Silversea Expedition Cruises To SAN FRANCISCO (California)

SAN FRANCISCO (California)

With its spectacular bay, iconic bridge and contagious energy, the question is more what isn’t there to do in San Francisco rather than what is? It’s the city with a little bit of everything… Hippie havens, digital geniuses, oodles of American history and of course, Alcatraz. There is a hot arts scene, a cool restaurant culture and style, substance and sass in spades. View more

It’s no wonder Tony Bennet left his heart there all those years ago… At just seven miles by seven miles the city might be tiny but it’s impact is huge. This is where the Gold Rush pioneers came, where the hippie movement began, where start-ups went from conception to creation and where tolerance became not a word but a way of life. Add in some heavyweight landmarks such as Fisherman’s Warf, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island and you have an argument that SF (never San Fran) is possibly the best city in America. With its privileged setting on a spectacular bay and myriad of hills, SF is no stranger to natural beauty. In just one day you can hike along coastal paths that goes from Mexico to Oregon along the Pacific Ocean, climb rocky cliffs that stretch up into the enigmatic fog and stroll sandy beaches that are as challenging as they are spectacular. A quick change of scenery takes you downtown to golden age Art Deco palaces, Chinatown’s lantern-strung streets and fantastic city views from the Hamon Observation Tower. Hop on the ferry from Pier 33 to Alcatraz for some modern history, and you too will leave your heart in SF.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.

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VANCOUVER To LIMA (Callao)
  • Departure
    Oct 01 2021
  • Duration
    27 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in SAN FRANCISCO (California)

Alcatraz & North Beach District

Discover two of San Francisco Bay's most famous Islands, Alcatraz and Angel Island, making for a fascinating, active day on the bay.

Depart at the pier, with a brief stop at the Ferry Building for great views before driving on to Pier 33 for the ferry ride to Alcatraz. Once on Alcatraz, tour the island on foot including the award-winning Cellhouse audio tour.

The roads and walkways on Alcatraz are steep and the distance from the dock to the Cellhouse is approximately 1/4 mile (.4km). The elevation change is 130 feet (40 meters), the equivalent of walking up a 13-story building!


You can tour the Cellhouse at your own pace, listening to the audio, "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour."Stop to picture yourself in a dark solitary confinement cell, hear the stories of life inside from real prisoners, and feel the intensity of a prison breakout from correctional officers who lived and worked on the Island.

Say goodbye to Alcatraz ("The Rock") before taking the ferry back to San Francisco.

Take a short bus ride to the North Beach District - this buzzly neighborhood is steeped in Italian heritage and draws you to its checked-tablecloth trattorias, retro-flavored bars and coffee shops.

Enjoy lunch in 'Little Italy' and then head out on foot exploring North Beach. Feel the spirit of the Beat Generation in North Beach (that does not have an actual beach). Situated along San Francisco Bay between Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown, North Beach is an authentic, charming and lively area packed with local history.

During our walking exploration, which will be approx. 1.2 miles, we will visit the east side of Washington Square, where vintage wooden houses climb Telegraph Hill, crowned by Coit Tower. We will also see the famously crooked Lombard Street, the coffee haunts that sparked the 'Summer of Love' and Saints Peter and Paul (Roman Catholic) Church.

The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during mid-1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury.


Late afternoon, bus transfer back to the cruise terminal.

Alcatraz and Sausalito (For In-transit Guests Only)

Enjoy a fascinating insight into the lives of those imprisoned on Alcatraz, and visit the free-spirited town of Sausalito.


Alcatraz

This tour begins with a ferry ride from Pier 33 to the notorious former federal prison - Alcatraz. Home to Al Capone and Robert 'The Birdman' Stroud, this austere island fortress retains its mystique even today. An award-winning audio tour allows you to explore at your own pace, while hearing actual interviews of former guards and inmates and the fabled escape attempts of those criminals who made their home on 'The Rock'.

Sausalito

Returning by ferry to the city, board the coach for a picturesque drive crossing the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge. Arrive at the artists' colony of Sausalito, a stark contrast to the prison island. The winding roads, cliff-side homes and houseboat havens make this one of the most unique areas in the region. Enjoy some free time to stroll at leisure and explore the many art galleries, boutiques and quaint shops in this bayside village.


