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The Real S.F. Tour

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Address: 50 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111-4804
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+1 888-973-8687
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Mon - Sat 09:30 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Real SF Tour offers 4 incredible tours merging sightseeing and trekking...

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.

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Best tour ever!

This was a great tour! Chris, the founder of The Real SF Tour, served as our guide. He's a native and full of knowledge, stories, and insights. We were relatively familiar with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a great tour! Chris, the founder of The Real SF Tour, served as our guide. He's a native and full of knowledge, stories, and insights. We were relatively familiar with SF, but this was fun to reinforce and add to what we already knew, plus show us some great new places. It's a full-day tour, so plan to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great, authentic and knowledgable guide. Saw the real San Fran. Great value for money. Couldn't recommend highly enough

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour was sensational and highly recommend. So many places that you would only see if with a local. A must do.

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Portland, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly enjoyed this tour. So many tidbits of info that we would not have discovered on our own. Just the right combination of walking and public transport. Thanks to Chris for a great day!

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day out with Chris. He was interesting, entertaining, and passionate about his city. I can't believe how much we saw in one day! I highly recommend this company!

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Tennessee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spend the day with Chris on the real SF tour. Chris was born and raised in SF, his knowledge of all the neighborhoods is extensive. We rode all the different types of transportation in SF it was fun and educational. The weather was cool and windy but we stayed warm with all the walking. I would recommend this to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Hubby and I just moved to the Bay Area and wanted to do a tour in SF to get to know the city. The Real SF Tour delivered exactly what we hoped for. It stands out from the typical tour company in offering something a little more unique and authentic. We were able to do tourist things but - taking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic day with Jasmine our guide, first day of out stay, Paced the day well to suit our group, plus gave some brilliant suggestions through the day of places to visit, eat etc

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Wow wow wow!!! Chris was amazing and so passionate about what he does!! His love for San Francisco is contagious and we all enjoyed the tour so much. I can't imagine a better way to see San Francisco...recommend it for anyone and everyone!! A perfect combination of walking, sampling snacks , enjoying lunch and riding every type of transit available!... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I booked my family on this tour because I personally like using public transportation and thought we could see alot of the city between walking and the bus system, plus it was an all day tour. I was very disappointed. The first half of the day i would pretty much sum up as "the tour of learning and riding every... More 

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ccour10481, Owner at The Real S.F. Tour, responded to this review

ccour10481, Owner at The Real S.F. Tour, responded to this review, Jan 7, 2017 Hi Sunseeker, Our goal is for everyone to have a 5 star experience. I'm sorry yours wasn't. I will issue a full and immediate refund. We ride the transit system in the morning and then trek in the afternoon by design. That is new, in previous... More 

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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