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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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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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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.00
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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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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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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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$125.00
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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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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Chinatown, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Haight Ashbury, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Enjoy a hike through the beautiful redwood trees in Muir Woods. Take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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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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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. Be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit

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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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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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
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  • 2 hours
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

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See San Francisco on two wheels during this guided e-bike tour starting in North Beach, a buzzing neighborhood known for its sidewalk restaurants and nightlife. Access locations in the city that tour buses can't, enjoying a variety of photo ops across multiple locations. Take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, explore Golden Gate Park, and gain insight into the city's history and places to visit later on foot.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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Best Day in San Francisco with Muir Woods

Best Day in San Francisco with Muir Woods

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Spend the day exploring San Francisco’s vibrant neighborhoods on a small-group tour. Walk the bustling streets of Chinatown and North Beach and feel the groove on Haight Street. Leave the urban grid behind and relax under the towering redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument, then stop in Sausalito for free time to admire waterfront views, peruse upscale boutiques, and have lunch (own expense).
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this walking tour with a small group. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a industry expert guide and sample many products from artisan and local food purveyors. Then visit the former maximum-security prison, Alcatraz, to shed light on the history-packed location during this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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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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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
"Josh our tour guide was excellent, funny and very knowledgeable. The tour gave us a really good overview of San Fran and the combo ticket with Alcatraz worked really well. Good Value for money-would recommend!"..."
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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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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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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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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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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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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
"Redwoods for sure, then the painted ladies, Golden Gate Bridge a little disappointing, but no fault of the tour, just not taken care of the way you think it would be . Patrick was great tour guide."..."
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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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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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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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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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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour
"Fab tour very good tour guide, saw places which we wouldn't have had time to see, nice small group of eight people."..."
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San Francisco Fire Engine Tour
"They were a good mix as guides. Showed us quite a few things. Fire engine trip was good very caring to the other group who had disables people in it. Sang happy birthday to child who had birthday to"..."
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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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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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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
"Very informative, full of history and passion. Great job, Kathy. Lots of Harvey milk memorials......"..."
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour
"Great guide, good bikes, got to see a lot of SF in a very comfortable manner. You will love the e-bikes compared with regular bikes. Easy to use/ride, and great fun. Would clearly want to do it all again!"..."
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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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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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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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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour
"Our guide, Isabella, was amazing! We loved seeing the parks and hearing the history. Every food stop was delicious!"..."
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
"Great food, super guide (Henry) and fun/interesting tour of Alcatraz. Enjoyed by all. Only wish it could have lasted longer."..."

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