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    7x7 Bike Tour

    Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours
    San Francisco covers 49 square miles, and on this tour, you'll see the best of it all. This is a fun-filled day of historical and cultural exploration, with lots of unique neighborhoods, sights, and city icons mixed in. Starting in Hayes Valley, you will visit Lower Haight, the Panhandle, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, the Marina, the Embarcadero, South Beach, Mission Bay, and the Mission. Admire epic views, including visuals of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Ferry Building, the AT&T Park (go Giants!), houseboats, sacred street art, and local bike culture. And don't worry about getting too tuckered out -- your group will be stopping for a food break. Get ready, because it's going to be an epic trip!
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    The Magic Bus Experience

    Magic Bus SF
    Discover your inner Hippie and be transported to 1960s San Francisco aboard the Magic Bus for a fun-filled historical city tour! Enjoy entertaining commentary from your expert guide as you sing along to classic tunes from a bygone era. Become a part of the Beatnik generation, see Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of Love and visit San Francisco's Chinatown, from which eastern philosophy spread in the 1960s. Discover the landmarks and secrets of iconic neighborhoods as they are now with your own eyes, and see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that occasionally cover the windows, giving you a realistic look back in time!
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    Alcatraz & Magic Bus Tour

    Get the most out of your stay in San Francisco with this combo tour, which includes two iconic experiences in one day. Hop aboard the Magic Bus and travel back to the 1960s! On this 2-hour fun-filled historical tour, produced by the creators of the award-winning Alcatraz Cell House Audio Tour, learn about the Beatnik generation in North Beach, imagine life during the Summer of Love at Haight-Ashbury, visit the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and learn about Eastern influences as you explore Chinatown. In the afternoon, hop on the ferry and head to famous Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of this notorious prison, featuring stunning sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards. In the morning, head to Union Square and board the Magic Bus. Put a flower in your hair and travel back in time to the groovy 1960s! Using real archival material, the past comes alive with the original sights and sounds of 1960s San Francisco. Cruise through Chinatown, an important epicenter of Eastern philosophies that spread throughout the city in the 1960s. Next, visit North Beach, where you'll see the City Lights Bookstore, the hub of the Beatnik generation. This was an epicenter of social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks such as Jack Kerouac hung out. Continuing your Magic Ride, watch modern San Francisco blend with the past as you travel through the Financial District and up central Market Street on the way to Haight-Ashbury - the home of the Summer of Love. As you discover this iconic neighborhood, you'll see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that cover the windows! Your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park, where you'll stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America's largest urban park hosted the Human Be-In event in 1967 and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is nice, you may even join a drum circle!The '60s-era video, music and costumed staff of the Magic Bus will provide a fun, immersive experience of America's most memorable cultural movements. It's not just a sightseeing tour - it's a trip! Next you'll hop on the ferry to Alcatraz and head to the island for an afternoon at your leisure exploring this famous former prison. Touring the whole island usually takes around 2.5 hours, but you're welcome to stay as long as you like. Take the award-winning audio walking tour, produced by the same creators of the Magic Bus, which leads you on an immersive journey through the prison grounds. Featuring life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and cell guards, you'll discover what life was like here for some of history's most notorious criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. You'll also learn about the history of Alcatraz Island, which was first utilized as a Civil War fort. After your tour, hop back on the ferry, which departs every 30-40 minutes and head back to San Francisco.
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    Mission South Food Tour

    Explore San Francisco
    The Mission District is San Francisco's first neighborhood, truly the heart of this vibrant city. On this guided walking tour, you'll experience innovative eateries as well as those who have been in the neighborhood for decades, serving the traditional Latin American food the neighborhood became renowned for! Explore 24th Street, fondly referred to as "El Corazon de la Misione" or "the Heart of the Mission," and its lively and eclectic restaurant and foodie scene as you sample up to 5 delicious and authentic Latin dishes. See the Precita Eyes Mural Project, the mural project that started it all, and meet some of the city's most innovative young chefs whose creativity knows no borders. Along the way, you'll be treated to fun and interesting hIstorical information and neighborhood trivia by your knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guides. Foodies take note, you'll be on cloud 9 during this tour of a neighborhood that truly offers it all!
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    A Taste of Japantown

