San Francisco - best 1 day organised tour?

Jan 27th, 2009, 01:59 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 85
San Francisco - best 1 day organised tour?

We will be spending 4 days or so in SF - first visit. Current thinking is to take an organised tour on day one so we can get a good overview, then use remaining days to fill in gaps and re-visit the best places.

Any views on who runs the best SF tour?
autodidact is offline  
Jan 27th, 2009, 04:39 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 171
I'm interested in the response, too. I've found a little info on tripadvisor dot com and hope you get some input here.
pocohontas3 is offline  
Jan 27th, 2009, 07:18 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,286
San Francisco City Guides offer excellent walking tours and I have taken a couple:

http://www.sfcityguides.org/

Some time ago I also took a tour of Nobb Hill:

http://www.hobnobtours.com/index.html
which was quite informative - learned about the 1906 earthquake and which buildings were destroyed and which were left standing, tour of the Grace Cathedral which you can do on your own.

http://www.gracecathedral.org/visiti...cathedraltour/

I have not taken any organized bus tours. I have seen those buses that look like trolley cars loaded with people driving around the city and then I have seen old fashioned cars taking smaller groups of people around that look like something I would want to do if I were to take a tour:

http://www.mrtoadstours.com/

I know nothing about them so you might want to check tripadvisor.

Lots of fun to take a bay cruise if the weather is nice.

Ronda is offline  
Jan 28th, 2009, 07:49 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 79
We used...

www.allsanfranciscotours.com/

We did the all day city tour which included Alcatraz.
MorganRey is offline  
Feb 1st, 2009, 10:32 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 85
Thanks for the suggestions. Allow me a follow-up qustion:- is the trip to Alcatraz worth the high rating it gets from various guides to SF? With limited time in the city (maybe 3-4 jet-lagged days), I'm thinking that there are surely many other places to see that would be more memorable. Even an institution as famous as Alcatraz is, after all, only a disused prison.
autodidact is offline  
Feb 1st, 2009, 12:44 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 25,502
Allow me a follow-up qustion:- is the trip to Alcatraz worth the high rating it gets from various guides to SF?

I don't know how anyone can possibly answer this question for you. To me, it's an excellent [interesting] tour and I know others agree. But if the subject matter or the place doesn't interest YOU, then of course, it's not a good use of your time.
sf7307 is online now  
Feb 1st, 2009, 08:19 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,572
It's personal, only you will be able to decide. Here's what I suggest: Find out where and at what time the people who go on the Alcatraz tour disembark when they come back - build it into your gallivanting schedule to be there on time and ask a few for their impressions.
DalaiLlama is offline  
Feb 2nd, 2009, 11:06 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,938
I've lived in San Francisco or just outside of the City for 34 years and we visit everything we can around here. I enjoyed the tour and also the views of The City on the boat ride to & from. If someone will only be here 2 days or less, I advise them to see other things. For longer visits, Alcatraz is an interesting trip. It's not just a decaying concrete building - there are lots of interesting stories that are relayed to the visitor. The setting is quite nice also.

Stu Dudley
StuDudley is online now  
Feb 2nd, 2009, 02:21 PM
  #9  
maj
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,139
We weren't really that interested in Alcatraz either, but thought we should see it. We ended up really enjoying the experience -- much more informative and interesting than we had anticipated. We took the first night tour -- went over in the daylight and returned after dark. With 4 days I would try to fit it in.
maj is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
nanabee
United States
7
May 1st, 2013 07:46 AM
ktspiv4
United States
5
Sep 11th, 2009 12:44 AM
ajcolorado
United States
14
Dec 19th, 2004 07:43 AM
sinehat
United States
6
Sep 1st, 2003 02:11 AM
carte005
United States
10
May 14th, 2003 06:33 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:19 AM.