Frequently Asked Questions
What is your touring schedule?
All of our tours are by appointment only. When would you like to tour? What area(s) would you like to see? Fill out our Contact form (Book Your Tour form), and we'll contact you to work out the details.
How much do your tours cost?"
Pricing varies with the tour. It depends on the number of participants, length of the tour, costs such as admission and transportation fees, and other factors. We always try to fit the tours to your budget. Contact us for detailed pricing.
How long do tours take?
The duration depends on your tour choices. Typical tours last 3 to 5 hours. Special tours can go from a full day to several days!
Where do we go to start the tour?
We pick you up wherever is convenient to you: at a hotel, cruise line, business, private residence, even the restaurant where you plan to breakfast or lunch before your tour. If you need to change the pickup point, give us as much notice as you can and contact us by phone if it's the day of the booking.
Are children welcomed on tours?
Yes! I have a background in adult and adolescent training, so I have an appreciation for interaction and involvement for learning and memories. Kids have fun while learning in the environments where history happened.
How do I reserve a tour?
Contact us to reserve your tour after reading through the types of tours we offer and looking at the pricing models. All reservations require a credit card or PayPal deposit. We accept bookings months in advance, but we make every effort to accommodate you at the last minute. (Allow at least two weeks for custom tours.)
Where do we have lunch during our tour?
You select any restaurant. We make suggestions based on your dietary and cuisine preferences and convenience to the next stop on your tour.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Tours take place rain or shine, heatwave or chilly days. We don't like to freeze, get drenched, or melt either, so be assured that we are always prepared to adjust tours for your comfort and ours, whether it's ducking into a historic place to escape the rain, an unexpected stop for ice cream to cool off, or warming our hands and tummies with a glass of wine.
What clothing to bring on a San Francisco vacation?
Bring warm clothing, especially in midsummer. When the fog comes in, you'll need a jacket or windbreaker, and maybe two or three more layers. Ignore this advice and you're likely to contribute to the local economy when you have to buy something warm, quick. Bring comfortable shoes. San Francisco is best visited on foot. California attire is generally casual. You won't need your suit and tie (or cocktail dress and high heels) unless you're planning a very special activity. If your trip takes place in winter, bring an umbrella and light rain coat or jacket. If you don't have room for them in your suitcase, wait until the first drop of rain falls: the shops in all the tourist areas sprout umbrellas faster than you can say "I'm getting wet."
What do you mean by a private tour?
On a private tour only the people who booked the tour are in the vehicle. We book tours for individuals, small groups, and large groups.
What is an Alegro Custom Tour?
A completely customized tour means you decide what you want to do, and we design a tour to exceed your expectations. You choose when to start and end the tour, where to go, how much time to linger over lunch or at a beautiful spot that lifts your spirits. For instance, are you looking for a city tour custom-designed to fit your own interests? Day trips out of San Francisco to Napa or Muir Woods? After responding to a detailed questionnaire, we work with you to create the dream tour of San Francisco perfectly tailored to your preferences.
On the winery tours, which ones do you include?
You select the wineries. We make suggestions based on what you tell us about the wines you prefer and other aspects of the tour that matter to you.
What is Custom Travel Planning?
This is not a tour; it's a service to help you prepare for your visit to the San Francisco area. With so many things to see and do in San Francisco, you might need a little help planning your trip. We can go over your "must-see" list to help you organize and prioritize sights, meals, and stops in a logical and efficient way. And we can use our local knowledge to suggest options suited to your tastes and interests that you may not have considered. Our suggestions may include sights, shopping, dining, entertainment, and hidden gems related to your passions. Please note that this service does not include booking hotels, nor making reservations.
What are Custom Self-Guided Itineraries?
Are you comfortable navigating around the city yourself but would appreciate a customized itinerary for a self-guided tour? We can prepare complete tour itineraries with walking and public transportation directions that include sights, shopping, and dining, as well as time-saving tips.