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San Francisco may be only seven miles (11 kilometers) long and seven miles (11 kilometers) wide, but its rich history makes the City by the Bay feel much larger than that. So many cultures have met, mingled, and thrived here—take one of these history walking tours to learn about them. 

  • Take a step away from Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz to explore the luxe 1920s and ‘30s history of the city’s Financial District on an Art Deco walking tour.
  • Learn about neighborhood ghosts and spirits and hear chilling tales and mysteries on a tour of haunted Chinatown after dark.
  • Walk the historic Barbary Coast Trail, discovering historic buildings and saloons on the old waterfront and learning about the city's notorious reputation during and after the California Gold Rush.
  • Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of the iconic Castro district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBTQ activism and events. 
  • Learn about the Beat generation, the Barbary Coast, and San Francisco’s Little Italy on a North Beach historical walking tour that includes admission to the Beat Museum. 
  • Wander up Nob Hill, watch a cable car go by, and learn some posh San Francisco history as you see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay from above.
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit

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Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. Relax aboard your ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterward, use your food voucher at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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USD97.99
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD65.00
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Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise

Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise

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Secure two top San Francisco activities with a single booking, combining an Alcatraz Island visit with a same-day Golden Gate Bridge boat cruise. If time is limited, coordinating the two experiences can be a challenge. This double ticket takes the hassle out of planning, featuring a self-guided audio tour of Alcatraz and a waterfront cruise with the chance to spot San Francisco Bay marine wildlife in a natural environment.
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  • 3 hours
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USD129.99
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible 1-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 to 10 hours
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USD118.99
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San Francisco Love Tour

San Francisco Love Tour

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Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD85.00
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and Hayes Valley, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Civic Center, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD85.00
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco

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If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Haunted SF: Ghost Hunting, True Crime and Mystery
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Haunted SF: Ghost Hunting, True Crime and Mystery

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Discover San Francisco’s dark side on a ghost-hunting tour, using a provided, personal EMF detector to scan haunted alleys, neighborhoods, and street corners. It’s not just ghosts. Exploring with a ghost-hunter guide means you’ll learn the city's scariest secrets and stories, too. As you walk through its nighttime streets, hear about everything from Gold Rush cemeteries to paranormal activity and unexplained deaths in the heart of San Francisco.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods on this food and walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee, and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide. Samples make up enough for a meal so come hungry!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

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With its iconic hills, architecture, bridge and bay, it’s no wonder so many movies have been filmed in San Francisco. See filming locations from more than 55 productions—from blockbusters like ‘San Andreas’ to family favorites like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’—on this movie sites tour from Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch clips on the tour bus as you pass by the real locations with an informative actor-turned-guide who shares stories about the city and cinema history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD67.00
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an insider overview of San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city in a small group to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for breathtaking photo ops of famous sites and memorable stories. This local-led tour visits culturally significant neighborhoods like Chinatown and the Haight-Ashbury, as well as the large homes of Pacific Heights. After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, guests will visit the towering redwood trees of Muir Woods and the beautiful waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Muir Woods, Sausalito AND San Francisco All in One Day
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Muir Woods, Sausalito AND San Francisco All in One Day

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Spend the day exploring San Francisco’s vibrant neighborhoods on a small-group tour. Walk the bustling streets of Chinatown and North Beach and feel the groove on Haight Street. Leave the urban grid behind and relax under the towering redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument, then stop in Sausalito for free time to admire waterfront views, peruse upscale boutiques, and have lunch (own expense).
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Learn stories behind the Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating 'Escape from the Rock' cruise. Board a boat for a journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
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  • 2 hours
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Take a Walk with a Storyteller! The Surreal San Francisco Tour.

Take a Walk with a Storyteller! The Surreal San Francisco Tour.

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- Explore the city with San Francisco's most hilarious, imaginative and EXCITING storyteller! - Get to know these three famous neighborhoods: the Mission, the Castro and the Haight. - Enjoy original FOLKLORE and FAIRYTALES told by Clyde Always: a professional storyteller, published poet and decade-long resident of the City by the Bay. Hear about witches & pirates, hobos & hipster devils... bring your imagination! - Get insider knowledge of the best restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, shops and more. See beautiful street-art, landmarks and architecture. Experience the City like a local. - Beware! Some of the information presented will be highly UNBELIEVABLE. Have fun sorting the fact from the fiction. -A 2.5 mile (4 km) walk with no hills. One public restroom along the way. - Please note: this tour is NOT for the whole family. Script includes profanity and you might see a nudist or two. - Guaranteed to entertain, enliven and uplift. An experience you'll always remember.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD28.00
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SF Native Local Food Tour
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SF Native Local Food Tour

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From the Mission to the Haight to North Beach, each neighborhood in San Francisco is a culturally distinct experience. While every one of them deserves to be explored as a true native — on foot — it can be difficult to separate the well-worn tourist beats from the locals-only footpaths. On these all-inclusive small-group tours, knowledgeable guides will direct you to the beating heart of select neighborhoods, helping you to see, smell and taste the city like a local.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD99.00
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 2 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 16 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Choose the Premium pass to include a night tour or a Deluxe pass for an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD53.10
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD99.00
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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this walking tour with a small group. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

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Combine three of the Bay Area's top attractions—Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and Sausalito—in a single tour from San Francisco. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a luxury tour van, which includes a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, allowing you to focus on the scenery instead of driving and directions. Your Alcatraz admission includes the ferry ride and the audio tour, and independent travelers will love the free time to explore both Muir Woods and Sausalito. 8:30am option will start with Muir Woods and Sausalito then go to Alcatraz 9:10am option will start with Alcatraz then go to Muir Woods and Sausalito
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  • 7 hours
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USD159.00
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GoCar San Francisco Tour

GoCar San Francisco Tour

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Ride a GoCar all over San Francisco as it navigates for you and provides a guided tour. Take as long as you like to explore the city with a storytelling car as your guide — what Time Magazine has called "one of the coolest inventions of the year." Let this tiny car show you what the city is all about, learn about its history and visit sites like the Presidio, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Pick up your car at one of two convenient locations: Union Square or Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD92.44
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD99.00
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Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!
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Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!

