WHOLE SHEBANG DETAILS

The Whole Shebang! is a comprehensive overview of the City's history and shows off three of her most distinctive neighborhoods.

If you can only take one tour while you're in town, make it this one. It celebrates the cultural, architectural, and geographic diversity of San Francisco in a one-of-a-kind way.

tour distance: about 30 blocks

tour duration: about 3.5

hours hills: three blocks of steep downhill walking and two blocks of slight-mild uphill walking

ending location: Washington Square Park in North Beach, near Columbus and Powell

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Frequently asked questions about The Whole Shebang:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Whole Shebang tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This tour starts on a big hill and from there it's mostly downhill; we'll walk a steep downhill for three blocks and a slight uphill for two blocks near the middle of the tour. (Don't worry about climbing this big hill again because the tour ends in a different neighborhood).

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. There are about 18 stops on this tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, the tour ends in North Beach, about 10 blocks from where we begin. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

The tour covers about 30 blocks over three hours. There is one long downhill from Nob Hill to Union Square, and a few slight uphills in Chinatown. You will be on your feet, for the most part, for three hours.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, DON'T park on Nob Hill. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets. There are a number of lots in and near North Beach, where the tour ends.

When should we get there?

We recommend getting to the meeting place 10-15 minutes before tour time so we can have a timely start.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

What should we do after the tour?

San Francisco is chock-full of things to do--your guide or hotel concierge can recommend a number of options.

Can we take pictures?

Certainly! Please note that the fortune cookie factory will charge you 50 cents to take a picture of their operation.

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like. We have other tours that have shorter distances and better terrain.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

CASTRO TOUR INFORMATION

FOOT! fun walking tours is proud to present Come Out to the Castro: San Francisco’s Gay Village from Top to Bottom, a history walking tour that explores the City’s proud and campy queer community.

Learn about the history of the neighborhood and Gay culture in San Francisco from the Gold Rush times to the present. This two-hour romp winds its way through one of the City’s most famous districts—mostly because it can’t go straight!

This tour covers many locations important to Gay culture, including:

  • HRC Action Center and Store: Site of Harvey Milk's camera shop & campaign headquartersr
  • The Names Project (AIDS Memorial Quilt)
  • The legendary Castro Theatre
  • One of world's largest gay flags
  • The Pink Triangle Park and Memorial

In the late 1960s, the Castro district suddenly became the center of the Gay universe. How did Eureka Valley, a quiet working class neighborhood, become synonymous with Gay pride?

Find out the answer—plus lots more—while viewing one of the nation’s most distinctive and tolerant neighborhoods: the Castro. You might even see Dykes on Bikes—or some Chaps in Chaps!

tour distance: about 14 blocks
tour duration: about two hours
hills: two blocks of walking slightly uphill
ending location: Castro and Market—right across the street from the Castro Muni station.

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Frequently asked questions about our Castro tour:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

Come Out to the Castro runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This tour includes two slight uphills.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, we will end near Market and Castro Streets. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

Come Out to the Castro is about 14 blocks long and includes two slight uphills over two hours.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

FUN FLASHBACK FACTS

Flashback examines the rise and fall of the Haight-Ashbury hippie culture. Starting in 1964 as a utopian ideal of peace, love, and flower children, the dream was virtually over by 1968 when the streets filled to capacity and the trip turned bad, man. Really bad.

We see the locations of some of the most memorable events of the tie-dyed Summer of Love, as well as the former homes of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and other notable characters. The tour also discusses the music, poster art, and lifestyles that defined the Hippie era in San Francisco’s most colorful neighborhood.

We’ll also cover the role of the Diggers, a group of activists who organized “happenings,” opened soup kitchens, and operated “free stores” in the Haight. (How were they able to give so many away free goods? Volume.)

Flashback explores a neighborhood that avoided the Great Fire of 1906, so you’ll see some old Victorian homes, as well as some of today’s colorful characters—we recommend packing a camera.

This tour discusses the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll of the hippie era, including the San Franciscan psychedelic music scene.

tour distance: about 16 blocks
tour duration: about two hours
hills: mostly flat walking
ending location: the "Old Fire House" at Waller and Stanyan

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Frequently asked questions about Flashback:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Flashback tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This tour is mostly level with just a couple of moderate hills.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Are children allowed?

Due to the nature and content of this tour, we label it PG-13. Use your judgment bringing children!

Does the tour end where we start?

