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Review of The Real S.F. Tour

The Real S.F. Tour
Ranked #10 of 275 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.
New York City, New York
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“Didn't want it to end”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I kept looking at my watch during this tour -- because I didn't want it to end.  Chris, our tour guide, is knowledgable and passionate about this magnificent city. We walked through many neighborhoods, jumped on the cable car, local buses, subways, and weaved through tucked-away alleys and staircases. This tour was the perfect combination of popular tourist sites and off-the-beaten-path attractions.  The small group size makes this an intimate and relaxed tour without elbowing for photo ops or struggling to see / hear.  Expect to get your fill of exercise - the tour is mostly walking with a fair amount of climbing and descending - and wear comfortable shoes. Finally, don't forget to put on sunscreen - you won't feel it, but you get a good amount of sun exposure.  Overall, an outstanding experience!

Visited March 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Excellent tour. Chris (owner and guide) was great.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Got a really great feel for the city, so diverse. Could wander around for weeks and never stumble upon the hidden gems of the city we were shown. Great views, great exercise. Highly recommended. Very affordable, included a pass for all the public transit fares. Lots of short trips via cable car, bus, rail...

Visited March 2012
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“Exceeded expectations. A must for any SF visitor who really wants to learn about the city.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

Just got through with our tour, March 20th, 2012. Chris, our guide was great. His tour was wonderfully researched and took advantage of the great transit system. It was the perfect mix of walking and transit, and not beIng tied down to a vehicle really allowed us to move quickly over a lot of ground. Would recommend to anyone who can physically do this tour. lots of good info from a lifetime local's info.

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“This is the tour you should do!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

This tour was like having a close friend show you all the cool sights and hidden gems. Chris was an excellent guide who was knowledgable and fun. I really enjoyed the mix of walking and transit which allowed you to cover lots of the city. Do this your first day in SF as you will be able to decide where to spend more time. Also got lots of recommendations on food and activities for the rest of the trip. Excellent day!

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Pipersville, Pennsylvania
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“Perfect way to kick-off a few days of sightseeing in San Francisco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Despite it being a rainy day, my family and I had a GREAT time and LOVED the Real San Francisco tour. My husband and I had been to SF previously, but it was our son's first trip. We saw more sights and neighborhoods than I can recount, and even got a lesson in using the city's excellent MUNI transportation system. You can visit the company's website for complete info, but suffice it to say, it was a fun way to spend the day! All three of us had a great day, and were inspired to rework our itinerary to include some things we learned about on the tour. I highly recommend this tour!

Visited March 2012
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