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This tour was more than we expected. If you like food - then this is the tour for you. We really didn't know what to expect but the little stories of the shops at the Ferry building were interesting and it was great to have someone else arrange for our tickets on the ferry and to go over to Alcatraz. We saw it all and highly recommend this tour - you won't be sorry.
Our group wanted to do a hike of Muir Woods, but since we did not rent a car, we decided to do this tour. We did the afternoon tour. It worked out perfectly with our schedule. We had lunch at the Ferry building and walked over to Fisherman Warf to meet at their tour office. We checked in for our tour and waited for tour bus to arrive. I recommend sitting on the right side of the bus for the best scenic view. We stopped at the golden gate bridge for a photo op. Then we headed to Muir Woods. It is a curvy windy road, so caution if you get car sick. We got about 1.5 hr to explore and hike the area. Lastly we stopped at Sausailto, looked at the shops and sat at the margarita bar for some drinks. Bus driver always gave a due time back to the bus. The passengers were always onetime back. Bus driver was great, offering commentary history and facts along the way. Very friendly and accommodating. Bus driver offered to drop us off back at the hotel on our way home. He had to make quite a few stops, dropping the other passengers off. There was a lot of traffic as we got into the city, so we ended up walking back to our hotel as we got nearer. The tour was about 5 hours including the drop off at the end. Highly recommend doing it.
The Ferry building tasting tour was a fabulous event, with a very informed tour guide Shawn. Then we were amazed by Alcatraz, staying there for 3 hours heard a former guard talk, and a former inmate. And the weather even cooperated, not too cool at all. Great value for the money.
Sophia was a fantastic guide in the food market and ferry building. Bring your appetite, you will have a great 2 hour tour. We will do this again on our next trip to S.F.
This tour was wonderful! The food tour in the Ferry Building was exceptional and probably the most favorite part of my trip. Our tour guide was Rebecca and she did a wonderful job. She was tuna nd very personable. The food was delicious. Don't eat before you go! Alcatraz was a wonderful experience , too.This tour was one of the most positive travel experiences I've had.
This tour was awesome! Would do it again! I highly recommend this to individuals, couples and families. The Ferry Building tour and the food samples was wonderful! Our tour guide was very nice and very knowledgeable! Alcatraz was phenomenal!
we took a tour with Kelly, a chef, of the Ferry Building and the Saturday Farmers market today. only 5 other people were on the tour. Kelly showed us around the building with stops at her favorite shops including chocolate, cheese, meat, fruit and juice. we got free samples at each stop and chats with the proprietors. don't bother to eat breakfast before this tour! she also knows where the secret toilets are so as to avoid crowds. and she is passionate about local and organic and knows her stuff. highly recommended.
I thought this tour was great, very much enjoyed the combination of the Ferry building/food and then Alcatraz! Highly recommended, though it is an expensive tour.
A very special tour, perfect for families and anyone who loves artisanal and delicious food. The tour says it includes samples from the Ferry Building restaurants and stores but really it includes more than a meals-worth of samples. The tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. My kids said the tour was the highlight of our San Francisco trip, and I couldn't agree with them more. Perfect way to spend a morning before your trip to Alcatraz.
I had been to the ferry building so did not see how I could enjoy the tour. Molly the guide was excellent . Golly Molly what folly to think this would not be jolly!!
Excellent arrangement of food tastes. Don't don't don't eat beforehand . Lots to eat and lots of info
Melissa H USA
Amazing time. We went on a Saturday and let me say, I'm so glad we skipped breakfast. We're local and my husband always fancied going to the Ferry Building and I thought maybe a tour would be the way to go--unequivocally yes! We tried so many foods we otherwise wouldn't have. In fact the gluten-free ham and cheese pastry was my favorite item of the day, and I don't even need to be gluten-free. Don't expect samples to be small tastes. By the end of it we were all stuffed to the gills. Our guide Molly was fantastic. She knew the history of the small businesses we visited and had solid roots in the California food revolution. Timing was great too. It wasn't too crowded yet.
Pro tip: Bring a bottle of water to wash down all the goodies. We popped into a shop to grab an extra and the group was super-cool about it.
Excellent tour of the Ferry Building, a real insiders view on the best food offerings!
