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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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San Francisco, United States
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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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.
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Small group tour
Professional Tour Guide
Bottled water
Local Bottled Craft beer and Wine on the afternoon tours
Access to local vintage points where large buses are banned from
Alcoholic Beverages
  • 427 Post St , 427 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Union Square Pickup location: 427 Post Street, right across from Morton's Steakhouse

  • 1300 Columbus Ave , 1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    1300 Columbus Ave, directly in front of Hotel Caza on the sidewalk in the white loading zone. If you are standing with the hotel to your back, to the right is a small park and to the left you will see the pyramid building in the distance.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum number of 2 people applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Portable wheelchair ok
    • Booster seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
    • Recommended tip amount :$15-$20 per passenger. (Did you know that tips make up a large amount of our tour guide income in the US?)
    • Note that each vehicle seats up to 7 people total. We can still accommodate larger groups seated in separate vehicles.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Everyone in your group needs to complete our digital waiver.
    • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID 19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath won’t be able to participate.
    • Everyone will be required to wear a mask while inside the bus. We will have extra masks for purchase in case you have forgotten yours. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Painted Ladies Tour Company
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.
    What is the social distancing policy during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.

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    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


    609 Reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    Enjoying San Fran in the Rain
    , Oct 2021
    Despite the heavy rain and winds, our tour guide made our tour very pleasurable. He was excellent! We saw all the major sites except the Golden Gate Bridge due to fog. Yo ensure we got our money’s worth, the tour guide took us to a great French bakery for great coffee and pastries.
    Covers the entire city
    , Oct 2021
    Amy did an excellent job showing us the various sites in San Fran. The tour had appropriate stops along the way for pictures and restrooms. I would suggest to Viater they tell their guides to set standards before the trip begins. Examples to avoid talking while the guide is speaking out of courtesy of other guests.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    , Oct 2021
    Gurkan is an excellent tour guide. He is personable, courteous and His knowledge of SF prior and current history make the tour one of the best..Painted Lady love the VW van
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Super fun way to see SF!
    , Oct 2021
    Fabulous tour even for those who have spent time in San Francisco! Our guide Sam was full of life and great information! “Rosie” our VW bus did a great job getting us all around the city. We went down Lombard street and went to areas that we had not been. Loved Twin Peaks and the views. We got out numerous times for photo oops. Only 6 people provided the chance to ask questions as well. The period music added to the ambiance as well. Highly recommended as a fun way to see the sights.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Put a pin in SFO.
    , Oct 2021
    Our tour guide Josh was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much and enjoyed the smaller size tour (7 people) so much more than previous large tours. Definitely recommend this tour for all ages.
    Fun and fabulous way to spend the afternoon
    , Oct 2021
    Josh was great. Everything was just wonderful. We got to see the city and the fabulous Lombard street and billionaires row. It was great.
    Great day, beautiful weather, outstanding tour guide in Armando
    , Oct 2021
    Twin Peaks, Palace of Fine Arts, actually everything. The way the tour was done gave you an excellent overview of the city. The stops at the highlights were great. I’m almost local and learned a lot. My 15 year old Granddaughters from Hawaii loved it.
    San Francisco fun tour!
    , Oct 2021
    I chose this tour because I wanted a small tour group. This was a perfect way to see San Francisco without the hassle of a large bus tour. Our guide was Sam and she was very knowledgeable and efficient. I would highly recommend this funky and fun tour of the city.
    Getting to see all of San...
    , Oct 2021
    Getting to see all of San Francisco on a beautiful day and hearing all the history and sights from our fabulous guide Arlondo. Worth the money and time.
    Great City Tour for Two
    , Oct 2021
    Cousin Al was a great guide, having grown up here, he really knows the city! The buses are like a step back in time and a lot of fun. The front seat for the Lombard Street section is a must!

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