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Expedition to Muir Woods Combined with an Eco-adventure to Point Reyes National Seashores

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Point Reyes National Seashore and wonders
  • Visit Muir Woods National Monument
  • Travel along California’s scenic coastline on State Route 1
  • Explore Stinson Beach, Bolinas and Olema
  • Visit Bear Valley visitor center "A Museum of Natural History"
  • Marvel at stunning wonders, and wildlife like elk, deer, harbor seals, elephant seals, and maybe even whales or dolphins
  • Walk to Point Reyes’ historic lighthouse perched on a suspended cliff
  • Travel to a wild reservation of tule elk and visit stunning state parks
  • Visit and sample delights at cheese factories, oyster farms, organic wineries, and much more

Tour Description and Details

This new eco-adventure to Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods National Monument will take you to the hidden natural wonders of Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. This is an eight-hour full-day guided tour by luxury 4X4 SUV. This new and unique outdoor adventure will also take you to Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, Bear Valley visitor center and Point Reyes’ beaches, parks, and historic lighthouse.

Your guide will pick you up at 9 a.m. at your hotel in San Francisco or Sausalito, to drive you by a 4x4 SUV to Muir Woods via the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Mill Valley. You’ll enjoy a self-guided walking tour in this quiet and pristine forest. Your tour guide will give you a complete introduction about the history of this redwood forest, as well as entrance tickets to avoid long lines. The hiking trail is easy an accessible, traveling across three bridges, and around Kent Creek, then looping back to a gift shop and cafe. Timing here is flexible, and we will customize your tour based on your needs and interests.

Traffic in Muir Woods’ small parking lot is challenging to navigate; however, your guide/driver will avoid this hassle, by dropping you off at the main entrance.

After your discovery tour in Muir Woods National Monument, your tour guide will drive away from the crowded areas up to Muir Beach overlook, a picturesque viewpoint on California State Route 1, along the Pacific Ocean. Afterward, you will travel to Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, Inverness, Seahaven, Tomales or Drakes Bay, and stunning beaches, before embarking on your green tour to Point Reyes.

You will travel with your passionate guide through picturesque lagoons, meadows, and forests, along the beautiful rugged coastline of Marin County, to admire its wildflowers, sea otters, harbor seals, elk, elephant seals, and maybe even whales! Our eco-tour will also take you to Bear Valley visitor center and its museum of natural history in Point Reyes.

You will enjoy your lunch, as a picnic on the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore area or downtown Point Reyes Station. You may also ask your guide about visiting more sights, and traveling further north to enjoy Point Reyes’ organic seafood and oyster farms, or an organic cheese factory and winery.

After lunch, we will drive through beautiful ranches and dairy farms, to visit hidden beaches where you can see elephant seals playing and flipping sand on their backs.

Afterward, your tour guide will drive you to Point Reyes’ historic lighthouse, a bird and whale watching overlook founded in 1965. Approximately 80 biologists come to Point Reyes National Seashore every year to study the effects of climate change on California ecosystems. You may catch Humpback and Blue Whales swimming by the lighthouse on the way to Baja California or Alaska, depending on the season and weather conditions.

After such an exciting adventure, your tour guide will drive you back to your hotel in San Francisco, or to Sausalito, where you may enjoy dinner and then return to San Francisco by ferry (tickets are not included).

This tour is available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a luxury 4x4 SUV with a dedicated tour guide/driver. Included in the price are Point Reyes National Seashore park fees, all taxes, and pick-up or drop-off at your hotel. You may also add up to two hours of overtime to this tour at a discounted rate.

Please note: We are in the process of adding a two-day overnight travel package to Point Reyes, to make sure you see all that this enchanting area has to offer.

Tour Itinerary

9:00 a.m: Complimentary pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco or Sausalito. Our driver will greet you with a sign displaying your first and last name.

