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  • The Only 1-day Trip to Avenue of the Giants from San Francisco


    OVERVIEW

    Discover the world-famous Avenue of the Giants Redwood - The Kingdom of the Giant Redwoods and some of the World tallest and oldest Redwoods on Earth. We are the only tour company to offer this 1-day adventure to Avenue of the Giants located south of the World-Famous Redwood National Parks in Northern California.

    Join us now and visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California; home to one of the largest and tallest redwoods and oldest groves of coast redwoods in the World. It’s also home to the famous Rockefeller Forest, the world's largest remaining contiguous old-growth forest of coastal redwoods and the world-famous “Avenue of the Giants”, located 30 miles south of Eureka in Northern California.

    You’ll also visit other ancient groves of giant redwoods including the world-famous grandfather grove and its iconic 1,800 years old and massive redwood tree, the Immortal Tree near Richardson State Park of redwoods, the World-Famous Tree House, the famous One Log House, enjoy a guided walking tour through the Founder's Grove in Avenue of the Giants, and see how some visitors drive huge cars through well-known tree tunnels carved into the trunk of a giant redwood trees-the only place where you can drive a vehicle through a giant redwood trees (sequoias).


     

    There are endless outdoor activities and road side attractions you can see and enjoy along the way.

    This bucket-list outdoor adventure is a must-do for all ages and preferences, no other tour companies offer this outdoor adventure due to the high cost business expenses, wages, and liability, but we are happy to be the first one to do so.


    DESCRIPTION

    When you stand among the giant redwoods and look up at the beauty of these 2,500-year-old trees, you can't help but become speechless, realizing how small mankind is compared to these giants and ancient redwoods that survived storms, earthquakes, fire and climate change. John Muir once called the giant redwood tree "the king of all conifers", and John Steinbeck referred to the same redwood trees as the "ambassadors from another time!". Both authors were amazed by the longevity and survival of these immortal redwood trees and wondered how they survived climate changes and natural disasters for over 25 centuries, even before Greeks and the Romans ruled the ancient world.

    Join us now and discover the world-famous Avenue of the Giants of Redwoods - The Kingdom of the Giant Redwoods. We are the only tour company to offer this 1-day trip to Avenue of the Giants located south of the world-famous Redwood National Parks in Northern California. This bucket-list outdoor adventure is a must-do for all ages and preferences, no other tour companies offer this outdoor adventure due to the high cost business expenses, wages, and liability, but we are happy to be the first one to do so.

    Travel with your private and personal tour guide from San Francisco to Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California and admire some of the largest and tallest redwoods in the World. It’s also home of the famous Rockefeller Forest, the world's largest remaining contiguous old-growth forest of coast redwoods and the world-famous and Avenue of the Giants, located 30 miles south of Eureka.

    You’ll also visit other ancient groves of giant redwoods including the world-famous grandfather grove and its iconic 1,800 years old and massive redwood tree, the Immortal Tree near Richardson State Park of redwoods, the World-Famous Tree House, the famous One Log House, enjoy a guided walking tour through the Founder's Grove in Avenue of the Giants, and see how some visitors drive huge cars through well-known tree tunnels carved into the trunk of a giant redwood trees-the only place where you can drive a vehicle through a giant redwood trees (sequoias).

    There are endless outdoor activities and roadside attractions you can see along the way as you travel from San Francisco to the Redwoods.

    This bucket-list outdoor adventure is a must-do for all ages and preferences, no other tour companies offer this outdoor adventure due to the high cost business expenses, wages, and liability, but we are happy to be the first one to do so.

    For more information, please see our photos gallery, videos and checkout the trip itinerary.


    ITINERARY

    7 a.m.: Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, or adjacent neighborhoods of the city, and drive you through the iconic Golden Gate Bridge heading north via Marin County, and California Wine Country, Redwood Valley in Mendocino County and all the way up to “Avenue of the Giants” located 30 miles south of Eureka, in Northern California. The trip lasts about 4.5 hours each way from San Francisco and same on the way back to San Francisco from the Redwoods, but numerous interesting stops will be made along the way.

    In about 2 hours from San Francisco, you will reach Hopland located north of Geyserville, and south of Ukiah. Admire the gorgeous landscape along the way as you head north from Ukiah to Willits where you will enjoy a stop for breakfast or coffee.

    After 3.5 hours into the drive, the redwoods trees will begin to fill the scenery. Your next stop will be at Leggett. Leggett's world-famous “drive-through tree” is one of the highlights of your adventure; it’s known as the “Chandelier Tree” because of the enormous branches balanced on both sides of its massive trunk (entrance fees to this private grove are also included). The Chandelier is a 315-foot (96 meters) tall tree with a 6-foot (1.83 m) wide by 6-foot 9-inch (2.06 m) diameter, which has had a hole through its base for automobiles to drive through since 1930.

