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It may be famous for its cable cars, but San Francisco is a great city to explore on foot. In fact, it’s been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in America. Read on for walking tour recommendations, and make sure to bring your comfy shoes.

Highlights
  • Explore vibrant San Francisco neighborhoods like the Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach, the Mission, Haight-Ashbury, and the Castro.
  • Hear local insight and stories about the city’s past and present from your guide.
  • Take in the views along the San Francisco Bay and waterfront, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Taste California cuisine and local beverages unique to the Bay Area.
  • Choose from tours that range from 75 minutes to a full day.

Themed Walking Tours
Themed tours are a fun way to see the city through a certain lens. Whether focused on food, hiking, cocktails, history, or even ghosts, these tours show you the best San Francisco has to offer when it comes to that topic. Tours of destinations like Little Italy and the Ferry Building often combine food with the area’s popular sights for the best of both worlds. Walking allows for more in-depth exploration of popular places like Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. And, of course, private tours give you a little more control over where you go and what you see.

Neighborhood Walking Tours
Each of San Francisco’s neighborhoods has such a unique feel and character, you can’t go wrong exploring them by foot. Particularly scenic areas to explore include Nob Hill, Russian Hill (where Lombard Street is located), and Telegraph Hill (where Coit Tower is located).
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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

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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USD74.90
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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Dive deep into one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods on this Chinatown walking tour. From paper lanterns to medicinal herbs to a fortune cookie factory, explore both popular and lesser-known gems in this bustling district with an in-the-know guide. See sights including a Buddhist temple, and upgrade, if you wish, to include a 9-course lunch of dim sum for an even more memorable experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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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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Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)
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Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)

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Wander through an ancient coastal redwood forest and explore the artistic bayside enclave of Sausalito on this half-day tour from San Francisco. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth. Then, soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at either of the two departure points or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco (Pier 41).
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dark Secrets of San Francisco Haunted Ghost Tour

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Dark Secrets of San Francisco Haunted Ghost Tour

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San Francisco's rollicking, rags-to-riches history has left plenty of haunted happenings in its wake, so explore the city's more sinister side on a walking ghost tour. Visit some of San Francisco's most historic and allegedly haunted locations on and around Nob Hill, once the epicenter of San Francisco high society. Learn trivia and hidden history along the way on this ghoulishly fun, after-dark adventure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District

History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District

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Harken back to San Francisco’s days as a Gold Rush boomtown on a 2-hour walking tour of the Financial District, once known as the rowdy Barbary Coast of California. Hear tales of buried ships, fortune hunters, and Wild West saloons as you explore the city’s former waterfront, and learn how it transformed into the business hub of modern-day San Francisco.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

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The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this culinary walking tour. Sample classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Small-Group Tour

Muir Woods and Sausalito Small-Group Tour

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Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge in a tour van leaves you free to take in the epic views instead of focusing on the driving. This small-group tour takes you from downtown San Francisco to Muir Woods and Sausalito—two of Marin's top attractions—in a single day. You'll have free time to explore both sites, making this organized option a great choice for independent travelers.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour w Cable Car

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour w Cable Car

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz Island. Relax while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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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San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour

San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour

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Discover the spooky tales of San Francisco's past and pass by places that are said to be haunted when you embark on this ghost tour in the Pacific Heights district. Walk about one mile at a moderate pace with your guide who shares stories of the ghosts, unsolved crimes, and hauntings that linger in the supernatural world of Pacific Heights. You’ll take scenic streets lined with Victorian architecture, and get great views along the way.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco

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Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Grand City Tour

San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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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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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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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
"This was the second time I’ve done this tour with a work group and it was just as fun as I remembered! I booked this for coworkers who were visiting and we loved learning more about North Beach (there’s still plenty for locals to learn) and tried some excellent food spots 😋 Shout out to our guide Lauren for the excellent tour!"..."
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Haunted SF: Ghost Hunting, True Crime and Mystery
"I loved the history behind San Francisco and the places with witness paranormal activity. Great Experience! Emma was a great host!"..."
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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 Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
"We had a terrific time! Linda was a fantastic guide who made everyone feel welcome while providing insight and humor to the backstory of the stops on the tour."..."
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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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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
"The best early to see the city if you’ve never been! Stayed on for the entire first round then knew where we wanted to hop off the 2nd round. Hopped off at view point on the North end of the GG and the next bus was there in less than 10 minutes"..."
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San Francisco Love Tour
"This tour was amazing and fun! We learned a lot and saw a lot. The music was great! My pics do not do this tour justice!"..."
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Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)
"The beautiful and serene Muir Tree park. The weather was awesome and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable."..."
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Dark Secrets of San Francisco Haunted Ghost Tour
"I went on the 8 pm tour with my family and it was amazing! The hills are killer in San Francisco, but I got my exercise in while hearing some amazing stories!"..."
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District
"Colorful stories of historical figures. Beautiful buildings. Hidden gems pointed out in spite of having been in this area many times"..."
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
"Our guide Mark was terrific. He took us to fascinating spots in the Mission District. The food was delicious!"..."
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
"Great experience. Excellent views. Easy to fit into a quick trip to SF. Enjoyed the audio tour of the history of the bay."..."
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Small-Group Tour
"The 4 of us shared a fabulous few hours Judith was an amazing person calm great driver and knowledgeable the Mercedes’ was comfy so we travelled in style Both destinations were amazing deffo would like to return for longer"..."
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour w Cable Car
"Absolutely loved this tour. Our guide Eric was energetic and organized the tour well. Love walking through the different neighborhoods and getting to know so many facts about San Francisco history."..."
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
"Incredible views fun and very professional staff. Will definitely come back and take other family members"..."
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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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San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
"Great learning about the City’s history , tour guide was very entertaining and kept everything interesting. Enjoyed the walk and enjoyed all the landmarks and dark history they have. Great story telling can’t wIt for Halloween to take another scary tour."..."
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
"We really enjoyed the tour. The guides knowledge of the local area, history and stories about the wine itself were great. Enjoyed going to the different wineries and speaking to the workers, they were really engaging and happy to answer your questions."..."
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
"Amazing views all the way. Especially of the Golden Gate. When the captain says you are going to get wet sitting some where, believe him!"..."
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San Francisco Grand City Tour
"Tour guide Michelle gave in depth history of San Francisco City. Bus was comfortable. Pick up was good. Enough waiting time to see all places. The oldest building 1788, was memorable."..."
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
"We had been to Alcatraz once before but only from the bay. Thie time we were able to take the journey into the facility and we are so glad we did. Being in Law Enforcement I had seen jails, some modern and some old. This was beyond old. Truly enjoyed the history."..."
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
"We had an amazing time on our tour yesterday. Our tour guide, Roman, was hilarious and kept everyone laughing throughout the whole tour. Roman was also very knowledgeable about the area and gave great advice. The van was comfortable, the stops interesting and fun, and our guide went above and beyond!"..."
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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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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
"Fantastic guide ( Ciao) who brought our tour to life with great sounds , singing & cometary. And Daisy the VW was good as well."..."
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