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See and Taste the Old Basque Town of San Francisco

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Discover the old Basque neighborhood of San Francisco on a walking tour with a local Basque American guide. Walking along the border of Chinatown and North Beach, you would never know immigrants from the Basque Country used to live, work, and party in this section of San Francisco. You'll see the sites of the old Basque handball courts, hotels, restaurants, and more. Plus, find out which Basque hotel hosted visiting celebrities from the Basque Country and San Francisco's high society.

Uncover this forgotten history of San Francisco! Your guide will bring it to life for you with stories and historic photos.

Starting at Helen Wills Park, we walk through Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, and end up at a Basque restaurant for an appetizer plate. Please specify any dietary requirements upon booking.

The route is fairly short at 1.5 miles long but does include some hills. This tour runs rain or shine.

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Stop At: Helen Wills Park, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Meet at entrance of Helen Wills Park on corner of Broadway and Larkin. See where there used to be a Basque handball court in the heart of San Francisco.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Robert Levy Broadway Tunnel, 1099-1063 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4205

Bypass the tunnel to the section of Broadway that housed the Basque hotels and restaurants. Enjoy views of the Bay Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid along the way!

Stop At: Hack Temple, 906 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Admire the facade of the old Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown, Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

Walk down Broadway, the border of modern day Chinatown, which used to have several Basque hotels, restaurants, and bars. We will visit the locations of the former Basque businesses of San Francisco.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94111-2702

Snap a photo of this iconic San Francisco skyscraper.

Stop At: The Basque Hotel, 15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Take photos with the Basque Hotel signs.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Piperade, 1015 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA

We will enjoy an appetizer platter of Basque American food at the only Basque-owned Basque restaurant in San Francisco.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Guided by a knowledgeable, local Basque American tour leader
  • Leisurely stroll with cultural and historical commentary
  • Several interesting stops along the route
  • Basque Hotel photo opportunities
  • Snacks - Sample some Basque American food with an appetizer plate at a Basque restaurant to finish the tour

  • Gratuities (appreciated, but completely at your discretion)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Hack Temple

Departure Point
1965 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Departure Time
3:00 PM

3 hours

Return Details
Piperade, 1015 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA

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