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Set out for Alcatraz Island in the morning, before the crowds arrive, on this early-access tour. Ride the ferry from Pier 33 and then embark on the award-winning audio tour that tells the tales from inside the prison. After returning to the wharf, use your included credit to purchase lunch at select food vendors.
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  • 1 day
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

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Uncover the scandalous, high-society history of San Francisco's most illustrious hill on a walking tour of Nob Hill. Hear the stories behind the grand hotels and stately mansions built by the city's powerful 19th-century business tycoons and politicians, and learn how the advent of the cable car and the disastrous 1906 earthquake shaped one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
"Very pleasant tour with narrator giving details. The staff was pleasant and helpful in describing the building"..."
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour
"This is a must do— for San Fran—Blake is a knowledgeable, friendly and incredible guide. Pick up and drop off well organized. Really enjoyed ourselves! Thank you!"..."
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Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
"A well organised trip and a must do whilst in San Francisco…Alcatraz was good once you got over the smell of the seagulls"..."
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
"Fantastic trip and great value. Alcatraz is so interesting and this trip is fab, we biked over the bridge to a gorgeous little village then biked back. We got fabulous photos and made some amazing memories loved it"..."
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San Francisco Love Tour
"great time! Tara was fun & knowledgeable!!! We did this tour during OutsideLands and Tara was able to navigate the city avoiding the crazt traffic"..."
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
"Our tour guide, Caio, was awesome! Very knowledgeable, personable and so very funny! Highly recommend doing one of these tours! We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the VW bus!"..."
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
"Both our guide, Brian and the food was incredible! Brian is a native San Franciscan and seemed to be on a first name basis with all of the restaurants we visited. He was great about explaining the Italian history while including a local flair."..."
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Haunted SF: Ghost Hunting, True Crime and Mystery
"Emma did a great job in the tour. Super fun my family really enjoy it. She was very knowledge had great stories to tell."..."
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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
"Brian was fantastic! We did the SF food tour Chinatown and North Beach. Great group of people, learned a lot, and ate alllllll the fantastic food!"..."
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour
"Very knowledgable and friendly guide who was happy to answer any question. Enjoyed the whole experience."..."
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods
"Fresh air to breathe, greenery everywhere, cool weather, comfortable drive, knowledgeable guide, overall had great time"..."
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Muir Woods, Sausalito AND San Francisco All in One Day
"Loved Sausalito and Muir Woods the most. Whole trip was excellent our driver Brenden was so much fun and gave a lot of information we used the rest of our trip!"..."
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise
"Really nice experience… Price perfect Friendly staff They got me In love with the city… nice view of Golden Gate Bridge"..."
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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
"Kathy is exceptionally knowledgeable. I appreciated learning history, art, and culture of the diverse Castro community. I feel I have a deeper understanding of the Castro and my own personal history and experience!"..."
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Take a Walk with a Storyteller! The Surreal San Francisco Tour.
"It was such a creative and fun way to see the city. The stories we’re friends fun and our guide was very entertaining!"..."
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SF Native Local Food Tour
"Excellent - thoroughly recommend it. Not just for foodies (though there’s plenty of that!), a great, passionate, interesting and informative guide that is a real SF history buff. A complete native - you won’t regret going on this one, fantastic value for money"..."
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
"Taking a Segway tour through the city of San Francisco. Also taking a Big Bus tour to the Haight/Ashbury district and doing some shopping."..."
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour
"Adam was the perfect blend of knowledge, kindness and passion for the city of San Francisco! He was very thorough, thoughtful and informative. With every stop we made we learned somethings unique about the city. We highly recommend tour."..."
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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour
"Our tour guide, Brian, was amazing! He was knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the history and culinary experience of Chinatown. We all agreed that the tour with Brian was a highlight of our trip to San Francisco."..."
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
"The first view of Alcatraz from the ferry upon arrival is an unforgettable one. The smell of the Muir Woods will remain in your memory for the rest of your trips and there will be no comparison. The comfort of the trip made it even better and Randall our guide was fantastic."..."
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GoCar San Francisco Tour
"The tour guided us to some very breathtaking views I have ever seen. It gave us a whole different perspective of this beautiful city."..."
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour
"Brian was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! He told us so many unique facts about San Francisco & showed us so many amazing places! He even provided us water & snacks (the chips are AMAZING). I highly recommend this tour & will definitely bring my mom & sister when I can get them out here. Thank you Brian for such an amazing experience for this SF newbie!"..."
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Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!
"It was an AWESOME exoerience one of my favorite things we did visiting San Fransico! It was worth evey penny"..."
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
"Cathy was a lovely and informative guide to the history and architecture around Nob Hill. She answered our many questions with knowledge and patience and took great care of us and the rest of our group. We enjoyed seeing the photos of the people she was telling us about too."..."
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