    Visit San Francisco's culturally rich Japantown and discover its unique culinary offerings on this San Francisco food tour. You'll take an afternoon walk through the neighborhood with an epicurean concierge, who will be on hand to help guide your palate and share must-try treats. Your guide will also share the historical relevance of San Francisco's Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods in the United States, while you take in the sights, smells and sounds of this bustling area. On this San Francisco walking tour of Japantown with a local food guide - your epicurean concierge - discover neighborhood 'secrets' often missed by rushed visitors. Hear stories from shop owners; taste delicious specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients; visit several food shops and Japanese markets; and learn about the history and culture of this unique American neighborhood. Your 6-7 tastings may include onigiri (traditional rice balls), Osaka-style okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza), red-bean-filled taiyaki (a type of cake) from a local coffee shop, savory salads from a specialty food market, mochi (a rice cake) from one of the last remaining manufacturers in the US, a creamy sweet-potato latte, or a Japanese tea tasting inside an omiyage shop. The tour will end with a masala dosa and chutney tasting. You'll leave Japantown with a full belly and a newfound appreciation of a lesser-known San Francisco neighborhood.
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    Uptown Oakland Food and Drinks Tour

    Edible Excursions
    Attention all foodies: Heaven is a place on earth. It's called Uptown Oakland. Come tour "America's best neighborhood" and sample some of the most delicious food and drinks in the Bay Area. It is sure to pique your interest, and appetite! While learning about the historical significance of the area, you'll have Calavera's tacos on handmade heirloom corn tortillas, followed by empandas and house-made beer at Woods Bar & Brewery, chocolate-covered bars at Sweet Bar Bakery (owned by Michael Jackson's former personal chef), and much more! Silence your rumbling stomach in Oakland!
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    Alcatraz & Hills Segway Tour

    Things to do in San Francisco
    Tear up the city streets with a Segway, and then go straight to prison, during this unique San Francisco experience! You'll begin your day at Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll master the fundamentals of piloting a Segway during a 40-minute lesson. Afterward, you'll hit the streets for a wide-ranging tour. Although Segways are relatively easy to master, your guide will keep a close eye on you, and even develop an itinerary matched to your comfort level. Locations of note include Aquatic Park, the Maritime National Historical Park, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Washington Square Park, and Pier 39. As you ride, you'll conquer hills and crooked streets, and stop to take in remarkable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, Coit Tower, Saints Peter and Paul Church, and more! When your segway ride is complete, you'll have time to walk to Pier 33 and grab some lunch, before hopping on the ferry for a 15-minute ride to Alcatraz Island. You'll explore the infamous prison on your own during a self-guided tour that includes audio accompaniment. You can leave whenever you'd like, thanks to a round-trip ferry ticket. Which is good, since the swim back to the city can get a little choppy.
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    Vampire Walking Tour

    Trying to really sink your teeth into San Francisco? The Vampire Tour of San Francisco ought to get your blood flowing. Led by Mina Harker herself (sort of), this mostly true tour of the city is rife with fun vampire lore and humor. You'll begin your walk on the supernatural side near the Grace Cathedral, spending 20 minutes looking into its history. Then you'll head to Nob Hill Cafe, learning about what sat on those very same grounds (or didn't). More foolery arises as you make your way to Huntington Park and the Pacific-Union Club. Next up, ghost stories at the Fairmont Hotel, widely considered one of San Francisco's paranormal hotspots and one of the world's most famous hotels. You'll take a peek inside of the famous Venetian Room, before hopping across the street to the Mark Hopkins Hotel, where you'll learn about the hotel's founder. Along the way, you'll learn historical and faux-historical facts that will leave you intrigued and questioning reality. This is the perfect tour for those with quirky senses of humor and fanciful imaginations.
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    Original Tour

    San Francisco Native Tours
    Hungry for the real San Francisco? Get to know this eclectic city alongside a local guide and enjoy a bit of its famous cuisine while you're at it! You'll cover several of the city's most vital neighborhoods over the course of 2.5 hours, including the Financial District, North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square. Laugh and learn with your guide as you hear historical facts, anecdotes, and a unique peek at the city's famously flavorful culture. Stop in at popular local eateries for tasty bites that might include artisanal cheeses and breads, pastries, cured meats, olives, dim sum, and fortune cookies! Some tours just taste better than others.
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    Local Food Adventures

    Local Food Adventures
    The Rockridge Neighborhood Heritage & Walking Food Tou is a three-hour guided walking tour that takes you through Oakland's neighborhood of Rockridge to learn more about the area's history, present-day excitement and taste its growing food culture. On this tour you'll enjoy six local tasting spots with food samples, demonstrations and tons of local yumminess! Come discover the area's rich history - perfect for new and established neighbors alike.
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