We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Hello San Fransisco!”
Review of The Real S.F. Tour - CLOSED

The Real S.F. Tour
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Real SF Tour offers 4 incredible tours merging sightseeing and trekking with public transit for the most authentic visitor experience in San Francisco. Part urban adventure, part urban trek, and totally green, The Real SF Tours take you where no other tours can go. You’ll visit enchanted gardens, secret stairways, glorious rooftop views, and some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods. You’ll be avoiding large crowds of tourists while experiencing the real culture of San Francisco and learning about its rich and storied history. You’ll traverse the city on Cable Cars, Light Rail, and City Buses. You must be able to walk 4 separate uphill 1.5 block sections, there are a total of 6 uphill flights of stairs, and 15 downhill flights of stairs, spread throughout the day. The day encompasses over 5 miles of walking including short uphill sections and hidden stairways that most people find extremely enjoyable. If you do not walk regularly this tour may be more challenging than enjoyable. If you have any difficulty going up and downstairs we do not recommend this tour. Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Tours run daily departing from the California St Cable Car turnaround.
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Loved it! Loved our guide Chris! Love SF even more! I would highly recommend taking this tour at the beginning of your stay in SF. Then you can note the neighborhoods, shopping and resturants you'd like to return to during the rest of your stay. This tour really gives you the best bang for your buck and some great exercise. Chris took us to places that you would never get to sitting on a bus and really gives you the true flavor of SF. He also was wonderful at sharing some great restaurants and shopping areas that I will love to return to on our next trip to SF.

Thank Harveyindsm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviews (847)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

495 - 499 of 847 reviews

Reviewed January 16, 2013

Genie was our talented, young, informative, energetic, personal, local guide around this magnificent city. Many friends have raved that San Fran is their favourite city in the US, and now we know why. The diversity, architecture, creativity, natural beauty and culture are what makes it such a beautiful city. A place you could see yourself moving to. It reminded us of a mix between Sydney, Melbourne and Barcelona. A great tour for the very short time we had to explore SF. Amazing value for money. We recommend it most highly. Just 2 of the many favourite places we stopped were definitely Smitten ice creamery and graffiti art in the alleys. Thanks genie. We love your beautiful city.

1  Thank Michelle G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 15, 2013

I booked this tour for my sister and our husbands. Sean was our guide and did a great job. Its way to see much of the city. We loved going to all of the different neighborhoods. We saw things that you wouldn't have on any tour bus. I really didn't think the walking was too bad, its a mixture of walking and taking public transportation. It rained off and on most of the day, but we had fun! I would recommend this tour. If I ever go back to San Fran I would take this tour again.

2  Thank Jessica P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

My sister booked this tour for us, her and I plus our husbands. Sean was our guide and did a superb job! It rained off and on through out the day, which is to be expected in San Francisco. We loved every minute of the day from exploring the different neighborhoods to using the public transportation to the foods we tried. Sean was very accommodating to some of the food places we wanted to stop- cupcakes and ice cream-luckily the other girls on the tour were just as inclined to eating sweets.
This tour is a must do for seeing as much of San Francisco as possible in a day!

Thank ebbosse
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We have been touring through California with San Francisco being our last stop. Today we had Shawn as our tour guide and despite the great reviews here on Tripadvisor unfortunately we do not share the same. Even though it was low season and there were only 4 of us in the group, the tour is rushing through and not stopping for longer than a minute at each site. This was our first time in SFO and when I told the concierge that we went to Ghirardelli Sq. he was amazed that our tour did not even take us to Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf, one of the main attractions of the city... Shawn was talking non-stop, which became annoying at a point. It shows that he has a good knowledge of the city, but it was too much. More time at each of the sites should be implemented, and the tour should be at a much more relaxed pace. People are on holiday!

2  Thank EddieFP
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ccour10481, Owner at The Real S.F. Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

We are aware that the Real SF Tour is not for everyone. We apologize to Eddie and his mom for any confusion in selecting our tour. We try to make it very clear in all of our advertising and descriptions that this is an all day walking tour with a guide. For that reason we issued a full refund.

We encourage our guides to share as much as they can about the history and culture of San Francisco throughout the day. We also expect guides to answer any and all questions from guests to the best of their ability.

This tour is not designed as a leisurely stroll through the popular tourist destinations. Our intent is take you where no other tours go. We want to show you what it is like to live in the number 1 rated walking city in the country.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Real S.F. Tour also viewed


Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing