The Real Metro Sightseeing Tour

All the transit of Real SF Tour, half the trekking.

DAYS: Monday-Saturday
DURATION:M-F 8:30 a.m.-2:00, Sat 9:30 a.m.-3:00
TREK: 3+ miles
DIFFICULTY: Easy
AGE: 12-65. No strollers. No infants.
PRICE: $59.00

Real Cable Car! Sightseeing! Less Walking!!

10 People per tour guide max.

(you’ll need to be fit enough for a short jog if needed to catch the bus)We’ll be hopping on and off transit for leisurely walks to the best S.F. sights all morning long!!

We are now calling the first half (distance) of the Real SF day, The Real Metro Sightseeing Tour. It’s a chance to ride the city’s public transit system, including the Cable Cars, without having to do the most strenuous part of the trekking. For our very own Metro Sightseeing Tour we take you on every form of public transit offered by San Francisco Muni.  This is an incredible premium day in The City by the Bay at $59 per person. It’s a 5+ hour Sightseeing Tour with a maximum of 10 people!!  This tour isn’t designed for kids (content) or seniors.  Even though there is less walking, there is still enough walking that you need to be fit enough to get up and down stairs and occasionally jog for a bus big city style.

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WHERE TO MEET

CALIFORNIA STREET
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. 150 Market St. will get you very close to the meeting place, you will not find a printed or visible address.*

Tours meet 10-15 (no one will be at the meeting place prior to that) 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.

GETTING THERE

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 Building and Drumm Street 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.

PARKING

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.

The meeting place is between the south side of the Hyatt Regency 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 Bldg Clock Tower.

SEE MORE OF SAN FRANCISCO

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INFO TO GO

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WALKING

This tour includes very short walks, a few indoor staircases, and a lot of rides on public transit. There are multiple staircases and some very high step ups to the Cable Cars. Occasionally we will have to walk briskly to catch the transit. If you are not able to walk briskly on stairs this tour may not be a good choice. Also please note the Cable Cars are exempt from the ADA by a specific act of congress.

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TRANSIT PASSES

All necessary public transportation passes are included for the duration of this tour.

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WEATHER

Conditions on Nob Hill and can change quickly, wind is likely while on the Cable Cars, and at Alamo Square Park. Please carry jackets. This tour will go rain or shine with a minimum of 2 passengers.

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DRESS

Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light Jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Snacks

FOOD

Please finish all coffee before the tour. Coffee is not allowed on the Cable Cars and we can’t wait for you to finish. Eat a good breakfast, we will be moving the whole Metro Tour. We stop for lunch in the Marina/Cow Hollow area. There will be opportunities for snacks and coffee throughout the tour.

THE REAL METRO SIGHTSEEING ROUTE

This tour utilizes the city’s Metro Transit System and trekking for a partial day of unbelievable sightseeing, exploring and discovery. We begin with a ride on the California Cable Car that takes us through the Financial District and Chinatown up to the top of Nob Hill. We take a very brief photo stop of Grace Cathedral and the only remaining pre earthquake mansion, and the recently unveiled statue of Tony Bennet. We take a brief walk past the Fairmont Hotel as we make our way down the hill to Union Square on the second Cable Car ride of the tour. We see many  popular icons along the way. When we reach Market st. its a quick switch to the F-Line streetcar where we pass through the mysterious and often challenging Tenderloin Dist. We continue to the Civic Center for views of City Hall and the Opera Plaza, which includes a brand new Veterans Memorial. We stroll past Davies Symphony Hall on the way to our morning break in Hayes Valley, an upscale neighborhood known for its amazing food, fashion and art. From there its underground we go, on the Muni Metro, making our way to the famed Mission District. Many consider the Mission to be the cultural heart and soul of the city, after exploring the rich and colorful history and aesthetics of this neighborhood we head to the famous Castro District where the colors of the rainbow abound. After the Castro we will continue on surface streets, using one of the city’s most scenic bus lines to arrive at the Haight Ashbury then after a short stroll it’s on to the World Famous Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, and the Nopa district (one of the city’s emerging ) where we wneighborhoodsill do our best to get a sample of the world famous Bi Rite Ice Cream. As we make our way on the way to Pacific Heights you will be amazed at the sheer number of Victorians we view. By the time we get off the Bus in Billionaires Row you will understand why the locals tell you that the most amazing victorians are not in Alamo Square. The short walk through “The Row” to Mrs Doubtfire’s house can only be described as breathtaking. After a quick photo-op, we will find an amazing partial view of the Golden Gate Bridge, then its back on the bus to the heart of the Cow Hollow/Marina district where we can grab lunch. On combo days the guide will continue on with all day tour from here. We have found that a soft ending is working well here. There are several bus lines you can take from here on your own. It’s a short bus ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, and Lombard Street, or another bus will take you to the Golden gate Bridge. Some guests are choosing to stay in the Marina for lunch and then riding the bus up the hill and walking down the crooked part of Lombard Street on their own. Some guests have been so enchanted they have chosen to add on the full day!! All are great choices!!

 

List of highlights

Cinatown
Nob Hill
Union Square
Civic Center
Hayes Valley
Mission
Castro
Haight Ashbury
Bi Rite Ice Cream
Painted Ladies/Alamo Sq.
Pacific Heights
Mrs Doubtfire’s House
Cow Hollow

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