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Our most recommended San Francisco Walking Tours

  • San Francisco: Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour

    1. San Francisco: Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour

    Your day begins at Lafayette Park, where you’ll meet your small group of 20 people and take in a slew of different Victorian mansions from the outside, including the famous (and jaw-dropping) Spreckels mansion. Pass some of the famous row houses and learn how much money it takes to afford your own slice of a San Francisco Victorian.  Your next stop is the highlight of the trip. Get special access to a privately-owned Victorian mansion that has been lovingly restored and features a private collection of Victorian artifacts and knick-knacks. The tour, which is guided by the home’s owner, is completely exclusive and the experience of a lifetime for any lover of Victoriana. Your final stop is the famous Alamo Square, home to the “Painted Ladies” which you will recognize from television and postcards. Approaching from the very best viewpoint, you’ll be able to take your own postcard-perfect...

    Ted, our guide, was very helpful and always ensured we were comfortable with the walking up hills. He gave us various options for the route to view the wonderful houses. Ted’s knowledge was vast on San Francisco, as well as the architecture and history of the many houses we visited.

  • From San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument Guided Tour

    2. From San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument Guided Tour

    Discover the coastal redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument on a guided tour from San Francisco, with entry tickets included. Cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge, marvel at California’s wildlife, and enjoy a sightseeing bus tour of Sausalito.

    Meet your guide in San Francisco to start your experience. Board the bus and drive towards Muir Woods National Monument, where you’ll enjoy 1.5 hours inside the forest.

    Admire the towering sequoia trees as you wander along hiking trails through the forest. Learn about the region from your guide as you appreciate the surrounding nature.

    Continue to Sausalito, a coastal city with sweeping views over the bay. Pass the main sights as you drive through the town on your return to San Francisco.

    If you want to explore Sausalito on fo...

    We had a great time exploring Muir Woods. The drive up was a but unnerving, as I get really bad motion sickness and did not realize the roads were extremely winding. I wish this tour had been guided but it was nice being able to take our time and go at our own pace. When we got there and presented our tickets we were told the park was free that day, so maybe could have saved a little money but no big deal. Our driver was great and friendly.

  • San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    3. San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf at 9:30 AM and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about it's colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution fr...

    Dara Mihaly, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She provided a great experience with historical information that was fascinating. I would highly recommend her for any tourists.

  • San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    4. San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    Get a huge amount of choice for sightseeing in San Fransisco in one go—access to the hop-on hop-off city tour route, a special night tour, and tickets to the Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of the notorious prison. 

    Audio guides are available in a variety of languages but the hop-on hop-off tour is only available in English. With open double-decker buses and a guide on each one, you can see just about everything and learn just as much.

    You can get to all the most famous spots in the city, and 48 hours is enough time to go back and visit your favorites again. Official City Loop highlights include:

    The Palace of Fine Arts

    North Vista Point where you can take photos of Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Park where you c...

    The tour was very organized. The tour guides were very good in explaining the property. The Self-guided tour was thorough as well.

  • San Francisco Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

    5. San Francisco Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

    Explore the largest Chinatown outside Asia on a 3-hour food tour of San Francisco's Chinatown, and discover a maze of alleys off Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, where traditional techniques that date back centuries are still practiced. See food markets and local restaurants, with a surprise around every corner. Watch artisans making Fortune Cookies by hand, and enliven your senses with new flavors, smells, and aromas. Your guide will help you search out authentic crafts and pottery, explore exotic produce, and learn about herbs and teas from the very people who know them best. Uncover the hidden secrets that only intrepid locals know about. As you taste and see everything from Dim Sum to fortune cookies, teas, incredible antiquities, rare and unique musical instruments, and authentic cookware, you'll know you've really experienced Chinatown. Marvel at statuettes and ritual objects th...

    The cultural activities were so incredibly interesting! It was way more than just food.

  • North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

    6. North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

    Take a behind the scenes food tour of North Beach and Little Italy. Enjoy tasting great local foods, see how these culinary delights are made and meet the local artisans who make them on your guided walking tour. North Beach and Little Italy will awaken your senses. From the cafés and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Just when you think you can't feel any more romantic you will discover quaint shops filled with incredible crafts and ceramics that will fill you with awe. Explore the life of North Beach, as we join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. And just when you think that you can't be any closer to food heaven, we visit real coffee shops that fresh roast the coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, we uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug. As you taste everything...

