WHAT IS REAL SAN FRANCISCO TOURS?
Our guests are interested, curious people who want a real experience of San Francisco. That’s why we do metro and walking tours – 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 our cable cars, jumping off to explore its 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, the Hayes Valley, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, North Beach and Chinatown. If you really want to get to know SF, this is the best way to do it.
Nob Hill to the Haight Tour: Spend a morning getting to know the real S.F. Take the cable car to Nob Hill and from there visit City Hall, Hayes Valley, Castro and before finishing in Haight-Ashbury.
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, and then visit and learn about Haight-Ashbury.
Castro to the Mission Tour: Learn about how the LGBTQ Movement began in historic Castro, before viewing some stunning murals and finishing the tour in the birthplace of SF, the Mission District.
All of our experiences can be booked as private tours.
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 S.F. 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
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 has always been one of my biggest passions and I lived in Germany, Spain and Australia, before moving to California in 2008. Since then it’s become my family’s home and we love it. In 2013 I founded The Real Los Angeles Tours, bringing walking, bicycling and metro tours, focused on history, culture and architecture, to L.A. I’ve always loved San Francisco and I really wanted to bring the same kinds of tours here too. Finally, in 2020, I was able to fulfill my dream.
Got Questions about San Francisco or California?
S.F. Info is dedicated to answering those queries, so you can make the most of your trip.
Need help finding activities and attractions while you’re here? Check 15 Things to Do in San Francisco for a rundown of the key, not-to-be-missed, highlights that only locals like us know about, and 12 Things to Do in California, if you're planning to see other parts of this great state. Bringing the family? Then look at 10 Things to Do in SF with Kids to get some great ideas for activities that will keep everyone, parents and children, entertained.
Wondering how to get around San Francisco? Thinking of renting a car? To help you we’ve written a guide – How to Use Transit in San Francisco - so you can easily navigate the city using public transport, just like a San Franciscan.
And, finally, we give you advice on that most troubling of issues for a visitor to the United States – the gratuity – in Tipping in the U.S., because we know that our custom of tipping can be very confusing, not to mention frequently stressful, for tourists.
Whatever your questions, we have the answers.