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A Friend in Town Private Tours

P.O. Box 78002, 460 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
510-533-9211
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Ranked #27 of 298 activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Enjoy customized private tours of San Francisco (incl. places the big buses can't go), Napa& Sonoma wine country, Silicon Valley, Carmel, Big Sur.... more » Owner description: Enjoy customized private tours of San Francisco (incl. places the big buses can't go), Napa& Sonoma wine country, Silicon Valley, Carmel, Big Sur. Unusual itineraries include: locales from Hitchcock's "Vertigo"; Russian River Wine Country; Filoli gardens. You can be picked up at your home, the airport, your hotel, even at your cruise ship dock--or dropped off there. We are especially accommodating to those with limited mobility, older folks, energetic children, foodies, photographers...and offer a warm dry alternative on rainy days. Come experience the off-the-beaten-path wineries where they'll treat you like VIPs, great gardens, legions of quaint Victorians, The Castro, hang-gliders, lighthouses, beautiful hidden vistas. Been here many times before? You still haven't seen all of our wonders. « less
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

We had a one night stop over in San Francisco and wanted to make the most of our time there and Jesse certainly did that! He picked us up at the airport and took us out for a wonderful afternoon exploring the San Francisco area, he took care to ensure we saw everything we had indicated were important to us... More

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Bento Gonçalves
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

I did the silicon valley tour. It was very special, because "A Friend in Town" made a tour according my expectations. Since first contact until now, Jesse was very kind and tell us everything about the Bay Area. He is honest and an excelent guide. Thanks!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Our return flight from Las Vegas included a 7 hour layover in San Francisco. We were traveling on New Years Day and thought it unlikely that we could get a tour on this holiday, but Jesse came through. He met us at the baggage claim at SF airport and provided a great 5 hour tour, which included the major highlights... More

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Tarzana, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We had been to SF many times, but never with our kids (ages 15, 10 and 8) so decided to get a tour. Jesse was great ... he made the tour age appropriate and interesting (even for me).

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Dublin, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We toured San Francisco, Muir Woods, Sonoma and Napa Valley. Jesse was very informative and very pleasant to spend the day with. We would tour with A Friend in Town any time we are in San Francisco.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Having been to San Francisco before and only having a small amount of time, I wanted to see very particular spots such as Point Reyes, the Marin Headlands, and Muir Woods but I also wanted someone to share with me some insight into places and spots that were more off-the-beaten path. When I inquired, Jesse was completely upfront about what... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

We had a great day with Jesse, our 2 children aged 3 and 9 had an awesome day also. Very informative, saw the sights we wanted to and stayed as long as we wanted to also. thanks Jesse - highly recommended.

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Cypruis
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12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

We were looking to tour some of the more unusual parts of SFO - looking at street art, architecture and not often visited neighbourhoods. Jessie adapted to our needs extremely well. He was knowledable about a city he clearly loved and entertaining with funny annecdotes and insights. He showed things we would have never found on our own. He also... More

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Crofton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

I am a tour escort who hired Jesse as a step-on-tour guide for my moderately-sized bus group. Our full day city tour also included a visit to Golden Gate National Park, Muir Woods and lunch in Sausalito. Jesse certainly knows the city well and we felt as if he gave us his all, and then some. We were extremely pleased... More

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Westmont, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Six of us went with Jesse to Monterrey, Carmel and Pebble Beach. We were picked up right on time at our hotel and had a bit of a city tour on our way to the highway. Once on the road, Jesse gave us options as to our itinerary. We had a full day seeing the breathtaking sights of the Pacific... More

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4pourlevraicandide, Guest Relations Manager at A Friend in Town Private Tours, responded to this review

I certainly appreciate that our guests have taken the time to share their experiences with the traveling public, and hope that they (and their friends, colleagues) will return to the Bay Area as we have a rich variety of beautiful destinations and opportunities to learn about our natural environment, architecture, colorful history, more. More

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