San Francisco offers a huge variety of exciting guided tours. Of course it is possible to tour the city alone by foot, in a car or by public transportation, however, the guided tours will present to you the city in the most convenient and interesting manner and will teach you a lot about this colorful and unique city.
For the sportier, a bicycle tour of the city heart is warmly recommended. Believe it or not, but even in a city abounded with inclines and slopes like San Francisco one can have fun riding the bicycle with no special effort on a historical terrific route named “Wiggle”.
Good tours with energetic knowledgeable guides are conducted by the company Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours.
The tours depart from the trendy Hayes Valley and reach the Civic Center, the Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square, the Hippie neighborhood Ashbury Height, alleys full of graffiti and more. The tour lasts about 3.5 hours. The Company offers even longer tours as well as personally suited private tours for small groups.
The company Bike and Roll (that has branches in other U.S.A cities) organizes bike tours which include a ride on the Golden Gate Bridge with a return by ferry boat from Sausalito. It is also possible to rent a bike and ride alone. Those who don’t want to exert themselves can rent an electric bike.
The most popular tours with the youth are those conducted on a Segway. There is nothing like traveling up and down the steep slopes of the City on a Segway and receiving thrilling explanations while passing next to the main tourist attractions.
The two companies that organize these tours of the City are: The City Segway Tour, a large corporation that organizes city tours in many cities of the world, among the pioneers of Segway tours, and San Francisco Guided Segway Tour which offers a variety of city tours, for beginners and advanced, including a tour of Sausalito and a night tour. Riding the Segway is allowed to persons above the age of 12 that weight more than 45 Kg.
Fire Engine Tour
Another lovely tour that especially suits families is San Francisco Fire Engine Tours. On this tour you will visit the City, including on the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to Sausalito on a red shiny fire engine accompanied by guides that will not stop entertaining you.
Movie lovers can join a City tour following movies organized by San Francisco Movie Tours. The tour will take you thru shooting sites of about 200 famous scenes from 100 movies that were shot in the City. The tour is conducted on buses with huge screens and excellent surround system.
Guided foot tours
Guided foot tours are conducted in various neighborhoods of the City such as: China Town, and “Little Italy”.
On my opinion, The best tour of China Town is All About Chinatown Tours .
Especially tasty foot tours are conducted by Gourmet Walks: Fun Foodie Tours, which offers various types of food tours. The most famous of them is the chocolate tour offered by the company. Those who savor the sweets will gurgle with pleasure. The tour takes the visitors to small local chocolate factories, gourmet shops and delicatessen that specialize in chocolate, at an organic coffee shop famous for its chocolate, and everywhere samples of a variety of magnificent high quality chocolates are offered while hearing explanations and fascinating stories in the manner in which chocolate is produced, its history, sources and more.
For those who prefer salty food, and especially Asian food, it is recommended to join the tour by the company named Gourmet Japantown/Fillmore that departs from the small Japanese Quarter goes thru the luxurious Pacific Heights Quarter and the Jazz and fashion quarter Fillmore.
On this tour you will have a taste of Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food, including deserts and interesting and special drinks but will also visit trendy coffee shops with healthy food and lots of atmosphere. While doing all this you will hear the story of the Japanese Community in the City during the Second World War, which after the attack on Pearl-Harbor, was expelled from its home, all of its property taken, and sent to secluded closed camps. You will also see interesting buildings and get to know quarters that are less familiar to Israelis. Each food tour takes about three hours, you certainly will not remain hungry!