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Victorian Home Walk

Corner of Powell & Post, San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 415-252-9485
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Ranked #19 of 392 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Tour Pacific Heights with its colorful Victorian row houses, famous mansions, and beautiful gardens. Visit the inside of a period Queen Anne Victorian. The walk is easy, the pace leisurely, and there are no hills to climb. Established in 1996, Victorian Home Walk Tour has become a highlight of the SF landscape, and a favorite amongst tourists and locals alike. Discover the opulent history and grandeur of San Francisco! Tours depart every Thu-Mon at 11am from Union Square. Please note that we are closed every Tue and Wed.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My fiancé and I took the tour this morning. Jay was a great tour guide, he set a great atmosphere for the tour. He was so relaxed and friendly. You could tell straight away he was very knowledgeable. He knew where to go and what to tell you. He also knew a lot about the city's history and how the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I was lucky with weather and it was pretty pleasant to have a stroll. Very european part of the city, unusual for the US.

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victorianwalk, Owner at Victorian Home Walk, responded to this review

Thank you for taking our tour. Our route is always the same, but occasionally the guide is an alternate, as was the case when you took the tour. In future, our alternate schedule is listed at the bottom of our homepage. More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Great tour, Jay is very knowledgeable about the history of the homes and the city. Easy walk. Got to see the inside of a beautiful Victorian hotel. You meet at the very central Union Sq and it ends on Union St which is full of great restaurants to eat at for lunch. Highly recommend this tour.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is an excellent tour for which the other reviewers have appropriately lauded. Keep in mind this lets you see an area that you would not think to go into without a tour guide. Great info and organization by Jay.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

We were on the same tour as Chris Z and agree with everything he said. There were no hills to climb. At the end of the tour, he gave us some suggestions on where to get some lunch on Union Street in Cow Hollow and what bus to get on to get back to Union Square. I appreciated Jay's enthusiasm... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I "lit up" the minute that Jay launched our tour at the corner of Union Square Park! Fascinating information woven together so skillfully-- I was in heavan!! The tour has a great pace- Jay got us all on a bus- he took care of the fare separately- and from there we were off to learn about the major architectural feature... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Victorian Home Walk is a great way to learn of the history of the city as well as get in some mild to moderate exercise. Jay, the tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the city in general and specifically the Victorian homes which dominated much of San Francisco in the downtown area. The tour skirts hills making it manageable... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Jay Gifford is a very gifted gentleman who is well versed about San Francisco. I enjoyed the walk through the beautiful city. The people on the walk were from different cities and they were very gracious. We are from Hawaii. My husband was not feeling well and missed this walk. He wants to return to San Francisco to join the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A very nice 2 - 2 1/2 hour walking tour through lower pacific Palisade. It was very informative and the guide: Jay made it very interesting. Cannot recommend this walking tour enough. Smart guide, knows topic and does great job communicating his topic. Great value

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Memphis, Tennessee
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12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Jay, the guide, has a wealth of information about SF, architecture, Victorian homes and nearby restaurants. He also make the tour a lot of fun. He is very accommodating and aware of visitors' concern about the hills. So he does a zig zag around the steepest hills. The homes in both lower Pacific Heights and Pacific Heights are incredibly well... More

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