FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)
DO I NEED TO BE A GOOD WALKER?
You don’t have to be the best walker, but you should at least enjoy walking. The tour is really not a difficult walk - no hills to climb (but there are some steep stairs that may be encountered during the walk. We actually only go about 4 blocks from the hotel (but note that many of the stops on the tour we will be standing for up to ten minutes at one time with no seating available)
HOW LONG IS THE TOUR?
If all goes well, the tour is approximately 2.5 hours long - sometimes shorter, but can be longer depending on the number of people on the tour and/or traffic on the streets. Questions and conversations can also make the tour go longer than expected. The tour ends in South of Market (SOMA) at the corner of Mission and 2nd Street
WHAT IF I'M LATE TO THE TOUR?
Note that the tour leaves promptly at designated starting time and it will be hard to find us if you're late
I recommend that you arrive at the hotel lobby at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour (the hotel lobby has nice comfy couches and chairs for you to enjoy while you wait for the tour to begin)
IS THE TOUR APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN?
The tour is designed for adults or young adults with an interest in architecture and/or history of San Francisco. There are no discounts for children. I try to keep the tour fun and accessible but the content of the tour is relatively sophisticated and presented in a “lecture” style
Absolutely no baby strollers during the walk because of the many stairs that we encounter on the walk and the tight elevators we use in some of the buildings
CAN I BRING MY WELL BEHAVED DOG?
No animals of any kind are allowed on the walk. We go into many private lobbies that do not allow animals and other participants may have allergies
WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE ON THE WALK?
Sorry, there are no public restrooms during the walk but there are restrooms available in the hotel lobby and can be used prior to the start of the tour
RAIN POLICY/COLD WIND
Tour is usually cancelled only if there is heavy rain or very strong cold winds.
A decision to cancel the tour will be made the morning of the tour. TEXT me at 415.264.8824 to inquire status after 11:00 a.m on the day of the tour
DO WE NEED TO TIP?
I never ask for tip for a tip at the end of the tour but a tip is appreciated If you think that you received a quality experience above and beyond the price of the tour!
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY RESERVATIONS?
Cancellations can be requested be requested by send a TEXT to 415-264-8824. Full Refund of all fees paid if cancelled within 24 hours of the tour
ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS TO GET MORE FROM THE EXPERIENCE?
Please no cell phone conversations during the tour. it is important for you and everyone on the tour not to have any distractions during the walk. This is a rare opportunity to allow yourself time to connect with your surroundings, to listen and to reflect. Cell phone of course can be use to take photos
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Click on the tab labeled "BOOK NOW". You'll be able to pick a date, pay for the tour and receive an immediate confirmation - (You can make a reservation up to one hour of the start of the tour)
NOTE: Private and Group Tours are available for any date and time - click on tab labeled "Private Tours" for more information