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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 394 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Private, custom tours in and around San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Muir Woods and...
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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!

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Casselberry, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Booking with Rick was very easy. I corresponded with him via email and his website. He was able to customize the sites based on our desired interests. And, if like us, you are unsure of which sites to visit, he can suggest places. He was able to pick us up at our hotel and drop us off wherever we wanted,... More 

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

Thank you for posting a review and sharing your comments with others. I am glad the two of you enjoyed your tour of San Francisco. It sounds like you were able to negotiate the MUNI (public transportation system) and get back to your hotel from the De Young Museum. I am also pleased that you had a good meal at... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We just completed a vacation to New york and San Francisco. As our flights were Australia to San Francisco then onto New York, we had a 8 Hour stop over in San Francisco before returning there 6 days later. Rick from BLUE HERON TOURS was the only operator that would pick us up from the airport (and our luggage), Provide... 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. I hope you enjoyed your return visit and that you got to more thoroughly explore some of the places we visited. I frequently take folks on tours of the city who have layovers at SFO or are in port for a day on a cruise. I think a private tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Rick is a great guide who knows his stuff. In a world where the transactional is the norm, it is a pleasure to deal with someone who actually cares. Our tour was informative and personal. I would recommend Blue Heron Tours to personal friends and family. Great job.

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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. I am glad you two enjoyed your tours of San Francisco, the Napa Valley, and Muir Woods and Marin County. When you next head this way, please let me know if I may be of some help. More 

South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Rick knows his stuff, is fun and entertaining, and really works with you to make sure your California experience is all that you dreamt it could be.

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

I am glad you enjoyed your tours of Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and the Hearst Castle; San Francisco; and the Russian River Valley. Thank you very much for spending so much of your vacation with me. Also, thanks for taking the time to post a review. More 

Goodyear
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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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 San Francisco and got to see some sights that were new to you. Come back when you have more time and we can travel further afield. Most importantly, thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. I really appreciate it. More 

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

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
46 helpful votes 46 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

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