My parents and I were in San Fran celebrating my Dad's 70th birthday and figured we should go on a tour. I researched so many other tours but came across this tour since it had such raving reviews on tripadvisor.com. The tour itself far exceeded any of our expectations. Not only was Stephan one of the best tour guides I have ever encountered, but the tour itself was quite literally, amazing! I only expected to stop at two or three points during the tour but we stopped at most of them! Stephan was very informative and had given us so much history on San Francisco as well as the different places we visited. If someone on the tour asked him a question, he was more than happy to answer it and even gave more information than required. My parents and I had such an enjoyable tour with Stephan. He was so personable, kind, knowledgeable and a very genuine person. He even suggested to the entire bus (which was full - I believe it because this tour was amazing) that everyone sing Happy Birthday to my Dad. Dad hadn't expected this but he, including my mom and I were very much touched by this.
I think the one thing people need to remember about booking tours, is that no matter how wonderful, showy, or intriguing a website looks, it can be deceiving. As mentioned earlier, I researched and looked into many different tours since the websites looked so amazing and wonderful. However, their ratings on tripadvisor were terrible. It's not to say that Golden West Tour didn't have a good website, it just isn't one that would attract my eye as quickly as the other ones. My advice to travellers to San Fran who would like a tour is to do your research and no matter how amazing a site can be, it may actually be deceiving!
Overall, this tour was spectacular and it was one of the highlights of our trip. I would highly recommend this tour to others. I've already suggested it to my friends and other family members.
Thank you, Stephan for a wonderful tour. This really was one of the highlights of our short trip to San Francisco!
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