. Then I had the boat tour, that diesn't start till 2 hrs after, so I just didn't do it since I had a flight to catch, I thought it will be right after the tour not 2 hours after. A total DISAPPOINTMENT in this tour!!!
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
    Hi Yara, I'm sorry to hear that your experience was not as good as we wished. We would like to address some points mentioned in your review, so other travelers get a better understanding of how our tour works: 1/ This tour does not only cover Muir Woods. We have a stop scheduled at Sausalito too (mentioned in the tour name) 2/ Unfortunately, National Park allows tour operators to stay only for 90 minutes only in Muir Woods. We would love to offer a more extended experience, but it is not in our hands. If anyone is looking to spend more time there, we suggest they rent a car and plan the day accordingly, adding more flexibility to their experience. Tip: remember that parking reservations are needed in advance. 3/ We will review the description of this tour because we believe it is clearly explained that it combines a Muir Woods tour during the morning and a Bay Cruise ride during the afternoon. We explain as well in the tour description that the Bay Cruise schedule is subject to ferry operator availabilities, so we encourage customers to check the times beforehand to plan their trip. We hope you give us another chance in the future Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    The tour was an excellent...
    Sara_M
    , Dec 2021
    The tour was an excellent way to see the beautiful Muir Woods and lovely Sausalito. The bay tour is flexible so we did that the next day.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Muir Woods is magical
    karinromeros
    , Nov 2021
    The three activities were great, but Muir Woods is magical, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit this amazing place
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    I can't agree more! Muir Woods is a place that no one can't miss when visiting San Francisco. Thank you very much for booking with Gray Line San Francisco, and I hope to see you back in the future. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-3
    Full fun day
    Richard_H
    , Nov 2021
    Wonderful tour but since we went on a holiday our Muir Woods entry was free but we were still charged.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Hello Richard, Thanks for your review. I'm glad to hear about your wonderful Muir Woods tour with Gray Line San Francisco. We have processed refunds ($15 / Adult) to every customer that went to Muir Woods that day. Please check your bank account this week. If you don't see any refund by the end of this week, please contact us at 415 353 5310 Thanks for your business. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-4
    Very fun tour!
    Lilia_M
    , Oct 2021
    The tour was very good, with the exception we were late for the Bay Cruise which we had to wait 5 hours and had to fill the time with something else but overall it’s really good!
    star-5
    Muir Woods/Sausalito/Bay Cruise
    Julie_L
    , Sep 2021
    Everything about this tour was perfect! Great communication, awesome tour guide, timing, and even the weather! Thank you!
    star-5
    Enjoyable…but whew!
    Jessica_J
    , Sep 2021
    Great trip…but only take it if you are looking to get a lot done in a short amount of time. This is not an excursion for people who like to “dwaddle.” You leave on time and your stops at landmarks are 5-8 minutes. Muir Woods was 75 minutes and not a minute more. Salsalito was pretty but you could barely grab a quickly lunch or visit a shop or two before it was time to go back. The Bay Cruise is a must. So, while I actually enjoyed this and would recommend it, it is definitely not for anyone who has mobility issues or anyone who likes to stop and take their time and look at everything. You get off, you look, you take your picture and you keep it moving.
    star-5
    Awesome and complete experience
    Cari_L
    , Sep 2021
    Awesome tour! Awesome guide! We learned a lot and had time at each place to get some great pictures and walk around. The tour guide was very specific about his knowledge as well as when we needed to be back. Definitely a great day tour!
    star-5
    Excellent tour
    Amy_S
    , Aug 2021
    We had a very nice tour guide Archie. He did a great job giving us the history and highlights of all the areas we visited. Our pick up location was easy to find (Union Square area). The only thing we were disappointed about is that our bay tour that we were going to take at 2:00 had just changed the day of the tour to the next time of 5:00 (the hours Changed because the schools were back in Session). Other than the time change it was definitely the best way to see Muir Woods. Sit back and relax
    star-5
    Awesome
    Kristen_E
    , Aug 2021
    Great bus driver! So informative and helpful! Would book again! Tour van was comfortable and the driver did a great job pointing out all the hot spots

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