San Francisco GoCar Tour

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5.0 stars We have visited San Francisco hundreds of times being that we live in Sacramento, we have seen the Go Cars before and thought how fun they would be, never in a million years did we think they would be this fun, OMG, frm the time we started, until the time we were finished, it was such a blast. We didnt want the three hours to be up and if it wouldnt have been closing time, we would have rented... Reviewed by:Joseph N.,
USA, June 2014
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"GPS-guided Storytelling Cars - the Exciting New Way to Experience San Francisco!"

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Lowest Price From $27.00 USD N/A

Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and see the San Francisco most visitors never see! Zip all over town in a GoCar, and let this little yellow car take you on a GPS-guided tour of the city! Your clever talking car navigates and shows you the way - but that's not all. Also, enjoy your GoCar experience for up to 5 hours!

100% Price Guarantee: We will refund the difference if you find a lower price online or at your destination. Find out more.

Information

Operates:Daily

Location:San Francisco

Region:California

Duration:Flexible

Tour Code:3472GOCAR

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Departure Point:Tour departs from Union Square (or Fisherman's Wharf upon request)

Departure Time: Pickups between 9am - 5pm

Inclusions

  • Rental of GPS touring car
  • Rider orientation
  • Tank of gas
  • Helmets
  • Map

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), approximately $19
  • 8.75% fee for carbon offset, gasoline and tire recycling, payable on day of travel

Additional Info:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cars accommodate two passengers
  • Pickup location must be chosen at time of booking. This is the location where your GoCar will be reserved
  • Drivers must be aged 21 years or older and must present a valid drivers license. Passenger age is at the discretion of parent/guardian
  • All renters must be able to read, understand and sign a liability release and waiver form
  • Supplier requires a USD$400.00 security deposit day of rental. If opting for CDW purchase, the security deposit required is only USD$150.00
  • Foreign language options are available in French, Spanish, Italian and German
  • For the safety and comfort of passengers the maximum height is 6'4" (1.9m) and maximum combined weight of 500 lbs (226.8 kg) for two passengers
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Price is per person, based on 2 passengers per car
  • Can you stop along the way?
    Yes, you set your own pace. The car always knows where you are and you can park anywhere you want (motorcycle parking or car parking) for as long as you want, and as soon as you start to drive again, the car will begin to talk!

    Do you have to stay on the tour?
    Absolutely not! If there is a San Francisco sight you wish to see but is not yet included on the tour, just use the map provided to navigate your own way through the city streets. You can even put a CD in the stereo and enjoy music along the way!

    Vehicles:
    Are controlled with a motorcycle-style handle, throttle, and hand brakes. The 3-wheeled cars seat two and have a lockable trunk for your things. Their small size makes parking a breeze, and in San Francisco - a major bonus!

    How fast does the car go?
    Up to 35-mph. Note that drivers in San Francisco do not typically drive fast, therefore an average speed of 30-mph or less can be expected while driving.

    Can you cross the Golden Gate Bridge?
    No, but the tour will navigate you to Fort Point. Here the bridge soars about 200-feet above your head. It is possible to gain pedestrian access to the bridge span from the car park at the bridge vantage point.

    What is a CDW?
    Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is an optional form of insurance similar to rental car insurance that limits your liability in case of accident. It is non-refundable. If you opt to purchase the CDW your deposit for rented a GoCar is only USD$150.00 instead of USD$400.00

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 6 and 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure or fail to show up on the confirmed day of travel, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Safety:100% safe. All transactions done securely.

Vouchers & Confirmation Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a receipt of booking by email. Within 48 hours (often on the very same day!) you will receive a voucher confirming all details.