    Then, we will drive north towards Richardson Grove State Park where you will see the Grandfather Tree. is a privately-owned tree along Highway 101, considered one of the largest and oldest redwoods in the world (about 1,800-years-old)! You’ll have an opportunity here to stretch out your legs, visit the gift shop, have a snack or coffee, or check out the One Log House as well.

    Next, you’ll travel to the Avenue of the Giants: This is the highlight of your adventure, enjoy a scenic 30-mile drive off highway 101, to walk and/or hike to some of the largest redwood groves in the world.

    The southern entrance to Avenue of the Giants is north of Garberville, where you can take a lunch break. Then visit some of the most famous groves and redwood trees like the Immortal Tree (it is over 1,000 years old), see Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat, where visitors can drive through a tight tunnel carved into a naturally angled opening in the trunk of a redwood tree. Hike to the Founder's Grove with your tour guide to see the largest and tallest trees among Avenue of the Giants.

    When Avenue of the Giants is closed which is quite unusual, we will take you to the famous Rockefeller Forest of Giant Redwoods and groves, but both can’t be done within the same day due to the long traveling distance between this remote wilderness in Northern California and San Francisco (5 hours each way).However, overtime can be added and cost $149 per each extra hour when paying with a credit card or $109 in cash.

     

    On the way back after visiting Avenue of the Giants, we will stop by the famous Tree House as well. The famous Tree House - Believe it or not is an amazing fairy-tale house carved into a living giant redwood tree! It is visible from the road, and you have the option of stopping here to see it with your own eyes! The front of this tree house is entered through the hollow trunk of a still-living tree. The front door and windows are clearly visible to visitors who go by, while the rest of the house adjoins the rear of the tree. We may also stop at the grant father tree on the way back instead.

    3:30 p.m.: we start heading back to San Francisco Bay Area. Please be patient, the drive will be long, but this is part of the tour experience.

    7 pm: drop off back at your hotel in San Francisco or in Sausalito. This trip itinerary and schedule is subject to weather and traffic conditions, many of the parks of redwoods you will be visiting are privately owned, fees will be required but included in your tour package. However, we have no control over their parks’ opening and closures.

    This custom tour by SUV (luxury car) is totally private and the price is per person.
    We don’t offer semi-private tours; all our trips are totally private.

    1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person 7 person
    $999.00 $515.00 $389.00 $329.00 $279.00 $249.00 $215.00

    Book this Tour by SUV

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    This is a private city tour by large luxury van (like 15 seaters deluxe minibus) The price is per party (small group).
    This tour by large van is totally private and not available for public reservations or individual booking.


    1 – 5 Persons 6 – 7 Persons 8 – 10 Persons 11 – 12 Persons 13 – 14 Persons
    $1899.00 $2229.00 $2459.00 $2579.00 $2799.00

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    What's Included in your long day private custom tour to Avenue of the Giant?

    All applicable taxes, 12-hour round trip private and guided tour in a luxury vehicle, complimentary pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown, Fisherman's Wharf, and surrounding areas or neighborhoods or even in Sausalito, San Rafael or in Santa Rosa (the length of the trip will be adjusted based on your location). Entrance fees to private park of redwoods you’ll be visiting as stated above and to the state parks you ‘I’ll be visiting as well including Avenue of the Giants, Shrine and Chandelier trees/groves.


     

    What's Not Included in this private 12 -hour tour?

    Meals, overtime, entrance tickets to optional sites or attractions like confusing hill, beer/ wine tasting and driver’s gratuity are not included. (gratuities are recommended and customary in the USA at 15%-20%).


     

    Notes:

    • The itinerary may change based on your time, road or weather conditions, pick-up location and preference. When it is rainy or foggy, or sites being closed, we have to skip these areas or places for safety considerations or due to the lack of visibility and time. We don’t guarantee to see all the above sites and places, but we will do our best to squeeze in as much as possible within your 12-hour around trip.

    • The trip to Avenue of the Giants from San Francisco is about 5 hours each way (that’s a total of 10 hours’ drive + 2 hours to visit tops places along the way).

    • This tour doesn’t go to Eureka nor to Redwood National Park. Also, Rockefeller Grove is not included unless Avenue of the Giants is closed.

    • Please be prepared for a long drive, highking, and walking off the roads, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring extra layers for cool weather as these areas you will be visiting are often subject to dense fog and wind.

     

    • Smoking is not allowed in our vehicles. We are sorry, but our vehicles are not pet friendly and not equipped for passengers with disability or wheelchairs, thank you for understanding.

