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“Must Do in San Fran”
Review of The Real S.F. Tour

The Real S.F. Tour
Ranked #9 of 290 Tours in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Must Do in San Fran”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Just returned from vacation which included 1.5 days in San Fran. Took the Real SF Tour based on recommendations from TA. Loved this tour! Not only do you visit some cool neigherhoods but also some real hidden gems in the city. Chris is an entertaining guide with a passion for SF that you do not find in your normal guides. His quick wit and insightful commentary on SF are a real treat. Their use of public transport provides a nice balance to walking and covering territory that might otherwise be missed in a straight walking tour. Take the tour and ask for Chris, you will not regret it. Blake H.

Visited June 2013
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Oakley, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Real SF Tour”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was an awesome tour. Not only do you see tourist sites but you see and feel the heart and soul of SF. The intimate connection that Chris has with the city, his transparent love he has for the people and community are what makes the tour an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. Our family was a large group of 17 ranging from 7 years old to 70 years old. It is an all day affair with 5 miles of walking but absolutely fabulous!!!

Lisa Handy

Visited June 2013
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Hong Kong
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Absolutely FANTASTIC!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

This tour is an absolute "must-do" if you would like to see the city in a more intimate, personal way. Not only did we experience different modes of transportation, we got to see some pretty phenomenal sights, visit "hidden" spots in the city I suspect locals may not even know. It was like having a friend show you around- our guide Sean, knew just about everything there is to know about SF, took extremely good care of us all and went out of his way to make the tour a fun and enjoyable for us all. Waaaaayyyyyyyy better than a tour bus-

Visited June 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful overview of the city”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

The tour is a very long but enjoyable day, hitting many of the highlights of the city. Our guide Shaun was excellent. There was plenty of time to take photos, and breaks for food and drink. Even though I'm quite fit, I was ready to finish by the end of the tour! An excellent way to start a holiday in SF, and I would recommend to anyone physically able.

Visited June 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The ultimate San Franciscan Odyssey!”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Our guide Chris took us on a day long adventure during which he shared his obvious passion for his native city. We got to experience pretty well every form of public transport, which ensured we had access to many hidden gems that you don't get to see on regular tours. Chris's enthusiasm is infectious. His knowledge across a broad range of subjects is stunning (History, architecture, street art, food, theatre- I could go on!). Most importantly, I feel this tour has equipped me to go out and explore some more. Inspiring!

Visited June 2013
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