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It may be famous for its cable cars, but San Francisco is a great city to explore on foot. In fact, it’s been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in America. Read on for walking tour recommendations, and make sure to bring your comfy shoes.

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  • Explore vibrant San Francisco neighborhoods like the Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach, the Mission, Haight-Ashbury, and the Castro.
  • Hear local insight and stories about the city’s past and present from your guide.
  • Take in the views along the San Francisco Bay and waterfront, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Taste California cuisine and local beverages unique to the Bay Area.
  • Choose from tours that range from 75 minutes to a full day.

Themed Walking Tours
Themed tours are a fun way to see the city through a certain lens. Whether focused on food, hiking, cocktails, history, or even ghosts, these tours show you the best San Francisco has to offer when it comes to that topic. Tours of destinations like Little Italy and the Ferry Building often combine food with the area’s popular sights for the best of both worlds. Walking allows for more in-depth exploration of popular places like Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. And, of course, private tours give you a little more control over where you go and what you see.

Neighborhood Walking Tours
Each of San Francisco’s neighborhoods has such a unique feel and character, you can’t go wrong exploring them by foot. Particularly scenic areas to explore include Nob Hill, Russian Hill (where Lombard Street is located), and Telegraph Hill (where Coit Tower is located).
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.60
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$73.60
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

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Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge in a tour van leaves you free to take in the epic views instead of focusing on the driving. This tour takes you from downtown San Francisco to Muir Woods and Sausalito—two of Marin's top attractions—in a single day. You'll have free time to explore both sites, making this organized option a great choice for independent travelers.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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San Francisco Grand City Tour Including Free Walking Tour

San Francisco Grand City Tour Including Free Walking Tour

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Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.00
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$58.00
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Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.87
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$100.87
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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Dive deep into one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods on this Chinatown walking tour. From paper lanterns to medicinal herbs to a fortune cookie factory, explore both popular and lesser-known gems in this bustling district with an in-the-know guide. See sights including a Buddhist temple, and upgrade, if you wish, to include a 9-course lunch of dim sum for an even more memorable experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

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Conquer San Francisco's urban jungle on this 3-hour urban hike. Trek your way up Tank Hill and Kite Hill, spots favored by locals for great city views, and stroll through hidden forests. Visit the Seward Street Slides to play like a local kid and take spectacular photos from the top of Twin Peaks. Between the forests, lush greenery and hidden pocket parks, you'll find it hard to believe you're in the midst of one of the country's busiest cities. Learn urban legends, history and culture from your local hiking guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.00
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$54.00
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

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The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this culinary walking tour. Sample classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$221.20
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Golden Gate Bridge Walking Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Walking Tour

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On this 1-hour tour, we'll walk to 5 picture-perfect spots around the Golden Gate Bridge while I entertain you with fun stories about the most famous bridge in the world, the 1848 California Gold Rush, San Francisco, and much more.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.00
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The Original San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour

The Original San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour

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Chocolate and San Francisco is a heavenly match. And this experience introduces locals and visitors alike to the history and contemporary chocolate culture of the city. On this 3-hour tasting tour, you'll wander the streets that make San Francisco so special, try the finest offerings from renowned chocolatiers and, of course, gain first-hand knowledge of the health benefits of chocolate. Sample away!
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.52
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$69.52
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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods, by night on this food and walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee, and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide. Samples make up enough for a meal so come hungry!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.60
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$73.60
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Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour

Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour

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Explore Alcatraz and sip some of San Francisco's tasty craft brews on this full-day combination tour. Visit Alcatraz, the city's infamous prison, to learn about the fascinating criminal history contained there. After returning to the mainland, follow your guide to local bars in the Fisherman's Wharf, Mission District, or SoMa neighborhoods (depends on the day) and taste some of the city's locally produced craft beers.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.99
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$159.99
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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this walking tour with a small group. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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Amazing Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

Amazing Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

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This Tour will take you across the Golden Gate Bridge and stop at the north Vista Point for pictures, walk during 1h30min among old growth coast redwoods of the famous Muir Woods National Monument Park (entree fee $15 not included for and free for 15 and under. As well free up to 4 people if you have the National Park pass). Then we will stop for an hour and admire the beautiful seaside Mediterranean style City of Sausalito you you. The transportation will be in a luxury brand New Mercedes Sprinter Van with only 11 passenger total. The toll and parking fees is included. You will have a particular attention from your tour guide during all your trip.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

