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Visiting a new city always calls for a tour, and the more unique the tour, the better. There are few better West Coast cities more suited for such an adventure than San Francisco, especially when the tour itself provides a rather unusual mode of transportation.

Fans of all things retro and vintage could only dream of cruising around this city in a 1970s-era Volkswagen Bus, but the Love Tour by Viator has made it happen. Visitors to San Francisco will have a blast as their small tour group boards the bus to see the city's most iconic sights, along with some impressive photo stops. There are plenty more perks to this tour, including the ability to explore places in the city that other tours never make it to - and so much more.

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What You'll Experience On A San Francisco Love Tour

This tour is not as simple as boarding a VW bus and going along for the ride - actually, it is, but the itinerary is far from simplistic. The simple action of boarding a Volkswagen Bus from the 1970s speaks to the heart of San Francisco and its deep-rooted hippie history. Never before has there been a more magical way to explore this coastal city, complete with every iconic stop that travelers can think of, along with a few special surprises.

The tour begins at the famed Fisherman's Wharf which is also where it ends, making it a conveniently located destination, even for newcomers to San Francisco. Throughout the course of two hours, visitors will experience a multitude of San Fran firsts, including:

  • Chinatown: The oldest and most established Chinatown in the U.S., famous for the iconic Dragon's Gate and an entire neighborhood of delicious, authentic Asian cuisine.
  • North Beach: Known for its famed connection to the Beat Generation, scenic views, and a vast array of Italian eateries.
  • The Castro: An iconic LGBTQA+ community, known for vibrant day and nightlife, as well as its historic human rights museum.
  • The Mission: A hip neighborhood with Latin roots, featuring unique eateries, bars, and boutique shops.
  • Downtown San Francisco

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The VW Tour Bus

This tour is a small one with room for only six people. However, its intimate mode of transportation also lends itself to an equally intimate experience, which certainly makes this tour one to remember. Along with the iconic sites, tour-takers will see along the way, they'll have a true feel for what it was once like to see San Francisco from the perspective of a 1970s vehicle.

To further enhance this totally retro tour, guests will be privy to all manner of music circa the 60s. After all, who wouldn't love grooving along to decade-accurate music while sitting in an equally decade-accurate tour bus? Comfy, cozy neon blue seats and a shag carpet covering the interior of the bus are the cherries on top of what is already a totally tubular experience.

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What's Included In The San Francisco Love Tour

The Love Tour includes everything a tour-taker could want, leaving nothing to visitors to figure out for themselves:

  • Two hours of San Francisco exploration
  • Access to a retro 1970s VW bus
  • Iconic landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, and downtown
  • Travel down smaller streets that are not often included in most city tours
  • Golden Gate Bridge photo ops
  • An informative and entertaining local guide who fully narrates the tour
  • A maximum limit of 12 people per tour, with only six people on each VW bus
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Tour Itinerary

  1. Pass-by Haight-Ashbury
  2. Pass-by Union Square
  3. Pass-by the Civic Center
  4. A 10-minute stop at the Golden Gate Bridge
  5. Pass-by Lombard Street
  6. Pass-by Fisherman's Wharf
  7. Pass-by Chinatown
  8. Pass-by North Beach
  9. Pass-by Little Italy
  10. Pass-by the Castro
  11. A 10-minute stop at the Mission District
  12. Pass-by the Golden Gate Park
  13. Pass-by San Francisco Love Tours

At the time of booking this tour, guests will receive an immediate confirmation. The tour takes no less than six people per bus, which is not wheelchair accessible. However, wheelchairs can be folded up and placed on the bus for storage, and there's always plenty of help to do so!

This tour is a one-of-a-kind experience in San Francisco, and it's one that will make for an unforgettable visit for first-timers to this great California city.

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