• Little Saigon

    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's 1st neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart & soul of this vibrant city. This area is so rich in culture, that we have 3 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
  • North Beach

    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks.
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Our food and walking tours are 2nd to none.
  • Parrots!

    Parrots!

    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.
step off cable carParrots and Golden Fate Park

 

This is a list of our regularly scheduled tours. To see a listing of the tours by category click here. After deciding upon a tour you will find the schedules posted on the Reservations page. If the scheduled times do not fit with your availability please, call us and will do our best to accomodate you.  Please call 415.793.1104 for any scheduling needs or for further information regarding anything you find on this site. Now, please explore...

ALCATRAZ!

Alcatraz Island has long been one of San Francisco's greatest landmarks — and now you can experience it like no other. Our Explore Alcatraz Package Tours combine the best locations in the City with the most popular island in the Bay. Choose Chinatown, North Beach, Japantown with Spa, The Mission District, North Beach & Chinatown at Night, or our historic "Gold Rush to Silver Boom Tour" and experierience the City as a local and have the time of your life. Explore Alcatraz Package Tours from Explore San Francisco are an absolute must-do for anyone wanting a unique San Francisco experience! More...



PARROTS!

Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes, there are officially at least two different flocks of wild parrots that reside here. Featured in many travel guides and news shows, these birds star in their own best selling book and full-length documentary. These naturalized birds have evolved into a brand new species of parrot, indigenous to San Francisco. Come see for yourself! A portion of ticket sales go to the San Francisco based non-profit group Mckaboo Companion Bird Rescue. We know where to find the parrots, but on very rare occassions they may have ventured outside their usual territory, and we may not be able to view them. In such an event you have the option of joining us on a subsequent safari, or if you prefer, you may receive a copy of the DVD "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." More...

 

NORTH BEACH!

Little Italy in San Francisco is a foodies dream. Of course, the food is beyond incredible, served with Italian accents one would expect from this outstanding neighborhood, but there is so much more! We will show you what makes North Beach so fascinating. From Beach Blanket Babylon, to The Godfather; The Beatniks and City Lights Book Store; notables like Carol Doda, Marylin Monroe and Joe Dimaggio; espresso, a small family chocoloteria, and a myriad of beautiiful churches. And of course while experiencing all of thie greatnes, we will sample incredible food! More...


SIDE STREETS

San Francisco is California imagined, through the eyes of the authors, poets, film makers, songwriters and musicians who lived here (and those who wish they did...) We will be looking at San Francisco through the eyes of people like Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Alice B. Toklas, Dashiell Hammett, Jack Kerouak, Allen Ginsberg, Armisted Maupin, Alfred Hitchcock, Herb Caen, Hunter S. Thompson and Amy Tam. These creative minds, along with many others, helped to interpret, define and create this fabled city. Would you like to see the city through their eyes? We can show you where they lived and what they saw, which is ultimately what they wrote about. More...

GG Bridge Parasailer

CHINATOWN!

San Francisco boasts the largest Chinese poplulation center outside of China. The reality of Chinatown is that there are two Chinatowns: One belongs to the locals; the other charms the tourists. They overlap and dance with each other, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. At Explore San Francisco, we show you the city as a local, so we will indeed show you to the 'touristy' sights, but we will also escort you into the alleys and side streets, where the residents lead their lives, usually unseen by most tourists. We will take you where the food is authentic, the shops unique and the history frankly, amazing. More...

 

NORTH BEACH & CHINATOWN AT NIGHT!

An eight block stroll through Chinatown and then into North Beach. Hear the history of the area, while sampling some excellent food. This tour is always one of our most social, where both fun and friendships are made. Perhaps its the magic of twilight, where the hustle and bustle of daytime commerce shifts. Perhaps it's the wine. Either way, if you're looking for a relaxed but fascinating time with delicious food, you can't go wrong with this fun choice! More...



HAIGHT STREET!

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of the 1960s is still very much alive and well today. "The Haight," as it is now known, was officially established in 1883 and is today a vibrant urban village, one of San Francisco's most fascinating neighborhoods. Beautiful Victorians, tree lined streets, unique little shops, thrift stores, cafes, and a wide variety of restaurants serving food from around the world will make this an afternoon you will never forget. Our menu willl be eclectic, drawing from assorted Thai, Indian or Mexican; healthy and not so healthy; chai, coffee or perhaps an exotic specialty tea. The Haight is flat, so our walk will be leisurely, with no major hills to climb! You'll learn about the colorful history of the Haight as we stroll this lively and lovely neighborhood. As with all of our tours, we'll be pointing out places that aren't in the guide books, places you'd surely miss on your own! More...



