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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 #18 of 306 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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Rhode Island
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
Top Contributor
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

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

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

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