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A Friend in Town Tours

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Address: San Francisco, CA 94107
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+1 510-533-9211

Enjoy customized private tours of San Francisco (incl. places the big buses...

Enjoy customized private tours of San Francisco (incl. places the big buses can't go), Napa& Sonoma wine country, Silicon Valley, Carmel, Big Sur. Unusual itineraries include: locales from Hitchcock's "Vertigo"; Russian River Wine Country; Filoli gardens. You can be picked up at your home, the airport, your hotel, even at your cruise ship dock--or dropped off there. We are especially accommodating to those with limited mobility, older folks, energetic children, foodies, photographers...and offer a warm dry alternative on rainy days. Come experience the off-the-beaten-path wineries where they'll treat you like VIPs, great gardens, legions of quaint Victorians, The Castro, hang-gliders, lighthouses, beautiful hidden vistas. Been here many times before? You still haven't seen all of our wonders.

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Book a day trip with Jesse in August 2014 Jesse picked me up from my hotel and we planned our day. He was so flexible with itinerary and nothing was too much trouble. No rushing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2014
Maureen D
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014

Book a day trip with Jesse in August 2014 Jesse picked me up from my hotel and we planned our day. He was so flexible with itinerary and nothing was too much trouble. No rushing at the places I wanted to stop at and no hurry to get home. Big sur was awesome best of all was Mcway falls. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2014

We spent an amazing day with Jesse touring his home town of San Francisco. Jesse was so passionate and knowledgeable about San Francisco. We discovered ‘A Friend in Town’ via Google and then research on Trip Advisor and when I contacted Jesse I knew he was the private tour for us. His car was extremely comfortable and Jesse knew all... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2014

We found Jesse over the internet and built up a good rapport with him before we left Australia so we felt very comfortable seeing San Francisco and California with him as it was our first time to the USA. We booked a half day San Francisco City Highlights tour as well as a full day down to Carmel and Monterey... More 

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Rocky River, Ohio USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2014 via mobile

There was a group of 5 of us and most had not been to Sam Fan before so we wanted to do a day tour so we did not have drive or take a taxi. This was the best idea!! Jessie was great he has great stories and history of the area and was great! We really enjoyed the day!... More 

1 Thank Sinatralis
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

My sister and I had Jesse for a tour of San Francisco, oh my goodness he was beyond brilliant, so knowledgable not only about the current sites, but also historically - he was amazing. I can highly recommend him.i

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

Jesse was our guide for the half day city tour in San Francisco at the end of August. He began to share the history of the city and sights from the minute we started to drive away from the hotel. Jesse was very accommodative to my brother in law needs (he has limited mobility) especially during photo stops. We enjoyed... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

I've been to S.F. quite a few times and thought I'd seen most of it. I took my sister there in August and since we didn't have much time in the city, I looked for a private tour. Regrettably, I don't recall exactly how I found him on the internet but am so glad I did! He picked us up... More 

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

"A Friend in Town" is a great name for Jesse's tour service. Our experience with Jesse was like visiting with a good friend and having them take you around their town and sharing with you the rich history, personalities and eccentricities of the people and places we visited. We spent two days with Jesse, one in San Francisco and one... More 

2 Thank Chuck A
Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

My husband and I went on a tour to the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods and Point Reyes Lighthouse the first day with Jesse. It was so nice to have someone who has lived there for many years be our guide. This way we learned of things that you would not in the normal "tour" dialog. You are able to ask... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

A Friend in Town was a great find. We wanted a Silicon Valley tour and Jesse was able to arrange a specific tour for our family of 5 (3 generations). It was nice for someone to drive, take the right exits, and tell us the history of the sites. We toured Stanford and the Computer Museum. We drove by many... More 

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