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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 #6 of 313 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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Brewster, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Experience the Trolley, Bus and Train while traveling through many different neighborhoods in San Fran. This is a guided tour with a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. Your trip through San Francisco will make you feel like a local. You will go to places that I'm sure even locals have never been. Our guide ELI was full of... More

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Toronto
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The tour was great. We saw just about everything. Our guide, Katya (sp?) was very knowledgeable and pleasant. LOTS of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. We also got around by cable car, bus and subway. The bus and subway rides were eventful. Taking public transit allowed us to see the city like we wouldn't normally have done. Overall, the tour... More

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Chicago, IL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

After reading the reviews of this tour, my husband and I were looking forward to a thorough introduction to SF and this tour did not disappoint! We saw many of the "must see" sights in SF while on this tour. Eli was our tour guide and he was great about giving us the history of what we were seeing as... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I took this tour the first day of my vacation because it gave me a good overall view of what SF is about. If you only have 1 day- this is your tour. We visited a LOT of areas and heard a LOT of information and did a LOT of walking. Even though I felt rushed at times, I loved... More

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Kent
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A friend and I did the Golden Gate tour with Eli on our first day in San Francisco and what a great day it was! We covered loads of ground and saw lots of areas of SF which we wouldn't have been able to see had we been walking round the city on our own. San Francisco is a really... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was my most anticipated event while we were in San Francisco. I had high expectations based on reviews I had read online. I was not disappointed!  As soon as we arrived at ‎the meeting point to start the tour we were greeted by Eli, our guide for the day. Eli guided us down main streets and back alleys through... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

friendly knowledgable guide, great itinerary! And you don't need a reservation! The tour was full with 10, and as the cable car was pulling out, the owner let 2 more jump on the tour, no reservations. So, don't waste your time with reservations, just go to the meeting place. They guide has about 15 muni passes with her. It was... More

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

Hi Judy, Thanks for the 5 star review. We do require advance reservations on line in order to ensure that we can accommodate all of our guests. Generally we add additional guides after 10 people, but it in order to do that we need to know in advance that you are planning to join us. On occasion we will take... More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We started out the day in a group of 16 at the clock in the picture you see. We were greeted first by "Dana" (I think). She was so friendly and welcoming. The owner, Chris, joined us and advised he had just been approved for setting up inside the old newspaper stand right by the clock. Now, he will have... More

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Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is my first time writing a review for anything. We enjoyed this experience so much I had to take the time to review it. Chris was our tour guide and he was so knowledgeable about the city. This was our first time in San Francisco and we saw areas of the city I didn't know where there. we saw... More

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have both been to San Francisco before but have never taken the time to tour all of the different neighborhoods. The Real SF Tour is perfect for the first day of your visit. We saw areas of the city we would never have been able to find on our own. The tour is well planned out... More

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