Voucher Info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

San Francisco's Talking Tour Cars (GoCar)

Starpoints:

  • Take control of your San Francisco vacation with our Smart Cars - GoCars are a tour guide, a talking car, a trusty co-pilot and a local all in one!!
  • Let the adventure happen at your pace - stop for photos, take detours, grab coffee or break for lunch - You'll actually be able to park!
  • Or, blaze your own trail and explore the city streets, neighborhoods & parks on your own.
  • Travel up to 35 mph - perfect for San Francisco traffic (the average speed of 30 mph or less can be expected while driving).
  • Over 50 historical points and landmarks are on the guided tour!
  • Navigate to Fort Point and see the Golden Gate Bridge soar 200-feet above your head (bridge-crossing not allowed on this tour).
  • Stop at the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, the Haight Ashbury District & Fort Mason.
  • Experience San Francisco in a GoCar that speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French or German - just ask!
  • See Baker Beach, Sea Cliff, Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach and the Japanese Tea Gardens.
  • Bring your camera for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure on a GoCar!

Tour Options

This tour / activity has the following tour options. Click the "Check Availability" button to select a travel date and confirm availability for your preferred tour option.

1-hour Rental: Beach Street

  • Price from USD $27.00
  • 1-hour rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Beach Street location
  • Code: HR1BEACH

1-hour Rental: Union Square

  • Price from USD $27.00
  • 1-hour rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Union Square location
  • Code: HR1UNION

2-hour Rental: Beach Street

  • Price from USD $49.00
  • 2-hour rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Beach Street location
  • Code: HR2BEACH

2-hour Rental: Union Square

  • Price from USD $49.00
  • 2-hour rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Union Square location
  • Code: HR2UNION

3-hour Rental: Beach Street

  • Price from USD $66.00
  • 3-hour rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Beach Street location
  • Code: HR3BEACH

3-hour Rental: Union Square

  • Price from USD $66.00
  • 3-hour rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Union Square location
  • Code: HR3UNION

All Day: Beach Street

  • Price from USD $100.00
  • All day rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Beach Street location
  • Code: ADAYBEACH

All Day: Union Square

  • Price from USD $100.00
  • All day rental per vehicle. Maximum 2 passengers per car. Pickup GoCar from Union Square location
  • Code: ADAYUNION

San Francisco's Talking Tour Cars (GoCar)

Description


GoCars are easy and fun to drive. They're guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the car always knows where you are, even if you don't. As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you’re passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. As soon as you turn your GoCar back on, the tour picks up where it left off.

Our tour can take anywhere from one to five hours. That's the best thing about it - you're on your own schedule, not a tour bus operator's. Just take a car, see what you want and bring it back when you’re done. You'll find that you're having the time of your life, after all, it's not often you’ve got a convertible yellow talking car at your disposal. Our GoCars are perfect for couples. They seat two people comfortably, so you will save money because we rent by the car, not by the person.

The GoCar tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf at our headquarters. The tour takes you past the most spectacular San Francisco sites, from the bay, to the ocean, to the famous parks, neighborhoods and streets in between.

The 3-wheeled cars seat two and have a lockable trunk for your stuff. Their small size makes parking a breeze, and in San Francisco, that's a major bonus. They can even be parked in motorcycle parking.

Our custom narrated GPS guided tour is the only tour of its kind in the nation. It takes you on an unforgettable journey around beautiful San Francisco. The directions are clear, concise and informative. It's a unique experience for tourists and locals alike.

Tour Highlights:

Fisherman's Wharf
Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Fisherman's Wharf offers a wide array of things to do for everyone. Fisherman’s Wharf offers some of the most incredible views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the cityscape.

The Cannery
Once the world's largest fruit & vegetable cannery as Del Monte's Plant #1, The Cannery is a dramatic urban space modeled after old European piazzas showcasing unique shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, jazz & comedy clubs, farmer's market, antiques fair and live entertainment daily.

Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square is a historic San Francisco destination, offering shopping San Francisco style, waterfront dining near Fisherman's Wharf, art galleries, family events, walking tours and more. Find out why we're one of San Francisco locals' favorite fun things to do in San Francisco and why San Francisco visitors love Ghirardelli Square, home to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory!

