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Blue Heron Custom Tours

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Address: 275 Staples Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone Number: +1 415-337-1874
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Private, custom tours in and around San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Wine...

Private, custom tours in and around San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Muir Woods and Sausalito, Monterey and Carmel, Yosemite, the California coast, and other destinations in Northern California. Each tour is customized so you visit the sights you want to see. Go where you want to go!

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I'll choose Blue Heron again and again.

We chose to go with a personal tour during our quick trip to San Francisco because we wanted to have some flexibility in what we were seeing and we had a super short window in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose to go with a personal tour during our quick trip to San Francisco because we wanted to have some flexibility in what we were seeing and we had a super short window in which to see as much of the city as possible. After speakign with Rick by phone, it was clear we called the right tour guide.... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for posting a review and for the kind words. I am glad you and your family enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. I hope you had a good visit to Sonoma Valley. Come back and visit us again when you have more time. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rick was great from the start to finish with our 6 women wine tour. He is very knowledgeable about wine country and spent lots of time with me planning. I appreciated his responsiveness to my emails and his flexibility with my changes to the itinerary. During our tour he was very patient with us as we dawdled at each stop.

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Thank Bayareastephie
BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed your tour of the Napa Valley. Think of your day in the vineyards when you drink the wine you bought. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to post a review. It's most appreciated. More 

Athens, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are ever in San Francisco and need a tour guide, I highly recommend Rick Spear at Blue Heron Custom Tours. Our group was a mulit-generational and he provided something of interest for everyone, We used him on three different days and could not have been happier with the tours he provided for us. I would definitely use Blue... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and for posting a review. I am glad your family and you enjoyed your tour and got to see your old home. When you next head this way, please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of some help. More 

Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rick was an excellent tour guide and very professional at all times. He took his time to insure that there were things that we saw that interested everyone in our group (a group of 12 with ages between 16 and 70+). He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. He was very easy to work... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to post a review. I am glad your family and you enjoyed the three tours. It was a treat for me to take you through Forts Baker, Barry, and Chronkhite so you could see your old haunts. More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife an I were on a long layover in San Francisco and asked Rick to show us the highlights of the city. The tour was great! He picked us up at the airport, which was very convenient and his knowledge of the city was great. It was a relaxing, informative tour - a great way to see the city.... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. I think touring the city is a great way to spend a few hours when one has a long layover at SFO. Seeing some of San Francisco's great sights sure beats walking around the airport. Most importantly, thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am sure... More 

Matthews, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Rick picked us up at the airport (which non-private tours won't do) in a clean, spacious, modern van. He drives extremely well. Very sedate. No terror like taxi cabs can bring. He's personable and friendly. We didn't have a meal but he took us to bathrooms and snacks at appropriate, seamless times. He dropped us off in Oakland, again, kind... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice words. I appreciated your taking the time to post a review and share your thoughts with other TripAdvisor users. I am glad you enjoyed your tour. I always like to show visitors some of our more out-of-the-way sights. I look forward to taking you to wine country in the not distant future. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We just spent the last two days traversing San Francisco with Rick from Blue Heron. We toured with Rick on my kids' first visit almost 10 years ago, and it was just a pleasure to do it with him again in their late teens. While this is our fifth trip to our beloved City by the Bay, we also had... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the very kind words and for taking the time to post a review. I really appreciate it. I always say that tour guides are full of useless information - just like folks who are on "Jeopardy." I am glad everyone enjoyed the tour. When you next head this way, please let me know if I may be... More 

Indiana
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We were looking for a small-group or private tour to get in the highlights north of the city. After extensive research, and bugging Rick with many questions which he answered patiently - we went with Blue Heron Custom Tours. We did the all-day Oceanside Vistas tour, which consistent of Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, a great lunch in Sausalito at "Fish",... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. It's greatly appreciated. Most importantly, I am glad you enjoyed your tour. As you said, the views from the Marin Headlands are stunning. You are two of the very few people I've taken to Point Bonita Lighthouse. With its limited hours, not many visitors get to enjoy the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We have selected Rick Spear owner of Blue Heron twice for wine tasting tours in Napa - he is by far the most knowledgable and interesting guide you will find! He makes great suggestions and takes care of all details. Even his lunch rec was great both times. We are fans of Bell Winery - his recommendation for us .... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. It was great seeing you again and meeting your family. I am glad everyone enjoyed their tour of Napa. Bell Winery is one of my favorite wineries to take visitors who enjoy good Cabernet. The staff is always great and the individualized attention can't be beat. The wines not... More 

Cheddleton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I contacted Rick a fe month prior to our USA road trip and with only 3 days in San Francisco I wanted to ensure that we got the best out of our stay with a tour of the city and the surrounding area. Rick was really helpful by providing advice on where we may want to go for our day... More 

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your comments with other TripAdvisor readers. I am glad you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco, Sausalito, and Muir Woods. I am sure Yoda was happy to have his picture taken with you. Finally, thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed Nepenthe in Big Sur. The view can't be beat! More 

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