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    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

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    From social activists to actresses to literary legends, San Francisco has been home to world-changing women. You'll walk in the footsteps of 10 ladies who left their legacy on the landscape, like Isadora Duncan, Maya Angelou, and Lillie Coit. Starting with the brave pioneer women who worked just as hard as the men, but in corsets, you'll meet the Madonna of the 1800's, learn the difference between SF's working girls and working women, and visit the street where three major divas' lives intersected. On this tour, you'll span both centuries and neighborhoods. Then, work your way through the theater district, Maiden Lane, Chinatown, and North Beach. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Learn about San Francisco's amazing history and the tough, talented woman who made it that way.
    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Follow in the footsteps of 10 of San Francisco's most influential women on this entertaining walking tour
    • Discover the amazing histories of local and national legends, like Phyllis Diller, Lillie Coit, and Maya Angelou
    • Tour through four different neighborhoods and play fun games and answer trivia questions
    • An exciting, extensive lesson in San Francisco's past and present
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    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

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    In Roam Local's "Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach" walking-tour, you'll explore the hidden streets and sites of three of San Francisco's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods. Beginning and ending at the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, you'll travel through the colorful back alleys of the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world. Here you'll find the first Chinese temple ever built in the United States. From there, you'll ascend Russian Hill, famous for its writers' salons and eclectic vibe, and explore Barbary Lane, the hidden street that famously inspired Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novel series. Next up, you'll descend into North Beach, epicenter of the Beat Generation, the Bohemian artists and nonconformists behind the great San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. If you're looking for an insider's view of SF, this is a tour you'll not want to miss!
    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Embark on a four mile walking tour through Chinatown, Russian Hill, and North Beach
    • Discover colorful hidden spots within the largest Chinatown in the world and the trendy epicenter of the Beat Generation
    • Obtain insights into the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Stretch your legs while immersing yourself in a true cultural experience
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    Teas, Temples, and Beatniks

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    Experience San Francisco's diversity firsthand as you explore two very different but equally exciting neighborhoods. You'll experience a true fusion of East and West, where one of the largest and oldest Chinese communities outside of Asia butts right up against the birthplace of the beret-loving Beat Generation. Starting in Chinatown, you will learn about the Chinese community's role in the Gold Rush and train building boom, and stop for a bite of traditional mooncake pastries. From there, it's off to the oldest Chinese temple in America, where you can have your fortune read, and then on to a sampling of fresh fortune cookies and an in-depth tea tasting. Just a few steps north, you'll enter North Beach, home of Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg's favorite hangouts. You will check out the City Lights Bookstore, which still publishes San Francisco's great local poets. You'll wander through picturesque side streets as you explore Little Italy, past adorable shops and cafes. Embrace a deliciously fascinating transcontinental experience, without ever leaving the city.
    Teas, Temples, and Beatniks

    Grant Ave & Bush St, San Francisco

    • Explore the adjacent but wildly different neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach
    • Learn the history of SF's Chinese community as you visit the country's oldest temple, and see the areas Kerouac and Ginsberg once roamed
    • Savor traditional Chinese pastries and teas
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    San Francisco City Tour (Afternoon)

    You've finally made it to the Golden Gate City -- one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. The adventure begins NOW... but where to start?! Why not let A Taste of San Francisco & Beyond take the reigns, ensuring you have a fabulous and unforgettable stay? With this boutique tour company, you'll get a personalized experience and be able to make more stops than if you were to tour on a large, impersonal bus. You'll be picked up at your hotel in the morning and travel in a comfortable, luxury vehicle for four-hours worth of premium exploration! You'll be accompanied by a small group of your friends and family, perhaps a few friendly strangers (not the bad kind), and, of course, your entertaining tour guide! You'll learn about the history of the City by the Bay, travel through various diverse neighborhoods, and witness quintessential SF sights such as the Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown, Pier 39, and much more! Hurry up! The Golden Gate Bridge awaits!
    San Francisco City Tour (Afternoon)

