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San Francisco Walking Tour

In-depth walking tour with a local

$237 — 5 hours
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As the art and culture capital of the USA, enigmatic San Francisco hits its stride in any season with its year-round sun and cool temperatures to hang around.

Get expert advice and insider tips from a local what to do in San Francisco, where to go and how to have fun.

You can choose your customizable walking tour and make it 5, 7 or even 10-hour experience! You’re welcome to pay the difference on tour.  ($40/extra hour)


*The itinerary depends on how many stops you want to make during the tour, and may be revised.

*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.


5 hour tour- Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Coit Tower, Lombard St., Nob Hill, Civic Center


9am - Meet at Hotel near Union Square and walk to Union Square.


9:15am - Union square. Originally a sand dune, Union Square later comprised a public park and an underground parking garage. Today, the one-block plaza and the surrounding neighborhood is a vibrant urban epicenter where upscale boutiques and fine restaurants and gleaming icons of modern architecture set the tone for the Union Square’s dynamic character.


9:45am - Cable car to Chinatown/North Beach. Picturesque hills and majestic architecture give way to diverse ethnicity and American-Italian heritage and e Exquisite culinary indulgences.

The San Francisco Dungeon, Ripley’s Believe it or not, Musee Mecanique, USS Pampanito, Sea Lion Center, Aquarium of the Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 will keep you for the rest for the day, if you decide to choose North Beach as your drop off destination.


10:15am – Chinatown. Steeped in old traditions while embracing local atmosphere, Chinatown is an intriguing adventure for travelers seeking a truly authentic experience.

Don’t skip the stellar Transamerica Pyramid!


11am - North Beach-Lombard St-Coit Tower. Wander around the magnificent Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Don’t miss Coit Tower. With its rotunda, nesting cylinders and murals, some of which are done in fresco, it’s a masterpiece of design.

Gaze at the incredible skyline from Coit Tower and to look at life from a different perspective.

Lombard Streets is both a museum under open sky and a refreshing escape.

Among other tourist attractions are Washington Square, Peter and Paul Church, Eden Gallery, Levi’a Plaza Park and Columbus Avenue.


12pm - Cable Car back to Nob Hill. Spend the afternoon strolling along shady walkways of the most affluent districts of San Francisco, which have always been popular among upper-class citizens.

Take in fascinating architecture, Grace Cathedral, world-class hotels and Huntington Park to enjoy outdoors. 


12:30pm - Nob Hill, Russian Hill.  These two are the hills of "The Seven Hills of San Francisco". Apart from Nob Hill and Russian Hill, the list includes Telegraph Hill, Rincon Hill, Twin Peaks, Mount Davidson and Lone Mountain, or Mount Sutro.

Russian Hill is located directly to the west of the North Beach, to the north from Nob Hill, to the south from Fisherman's Wharf.

Among attractions of Russian Hill are: Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, and Fisherman's Wharf – all extremely popular must-sees of San Francisco.

Peruse the local shops for handicrafts and local souvenirs, pubs and coffee shops.


1pm - Walk down to Market. Market Street is an artery for the city of San Francisco, and is sometimes called the local Fifth Avenue and the Champs-Élysées.

Market Street was originally laid out by a 26-year-old trained civil engineer

Jasper O'Farrell, who later established the street as the widest street in San Francisco, 120 feet (36.5 m) between property lines.

Surrounded by authentic restaurants, wine bars and boutiques, towering skyscrapers and acclaimed museums, Market is where it’s happening.


1:30pm - Muni to Civic center. Travel is so much more when you get closer to local life and how it is lived here. What is the best way to feel like a local than taking a local muni?


1:45pm - Civic center. Civic Center is an area at the intersection of the widest streets of the City - Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, and is perfect for a relaxed stroll to enjoy beautiful buildings in classical architectural style.


2pm – Finish and drop off at your hotel or any place you wish

7 hour tour- Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard St, Coit Tower, Nob Hill, Civic Center, Haight-Ashbury, Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Park


9am - Meet at Hotel near Union square and walk to Union Square


9:15am - Union square


9:45am - Cable car to Chinatown/North beach


10:15am - Chinatown


11am - North Beach-Lombard St-Coit Tower


12pm - Cable Car back to Nob Hill


12:30pm - Nob Hill


1pm - Walk down to Market


1:30pm - Muni to Civic center


1:45pm - Civic center


2:15pm - Take Muni to Haight area.


