You’ll learn about one of the most violent recorded earthquakes and largest urban fires in history, incredible stories of survival, and how a devastated city came back from rubble to once again shine as a world-class destination. See how the City’s pride helped her clear away the ashes, roll up her sleeves, and rebuild to become more glorious than ever.
This tour meets in the heart of downtown, the most damaged section of the City, and winds around a few of the buildings that did survive the brunt of the shaking and the baking. We’ll also visit a small district that survived the blazes, so you’ll see what the City looked like 150 years ago, and we’ll end near a hidden park, a breath of fresh air in the midst of the concrete jungle.
- The Palace Hotel and its world-class restrooms
- Jackson Square, the one survivor of downtown
- The Transamerica Pyramid
- Redwood Park, home to 80 redwoods
- An elevator ride to China (town)
- 1-minute history lesson on San Francisco’s favorite visitor, Mark Twain
What Is Not Included?
Gratuities are not included but are always appreciated.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.
- What if it rains?
- The Shake and Bake tour runs rain or shine! Please dress for the weather.
- Are there any hills on this tour?
- There is one mild-slight downhill of two blocks and a slight uphill of two blocks.
- Do we walk the whole time?
- The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.
- Does the tour end where we start?
- No. The tour ends by the Transamerica Pyramid, which is near the intersection of Jackson Square, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial district. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus you can explore different areas once the tour's done if you are adventurous enough.
- Should we tip our guide?
- We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!
- Why can't we pay with cash?
- Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)
- Should we drive to where the tour starts?
- We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.
- Are there bathrooms along the way?
- Restrooms are available near the meeting location. We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route also, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.
- What should we bring on the tour?
- Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The City has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.
- Who will my tour guide be?
- No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.
- Is the tour strenuous?
- You’ll cover about 17 blocks over two hours, but the majority of the walking is over flat terrain. This is one of our least-strenuous tours.
- Where should we park?
- We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and very expensive. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets.
- Where can I get a map?
- San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.
- Are any meals included?
- No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.
- Can I bring my own food and beverages?
- Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!
- Can we take pictures?
- Can I take a stroller on the tour?
- Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.
- Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
- Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!
- Are dogs allowed on the tour?
- Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.
- Are gift certificates available for this tour?
- Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.
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