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“Fantastic Family Tour”
Review of Golden West Tours

Golden West Tours
Ranked #36 of 114 Food & Drink in San Francisco
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Owner description: Private half and full day tours of the City by the Bay and surrounding areas conducted in 15 passenger vans. Personalized, exciting, fun and informative. Multiple photo stops and complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off. Also offering private excursions to Scenic North Coast/Point Reyes, Muir Woods and Sausalito, Napa/Sonoma Wine Country as well as Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur.
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We opted to go with a private tour the week before we left on a family trip with 14 people. Luckily Stephan was available and willing to spend a day with my family. He was FANTASTIC! We spent nearly 10 hours from Oakland to Muir Woods, Sausalito, across the Golden Gate and into the City. The SF marathon had been run in the morning and there were lots of extra people in town. Stephan patiently made his way around the City adjusting the tour as he went. We were still able to see so many things we couldn't have with such a large group and Stephan shared so much information about the City with us. And he didn't just drop us off for photo ops, he walked with us and became part of the group, telling us more and more about the City. Several members of the group had been to SF before, but we had never seen the City this way or learned so much. Our group included 4 kids 12 and under and a teenager and they all had a great time. We would highly recommend Golden West! Thanks Stephan from the Cain Family.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We took two tours with Stephan and could not be happier. Enjoyed a half day city tour and then a couple of days later took a trip to Sonoma and Napa on a wine tour. The city tour covered more than one would every see on their own. From neighborhoods like China Town, Pacific Heights, Lombard Street and attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge we were amazed at the energy and knowledge of Stephan. My daughter was most amazed at his ability to find parking and then back the van into tight spots for us to get out and take pictures or walk thru the area. My favorite was down a back alley to watch them making fortune cookies. Our wine tour took us to Sonoma and Napa and included three different tastings at local wineries and a stop at the Sonoma Cheese Factory for a bite to eat. Stephan was accomodating and a true gentleman. He even carries a cooler with ice cold water and soft drinks for those of us who forgot. Van was clean, pick ups on time and reasonable pricing. What more can you expect. Thanks Stephan from The Johnsons.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Look no further. If you want a tour that is highly personalized, stuffed with interesting info, Stephan is the man. I spoke with him after the tour and he said that the hardest part of his business is that the 4 Hr city tour was so intensive, he was physically exhausted after doing just one, and you understand why. He give 110% for a very reasonable price. I learned a ton, and I used to live in the area!

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Forget the big bus tours or even trying to drive yourself around such a confusing, traffic laden city as San Francisco. This tour is the way to go.

You're in a small van with an excellent guide, Stephan, who knows all the in's and out's and keeps up an interesting and informative running dialogue the whole time. Ask him anything from Chinese culture to the suicide rate off the Golden Gate Bridge and he can give you, facts, history, statistics, etc. No wonder people rave about his tours.

We definitely got our money's worth. He picked us up at 1pm and the 3-hour tour morphed into a 5-hour tour that was endlessly entertaining and informative. Can't recommend him enough.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We took the four hour city tour. The fog rolled in and Stephan was able to make the most of the areas that were not shrouded in fog. His knowledge and insight into Chinatown is really the highlight of a whirlwind tour. The visit to a local market, where other tours fear to tread, is a real treat. You will feel like you are a world away. You will see things you never saw before. I won't spoil it for you except to say you won't soon forget Chinatown.

The rest of the tour goes by quickly. Your senses will be overloaded and it is a great experience. Stephan does not waste time and will not let you waste it for others. He is good at keeping everyone moving. He sets a brisk pace. All the best tour guides do this. If not, you won't stay on schedule and see as much as possible.

Stephan is cool. He helps make the city come alive. We only had two days in SF and didn't feel like we missed much because of this great comprehensive tour.

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