    Brian was great, knowledgeable and fun and had a great time! Food was awesome too!

  • San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

    7. San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

    This panoramic night tour of San Francisco will take you from Fisherman's Wharf and along Union Street to the Presidio where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Marina Green and Crissy Fields. Returning to the city, your open-top bus climbs to the top of California Street on this 1-hour tour to see Grace Cathedral and historical, stately Nob Hill. From here, the tour heads downtown to capture the city skyline, the imposing Bay Bridge, and the hidden side of AT&T Park, which is home to the San Francisco Giants. The bus will cross the Bay Bridge for a breathtaking view of the city from Treasure Island. Once the bus returns to the city we continue along the Embarcadero and admire the lights of the Port of San Francisco. The tour departs from the San Francisco Visitor Center at FIsherman's Wharf. A courtesy shuttle will take you back to Union Square at the end of ...

    Great time and absolutely love the educational guidance through out the whole tour

  • San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    8. San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    Travel along the San Francisco Bay in a small group on a boat tour. Travel faster and go farther out into the bay than most other boat tours. You will be as close as possible to the sights and wildlife, in a personal setting.  Depart from the world famous Pier 39. You will be outfitted with weather appropriate gear to keep you warm and dry from the occasional splash. Take in the historic waterfront from a new angle. Make a quick visit to the world famous Pier 39 sea lions, where you can see them eye to eye. There is no need for binoculars on this trip because you will see everything up close. Listen to the narration from your expert captain and learn something new about this historic area. See the waterfront in a way that is unlike any other experience on the bay. Take photos, make memories, and enjoy one of the finest ways to see it all up close. This small group boat tour is limited...

    This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

    9. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

    Start your tour near the Ferry Building with a view of what was once one of the busiest ports in the world. Then catch an iconic San Francisco cable car from a favorite stop and learn what makes this very unique public transport so special. Disembark atop Nob Hill and learn about the industrial tycoons who built the city as you wander through Huntington Park. Visit the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral. Enter the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Taste fresh fortune cookies and see hidden landmarks like the Tin How Buddhist Temple as you learn how the neighborhood went from being a seedy red-light district to one of the most vibrant enclaves in the city. For a little treat, pop into the legendary Golden Gate Factory for an insight into the art (and logistics) of fortune cookie makin...

    We hit all the high points. The cable car, the trolley and walked the streets from Nob's Hill to Chinatown and a boat ride that went by the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable.

  • San Francisco: Alcatraz Tickets and Chinatown Walking Tour

    10. San Francisco: Alcatraz Tickets and Chinatown Walking Tour

    Begin your day with a local guide near the Dragon Gate of San Francisco's beloved Chinatown. Weave through time and space down the main street for a walking tour through a neighborhood lined with dragon lanterns, imperial terracotta statues, and all the adornment of a "Little Shanghai." Hear the stories of the former streets and alleys — how it came to be and the more seedy aspects of its Gold Rush foundations. Discover how the neighborhood has transformed over the decades. See neighborhood landmarks including Waverly Place and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Stop into a traditional apothecary featuring fascinating Chinese medicine. Snack on some fresh fortune cookies, a San Francisco invention, and take some home for the road (on us!). After your Chinatown tour, head out for lunch on your own into 2 incredible foodie neighborhoods. Your guide will set you up to find all the "locals only" spots ...

    I really enjoyed learning about Chinatown, Little Italy and Alcatraz. The tour guid was amazing and very informal.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 650 reviews

Highly recommend to start right at 8:00am. Not enough time to see and do everything at each stop. So plan ahead which stop you want to get off at for activities, etc. vs. which stops you just want to drive through and see. Very convenient stops. Timely pick ups. Didn’t have to wait longer than 10 minutes. Highly recommended if you are traveling with people with walking impairment.

This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

The cultural activities were so incredibly interesting! It was way more than just food.

Started off slow, but as the tour progressed it was fantastic!

joseph was a perfect guide and took us off the beaten path