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Avital Food Tours

San Francisco, CA 94109
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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.

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Bay Aerial -- San Francisco Helicopter Tours in San Carlos

San Carlos, CA 94070
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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.

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Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours

San Francisco, CA 94114
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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.

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Golden Horizon Tours

San Francisco, CA 94129
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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.

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Green Dream Tours

San Francisco, CA 94121
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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.

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Red and White Fleet

San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

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San Francisco Native Tours

San Francisco, CA 94109
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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.

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San Francisco Private and VIP Segway Tours

San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

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San Francisco's Magic Bus Experience

San Francisco, CA 94901
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San Francisco's Magic Bus Experience is a creation of the non-profit arts organization Antenna Theater. It mixes a tour bus with a movie theater filled with music, film, and psychedelic art from the '60s. Each tour is made up of local tour guides, actors, and a driver. The signature colorful bus puts on a show while traveling to different parts of the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, Financial District, Fillmore West Dance Hall, and Haight-Ashbury. It also offers tours to Alcatraz Island as well as group charters.

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SF On Tap

San Francisco, CA 94103
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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.

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Silicon Segway

Pacifica, CA 94044
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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.

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Vantigo

San Francisco, CA 94123
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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.

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Wild SF Walking Tours

San Francisco, CA 94103
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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much do tour guides make?

A: Wages for tour guides can vary depending on location and experience. On average, tour guides earn approximately $17 per hour, plus up to $75 per day in tips. Guides are typically paid more in areas where licensing is required.

Q: What has to be tackled during pre-tour?

A: Before the tour, guides should study the route and learn as much as possible about the location so they're prepared to answer questions guests might have. It's ideal to have backup destinations planned in case the original site happens to be closed or inaccessible. Before departing, go over the guest list and review the rules and regulations of any areas you plan to visit.

Q: How do winery tours work?

A: Winery tours include a tour of the vineyards and a demonstration of how the wine is made in the production area. Afterward, visitors are given samples of wine to taste, and meals may also be provided on some tours. Tours can last anywhere from two hours to two weeks depending on how many wineries travelers want to visit.

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