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Large Group, Family & Corporate Tours


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For groups of 7 to 26 or so, we create itineraries and provide an expert guide for destinations and activities throughout the Bay Area. We usually do not work with groups of more than 26 passengers: if this is your situation, contact the destination's convention and visitors bureau...they can recommend DMCs (Destination Management Companies), who have the contacts and experience with handling very large groups. A Friend in Town is not a travel agent, so we do not book hotels or transportation (unless it's directly connected to a tour we're running) or arrange for meals that are not a part of your day/s with us.

Please note that wineries, museums, etc. may require one to two months' notice in order to reserve staff and space for your visit. A Friend in Town, therefore, also prefers that you discuss your plan with us several months in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. We'll ask that you provide us with detailed information about what your group hopes to accomplish and any special needs--plus a substantial deposit to secure your dates.

We usually charter a 15 to 27 -passenger minibus with large windows and fabric seats. Our drivers are licensed, experienced and friendly.

Some restaurants that we frequent can accommodate large groups comfortably, offering excellent food and efficient service. Of course, you may suggest your favorites.

“Far and away superior to any other tour I have taken”

“We especially enjoyed the behind the scenes Chinatown and all the wonderful information Jesse had on a variety of topics. My students and I learned a lot and had a great time. Thanks! P.S. This was far and away superior to any other tour I have taken in the bay area!”

– Peggy L. (El Paso, Texas)

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“The kids enjoyed it too”

“I am so glad we did the tour because it took us many places we would never have been able to go. The kids enjoyed it too, and several times since the trip we have heard… "and Mr. Jesse said,…" or "and remember when Mr. Jesse said that.”

– Diane & Chuck D. (Boca Raton, Florida)

What will it Cost?

Because each tour is designed to fit your requirements, our fees vary. There are so many factors in a group tour that it's best if you just call us at 800-960-8099 (510-619-3619 for international customers), or e-mail us to discuss what you'd like to do. Please read and absorb the introductory information above first.

When planning for your incentive trip, family outing or educational venture, we will work within your budget, which should account for—

  • comfortable, appropriate transportation
  • a meal: at a restaurant, in a box at a picnic ground…or time for guests to have lunch on their own, in downtown Sausalito or St. Helena (Napa Valley), for example
  • admission fees, tasting fees
  • guide services
  • translator service (where needed).

The fee for any tour of 4 hours or more will begin at $85 per-person for a group of 10, $45 for 20, and so forth. Our goal is for your guests, family, co-workers to return from a day with us with nothing but praise for you for having made it happen.

“Interesting to every age group.”

“[The guide] thinks of all the members in the group—whether big or small—and makes the tour interesting to every age group.”

– Priya & Gayathri S. (Temecula, California)

Call: 510-619-3619Reserve Your Tour