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
At 10:30 am, we'll meet on Post Street to start our tour at San Francisco's most important public plaza: Union Square. Located in the heart of the city center, 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 pedestrianized 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 colorful 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.
As we finish up the tour we'll leave Chinatown behind and head into the Financial District. We'll 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's one of the most characteristic structures in San Francisco.
Weekends and public holidays
Please note, on weekends and public holidays, the free walking tour of San Francisco will finish at the pier.
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.
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.
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
2 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
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.
Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation. Accessible toilets.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more
Printed material is avoided.
No single-use plastics are used.
The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.
The activity helps to promote peace.
No printing of documentation required.
Promotes local employment.
Has a gender equality policy.
Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
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.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
389 Post Street