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San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour - San Francisco, California
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Duration: 90 minutes
Location: San Francisco, California

From USD
$48.00

Are you fascinated by ghosts? Join this evening walking tour and let the local guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past and present, as you're lead you on a ghostly tour of Chinatown's historic and mysterious streets and alleyways. You'll be amazed at what you'll discover along the way!

San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the United States, has been a popular shopping, dining and sightseeing destination for over a century ... More info ›

Are you fascinated by ghosts? Join this evening walking tour and let the local guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past and present, as you're lead you on a ghostly tour of Chinatown's historic and mysterious streets and alleyways. You'll be amazed at what you'll discover along the way!

San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the United States, has been a popular shopping, dining and sightseeing destination for over a century. Yet most outsiders have never experienced the extrasensory realm of vintage Chinatown after dark. Some say that specters from decades of Chinatown history emerge just after twilight!

Let the knowledgeable guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past and present, as you are lead on a ghostly tour of Chinatown's historic and mysterious streets and alleyways. Follow along by lamplight as you journey through the neighborhood passageways where these lively spirits are said to bide their time. The mystical folklore of this spirited San Francisco enclave will keep you on edge, as you drink in the chilling experiences of the Chinatown inhabitants of both yesterday and today.

All the while, learn about the reverence still offered to the Goddess Kwan Yin and the hungry spirits, along with the secrets of the magic moon cake. Ancient Chinese mythology and folklore flourish to this day in the oldest and most popular Chinatown in all of North America. SF Chinatown Ghost Tours extends to you a chillingly open invitation to personally experience the unearthly side of Chinatown you never even knew existed - book this frightseeing tour now!

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Fisherman's Wharf Tour and Alcatraz Upgrade Option

Fisherman's Wharf Tour and Alcatraz Upgrade Option - San Francisco, California

Duration: 60 minutes
Location: San Francisco, California

From USD
$35.00

Visit some of the top attractions along San Francisco's famed waterfront: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with this special tour and Alcatraz ticket upgrade option. Save time and see more.

During this 60 minute walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views ... More info ›

Visit some of the top attractions along San Francisco's famed waterfront: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with this special tour and Alcatraz ticket upgrade option. Save time and see more.

During this 60 minute walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, the cable car system, earthquakes and much more.

Meet your guide at the northern end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849.

Learn about the life of Italian chocolatier, Domenico Ghirardelli, at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square.

Stroll along the fog lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls.

Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about it's colorful past. We'll make our way to Pier 39, one of the busiest tourist areas in the city, and admire historic ships in the harbor and be awestruck by the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks.

Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution from a traditional maritime port and access to the rail system to an urban waterfront oriented towards the public's enjoyment filled with trendy restaurants, recreational activities and amusement piers.

Hear stories about San Francisco's complex and interesting public transportation system, both past and present, as you marvel at the elegance and beauty of the old art deco streetcars as they pass by taking commuters and tourists from the piers into the heart of the city.

As the tour concludes at Pier 33 learn about the history of Alcatraz Island. Much more than just home to some of the worlds most well-known criminals, the island has been a significant part of the Bay Area's history for more than 150 years.

Get a truly immersive experience with our upgrade option to the island itself with Alcatraz Cruises. Advance reservations are required and you'll receive your exact ticket time upon confirmation. When you sail to the island you’ll see the amazing SF skyline. Get those cameras ready for amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and iconic Ferry Building. Once on Alcatraz, there are handheld audio guides you can use while exploring the island and prison.

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Small Group SF Highlights Tour

Small Group SF Highlights Tour - San Francisco, California

Duration: 6 hours
Location: San Francisco, California

From USD
$74.00

Get an insider’s view of San Francisco's eclectic downtown neighborhoods! Explore some of the unique and amazing parts of the city with us: Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, the Financial District, Civic Center, Union Square and Lombard Street are all on the itinerary! During this 6 hour guided tour you'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of San Francisco the way a local would: by foot, muni and cable car!

