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The Real S.F. Tour

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Address: 50 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: +1 888-973-8687
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Description: The Real SF Tour offers 4 incredible tours merging sightseeing and...
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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Great way to see the city

What a great day, hit all the hot spots of the city in one tour. Eli our guide was very knowledgeable about the city's history & architecture & looked after our group very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

What a great day, hit all the hot spots of the city in one tour. Eli our guide was very knowledgeable about the city's history & architecture & looked after our group very well without babying us too much. Met some great people in our small group. Really enjoyed walking around, but it wasn't overly strenuous. Highly recommended. :)

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Moorpark, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My two teens (15 &17), wife and I spent Friday with Dana who lead our tour. She was very informative and had a great speaking voice, a must for a first class tour guide. She knew the city and its history very well. The tour is very well planned as far as pace, locations and use of public transport to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Did the tour today with my wife, we only had a few days in SF and wanted to get a feel for the city. Chris was an awesome tour guide and his stories and facts about the city's neighbourhood was spot on. In short just do it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We went on this tour on my second short weekend trip to San Francisco. I already loved the city but I knew nothing about it. Our guide Katya was amazing. Interesting, informative, helpful and patient! I loved learning about the different areas of the city and their history. Also, by walking and using so many forms of public transportation, my... More 

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East Walpole, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Our family absolutely loved this tour! Chris is a wealth of knowledge about the city history and cultural events. We loved the fact we were getting around the city using the public transportation. Chris' suggestion for lunch was awesome! We had the most delicious meal. We have told everyone about this tour. Thanks so much Chris!

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Mesick
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Just returned from the Real S.F. Tour with Chris. What a great way to see San Fransisco! Chris is a wealth of knowledge about the city's history and current events. He is a wonderful ambassador for this beautiful city and does his best to make you fall in love with it! I will recommend this tour to everyone. Thanks so... More 

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I loved this tour. No riding around in a chartered bus - we were walking and riding public transportation like the locals. Eli,our guide was awesome! Amazing how he can remember all those facts for that many hours. Do this tour. You will love it!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Have just returned after doing this fantastic walking tour with Eli as our guide. He has a great way of communicating his knowledge and history of San Francisco. We walked over 16,000 steps and the day lasted 7 hrs. You need a reasonable amount of fitness, but I managed to do this only 6 months post a hip replacement. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This tour was fantastic! You ride all public transportation, so you get a true experience of what it's like living in San Francisco. There is so much to see and learn about and the tour guides know it all! It is a long tour, but it is totally worth it if you are not familiar with the city.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Chris shared the love of his city and all its neighbourhoods with our intimate group of five. We were treated to history, scenery, architecture, biography, foodie delights and the arts that have created such unique and diverse communities. His passion and enthusiasm infected us all and it was fun watching Chris interact with folks in the community and on the... More 

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Staying in Financial District

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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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