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    Term & Policy

    Our Terms, Refund and Cancellation Policy are as follows:

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    Cancellation & Refund Fees

    • 91% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 15 days prior to the scheduled tour (or the date of the tour or service) 9% covers the required transaction fees; that’s 4.5 % per transaction (booking is one transaction and refunding is a second transaction)

    • 50% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled tour or service. (weekends and holidays don’t count).

    • 15% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled tour (weekends and holidays don’t count).

    • 0% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled 4 business days or less prior to the day of the scheduled tour or service. This includes no-shows. (Weekends and holidays don’t count).

    There is a charge for each transaction when wanting a refund. This charge will vary from 4.5% to 7.9% per transaction depending on the type of credit card you used to make the transaction and the country where the credit card was issued. This charge covers the credit card transaction fees that your credit card company charged us when you made the reservation on our website and includes the required merchant processing fees associated with your credit card company. This policy applies on all refunds as well, regardless of the amount or the date of the refund.

    Methods of Payment and Accepted Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards including Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express, wire transfers, Debit Cards, Euro Cards, “Cartes Bleues.” and PayPal. We may in exceptional circumstances accept payments in cash from clients who have no credit cards.

    General Terms & Declined transactions

    • Please note that tour guides are not allowed to guide inside Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island and Prison.

    • The pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco is included. However, to keep the cost down, the drop-off after your Alcatraz tour is not included.

    • Alcatraz tickets are extremely hard to get because they are often sold out weeks and months in advance. The sooner you book the better.

    • Approved online transactions do not guarantee your Alcatraz tour or tickets, as we should go through a process in order to book these tickets. After we receive your transaction, the tour can be approved or declined based on availability of Alcatraz tickets issued by Alcatraz. This is due to the increasing popularity of Alcatraz and number of visitors.

     

    Declined transactions. Why your reservation was declined? When a reservation is declined by client’s own bank, this is often due to a mismatch between customer’s bank information (such as the name on the credit card, card number, expiration date, CVV, zip/postal code or billing address). If any one of these verification factors don’t match the information you provided on our website, comparing to the bank information when placed your order, your transaction is automatically declined by your own bank to protect your bank information from fraud. Sometimes, transactions are also declined due to insufficient funds as well. Your tour(s) will not be confirmed until your new transaction is approved by your own bank.

     

    We apologize for the inconvenience, but your own bank did so to prevent fraud and protect your credit card information.

    More Terms, Policy and Miscellaneous

    Wheelchair and Handicap Accessibility issues: We sincerely apologize, but our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access. There is no room for a wheelchair in our vehicles, unless it is a very small and foldable wheelchair. However, the main concern is customers’ safety and ability to get it in and out of the vehicles, in addition to liability considerations.

    Pets: Pets are not allowed in our vehicles out of respect for those who have allergies to pets.

    Smoking: Our vehicles are also non-smoking.

    Clothing: Please be prepared for cold weather, slippery roads and hiking trails, so have comfortable waterproof hiking shoes to walk on the snow in winter and spring. This long day-tour is hard on kids and seniors, we therefore recommend the overnight tour package.

    Parks, Attractions and Site’s Closures: We are not responsible, nor liable, for road and weather conditions. State and national parks’ closure can happen at any time and without a prior notice, due to bad road and weather considerations. No refund will be issued, regardless the reasons for which the trip may not reach its destination. If you cancel or stop the tour for personal or medical reasons, there will be no refund or change of tour or dates offered either.
    Guided tours in foreign languages: All tours in foreign languages are subject to extra fees to cover tour guides or freelancers we may hire to honor your tour in the required language.

    Travel Agents: Travel agents are liable for 20% gratuity when their customer does not tip the driver or tour guides. We require customers’ full name and contact information from all travel agent or the tour will be cancelled. Travel agent are also liable for all overtime when their clients do not pay for, and a credit card will be needed on file. Due to high cost of conducting business in California, we barely cover our business expenses and wages, therefore, all our tours are non-commissionable rates.
    Gratuity: 15 to 20% gratuity is required and customary in the USA. Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20% of the total purchase amount, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It really depends upon the situation.
    Meals and tour guide/driver gratuities are not included in our tour price unless indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation. Tour prices do not include additional fees including wine tasting, accommodations, and entry fees to see attractions and sites, winery tours, unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.

    No substitution or refunds for any unused part of the tour(s) will be issued. All sales are final.

    -No refunds will be issued for a no-show or unused portion of the tour.

    -All refund and/or voided transactions paid on our website by credit or debit cards or via PayPal may take up to 2 weeks before you receive the funds (refunds) back into your account.

