City Walks: Exploring San Francisco’s Neighborhoods
Hike and learn about the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco with experts who live here, discovering lesser known sites, history, monuments and cuisine.
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Program No. 20588RJ
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This is a wonderful program that allows you to see another side of this beautiful city. Exploring on foot the streets of San Francisco with Don McLaurin exposes the flavors of the neighborhoods and unseen gems a typical tourist would never see. Don's love and knowledge of this city is remarkable. Food and accommodations were excellent. Highly recommended for walkers who are up for the challenging terrain!!

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This is a brutal walk and not for the faint of heart. If you are not in tip top shape, I would not recommend it. The daily walks were 5-7 miles and took 7-8 hours. There were long periods of just standing. The pace is a rapid hike, not a walk. I found that I spent most of my time looking at the pavement that was uneven. Don(our leader) is a long time city hiker and knows the city well, but he kept getting ahead of some of us. This was worrisome when he didn't wait for the entire group before crossing busy streets. The meals were great, as were the accommodations.

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We are sorry that this program was more difficult than you were expecting. We do try to make the requirements as clear as possible so you can select the correct program for your needs. We will continue to update our information to indicate that this program is for those participants looking for a physically challenging program that like to walk and hike in a varied urban setting.

This trip lived up to my expectations--you definitely need to be a walker..as you are on your feet most of the day. There is a lot of up and down walking but the sites are worth every step. Our guide Don was fantastic --I would love to have him for a guide again. The only other advice I'd have is bring a variety of clothes--It was much windier and cooler than I expected. Nice hotel; great people in t he group--lots of fun.


I don't consider myself to be a person who likes to vacation/tour large cities, but this trip changed my mind. Our leader, Don and his knowledge and love of this city gave me a great appreciation for all that San Francisco has to offer. Walking through the many neighborhoods gives you a great insight that you might not get by riding a bus. The walks were doable but you will sleep well at night from the workout. That's all the better for seeing and experiencing more the next day. Don also brought in guest leaders who were extremely knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. One suggestion that I would make would be to try to stay an extra day or two after the trip ends so that you can go back and look more in depth into places that you found interesting. 5 days in San Francisco is not enough and yet I don't know what could be deleted from this trip. This is a great trip and a fantastic value for the money. Highly recommended! 5 stars! Also the hearing devices are fantastic, please continue to make them available.


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