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Activities in San Francisco

Free Walking Tour of San Francisco

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Discover the best of San Francisco's history, culture and architecture on this guided walking tour of the Californian city.

Discover the best of San Francisco's history, culture and architecture on this guided walking tour of the Californian city.

San Francisco Free Walking Tour Itinerary

On the day of your free walking tour, meet your guide in San Francisco's most important public plazaUnion Square. Located in the heart of the city centre, the square is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike, and has played host to concerts, protests and other public events throughout its history.

Stroll through the streets surrounding Union Square in the direction of Maiden Lane, one of San Francisco's best known shopping streets. The high-end boutiques and art galleries that line the pedestrianised mall make it a popular spot for retail therapy in the city.

Continuing on your free walking tour, you'll soon reach Dragon Gate, the emblematic archway marking the beginning of San Francisco's Chinatown. The colourful façades of the temples, stores and restaurants with their Chinese lanterns and Mandarin and Cantonese signs give the impression that you've entered an Asian city - without leaving the USA! Did you know that San Francisco Chinatown is the second largest Chinese enclave in the United States? You'll have the opportunity to visit a local fortune cookie shop to learn more about the culture here.

Leaving Chinatown behind, you'll head into the Financial District. Discover the contrast of buildings like the marble-clad former Pacific Stock Exchange with contemporary skyscrapers such as the Transamerica Pyramid, a futuristic building that is one of the most characteristic structures in San Francisco.

Finally, for the finishing touch on your free walking tour, your guide will lead you to a secret terrace, a place little-known by locals and tourists, from which you'll be able to enjoy impressive views of this iconic US city.

Weekends and public holidays

Please note, on weekends and public holidays, the free walking tour of San Francisco will finish at the pier rather than at the secret terrace.

Groups

It is not possible to book this tour for groups larger than 6 people. If you're a bigger group, please reserve a Private Tour of San Francisco instead.

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Please check local restrictions before traveling.

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

When to book?

You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation. Accessible toilets.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free!

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Union Square, on the corner of Post and Powell Streets.