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Victorian Home Walk

Corner of Powell & Post, San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 415-252-9485
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Ranked #12 of 304 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... more » 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. « less
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We chose this tour because it fit in best with our schedule and not so much for the Victorian houses, especially since we had our 17-year-old grandson with us. It turned out to be a very good choice nonetheless because we saw a lot of interesting houses, new areas of San Francisco we hadn't been to before and breathtaking views... More

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Kentucky
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I picked up a brochure from the concierge at Ghiradelli Square. No reservations were needed so we just turned up at 10.55 am at the corner of Union Square opposite to Saks. Jay Gifford showed up on time holding a yellow sign. We were a group of 6.He took us by bus to Cow Hollow and later plush Pacific Heights.... More

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Northern NJ
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Very enjoyable tour with a very experienced guide. Jay was prompt and took a group of about 10 of us on the tour. We started at Union Square and got on a bus to our destination. Fun walking tour with a lot to see and much inside information. Others explained the tour well and there are great reviews but we... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I discovered a brochure for Jay Gifford’s Victorian Home Walks when I was already in San Francisco. I’d sussed out that tour busses were banned from going into the streets where many of the city’s best Painted Ladies (multi-coloured houses) were to be seen, and Jay’s tour offered a new opportunity. He showed up at 10.55 next morning on the... More

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San francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Pitch-perfect-- both the fascinating glimpse at gorgeous Victorians and Jay Gifford's effortlessly mesmerizing delivery. We were four on this tour, including a toddler in a stroller and a husband who wasn't sure what he was getting into. It ended up being the highlight of our trip. While the unique architecture and stellar views are certainly breathtaking, it is Jay's polished... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was a thoroughly enjoyable walking tour. Tour Guide - Jay was so interesting and engaging. He imparted so much information with a real passion for the area and readily answered our questions. The walk around the streets was easy and with plenty of stops to take photos and admire the buildings. Well worth doing!

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Jay was very knowledgeable and kept our interest the whole tour. The walk was easy and the route taken was very interesting. We saw many of the beautiful homes in the Pacific Heights district. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to hear about the history of San Francisco and see the beautiful and famous homes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My sister and I decided to do this walking tour with Jay our last day in San Fran and we are so glad we did. Jay is very knowledgeable and interesting and we learned so much about the different styles of houses. A definite must do when visiting San Francisco.

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Cork, Ireland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

We did the Victorian Walk with Jay this morning and we really enjoyed it. He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his city and its architecture. We have visited the city three times in total previously and had not done this tour before. Get off those boring tour buses and see the city from the pavement I would recommend Jay... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was a great walking tour. We never had to walk uphill! Quite a feat in San Francisco. Jay was amazing. He is a long time resident of SF and his pride in the city showed. We walked past "The Painted Ladies" as well as homes of movie stars with Jay giving us the scoop. I highly recommend this tour.

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