Laurels
Best Local Tours in
San Francisco
2017

Why These Local Tours?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored local tours on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best local tours in San Francisco, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

49 Square Tours

49 Square Tours in San Francisco was founded on a love of food and urban culture. The business offers an urban wine tour, a tour of local wineries, and wine tasting tour on a two-hour sunset cruise on the San Francisco Bay. 49 Square Tours offers tours for groups large and small for all different purposes from private parties to corporate events.

San Francisco, CA(415) 852-0861

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Avital Food Tours

Avital Food Tours is a company in San Francisco that offers tours in the form of a four-course progressive dining experience. The goal of the business’s tour guides is to introduce group members to some of the area’s best restaurants all while sharing the stories of the people who created these amazing dining destinations. Avital Food Tours offers private tours as well as group and team-building corporate tours.

San Francisco, CA(415) 355-4044

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Bay Aerial -- San Francisco Helicopter Tours in San Carlos

Bay Aerial of San Jose offers helicopter tours of San Francisco. The company’s helicopter tour guides are highly knowledgeable regarding the area’s geography and have extensive experience working with professional photographers and videographers in industries like film production, surveying, and real estate. Bay Aerial lets passengers experience sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Napa Valley from an incredibly unique viewpoint.

San Carlos, CA(650) 281-8282

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Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours

Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours in San Francisco offers tours that focus on sights of historical significance iconcerning the advancement of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender rights. Tours are easy to follow and always operate on handicap-accessible walkways. Both group and private tours are available, and all are conducted by knowledgeable guides who are residents of the area and activists in the local LGBT community.

San Francisco, CA(415) 550-8110

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Explore San Francisco

Explore San Francisco offers food tours, running tours, walking tours, neighborhood tours, and historic site tours. Food tours include explorations of the food-famous Mission District, Chinatown, Little Saigon, and Tendernob, as well as a dessert tour and a vegetarian tour. Explore San Francisco offers pub crawls, wine tours, shopping tours, and tours of other notable areas and attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and a Bride 2 Bridge tour that takes passengers on a ferry that sails under both the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges.

San Francisco, CA(415) 504-3636

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FOODIE ADVENTURES!

FOODIE ADVENTURES! offers tours of some of San Francisco’s most well-known neighborhoods recognized for their food-centric cultures. Tours include areas like the Mission District, where visitors can experience authentic latin cuisine, Chinatown, and North Beach. AAA’s Via Magazine declared FOODIE ADVENTURES! to be San Francisco’s Best Tour.

San Francisco, CA(888) 498-2008

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Golden Horizon Tours

Golden Horizon Tours of San Francisco offers private and VIP tours of San Francisco and other areas from Silicon Valley to Yosemite National Park in luxury SUVs. Other areas tour groups can explore include Napa Valley, Sonoma Wine Country, the astounding Redwood National Park, and the magnificent Hearst Castle. Golden Horizon offers customizable tours that can include everything from hiking adventures to hot air balloon rides.

San Francisco, CA(415) 831-4157

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Gourmet Walks

Gourmet Walks offers tours perfect for foodies visiting, or even those who live in San Francisco. Gourmet Walks explores some of San Francisco’s best food and dessert destinations. The company was founded by a gourmet chef who has taken the time to immerse herself in San Francisco’s food scene. Gourmet Walks offers tours that include food-famous neighborhoods such as Fillmore Street, Alamo Square, and Hayes Valley. The company also has multiple gourmet chocolate tours for the explorer with a sweet tooth.

San Francisco, CA(415) 312-1119

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Green Dream Tours

Green Dream Tours is a tour guide company in San Francisco specializes in luxury Wine Country tours. Green Dream Tours offers tours of Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and private tours to boutique wineries and breweries. Some tours include food pairings with wine tastings. The business even has interest-specific tours such as its wine tour for cabernet lovers. The Green Dream is a carbon-neutral company that buys carbon offsets and uses all recycled paper products in its office.

San Francisco, CA(415) 692-1644

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Red and White Fleet

Red and White Fleet has been offering boat tours of the San Francisco Bay since it opened in 1892. Members of these tour groups can view landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz Island without ever having to leave the boat. The business’s Golden Gate Bay and Bridge 2 Bridge Cruises offer audio tours in 16 different languages to accommodate visitors from all over.

