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    Hobnobbing with Gobs of Snobs: Nob Hill Tour

    Foot! Fun Walking Tours
    Nob Hill is the pinnacle of San Francisco's elite, filled to the brim with world-class mansions, hotels, and churches. But as is so often the case, the cleanest streets are sometimes home to the dirtiest secrets. Learn how The Railroad Barons and The Bonanza Kings used insider trading, price gouging, money laundering, forgery, bribery, and more to build their empires from San Francisco's most exclusive address. You'll visit the surviving buildings from the Fire of 1906, The Spite Fence, which literally separated the "Haves" from the "Have Nots," and the Grace Church, a 50 year old church with 500 year old flair. 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. Good thing that kind of corruption is ancient history. Right? Probably.
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    Chasing the Dragon: History & Mystery of Chinatown

    Foot! Fun Walking Tours
    On this entertaining walking tour, learn about why the Chinese settled in San Francisco, their role in building the Transcontinental Railroad, and how the neighborhood rebuilt after the Great Earthquake and the Fire of 1906. History will come alive as you visit the city's oldest street, Portsmouth Square, beautiful and seedy back alleys, a fortune cookie factory, and Old St. Mary's, California's first cathedral and a survivor of the Great Earthquake and Fire. As you go, you'll wander amongst authentic dim sum restaurants, herbal shops, temples, and open air markets. 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 will answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. This is a one-of-a-kind way to get an inside look at San Francisco's fun and fascinating history. Discover how a literally burnt out ghetto became one of San Francisco's most popular destinations and the role it has played in San Francisco's fascinating history.
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    Nob Hill Walking Tour: Scandal & Infamy

    Hobnob Tours
    Watch the passionate and lively history of San Francisco come to life before your eyes on this guided walking tour of Nob Hill! Learn the colorful tales of one of San Francisco's most prominent neighborhoods, including the scandals of the infamous Bonanza Kings and Railroad Barons. Visit a bygone era of exposed adultery, divorce, bodyguards, jewelry collections, inheritance trials, and even murder! See fascinating locations like Grace Cathedral, Top of the Mark, the Famous fountain at Huntington park, as well as the Venetian ballroom where Tony Bennett sang "I left my heart in San Francisco." And that's not all! You'll also capture sights of famous movie scenes from Vertigo, Bullitt, Tales of San Francisco, The Five Year Engagement, Dirty Harry, and The Rock. Discover the wonderful stories and places that make San Francisco such a beautiful place to live!
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    Nob Hill Walking Tour

    For more than a century, San Francisco's Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the 'beau monde.' Take a guided walking tour to admire the neighborhood's most distinctive landmarks including the exclusive Fairmont Hotel and Mark Hopkins Hotel, majestic Grace Cathedral and serene Huntington Park, as well as posh mansions, the famous cable cars and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. As you explore one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, your expert guide will entertain you with historical anecdotes about the area's rise to fortune and fame. Your expert guide will narrate the history of this distinctive neighborhood, one of San Francisco's famous "Seven Hills", while taking you to the area's most iconic and historical landmarks. Learn about this affluent neighborhood's rise to fortune, staring in the mid-1800s with gold, silver and the Central Pacific Railroad. You'll discover the interesting little-known fact that the name 'Nob' comes from the area's earliest settlers, deriving from a Hindi word for a very wealthy or powerful person. After the infamous 1906 earthquake and fire, nearly every mansion in Nob Hill was destroyed. The hill rose from complete devastation to showcase the most exclusive and posh hotels in the city. Near the famous intersection of California Street and Powell Street, you'll stand in awe of the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Stanford Court and the Huntington Hotel. Admire majestic Grace Cathedral, one of the city's largest places of worship. Pass Masonic Temple, the glamorous Ritz Carlton, the stately Brockleback Apartments, serene Huntington Park and the Pacific Union Club, the former James Clair Flood Mansion. Along the way, you'll be entertained by stories of San Francisco's pioneers, aristocrats and tycoons, as well as the events that helped shape this iconic neighborhood, all while enjoying lovely views of the surrounding San Francisco Bay.
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    Redwoods, Coast & Sausalito tour

    Best Bay Area Tours
    This tour is a chance to experience all that Northern California has to offer- giant redwoods, a stunning coastline, tiny railroad towns, Hollywood movie locations and wonderful views of San Francisco. We begin the day day at Armstrong Woods, where you will walk among the oldest and largest trees on the planet Armstrong is a lesser known Bay Area jewel that is not travelled by large groups of tourists, so it feels like the trees are there just for you. We will purchase lunch in the old railroad town of Guerneville and, weather permitting, thake it to go picnic on the beach. We will spend time at Goat Rock, which many recognize from the film “The Goonies”. We then drive along the coast and stop for breathtaking views, sea lions and perhaps even see some migrating whales, depending on the season. We make our way to Bodega Bay where Hitchcock filmed “The Birds”. The day ends in Sausalito, a lovely town on the San Francisco Bay with magical views of the city. Then, you can decide if you want to return with us or take a 30 minute ferry ride back to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Tour does not include lunch or the optional ferry
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    Tiburon Food and Wine Tour

    Start your 3-hour tour by meeting your guide at Pier 41 at San Francisco's Embarcadero. Hop on a ferry or water taxi for the 20-minute boat ride across San Francisco Bay. The afternoon excursion passes by Angel Island State Park before landing at the waterfront in Tiburon, a former railroad town turned upscale enclave. On arrival, walk with your guide to a number of popular eateries and learn a bit of history along the way. Pair white wine with Asian cuisine at Lily Kai and comfort food at the Tiburon Tavern. Set out for Sam's Anchor Cafe featuring seafood and rosé. Sip a red varietal with Italian dishes at Luna Blu, and sample dessert with coffee at Cafe Renzo on historic Ark Row, where storefronts and eateries are actually restored boats. Conclude your food-and-wine tour of Tiburon with the return boat ride to the city.
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    The Barbary Coast Tour

    Crooks Tour San Francisco
    On this expertly guided walking tour, travel back to a rough and tumble world of gold digging and railroad barons to learn about the fascinating past of San Francisco's Barbary Coast! Walk the infamous Barbary Coast trail and see where Shanghai Kelly kidnapped sailors and where the gold rush began. Hear dark stories about San Francisco's toughest saloons, lowest brothels, and the legendary Bella Union Theatre from your expert local guide, and visit the 500 block of Pacific Street, where rough music halls produced the music and dance crazes that swept the world in the early 1900s!
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    Transportation History Bicycle Ride

    Thinkwalks
    Bring a bike for a relaxing ride through Golden Gate Park, a canvas on which the city's ambitions were sketched -- a place where many ideas were tested. The city's history exactly matches the 160 years of transportation revolutions. You'll see where a major railroad came right into the park, where the suspension bridge was first tried, where driver licenses were invented, and more! Between short stretches of riding, you'll stop by Brooklyn Bridge in SF, the Northwest Passage, and even an abandoned 12th-20th century castle. Be prepared for excellent in-depth discussions of the city's history! This tour is sure to satisfy your inner history aficionado.
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