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San Francisco Where Magazine, July 2010

"Ask the Expert," Bonita Jessel, