I am friendly, outgoing, professional and reliable and cannot imagine a line of work that I am better suited to and would enjoy more than working as a tour guide.
I grew up in San Francisco's Inner Sunset district, on the edge of Haight Ashbury, and am a second generation native San Franciscan. I am first and foremost a family man, my two children are the third generation of San Franciscan's in my family.
I love to travel and have seen many incredible corners of our planet, and yet I always look forward to returning to this amazing city that I call home. As someone who has traveled extensively I have had the pleasure of experiencing the hospitality and kindness of many fantastic tour guides so I understand how a professional, quality guide can make a traveler's experience memorable. I take pleasure and pride in creating a truly memorable experience for every single one of my customers.
I have worked as a San Francisco-based driver/guide since 2005. I have also worked as an operations and tour guide training manager for a local sightseeing company. Prior to entering the tour industry I had a 16-year career in luxury hotels and the passion for delivering exceptional customer service that I cultivated in the hospitality industry is still with me.
My private tours can accommodate groups of up to 13 people and include: San Francisco City tours; Wine tasting tours to Napa, Sonoma, Russian River and beyond; Coast Redwoods (Muir Woods, Armstrong Redwoods, etc. ); Silicon Valley; Brewery and beer tasting tours (I love craft beer); Monterey/Carmel and Highway 1; Historic Gold Country; Hiking tours in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; anything really. . . I'm always up for a challenge and love putting together unique customized itineraries.
While I don't take myself too seriously I do take my responsibility to provide you with an exceptional experience very seriously. . . it would be my pleasure to be your tour guide.
A Recent Review of this guide
Marc's communication prior to our tour was fantastic and we felt very reassured coming from Australia knowing that we would be looked after. Marc was absolutely fantastic. His knowledge of his home town is outstanding and he had so much history to fill us in on. I really feel like I have a much better understanding of not only the city itself as it stands today, but also how it came to be and who helped shape it. Marc is extremely professional and has a great sense of humour, we highly recommend him.
- Bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management from Golden Gate University
- Graduate of the International Tour Management Institute
- Commercial driver's license with passenger endorsement
- Public Utilities Commission class A permit (TCP 37187-A)
- City of Sonoma Business License
- City of Mill Valley Business License
- The National Park Service does not allow tour guides to lead hikes within the parks, detailed commentary will be provided on the way in and out of any national parks (Muir Woods, Yosemite, etc.)
- My van can fit a maximum of 13 people.