Taste of Sanfrancisco was not a very professional company. When I reached out to them regarding my pick up point, their representative was rude and and screaming and wouldn't give me the right information. The vehicle was old, in disrepair, very smelly and almost unsafe... if you can imagine that. The driver/guide tried very hard but could not make up for what he was working with. My previous tours with Viator in Dublin and San Francisco were excellent, but I am going to think twice booking with Viator if they don't vet their local partners. Do not book if the local company is Taste of San Francisco.
The travel was not by Luxurious Bus as noted in a previous review, but rather a run down van that could barely accommodate the number of travelers. The interior barely did not meet safety standards. The driver was mediocre at best and hard to hear in the back. So bad that those in the last row fell asleep. A better vehicle may have helped the tour as it is at least an hour and half to get to the Muir Woods. No indication that the vehicle was for the tour but rather a Shuttle to Airport signage.
First, Muir Woods does not allow guided tours within the park - this is actually great, because it keeps the park quiet so you can enjoy how breathtaking it is in peace. We ended up with 1 hour and 20 minutes inside the park, which was the perfect amount of time to walk the main loop, catch the best sights, and hit the gift shop. When we booked we were concerned that wouldn't be long enough, but was just right.
Specific to this tour - we could not imagine having a better tour guide than Patrick! Our trips to and from Muir Woods were highly entertaining and educational. He clearly knew a great deal about San Francisco, Sausalito, and Muir Woods. We didn't expect his additional knowledge of local music and movie history, which ended up being one of our favorite parts of the tour.
Patrick was hilarious, informative, and helpful. Book the morning tour, catch the sun rays gleaming through the tree branches, then stay later in Sausalito for the fare and shops - you won't regret it!
I had a wonderful time on this tour. Our tour guide named Greg was very knowledgeable and also very funny. He gave us a wonderful history lesson of the sights we passed by on our way to Muir Woods and Sausalito. I gave it 4 stars, because our time in Sausalito was only 1 hour. It would have been nice to have at least 1.5 hours or 2 hours. Also, it was not disclosed that we had to pay the 10 entrance fee to Muir Woods. It would have been nice to know that you would have to pay the entrance fee prior to booking the tour. Other than that, I enjoyed the trip.
The tour was great - Muir woods is beautiful and the tour gives time to wander round ourselves!
The bus we were on was very bouncy but the tour guide was great and had something to see at every turn in the road.
Sausalito is a very nice town and the views from the harbour are definitely worth seeing
This tour was good we really enjoyed the woods however would have preferred a little longer in the woods. We only stopped for an hour then went to Sausalito. Sausalito is a cute little town and I would recommend visiting it. Again the stop isn't really long enough for lunch. We opted to stay and make our own way back via the ferry at our own additional expense.