To satisfy the different expectations of our family members (my husband and me in the fourties, my mother in law 81 years and our 16 year old son), I was searching for a private tour guide. Having read the excellent reviews on tripadvisor, I contacted Rick from Blue Heron by Mail a couple of months before our SF Trip.
The Mail contact was very prompt, informativ and friendly. I booked three one-day tours, so that we would have the opportunity to see as much as possible from SF and the bay area, altough we had not rented a car.
Afterwards I realized, that this decision was perfect!
Our first tour was „A day in the city“. Rick picked us up from our hotel with his very comfortable and clean van and drove us around. He gave interesting, never boring, informations and amazing facts and showed us the famous sights, but also some places of interest we had not heard before. But it wasn't a car trip the whole day by no means! Rick made so many stops, where we could get out of his van, that we really had the feeling of exploring the city with heart and soul!
Also the other tours to Monterey/Carmel and the „Oceanside Vistas“ are very worth to mention.
My son Nic is a rollercoaster fan and wanted so much to ride the historic, wooden roller coaster „Giant Dipper“ located at Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I asked Rick in advance of our Monterey/Carmel tour, if it would be possible to stop there and luckily it was!
Rick cares for his customers like a friend. Because my mother in law didn‘t want to walk around at some landmarks, Rick stayed with her at the car, offered her a drink and had a chat with her, so she felt save and comfortable and we three others could walk around and didn't feel limited.
By the way, it was relaxing to be without nerv wracking worries about car parking issues and because Rick is a foodie, he could also prevent us from choosing bad restaurants for our lunch times. :)
THANK YOU RICK, we never could have seen so much of SF and the Bay Area in such a memorable way, without you!