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“All around San Francisco tour”
Review of Golden West Tours

Golden West Tours
Ranked #34 of 113 Food & Drink in San Francisco
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Owner description: Private half and full day tours of the City by the Bay and surrounding areas conducted in 15 passenger vans. Personalized, exciting, fun and informative. Multiple photo stops and complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off. Also offering private excursions to Scenic North Coast/Point Reyes, Muir Woods and Sausalito, Napa/Sonoma Wine Country as well as Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur.
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I knew from just talking to Stephan that I was in good hands. He recommended another tour company for a tour when he knew he couldn't accommodate me. Stephan was a well informed tour guide that pointed out things that I believe no one else could. What a wonderful experience!

Thank merryl f
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Stephan was our guide and driver and picked up our family of four from our hotel. From the outset it was obvious that Stephan knew his stuff and over the course of the 4 hour tour he kept all of us entertained and interested. Having done the hop on/ hop off tour of San Francisco previously this tour was much, much better. Good job Stephan, thank you. Clive

5  Thank Jindera
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

We had planned on doing a hop-on / hop-off bus tour in San Francisco, but with weather uncertainty and wanting to see a lot in a short period of time we opted for the tour by Stephan. We had 5 of us in his van that holds 10 people. By having the van which is high-powered we were able to go where the buses can't. I'd been to SF a number of times, but I was impressed with how many different areas of the city there are. Many of those places, can't be reached by hop-on hop off tour. Anyways, Stephan had bottled water complimentary and knew the right number of stops where there were restrooms accessible. Stephan conveniently found a parking spot right where we needed it and had step stool at the ready for the other elderly passengers.

If you are expecting a stand-up comedian / tour driver, that is not Stephan (that's not a complaint however) but Stephan is a wealth of knowledge about the city and each neighborhood. In the ritzier parts of town, Stephan pulled out some laminated real-estate ads for the expensive luxurious houses we were driving by.

Great trip with no complaints. We had our son with us who is 7 and although he liked it, 4 hours may be a little long. Something to think about for touring with kids.

2  Thank Skepticman
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

His name is Stephan and he is the owner/operator of Golden West Tours. We met him in front of the pub right across from the parking garage he had suggested when we had talked on the phone the week before. Arriving right on time to pick us up, he was driving a 10 passenger van with another English speaking couple already on-board who were visiting from Austria. After introductions the tour commenced. Stephan's vast knowledge of SF became quickly apparent as he deftly piloted the van from one end of town to the other hitting all of the usual tour points as well as several not listed on other tour operator's agendas. We are glad we booked with Stephan because it enabled us to maximize our three day visit by concentrating on the points of interest which we were shown on his tour. Safe, on time and knowledgeable, Golden West Tours is a great value. Thanks Stephan for a Five Star Experience !!

Thank Pumpkinridger
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We took the tour with Stephan who owns this sightseeing tour business. He took a group of about eight of us around the city in his van. It was really great to be in a smaller vehicle to access some of the sites which would have been very difficult to do in a larger vehicle. Stephan narrated, drove the city which would have given us fits, and dropped us off and then served as a guide to some of the sites that are best explored on foot. It was an ideal combination which took us about 4.5 hours. The cost was reasonable, Stephan was very gracious, and we went to places in the city that are treasures we would never have found on our own. We highly recommend this tour.


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