Meet your guide at the northern end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849.
Stroll along the fog lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling dungeness crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls ... More info ›

Get an insider’s view of San Francisco's eclectic downtown neighborhoods! Explore some of the unique and amazing parts of the city with us: Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, the Financial District, Civic Center, Union Square and Lombard Street are all on the itinerary! During this 6 hour guided tour you'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of San Francisco the way a local would: by foot, muni and cable car!

Meet your guide at the northern end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849.
Stroll along the fog lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling dungeness crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. We'll make our way to Pier 39 to admire historic ships in the harbor and be awestruck by the colony of sea lions that have taken over its docks.
Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution from maritime port and rail access to urban waterfront filled with trendy restaurants, recreational activities and amusement piers. At Pier 33 learn about the history of Alcatraz Island. Much more than just home to some of the worlds most well-known criminals, the island has been a significant part of the Bay Area's history for more than 150 years.
Next we'll head south to SF's Little Italy, North Beach, and soak in the aromas from the numerous bakeries and restaurants that line the streets. Learn about the Italian families who immigrated here and built powerful banking and seafood empires. Experience firsthand the inspiration that many writers and bohemians felt, such as Jack Kerouac and Francis Ford Coppola, while sipping on espresso in a little caffe.
Turn the corner and take a few steps down a small alley and get transported to a very different culture when we arrive in Chinatown. This densely populated neighborhood with its colorful facades, temples and dragon gate, has an interesting and complex history that you will learn about along the way. Take in the sights and sounds while we stroll down the vibrant streets and into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company where you can even make your own custom fortune cookies! 
Next up is a short walk through the financial district to the ferry building marketplace for lunch. Enjoy a leisurely meal and some rest after all that walking and get ready for round two.  
San Francisco has a world class public transportation system that will get you anywhere in the city if you know what you're doing. Your guide will give you an orientation when we get on the subway for a brief ride to the Civic Center. PRO TIP: You'll feel more confident taking muni for the rest of your trip after this lesson! 
The administrative center of San Francisco has as its focal point the Civic Center Plaza and you will be in awe. Its grand government buildings and palatial performing arts complex are the source of great local pride and it will not be hard to see why! Our next destination is the center of the city's main shopping district, Union Square. Come see where Tony Bennett really left his heart before we board a cable car for a ride to the crookedest street, Lombard, and finally conclude our iconic SF Highlights Tour! 

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Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon

Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon - San Francisco, California
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Duration: 3 hours
Location: San Francisco, California

From USD
$35.00

One of San Francisco's most popular destinations for visitors is our Chinatown. Offered by a long established tour operator with talented, Chinatown native guides ... More info ›

One of San Francisco's most popular destinations for visitors is our Chinatown. Offered by a long established tour operator with talented, Chinatown native guides. They have a plethora of information and personal anecdotes to share. We welcome new friends to our colorful, exciting, and historic community for a guided walking tour, and optional hosted dim sum luncheon.

It is art, it is history, it is fun...but most of all, it's delicious! On the tour, time-permitting you will:

*Learn about the history, architecture, folklore, culture and food of America's largest Chinatown
*Visit a Taoist and Buddhist temple
*Enjoy a visit to a premier Chinese teashop
*See murals by local urban artists
*Nibble samples of freshly prepared fortune cookies while you see the fascinating process of making them.
*Peek into side streets and alleyways, following the heady scent of a Chinese herbal shop
& much more!

And, after the tour, if you choose, share a hosted luncheon, a "tasting menu" that includes a couple of 'dim sum' items followed by a popular entree, side dish and dessert at a traditional Chinese restaurant. Enjoy piping hot cups of tea, friendship and conversation.

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Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery

Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery  - San Francisco, California
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Duration: 75 minutes
Location: San Francisco, California

From USD
$21.18

A dark and ghastly tour through the mysterious past of downtown alleys and streets. Get haunted by after-dark tales of strange deaths, ruthless villains, the old red light district, famed ghosts, shocking assassins and more ... More info ›

A dark and ghastly tour through the mysterious past of downtown alleys and streets. Get haunted by after-dark tales of strange deaths, ruthless villains, the old red light district, famed ghosts, shocking assassins and more. Meet your creepy storytelling guide near Union Square for this eerie tour.