The tour concludes back at the pier


Please note: This tour is for guests in transit continuing onto the next cruise. It requires an extensive amount of walking approximately 2 hours with frequent stops. The ground may be uneven with gravel surfaces and steps at Alcatraz. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you dress in seasonal attire and wear comfortable walking shoes. Guide does not go to Alcatraz as it is self-guided tour however park rangers can assist. The order of sites visited may vary.

Muir Woods and Sausalito

In-transit guests can explore the splendid beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Muir Woods

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Muir Woods National Monument. En route, cross over the Golden Gate Bridge, and take in splendid panoramic vistas in all directions. Upon arrival at Muir Woods, some free time is made available to explore one of the few remaining groves of virgin coastal redwoods. They are among the tallest and oldest of their kind in existence, and can reach heights exceeding 250 feet (about 76 metres). The nature trail at Muir Woods leads into the heart of the cathedral-like grove of trees. Embrace the serenity of this majestic setting whilst learning the fascinating history of the giant redwoods.


Sausalito

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the artist colony of Sausalito. The winding roads, cliff-side homes and houseboat havens make this one of the most interesting parts of the San Francisco region. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore the many art galleries, boutiques and quaint shops of this charming bay-side village, and take in lovely views of the spectacular San Francisco skyline across the bay. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 150 yards (about 137 metres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Muir Woods and Sausalito is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

San Francisco City Highlights (Tour & Airport Transfer)

This tour is for guests with domestic flights departing after 3:15 pm and international flights after 4:15 pm

From the pier, travel along the embarcadero to Golden Gate Pavilion. The bridge is possibly the most beautiful, and certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world. Often half-veiled by the city's trademark rolling fog, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, named for the strait leading from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay, spans tidal currents, ocean waves, and battering winds to connect the City by the Bay with the Redwood Empire to the north. Spend some free time here for photos before departing for Twin Peaks. En route to the viewpoint, glide through lush Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's enormous arboreal front yard. Conceived in the 1860s and 1870s, this great 1,017-acre landmark, which stretches inland from the Pacific coast, took shape in the 1880s and 1890s thanks to the skill and effort of John McLaren, a Scot who arrived in 1887 and began landscaping the park. From the park, a short drive through the city streets brings you to Twin Peaks. Of the 43 hills in San Francisco, Twin Peaks offers the city's most spectacular views. The almost identical summits, Noe and Eureka, rise approximately 922 feet above the city. On a clear day, you are treated to a 360-degree view spanning the Golden Gate to Alcatraz, to Berkeley, to the peninsula. Transfer to San Francisco International airport.



Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and most areas visited. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests with limited mobility must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the coach steps. Operation is subject to minimum participation. The tour sequence may vary. The fabulous views of the city are weather permitting.

San Francisco Panoramic Highlights (For In-transit Guests Only)

From the pier, travel along the embarcadero to Golden Gate Pavilion. The bridge is possibly the most beautiful, and certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world. Often half-veiled by the city's trademark rolling fog, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, named for the strait leading from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay, spans tidal currents, ocean waves, and battering winds to connect the City by the Bay with the Redwood Empire to the north. Spend some free time here for photos before departing for Twin Peaks. En route to the viewpoint, glide through lush Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's enormous arboreal front yard. Conceived in the 1860s and 1870s, this great 1,017-acre landmark, which stretches inland from the Pacific coast, took shape in the 1880s and 1890s thanks to the skill and effort of John McLaren, a Scot who arrived in 1887 and began landscaping the park. From the park, a short drive through the city streets brings you to Twin Peaks. Of the 43 hills in San Francisco, Twin Peaks offers the city's most spectacular views. The almost identical summits, Noe and Eureka, rise approximately 922 feet above the city. On a clear day, you are treated to a 360-degree view spanning the Golden Gate to Alcatraz, to Berkeley, to the peninsula.

Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and most areas visited. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests with limited mobility must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the coach steps. Operation is subject to minimum participation. The tour sequence may vary. The fabulous views of the city are weather permitting.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.