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Free Tour of the Hill of Palaces and the Cable Car Museum

Your guru: Victoria
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  • San Francisco
  • Available in: Spanish, English

About the guru Victoria

Aloha! My name is Victoria. Contrary to the epic song, I followed my to San Francisco. For the past ten years, I have been lucky to share its rich history, vivid culture and latest trends with curious visitors. Maybe you’re here for the first time, or maybe you’ve been here before... Whatever it might be, I’m very happy you’ve chosen the City by the Bay. San Fran... More »

Aloha! My name is Victoria. Contrary to the epic song, I followed my to San Francisco. For the past ten years, I have been lucky to share its rich history, vivid culture and latest trends with curious visitors. Maybe you’re here for the first time, or maybe you’ve been here before... Whatever it might be, I’m very happy you’ve chosen the City by the Bay. San Francisco columnist Herb Caen once wrote: “I hope I go to Heaven, and when I do, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does when they get there. They look around and say; “It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco”. Allow me to be your host in this buzzing city, and show you some of its hidden treasures. Thank you!

About the tour

Welcome to Nob Hill! At 114 metres above sea level, Nob Hill offers an iconic view of the Financial District and it’s steel giants dominated by the “Salesforce Tower”.

On this tour, we will explore the neighbourhood where the richest and most powerful men of the West Coast once lived. Nob Hill was once upon a time named

“The Hill of Palaces” by author RL Stevenson. It is where the mansions of the Gold & Silver Tycoons once stood proud. Where the architectural excesses were such, that lowlanders would come in droves to stare. The four men (Big 4) who founded the Transcontinental Railroad, the opening of the West, crowned Nob Hill as their pedestal. Like gargoyles, they stood proud, living their lives in total opulence.

Along the way, we will take a peek inside Grace Cathedral, a beautiful temple open to all faiths. A moment of calm, where you will have the opportunity to independently explore, and learn about what makes Grace Cathedral so original and innovative.

And yes, there is art inside the Cathedral.

To top it all off, you will learn about some of the most luxurious hotels in the city.

And for the grand finale...we will visit (optional) the Cable Car Museum.

Located a couple of blocks downhill, it offers fascinating history, photos of old San Francisco, and the opportunity to take home memorable souvenirs. Not only a museum, but the mechanical heart of the Cable Car operation.

So join me! on a tour of guaranteed entertainment and candy for good energy.

Meeting point
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How to find me: We will begin our tour on the corner of California and Powell Streets, next to the Stanford Court Hotel. The easiest way to get to this location is by catching the San Francisco Cable Car. I will be wearing a pink top and holding a Free Tours sign!
Tour duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

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