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San Francisco is undoubtedly a hilly place, and this challenging 5-mile walking tour doesn’t shy away from the steepness. Instead, it takes you off the beaten path and onto some of the city’s stairways for an incredible exploration of several neighborhoods and downtown attractions. While meandering through SF’s Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and North Beach neighborhoods, you’ll come upon some hidden gems, jaw-dropping views, and world-famous sites. Climb to Coit Tower via the Filbert Street Steps; ascend Lombard Street, often referred to as the crookedest street in the world; and discover a tiny park overlooking St Peter and Paul Church, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics after tying the knot at San Francisco City Hall.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.60
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Food & Street Art of Mission District (Small Group)

Lonely Planet Experiences: Food & Street Art of Mission District (Small Group)

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Discover a variety of delicious foods along with vibrant street art on a 2.5-hour food and art tour in San Francisco’s Mission District. Your guide introduces you to the history and culture of the neighborhood as you take in eye-popping murals along Balmy Avenue and Clarion Alley, and taste the specialties at five favorite local eateries. Expect to try gourmet donuts, Mexican pastries, agua fresca (fruit drink), sweet or savory pie, and stop at a famous taqueria before finishing up at Dolores Park and the Mission Dolores.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$91.96
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San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Coastal Small-Group Walking Tour

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Coastal Small-Group Walking Tour

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There’s no doubt about it: San Francisco is a gorgeous city, and this small-group walking tour highlights some of its most spectacular scenery. Beginning at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you take in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the city’s dramatic skyline, embark on a walking tour of SF’s western edge. This slow-paced hike follows the Pacific coastline, meandering through Baker Beach and past the mansions of Sea Cliff as you make your way toward the Sutro Baths at Land’s End. Limited to 12 participants for a more personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.94
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San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

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'Forget it Jake. It's Chinatown,' but if you're willing to get off the tour bus, then San Francisco's Chinatown and its foodie adventures don't have to remain a riddle. Explore the roads less-taken, sample Chef Han's world-famous Szechuan cuisine and the delectable Peking duck, take in the sights and smells of the real Chinatown, and see how San Francisco's Chinese Americans live during this culinary and gourmet food tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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$89.00
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San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

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Experience the supernatural side of one of the city’s most famous neighborhoods on this San Francisco ghost tour. During this evening walking tour, you’ll explore the streets of Chinatown with a guide, who fills you in on the spirits said to haunt this historic area. Hear chilling tales and mysteries, and enjoy an alternative way to discover Chinatown.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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San Francisco Scavenger and Treasure Hunt Tour for Families

San Francisco Scavenger and Treasure Hunt Tour for Families

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San Francisco attracts eager visitors from across the world, but the city’s walking tours can lack a certain excitement. On this tour, challenge your friends and family on an engaging treasure hunt through the city. Bring your problem-solving skills to the fore, follow a series of mysterious clues with your guide, and see San Francisco in a fun and active way—with a whole host of games and surprises along the way.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.34
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide during this 2-hour excursion.
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  • 2 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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So many adventures to have in San Francisco with so few funds. If the pocketbook is feeling a touch light then consider these invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunts. The three-hour events force adventurers to solve clues and navigate the city streets; plus all the SF scenery you can absorb during the journey. Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.34
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Go San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions and Tours

Go San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions and Tours

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Tour San Francisco with the Go San Francisco Pass on your mobile device. See all the sites or just a few; it's your choice using this customizable touring option. Enjoy free admission at more than 30 popular San Francisco attractions as well as discounts on dining and shopping. Choose from 1-,2-, 3- or 5-day options to help you save as much money as possible on your vacation. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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$78.00
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

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Uncover the scandalous, high-society history of San Francisco's most illustrious hill on a walking tour of Nob Hill. Hear the stories behind the grand hotels and stately mansions built by the city's powerful 19th-century business tycoons and politicians, and learn how the advent of the cable car and the disastrous 1906 earthquake shaped one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.00
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Hayes Valley Gourmet Food Tour

Hayes Valley Gourmet Food Tour

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San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood has undergone a dramatic renewal over the last 20 years. Now a trendy destination with abundant restaurants, Hayes Valley is the perfect setting for a 3-hour gourmet food tour. Walk with a guide and small group to the neighborhood's specialty retail shops and foodie hangouts such as a speakeasy for a much-needed break. With seven tastings on this walking tour, you won't go hungry nor will your waistline take a hit. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.71
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