Best of San Francisco

3-hour Private Walking Tour

Best of San Francisco 3-hour Private Walking Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 47 reviews
5 1

Highlights

  • Visit a secret passage hidden in the basement of a store
  • Grab an espresso at one of the best coffee joints in San Francisco
  • Hear about the Gold Rush of 1849 and the enormous effect it had
  • Learn about Jack Kerouac and the counterculture of the Beatniks
  • Sample delicious treats at the Ferry Building markets
  • Discover stunning art and architecture
  • Go in search of hidden treasures buried beneath the streets
  • Cheer on a game of checkers in the heart of Chinatown

Priced from
$250*

Loading...

*’Priced from’ rate is in USD based on 1 guest traveling alone.

ALL TOURS Include PHOTOS

While you can’t put a price on memories, a vacation photographer can cost upwards of $350 an hour, just for photos! On this tour you’ll get 15 professionally edited photos from your experience to remember your time in San Francisco ……  at no extra cost.

What’s Included?

  • Bottled water will be provided for every guest
  • Almond brittle tasting
  • Your own private guide-ographer will escort you throughout the tour providing an unforgettably enjoyable experience. We’ll take the path least-traveled without missing the major sites, all while capturing your experience in a unique and fun way
  • 15 professionally edited photos in a downloadable high-resolution online gallery will be sent within 5 days after your tour

Details

This 3-hour private walking tour is a combination of our two most popular itineraries – Chinatown & North Beach and Downtown & Embarcadero and is our best selling tour in San Francisco.

You’ll explore the heart of the city and gain an understanding of how each neighborhood has evolved from their sleepy roots in the early 1800s to the hustle and bustle of today. See how the shoreline was literally moved and why that might not have been such a great idea.

Wander down an art-filled alley that connects Chinatown with Little Italy before posing for the perfect mantlepiece-worthy shot.

Meet a local shopkeeper and sample some delicious treats while learning about the effect drought has played for the farming community.

This tour has it all – art, history, food, and a plethora of juicy stories to keep you on the edge of your seat. Your private guide will escort you through narrow alleys, to secret gardens, and through beautiful buildings, on a quest to show you the best downtown San Francisco has to offer.

This is the tour that reaches the parts that other tours do not reach. A fascinating journey through San Francisco’s past and present. Michael is a charming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who takes you on an enthralling trip through San Francisco’s history. I highly recommend this tour, you will not be disappointed.

Teresa LardnerUppingham, United Kingdom

Region

Meeting Point

Hotel pickup and dropoff can be arranged for an additional fee. If you prefer to make your own way, we will provide you with an exact meeting point near the Apple Store at Union Square and instructions how to get there.

Walking Difficulty

Your guide will work with you to set the pace giving you the flexibility to stop or rest where needed or push the pace and discover more. Some areas of this tour are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers but we can adjust if needed.

Ready to get things started?

Recent Guest Reviews

Best of San Francisco 3-hour Private Walking Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 47 reviews
5 1

★★★★★
5 5 1
My daughter invited me to accompany her to San Francisco for a law conference. It was my first visit and my daughter's second). We had 3 full days to explore the city and wanted to find a tour guide who could give us a concise, informative, unique but above all, fun, experience in a few short hours. Well, we found that and more, in Michael, from Boutique Traveler! He was so easygoing and knowledgeable and gave us an in depth, personal but historically accurate view of some of the iconic San Francisco neighborhoods. We learned about the history, architecture, and culture as we walked the streets of each neighborhood. In addition, as part of our package, he took all of our pictures, with his camera, and posted them online, in his photo gallery! I was so impressed with his ability to make us "feel" the pulse and vibe of each section, that I booked him, for another two hours, in the afternoon, to explore a different area of the city. If I ever visit another city where Michael provides guided tours, I would definitely book with him! His tours set a positive tone for the rest of our time in San Francisco. Thanks Mike!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Whether you do any other tours in SF or not this one should definitely be added to your list. Michael is extremely informative and shows you the real San Francisco providing you with rich insight into the history and personalities that have made the city what it is today. The tour manages to combine history, architecture, fresh local produce tastings and a bunch of sites you won't find on any main stream tour. This was my second time to SF and I saw non of the things I saw the first time. Thanks for a great tour!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Michael is extremely knowledgable of the history, architecture, culture and quirks of the city. He was an excellent tour guide and showed us all the great things to appreciate about the city -- like the twelve rooftop gardens in San Fran that are open to the public but few people know about them, about the many buried ships beneath places like Starbucks, why North Beach is called North Beach, even though it's not on the beach, and how awesome the permanent farmers market is inside the old ferry building. Highly recommend his tour for anyone on their first day in the city! Or for anyone who's been living there and wants to learn more about the city history.