The tour ends at the "Old Fire House" at Waller and Stanyan. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

No. The tour is about two hours long, covering 16 blocks of mostly flat walking.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and can be tricky in residential areas. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets. If you do park in the Haight, be sure to carefully read the street signs, as parking may be unavailable due to street cleaning, for example.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

DARING DIVA DETAILS

On this diva-led walking tour, we'll cover a dozen daring dames who left their legacy on San Francisco's landscape, from Isadora Duncan to Maya Angelou to Lillie Coit. You’ll even learn about comedienne Phyllis Diller, who challenged women of her time with this: "Do you grab for all the gusto you can get? Or is it impossible because your hand is covered with an oven mitt?"

Starting near the shopping district of Union Square (no, you may not go into Saks!), you’ll visit the theatre district, Maiden Lane, Chinatown, and North Beach. Along the way you'll meet a dozen feisty females who helped build this town, and you’ll see the history of the City through their unique perspectives.

Go West, Young Woman discusses the biographies of twelve important San Franciscan women, and addresses the sexism, racism, and classism that these strong women faced and eventually overcame. Aside from the aforementioned females, you'll learn about Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Lotta Crabtree, Ah Toy, Donaldina Cameron, Julia Morgan, and more.

tour distance: about 15 blocks
tour duration: about two hours
hills: mostly flat walking
ending location: Columbus and Pacific, where Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial Districts meet

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Frequently asked questions about Go West, Young Woman:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Go West tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

No, the tour is practically hill-free!

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, the tour ends near Columbus and Pacific, where Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial Districts meet.. We feel we can show more of the city by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

You’ll cover about 15 blocks over two hours, and the route is relatively hill-free.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, parking garages are plentiful in the Union Square area. However, street parking is very limited. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various curbs and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

NOB HILL TOUR INFORMATION

This tour sneaks around some of the City’s hoity-toitiest architecture: you’ll see world-class mansions, hotels, and churches, so please wipe your feet before entering. Don’t forget your monocle!

Hobnobbing with Gobs of Snobs covers such topics as the Silver Rush, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the invention of the cable car, and—in America’s favorite retail area, Union Square—shopping.

We'll also tell riveting stories about millionaire inventors, the Spite Fence, and how a bartender went from serving champagne one day to bathing in it the next.

tour distance: about 12 blocks
tour duration: about two hours
hills: one very steep downhill of three blocks
ending location: the St. Francis Hotel, across the street from Union Square

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Frequently asked questions about our sNob Hill tour:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Hob Nobbing tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

There is one steep downhill of two blocks and a milder downhill of one block.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, the tour ends at the St. Francis Hotel, across the street from Union Square. We feel we can show more of the city by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

You’ll cover about 12 blocks over two hours, including coming downhill for three blocks.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, DON'T park on Nob Hill. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter. This particular tour enters a number of building.

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Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

CHINATOWN TOUR DETAILS

San Francisco's oldest neighborhood may be her most distinctive one as well. Chinatown is home to the City's original town plaza, Portsmouth Square, and many other claims to fame, such as the state's oldest school and the birthplace of the martini (the real San Francisco treat).  

Learn why the Chinese settled in this area, their role in building the Transcontinental Railroad, and how they rebuilt the area after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. You'll pass dim sum restaurants, herb shops, temples, and open-air markets along the route. It's our smelliest tour by far.

It's the largest Chinatown outside of Asia--they have bigger ones in China, but they're just called "towns" over there--and by far the most crowded neighborhood in San Francisco, and the second most compact neighborhood in the country.

Chasing the Dragon is a trip to another country, without the fuss of a passport. You'll actually get three perspectives on what this famous neighborhood is all about: a center of culture, history, and curious tourists.

tour distance: about 14 blocks

tour duration: about two hours

hills: one block of#top-of-page walking uphill

ending location: Portsmouth Square, Kearny and Clay.

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Frequently asked questions about Chasing the Dragon:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Chasing the Dragon tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This is not a strenuous walk. There is just one uphill block.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, the tour ends in Portsmouth Square at Kearny and Clay. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professionals, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The City has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

You’ll cover about 14 blocks over two hours, including one uphill block.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, DON'T park on Nob Hill. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter. This tour is particularly crowded and noisy and might not be hospitable for taking a dog.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

FUN FACTS ABOUT FULL EXPOSURE

Learn about the ever-changing history of North Beach, from the Gold Rush debauchery of the Barbary Coast era to the anti-establishment artists of the 1950s to the present. North Beach is always changing, and this has encouraged many locals to reinvent themselves over the years, too. This two-hour walking history lesson winds its way through one of the popular tourist destinations in town, where locals are proud to hang out as well.

Originally called the Latin Quarter, North Beach (which, indeed, had a beach some 150 years ago) was a mix of all nationalities until until the laying of an "off-the-grid" avenue (later rechristened Columbus Avenue) sent many citizens scattering to other neighborhoods. But not the Italians--they stayed and turned North Beach into Little Italy.

