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The Real S.F. Tour

50 Drumm St., San Francisco, CA 94111 (Sunset)
888-973-8687
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Ranked #7 of 307 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I booked this tour based on the reviews here on Tripadvisor - and I was not disappointed!! This was an all day tour mostly walking and taking all types of city transportation. It was nice you didn't have to worry about paying transportation, just scan your badge everywhere (given by SF Tour). Our guide, Sean, was fantastic and very knowledgeable... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Great tour - loved the whole experience! Very unique insight into the city and it's history. Yes it's a walking tour but it also helped us understand the transit system in SF as we went on everything. Definitely recommend this tour especially if you don't have much time and preferable to horrid touristy bus tours. We felt we got to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nessa was an amazing guide, so much trivia and interesting facts along the way! This is a loooooong tour, so be prepared to be on your feet for 8+ hours. Nessa stayed energetic and upbeat through the whole tour, even as some of us were starting to fatigue. You will see parts of the city that you would never, ever... More

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Canberra, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I travelled solo and my mum thought it would be great to go on this to really get to see what San Francisco is all about. There was only a small group of us which was great as we got to get around quickly to see so much of what San Francisco has to offer. We didn't just stick the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

An informative, well paced tour all over San Francisco. Highlights: cable car ride proudly explained by the 'gripman', Chinatown through the eyes of a third generation Chinese American native guide, walking neighborhoods, prohibition era tunnel, Banksy mural, the zoetrope building, myriad architectural tidbits, hopping on and off all forms of public transportation - on one ride locals augmented our guide,... More

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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My brother and I had only 1 day to spend in San Francisco, and we are so glad we went on this tour. There is no way we could have seen so much of the city if we had just winged it. The tour is somewhat fast-paced and there is a lot of walking, but we had plenty of time... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was a fun walking tour of SF. We had a group of 10 and walked around 5.5 miles that day. Lots of history of the city, got to see many sites and neighborhoods. Saw first hand how they make fortune cookies. Eli was a great knowledgeable guide!

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Fort Worth, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Nessa was a great tour guide! She is a native and knows her stuff. We are on our honeymoon and really wanted to get a real feel of the city. This tour allowed us to take pictures and experience the city in a way that we never would have on one of those silly bus tours. We took every form... More

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We just finished our Real SF walking tour (4 hours) with guide/owner Chris! It was great! We love walking tours because we go to places we would never visit on our own plus we get the "inside story and history of the city!" Chris is so chill! We loved that there were only 7 of us on the tour and... More

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Rock Hill, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I are vacationing in SF this week and have never been here. We took the Real SF tour today and it was awesome. We covered all of the cool places to see and even some places I never heard of. Our tour guide Eli was very knowledgeable of the area and was a great guide. He cared... More

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