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Thomas A.

San Francisco, CA, United States

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Growing up in Northern California, my family would often visit the places I now give tours. I have been showing friends and family around San Francisco for 20 years. I have personally traveled to 60 countries and been a passenger on many tours, so I understand the needs of travelers. I love tourism so much that in 2007, I left my job as a local radio show host to pursue the career full time. I have since trained over 30 tour leaders and guides to run their own tours.
I customize the tour to you and focus on the places you want to see the most. I provide small group tours in a comfortable, modern SUV. This sometimes allows us access to neighborhoods and viewpoints that are off limits to larger tours.
I believe in honest advertising, provide 100% legal transportation and always pay the required commercial use fees and insurance to the parks I use. I hold a Class A permit with the California Public Utilities Commission. I am one of the only owner-operators in San Francisco legally able to provide both narrated round-trip sightseeing tours and custom client controlled charter transportation.

Feel free to contact me about any tour you have in mind, even if it is not listed here. I have experience driving single and multi day tours to Yosemite, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Country, Hearst Castle, Point Reyes, Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Redwood National Park and the wineries and redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

A Recent Review of this guide

Wonderful. Have never had a better versed tour of guide . All four of us were so pleased and appreciative of his advice. He definitely gets a gold star from us! We will recommend him to our friends.
Dorothy Thieneman

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Credentials

Commercial drivers license with passenger endorsement
TCP 36448 Class A (allowing both round-trip sightseeing and custom tours)
Yosemite commercial use authorization permit & insurance
Golden Gate National Recreation Area permit & insurance (Muir Woods, Golden Gate Park, Presidio, Marin Headlands)
City of San Francisco business license

Restrictions

My National Park permits do not allow guided hiking. I do however advise on optional walks and hikes for you to do on your own.

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Tours by Thomas A.

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Napa & Sonoma Private SUV Wine Country,...

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Enjoy the Flexability & Comfort of a Custom Private Tour

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See Pacific Coast Highway 1 in a Large Comfortable Vehicle

895 USD per tour

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Yosemite Private SUV Tour from San Francisco

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