    Our hot-air balloon rides are no guaranteed to depart and arrive back in Napa Valley and subject to last-minute cancelation for weather considerations. Alcatraz Tours Inc. and its partners or subcontractors reserves the right to fly anywhere within 80-mile radius of Napa Valley dependent on the weather conditions or refund the portion of the balloon ride I cancelled, but not the tour itself.

     

     

    -We reserve the right to refuse service to any person or business who may refuse to comply with our safety instructions, our tour itinerary, or to anyone who may pose a threat to our customers and/or our tour guide-drivers. Screaming at or insulting tour guide-drivers or fellow passengers or third-party businesses and subcontractors is not acceptable under any circumstances and will terminate and cancel your tour without any refund. Discrimination against a customer or a tour guide–driver for any reason is not acceptable either under any circumstance.

    Cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions: Weather/Unforeseen Circumstances like fires, landslide, road closure, vehicle breakdown, employees or driver’s medical emergency or due other weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances; we revere the right to offer you alternative tours, destinations for the same amount of time.

    Online Reservation and Transactions

    What happens after we void or refund a transaction?

    Approved transactions: When transactions are processed on our website, and approved by your bank, it still takes about 7 to 10 business days before we even get the required funds transferred to our business merchant bank account. However, we still honor your tour(s) as scheduled if your transaction is approved, even if the tour is scheduled for the next day, as long as the tour is available. We are committed to provide high quality services and tours to our customers.

    Voided and refunded transactions: When a transaction is voided, or refunded, the charge is removed from the authorized transaction inquiry and never batched or settled because the funds never leaves customers’ bank account. However, all such transactions will still show on customers’ bank statement as “pending” for up to 7 to 10 business days because the funds are temporarily frozen by your own bank without leaving your account. Please take this aspect into consideration before you follow up with us. To release the funds, you will need to contact your bank and handle this directly with them as this has nothing do with us.

    Common mistakes and misconception about voided transactions: Most customers do not realize or understand their own bank’s policy and guidelines regarding online purchases. The main issue is that the funds from the voided charge will be inaccessible to the client for a full 10 business days. For that reason, clients often think that the charge was still placed on their credit card, but in reality, it has never left their bank account and will be available only after 10 business days. In other words, voiding a credit card transaction will not remove the charge from customer’s bank account immediately, please be patient before you follow up with us or your bank in this regard. Banks usually take 7 to 10 business days to release these funds back to your account, and this is totally beyond our control and has nothing to do with us.

    Foreign languages: All our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise stated. All foreign languages are subject to additional cost to cover the tour guide or freelancer fee in the required language.

    The misconception about private tours: Ever wondered why small group private tours are more expensive than large group tours? Because public group tours are more cost-effective to operate than private tours. The input cost of private tours and public tours are roughly the same - both provide one driver or a tour guide-driver, one vehicle, same trip length – so both companies assume similar business expenses and commercial insurance liability. However, private tour operators (like ours) make 85% less profit than group tours, because all our resources are dedicated to a small number of persons. As dedicated small group operator we focus on quality to make your tour experience more personable and intimate, and we never share our private tours as we give you full attention and custom services. Yet, we have access to all the sites where large vehicles and buses are prohibited and offer exclusive destinations to magical places not available elsewhere.

    Tip: Most credit card companies including Amex now require from their clients to inform them in advance when making purchase online or out of town / state, otherwise they decline the transaction to prevent fraud. You may also get an email or text message alert asking you to approve or decline the transaction that has been declined before you resubmit it online, this is out of our hands and it’s indeed required by many credit cards companies for customers’ own good.

     

    -All our tours including Alcatraz are subject to availability even if the online transaction is approved. We do reserve the right to void or refund your transaction when Alcatraz tickets are sold out. This is totally out of our hands as the only provider of Alcatraz tickets and tours are governed by the U.S. National Park Service.

    -We do require at least 2 months in advance when booking our Alcatraz tour during the peaks season, holidays and weekends, sometimes even more, specially from May to October. The peak season refers to the period of April to the end of October.

    -We reserve the right to offer you alternative tours when Alcatraz tickets are sold out. If you decline our offer, we will fully refund your transaction – a process which takes about 10 business days before your funds are available to you. This is stated on our terms and conditions page, available in all languages, or you may use google translator.

    By signing or checking this box “terms & conditions” on our website, you do hereby agree with all the above terms and policies and the tour voucher terms, which we will send to you via email after your tour confirmation.

    Modifications of these terms and conditions: Alcatraz Tours Inc. and its affiliated websites or contractors reserve the right to change any of these terms and conditions under which this website is offered. We reserve the right to change our web contents, update our terms and privacy policy anytime and at our discretion without a prior notice. Learn more about our privacy policy and complete terms and conditions LEARN MORE

     


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