Find out how the neighborhood continues to rediscover and recreate itself, and learn what happened to that original beach (as well as a lot of other fun and factual FOOT! facts).

This tour covers a wide range of the history and geography of North Beach, starting at one end of the neighborhood, traversing it, and ending near dead-center, which is actually quite lively. In the terms of topics, it's our widest exploration of North Beach, too. (For a general history with great views from Telegraph Hill, try WHERE'S THE F-ING BEACH IN NORTH BEACH.)

tour distance: about 17 blocks

tour duration: about two hours

hills: no true hills, but there is a slight rise over the course of many blocks  

ending location: City Lights Bookstore, near Broadway and Columbus.

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Frequently asked questions about Full Exposure:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Full Exposure tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

Are there any hills on this tour?

No. This tour is relatively flat.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No. This tour ends just south of Broadway on Columbus Avenue, about 4 blocks away from where it begins.

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The City has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

You’ll cover about 17 blocks over two hours, but the walking is almost flat. There are no major hills or staircases.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, DON'T park on Nob Hill. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

This tour is wheelchair accessible, but there are many curbs, potholes, and bumps along the way.

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To request more information, please click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE NUTS AND BOLTS TOUR

This is a junior version of The Whole Shebang tour, but without all the pesky hills and tedious walking. It’s 99% flat and perfect for those who want to keep it on the level. Someone once said, “Whenever you get tired of walking in San Francisco, you can lean against it,” but they didn’t know about this easy downtown walk.

San Francisco in a Nutshell will give you the basic chronology of our favorite city by the bay, starting with her boom-town birth. Beginning as a tiny trading post, San Francisco quickly became the 10th largest city in America thanks to the nearby discovery of gold. Before long, people were coming from every corner of the planet and the West was Won—and very Wild.

San Francisco was at the right place at the right time, and everything she is today—cosmopolitan, crowded, crazy, and cultured—is owed to that tiny golden nugget. Learn and laugh as our guides put the pieces together for you with games, stories, and fun facts from the past.

San Francisco in a Nutshell discusses the highlights of the City's history and explains how her quirky past has created her unique personality, making San Francisco one of the most visited destinations on the planet.

This tour is a very general overview of San Francisco history—we'll even recreate the Gold Rush for you—and touches upon a number of local icons, such as Mark Twain, Cable Cars, and the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. For a more detailed history of the City, try one some of our other tours, which explore fewer topics but go much deeper.

tour distance: about 16 blocks

tour duration: about two hours

hills: one block of barely-perceptible uphill walking

ending location: the end of the California cable car line, near the Ferry Building

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Frequently asked questions about San Francisco in a Nutshell:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The San Francisco in a Nutshell tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

No. This tour avoids hills for those who want to keep it level! (There is one very slight incline in the middle of the tour.)

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, the tour ends near the Ferry Building, about 10 blocks from where we begin. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area.

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professionals, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. There will be one restroom stop along the way.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

The tour covers about 16 blocks over two hours. It avoids hills!

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and can be very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes, this is handicap accessible! We will be staying on level ground for the entire tour.

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

MORE DETAILS ON THE SHAKE & BAKE TOUR

Shake & Bake: The Heartbreak of the Great ‘Quake explores the most disastrous event of the City’s history—the 1906 earthquake and fire. If the Gold Rush is what put San Francisco on the map, the Great Earthquake and Fire wiped her off it, leaving the nation’s 10th largest city in ruins.

You’ll learn about one of the most violent recorded earthquakes and largest urban fires in history, incredible stories of survival, and how a devastated city came back from rubble to once again shine as a world-class destination. See how the City’s pride helped her clear away the ashes, roll up her sleeves, and rebuild to become more glorious than ever.

This tour meets in the heart of downtown, the most damaged section of the City, and winds around a few of the buildings that did survive the brunt of the shaking and the baking. We’ll also visit a small district that survived the blazes, so you’ll see what the City looked like 150 years ago, and we’ll end near a hidden park, a breath of fresh air in the midst of the concrete jungle.

Highlights include:

  • The Palace Hotel and its world-class restrooms
  • Jackson Square, the one survivor of downtown
  • The Transamerica Pyramid
  • Redwood Park, home to 80 redwoods
  • An elevator ride to China (town)
  • 1-minute history lesson on San Francisco’s favorite visitor, Mark Twain

This tour starts in the Financial District, makes its way to Chinatown, visits Jackson Square, and ends near the edge of North Beach, home to many bars, restaurants, and coffee shops.

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Frequently asked questions about our Great Earthquake tour: 

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Shake and Bake tour runs rain or shine! Please dress for the weather.