Fort Mason
Fort Mason hangs out over the water in the northeast corner of the Marina, at Laguna and Marina St., east of Marina Green, and west of Fisherman's Wharf's Municipal Pier. There are entrances at Bay and Franklin St., 1 block west of Van Ness Ave. and on McDowell St. on the water side.

The Marina District
The residential Marina, between Fort Mason to the east and the whopping Presidio to the west, is home to more young, wealthy professionals than any other part of San Francisco. Pastel stucco houses with lavish gardens, stunning views of Marin and a high quotient of young beautiful socialites characterize these residential neighborhoods.

Crissy Fields
Crissy Field is a newly renovated and beautiful shoreline park with cold waters.

Fort Point
Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay. Fort Point is the only third system brick fort on the west coast of the United States. It became a National Historic Site on October 16th, 1970.

The Presidio
The great span of the Golden Gate Bridge reaches across the San Fran Bay from Marin County to the Presidio. Originally the northernmost Spanish military garrison in California, the Presidio first served the Mexican and then the American army up until the 1990s. Most of the former military buildings have been converted to civilian use.

Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful bridges and with its tremendous towers, sweeping main cables and great span, it is a sensory beauty featuring color, sound and light. The Bridge can be a very busy place, particularly during the summer months. It is estimated that about nine million people from around the world visit the Bridge each year.

Baker Beach
Baker Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Francisco. Unlike windy Ocean Beach, Baker Beach is more protected. The beach is best known for its small nude sunbathing area at the far end. However, nudists tend to stay in their own private area for the most part. The beach's view of the Golden Gate Bridge and smooth sand makes it a favorite place for San Francisco locals to visit.

Sea Cliff
The attractiveness and uniformity of the Sea Cliff area is due in no small part to developers Allen & Co. and their primary architect Earle Baldwin Bertz.

Legion of Honor
Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting.

Lands End
Ruins of the historic Cliff House and Sutro Bath are located near the Lands End point of northwestern San Francisco.

U.S.S. San Francisco War Memorial
The heavy cruiser U.S.S. San Francisco was authorized by an act of Congress in February 1929, as part of the "Cruiser Bill," which called for the building of the Portland, New Orleans and Brooklyn class cruisers. Laid down on September 9, 1931, the San Francisco was launched in March 1933 and commissioned on February 10, 1934. This cruiser has a long history including its part in Pearl Harbor.

Cliff House
The original Cliff House was built in 1863, but burned in 1894. It was replaced with a massive, Victorian-style building in 1896 that was short-lived; it survived the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 only to burn in a raging fire the following year. A third Cliff House was built in 1909 by Sutro's daughter Emma. The Cliff House was remodeled several times before the National Park Service acquired it in 1977. Today the Cliff House is preserved as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Sutro Baths
Catch a glimpse of the closest thing California has to offer in the way of "ruins" at the Sutro Baths. Remnants of the baths now serve as tide pools amongst the ruins.

Ocean Beach
On the extreme western edge of the city, running parallel to the Great Highway (and, of course, the Pacific), Ocean Beach attracts crowds despite its frigid waters and dangerous riptides. The largest and most popular of San Francisco's beaches, Ocean Beach's golden sand can stretch 100yd. to the ocean's edge during low tide. The lighting here is frequently diffuse and hazy - a combination of city smog and ocean fog - making the beach seem like a magical movie set.

Golden Gate Park
The park has its origins in the 1850s, when city leaders went about convincing courts that the area - all sand and dunes - belonged to San Francisco, ignoring the Spanish land-claim. The year 1870 brought success for their argument, and the decades of work that followed transformed the desert-like region into a vibrant, green patch of loveliness. Today, gardens, groves and lush greenery beckon San Fran natives and visitors alike to the 5 square miles perfect for bike rides, inline skating, archery or lawn bowling.

