Half Day Highlights of San Francisco Private Tour

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Experience the highlights of the beautiful City on the Bay on this half-day private walking tour of San Francisco - including a ride on the historic cable cars! Learn about its famous neighborhoods. Visit the buzzing markets of Union Square. Enjoy striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fisherman’s Wharf. And more, with your group and your guide.

up to 4 hrs 1 or more people

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from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Learn about the city’s founding by the Spanish in 1776 and see some of the city's beloved neighborhoods!
  • Tour is approx. 3.5 hours.
  • Suitable for history buffs and culture vultures of all ages.
  • Includes a professional tour guide and one-way cable car tickets.
  • Food and drinks are not included.
  • Gratuities optional.
  • An exclusive guided walking tour with just you, your group and your guide.


from Half Day Highlights of San Francisco Private Tour
Dating back to 1776 and considered by many to be the USA’s most beautiful city, San Francisco - a.k.a. The City by the Bay - is a vibrant mix of exotic cultures, and is renowned worldwide for its liberal free-thinking ideals. San Francisco’s strong historical bonds with Spanish America and Mexico are evident all over the city and reflected in its Hispanic population, vibrant arts, music, and festival scene.

On your private half-day tour, you will:
  • Learn the history of its famous neighborhoods, including downtown, the Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Little Italy;
  • Explore Union Square, San Francisco's bustling shopping area;
  • Immerse yourself in the customs, cuisine, and curiosities of Chinatown;
  • Take a cable car to the top of Nob Hill for spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline;
  • Venture through North Beach to absorb the community’s Italian heritage;
  • Enjoy striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island from atmospheric Fisherman's Wharf – and glimpse the basking seals!

On this private half-day tour of the best of San Francisco, you will learn about the city’s foundation in the 18th century, when Spanish colonists settled the area during the gold-rush fever, to the city in the modern era, famous for its political activism and social inclusivity the world over.

See first-hand San Francisco’s colorful mix of quaint buildings and modern architecture in a stunning ocean-facing city.

Learn about San Francisco's long-standing progressive stance on activism: the city is credited with trailblazing the “Flower Power” peace movement, and powering the gay rights movement as one of the largest and most prominent LGBT communities in the world.

You will explore this fascinating urban landscape, set on the northern tip of a peninsula, shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and the Pacific’s rolling waves. Set on San Francisco's picturesque steep slopes, enjoy a stunning skyline across streets crisscrossed by streetcars, yellow taxis and jogging trails. Wander through some world-class shopping in Union Square, where big-name brands and local stores nestle amongst chic boutiques.

Enjoy a historic cable car ride from one part of the city, over Nob Hill to the waterfront. At beautiful North Beach, known colloquially as Little Italy, soak up the ambience of the city’s lively historic Italian-American community.

Lastly, Fisherman’s Wharf, lined with seafood cafes, is home to basking sea lions, jugglers and mime artists and enjoys striking views across the Golden Gate Bridge, the infamous island prison on the sea, Alcatraz, and Angel Island.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Half Day Highlights of San Francisco Private Tour

Where is the meeting point for this tour?

This private San Francisco walking tour meets at the Northeast corner of Union Square (Union Square corner of Stockton St & Geary St) in San Francisco, CA. Please be at this location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

This half day San Francisco tour is approximately 3.5 hours.

What does the tour include?

This tour includes one historic cable car ride ticket, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour.

What will I see on this San Francisco tour?

Some of the highlights of this tour include: (1) Some of San Francisco's famous neighborhoods, including downtown, the Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Little Italy (2) Union Square, the city's bustling shopping and market area (3) The San Francisco China Town neighborhood (4) Nob Hill via famous cable car with excellent views of the cityscape (5) Fisherman's Wharf, an iconic local landmark overlooking Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge

Is transportation included?

Transportation is not included.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near the departure point. One of which is the Union Square parking which charges according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. Tickets start at $5 per hour. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advice on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities (optional).

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable, casual clothes and comfortable shoes.

Will there be other people on the tour or is it just us?

This is a private walking tour with just you, your group and your guide!

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.