Are there any hills on this tour?

There is one mild-slight downhill of two blocks and a slight uphill of two blocks.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No. The tour ends by the Transamerica Pyramid, which is near the intersection of Jackson Square, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial district. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus you can explore different areas once the tour's done if you are adventurous enough.

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The City has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

You’ll cover about 17 blocks over two hours, but the majority of the walking is over flat terrain. This is one of our least-strenuous tours.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT WALKING ON WATER

Walking on Water explores San Francisco's original shoreline and how this sleepy village became a boom town that doubled in population every 10 days during the height of the Gold Rush. Adventurers from every corner of the planet came to strike it rich, abandoning hundreds of ships in the bay to race to the gold fields. This is what gave birth to bay's shipping industry, which is just as strong 150+ years later.

The ships became the watery graveyard on which the City grew, quickly becoming the shipping center of the West, as the prospectors, gamblers, prostitutes, sailors, crimps, and thieves kept arriving. In time, San Francisco grew out into the bay, and skyscrapers shot up from bones of the ships to become the 10th largest city in America.

We'll take you along the original waterline and back alleys of America's most-visited city, showing you how her maritime past created her quirky personality. Visit unique buildings and hidden locations that only locals know on this fun history lesson/walking tour.

Highlights of Walking on Water include:

The Ship that was Turned into a Saloon

Treasure Island and Other "Fill-Good" Stories

Building Bridges . . . and Tearing Down Freeways

The Last Victorian Buildings in Downtown San Francisco

How to be Your Own Emperor and Get Away with It

Why You Don't Want Your City Founded by Sailors, or: Crimps, Pimps, Bad Girls, and Good Times on the Barbary Coast

The tour visits some of the City’s famous-est architecture: you’ll see Coit Tower, the Transamerica Building, and the Ferry Building, among others. Walking on Water covers such topics as the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island, the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Lillie Coit and her Tower, the General Strike of 1934, Emperor Norton, and much more.

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Frequently asked questions about Walking on Water:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Walking on Water tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

Are there any hills on this tour?

There is one slight downhill of about a block.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?

No, the tour ends near the Transamerica Tower in the Financial District. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. (Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once.)

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Restrooms are available near the meeting location, in the Rincon Post Office. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, including the Ferry Building, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The City has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

You’ll cover about 17 blocks over two hours, including one mild downhill of a block.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, we recommend Portsmouth Garage (near the end of the tour), along the Embarcadero, South of Market, or near the Ferry Building. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

This tour is relatively flat and mostly wheelchair accessible. : )

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! fun walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

Luscious Lobbies sticks its nose in some of the most beautiful hotel lobbies in the City!  A short loop around Nob Hill and Union Square is a great way to get some window shopping in, as well as see some lobbies decked out in holiday splendor.
 
This seasonal tour is perfect for any holiday traveler or local resident curious to explore a part of town they haven't had a chance to visit yet. Plus you’ll learn about some only-in-San-Francisco holiday traditions.
 
The tour covers some of the history of particular hotels, as well as a general overview of San Francisco's history, in the traditional FOOT! way. We have plenty of fun and fact-filled stories, games, and jokes to explain how the City ended up the way she did.

Highlights of this tour include:
    •    The Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill's world-famous grand hotel
    •    Grace Cathedral
    •    Refreshment stop at a San Francisco landmark
    •    The Clock (that’s right: The Clock)
    •    Photo ops galore!
    •    Great Earthquake survivor St. Francis Hotel
    •    plus games, laughs, and wonderful sights

tour distance: about 11 blocks
tour duration: about two hours
hills: two blocks of walking downhill
ending location: just off Union Square

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Frequently asked questions about the Luscious Lobbies tour:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?
The Luscious Lobbies tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

Are there any hills on this tour?
There is one steep downhill of two blocks, followed by a moderate downhill of about three blocks.

Do we walk the whole time?
The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Does the tour end where we start?
No, the tour ends at Lefty O’doul’s, just off Union Square. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?
We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?
Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?
We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?
Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?
Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The City has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?
No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?
You’ll cover about 11-12 blocks over two hours, including downhill portions of about 2 blocks. Most of our tourists don't find it strenuous, but, like most visits to the City, there are hills.

Where should we park?
We strongly recommend public transportation, but if you have to drive, DON'T park on Nob Hill. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.

Where can I get a map?
San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?
No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?
Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?
Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?
Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
While the buildings on this tour are wheelchair accessible, due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved, it would be unnecessarily inconvenient for wheelchairs users. Please check out one of our other tours, like San Francisco in a Nutshell.

Are dogs allowed on the tour?
Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?
Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?
Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

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