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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

San Francisco, United States

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
  • Explore San Francisco by restored VW bus and enjoy access to places larger buses can't reach
  • Stop for photo ops of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Painted Ladies
  • Hear about the city's history while listening to songs from the 1960s and '70s
  • Sip provided California white wine and local craft beer on the afternoon tours
  • Choose between a shared small group tour or a private tour just for your own party

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

These VW buses only seat up to seven people—making this a super-fun and intimate San Francisco experience.

Traveler Tips

  • "It is also nice to be able to bring luggage onto the tour." See review
  • "Picture perfect weather, a GREAT guide (from Austria) made for a delightful tour!" See review
  • "This is definitely a great way to venture out across the city." See review


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Best thing we did in San Francisco
, Mar 2020
This was a SPECTACULAR experience! Our tour guide Alan was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about San Francisco. His love of the city came thru during the tour and made the tour even more enjoyable. We saw many areas we would not have seen had we tried to do this on our own. He allowed us more time at certain stops of interest like the Painted Ladies, Twin Peaks and the Palace of Fine Arts. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see not just the standard tourist sites but the real neighborhoods of the city.
Fun tour
, Mar 2020
Great tour. Loved Buttercup (the VW van) and our informative and delightful guide, Allen (Alan?). In the van we were able to go into areas where large tour buses were prohibited.
Wonderful tour!
, Mar 2020
Wonderful tour! Kai was extremely entertaining and very knowledgeable! Loved it! Highly recommended!!
Great Time !
, Mar 2020
We had such a great time ! I would recommend this Tour to all my friends. It was AWESOME ! He took us all over the town and provided great knowledge and drinks and snacks...
A must do
, Mar 2020
Wow what a great day we had you will see stiff you wouldnt see on your own well worth it a must do in my opinion
Very Happy
, Mar 2020
The tour was great it was very extensive for a 3 hour tour and covered so much of the city. Our tour guide/driver Alan did a fabulous job and was so full of information about San Francisco. There was no way could of seen everything we saw doing a hop on/off bus tour or cable cars.
Painted ladies tourist attraction
, Mar 2020
I had done a tour of San Francisco before. In a large coach you get stops in the main sites including the Golden Gate bridge. This is a small old van. It will not take you to the Golden Gate Bridge even though you see it. It does make certain stops like the row of painted ladies houses and the old exhibition site. What makes it different is that the tour guide talks about the city as it is lived in and gives a good feel about the different districts. There is not a lot of tedious facts about the history of the city. It does orientate you well. This tour offers two completely different experiences compared to a coach. It takes you up to the highest point and you can see all San Francisco below. It also goes up and down the steep streets including Lombard Street. If you don't like roller-coasters this is not the tour for you. The van is unusual enough to be photographed by other tourists!
Bucket list
, Mar 2020
The tour was wonderful. We had a mix up on time but other than that it was wonderful. Loved our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable.
Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
, Feb 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. A great way to get a feel for San Francisco. Opportunities for good pictures. Alan was a great guide. I would highly recommend.
, Feb 2020
Our tour was excellent! Alan and Buttercup couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. Alan knew his details about the city and our son was able to contribute more to us as we drove. The sights we saw and the roads and neighborhoods we traversed, were just what we were looking for in a tour, this day. Thank you very much!

Product code: 75013P1

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