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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 23 September 2017 via mobile

Wow - this tour is a MUST for anybody visiting San Francisco. We were only in the city for three days, but this tour ensured that we were able to visit almost everything the city had to offer. Who knew that it was possible to go to so many neighbourhoods and attractions in just eight hours!? Using public transportation ranging from buses to the subway to trams, we were made to feel like San Francisco natives whilst also limiting the amount of time we spent walking. Unlike other walking tours, this one was not at all tiring. We were given our own space for a break and for lunch, as we were able to eat at any restaurant in the vicinity. Our knowledgeable and cultivated guide, Chris, was fantastic from start to finish.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank thejackshow
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Kevin was our guide and we had the good fortune of being alone on our tour. We visited all of the important SF landmarks as well as many obscure places of interest that we would otherwise have never known about. Kevin, a SF native interspersed his running dialogue with stories of growing up in this great city. The combination of walking and public transportation allowed us to see a great deal of the city in 8 hours. Highly recommend this tour as a great introduction to the city!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Greg K
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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.

Date of experience: August 2017
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.


Date of experience: August 2017
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