Chinatown & North Beach

2-hour Private Walking Tour

Chinatown & North Beach 2-hour Private Walking Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 15 reviews
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Highlights

  • Grab an espresso at one of the best coffee joints in San Francisco
  • Visit a saloon from 1861 (the oldest bar in the city)
  • Learn about Jack Kerouac and the counterculture of the Beatniks
  • See where topless dancing first started in America
  • Hear the truth behind Marilyn Monroe’s famous wedding photos
  • Walk down alleys where the brutal Tong wars took place
  • Discover how North Beach got its name
  • See how fortune cookies are made

Priced from
$200*

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*’Priced from’ rate is in USD based on a private group of between 1 and 4 guests. Add up to 6 additional guests at $30 per person

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 10 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
  • 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
  • 10 professionally edited photos in a downloadable high-resolution online gallery will be sent within 5 days after your tour

Details

Get a taste for the real Chinatown as explore the back streets and venture into unmarked doorways. On this 2-hour private walking tour of Chinatown and North Beach, you’ll discover what life was like for immigrants.

Stroll down the picturesque, lantern-lined Grant Street, stopping for photos along the way. For the art-lovers, we’ll take you to see beautiful murals (including one with a big secret). Your guide will happily point out where Banksy left his mark.

Hear the sounds of the traditional Chinese erhu as we pass by a group of street performers – feel free to join in if you’re up for the adventure. See how fortune cookies are made at the Fortune Cookie Factory!

We’ll visit the famous City Lights bookstore and learn how a group of misfits changed the literary landscape with their poetry, leading the way for two of the biggest countercultures of modern times.

On our way through San Francisco’s Little Italy, you’ll have the chance to stop in for an excellent cup of coffee in a cafe made famous by the Godfather himself.

Loved the pictures he took of us! He was gracious and warm, and it felt like being with an old friend. I highly recommend these tours. It was one of the highlights of my trip!

Amy KarlsrudChandler, Arizona

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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 Starbucks at Dragon’s Gate 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.

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Guest Reviews

Chinatown & North Beach 2-hour Private Walking Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 15 reviews
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My mom and I had a wonderful time on this city walking tour with Michael. Because he allowed us to set the pace and demeanor of the tour, we felt comfortable, never rushed, and as if we were getting to know the city very naturally. We learned a lot, and he held our interest the entire time. I will definitely be recommending this tour to family and friends!

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I had a very good time on the walking tour with Michael. He showed us some places of the city we would have never seen other way and I enjoyed his thorough and interesting explanations. He was very friendly and I recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Francisco!

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5 5 1
I had chosen Michael's tour because I liked that it was on foot and because of the personalization. Michael didn't disappoint. Before our tour, we were running late and Michael had changed the route and order of the tour to accommodate our situation perfectly. As for the tour itself, it was interesting and fun. He was able to point out all the interesting places that we would have otherwise been oblivious to and their fascinating stories. He did a great job of designing the route so that its always interesting. A nice distinguishing feature of Michael's tour is that he brings a camera and knows lots of great photo opportunities. He even takes photos of you and your group and sends them to you. I highly recommend Michael's tour especially if you want a personal touch.

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First of all- Michael is GREAT. It was just my friend and I on the tour that day, and he spent time getting to know us and learning what we like so he could cater the tour to us. We both liked history, so Michael touched a lot on the city's history and we learned a lot. One of the nicest things about the tour was that we saw things we wouldn't have otherwise. You can see the bridge, Alcatraz, and the park anytime. The historical alleyways, beautiful buildings, and little communities are places that someone needs to show you. On top of that, Michael took great photos of my friend and I so we'd remember the tour forever!

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Michael was the perfect guide for our tour of SF. We learnt so much about the city and got to see a lot of places the guide books don't tell you about. Michael also takes photos of you around the city and emails them to you after, was really appreciated. As we only had selfies.

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Michael is a wealth of information and showed my mother and me interesting places we otherwise wouldn't have seen. We were lucky to have him to ourselves, so he tailored the tour to our interests and we our own pace. Loved the pictures he took of us. He was gracious and warm, and it felt like being with an old friend. I highly recommend this tour. It was one of the highlights of my trip!

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Mike was a great guide, knowledgeable about the city and personable and friendly. I'd recommend going if you have even a passing interest in learning something of the city and there is the opportunity to take in some parts that many people would not even think about getting into and included things that I would certainly not have thought would be part of a city tour; surprising and insightful though they were. Highly recommended.

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5 5 1
Really enjoyed my walking tour with Michael. Was the best way to explore the city and he took me to many great spots that you won't even know existed. Makes you realise how important having a guide is to really get to know a place and Michael is definitely a good one. He is a treasure trove of knowledge and a really nice guy too! There is an added bonus that he takes excellent photos of you along the way and you get them emailed to you after. A really nice touch and great to have. Thanks Michael, I would definitely go on another tour and recommend to friends.

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Michael was a great tour guide who rearranged his schedule to accommodate our tour after our flight into San Francisco was delay for 6 hours! His knowledge of the area and the interesting tidbits of info that he provided along the way gave us an informative and interesting 2 hour walk. He is super friendly and his pop quizzes were super fun! He even gave us an amazing restaurant recommendation and texted us later in the evening to make sure that we got back to our hotel safely in the dark. Thanks Michael!

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