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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour provided by Painted Ladies Tour Company

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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 24/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 24/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Immerse yourself in the past on a vintage Volkswagen Bus tour of the retro side of San Francisco. The bus visits parts of the city that aren’t accessible on larger buses and carries no more than seven passengers, creating a friendly vibe onboard. Plus, the tour is complete with theme music from the ‘60s and ‘70s and a guide to share stories about the alternative side of the city.
  • Travel through classic San Francisco neighborhoods on a small-group vintage VW bus adventure
  • The retro bus makes a great backdrop for photos in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and Painted Ladies
  • Choose between multiple start times and pickup at Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
  • Complete the experience with craft beer and local wine (included on afternoon tours)
  • Choose between a shared tour or a private tour for up to 6 people
Important Information
Departure Point
427 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA 1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Small group tour
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Local Bottled Craft beer and Wine on the afternoon tours
  • Access to local vintage points where large buses are banned from
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum number of 2 people applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Portable wheelchair ok
  • Booster seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Recommended tip amount :$15-$20 per passenger. (Did you know that tips make up a large amount of our tour guide income in the US?)
  • Note that each vehicle seats up to 7 people total. We can still accommodate larger groups seated in separate vehicles.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • A plexiglass partition has been installed between the driver and passengers. The touch points on our buses will be fully disinfected between and during tours.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID 19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath won’t be able to participate.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask while inside the bus. We will have extra masks for purchase in case you have forgotten yours. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jane G wrote a review Nov 2020
Naperville, Illinois16 contributions8 helpful votes
A great time! We learned a lot and laughed a lot. Josh was the perfect host and Pearl was a fantastic means of transportation. Would we do it again?? You betcha!!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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John F wrote a review Nov 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
"Cousin Al" was amazing! He was Fun and a wealth of knowledge. He took us to so many interesting places, many I've never even heard of. This tour was so fun it was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco! Thanks again Cousin Al for making this so memorable!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Jamie Jo Hiles wrote a review Nov 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I wanted to take a quick trip somewhere and decided on San Fran. We looked up things to do on TripAdvisor and saw that the Painted Ladies Tour would show us everything we wanted to see in our 48-hour trip. We had a blast seeing all of the wonderful and popular
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Date of experience: November 2020
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ayerslisa60 wrote a review Nov 2020
Sacramento, California12 contributions1 helpful vote
Top-notch service and tour guide to the best places to see in SF. This was my third tour with the company to entertain guests. I learn something new every day. Thank you, Josh and company. This tour is a "MUST" while visiting SF.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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beccal13 wrote a review Oct 2020
Murfreesboro, Tennessee283 contributions32 helpful votes
Josh was an excellent driver and tour guide. I say Driver because driving that VW bus thru the construction zones of SF was daunting, he handled it like a pro. Very knowledgeable of area, and great history and knows where to stop for the best photo ops Bottled water on board,
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About the operator

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By: Painted Ladies Tour Company
50 and Fabulous Birthday Celebration
Josh was an excellent guide. His knowledge of the city and surroundings was exceptional. He had lots of suggestio
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Unique and Fun!
My husband and I went on the wine tour and had an amazing time. The VW bus was a unique and much more personal tran
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Loved it! Amazing day!!
Our day with the Painted Ladies tour was incredible. Josh provided an abundance of information en route to Sonoma,
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Awesome and safe tour!
My husband and I signed up at the last minute for this tour, because we realized there is way too much to see in Sa
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Very enjoyable!
Tour guide, Josh, was excellent and the tour was well-planned out. We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-touristy areas of
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We Loved Our Driver
My kids and myself loved this tour. Our driver, Josh, was awesome. My kids loved him so much the rest of our trip t
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Unique way to see Sonoma's wineries
I looked at a bunch of different tour groups from San Francisco to Napa & Sonoma wineries, but COVID threw us a cur
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Wonderful tour.
Alan was a wonderful guide. Due to the pandemic we were the only 2 on the bus, so we got the grand tour! Saw everyt
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Awesome experience, a must-do!
I visited SF over Labor Day weekend with a group of 5 girls. We booked two different painted ladies tours, and both
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The greatest tour ever!
My family was so excited to hop in our VW Bus, Ocean, to privately tour San Francisco. Josh answered all of our que
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Toured San Fran with Josh and enjoyed every minute. Josh is a terrific guide: knowledgeable, funny, patient and wi
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The best SF tour expereicne
Painted Ladies Tour Company, and their VW van Pearl, played a special role in our wedding and I wouldn't not have c
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Fun way to see San Francisco
We had so much fun on our 3 hour tour. Josh was so accommodating and we hit all the spots. Highly recommend.
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Best way to spend a day in wine country!!
BOOK THIS TOUR!! It was such an incredible time. Our guide, Josh, was super informative and made it feel like we we
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Best tour and well worth the money
We’ve done both the hop on hop off tour and the painted ladies tour. The painted ladies tour is definitely worth th
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Key Details
  • Haight-Ashbury, Union Square, and 15 more
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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