    435 23rd St, San Francisco

    • Explore the beautiful city of San Francisco on a four-hour, comprehensive tour from the comfort of your luxury vehicle
    • Allow your knowledgeable, friendly tour guide to show you and your group the best of the city
    • Learn about the fascinating history of the City by the Bay on a personalized adventure
    • Visit iconic locations like the North Beach, Golden Gate Bridge, and much more!
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    Chinatown Walking Tour

    Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage and culture of this storied neighborhood as your insider guide takes you to popular and off-the-beaten path locations, including an authentic Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an unassuming 2-block-long alley full of interesting history. Stroll by the street food markets, sample fortune cookies at the factory where they're made, and upgrade to include a 10-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this slice of the city!

    Meet at Old St Mary's Cathedral to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most popular sights and hidden locales. Your guide will teach you all about the history and culture of Chinatown, explaining how the remarkable authenticity of ancient Chinese culture has been preserved and celebrated in its road to becoming a must-visit San Francisco attraction.

    As you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights, have your camera out as you admire eye-popping Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Pass pagoda-style buildings and hear about their significance, and step inside an herbal pharmacy to learn about the uses of ginseng root for longevity, pearl pills for beautiful skin and gecko lizards for energy.

    Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture as you visit an authentic Buddhist temple, where you'll see dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, gold antiques and incense-filled bronze urns. You'll also see a Chinese language school to find out how local Chinese families keep alive language and cultural traditions for their children.

    At your next stop, Waverly Place, your guide will give you the inside scoop on Chinatown's most interesting alley full of temples, private clubs and secret societies. This 2-block-long street may seem unassuming at first glance, but you may be surprised at what you learn.

    If the intoxicating sights, sounds and smells aren't enough, get ready for a great taste of Chinatown. Visit a fortune cookie factory to sample these 'wise' cookies and watch how they're made. Upgrade to include a hosted 10-course dim sum luncheon at one of Chinatown's most popular restaurants!

    Ending back near your original starting point, you'll leave with a list of recommended stores and restaurants in Chinatown, so you can continue exploring Chinatown like a real insider.

    Chinatown Walking Tour

    660 California St, San Francisco

    • Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on a walking tour led by an insider guide
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage of this storied neighborhood
    • Explore both popular and off-the-beaten path locations as you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights
    • Visit a Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an alley full of interesting history
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    Nopa-Alamo Square Gourmet Food Tour

    Got a serious taste for culture? And food? Satisfy your sophisticated sensibilities during this 3-hour walking tour of NoPa/Alamo Square! This eclectic neighborhood is home to some of the best food in the city, and you'll find that out firsthand with seven different delicious stops. While destinations can change, the itinerary usually includes a sustainable fish taco with chile sauce and oranges, tamale hand pies with organic yellow corn crust, gourmet focaccia and california cheese, fresh baked whole wheat bread, salted caramel ice cream, an oatmeal raisin cookie (one of the city's best!), and a wine and cheese pairing. As you walk, your guide will also point out trendy galleries, boutique shops, and wine bars that are helping Nopa earn a name as a destination neighborhood. Better bring an appetite!
    Nopa-Alamo Square Gourmet Food Tour

    Panhandle near President McKinley statue, San Francisco

    • Get to know the Nopa-Alamo Square food scene during a 3-hour walking tour
    • Enjoy a range of tastings as you visit seven different eateries
    • Try fish tacos, fresh-made bread, tamale pies, ice cream, wine, and gourmet cheeses
    • Enjoy entertaining commentary on the neighborhood's history and culture
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    Ferry Building and Market Food and Wine Tour