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a very enjoyable afternoon with Michael taking us to places we would never have known on our own. He had interesting details and stories of buildings and monuments and always answered our questions with patience. I appreciate all the pictures he took of us and promptly sent them to us by email. He was very pleasant and warm and the three hour walk just went by like a breeze. I would definitely recommend this tour to anybody who wants to know more about SF downtown and can spare an afternoon.

★★★★★
5 5 1
I’ve gotta say, this was one of the most pleasurable and unique experiences I’ve had the opportunity to come across. Unlike commercial tours I’ve been on when visiting different places, this tour was intimate and highly interactive. Walking through major streets and small alley-ways of a few of San Francisco’s famous neighborhoods, tasting locally-made food and talking to locals, grabbing a beer and sharing in on an experience with other fellow travelers…. definitely beats being in a tour bus with someone pointing at something and throwing a bunch of information at you. The amazing mix of both tourist spots and hidden gems on this tour were definiteley eye-opening. Michael, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and had quite a bit of history/facts to share about each stop. I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience what makes San Francisco such an attractive place

★★★★★
5 5 1
I am not usually much of a "tour" person, however Michael's approach is perfect for those who are looking for something a little off the beaten path. No jumping on and off a bus. No tight time table to keep to. Just a casual walk through some of the most interesting areas of SF. You will still see some of the main SF attractions and Michael has a wealth of interesting and historical information to offer. However, Michael takes you to places that you would not find on your own. You go into buildings that you would normally just walk past on the street and you are rewarded with some of the most beautiful architecture and detail anywhere. You are also taken to some of the best locations for photographs. Michael's tours will appeal to the foodies, the photogs and the history buffs in your group. Even though he is not originally from SF, Michael has the insider knowledge of the city and he can really give you a taste of what is it like to be a local. He does all of this in a very laid back and humourous way. His tour is a perfect way to get an introduction to SF and I would highly recommend it for small groups.

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a 3 day stay at San Francisco and we didn't had the chance to explore on our own the secret places of the city. Michael really made this tour special telling us the story of the buildings and the city and bringing us to places we didn't even suspect existed in San Francisco. We went back on our own to a couple of them but we couldn't have got the perspective we had without Michael. He is very knowledgeable about the city so we got all our questions answered and more. I called him ahead of time to get suggestions about where to go before our tour with him so we didn't go twice to the same places and we had the chance to explore other things. He was very kind directing me to some touristic places we were not cover on the tour. This really allow us to optimize our time in San Fran as we just spent 3 days there. Also he took great pictures of us we couldn't have taken on our own. I really recommend you to take this tour in the first days of your stay and this will give you ideas of what to do next... Also ask him about his other tours...

★★★★★
5 5 1
This is an absolutely must do start to a first trip to San Francisco - particularly if time is limited. We were in SF for five days for the first time and thought it would be a good way to get our bearings; it turned out to be more than that and was a totally different element to the visit; a destination in its own right. Michael is extremely knowledgeable about SF and has clearly spent much time and effort in collecting together some of the less obvious information about the city which he delivers on the hoof and with great enthusiasm and engagement with his guests. I will not spoil the experience by giving his secrets away. Michael is also quite happy to share his information about other parts of SF other than those you will visit with him. Highly recommended.

★★★★★
5 5 1
I absolutely loved this tour with Michael! I have lived in SF for a couple of years, but learned so many new things about my beloved city. I had been to places like the Ferry Building and through the Financial District, but never like this. Michael combines the old rich history of the city, funny antidotes and a casual comfortable atmosphere which really made it memorable. I have enjoyed pulling out fun facts from our tour to my friends and have taken visitors to some if the fun spots like the Forture Cookie Factory and Palace Hotel. All in all definitely worth your time if you enjoy an off the beaten path, once in a lifetime look at San Francisco!

More Tours You’ll Enjoy

chinatown and north beach tour
downtown and embarcadero tour
golden gate park and haight-ashbury tour
bridge to beach hike
mission and castro tour