We had earmarked a tour of Carmel/Monterrey, but were disappointed to find out that tour was not scheduled on Tuesdays. We had called Tower Tours the day before (Monday) for the following day’s sightseeing. It was too much a chance to pass up, so we booked for their Muir Woods/Sausalito Tour instead.
This was the second best option because it would take us to two more sights NOT to be missed in SF. More importantly, for people like us, who were squeezing as many sights in 6 days, the tour was for only 3.5 hours, giving us the remaining half-day after the tour for more gallivanting around the San Francisco.
So, having missed out on Carmel/Monterrey, we made our bookings for the Muir Woods/Sausalito tour the following day.
Once booked, we were told that we would be picked up from our hotel and were requested to be waiting at the lobby by 7:15am the following day.
And indeed at 7:14am, we see a Tower Tour bus pull in front of the hotel. Anyway, the pick-up bus then proceeded to the Ghirardelli Square, where Tower Tours is located.
As it turned out, this was the converging point, as we were told to proceed inside, where we could then pay the tour fee. It was $41/person for the Muir Woods/Sausalito Tour.
Once paid, you are then instructed to go outside and board the bus for your designated tour. By 7:45am, we were on our way. Contrary to the big bus we were picked up in, the bus that we were on for the tour proper was a much smaller one (for 25 to 30). It brought back memories of school field trips, which was so much fun. There were only 17 of us that trip.
The ride is not only very comfortable, but was also made more enjoyable by the very jovial and entertaining personality of the tour guide/driver. We know they definitely are supposed to have that personality, BUT this one (unfortunately, I forgot to note down his name) deserves much kudos. With every bit of info he provided, there was sure to be something funny to go with that tidbit.
Missing out on the Carmel/Monterrey tour was really a bust, so I suggest you check and make reservations way ahead for any tour/s planned.
We recommend booking the 8am tour, as not only is the ride made more scenic by the early morning sky and color all around, but it is much cooler wandering around the Woods and Sausalito.
865 Beach St.
San Francisco, CA
(Ground floor of Ghirardelli Square)