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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

San Francisco, United States
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
  • Explore San Francisco by restored VW bus and enjoy access to places larger buses can't reach
  • Stop for photo ops of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Painted Ladies
  • Hear about the city's history while listening to songs from the 1960s and '70s
  • Sip provided California white wine and local craft beer on the afternoon tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

These VW buses only seat up to seven people—making this a super-fun and intimate San Francisco experience.


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Easy City Tour
, Jan 2020
Van was comfortable enough and commentary kept us laughing. It was a great way to see the city and our driver knew all the shortcuts. We never got stuck in traffic.
Awesome and amazing tour!
, Jan 2020
Chris was a world-class tour guide! He related fun facts and history we never would have known! Well thought-out route and so much fun! HIGHLY recommend!
Fun Tour on a Rainy Day
, Dec 2019
It was raining whey Cyrus our tour guide called us and told us to wait at Starbucks and stay dry. The tour was great. I saw some places that I knew about and many I had never seen from the Golden Gate, The Place of Fine Arts, Twin Peaks and ended with a ride down Lombard Street. As we went through the neighborhoods we learned about the restaurants and other places of interest. At the end of the tour Cyrus went out of his way to drop us off at our hotel. The was a great end to a fun day.
Fantastic tour of the city and it’s neighbourhoods
, Dec 2019
A really fantastic and surprising detailed tour of San Francisco’s neighbourhoods. Tour guide was lovely, very knowledgeable and bought a lot of fun to the tour. He could catch every question we threw at him. Would absolutely recommend for any group of travelers
Great tour of SF
, Nov 2019
Would recommend this to anyone wanting to get a good bearing of the city before splitting off and doing something specific! Our tour guide Chris is as awesome!
Perfect afternoon
Suzanne P
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide Cyrus was intelligent, knowledgeable and has a great sense of hospitality and humor. I highly recommend this tour. It is also nice to be able to bring luggage onto the tour.
Great end to a long, hectic week!
, Nov 2019
Kai was amazing! I had been running around for a week at 2 different conferences that consisted of at least 12 hour days, but typically more like 20. This tour was fun & cozy. With a small group, I didn’t feel awkward since I went by myself. I enjoyed the sights, and I captured some amazing photos! Kai made it a personal experience, but he also had a bunch of wonderful insights and facts about the points of interest. I’d happily go on another tour with this company. Maybe next time I’ll hit the wine tour! Thank you, Kai & Painted Ladies Tour Company!
Seeing San Francisco in a VW Beetle..
, Oct 2019
This tour is a must if visiting San Francisco. Our driver was Carrie and she made this tour so enjoyable and fun. The looks we got from other tourists while riding in the pink VW Beetle was a hoot. Being with just a few people and of course Carrie was more enjoyable than being with a huge group of people on a big bus. Carrie was so informative about the history, events and sights of the big city. She took pics of us and made us feel so welcomed. We had a beautiful sunny, blue sky kind of a day. Thanks Carrie for making our trip to San Fran a memorable one.
SFO City Tour painted ladies
, Oct 2019
This tour was well worth while..Kai was our driver and guide, it included many sites ,buildings,and other interesting places including the golden gate bridge..the vehicle was unique but reasonably comfortable. Had a great time.john and jan from australia
Just average
, Oct 2019
The idea of it was fun, but in practice not so much. 9 people squeezed into the van was too many to be able to see and sit comfortably, especially for those in the middle. We did switch seats part way through but the windows on these vehicles are not really meant for sight seeing. Found it uncomfortable and crowded sitting up front next to the driver and another person, Tour guide frequently turning around while driving to talk to passengers which seemed a little unsafe.On the plus side she was friendly and enthusiastic. Enjoyed Lombard Street drive and the murals around the city. Would have liked more than a 5 min stop at the Golden Gate Bridge.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi🤗 Our buses seat up to 7 so not sure what happened there. Maybe some extra people jumped on board without our knowledge. I will make sure to bring it to our guides attention to make sure that everyone is accounted for. Our buses are totally restored, we even put sliding windows in there so that the view is better and we rotate passengers so everyone has the opportunity for shotgun:) Also, all our guides are equipped with a speaker headphone set. Some guests prefer not to use it as it takes away the intimate vibes we try to create in our cute lil VW buses. However, safety is first and foremost so we will bring it up in our meetings. Glad you got to go down Lombard Street!! May I suggest our Private tour next time? In that way you don’t have to share the bus and you can sit wherever you like and we can take you wherever you would like to go😉 cheers!!

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