San Francisco, CA(415) 673-2900

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San Francisco Native Tours

San Francisco Native Tours offers walking tours that let guests of the city experience the culturally and historically significant parts of town, all while incorporating a bit of food and drink. The company’s tour guides were all born and raised in the area. San Francisco Native Tours guides members of the group around the city as if they were travelers visiting an old friend, instead of making it obvious that everyone in the group is a tourist.

San Francisco, CA(415) 797-7368

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San Francisco Private and VIP Segway Tours

San Francisco Private and VIP Segway Tours offers three-hour tours for groups ranging from two to eight members. The smaller group sizes allow each group to move at its own pace as members explore places like Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Little Italy, and other areas. San Francisco Private and VIP Segway Tours offers a package that combines a segway tour with an audio-guided tour of Alcatraz Island. The business’s website has information posted regarding age requirements, restrictions, and tour fees.

San Francisco, CA(415) 796-0472

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San Francisco's Magic Bus Experience

San Francisco’s Magic Bus Experience offers tours including The Summer of Love Magic Bus Experience, the Alcatraz Rock and Roll Combination, and The Magic Bus Experience. A troupe of talented, experienced actors and creative performers joins the tour group on the business's signature big, colorful bus and puts on a show for passengers as they travel to different parts of the city such as Chinatown, Union Square, Haight-Ashbury, North Beach, and other iconic neighborhoods.

San Francisco, CA(855) 969-6244

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SF On Tap

SF on Tap in San Francisco offers walking craft beer tours. Most tours include beer from at least three different locations. Those in the group will receive a mini tour a local brewery to learn a little bit about the process and the brewery’s origins in the community. Tours with SF On Tap can be a great bonding or team-building experience for any social or professional group.

San Francisco, CA(415) 938-4677

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Silicon Segway

Silicon Segway of Pacifica is a company that sells Segway personal transporters, Segway parts, accessories, and more for workplaces, police use, and personal use. The business offers Segway rentals, tours, and repairs. Silicon Segway is a factory authorized level II repair service dealer that services all years and models. The company offers a Pacifica Beaches & Bluffs Tour and a Heart of Silicon Valley Tour.

Pacifica, CA(650) 355-8655

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The Real SF Tour

The Real SF Tour offers five different tours ranging from four hours long to all-day ordeals. Tours the company offers include the use of cable cars, rail cars, city buses, and the subway. Some tours include walks through parks or across the Golden Gate Bridge, whereas others include hardly any walking at all. Tour guides find ways to let members of the group experience all the important sights without the crowds by granting them access to some of the city’s most beautiful, private rooftop views.

San Francisco, CA(888) 973-8687

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Urban Trek USA

Urban Trek USA offers walking tours of San Francisco that incorporate food, drink, and famous sights in a way that allows members of the group to experience the city as locals do. Instead of being herded onto a large bus with twenty-some other people, Urban Trek USA offers tours to groups of seven or less for a more intimate experience. Tours with Urban Trek USA tend to feel more like a native resident showing a group of friends where he or she likes to go to eat and drink, how he or she gets around using public transit, and how he or she likes to appreciate the culture of the area.

San Francisco, CA(415) 265-8229

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Vantigo

Vantigo is a fully licensed charter and sightseeing company in San Francisco that takes small groups on wine tours, beer tours, and other adventures. Vantigo is anti-big tour bus. Instead, Vantigo transports its tour group members in one of its charming, wonderfully restored Volkswagen vans. The business also offers charter services.

San Francisco, CA(415) 484-5240

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Wild SF Walking Tours

Wild SF Walking Tours offers tours of San Francisco that include iconic neighborhoods, historical sights, and an abundance of information to teach guests about the origins of the city and its culture in fresh and exciting ways. Wild SF Walking Tours offers tours of downtown San Francisco, Chinatown, Castro, the Mission District, Haight-Ashbury, and other areas. Wild SF Walking Tours also has a Haunted SF Ghost Tour where tour group members can visit places like the St. Francis Hotel and Glide Memorial Church, known for its connection with cult leader Jim Jones.

San Francisco, CA(415) 580-1849

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