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The Real S.F. Tour

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Address: 50 Drumm St., 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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The 'Real' San Francisco Treat!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I am rarely, if ever, feel compelled to write review on here. But for these guys I am making an exception. I had come to San Francisco with my teenage daughter (17) for a Dad and Daughter road trip following a conference in San Diego. I generally like to do a bus tour of a new city as I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The tour was suggested by the concierge at my hotel in San Francisco. This was my first time visiting San Francisco. This is an all day walking tour of the city. It began just outside my hotel at 9;30 am and ended around 5 pm. The groups are small and the tour guide was amazing!!! He knew all the history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I booked the Real SF Signature Tour, a seven hour mostly walking tour of many neighborhoods in San Francisco. Starting near the Ferry Building we not only walked but used various public transportation systems including trolleys, buses, BART, and cable cars. The tour started at 9:30 am and ended at 4:30 pm. Our guide, Eli, was especially competent, friendly and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We absolutely loved this tour. It was great - really fun, behind the scenes, and showed off such a great side of SF. Our only complaint was to us - for not booking it earlier in our trip, so we could see it all earlier! Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

The Real SF Tour it's the best way to cover the main SF spots in just one day. Eli, our tour guide, was very helpful and enthusiastic about the city and those not very touristy spots. He has great knowledge of the city and its history. Highly recommended and I will suggest to at Pacific Catch during the lunch break.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I did the Real SF Tour today and it was exactly what one would hope for. Before the tour begn we were met by Chris, the owner which was a pleasant introduction to the day. Eli, our guide, was incredibly informative and engaging and it was easy to see how much he loves sharing this amazing city with others. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We did our walking tour on the 15th of December. and boy this was exactly as what I had expected. An actual walk, bus and train around San Francisco going to places where ,most tourist wont go and seeing a lot of everyday things. Eli was very good at passing on his knowledge of the city. This was a good... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A unique behind the scenes look at San Francisco, informative guide (Eli) who made the day fun and full of facts. He showed us parts of the city we as tourists would not have known about or had the ability to explore, exactly what we were looking for. Eli was smart, funny and patient with the group which included individuals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

He showed us the true San Fransisco I highly recommend doing this tour it is way better than a bike tour or a double decker great experience . thank you Eli

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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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