Telegraph Hill and the Old Waterfront - Private tour


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Adventure / Active, City, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is best for kids 8 and up.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

Walking Tour of Telegraph Hill with a private guide

This four mile walk begins and ends at the Ferry Building and explores the history of the old waterfront on Yerba Buena Cove, the Barbary Coast, and Telegraph Hill. We will ascend the wooden Filbert Street steps to Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. A hidden "park" awaits on the other side of Telegraph Hill along with dramatic views of the Bay, Golden Gate, and Alcatraz. We descend the Greenwich Street steps down to Levi Plaza and meander along the Embarcadero and back to the Ferry Building. The birth of television and blue jeans, wild parrots, and an old observatory are some of the highlights. Some of the the City's most beautiful hidden gardens and alleyways are along this walk. This tour has many steps both up and down and can be a bit challenging, but we take our time to enjoy the gardens and sites.


- Ferry Building
- Justin Herman Plaza
- Old Barbary Coast
- Sydney Walton Square
- Green Street Laboratory
- Filbert Street Steps
- Grace Marchant Garden
- Coit Tower
- Jack Early Park
- Greenwich Street Steps
- Levi Plaza
- Embarcadero

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Tour meets in front of the Ferry Building under the clock.

End location: The tour ends at the Ferry Building.

Duration: 3 hours


Your feet. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

What’s Included

Other: A walking tour of some of the City's hidden gems and most beautiful views.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - This tour does not have any stops that require any cash. There is a farmer's market at the Ferry Building every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday if you would like to bring cash for that.

What’s Extra

Other: I will make recommendations and reservations for dining and nightlife in the City.


I am not a licensed driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

What a fantastic experience. We all thoroughly enjoyed Ryan's knowledge and enthusiasm. A brilliant tour to see a different part of San Francisco that we wouldn't have discovered ourselves.
Graham Campbell

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