    On this guided walking food tour, celebrate the tenacity of a good idea, the abundance of San Francisco's local farm products, and the joy of life as you explore one of San Francisco's loveliest landmarks! On your exploration, uncover the story of its transformation from ferry depot to culinary cornucopia. The selection's inside the iconic Ferry Building seem endless: inside you will sample everything from fine wine, tea, and herbs to local organic produce, cheeses, breads, chocolates and international cuisine as well as local groceries brought in from no more than a mile or two away. Meet chefs at celebrated restaurants that embrace the sustainable philosophy that makes California a leader in food culture. This tour is truly a sumptuous buffet that cannot be missed.
    Ferry Building and Market Food and Wine Tour

    The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Explore the fascinating and resilient history of San Francisco's iconic Ferry Building on a guided tour
    • Sample everything from wine and tea to local organic produce and international cuisine
    • Meet chefs at celebrated restaurants that embrace new and leading sustainable philosophy
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    The Real Chinatown Food Tour

    The whole district smells delightfully of incense and green tea, and you feel like you're in China, yet this walking food tour is of Chinatown in the heart of San Francisco. You are going to see the captivating sights and enjoy the culinary delights, of the oldest quarter in San Francisco, Chinatown. You'll check out spots only the locals know; no English is spoken by the staff or the patrons. Luckily, your guide was born and raised in Chinatown and speaks Cantonese. So you can relax, don't worry about ordering. Just enjoy and take it all in. Escape your day-to-day reality and take an adventure surprisingly close to home on the most authentic food tour of Chinatown San Francisco has to offer.
    The Real Chinatown Food Tour

    Chinatown Gate, San Francisco

    • Explore San Francisco's vibrant and beautiful Chinatown on this guided walking tour
    • Follow Dan Chew, a well-known local food blogger, past brightly colored lanterns and through the winding streets of his home town
    • expect to see and taste the familiar Chinese foods they know so well and to sample and be delighted by the new flavors to be found in Chinatown
    • Embark on an adventure with a fantastic journey through Chinatown's cuisine
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    Alcatraz and San Francisco Tour

    Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of everyone's favorite city, in addition to a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio walking tour. The San Francisco City Tour begins with a drive along the famous waterfront for views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Photo stops are made at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks (weather permitting).

    Some of the attractions you will see on this San Francisco City Tour include:
    • Chinatown
    • Fisherman's Wharf
    • Victorian homes
    • Palace of Fine Arts
    • North Beach
    • Presidio National Park
    • Awe-inspiring views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean
    Your tour also includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and an audio walking tour of the "Cell Block". This former federal penitentiary was also known as "The Rock" and housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You'll learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more on this tour.

    The schedule for the day depends on the availability for Alcatraz.
    Alcatraz and San Francisco Tour

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Explore the rich history and beautiful sites of San Francisco
    • Take an audio walking tour of Alcatraz Island's infamous cell blocks
    • Learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz and hear chilling accounts of life on the island
    • Travel to and from central San Francisco hotels and airport hotels by air conditioned coach bus
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    Oakland's Temescal Tastes

    Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to eat EVERYTHING? Well, good. On this tour, that's what you're supposed to do. Take your tastebuds on a journey as you snack your way through Temescal, Oakland's hippest neighborhood. During this tour you'll chomp on baja-style tacos from Cholita Linda, Kouign-Amann pastry from Starter Bakery, pav sliders and Indian street food at Juhu Beach Club, authentic injera and wot from Abesha Ethiopian, Korean rice bowls from Bowl'd BBQ, and Sacred Wheel's grilled mac 'n' cheese and (extremely hipster) PBR tomato soup. Temescal's artsy, young inhabitants are the taste-makers of America -- and now you can be their taste-tester!
    Oakland's Temescal Tastes

    5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

    • Meander around Temescal, Oakland's "hipster"neighborhood, on a food tour that has been considered "the best Oakland food tour you'll ever take".
    • Nosh on baja-style tacos, grilled mac and cheese, PBR tomato soup, Indian street food, rice bowls, and more!
    • Fill your tummy as you discover the most delicious and innovative eateries in the area
    • Discover foods beyond your comfort zone as you sample unique and delicious snacks
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