9:40 a.m. Travel on Muir Woods panoramic highway via Mill Valley on the way to Muir Woods National Monument Take a hike or enjoy an exciting guided walking tour through the giant redwoods. You will also have free time to shop at Muir Woods’ gift shop or have a break in the coffee shop.

It's time to leave Muir Woods National Monument and head south toward Muir Beach overlook for a picturesque view. Afterward, you will travel west on California State Route 1 to visit Stinson Beach, Bolinas, or Point Reyes for lunch.

Next we’ll explore the coastal town of Bolinas is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and beautiful lagoons and is accessible by an unmarked country road. It is a small community, which is home to cottages, and a saloon built during the Gold Rush.

You’ll visit Bear Valley Visitor Center in Pt. Reyes, which is also a museum of natural history. It’s great for families with, or without kids, to learn about the geology and biology of Point Reyes National Seashore. Bear Valley hiking trails leave from the visitors’ center all the way up through the forest and then downward to the coast, for spectacular ocean views.

Let your guide know your interests and we’ll take you exactly where you need to go. Leave the driving to us, sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views of Point Reyes’ lands and wilderness.

Next we’ll head west through the beautiful countryside, to Point Reyes’ historic lighthouse. You will be amazed at the natural wonders in Northern California, including wildflowers, harbor seals, elk, elephant seals, and maybe even whales or dolphins, depending on the season and weather forecast. Your guide will take you to an overlook where you may see huge elephant seals lying on the beach. Another option for lunch is nearby in Drakes Bay.

Next, we’ll offer you an optional side trip to Tomales Bay State Park, time and weather permitting. The Coast Miwok were the first to inhabit this area of sheltered coves, beaches, marshlands, and forests known today as Tomales Bay State Park, located 38 miles north of San Francisco, between Bodega Bay and Muir Woods. In 1579, Sir Francis Drake was the first European to reach Tomales Bay, while Spanish, German, and Russian scientists likely explored Tomales Bay in the early 1700s. The park is approximately 2,000 acres, divided between two sections, one on the west side of Tomales Bay, and the other on the eastern side of the Bay of Point Reyes. Tomales Bay is also part of the Point Reyes peninsula and adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore.

5 p.m. After your green adventure to Point Reyes natural wonders in Marin County, you will travel on scenic highway 1 or via Fairfax and San Rafael on the way back to San Francisco. For time considerations, we do not go to Sausalito, however, we would be happy to drop you off in downtown Sausalito and you may take the ferry back to your hotel in San Francisco (ferry tickets are not included). This option is very popular and recommended.

Consider adding an extra adventure to your journey: Point Reyes National Seashore and Marin County cover a large geographical area, and you simply can’t see it all in an eight-hour day trip from San Francisco. To make the most of your trip, we recommend an overnight tour package to Point Reyes, or adding two hours to the allotted tour time. You’ll see more sights and attractions such as the Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall, Tomales State Park beaches, enjoy fresh seafood at a restaurant along California State Route 1, and visit an award-winning creamery and cheese shop in a restored hay barn in picturesque Point Reyes Station.

Tour Prices

This custom tour is conducted by luxury SUV with a professional tour guide
The trip is totally private and the price is per person.

Tour by Luxury SUV 1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons
$738.00 $369.00 $339.00 $269.00 $229.00 $189.00 $179.00

This tour is totally private and conducted luxury van (deluxe minibus).
The price is per party (per group) and not per person (this is not a public tour you can join)

1 to 5 persons 6 to 7 persons 8 to 10 persons 11 to 12 persons 13 to 14 persons By VAN (minibus)
$1,489.00 $1,629.00 $1,729.00 $1,959.00 $2,189.00

Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf or in Sausalito, all applicable taxes, private guided tour to Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Olema, Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes National Seashores, and a private 8-hour guided tour from 9 am to 5 pm(and customizable).

Not included: The price does not include meals, Muir Woods National Monument entrance fees, driver’s gratuity (15% is customary in the US), wine tasting fees, overtime and ALL optional activities or entrance fees.

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