Free tour

San Francisco Mission Mural Art Tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Mark
Registered on August 26, 2020

I am a San Franciscan through and through! My family landed here about 1890 and generations have lived and loved here ever since. As a fourth generation local, I was born and raised in the bay area, spent much of my early years in San Francisco and now am thrilled every day for the last 28 years to wake up every day in this beautiful city! As a past entertainer, singer, and current culinary instructor, I'm excellent at telling a story in an engaging and colorful way, and being a history buff (with my favorite subject being San Francisco) I'll work hard to make sure you enjoy your time with me.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Become an art critic for a day! The Mission is one of San Francisco’s less visited neighborhoods, but also one of the most vibrant, colorful and festive! Every wall comes alive with local art murals, in fact, over 2000 of them in just this district alone! From the end to end traditional murals in Clarion and Balmy Alley, to the ceiling to sidewalk, full building murals on The Women’s Center – these giant works of art make for a great day of frolicking through the busy streets of San Francisco’s Hispanic district. 
The Mission is also known to locals to have the very best Latin American and Mexican cuisine in The City by The Bay. No visit would be complete without sampling some regional specialties and the tour will make a couple stops at family owned local eateries (food not included on the tour).
History, art, culture, cuisine, and a walk that won’t cover any hills (a rare find in San Francisco!), this two hour walking tour covers a lot of territory from the South of Mission area to the historic Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores), the first building erected and the spot where San Francisco began its way to becoming a world class city!

Water and bathroom stops will be signaled along the route.
 Note: This is a walking tour. It is not recommended for very young children, those who may have a medical or heart condition, difficulty walking for long periods of time or related physical issues. Wheelchairs can be accommodated but cannot be operated by the guide. 
Dress: comfortable, easy to walk in. Sneakers, light jackets (unless it’s a very cold day), shorts and t-shirts are fine on warm days. It is recommended you always check the weather before you depart as the area has many micro climates. 

What to bring: Extra water if desired, gloves or umbrella (weather permitting), sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. *** We will make a stop for a Latin American bite and bathroom stop. Food is not included in the tour but can be purchased separately. ***

 NOTE: This tour will not be canceled due to rain, but the route may be modified to accommodate. Please bring an umbrella if rain is expected. The tour does not supply them.

 ** RUNNING LATE? Please contact the guide if you expect to run late. Only a 15-20 minute grace period is given f no contact is made. Please be respectful of other guests waiting to take the tour.

THIS TOUR HAS A MINIMUM 2 PERSON Requirement. If you are a solo traveler, there will need to be other guests booked for the tour to commence. You will be contacted prior to the event if the minimum is not met. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    3259 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103...
    3259 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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    3321 16th Street. In front of the Mission Dolores (white building on Delores St.) Look for Guruwalk sign.

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    Outside visit
    Mission Dolores

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Deepa 25 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Mark was amazing! He kept the tour fun, shared a lot of tips to follow through later and even walked along with me back to the bustop before I jumped to the next location
Sarina 13 Feb 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
I really enjoyed this tour - it was much more meaningful than I had expected! I live in San Francisco and did the tour with my mom as a gift to her. So, I went into it thinking, “I live here, so I’m just on this tour for my mom.” WELP! I learned so much and felt more connected to my community. I’ll be back for more guru walks as a local! (And for the record, my out-of-town mom loved it too!)
Bhargav 12 Feb 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
It was really amazing to learn about the street art culture and history of Mission District of San Francisco. We also got great tips about local favorites.
Inma 06 Dec 2023
Los Altos

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
Really nice tour, Mark is very good guru walker and he explains all the details of the murals and the history of Mission. I truly recommend.
Nicolás 15 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Different way to visit the area. If you go by yourself you wouldn’t be capable to see the details and stories of the murals that Mark explains you. Amazing experience.
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What should you know?

Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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