Like the inventor of the peanut-butter and paintball sandwich, the staff at San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises, LLC. has found success in combining its favorite things: wine, meeting new people, and the city of San Francisco. Their vessel—a 1958 cabin top dubbed "The Neptune"—sails with up to 30 passengers along the hilly coast, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and past Alcatraz during wine tastings. With hardwood accents and a large open deck, the boat also hosts group charters, wedding events, and diplomatic meetings with smelt emissaries.
The Celebrity Planet introduces locals and visitors to the best food, coffee, and desserts in cities across the world, from Paris and London to New York and San Francisco. During their signature walking tours, groups of foodies promenade through the cities' scenic neighborhoods, stopping to sample New York's cream-cheese-smeared bagels, London's fish and chips, DC's artisan chocolates, and Chicago?s sausage-flavored lampposts. During tours, which occur rain or shine, participants are encouraged to wear walking-appropriate attire such as comfortable shoes.
On Big Bus Tours' signature hop-on, hop-off double decker adventures, visitors and residents alike can take in all of the sights of the capital city. The distinctive vehicles wind their way through the city, allowing guests to hop-off at landmarks including the Washington Monument, the National Archives, and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. An informative and entertaining commentary enriches each eye-popping location, either from a live tour guide or a recording.
Staff Size: 25–50 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Vegas On A Budget Club Crawl, Union Square Club Crawl
Pro Tip: Makes sure everyone has a valid state issues ID or Passport
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 2 for 1/discounted drinks throughout the night
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Q&A with Brandon Busche, Owner/Managing Partner
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Each VIP Host is trained to deal with any issues that may occur on the tour from drunk guests to venues being over crowded when we arrive.
They take the initiative to solve these issues on the spot to make the tour most enjoyable.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
If the guests are celebrating an event being a birthday, bachelor/bachelorette party, corporate function, convention etc, our hosts inform the club to give them special shoutouts from the DJ.
We also cater to those guests to ensure they and their group are extremely happy.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Yes of course.
Myself as well as all employees go on "dry runs" to ensure we enjoy the tours so our guests will too.
The discounted drinks throughout the night saves over $200 a night.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have unlimited tickets available each night so the more the merrier.
"If you want to aggressively snack your way through a neighborhood as you walk it," says Fodor's, "consider hanging with cookbook author Tom Medin or one of his local guides." Medin is one of the founders of Local Tastes of the City Tour/SF Food Tours, and he personally leads many of the company's walking tours, which seek out the soul of the city in its bakeries, restaurants, and cafes. The hunt for hidden gems might lead to Chinatown's oldest bakery and a fortune cookie-making demonstration, or through an authentic Western saloon. The North Beach tour, which has been recommended by Lonely Planet, presents a behind-the-scenes look at coffee-roasting by way of the favored hangouts of the Beat Generation. Even when a tour skirts the city's iconic landmarks via painted bus, each stop is replete with tastings and demos, which is why the guides recommend that visitors avoid eating before a tour or swallowing their backpacks for safekeeping.