DURATION: 8:30am – 12:00pm OR 1:00pm – 4:30pm
PRICE: $35 – $45
EXPLORE THE CORRIDORS
We’ll discover the location of buried ships from the Gold Rush era, a hidden tunnel from the Prohibition era and the Painted Ladies, the most famous survivors of the 1906 Earthquake. If you want to see the city our way but aren’t sure about the longer walks or the hills this is the tour for you.
Embarcadero / SOMA
Cable Car Ride
Yerba Buena Lane
WHERE TO MEET
CABLE CAR TERMINUS
This Tour meets at the intersection of Market and Drumm Streets look for the clock on the pole (see photo). This clock is between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the intersection of Market and Drumm, near a marketing kiosk. The meeting place is approximately 20 feet from the terminus of the California Street Cable Car line. It is across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Please do not look for 50 Drumm Street.* Tours meet 10-15 minutes prior to the published departure time. There is no office, so if you arrive early please be patient. All tours depart at the published time.
We recommend using transit to get to the start of the tour. BART and MUNI both stop at the Embarcadero Station. When you exit the train look for signs that direct you towards the Ferry Bldg. and Drumm St. The historic F line streetcars stop at Market and Drumm if you are coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf direction, or at Market and Beale if you are coming from The Castro direction. Some bus lines service this intersection such as the 21 Hayes.
Is very difficult and expensive and driving is not recommended particularly on weekdays. Meters are enforced 24/7 along the Embarcadero. On Saturday parking is available at the Maritime Building on Clay between Front and Davis for $7.00 or $3.00 with a validated Ferry Building stamp (available at the Bay Crossings shop.
*We must use the 50 Drumm Street address online in order for Google Maps and other mapping apps to point at the right location. This is actually the address of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting place is between the south side of the Hotel and Market Street. Please make sure not to wait in front of the Hotel or in the Lobby. Please do not go to the Ferry Building Clock Tower.
SEE MORE OF SAN FRANCISCO
INFO TO GO
Even though this tour is primarily flat walking, it requires walking 3 miles. This tour does not include any stops for shopping or samples.
All necessary public transportation passes are included with the purchase of this tour.
Be prepared for changing weather, you will most likely experience San Francisco’s famous micro climates.
Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.
WHAT TO BRING
- Light Jacket
- Hand Sanitizer
Eat a good breakfast before the morning tour and a good lunch before the afternoon tour. We make a snack stop approximately 1 hour into the tour (not included).
THE REAL DOWNTOWN ROUTE
This 3.5 hour tour explores the corridors of San Francisco’s cosmopolitan downtown districts. This tour begins at the California St. Cable Car and proceeds on foot initially, through the SOMA dist, across The Embarcadero for stunning views of the Bay Bridge and through the Ferry Bldg. We then board the California St. Cable Car to Grant Ave in the heart of Chinatown. We take a brief walk through this historic district before continuing to south corner of North Beach.
The Barbary Coast neighborhood is next, often overlooked, yet rich with history and modern day culture. This tour then passes through a mini redwood forest right at the base of the Pyramid bldg. We explore incredible architecture and the veiw from the roof of a 15 story building before exploring hidden and intimate corridors. We then board the city’s underground system and head to the far west end of the city center where we walk right through City Hall. We ride a bus through the Hayes Valley Neighborhood, the gateway to the famous Painted Ladies in the heart of the famous Alamo Square Park Historic District.
We then head right for the heart of the downtown SoMA District. Once downtown the tour passes by the through Yerba Buena Lane home of the Jewish Heritage museum and one of the city’s oldest church’s, St. Patricks. We take in a great view of Yerba Buena Gardens and SF MoMA on the way to Maiden Lane a gem of the Union Square District we end the tour in the shadow of the storied Dewey Memorial right at Union Square.