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!!!
The Real San Francisco Bike Tour
$90 / pp
Includes bike rental
Moderate difficulty level
10am - 2pm (4 hours)
Join us on our Real San Francisco Bike tour - you'll have fun, get some exercise and learn all about the city's history. The beauty of using a bike is that you still get a real experience of the city, but you can cover a lot more ground than by walking. What that means with this tour is that we can include downtown, City Hall, some picturesque neighborhoods, a lovely park that has great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf AND SF's historic waterfront. Even better, it's not even a long route.
We’ll start your tour at the famous Embarcadero, as we cycle into the heart of San Francisco. It's a great way to see and learn the history of this incredible city. How the city was founded, the Gold Rush and the Great Fire of 1906 - these are all topics that we discuss at interesting locations along the route. We pay a visit to SF's magnificent City Hall (guests can go inside during the week) and then we head past Little Saigon and Nob Hill towards Union Street, a lovely neighborhood full of shops, bars and cafe's.
Next we cycle through the Presidio, a beautiful park that was at various points a military outpost of three separate nations. Crissy Field has some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge that you can find. After that we take you through the Marina District, past Fort Mason, to Fisherman's Wharf. There we take a break for lunch (you may need it). Then we cycle along San Francisco's historic waterfront, past local landmark Coit Tower, back to the Embarcadero, where the Real San Francisco Bike tour ends.
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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.
In Case of Bad Weather
A decision on how to operate the tour will ONLY be made at the start time. The tour is NEVER canceled due to bad weather.
IF bad weather doesn't allow the safe (and pleasant) use of bikes we turn the experience into a walking and metro tour instead.
We will take you on the historic cable car to Nob Hill, give you a quick tour of the area, before going to the Cable Car Museum. After a tour of the museum we'll jump on another cable car to Fisherman's Wharf, where we show you around and take a break for lunch. Lastly, we'll take you on the historic streetcar along the waterfront back to the Ferry Terminal, where the tour will end as normal, at 2 pm.
Either way, no matter what, you'll have a great experience.
Logistics & Details
*Cost: $90 pp.
*Cycling distance: about 10 miles.
*Tour starts 10 am daily, Embarcadero.
*Tour finishes 2 pm, same place.
*Bike rental is included in price.
*All Metro travel included (if biking is not possible).
*See downtown SF, nice neighborhoods and the waterfront (including lunch at Fisherman's Wharf).
*Children under 5 y.o. can go in a child’s seat, which can be rented on the day for $30 (no ticket required).
*We donate $1 for every guest to Climate Cents, a climate change organization.
You can book this as a private tour starting at just $500 for up to 6 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.
Lunch is not included.
This is a bike tour and we move at a reasonable pace. All guests must be in appropriate physical condition and able to ride a bicycle on the road.
This tour is not recommended for children under 12 y.o. (unless traveling in a child seat).
You must wear appropriate footwear (no flip-flops).
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