DURATION: M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:15, Sat 9:00 a.m.- 5:15
THE WALKING TOUR THAT SAYS IT ALL
10 People per tour guide max.
The Real SF Tour is a California style, all day trek that takes you through 11 of the city’s coolest neighborhoods on Cable Cars, Buses, Muni Metro, and Bart. This incredible tour combines stops at secret spots, enchanted gardens and back alleys with unique views of Alcatraz, The Waterfront, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the tour everybody is raving about on Trip Advisor. This tour is offered as an overview of the culture, neighborhoods and history of SF. If you are only interested in the transit portion of the tour please see The Metro Sightseeing Tour, which is only the first portion of the day on transit.
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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. 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 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).
INFO TO GO
You must be able to walk 4 separate uphill 1.5 block sections. There are also a total of 6 uphill and 15 downhill flights of stairs throughout the day. This tour will meet or exceed your doctor’s recommendation to walk every day. The day encompasses over 5 miles of walking including short uphill sections and hidden stairways that most people find extremely enjoyable.
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
- Lunch Money
Eat a good breakfast. We make a snack stop around 11:00 (not included). Lunch (not included) is around 2:00 p.m. Food and drink are not allowed on the Cable Car.
THE REAL SF ROUTE
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