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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour
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Tour snapshot
See San Francisco's top sights from a fully restored vintage Volkswagen bus
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
7
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    7
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Experience San Francisco on a half-day tour by Volkswagen bus, a classic California counterculture vehicle. Travel through several neighborhoods and see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Coit Tower. Your guide tells you about the city’s history, including the Gold Rush, the 1906 earthquake, the hippies of the 1960s, and the rise of Silicon Valley. Pick a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Get photo ops of the Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Bridge, and more
  • Drive through Haight-Ashbury, North Beach, and Chinatown
  • Hear about the city’s evolution from the Gold Rush to the present day
What to expect
Head to a pickup point and step into the restored Volkswagen van. Cruise through distinctive neighborhoods including Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, the Financial District, Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury and more. Stop for photo ops at landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Legion of Honor, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, Twin Peaks, and the Painted Ladies. Your guide shares commentary about the culture and sights of the city throughout the tour, and offers tips about places to visit on your own. Get a comprehensive overview and a fun ride all in one.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Get photo ops of the Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Bridge, and more
  • Drive through Haight-Ashbury, North Beach, and Chinatown
  • Hear about the city’s evolution from the Gold Rush to the present day
What to expect
Head to a pickup point and step into the restored Volkswagen van. Cruise through distinctive neighborhoods including Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, the Financial District, Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury and more. Stop for photo ops at landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Legion of Honor, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, Twin Peaks, and the Painted Ladies. Your guide shares commentary about the culture and sights of the city throughout the tour, and offers tips about places to visit on your own. Get a comprehensive overview and a fun ride all in one.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6149P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Access to districts the large buses cannot go
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Children 0 to 4 require you to book a private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Directions:There is a white curb loading zone in front of the Hotel Caza where we will pick you up (Cafe de Casa is across the street).
  • 427 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Directions: In front of the Westin St Francis Post Street Entrance. Across the street from Morton's Steakhouse.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Recommended tip amount: $15-20 per passenger (tips make up a large chunk of tour guide income in the U.S!)
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Access to districts the large buses cannot go
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Children 0 to 4 require you to book a private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Directions:There is a white curb loading zone in front of the Hotel Caza where we will pick you up (Cafe de Casa is across the street).
  • 427 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Directions: In front of the Westin St Francis Post Street Entrance. Across the street from Morton's Steakhouse.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Recommended tip amount: $15-20 per passenger (tips make up a large chunk of tour guide income in the U.S!)
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Union Square
    Fisherman's Wharf
    Chinatown
  • 1
    Coit Tower
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    North Beach
    Marina District
  • 2
    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Golden Gate Park
  • 4
    Twin Peaks
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Painted Ladies
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Civic Center
    Haight-Ashbury
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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Smith family
1 contribution
Aug 2021
We enjoyed a tour of San Francisco with Chad and "Harvey," the van, in August 2021. Chad did an excellent job of showing us the highlights of the city and included many stories and facts about all the sights we visited. We enjoyed all his anecdotes about many of the famous former and current residents of the city as well as the history of San Francisco. One of the best things about the tour was getting his recommendation of places to see on our own and restaurants and businesses he thought we might enjoy. In three hours we saw most of the major attractions of San Francisco as well as the less well-known areas of the city. We would recommend taking this tour at the beginning of your stay in San Francisco to give you a better idea of areas you would like to re-visit in more detail and better appreciate this interesting city.
Written August 9, 2021
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Chris Cheng
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
We had the best time on this tour. Chad was an amazing tour guide and took us to the best places throughout the city taking us through all the history and facts about the areas. Very good photo spots too. Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed!!
Written April 18, 2022
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Komal P
5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
San Francisco city tour was so much fun and we learned a lot about the city. Chad was absolutely amazing! He took us to many great spots, told us history behind it… brought pictures to show and even played related songs. Chad’s passion for the city and his work is very admirable.
Written July 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vantigo
Thank you Komal, I am so glad that I got to take you around San Francisco and teach you some of the amazing history.
Written July 20, 2021
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Arun Arasan
Frisco, TX20 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This review is a long time coming... About one and a half years after the actual van tour in July 2018. The tour was so good I just had to get to the review sometime. I believe our guide was Chad (or Mike could be wrong) and I think he was a geography bee winner. He was full of interesting tidbits and esoteric facts about the city, it's history and it's famous (and infamous) denizens. chad was so knowledgeable and funny that he kept up a running commentary for the whole 5 hours. The van size was just perfect to get into narrow and crooked streets and we managed to stop at a lot of places on the way and get some great shots of the city. If I go back with the whole family next time, I plan to do this again. Also Chad had a pretty interesting playlist on Spotify - 'SF City Tour playlist'; check it out. If you like history and culture this is the tour for you It's definitely way better than sitting in a tour bus that really is too big to go anywhere and you can barely hear anything. Vantgo tours - highly recommended!
Written February 5, 2020
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Cathy C
Santa Barbara, CA7 contributions
Feb 2020
What a wonderful way to start the day with such a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and gracious host such as Chad. And there's no better way to see so much of the city that in a small group in a VW Bus with huge windows! Best way to city the city next to your own private tour. Makes you feel sorry for those tourists in the large sight seeing buses and they can not even go to some of the most scenic vestibules in the city. Would go again in a second!