JAPANTOWN WITH SPA

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this eclectic neighborhood. This trip starts at a Buddhist church, includes a tour, shopping and lunch, and ends with a trip to a spa! Included with your reservation is an all day pass to Imperial Spa, or a $20 voucher to either Kabuki Springs or Fuji Shiatsu! More...

WINE COUNTRY IN THE CITY

You’re invited to an urban tasting trip to three of San Francisco’s wine bars hosted by a knowledgeable resident and wine enthusiast. Sample wines by the glass, or in-flights designed to showcase California's best wines. This tour is perfect for anyone interested in wine, in California’s wine industry, and those who want to enjoy San Francisco the way residents do! More...


YOUR MISSION FOOD, CULTURE AND HISTORY TOURS

San Francisco's first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart and soul of vibrant San Francisco. This culinary and historic journey is so wonderfully rich that we have split the Mission District into six tours. Choose one tour or take them all. More...


Statue gurarding the gate to Chinatown


SF SCENIC RUNNING

One of the newest trends for the health conscious traveler is seeing the sights while on a run. Join our enthusiastic and experienced guides for a run on the best running trails that San Francisco has to offer. Our city runs meld the urban landscape with the natural beauty of the parks and coastal trails. The phenomenal ocean and bay views and sweeping vistas overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge are enhanced by the dramatic hilly terrain. More...

SHOP! SHOP! SHOP!

Led by a boutique savvy resident, this trip is an opportunity to window shop - or buy - at designer clothiers, shoe stores and handmade jewelry shops. Browse home furnishings and find collectibles from around the world. Love fine stationery? Or skin care products? Come with uw. We'll end our trip with lunch at one of the neighborhood's unique restaurants. This trip is perfect for fashionistas, foodies and those who love the thrill of finding something unique (and maybe on sale!) More...


SF ARMORY TOURS

We are proud to be working with The Armory to bring you tours of this historic gem as a destination along with our historic neghborhood tours. We are the only tour company offering Armory tours as part of our regular line up. We currently have two Explore SF tours that include a look around this fascinating facility. Come see this incredible San Francisco landmark and tour the building and studio sets within. You will actually see the sets and production areas in which adult entertainment is created. This is not the kind of tour that any of your friends have likely been on and this is one of the most unparalleled experiences that anyone will likely have on any trip, ever. More...

 

FOLSOM DISTRICT/ SF ARMORY TOUR

Come tour the SF Armory and the 1970's Folsom District on this historic walking tour that meanders back in time from present day SOMA into the Valley of the Kings, along the Miracle Mile. This fascinating tour is combined with a tour of the SF Armory and Kink.com. More...

 


BY REQUEST

Anniversary or birthday celebrations, client appreciation events, marriage proposal, divorce party, sweet sixteens girls/guys night out, quality family time, a memorable afternoon or evening for you and your guests. Or just because you deserve it. Choose the date and time, tell us what you want and give us your budget. Together we'll make something wonderful happen... More...


POP UP RESTAURANTS

One of the world's top dining cities, San Francisco was voted foodie capital of the U.S. in 2011. Where do up and coming chefs try out new concepts and debut new menus? At underground temporary pop pp restaurants, of course! How do you get in? Give us a call. We can get you a table! More...

 

 

All of our tours and trips can be customized, and private groups are always welcome! Email us for details...

 

Foreign Language
Guides Available

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Foreign language guides available


English ** Spanish
German ** French
Italian ** Flemish
Dutch ** Swedish
Danish ** Vietnamese
Finnish ** Catalan
Turkish ** Greek
Arab ** Farsi
Perdu ** Hindi
Sindi ** Tibetan
Japanese ** Portugese
* 5 Chinese Dialects *

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After you've seen the tourist attractions Explore San Francisco with us! Noticing a disconnect between the San Francisco that tourists see and the city that one would show to their own family and friends, the idea to show visitors a more authentic San Francisco was born.
Put down the guidebook and come explore with us and let's explore the city, the real city. Don't settle for a prepackaged and scripted tour put on by a national tour company, staffed by undepaid and under-enthused guides. Exploring a new city should be fun! All of our tours offer something above and beyond regular sightseeing. Be it a visit to a spa, shopping, neighborhood history and cultural tours, food tours, running tours, architecture tours, wine tours, trying a pop-up restaurant, biking across the Golden Gate, attending a book reading, or observing wild parrots, this is not to be missed...
Happy to show you the city's rich and colorful history, the most fascinating neighborhoods or help you discover the best food, shopping and entertainment venues. You will be surprised at just how unique San Francisco is, but first you have to get away from Pier 39. We can help you with that and you’ll be happy we did. You will leave knowing just how much the real San Francisco has to offer because you experienced it for yourself.