Glide Through San Francisco on a Segway Night Tour
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This was totally fun and our guide Liz was great. We toured through North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf. Our guide showed us local spots we had not been to before and took pictures of everyone through out the tour. The one thing I would fix is that all of the segways for tours should be retrofitted with an emergency hand break. The segway does have a speed limiter and you apply the breaks on the segway by leaning backward. The problem with novice users is that the speed limiter pushes the handle bars towards you, which makes you feel like you are falling backward. The way to slow the segway down at this point is to lean backwards even farther, which can be scary because you already feel like you are falling backwards. We had a woman on our tour, unable to stop the segway when it hit its max speed, fly off her segway when she hit a parked car out of control. We got the impression that this was not an unusual occurrence on segway tours. An emergency hand break for out of control situations would help instead of insisting all riders become experts on segways in the 30 min training prior to the tour. Still, I loved the tour, but I did not fall off my segway.
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We started off with a quick training session on the segways which included some hands-on and a dorky little video and then we were off. The tour guides were informative, friendly, and always helpful. Each segway has its own individual moniker so...continued
This fully narrated tour begins at the West end of Fisherman’s Wharf and includes:
-North Beach, the neighborhood best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy. This famous culinary destination prides itself on authentic Italian fare and bustles with activity both day and night.
-Washington Square Park by Saints Peter and Paul Church, where guests will learn about the Beat Generation in North Beach.
-Chinatown, a veritable city within a city. Cruise through historic Chinatown and past hidden alleys in the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.
-Romantic night views of the Transamerica Pyramid and the Ferry Building.
-The tour will loop back from the edge of the Financial District towards the Wharf, cruising past historic Piers along the Embarcadero while the San Francisco Bay glitters against the night.
-Fisherman’s Wharf, where guides will take you past picturesque fishing harbors and hidden gems like Fish Alley, Fisherman’s Chapel, a WWII Liberty Ship, and the Pampanito submarine. See and hear Dungeness crabs being cracked in stands located in the heart of Historic Fisherman’s Wharf.
-Learn how Cable Cars operate and see the built-in Cable Car turntable at the end of the Hyde Street Line.
-Ghirardelli Square, where guests will learn more about the famous chocolate that bears its name.
-View the unique streamline design of National Maritime Museum and the fleet of historic sailing ships berthed at Hyde Street Pier.
-Pause to take in breathtaking nighttime views of the Alcatraz Lighthouse and the twinkling lights of the Bay Bridge.
-Return to the starting point, and perhaps visit the Buena Vista Cafe after the tour ends for a taste of their famous Irish Coffee.
The tour begins with a 45-50 minute Segway training session and lasts approximately 2.5 hours, including training time.
Tours are limited to 10 riders, ages 12 or older. The tour is not recommended for guests age 70 and older.
Guests will be required to sign a liability waver before riding and wear a helmet and safety vest for the duration of the tour.
Flip-flops, open-toed sandals and high heels are not recommended for this tour. San Francisco can be cold and foggy any time of year, so dress accordingly. Tours run fog, light rain or shine.
Tour prices do not include meals, beverages, admission fees, gratuities or souvenirs. Guide gratuities are not included and are appreciated.
SF Electric Tour Company reserves the right to change the size or routing of the tour to meet demands for that specific day.