A ghostly and murderous tour through downtown. Get creeped out by after-dark tales of famed ghosts and paranormal activity, mysterious deaths, ruthless villains, the old red light district, shocking assassins and more. Meets near Union Square. Not recommended for children.

From Union Square enter the St. Francis Hotel, famous for its past guests involved in politics, Hollywood and the arts, but infamous for a number of mysterious deaths. In the Tenderloin, hear how this neighborhood got its name, and see the site of the spectacular suicide that cast a dark glow over the neighborhood.

Down the street, see where the Zodiac Killer picked up his final victim before disappearing forever. Around the corner was the notorious brothel run by madam Tessie Wall. And back on Powell Street, the Union Square Hotel has been a hotbed of paranormal accounts.

What we see:

  • St. Francis Hotel, nefarious Hollywood deaths
  • The “suicide alley” of 1911
  • Tenderloin District, underbelly of SF crime
  • Site of Tessie Wall’s notorious brothel
  • Sewers of San Francisco's black plague outbreak
  • Where the Zodiac Killer met his victim 
  • Union Square Hotel and its hauntings

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    Vampire Tour of San Francisco

    Vampire Tour of San Francisco - San Francisco, United States

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Location: San Francisco, United States

    From USD
    $25.00

    The Vampire Tour of San Francisco is a walking tour of Nob Hill, conducted by Mina Harker from "Dracula." The script contains approximately 85% true San Francisco history with fun vampire lore and humor mixed in. The tour is not gory or frightening, so it is suitable for all ages ... More info ›

    The Vampire Tour of San Francisco is a walking tour of Nob Hill, conducted by Mina Harker from "Dracula." The script contains approximately 85% true San Francisco history with fun vampire lore and humor mixed in. The tour is not gory or frightening, so it is suitable for all ages. Learn many fun and some surprising facts about San Francisco’s history and how vampires played an important role in that history. The walk is very easy, with no climbing up and down hills, and is wheelchair friendly.  The tour is conducted on the first Saturday of each month, and on Halloween night, starting at 8:00 pm.  Nob Hill can get very chilly at night, so please dress warm.  There will be a costume contest on Halloween night.  Those who do not dress up will help me judge those who do.  There will be some very cool prizes!

    We meet on the corner of California and Taylor Streets, across the street from Grace Cathedral, on the side of the street where Huntington Park is. The first stop is Grace Cathedral, which lasts about 20 minutes. You learn the history of Grace Cathedral, and how it came to be in its current location. There are steps and a cement wall about 3 feet high that the audience may sit on if they want to. The second stop is the Nob Hill Café, which is one block from Grace Cathedral. We are at the café for about 15 minutes, and there are chairs outside the café that may be used if no customers from the café are using them. Here you will hear a very creative story about the history of what used to be where the café is now. This is a large portion of the 15% that is not particularly true history, but is a lot of fun to listen to. The third stop is Huntington Park, which is across the street from Grace Cathedral, so again it is a one block walk. There are benches for the audience to sit on at the park. This stop lasts about 15 minutes and covers, not only the history of the park, but information about Alcatraz and the cemeteries that were removed from San Francisco a century ago. The next stop is the Pacific-Union Club, which is directly behind the park, and is about a 2 minute walk. If there is no event being held at the club when the tour is there, the audience is allowed to sit on the bottom steps of the club. This stop is about 15 minutes, and the history of the club, which includes James Flood, who was the original owner of the building, is very fascinating. Next we visit the Fairmont Hotel. This is one of the most famous hotels in the world, and one of the most haunted spots in San Francisco. The history of the hotel is very interesting, especially the ghost stories I have been told by the staff at the hotel. This is the only stop the audience goes into. The Fairmont is home to the Venetian Room, which has a wonderful secret, that I have been given permission to disclose to the audience when I bring them in. This is only allowed when the room is not being used for an event at the time we are there. We are at the Fairmont Hotel for about 15 minutes. The last stop is the Mark Hopkins Hotel, which is located across the street from the Fairmont Hotel. I tell the history of the hotel, including stories about Mark Hopkins and his wife. This takes about 15 minutes. Also covered on the tour are: The Big Four (Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, and Mark Hopkins), the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, the tunnels of San Francisco, Emperor Norton, and several other not so well known secrets of San Francisco.

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