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“Fantastic overview of San Francisco”
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The Real S.F. Tour
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Real SF Tour offers 4 incredible tours merging sightseeing and trekking with public transit for the most authentic visitor experience in San Francisco. Part urban adventure, part urban trek, and totally green, The Real SF Tours take you where no other tours can go. You’ll visit enchanted gardens, secret stairways, glorious rooftop views, and some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods. You’ll be avoiding large crowds of tourists while experiencing the real culture of San Francisco and learning about its rich and storied history. You’ll traverse the city on Cable Cars, Light Rail, and City Buses. You must be able to walk 4 separate uphill 1.5 block sections, there are a total of 6 uphill flights of stairs, and 15 downhill flights of stairs, spread throughout the day. The day encompasses over 5 miles of walking including short uphill sections and hidden stairways that most people find extremely enjoyable. If you do not walk regularly this tour may be more challenging than enjoyable. If you have any difficulty going up and downstairs we do not recommend this tour. Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Tours run daily departing from the California St Cable Car turnaround.
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

This 8 hour walking tour is a fantastic way of getting a solid overview of San Francisco. I would recommend it to anyone at the start of their time in the city.

There were ten in our group (the most they will take in a group), of mixed nationalities. Our guide was Nessa, a local girl who clearly loves travel. Oh.... and it was 38 degrees Celsius the day we undertook the tour!

We started the journey on the oldest cable car, and travelled to Nob Hill. Thereafter we went on to see main locations and lesser known local areas, ending in China Town. We did a huge loop around San Francisco walking and using the metro, bus and tram. It gave us a great flavour of this interesting city, and we had some fantastic views of the city, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate.

Given the heat, using public transport was a relief. But even on a cooler day, by using the bus and trains it allows people to concentrate on the history and scenery rather than the exercise.

There were regular rest stops and Nessa gave us some great recommendations where to get food and drink. The tour company provided the travel passes.

Overall this is a well thought out route and well run organisation.

Thank Nicola H
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was one of the most seamless tours I've been on. We rode on every form of transportation in the city, got great views and just had a wonderful day. The eight hours zoomed by and no one was winded or bored.

Thank Milosch02
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We went on this and really enjoyed it. Chris was a great guide and he was great at answering questions (both on the phone or via emails) before/after we booked it .

Riding all the forms of street cars/trolley cars was a lot of fun. We wanted to take a ride on them while here and by taking this tour we got to do that and not worry about paying the right amount for tickets or passes, that is taken care for you with the metro passes he gives you for the tour. Most of all you see all the special little areas and things you will never get from a bus ride. We initially did the "half day" (which goes from about 8:30 am to 2) but then. We decided to stay for the all day tour do we just had pay $10 difference in the price for all day vs half which was definitely worth it. Walking distance First part of the trip was about 5.5 miles kvia Google fit) and the 2nd added about 2.5 more for a total of 8 miles give or take a half mile I would guess.

Last but not least, we wanted to go on the Alcatraz tour but they were all booked months before. This package has reserved tickets that come with it so you can go. He doesn't charge extra for the alcatraz tickets, same price as if you could buy them direct from the only authorized tour boats that can take folks to the island.


1  Thank Douglas S
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

An 8-hour tour? Could have been an ordeal but it was genuinely great - Kevin even prolonged it to 9 hours and it was over too soon. We hopped on and off public transit (giving us some exposure to San Fran natives who were happy to contribute to the tour; our guide Kevin involved and dis-involved them adeptly).
I took a bike tour with a decent guide the next day but the poor thing couldn't hold a candle to Kevin: his knowledge and affection for his home town was memorable.

1  Thank Kanaschwiiz
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We visited San Francisco august 2017 and had been planning to go on this Real FS walking tours for over a year . Our tour guide was Alan and it was Excellent. He is very knowledgeable about the city and made us experience the local vendors which was absolutely great. Went far and beyond to make us visit as much of San Francisco as possible. We got to experience different modes of transportation that San Francisco offers!

Would Highly recommend to everyone to experience this tour!!

Thank salem1692
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