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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 #14 of 307 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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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

Graz, Austria
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

To satisfy the different expectations of our family members (my husband and me in the fourties, my mother in law 81 years and our 16 year old son), I was searching for a private tour guide. Having read the excellent reviews on tripadvisor, I contacted Rick from Blue Heron by Mail a couple of months before our SF Trip. The... More

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

Thank you very much for posting such a comprehensive review of your tours. I am glad you enjoyed seeing the sights in San Francisco, Muir Woods, West Marin, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Carmel. The wood roller coaster in Santa Cruz is a classic, so I am glad your son got to ride it. I do confess to being a foodie.... More

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I had a great time on our tours with Rick. We hired him for the Muir Woods/Sausalito tour, the San Fran city tour and the Monterey/Pebble Beach tour. All were fabulous and well worth the price. Rick has great tips on places to stop and enjoy along the way. His knowledge of the area is extensive and... More

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

Thank you for letting me show you so many of Northern California's beautiful sights. I am glad you enjoyed your tours of San Francisco, Muir Woods and Sausalito, and Monterey and Carmel. I am also glad you had the opportunity to lunch at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and watch golfers finish their rounds at the 18th hole. When you... More

Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Rick organized a 32 person tour to three napa wineries. He organized lunch, dinner, tastings and kept us all on track. On the way from San Fransisco to Napa he kept us entertained and informed with good information about the area, the wineries we visited, and some of the history of the region. The wineries were all excellent, the food... More

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Thank you for taking the time to post a review and sharing your thoughts with others. I am glad your group enjoyed their day in the Napa Valley including the winetastings at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Rutherford Hill, and Domaine Chandon; the picnic lunch at Rutherford Hill; and dinner at Allegria. When you next head this way, please let me... More

Twinsburg, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Traveling with friends - we spent most of the day sightseeing (Muir Woods), lunching in Sonoma, and wine sampling in Sonoma Valley. Great way to see the countryside with Rick providing excellent commentary and knowledge regarding a wide range of subjects from history to wine making and general information. Highly recommend his services - and he will customize any tour... More

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

I am glad the six of you enjoyed your tour of Muir Woods and wine country. These are two destinations that make the Bay Area special. Thank you very much for posting a review. I appreciate your kind words. I hope to see you when you next visit San Francisco. More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

From beginning to end. We booked a private tour from the UK it was easy. We sent him an email he replied promptly. On the day he collected us from our hotel, was courteous and accommodating asked us what we would like to see and complied a tour of San Fran as first timers July 2014 Thanks Rick

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. I am sure other TripAdvisor readers appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. I am glad you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. When you next head this way, please let me know if I may be of some help. More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My wife and I visited San Francisco in early July with our three teenage daughters. I worked via email with Rick at Blue Heron Custom Tours to design a day trip that parents and teenagers would both enjoy. It turned out to be a highlight of our trip. Rick picked us in the morning at our San Francisco hotel and... More

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

I greatly appreciate your taking the time to post a review and share your comments with others. I am glad you enjoyed your tour of wine country and Muir Woods. The Castello di Amorosa is a fun winery to visit with children. Gott's Roadside is a great place for burgers, fries, and real milkshakes. Of course, being in Napa, you... More

Northwood, Ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We didn't want to stress ourselves out with driving, so we booked a day of seeing SF, Marin Headlands & Muir Woods with Rick. He runs a first-class private tour and has tons of knowledge about the area. Even if it's not your first trip to SF, you'll learn something new and you'll be comfortable and catered to. Highly recommend.

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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. When I travel, I rely on comments from TripAdvisor reviewers like you to help you make my plans. I am sure many TripAdvisor readers will appreciate your comments. I am glad the three of you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco, Sausalito, and Muir Woods. Thanks for spending the... More

El Paso, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very overdue, but wanted to get this online. Did a one day tour of Muir Woods and other local areas, and had a great time. In all my years of visiting, I've never had as good weather as we had that day in April 2014. Views were amazing and Rick knew all the turnout spots so that I could hope... 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, the Marin County coast, and San Francisco. The California coastline offers some of the most spectacular scenery you'll find anywhere. In addition to West Marin, the coast in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well as Big Sur in Monterey County is beautiful. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to... More

Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There are many tour options available in San Francisco, but most of them involve walking, running, biking, getting on and off buses/trolleys. We traveled to San Francisco with my parents who are older and we were concerned that a tour not be too physically taxing for them. Rick has a very nice Honda Oddessy van that seats 8 and he... More

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

I greatly appreciate your taking the time to post a review and sharing your comments with other TripAdvisor readers. Thanks much. I am glad your family and you enjoyed your half-day tour of San Francisco. One advantage of a private tour is that we can cover a lot of ground in a short time. When you next head this way,... More

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