Caravan’s California Tours Include San Francisco Bay Cruise

Book a fully escorted, all inclusive California Coast tour with Caravan Tours and along with visits to Sonoma wine country, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco, you’ll get to enjoy a San Francisco Bay cruise as part of the tour.

The San Francisco leg of this California tour includes a 2-night stay at Argonaut Hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf. Your vacation also includes a tour of the “City by the Bay”, plus a visit to Sonoma Wine Country, a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge (and through Golden Gate Park), and the always popular bay area cruise by boat.

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San Francisco Skyline & Fisherman’s Wharf

While your hotel accommodations are on Fisherman’s Wharf, and Caravan’s California tour includes ample time to explore the shopping and markets along Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll also get to view this landmark from out in the Bay on your San Francisco Bay cruise, included with the tour.

The San Francisco skyline is one of the most recognizable city skylines in all of North America. With the Pacific Ocean to the west, Napa and Sonoma wine country to the north, Diablo Mountain range to the east, and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south, San Francisco is truly picturesque and definitely worth seeing while aboard a San Francisco Bay cruise.

Alcatraz Bay Cruise

Get up close and cruise around Alcatraz Island, home to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, a high-security island prison that housed some of America’s most hardened criminals between 1934 and 1963 including Al Capone. The prison, which was home for as many as 1576 inmates, was considered to be escape-proof and earned its reputation as America’s toughest prison.

Alcatraz Island (aka ‘The Rock’) is located approximately 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, in the middle of San Francisco Bay. As early as 1868 it served as a military prison and bay lighthouse. Since 1986, Alcatraz Island has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Golden Gate Bridge Bay Cruise

It took over 4 years to build the 2-mile long Golden Gate Bridge, a universal symbol of San Francisco and the United States that opened in May of 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge has over 80,000 miles of wire and 1.2 million rivets and is called the Golden Gate Bridge because it spans across the Golden Gate Strait, which is what the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean is called.

On Caravan’s California coast tour you cross the Golden Gate Bridge by bus on your way to Sonoma wine country, but to truly appreciate the magnificence of this incredible suspension bridge, one must view it from below on a San Francisco Bay cruise.

Book Your California Coast Tour Now with Caravan Tours!

Come discover San Francisco on Caravan’s all-inclusive California tour. Take a scenic bus tour through the city including Knob Hill, Union Square, and Chinatown. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge for wine tasting in Sonoma wine country then tour through Golden Gate Park on the way back. Shop along Fisherman’s Wharf, and then cap off your San Francisco tour with a San Francisco Bay cruise around Alcatraz Island and below the amazing Golden Gate Bridge.

Book your all inclusive California tour with Caravan now!

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

PanAm Jet
In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.


Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.


Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).