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San Francisco may be only seven miles (11 kilometers) long and seven miles (11 kilometers) wide, but its rich history makes the City by the Bay feel much larger than that. So many cultures have met, mingled, and thrived here—take one of these history walking tours to learn about them. 

  • Take a step away from Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz to explore the luxe 1920s and ‘30s history of the city’s Financial District on an Art Deco walking tour.
  • Learn about neighborhood ghosts and spirits and hear chilling tales and mysteries on a tour of haunted Chinatown after dark.
  • Walk the historic Barbary Coast Trail, discovering historic buildings and saloons on the old waterfront and learning about the city's notorious reputation during and after the California Gold Rush.
  • Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of the iconic Castro district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBTQ activism and events. 
  • Learn about the Beat generation, the Barbary Coast, and San Francisco’s Little Italy on a North Beach historical walking tour that includes admission to the Beat Museum. 
  • Wander up Nob Hill, watch a cable car go by, and learn some posh San Francisco history as you see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay from above.
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Learn stories behind the Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating 'Escape from the Rock' cruise. Board a boat for a journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 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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$80.00
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco with this 2-day combo: a guided bike tour plus admission to Alcatraz Island. Venture to the infamous prison in the afternoon to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone. On the prior day, cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito via the car-free national park bike path. Your tour includes a full-day bonus bike rental.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$99.00
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
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$155.00
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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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$140.00
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental

Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible 1-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 to 10 hours
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$150.00
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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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$55.00
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an insider overview of San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city in a small group to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for breathtaking photo ops of famous sites and memorable stories. This local-led tour visits culturally significant neighborhoods like Chinatown and the Haight-Ashbury, as well as the large homes of Pacific Heights. After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, guests will visit the towering redwood trees of Muir Woods and the beautiful waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Island Tour Package Summer 2020

Alcatraz Island Tour Package Summer 2020

It is common knowledge that Alcatraz tickets are hard to find for same-day and next-day tours. Here at Alcatraz Bikes and Tours we have them available on a first-come first-serve basis. Hurry to call and reserve your ticket with us now! this tour is going inside The famous Alcatraz Island where many notorious criminals, including the likes of Al Capone who have served prison time in, is now a once in a life time must-see museum to visit and explore. Alcatraz Island better known as “The Rock” offers Alcatraz audio tours of the prison that thoroughly explains the full history of the prison.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Guided Walking Tour

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Guided Walking Tour

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Take away the stress and uncertainty from booking an Alcatraz tour with this package that includes Alcatraz ferry tickets and a 90 min tour of Chinatown. Get practical tips from your guide on visiting Alcatraz then follow them through the heart of the largest Chinese community in the Western World. This is the perfect way to spend half a day in San Francisco enjoying some of its quintessential experiences with the help of a local who is on hand both to guide you and sort out logistics.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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San Francisco City Tour with Official Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco City Tour with Official Alcatraz Tour

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Enjoy San Francisco’s main highlights without worrying about the logistics on this 2-for-1 tour. Start your day at one of the most notorious prisons, Alcatraz, and take a self-guided audio tour. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of city neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach to see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

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Be chauffeured to Napa and Sonoma by party bus, limo van or limousine on a winery tour from San Francisco. Sit back as your professional driver introduces you to the California wine country. Snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point en route to four top wineries such as Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and Madonna Estate. Your full-day itinerary includes olive oil tasting at the Olive Press, a stop at CornerStone Sonoma and a picnic lunch.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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So many adventures to have in San Francisco with so few funds. If the pocketbook is feeling a touch light then consider these invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunts. The three-hour events force adventurers to solve clues and navigate the city streets; plus all the SF scenery you can absorb during the journey. Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

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Enjoy two of San Francisco’s top activities in one day on this 6-hour combo experience that includes biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and transportation to Muir Woods National Monument (entrance fee not included). When you reach Sausalito at the end of your bike ride, just hop on a shuttle for the ride to the redwood trees of Muir Woods.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental

Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental

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Explore Golden Gate Park on your own with a self-guided bike tour from a convenient location in the nearby Haight-Ashbury district. With suggestions from the provided map, you can make your way to highlights such as the California Academy of Sciences, DeYoung Museum, Japanese Tea Garden and Legion of Honor. Stop at Stow Lake where paddleboats can be rented, or ride all the way through the park to the Great Highway and Pacific Ocean. Your bike rental includes lock, helmet and map.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour

Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour

A short hike with amazing views and riveting stories. Though only 2 miles in length, this gorgeous walking tour of San Francisco's hidden stairways is breathtaking. See gorgeous mosaic tiled steps and vistas that most San Franciscans don't even know exist. You'll also discover beautiful neighborhoods that tourists rarely see. Enjoy the view and get some history along the way.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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SFO Pick-Up with City Sightseeing Tour

SFO Pick-Up with City Sightseeing Tour

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To start your San Francisco vacation off right, don't bother with a typical boring cab ride from the airport, when you can enjoy this private one-way transfer, complete with a sightseeing tour along the way. After airport pickup, let your driver whisk you through some of San Francisco's picturesque neighborhoods. Pass through North Beach and Haight Ashbury, see the Pacific at Ocean Beach, and even get tips on itinerary planning—all before you reach your hotel.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour

Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour

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Being a tourist can be exhausting. Throw in some of San Francisco's infamous hills, constant consultation of guide books, and the lure of tourist traps, and you might want to return to your lodgings in haste. However, this San Francisco sightseeing experience includes a hotel pickup and a coach tour that allows the city to unfold before you from atop your air-conditioned perch. It's a great way to keep your eyes on the real jewels of the city by the bay.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore 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. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

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You're in a special city. Why take an ordinary tour? This is the ONLY convertible MINI Cooper tour in the country! This tour is totally customizable – you choose the length of the tour, what time you want to be picked up, and what you want to see. I love San Francisco and have spent 20 years studying and exploring the city. I’ll work with you to plan your tour so you can see the famous sites and the hidden gems other tours can't go to or don't know about. I’ve designed this to be the type of tour I would take if I visited San Francisco, but where you go is up to you. I make suggestions along the way, but how long you spend at any site is up to you. You're never rushed, and never have to wait for other people. It's all about you! Plus, it's fun! In the convertible MINI Cooper, you see everything up close and personal as we drive along. I love showing guests San Francisco, and talking about the history and culture of this unique and special city.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Alcatraz Inside with One Day Bike Rental and Lunch Credit

Alcatraz Inside with One Day Bike Rental and Lunch Credit

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Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco’s most visited landmarks, known for its notorious federal prison. This combo tour package is ideal for travelers who want to visit Alcatraz and enjoy sightseeing in San Francisco at their own pace. Use your round-trip ferry tickets to visit Alcatraz, then make the most of a full-day bike rental in San Francisco to be used on the same or following day. Also included is a lunch voucher for a Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant.
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  • 1 day
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What people are saying about Historical Tours in San Francisco

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise
"This excursion was better than I had hoped for! The scenery was of course amazing and the narrative was very informative- I highly recommend it!"..."
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San Francisco Love Tour
"Judith was very hospitable and informative bla bla bla funny charismatic the bus was very unique like a unicorn"..."
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour
"Interesting info given by the guide, Adam. Bike tour stopped regularly which was fine for the parents, and challznging enough for the boys (some steep hills! :)) Alcatraz was impressive"..."
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour
"We had a great time on this tour. It's so amazing to be able to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge! We ended up biking into Sausalito and having an excellent dinner there. The ferry wasn't running during our tour, so we took a Lyft back to San Francisco. We had a great time overall!"..."
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip
"We had a great time with the tour guide and during our visit to Muir Woods and Sausalito. We were not too impressed with Alcatraz since most of the facilities were closed"..."
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
"Boat ride short and sweet. Great guided tour. Headset provided was the best! Would go back for sure..."..."
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
"Couldn’t find tickets for Alcatraz but was able to find this amazing deal, with bikes! Loved the experience! We used the bikes to go over the Golden Gate Bridge, amazing! But chilly, be sure to wear a nice warm jacket!"..."
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
"Linda Lee was very informative and friendly. Had very interesting history of Chinatown. Loved her descriptions of shops that we visited"..."
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods
"Sully is was so knowledgeable and fun! You should choose Dylan’s tours & ask for him. Awesome neighborhood tours, fab photo stops and Muir is amazing"..."
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Guided Walking Tour
"Eddie was amazing, and super attentive to any question my group had. 10/10. Nice meeting you! Thanks again!"..."
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour
"We had a great time. What a wonderful way to see the city. It is a little bit of a workout so don't plan a bunch of other physical activities that day, you will be exhausted. We enjoyed our tour of the city street, what a unique way to see San Francisco!!!"..."
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San Francisco City Tour with Official Alcatraz Tour
"The sights was most memorable! Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable and took great pics! Would def recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience San Francisco!"..."
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Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
"11 out of 10! Abe the tour guide and driver was a delight. He had snacks and water for us which was unexpected and greatly appreciated. The countryside was beautiful and we got to try three wineries each one was charming and offered a fabulous selection of wine."..."
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour
"We enjoyed both Alcatraz and Bay City Electric Bikes. We traveled with a 10 and 13 year old and did the city tour. Steve customized our tour to accommodate the kids ages and abilities. Definitely recommend!"..."
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"I chose this scavenger hunt because I needed to do something fun and interesting during shelter-in-place. I've lived in SF for over 5 years and even I learned from this hunt! There were so many interesting detours to places I know well, or at least I thought I did. I used to work down by Yerba Beuna, but I didn't know much about the area. I used to live in North Beach, but I couldn't have told you anything interesting about Chinatown! I learned so much. You'll certainly get your steps in as well. I totally recommend this adventure. 10/10."..."
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods
"The ease of riding on bike trails in San Francisco made the experience unforgettable . Fantastic 🚮!"..."
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Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental
"This was a great way to see Golden Gate Park. We rode from the bike shop, all through the Park to the water, up the hill to Sutro Baths and back. Even my youngest children, ages 9 and 11, did great and could handle the whole ride. So fun!!"..."
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Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour
"Nellie and I enjoyed all of it. The experience was awesome and anyone would enjoy the tour. The tour guide did a fantastic job,"..."
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San Francisco Private Love Tour
"Wonderful tour and our guide was outstanding. Being two old hippies, we loved visiting Height Ashbury part of tour. I would highly recommend the private tour as it gives you more options to see what you want to see."..."
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Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper
"Reed was great, knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining. We love the tour and highly recommended. We have seen more in 3 hours than we imagined"..."
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Alcatraz Inside with One Day Bike Rental and Lunch Credit
"Seeing Alcatraz was amazing. The whole package was great, everything was organized and easy to access."..."

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