A bit expensive as a way to combine Alcatraz, but the island is so well done by the National Parks Service audio tour is excellent! that it's worth it!
LOVED IT!! We are food people. I didn't realize the Ferry Building had so much great food. Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgable about San Fran Food history. We learned so much. Way more than I expected. I 10 year old loved it.
The Ferry Building food tour was actually a lot more fun than we expected! We got to taste a variety of foods and our guide was very informative. My only advice is to let your guide know about any food allergies right at the beginning. After the tour, our guide told us where to go to pick up our Alcatraz tickets. It was a bit of a walk, but it was nice and we had plenty of time. The Alcatraz will call booth was very simple and our tickets were ready to go right away. We waited in line for the ferry and went straight over to the island, which was excellent!
Excellent experience, the Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz were both incredible. I would highly recommend.
We had a lovely time on the food tour inside the Ferry Building. Definitely, would not have been exposed to all the the food spots on the tour had we not signed up for it. Alcatraz was a great tour as well! Really enjoyed myself!
The tour was AMAZING! We left from San Francisco but did not receive any instructions exactly where to meet at Ferry Building. Once tour over had to wait 2 hrs to get on bus to head back. I would have drove there. But definitely would do tour again was fun and great!
We truly enjoyed the Ferry Building tour. We were able to taste food that I would have normally passed by. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the building and the history of San Francisco. We look forward to our next visit when we are in the area.
We enjoyed the food tour very much! Have a much greater appreciation for the vendors and their business in the Ferry Building. Alcatraz is interesting, we were lucky to be able to visit when the Ai Weiwei exhibit was there.
This tour was amazing! The food was outstanding, Carol, our tour guide was a gem, and we had the best time in this amazing Ferry Building!
The Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza tour was the best and the highlight of our trip.
Our tour was on a weekday, and there were only my wife and myself. However, in spite of only the two of us on the tour Carol ,who conducted the tour, was knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, relating to us the background of how the food was prepared or processed.
This tour was easily the highlight of our San Francisco trip and on future tours, I will first look for Viator.
First of all, the location was great: the market and the Ferry Building. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the building, and all the vendors. We visiting a good selection of businesses where there was a representative to speak with and answer questions. The pace was good and the length of time (2 hours) was perfect as it left time to go back and shop.
Overall a very enjoyable experience and I would use this service again for other tours.
We were a group of 6 enjoying a day trip from our California Coastal cruise. I first heard of HOHO tour
on trip advisor and I'm glad we did. It was a little confusing at first as where to get on bus. It's best to
sit on bench facing Embarcedo, close to Aquarium. We had take a short free shuttle from our ship to get there, but could have easily walked. I agree with everyone else. It's very cold and windy going over Golden Gate Bridge. Our driver "Deon" was wonderful. He gave out blankets to anyone that needed them. You need to be dressed warmly as you are sitting on top in the open air. We only got off a few stops. I highly
recommend stopping at Chinatown. Lots of neat trinkets. Union Square has a lot of upscale shopping such
as Coach, Jimmy Choo, Barneys if you are in the mood. We spend a lot of time at Fisherman's Wharf and
Pier 39. The sea lions were out which was a nice treat for my 13 year old nephew. The Boudin Bakery has great clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl. There's a 2nd shop in Pier 39. My sister loved the left handed store at Pier 39 as well. There was a double decker carosel and arcade games for the younger ones. We ran out of time and didn't make it to the ferry building, which was highly recommended as a place to visit. Our driver, Deon, was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed his commentary.
Overall, we enjoyed our time on the excursion with HOHO Bus.
Our tour guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and the food samples in the Ferry Building were fabulous. So happy we did this tour!
Susan M USA
The Food Tour at the Ferry Building was a pleasant experience. We learned about the marketplace today and a little history of the Ferry Building. It was great to get to try a nice variety of tasty treats from a selection of the businesses. The tour is just an hour and is a nice overview of the marketplace.
The tour to Alcatraz is great---the ferry trip is nice and everything is organized and runs smoothly. The headsets and audio tour are the way to go---don't try to wander around on your own. The information provided is very interesting and gives a good overview of what doing time there would have been like.
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