2:45pm - Get off at Cole Valley and walk to Haight-Ashbury. Travel back in time at the beautifully maintained Haight Ashbury with casual and classy restaurants around, thrilling activities and ever-present Summer of Love.


3pm - Haight-Ashbury-Painted Ladies-Golden Gate Park. 

Golden Gate Park is a hot spot for everyone – whether you are a nature-lover, museum-type, photography maniac or just want to escape from the hustle and bustle. Two museums, three lakes, and countless thematic gardens, fields, stadiums and picnic spots. The best spot to finish the walking tour and indulge in the peaceful oasis in the middle of the city.


4pm - Drop off at your hotel or any place in the city center

9-10 hour tour- Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard St, Coit Tower, Nob Hill, Civic Center, Haight-Ashbury, Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Park, Castro, Mission


9am - Meet at Hotel near Union square and walk to Union Square


9:15am - Union square


9:45am - Cable car to Chinatown/North beach


10:15am - Chinatown


11am - North Beach-Lombard St-Coit Tower


12pm - Cable Car back to Nob Hill


12:30pm - Nob Hill


1pm - Walk down to Market


1:30pm - Muni to Civic center


1:45pm - Civic center


2:15pm - Take Muni to Haight area


2:45pm - Get off at Cole Valley and walk to Haight-Ashbury


3pm - Haight-Ashbury-Painted Ladies-Golden Gate Park


4pm - Muni to The Castro


4:30pm – The Castro


5pm - Walk to Mission


5:30pm - Mission


6pm – Drop off at your hotel or some place in Downtown


Or else you can veer from the suggested itinerary, tell us what you want to see, try and experience, and we will fine-tine the exclusive itinerary for you.  


Your tour: Fun facts, iconic places, local experience, great neighborhoods, friendly guide
Your guide: Bright, energetic, local, enthusiastic and fun! Your guide is your local friend.
Activity Level: moderate
Maximum travelers: 4
Pick up & Drop off: Lobby of your hotel or any place within San Francisco city limits
Start time: any time
Extra hours: If you are having a good time and want your San Francisco tour to last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged $40 USD per extra hour.
Tipping suggestions: If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.

What you get:

  • + Meet a local and make a new friend in San Francisco.
  • + Exciting fun communication with a local, not just boring history lessons.
  • + Ask your guide questions about any subject, get genuinely connected with your guide.
  • + Private San Francisco tour, customized itinerary, personalized experience.
  • + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit your individual preferences.
  • + Your personal tour guide focuses solely on you and makes sure you get the most out of your experience.
  • + Your personal travel consultant is at your service any time via email, facebook, skype or whatsapp. You will not feel alone with Friendly Local Guides.
  • + Must do + off the beaten path of the city.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Local cozy cafes and restaurants with traditional cuisine and interior.
  • + Best coffee shops in the city.
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular San Francisco scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Special offers for taxi and hotels with good location and price.
  • + Expert local advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in San Francisco.

*This tour can be modified to meet your preferences

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Video reviews

  • We learnt so many new things about the city with our local guide. It was half a day of sightseeing and it was perfect. Just what we needed. Our guides recommendations for diner were amazing. Great day

    Stephan Canovas, USA, May 04, 2016

  • This tour made our day. The organization was fabulous, the timing was just right and it left us completely satisfied. Rick was a perfect guide who really loves children and has no difficulty in finding a common language with them. We wouldnt have enjoyed the city as much as we did, without Rick and this tour.

    Eduard Buechel, Germany, May 04, 2016

  • We didnt expect to take the Walking tour of San Francisco, it was a last minute decision, but we absolutely have no regrets about that. Our guide was wonderful, patient, helpful and shared a great deal of knowledge about the places we visited. Chinatown was interesting and its the one place in SF we want to come back to in future. Thanks to our guide for making it all so special, we had a blast with him.

    Alex Prusov, Moscow, May 04, 2016

  • Rick made our visit to San Francisco spectacular! He seemed to tune to our interests and this Walking tour of San Francisco turned into a great adventure with Rick. He added much insight at each of our stops along the way and was extremely patient every time we had to take pictures. Rick was the great guide and the tour was exactly what we needed.

    Mattia Gallo, Italy, May 04, 2016