Lincoln Park Golf Course
Lincoln Park's great chunk of green is perfectly positioned for snapping a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. This course was established in 1902, and has been host to some of the greatest golfers in the world including, Bobby Jones, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Babe Zaharias.

Conservatory of Flowers
With a brand new $4 million program of horticultural exhibits and floral displays, the Conservatory joins a distinctive circle of modern American horticultural museums that are on the cutting edge of botanical interpretation and conservation education.

Japanese Tea Gardens
The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is the type of Japanese garden known as a wet walking garden, although it has a Zen garden, or dry garden area as well. Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States.

Haight Ashbury District
East of Golden Gate Park, smack dab in the center of the city, the Haight has aged with uneven grace since its hippie heyday. Today the counter-culture hangs out side-by-side with the over-the-counter culture, especially in the Upper Haight - the 60s, their ideals firmly emblazoned on consumer products, live on in the forms of tie-dyed t-shirts, hemp jewelry, cuddly Grateful Dead bears and water pipes. The Lower Haight, on the other hand, still clings to the good ol' days despite the latest additions of Internet cafes and smoothie joints.

Inspiration Point
Featuring recently restored views and an attractive bluestone and sandstone visitor plaza, today Inspiration Point is the Presidio’s premiere vantage point. The site features sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the verdant Presidio forest.

Palace of Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) is the city's largest public arts institution.

Chestnut & Union Shopping Districts
Nestled away from its chi-chi neighbor, Union Street, Chestnut Street retains its local flavor with an abundance of unique shops, grocers and florists, a favorite of Marina residents. Union Square is the shopping hub in the City. Every major haute couture, jewelry and department store has a presence here, including Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Nordstrom.

Lombard Street
Lombard Street is San Francisco - and America's - crookedest street. What does this mean? The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions.

And hear the stories and points of interest along the way from your GPS system!!

San Francisco's Talking Tour Cars (GoCar)

Foreign-language tours are also available. Experience San Francisco in a GoCar that speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French or German - just ask!

Payment and Security Deposit:
You will need to present a major credit card for a $400 refundable security deposit. An imprint of the renter's credit card, along with a completed and signed rental agreement and liability waiver are required prior to the release of the vehicle.

For vehicle insurance, as with rental cars, at the time of pickup, you can elect to purchase the collision damage waiver (CDW) - $12.00 per GoCar, covering the car for the day, limiting liability to $300.00.

8.5% sales tax is payable on day of travel.

The renter takes responsibility for the GoCar and their actions while driving the GoCar.

Safety:
Helmets are provided and are required by California law. All riders receive a full orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do you have to stay on the tour?
A: Absolutely not! If there is a San Francisco sight you wish to see but is not yet included on the tour, just use the map we provide to navigate your own way through the city streets. You can even put a CD in the stereo and enjoy music along the way!

Q: Can I cross the Golden Gate Bridge?
A: No, but our tour will navigate you to Fort Point. Here the bridge soars about 200-feet above your head. It is possible to gain pedestrian access to the bridge span from the car park at the bridge vantage point.

Q: How many points of interest can I expect to encounter on the tour?
A: There are well over 50 historical points and landmarks along the guided tour.

Q: How fast does the car go?
A: The GoCar will do 35-mph. Note that drivers in San Francisco do not typically drive fast, therefore an average speed of 30-mph or less can be expected while driving.

Q: Is the GoCar electric or Gasoline-powered?
A: Our cars are powered by a gas engine that gets 60+ MPG. A full tank of gas will usually give a 60 mile range. We are hoping for an electric version in the future.

Q: How many people can fit in a GoCar?
A: A maximum of 2 people are able to ride in the vehicle.

Q: What clothing is appropriate for the convertible in San Francisco?
A: San Francisco is consistently sunny but with a little chill, especially out by Ocean Beach. The City year round temperature is 65 degrees. Bring a fleece jacket or something comparable and store it in the GoCar’s trunk. We can loan warm clothing, too. Just ask!

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