Q1. What is the difference between an “urban trek” walking & city tour in San Francisco vs. the other tours?
A1: An urban trek walking and city tour of San Francisco is a SMALL GROUP. No more than 7 people to provide an IMMERSIVE city tour EXPERIENCE by combining four to six neighborhoods and sights of San Francisco.
Q2. What does IMMERSIVE mean?
A2: IMMERSIVE means urban trekkers will EXPERIENCE San Francisco and not just simply see the sights because, depending on the urban trek, you will be provided with important historical aspects of each place; current demographics (i.e. who lives in the neighborhood today) and when appropriate how the neighborhood has evolved over the years; and you will get good recommendations on things to do in those neighborhoods in case you want to visit those places after your urban trek. When there is one, you will also see the “SECRET SPOT” at each neighborhood where there will be an awesome view but without the crowd because even at the most visited places like the Golden Gate Bridge & Coit Tower, there are places that most tourists (even locals) do not explore. At each secret spot, you will have more time to enjoy the view because there will be no bothersome crowd. You will also learn what currently is happening in San Francisco to give you a well-rounded understanding of how the locals live in San Francisco.
Q3. What does EXPERIENCE mean?
A3: When you join an urban trek, you are not detached from the environment you are in - unlike being on a tour bus and van or riding a bicycle and Segway. When you walk the streets, alleys, stairways or trails you have a true experience of the place. And taking the public transportation of San Francisco will also give you a good insight on the lives of the people who live in the neighborhoods (e.g. why are buses crowded in some places vs. others) and, more important, you will learn how to get around on your own in a more environmentally friendly way to explore more of San Francisco after your urban trek.
Q4. How can there be “SECRET SPOTS” in tourists places in San Francisco?
A4: Obviously, the “secret spots” are not a complete secret in today’s world with all the social media stuff. However, most people cannot research every single thing or do not have time to do all the research. The Urban Trek Leader has lived in San Francisco for decades and always explores parts of the city he likes to share with you in case new “secrets” can be found. The “secret spots” will always have a gorgeous view or something special about it and there will be no crowd. Not all places will have a “secret spot” but the guiding principle of Urban Trek USA is to bring you to places where the Urban Trek Leader can contribute to your enjoyment and understanding of San Francisco and show something that most people might not know. There are places that Urban Trek USA will never take you because they do not uphold the standard of the guiding principle of Urban Trek USA.
Q5. What are the other benefits of joining an urban trek walking & city tour in San Francisco?
A5: First, you will enjoy either a lunch break or coffee break at places that will have delicious food San Francisco is known for. (Note: The cost of the lunch break and coffee break are your responsibility. Also, Urban Trek USA does NOT get a commission from the recommended places. For Urban Trek 1 & 2, you are free to choose where you want to have a lunch break within the immediate area.)
Second, you will be provided with written directions on how to explore neighborhoods, including the “secret spots,” that are not part of the urban trek you join. For example, if you join urban trek 4, you will be provided written directions for exploring Russian Hill, Golden Gate Bridge area, Pacific Heights and how to combine Hayes Valley/Alamo Square/Haight Street.
Third, you will be provided with written recommendations for places to dine or have cocktails or have desserts around San Francisco.
No other San Francisco tour will provide you with all the EXTRAS at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you.
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All these make for one of the best things to do in San Francisco.