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The Real S.F. Tour

Address: 50 Drumm St., San Francisco, CA 94111 (Sunset)
Phone Number: +1 888-973-8687
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Ranked #11 of 394 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The Real SF Tour offers 4 incredible tours merging sightseeing and trekking with public transit for...
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the tour very much! Dana our tour guide was amazing and knew a lot. We got to see a lot a places you might not see on a bus tour. Walked around the diferent districts. Super recomended.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing tour!! We travelled with another family so the 8 of us had a "private" tour with Katya. We loved that we got to see so much of the city and were able to take public transportation all over. We felt like we really got to see the city-all in one day!!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I saw a side of S.F. I didn't know existed even though I worked there for 4 years ... in the Financial District. The guide was knowledgeable enough considering he was rather new to S.F. One nice feature was the limited need for uphill walking. In this respect the tour was very well designed. A bit of a sterile relationship... More 

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

Hi Danstvguy, Thank you for the review. We are so sorry you had a less than 5 star experience. We work very very hard for all of our guests to have the very best possible experience while they are in SF. To hear anything else is devastating for us. We are currently looking into this. The guide in question had... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This tour is da bomb. A friend and I were in SF last weekend and we did The Real SF Tour. Sooo happy we did. Our guide, Vanessa, was all-around awesome and incredibly knowledgeable. Seriously folks, I'm talking encyclopedia-style knowledge of all things San Fran. But not like in a boring way, I mean in a fresh, engaging and in-depth... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We very much enjoyed the Real SF tour with Eli. He had great knowledge and shared many interesting insights into all the areas we visited. We would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks Eli.

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Randolph, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We recently visited San Francisco for our 35th wedding anniversary. Eli was a wonderful guide and we had great time. All the public transportation was taken care of and I know we saw more in one day than we would have in three trying to find our way around on our own. Eli was very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I am very happy my husband and I did this tour. We found it on Tripadvisor and it was so worth it. We would never have seen half the stuff without it nor felt safe to explore so much on our own. Our guide Eli was so well informed and easy to follow. We stopped for a snack, potty breaks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Katya was amazingly knowledgeable about both the history of all the SF cultures and offered great insights. Do it the first day to get to know the city! A fab day out and incredible value for money.

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Redlands, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a great tour! I've visited SF several times but only on business so this was my first opportunity to get to know the neighborhoods. The SF tour does just that. We were met by Chris, the owner, on a rainy Saturday morning then introduced to Eli, our guide. A history grad from SF State, Eli knows his stuff.... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We were recently in SF for three days. One of those days was a walking tour of SF with Eli. It was a great day with tons of information and wonderful company. Eli took us all over via all sorts of transportation and a lunch stop in between. We were able to see parts of SF I'm sure we'd have... More 

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