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Rating: 4.1  13 rating points
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Last 6 months 5 8 0 = 8 100% 4.2
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The Whole Shebang: Our Flagship Walking Tour

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Satisfy your curiosity about San Francisco’s dirty secrets as we tour the highlights of her most colorful and storied neighborhoods!

Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
31/2 tour full of fun fascinating facts & figures!
Sat, Apr 30, 11   1:00 PM bartonsark Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
AJ was our guide who arrived promptly at the arranged meeting spot. The total group numbered ~15. The tour left all together and we learnt much about the Nob Hill area and the Big Four. It is mainly historical information dotted with facts and figures, even photographs shown by the guide in a big folder which was a great supplement to the spoken word (projected on a small loud speaker worn by the guide). The meeting spot was the highest point so the walk goes downhill from there (no pun intended) winding its way down through historical hotels (great for potty stops) and along the edge of the touristy side of China Town, through the 'cold black heart' of the Financial District, back via the magic elevator to the real gardens and alleyways of China Town following much of the Barbary Coast Trail. Again, lots of fascinating information shared along the route such as history of local dignatories, architecture, sculptures, cable cars, 1906 earthquake, fires and rebuilds, local chinese history (and persecution). From China town we moved into the North Beach (Italian District), stopping to learn about the many famous writers and Beat movement (City Lights Bookstore & Vesuvio), and the tour completes in Washington Square, where you learn about yet another amazing SF inhabitant, Lillie Hitchcock Coit. The tour took 3 & 1/2 hours so wear comfy shoes as you are on your feet the whole way! Thankfully it is downhill for most of the way but you have to get to the top by yourself! Great tour guide (who only dropped 2 major hints about tipping), great information, great tour, great city. So glad we did this, would highly recommend it, and do it again on my next visit to San Francisco!
Rating: 2
Great info; HORRIBLE jokes
Sat, Apr 9, 11   1:00 PM jmbrodie Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We really enjoyed the historical info, but the "comic" material was painful and in some instances offensive ("they don't read in Oakland"). Would NEVER recommend this unless/until assured that the "comedy" had been eliminated from the business plan. Just awful. Grimaces. Wincing.
Rating: 5
Fun and Tasty
Mon, Mar 28, 11   1:00 PM chaznevada Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We are former residents doing tourist activities. The tour is fun, informative and good exercise. The guide (AJ) was interesting, well informed and fun. Food stops were interesting and tasty. Another review complained that the stops were open to the public, but I would not have gone down that alley on my own and I would not have chosen that Dim Sum spot myself, but I would eat there again! We will probably do another tour the next time we are in town.
Rating: 5
Dim Sum and then some
Sat, Feb 12, 11   1:00 PM JBSweets24 Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
I called and requested this tour for a Saturday and AJ was more than accomodating. There turned out to be a total of 10 on the tour. I learned so much and had so much fun. I see the city in a different light now. I tried things I never would have, gone places I never would have, and learned things I never would have. I am really hoping to come back and partcipate in some of the other tours in the future!
Rating: 4
Would do it again.
Wed, Jan 26, 11   1:00 PM HeidiCO Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was a delightful, educational and entertaining way to learn a little more about San Francisco's history, see some amazing architecture and enjoy different cultures.
Rating: 5
Best Way to Explore San Francisco!
Fri, Jan 7, 11   1:00 PM hpatrikis Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We're so glad we booked this tour. I was traveling with two college age kids and we were looking for a fun, informative way to explore the city. "The Whole Shebang" tour was a great way to go. Our guide, AJ, was fantastic and provided a very interesting look at the city's rich history with the right dose of humor. We explored four neighborhoods and learned things we probably wouldn't have known if we did this ourselves. Highly recommend it!
Rating: 5
San Francisco: Up close and personal
Mon, Dec 27, 10   1:00 PM jschaub2 Female 50-59 Combination Other
My daughter and I had a great time on this tour. We found it a great way to see some of the major areas of the city up close while getting a history lesson along the way. Our guide was funny and informative -- and she didn't make us walk up the really big hills! I would totally recommend this tour. Thank you!
Rating: 5
A fine tour guide with humor and knowledge.
Fri, Dec 17, 10   1:00 PM genorth Male 70+ Local Family Without Children
It was a cold and rainy day, but we laughed and learned a lot about parts of the city.
Rating: 4
Interesting, informative and down hill
Mon, Oct 18, 10   1:00 PM rolsen1011 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Was interesting and informative, though not much funnier than other sight seeing tours I’ve taken (but then how funny can you make the 1906 earth quake and fire which figures big in the history of Nob Hill, Chinatown and North Beach). Being in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease (movement disorder) I’m always concerned about activity level – the tour was accurately described for time and distance (starting on Nob Hill it is pretty much all down hill). For those familiar with Road Scholar (previously Elderhostel) I would rate it as a 3-1/2 activity level. Pace was good and allowed for taking photos without feeling I was holding up the group or missing any of the guides presentation.
Rating: 2
Is it really worth the money?
Mon, Oct 18, 10   1:00 PM Peter26 Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
To start with I have to say, that I liked the tour in general. Also the idea that every tour guide is a stand up comedian seemed to be a ingenious innovation.

However, in my mind the tour could not live up to what it promised. Yes, there were games we played, yes, some of us got to perform for the rest of the group a little and ,yes, there was chocolate as a reward. On the negative side, all the jokes seemed to be rehearsed and learned by heart instead of granting the tour guide/comedian a little more intellectual freedom to come up with his/her own ideas which would have made the experience livelier.

About the visited locatoins and the given information, though, I cannot say anything negative - these were as expected. Taking into consideration that the city offers free tours to these places and that the comedy-factor is not really that distinguishing my conlusion is that the tour does not have a good value-for-money proportion.

Thus, I would not recommend it to my friends or anybody!