San Francisco

Vantigo - The Original San Francisco VW Bus Tour

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San Francisco City Tour
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From $95.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Hop aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour to remember. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts, and see more of the city than you could if exploring independently.
  • Travel in a vintage Volkswagen bus
  • Stops for photos and explore several popular districts
  • A small group size ensures a personalized experience
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Access to districts the large buses cannot go
  • Bottled water
  • Children 0 to 4 require you to book a private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Recommended tip amount: $15-20 per passenger (tips make up a large chunk of tour guide income in the U.S!)
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Operated by Vantigo

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Great way to see San Francisco up close
Gail_R, May 2024
This was a great tour. The VW can was comfortable and big windows to see all the sights. Chad and Josh were great guides. Chad kept up the laughter and even played musical chairs so each person on board got a chance to sit in the passenger seat. He was knowledgeable and very personable. The sights throughout San Francisco were stunning and brought to life by his narration. Would definitely recommend.
Wonderful SF tour
Leah_S, May 2024
Chad is an amazing tour guide, great sense of humour and knows his SF facts. The soundtrack was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. Chad took awesome photos for me and made sure we saw it all. First time to SF and I made notes of all the places I wanted to come back and see from the tour!
Chad & Harvey - fantastic tour
Helen_F, May 2024
Chad and his VW ‘Harvey’ were fantastic. The weather let us down but Chad’s friendly demeanour and humour, combined with his knowledge of the city and landmarks made the tour! The time flew quickly. I recommend you do this tour at the start of your stay in SF as Chad took us to all the must see places and made recommendations of places to explore further and restaurants to visit. We were part of a small group which made the tour more personal. If you only do one tour, I recommend this one.
Amazing
julio_p, May 2024
Chad was amazing lily was powerful I recommend this to be 1st tour at you arrive to SF you will be know where to go and what to do is so much info and knowledge about san francisco thank.you vantigo
San Francisco City Tour with Chad and Lily
Francisco_P, May 2024
Chad and Lily (Lily is the red VW Kombi 😄) provided an exceptional city tour of San Francisco! His knowledge of the city's history and landmarks was impressive, and his passion for sharing it was evident throughout the tour. Chad's friendly demeanor and professionalism made the experience enjoyable and informative. He took us to all the must-see spots, including hidden gems, and provided insightful commentary and recomendaciones along the way. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Francisco!
See the city
Marcia_N, May 2024
A great way to show friends on a limited time schedule some San Francisco highlights. Chad was chockful of information, history and interesting tidbits. A wonderful time all around.
Book This If You Want a Perfect Tour Experience
Sarah_J, Apr 2024
This is hands down the most amazing tour I’ve ever taken of a city by a local!!! I can’t recommend this enough!!! Chad is an absolutely FANTASTIC tour guide!! He’s very knowledgeable, funny, and passionate about San Francisco and its history. When you’re on this tour you’ll feel like a local - Chad knows everyone and everything you need to do while in the city. And traveling in the VW van is such an iconic experience!! He can go places regular tour buses can’t and finds the best paths to show us the entire city. I was only able to stay in San Fran for a weekend and after this tour I felt like I’d experienced the entire city!! He also knew all the best photo spots and humored me in my multiple jump photos. I always like to book a walking or driving tour at every place I’ve been to and this was by far the best, most detailed, and most thoughtful one I’ve been on in my 9+ years of traveling!!! 100000/10 would recommend!!!
A very fun 3 hour tour of San Francisco.
Larry_G, Apr 2024
Chad was a great tour guide. Very informative and pleasant. We saw many of the iconic sites in San Francisco.
Living the soul of SF with Chad
Doga_C, Apr 2024
Chad is an amazing guide. His energy and passion for the city made this tour memorable. I fully recommend this tour to everyone who wants to experIence the best of San Francisco in half a day
Simply Perfect!!!
Kevin_H, Apr 2024
Perfect experience / tour of San Francisco. Chad was an expert by all account. His knowledge of the city and his ability to reach picture perfect views was simply amazing!
Its a MUST
Arina_H, Mar 2024
Don't go to SFO without this tour. This is a must. My 1st week long California trip would be nothing without it. I dont even know what to start complimating first, tour guy, communication before the trip, positivity, Playlist that was one that gave different vibe of each party of this beautiful city, even complimentary Ghirardelli to top it off. If you want to have a great time this is worth every penny.
Highly Recommended Tour of San Francisco
Monica_O, Mar 2024
Our afternoon with Chad was great! He was so personable and full of knowledge! The ride in the van (“Lillie”) was perfect…got into so many areas where tour buses wouldn’t have been allowed. We saw so many sites in the few short hours on the tour; some of which locals didn’t even know about! Chad was full of stories and songs. Big smiles the whole duration of the tour! He really loves giving these tours. He’s well researched and so prepared to share, with passion. This tour was a fantastic way to see parts of San Francisco that we otherwise wouldn’t have had time / opportunity to see. In my humble opinion, this tour is a must-do if you want to see the sites of San Francisco from someone who has a passion to share his love for the city.
Great experience, a must do if you get the chance
Michael_J, Mar 2024
Our tour was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Our guide Chad was awesome, very informative, and we got to go to places a bus wouldnt be able to get to. He clearly loves his job, and just wants you to have a great time too. All in a classic , VW campervan, which was great. If there is one thing you should do whilst visiting San Francisco, this is it
Chad & Lily, the San Francisco Dream Team
Laura_E, Mar 2024
Chad snd "Lilly" are amazing. Chad is so funny and knowledgeable. We visited all the best places, including some hidden gems and Chad even gave recommendations of where to visit if we had more time. Lily was fabulous. She got so many admired glances and served us so well. Beautiful. It was honestly one of the best tours I have ever been on.
Incredible way to see the city and learn about the different areas!
Margaret_T, Mar 2024
Our family group consisted of three generations and the VW tour was exactly what we hoped it would be! Our only regret is that we didn’t take the tour at the beginning of our trip as we wanted to return to so many of the hidden gems Chad showed us. Highly recommend this tour as we loved every minute of it!
Loved it!
Christopher_M, Mar 2024
This was an amazing way to see the highlights of San Francisco in a short amount of time! The driver, Chad, was an amazing storyteller and entertainer which made the journey even better. The van was one of the best parts of the ride; the spacious, 1971 van in great condition brought smiles to everyone’s faces. We got so many waves and chuckles from people we were passing by. This experience was great for adults and kids, 100% recommend!
SF discovery tour
Sven_P, Mar 2024
Chad's tour is a must-have! If you want to see San Francisco's highlights and get lots of fun and information: go on a discovery tour with Chad. The 1971 VW Bus is just cool 😎. We had a fantastic time.
Wonderful tour
Susan_S, Feb 2024
Wonderful! Chad was so knowledgeable and so personable. We were able to see so much, learn so much, and make several stops for photos. I recommend this tour for anyone!
Great tour
Sharon_G, Feb 2024
Great experience with Chad and Lily. I would recommend doing the tour at the start of your holiday as an overview of all the sights and experiences available in San Fran.
Beautiful San Francisco
Christine_G, Feb 2024
Beautiful tour of beautiful San Francisco. Learned so much ! Had fun , the tour guide ,Chad was amazing and so much fun .
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