Written February 14, 2020
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Ray S
Greensboro, NC10 contributions
Riding the city streets in the vintage VW van took us to places you wouldn't see on a big tour bus. Chad was an awesome host with a great knowledge of the area. Great photo opportunities and probably the best view of the city and the bay. A must if you prefer a more personal trip to explore the sites in San Francisco. Highly recommended.
Written April 19, 2022
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rgoldstein8
Brooklyn, NY2 contributions
Mar 2022
Chad is the most perfect tour guide. As someone who has lived in SF and wanted to share my love for the city with my 12 year old, Chad nailed it. Full of interesting trivia, history and uniquely SF views, I recommend this to anyone and everyone! Soundtrack was the cherry on top!
Written March 12, 2022
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anna7005
Hobart, Australia25 contributions
Our tour of San Francisco in a combi van was a fantastic way to get to know the city. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about San Fran and very capable of driving the floor gear shift up and down the hills. After doing the tour we were able to pick places to walk around ourselves in the following days
Written January 5, 2020
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Andrea M
2 contributions
May 2022
We only had 1 day in San Francisco and I found Vantigo, and we were so happy we chose this tour company. Having the small group was great. Chad, our tour guide, was so nice and full of knowledge, and he made sure we saw all the top spots, and the best part is being in a small van we went places the big tour buses can't go. If you want a full city tour of San Francisco you must go with Vantigo!
Written June 4, 2022
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Jen F
Central Coast of CA7 contributions
Dec 2019
My 2 daughters, their friend and I took a tour with Chad and Lillie last weekend. I already knew a van tour was the way to go as vans can go places more easily than those big tour buses plus it is easier to see more from a van and also more personal. My daughter Lily (ha, perfect, Lily went on a tour on Lillie) is obsessed with VW vans so this was so fun for her and a great part of her graduation present. The tour did NOT disappoint, even though it was rainy the whole time. Chad was full of interesting knowledge from trivia to history to knowing where all the famous people lived or had lived and he even had a kind of soundtrack of music for each area we visited. The van was comfortable and he even had a blanket if someone got cold and waters. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get a great overview of San Francisco. There is just so much to see in SF that it's impossible to see it all without a tour and this is definitely the best one I have ever done and I have been going to SF since I was a child. Chad was super friendly, accommodating, fun and the tour was like hanging out with friends and learning about the city. Thank you so much! I will definitely tell all my friends about your tours!!
Written January 3, 2020
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ChristinaH0714
ChristinaH0714
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Great and Unique San Francisco Experience
We had a great time viewing San Francisco. The tour provides a unique way of seeing the city on a VW. When we passe
akmomof3
akmomof3
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Best Tour of San Francisco
A great way to see all the areas of San Francisco and learn about the history of the area. I suggest doing this at
Traveler206223
Traveler206223
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Fantastic tour and guide!! Recommend 100%
This tour was amazing!!! Chad is a history buff and it shows!! He drove us all over San Francisco and was able to g
339kirstenl
339kirstenl
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Fantastic Tour of San Francisco
If you do nothing else when you’re in San Francisco you must book this tour especially if it’s your first time visi
robjupp1971
robjupp1971
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If you do one thing in San Francisco, make it this!
We met Chad from our cruise ship at Port of San Francisco. The VW van he picked us up was 50 years of age and so
afriscoe
afriscoe
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Great way to experience the city!
Chad, our tour guide, was amazing. I was a bit apprehensive about the vehicle as I was walking with a cane, but my
W181WCpatriciap
W181WCpatriciap
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Chad and his tour was our SFO vacation highlight!
Chad was awesome! He is funny, very knowledgable about the history of San Francisco, creative (he had matching musi
Rebecca G
Rebecca G
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Wonderful Experience
Our private tour with Chad was really the highlight of our visit to San Francisco. He showed us everything we coul
Dewdrop64
Dewdrop64
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Tour is San Francisco with Vantigo in vintage VW bus
I highly recommend taking a tour of San Francisco with Vantigo. Chad was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely
Janie323
Janie323
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Worth a repeat!
OMG! What a fun tour! Riding around San Francisco with Chad and Harvey was the most fun my nieces and I had on our
susansV5467NE
susansV5467NE
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Fun ride with Vantigo!
We had so much fun with Chad and "Harvey" on a recent Sunday morning. Having grown up in San Francisco, Chad is a
David B
David B
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Amazing tour on Vantigo
We had an amazing 4 hour private tour with Vantigo. Our tour guide Chad was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiasti
NancyJoe1
NancyJoe1
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Absolutely Amazing and Personal
Chad was awesome, we had the best morning ever in SF. He provided so much information and it was a pleasure to just
marktF5798UJ
marktF5798UJ
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Great tour!
Chad at Vantigo was amazing. Knowledgeable and fun. So glad we did this tour. Packed with plenty of fun info and lo
Jim M
Jim M
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The ONLY way to Tour San Francisco
In a VW bus - no less! Our group of six will tell you this was a great tour. Eliza, our tour guide and VW bus dri
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