Such an interesting deep dive into the Castro and Mission neighborhoods, for which we had an incredibly sunny warm summer day. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, having grown up in the area, and pointed out not only historical places, but beautiful murals, homes and fun nooks and crannies (like hidden stairways to streets) that we never would have seen on our own. We definitely came away with much more of an appreciation for Castro and the Mission (love Dolores Park!) and will seek out other neighborhoods on our next trip!
I had the most amazing time, as a solo traveller doing a small group tour is perfect. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us lots of fun facts along the way and the whole experience was very interesting. Bring your walking shoes we started at 10 am and finished at 6 pm, I highly recommend you do this tour. We went to places tourist didn’t go.
My Boyfriend and I booked an all Day SF tour with Christofer and had an amazing time! He knew a ton of history which we loved and we were able to see a ton. We loved it as it had been our first time visiting. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to be shown around the city.
Did a wonderful tour with these guys while I was in San Francisco on business. I’d also done a tour with the sister company in Los Angeles several years ago. Kevin, who was the guide, was great and it was so nice to be outside. We learnt tons about SF. Definitely recommended!
Our guide Damien was so very knowledgeable about the area and history of SF. We experienced different methods of transport (avoiding those big hills!) and areas we would not otherwise have known about.
Damien was the best! Friendly & very informative. He took into consideration our interests & made it very enjoyable. Great exercise- best way to see SF. Liked Haight Ashbury the most.
We had a two day layover in San Francisco, so we wanted to make the most of our time there. It’s always been somewhere we wanted to visit and on this tour we got to all the places we most dreamed of going – downtown, Nob hill, Castro, Haight Ashbury, painted ladies, Lombard St, North beach and Chinatown. It was only a small group and the guide was amazing. It wasn’t tiring at all and we had a great time jumping from trains to buses to cable cars. AWESOME DAY!!!
Icons of SF Tour
$50 / pp
Includes all transit travel
WALKING & METRO
An easy walking distance
3.30pm - 6pm (2.5 hours)
On this tour you'll visit some of the most iconic places in San Francisco – the Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, North Beach (Little Italy) and Chinatown – as we take you on a short, but deep, dive into this amazing city. See famous places and historic neighborhoods at street-level, the best way to do it, as we walk through, and take buses around, SF.
The Icons of SF tour starts at Alamo Square, where we'll introduce you to the Painted Ladies, beautiful Victorian houses perfectly framed against the San Francisco skyline. After that we walk through the fun Fillmore District before catching a bus to Russian Hill and the next icon, Lombard Street (passing the house used in the movie Mrs Doubtfire). On our tour you'll walk down the 'crookedest street in the world' – the best way of avoiding traffic on the surrounding roads AND getting the best photos.
From there we stroll into the heart of North Beach, one of San Francisco's most historic, picturesque and fascinating neighborhoods. We can even stop for refreshments in one of the great cafes or bars there, if needed. From there it's just a short walk to the final icon. SF's Chinatown is the oldest in the U.S., and its design has been copied by other Chinatowns all over the world. During the nineteenth century if was full of opium dens and parlor houses, but now it's the perfect place to end your Icons of SF tour, because it has some of the best restaurants in the city. Your guide can make recommendations for dinner or drinks after the tour.
Our tours can sell out. If you can't make a booking email [email protected], telling us when you want to go and how many guests are in your party. If we can squeeze you in we’ll let you know.
Logistics & Details
*Cost: $50 pp.
*Walking distance: 2 miles.
*Tour finishes 6 pm, Chinatown.
*Travel by San Francisco transit is included in ticket price.
*Have dinner or drinks after the tour in either North Beach or Chinatown (guide can make recommendations – and you can see for yourself).
*We donate $1 for every guest to Climate Cents, a climate change organization.
You can book this as a private tour starting at just $325 for up to 10 guests
Private tours can be booked for any time between 9am-6pm
This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option for you. We do not offer this tour in any other language at this time.
This is a walking tour and we move at a reasonable pace, climbing several hills and sets of steps. It’s not suitable for people with mobility issues.
This tour is not recommended for children under 15 y.o.
We never cancel tours in advance due to the weather conditions. Be sure to wear layered clothing, we can get four seasons in a day.
Aim to get to the meeting point 10-15 minutes early. If you’re late you may miss the tour.
Contactless payment for gratuities available, please allow 15-20%.
Full refund or exchange available up to 48 hours before tour start time.
You must book in advance.
Subject to change at our discretion