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Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service

275 Staples Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
415-337-1874
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Ranked #17 of 309 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Private, custom tours in and around San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Muir Woods and Sausalito, Monterey and Carmel, Yosemite, the... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Goodyear
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Rick did an excellent job of showing us around San Francisco including some areas that most of us had not seen before. He was very willing to accommodate our needs and interests and allocated our time so that we could end in Sausalito at a requested restaurant. His rates were very reasonable and his van accommodated six of us quite... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We were spending a day in San Francisco area and wanted to visit a few wineries & Muir Woods, but didn't want to go on a bus tour with a lot of people. There were four of us -adults. We booked Rick for an 8 hour tour of these areas. Rick was very helpful with suggested stops and always responded... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Muir Woods and wine country. You got had two quintessential Northern California experiences. I agree that Ram's Gate is one of the prettiest wineries in the area. Relaxing on their terrace while tasting wine is a very pleasant way to spend an hour. When you next head this way, please let me... More

NW England
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

An excellent way for our party of six to gain an overview of San Francisco. Rick Spear was polite, personable, knowledgeable and flexible during our three-and-a-half hour tour of the city taking us to the sites we wanted to see, as well ensuring we had coffee and restroom stops along the way. We had started planning our trip some months... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. I am glad your family and you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. I am sorry I couldn't arrange a fogless day for you to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge. Hopefully, you got some got shots with the fog and had a chance to come back and take... More

Yarmouth Nova Scotia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This was a perfect way to see all the major sites in San Francisco. We took the three and a half hour private tour which started with a pick up at SFO. This allowed us to have a stress-free way to explore the city, I would highly recommend Blue Heron Custom Tours. Thanks Rick for making our trip to San... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review and share your comments with others. I am glad you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. I hope you also enjoyed your tour of Alcatraz. You'll have to come back when you have more time. When you do, please let me know if I may be of some help. More

Rhode Island
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Our trip planning with Rick Spears began in January for our September visit. Every email was answered so quickly I was impressed right away with Blue Heron and knew we made the right choice of tour companies . We did the following tours : 8 hr city tour , Napa day tour , Muir Woods tour and 2 day Yosemite... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for spending so much of your vacation with me. I am glad you enjoyed your tours of San Francisco, Muir Woods, wine country, and Yosemite National Park. Your timing was excellent. You had great weather every day. Also, you caught the Mariposa Grove tram tour before it closes for good in November. As you know,... More

Annandale, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Rick Spear of Blue Heron Tours was an excellent tour guide. We had the option of customizing the tour, but after a little research, we decided to stick with Rick's recommended highlights. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. Well, almost….he didn't know the name of a purple flowering shrub that we asked about.... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It is most appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. I get many questions about purple flowers in San Francisco. Must be something about purple! The only ones I know are bougainvillea. Since none of these flowers are native to San Francisco, it's tough to look... More

Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It was a relaxing tour, driving out to the Muir Woods and then to Sonoma. Rick did not rush us through the tour, allowing us time to enjoy our time in Muir Woods, our lunch and at the Jacuzzi Winery. We had asked for recommendations of restaurants in Sonoma and he even did the restaurant reservation with his credit card.... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

I am glad your family and you enjoyed your tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma wine country. The rolling hills of vineyards in Carneros and the towering redwood trees are two of the Bay Area's special attractions. Many thanks for taking the time to post a review and sharing your views with other TripAdvisor readers. More

Fremont, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Highly recommend Rick Spear with Blue Heron. We live here in the Bay Area, and this time, instead of touring our Scandinavian relatives around San Francisco ourselves, we decided to do a tour. Wonderful! - no driving ourselves, saw the sights easily, plus learned new history of the area. Also, Rick was very accommodating to add sights we wished to... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

I am glad your family and you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. I hope they enjoyed the cable car ride too. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your comments with other TripAdvisor readers. Please let me know if I may be of some help again. More

Lake Mary, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

So glad our concierge recommended Rick. He communicated with me quite a bit prior to our trip, and we are on our way back to San Francisco after a delightful day in wine country. He handled reservations where necessary, provided expert narration along the way, grabbed our cameras to take group photos before we needed to ask, and had answers... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. I am glad you enjoyed your day in the Napa Valley. Tasting on the terrace at Domaine Carneros and on the porch at Frog's Leap are two of the nicer wine country experiences. I look forward to showing you more of wine country during your next visit. More

Normal, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I know I'm not the only person to fly to San Francisco, work, and fly home. I've done it a few times, probably several more and with only an hour or two of free time, it's hard to see much more than a few blocks. This time, I flew there with my brother and mother and we got the city... More

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BlueHeronSF, Owner at Blue Heron Custom Tours - Private Tour Service, responded to this review

Thank you so much for reviewing your San Francisco tour and sharing your views with other TripAdvisor readers. I am glad you enjoyed seeing some of San Francisco's iconic sights and neighborhoods. When you next head this way, I would be happy to show you some of the other beautiful parts of the Bay Area. More

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