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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 #16 of 302 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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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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

Shalimar, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I was a solo senior female in San Francisco for three weeks and I wanted to see Hearst Castle, Winchester House, Point Lobo State Reserve, Monterey Aquarium, Carmel and Big Sur while I was there. Rick Spears, owner of Blue Heron, put a great 3-day tour package together for me. He was very knowledgeable of the area and a good... More

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

Thank you for the very kind words. I appreciate your taking the time to tell others about your experience with Blue Heron Custom Tours. I am glad you enjoyed the tour. The Central Coast of California, including Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur, is home to some of the most beautiful coastline on this planet. The Winchester Mystery House and the... More

Staunton, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Rick did a great job showing a family of six the sites around San Francisco. He is polite, personable, and has a wealth of knowledge to share. I am sure we did not see it all, but we got a great taste of life in San Francisco. Thanks Rick.

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

Thanks for posting the review and for being the 100th person to review Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel. I really appreciate your taking the time to share your comments with others. I am glad you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco and Muir Woods and that you enjoyed your walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. I hope you had... More

Alabama USA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Rick guided me, my wife and college age daughter around the city of San Francisco. We visited alot of spots we normally would not go and learned alot about the city. Good job for a fair price. We recommend it highly, particularly if you know little about the city.

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

I appreciate your taking the time to post a review of your tour of San Francisco. I am glad the three of you all enjoyed seeing some of our sights. When you next head this way, please let me know if I may be of some help. More

Brockton, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

San Francisco was the termination of an incredible cruise through the Panama Canal, from New Orleans. I found Blue Heron Tours through reviews on TripAdvisor and Cruise Critics and I am very glad I did. Rick Spears, the owner, and I communicated by email over several months to design exactly the tour we wanted, not a prepackaged itinerary. The benefit... More

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

Thanks so much for reviewing your three days touring with me. I am glad you enjoyed your time in San Francisco and wine country. The tour and tasting at Schramsberg is a great experience for those who like bubbly and plan far in advance, like you did. I think sitting on Frog's Leap's porch tasting wine with a little cheese... More

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We did a full day customised tour with Blue Heron starting with a a couple of hours touring the city with Rick giving an informative commentary on all the sights and neighbourhoods. We spent the afternoon in Sanoma tasting wine and lunching at The Girl and the Fig in the quaint town centre. Rick is very knowledgeable about the wine... 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 San Francisco and wine country. The Girl and the Fig is one of my favorite restaurants on Sonoma Plaza. Tasting bubbly on the terrace at Domaine Carneros is one of the nicest wine country experiences. When you next head this way, we'll need to go to Jarvis or Hall Wine's Rutherford winery.... More

Kingston, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We did 2 half day tours over 2 consecutive days. We had toured with Rick years ago, just my husband and I, so the fact that we are repeat customers should say something. We had our 2 kids aged 8 and 12 with us this time. I am very picky and do my research. In short, these were great tours.... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to post such a comprehensive review. I am glad everyone enjoyed their tours of San Francisco, Sausalito, and Muir Woods as well as their meal at Tony's Pizza Napoleatana. The place we stopped for coffee is Arlequin in Hayes Valley. It's a great snack or lunch spot as they have a nice garden out back... More

Arizona
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

With limited time to spend in San Francisco, we were pressed to figure out what to do. Our cruise ship's excursions were expensive and we dreaded the thought of a stinky, crowded tour bus with lots of other people. We thought about renting a car, but I would rather eat nails than fight traffic on my vacation, so we found... More

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

I appreciate your taking the time to write a review. Thanks much. I am glad your family and you enjoyed the tour of San Francisco. When I have children on a San Francisco tour, I always try to include some sights that they will especially enjoy such as the sea lions at Pier 39, fortune cookie factory, and the Cable... More

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