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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
  • Ride on a restored or replica cable car outfitted with wheels so it can travel all over the city
  • See San Francisco sights such as Alamo Square and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stop at three locations for guided walking tours
  • Pass through Union Square, Chinatown, the Presidio, and many more neighborhoods

What's Included

Sightseeing tour by motorized cable car
Disembark at 3 key locations for guided walking tours
Separate driver and guide so you will always have your guide’s full attention.
Blankets to keep you warm on your journey
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

1560 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

Your sightseeing tour starts at Fisherman's Wharf, where you board your motorized cable car and set off toward North Beach, the neighborhood also known as Little Italy. Listen to commentary from your guide about the city and its attractions as you travel through Chinatown, and Union Square.

Make your first stop at the Civic Center area where you follow your guide on a walking tour to admire the Beaux-Arts architecture of City Hall, a symbol of the American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1910s.

Back onboard the cable car, continue to Alamo Square, your second stop, for a walking tour around this local park known for the Painted Ladies, also known as the 'Full House' houses. Cruise through Golden Gate Park, the high-end Sea Cliff neighborhood, and along the city's Pacific coastline, finally arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you hop off to walk onto the iconic red bridge and hear from your guide about its history and design.

Then return once more to the cable car for the drive through the Presidio and the wealthy neighborhood of Pacific Heights, passing by the house from 'Mrs. Doubtfire.' See Ghirardelli Square before returning to your departure point, where your tour ends.
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Itinerary
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North Beach
North Beach, a buzzy neighborhood steeped in Italian heritage, draws locals and tourists to its checked-tablecloth trattorias, coffee shops and retro-flavored bars.
Admission Ticket Free
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Washington Square
Pass by Washington Square. The square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California, and is one of the city’s first parks, established in 1847. It is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants as well as the Saints Peter and Paul Church.
Admission Ticket Free
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Little Italy
This North Beach San Francisco neighborhood is a vibrant and colorful district where you will find Coit Tower, Washington Square Park, and dozens of Italian restaurants.
Admission Ticket Free
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Chinatown
Experience San Francisco's Chinatown and some of its beautiful temples. This is one of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the U.S.. Chinatown reveals a bustling maze of streets and alleys brimming with world renowned dim sum joints, markets, and so much more.
Admission Ticket Free
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Union Square
Make your way through Union Square. Union Square is a public plaza bordered by shopper's paradise and so much more. Ever bustling, the area has contains everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses.
Admission Ticket Free
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Civic Center
Make your way through San Francisco's Civic Center. The Civic Center is distinguished by its many beaux arts-style government buildings and performing arts venues. The area contains City Hall, War Memorial Opera House, the Asian Art Museum and a large central plaza.
Admission Ticket Free
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San Francisco City Hall
Step off the vehicle and explore the beauty that is San Francisco City Hall. City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco, California. Re-opened in 1915 in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, it is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Alamo Square
Step off of the Cable Car, and follow your tour guide to Alamo Square. Home of San Francisco's famed Painted Ladies and some of the best views in the city, Alamo Square is a beautiful residential neighborhood and relaxing park in San Francisco, California, in the Western Addition.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Painted Ladies
In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings repainted, starting in the 1960s, in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details.
Admission Ticket Free
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Haight-Ashbury
Meander through the birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement. Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House.
Admission Ticket Free
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Golden Gate Park
Relax as you drive through Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate is the fifth most-visited city park in the United States.
Admission Ticket Free
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Sea Cliff
Take in Sea Cliff, San Francisco. Sea Cliff is a neighborhood known for its large houses and ocean views.
Admission Ticket Free
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Presidio of San Francisco
Meander through The Presidio of San Francisco. The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks.
Admission Ticket Free
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Golden Gate Bridge
Drive over the bridge in our open-aired vehicle. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Admission Ticket Free
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Vista Point
Step off of the vehicle, and be led by one of our great tour guides or take 20 minutes of free time to explore Golden Gate Bridge North Vista. See the entire city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in one setting. One of the best ways to view the Golden Gate Bridge.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Pacific Heights
Take in some spectacular views of the Bay overlooking the Marina District while driving through Pacific Heights. Pacific Heights is a posh residential enclave known for its architecturally significant homes and grassy hilltop parks.
Admission Ticket Free
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Mrs Doubtfire House
On many people's bucket list of things to see when in San Francisco, the tour will pass by the Mrs. Doubtfire House. This house was used for all the external shots of the house in the Mrs. Doubtfire movie starring the late Robin Williams.
Admission Ticket Free
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Ghirardelli Square
