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“Wonderful but a mixed bag”

San Francisco City Guides
Ranked #30 of 284 Tours in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Melbourne, Australia
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110 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wonderful but a mixed bag”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

We have done several of the City Guide walks. Firstly let me say they are a wonderful organisation. The walks are free (a donation envelope is passed around at the end) and there is a huge choice of walks to join. We have done the Ferry Building, The Japanese Tea Garden, China Town, The Palace of Fine Arts and today we did the Windmill area of Golden Gate Park. We have enjoyed them all but each tour really depends on the leader and how proficient and confident they are with the group. Our best experience was today with Mary. The walk was really well organised with good stopping points, a nice distance to walk (some tours involve a lot of standing about) and Mary's delivery was clear and very amusing. We had a great time. We highly recommend these walks.

Visited April 2014
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English first
Goettingen, Germany
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109 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

I took four city guide tours and all were excellent and very informative. You not only get to known the neighbourhoods and their history, but also the nicest restaurants, etc etc The guides are very knowledgeable.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Xavier D
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Fort Collins
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

Found out about these online - figured for free (donations welcome) we couldn't have much to lose but seeing it was supported by the library gave us hope it wouldn't be terrible. We did the Golden Gate bridge tour with Robin and she was super!! She did a great job with the tour, was very friendly and spend a lot of time answering questions from the group. Wish we had had a longer stay so we could have done more tours!

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Christina W
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Seattle
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“SF City Guides Tours are absolute best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were in SF for just a few short days (my husband, college age daughter and myself) and were looking for a self-guided walking tour but came across the SF City Guides. These are free (they are associated with the Library and do ask for a donation to the City Guides organization if you like) and we were so very impressed with the tour (Murals and the Multi-Ethnic Mission), The guide was a woman who lived in SF for 30 years and was so pleasant and informative. They offer a wide wide range of walking tours and if this one was an indication of the quality of them, we'd love to go back and go on one each day! Don't miss these!

Visited March 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

What a great organisation! Volunteers give free walking tours (donations accepted to maintain their website) just because they love their city! I did two tours, one of the Ferry Building and one of the Golden Gate Bridge. It really enhanced my appreciation of both those sites, hearing all about the history.

Visited March 2014
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