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Embarking on Port Adventures in San Francisco

Embarking on Port Adventures in San Francisco

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Of the 13 excursions currently listed by Disney Cruise Line, here are our recommended port adventures for visitors to San Francisco:

Low Budget: We find the Walt Disney Family Museum tours over-priced, and it’s easily reached on your own (Museum admission is $20, but adding a two-hour museum visit to the Views of San Francisco tour adds $40). Muir Woods & Sausalito (SF08, $67/$42 ages 0-9, 5-5.5 hours) take you farther afield, to some great locations. Views of San Francisco (SF05, $59/39 ages 3-9, 4.5-5 hours) is attractive for the number of sights seen, and, if the weather is good, Chinatown Walking Tour & San Francisco at Night (SF10, $59 ages 10 and up, 2.5-3 hours) can be enchanting.

Big Budget: There are no big budget adventures on the current list, but here are some favorites from the past:  Lasseter Family Winery ($325 ages 21 and up) has to lead the list, if it returns. How can you top fine wine, good food, a beautiful location, and Disney-Pixar royalty? In the same vein, Napa Valley Wine, Art & Culinary Experience ($299 ages 21 and up) comes a close second (and the food may be even better). If the Lasseter Family connection isn’t important to you (“Who’s John Lasseter?”), it’s a better value, too.

Nature: Though there are no nature-focused excursions, San Francisco is surrounded by natural beauty and several tours take you there. Monterey & Carmel (SF11, $179/$159 ages 3-9, 11-11.5 hours) is an 11-hour journey. Though the sights and towns are memorable, it’ll be a very long day. Muir Woods and Sausalito (SF08, $67/$42 ages 3-9) takes you to a breathtaking redwood forest and a picturesque town, and leaves time for in-town exploration. Sonoma Wine Country (SF08, $179 ages 21 and up) is the affordable wine country choice.

Active: There’s no heavy exertion on the list here, unless you count some walking (and we don’t).The Presidio is nearby and offers many recreational opportunities, from hiking to golf (http://www.presidio.gov).

Food and Beverage: There are four tours that qualify, and two are covered in Big Budget, above. If you say “dim sum” we’re usually there in a flash (we’ve had some great Chinese feasts in San Francisco), but we figure you’re paying $30 for the food on San Francisco City Tour With Dim Sum Lunch ($87/$52 ages 0-9), and you can feed two for that price.

Armchair: While nearly all tours include some walking, Monterey & Carmel (above) and Views of San Francisco (also above) deliver a large helping of sights and a minimum of exertion. Consider a harbor cruise on the Blue & Gold Fleet (see page 405).

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