Yes and yes. But sometimes there are conditions.
I can pick you up and drop you off anywhere in San Francisco. I can also pick you up outside the city, but there will be an additional fee. If you are staying outside the city (see my post about this), it is usually pretty easy for me to pick you up near public transportation.
As much or as little as you want. There is never a point in the tour where I say “OK, here’s where you get out and walk around for 10 minutes.” I’ve had tours where guests get out every opportunity, and tours where guests stay in the car the entire out, taking all their photos from the comfort of the MINI. I make suggestions about where the to get out, but you don’t have to. And if you see a place that look like fun to get out, you can. I’ll even drop you at a place that has a “No Trespassing” sign if you want to jump the fence. But I won’t stick around. I will admire your sense of adventure, but I’m not a getaway car.
Of course. That’s the point. It’s your personalized tour. You can stop as much as you want, wherever you want, for as long as you want. It’s all about you.
Yes to the first, no the second. The MINI is well designed and surprisingly roomy. I’ve had guests run the full spectrum of body type , and everyone has a great time. As for getting out, it’s like rising from a comfy chair.
If you have concerns, guests have gone to MINI dealership and tested things out. And if for some reason on the day of the tour you decide the MINI just isn’t going to work for you, you can cancel the tour right then at no charge.
I don’t take deposits. I don’t need hassle of dealing with them. Instead I rely on communication and ask that you confirm your tour 48 hours in advance. You can cancel at anytime, even the morning of the tour, and since you haven’t paid a deposit, you don’t lose anything.
Why do I do this? Because in my years of experience and thousands of tours I can count on one hand the number of people who, at the last minute, have either not shown up for their tour and not responded to my “where are you?” texts as I wait in the white zone in front of their hotel. Or responded to my white zone texts by cancelling, one time because of food poisoning, and another because “they just didn’t feel like it anymore.” Both reasons were fine with me, although I admit I harbored the fleeting desire that the people who “just didn’t feel like” got food poisoning from their morning omelette. As a rule my guests are cool and considerate, and if they need to cancel they let me know several days or weeks in advance. I understand that plans change, and sometimes they change for emergencies or other difficult reasons. If you have to change plans for a sudden family illness or other emergency, the last thing you want to deal with is trying to get a deposit back, or worse, being told you only get some or none of it. So I don’t bother. I don’t need the headache and neither do you.
$85 per hour. NOT per person! One, two or three guests ride at the same price. 2-hour minimum. It is cash only. I hate credit card companies. I may change this, but for right now it is cash only.
Contact me though the website (or if you need a tour quick, call 415-529-5404). Let me know when you’d like a tour, how long, options and other requests. I’d also like to know a little about you and what you’d like to do. I write back and let know my availability. If I’m not available on the day and time you requested (usually not a problem, but it’s is good to have options) I suggest other times and days. I also send an email with detailed information about getting the most out of your trip to San Francisco, plus a list of restaurant recommendations. You get these even if you don’t book a tour. A tour is booked when I let you know I’m available on the day and time you want, and you send me your contact and hotel information.
This isn’t a button-and-book tour. It’s personal. I usually exchange 3-5 emails with my guests before a tour. I like to inform you and get to know you a bit before the MINI rolls up.
Absolutely. If I don’t have another tour, commitment, or other conflict, I’ll extend the tour as long as you want and I am able.
I’m a San Franciscan. Food, restaurants and bars are our favorite topic of conversation. I recommend places that I, as a local, hang out and enjoy. None of these places give me kickbacks, special treatment, or any other perks. I recommend places that I like, have discovered as a local, and in most cases are off the tourist radar. I will even send you restaurant recommendations if you don’t take a tour. Just go to the contact page and let me know. I’ll also send you a lot of information and insider tips about getting the most out of your visit to San Francisco.
If I direct you to eat or drink somewhere, it’s because I hope you’ll enjoy yourself and have a great experience, not because I’ll get a bump or kickback. Taking a perk would screw up my cred.
If you have a great experience and think my service and warrants a tip, I will be honored to accept it. But I’m not going to mention it. Tips are welcome and appreciated, but never solicited.