About Us

OUR GUIDES

The Real SF Tour prides itself on being an authentic experience, so all of our guides are San Francisco residents. Not everybody can be a native San Franciscan but we look for folks who have lived here long enough to know the city and the transit system in depth. We also like to make sure that everyone who works with us is plugged into S.F.’s culture, we are painters, and photographers, and performers and surfers and cyclists, rock climbers. We also take great care to train our guides to make every tour a five star experience for you, we want the Real SF Tour to be a true standout on your journey to this great city!

SEAN

Sean is a musician, artist and math teacher who is fully tapped into S.F.’s creative energy. He graduated from San Francisco State with a dual-emphasis degree in (oil) painting and computer graphics. Currently he’s working with other artists to put on art shows in interesting spaces in the city, preparing a portfolio for a Masters in Architecture, and recording an album of original indie-rock music. He feels that strong support from the artistic community of San Francisco has helped to shape who he is. A passion for meeting new people, making people laugh and sharing good food and stories is what drive his tours.

KATYA

Born and raised in Eastern Europe Katya moved to San Francisco as a teenager and the city has been her home ever since. She has spent most of her 20 years in San Francisco bartending in various bars and clubs throughout the city or sailing the SF bay as a first mate on a tour cruise. She loves meeting people and sharing her knowledge and her affection for the city. Her other passions include learning about different cultures and cuisines, experiencing new places, snowboarding, mountain climbing and riding her beat up motorcycle. She speaks fluent Russian and Bulgarian as well as conversational Spanish. After traveling in over 30 countries and 10 states, she still confidently calls SF her favorite city in the world.

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LEAD GUIDE AND CREATOR OF THE REAL SF TOUR

CHRIS COURTNEY

Chris is a San Francisco Native who has spent his entire life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris has 5 years formal experience as a tour guide and 10 years of experience as an award winning photography teacher, and he has been showing people the city of San Francisco his entire life.

The inspiration for The Real SF Tour came from a combination of elements. First was simply wanting to share his lifelong passion for this amazing city. That combined with people finishing the traditional tours he was guiding saying they had a great time but also asking “what do we do next?”. Of course Chris always had great suggestions but also always had the burning desire to show visitors the city beyond the tourist attractions. Finally while waiting for the bus one day, iphone in hand, he realized that because of the new technology you could actually use the public transit system to create the most authentic tour of San Francisco with the city itself providing the experience. The result is The Real SF Tour.

In addition to his experience as a guide and teacher Chris has been a street photographer for almost 20 years. This passion for documenting street culture has taken Chris many places in the city that others have not seen. His passion extends beyond the city into the natural treasures of the region. Chris grew up rock climbing, river rafting, spelunking, hiking/backpacking, mountain biking and is currently an avid surfer. He is also an experienced guide for Wine Country, Yosemite, Big Sur and Monterey, and Muir Woods. So if your interested in some sweet single track some nice wine, or a tasty Nor Cal wave or any combination, make sure and give The Real SF Tour a call.

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