Pass by the old headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants and a 5-star hotel in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, California.
Admission Ticket Free
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Fisherman's Wharf
End your tour where you started in Fisherman's Wharf. A neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf gets its name and neighborhood characteristics from the city's early days of the mid to later 1800s when Italian immigrant fishermen came to the city by the bay to take advantage of the influx of population due to the gold rush.
Admission Ticket Free
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Aquatic Park
Next to the San Fransisco Maritime Museum and Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Cove is part of the waterfront area of Fisherman’s Wharf and one that can mark the beginning of a long stroll down the coast towards Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Admission Ticket Free
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, California
Admission Ticket Free
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Hyde street pier
Hyde Street Pier
Admission Ticket Free
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Cioppino's
local restaurant
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Scoma's Restaurant
local restaurant
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In-N-Out Burger
In-N-Out Burger
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Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco
local attraction
Admission Ticket Free
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Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds
Admission Ticket Free
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USS Pampanito
USS Pampanito
Admission Ticket Free
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Admission Ticket Free
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Pier 45
Admission Ticket Free
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Musee Mecanique
The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts located at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California. The museum owns over 300 mechanical machines, and is one of the largest privately owned collection of such games in the world.
Admission Ticket Free
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Boudin at the Wharf
Famed for sourdough since 1849, this California bakery/cafe chain also offers light American bites.
Admission Ticket Free
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Museum of 3D Illusions
local museum
Admission Ticket Free
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Pier 43 Ferry Arch
The Pier 43 Ferry Arch its headhouse, a decorated hoisting tower for loading and unloading rail cars on and off ferries, was built in 1914 to serve the Belt Railroad. The wood pier was replaced in 1996.
Admission Ticket Free
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Franciscan Crab Restaurant
local restaurant
Admission Ticket Free
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Pier 41 Snackbar
local snackbar
Admission Ticket Free
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Pier 39
Admission Ticket Free
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Square-Rigged Sailing Ship Balclutha
Balclutha, also known as Star of Alaska, Pacific Queen, or Sailing Ship Balclutha, is a steel-hulled full rigged ship that was built in 1886. She is the only square rigged ship left in the San Francisco Bay area and is representative of several different commercial ventures, including lumber, salmon, and grain.
Admission Ticket Free
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The Buena Vista
famous for it Irish Coffee
Admission Ticket Free
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Ghirardelli Square
Shops and restaurants fill this 3-level landmark former chocolate factory near Fisherman's Wharf.
Admission Ticket Free
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The Cheese School of San Francisco
Bay-view destination for cheese-focused courses, market items & New American eats, plus beer & wine.
Admission Ticket Free
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Subpar Miniature Golf
local mini-golf attraction
Admission Ticket Free
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The Cannery
Historic location turned shopping mall with gift shops, art galleries, restaurants & entertainment.
Admission Ticket Free
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Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
Admission Ticket Free
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Yerba Buena Island
Yerba Buena Island sits in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland, California. The Yerba Buena Tunnel runs through its center and connects the western and eastern spans of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.
Admission Ticket Free
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Treasure Island
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.
Admission Ticket Free
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Bimbo's 365 Club
local venue and club
Admission Ticket Free
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Kennedy's Irish Pub
local bar
Admission Ticket Free
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Coit Tower
Coit Tower is a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California, offering panoramic views over the city and the bay. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built between 1932 and 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco.
Admission Ticket Free
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Telegraph Hill
Telegraph Hill is a hill and surrounding neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills".
Admission Ticket Free
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Parrots Of Telegraph Hill
One generally associates parrots with the jungles of a tropical location, yet living in the middle of urban San Francisco is a flock of wild parrots.
Admission Ticket Free
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Lombard Street
Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. Stretching from The Presidio east to The Embarcadero, most of the street's western segment is a major thoroughfare designated as part of U.S. Route 101.
Admission Ticket Free
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Saints Peter and Paul Church
Saints Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Located at 666 Filbert Street, it is directly across from Washington Square and is administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
Admission Ticket Free
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Joe DiMaggio Playground and North Beach Pool
local playground
Admission Ticket Free
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Washington Square
Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California. It was established in 1847 and is one of the city’s first parks. The park is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Mama's, Park Tavern restaurant and the Liguria Bakery as well as the Sts. Peter and Paul Church.
Admission Ticket Free
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Beach Blanket Babylon
Extravagant costumes and headdresses steal the show at this decades-old, campy performance piece.
Admission Ticket Free
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Tony's Pizza Napoletana
Bustling Italian eatery with varied pizza options from coal-fired to Roman-style, plus beer on tap.
Admission Ticket Free
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Molinari Delicatessen
Old-school Italian deli offers artisanal meats, cheeses & breads, with takeaway sandwiches & fare.
Admission Ticket Free
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Golden Boy Pizza
local pizzeria
Admission Ticket Free
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Sotto Mare
Neighborhood spot with nautical decor & a menu of pasta, cioppino & other Italian-style seafood.
Admission Ticket Free
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The Stinking Rose
Even desserts have garlic at this unique Italian eatery with a menu highlighting that ingredient.
Admission Ticket Free
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Stella Pastry & Cafe
Neighborhood shop features traditional & Italian pastries, treats & desserts in a charming interior.
Admission Ticket Free
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Vesuvio Cafe
Visitors & locals alike toast Kerouac et al. amid Beat-era memorabilia at this North Beach icon.
Admission Ticket Free
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City Lights Booksellers
City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City Lights Foundation, which publishes selected titles related to San Francisco culture.
Admission Ticket Free
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Victoria Pastry
Welcoming bakery serving a range of homemade Italian desserts, cookies & treats.
Admission Ticket Free
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Stockton Street
Stockton Street
Admission Ticket Free
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Good Mong Kok Bakery
Celebrated Chinese fixture boasts a variety of homemade dim sum & baked goods in a compact interior.
Admission Ticket Free
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Transamerica Pyramid
The Transamerica Pyramid at 600 Montgomery Street between Clay and Washington Streets in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, United States, is a 48-story futurist building and the second-tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline.
Admission Ticket Free
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Salesforce Tower
Salesforce Tower, formerly known as the Transbay Tower, is a 1,070-foot office skyscraper in the South of Market district of downtown San Francisco.
Admission Ticket Free
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Jackson Square
ackson Square is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, bounded by Broadway, Washington St. on the south, Columbus Ave. on the west and Battery St. on the east with any number of nearby satellite buildings and residents outside the bounds that truly belong to the neighborhood.
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants (4 and under) are free, but they must be seated on the lap of an adult.
  • Cable cars are wheeled and not on rails to provide maximum flexibility for city sightseeing
  • Dress in layers as temperatures can be quite cold on the open-air cable car
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Cable car fun!
laurienit
, Feb 2020
Very fun tour! We really saw all of San Francisco. Val the tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Our driver , Roger, was friendly, knowledgeable and a gave us a smooth and comfortable ride.
star-5
The painted lady houses and the Golden gate bridge and more
cjwermie
, Jan 2020
The tour was awesome. Riding on the converted cable car was great. Our guide Robin and driver Sheila were great and made the tour very enjoyable. We saw the highlights of the city and enjoyed all the info that our guides provided.
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Day out
tracymanley35
, Jan 2020
Very informative, interesting and enjoyable. Was very cold so wrap up warm even with the blankets they give you. Curt was our guide and John our driver top marks for both. Thank you for a great trip
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EXCELLENT,
samuelp0nce
, Dec 2019
driver and guide were really nice people. i loved the tour. nothing to complain about. everything was ready when needed
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Trolly ride with Curt and John
Lisa C
, Nov 2019
Very informative! Curt knows the city! Great driving by John. Nice stops and picture taking opportunities! We had a great time and would strongly recommend that someone take this tour to get a great look at the city.
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San Francisco City Tour
lilkim527
, Nov 2019
Great City tour. Very informative and educational. The driver John and tour guide Frank were wonderful. Very funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. I will definitely attend this tour again. The tour included many neighborhoods and local spots that only residents would know about and it’s also included the Golden Gate Bridge. Well worth the money and a great use of your time if visiting the Bay Area.
star-5
Enthusiastic tour guide and wonderful destinations
henryhhuang90
, Nov 2019
Great tour, took us to all the major landmarks. Could very well be a quintessential thing to do in SF
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Great introduction to San Francisco
Kelley E
, Oct 2019
We are so glad we took this tour! It was fun riding on the cable car to see all the main sights of the city and hear history, stories, and interesting facts. Very informative with stops at city hall, the painted ladies Victorian homes, and golden gate bridge for short walking tours and photo stops. Curt and Roger were great! Highly recommend for a nice intro to the city.
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Fun tour
steinerla
, Oct 2019
Great overview of the city and surrounding area. The guide Vicki and driver Roger were exceptional. I would certainly recommend this tour.
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Nice way to see the city
mojo10346
, Oct 2019
We only had one full day in San Francisco and this was the best way to see the city. Frank and Mia were our hosts. Frank was very informative and Mia did a great job driving. Riding in the converted cable car bus was a nice novelty. I would definitely recommend this tour!!!

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