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!!!
SF in a Day Tour
$110 / pp
Includes all transit travel
WALKING & METRO
Less than 5 miles walking
Over a day it’s an easy distance
10am – 6pm (8 hours)
Our SF in a Day tour will take you places that no other San Francisco tour company does, traversing the city by cable-car, tram and bus as we visit enchanted gardens, secret stairs, glorious rooftop vistas and many of the city’s nicest neighborhoods, to create an unforgettable experience. You’ll avoid crowds at the usual tourist hot-spots, while experiencing the real culture of SF and learning its storied history. If you really want to know San Francisco, this walking and cable car tour is the best option you'll find.
We’ll start your tour in downtown San Francisco, near Embarcadero, when we take the cable-car to the top of Nob Hill. It's where the railroad millionaires of the nineteenth century built their magnificent mansions, because of the central location and fantastic views. From there we take the cable-car down to City Hall (or, on the weekend, the Cable Car Museum). After going inside this huge historic building, we can walk over to nearby Hayes Valley, which is a great place to get a morning coffee.
After that we head to the Castro, a hugely important symbol in the LGBTQ+ movement and a fascinating and fun neighborhood, which you'll learn all about. We finish the morning part of the tour in Haight-Ashbury, which is forever associated with the Hippie and anti-Vietnam War movements. By this time you'll be hungry, so it's the perfect time to pause your SF in a Day tour for lunch.
After lunch we take you to see an icon of San Francisco - the Painted Ladies - at Alamo Square. From there we head to another SF icon - Lombard Street, which you can walk down. Experiencing it this way means avoiding the usual gridlock on the surrounding streets AND getting the best photos.
We finish the tour with a stroll through North Beach (Little Italy) to Chinatown, where your SF in a Day tour ends, in the perfect place to get dinner. By then you’ll have had an authentic experience of San Francisco and made some beautiful memories to take home with you.
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: $110 pp.
*Walking distance: less than 5 miles over the day.
*Tour finishes 6 pm, Chinatown (about 10 minutes walk from meeting point).
*Travel by San Francisco transit during tour is included in ticket price ($20 value).
*2 cable car rides and 1 journey on the historic streetcar included (if possible).
*There’s a big range of food options and all types of diet are available (vegan, gluten-free etc).
*We donate $1 for every guest to Climate Cents, a climate change organization.
*A great option if you have a layover in San Francisco, you'll make the most of your time.
You can book this as a private tour starting at just $800 for up to 10 guests
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.
Food/drinks are not included.
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.
Please note cable car and streetcar operations can be affected by events and technical issues beyond our control.
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.