WHAT IS REAL SAN FRANCISCO TOURS?
Our guests are interested, curious people who want a real experience of San Francisco. That’s why we offer walking tours and use the metro – it’s the best way to see and learn about the city, as well as being the most eco-friendly. Anyway, who doesn’t want to see SF using cable cars, exploring cool neighborhoods with their own guide? We guarantee our San Francisco tours are an experience you’ll never forget. This is what we do:
SF in a Day Tour: We take you places that no one else does, traversing the city by cable car, rail and bus as we visit downtown, Nob Hill, City Hall, Hayes Valley, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, North Beach and Chinatown. If you really want to get to know SF, this is the only way to do it (9am daily).
Nob Hill to the Haight Tour: Spend a morning getting to know the real SF. Taking the cable car up to Nob Hill and down to City Hall and Hayes Valley. Then head to Castro before ending the tour in Haight-Ashbury (9am daily).
Golden Gate Park to the Haight Tour: Start your day with a stroll through one of our best parks, viewing some hidden spots only locals know about, then discover Haight-Ashbury (10am daily).
Notorious SF: Scandal & Crime Tour: Go back in time to visit the sites of old Hollywood scandals, red-light districts, opium dens, gang violence and Gold Rush era lynchings (6pm Saturday).
All of our experiences can be booked as private tours.
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I love travel. In the past there was nothing I enjoyed more than visiting a city and getting lost wandering its streets. However, during a trip to Europe in 2012, I discovered a guided walking tour and realized that it’s a much better experience. I got a quick history lesson, saw most of the best sights and was able to ask all the vital questions I had (like where to have lunch) from a local expert. It was the highlight of my trip and I began doing walking tours in every city I visited.
Returning home, to Los Angeles, I looked for a walking tour there, but all I found were bus tours of Beverly Hills, which isn’t where the “stars” live nowadays, and Rodeo Drive, where Angelenos like me never go. So, I decided to start a new company, offering visitors totally different tours, that would allow them to properly experience LA and learn its fascinating history. I launched The Real Los Angeles Tours in 2013 and recently we were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award, in recognition of the hundreds of five-star reviews we've received.
I spend a lot of time in the Bay Area and one time I did an all-day tour of SF. Unfortunately that company closed shortly after, but I always remembered how amazing the experience had been and how much I'd learnt, so, in 2020, we launched Real San Francisco Tours, bringing the same type of tours that we offer in LA to SF. Our mission here is to give you a genuine and entertaining experience of the real San Francisco. Join us on a tour and we promise it will be the highlight of your trip.
- Damien, founder of Real San Francisco Tours
At high school in Sacramento I read everything Californian John Steinbeck wrote. Then I pursued a nomadic Steinbeckian life for two years. After military service and university here and in Germany, I got into tour guiding. I’ve conducted tours in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. I enjoy the “close to the ground” intimacy of walking tours. San Francisco offers so much to share; geology, topography, history, politics, prose, poetry, art, music and the stories of so many unique characters. It’s what I do and I love it!
I was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, right here in California. I was lucky, from an early age I traveled the world with my parents, visiting Europe (many times), Australia and the U.S. In many of those places I’ve done walking tours and I’ve become a huge fan of them. History is a big passion of mine and I always love learning new things. I run the office for Real San Francisco Tours and in my time off you’ll find me surfing at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or enjoying tacos at my favorite Mexican restaurant.
I’m that rare breed – someone living in San Francisco who was born and raised here. I was a History Major at UC Berkeley and since leaving I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively. Ironically, one thing those vacations made me realize is that my hometown is a great place to visit too. San Francisco is a city of such distinct neighborhoods, each with its own charms, it’s unique. I’ve worked as a tour guide for many years and I love meeting fellow travelers from all over the world, sharing my passion for this amazing city.
I’m from the UK and I majored in History at the University of London. Travel is one of my main passions and I lived in Germany, Spain and Australia, before moving to California. Since then it’s become home and I love it. In 2013 I founded The Real Los Angeles Tours, bringing walking, bicycling and metro tours, focused on history, culture, architecture and food, to L.A. I’ve always loved San Francisco and I wanted to bring the same kinds of tours here too, so I’m very happy that I’ve been able to fulfill that dream.
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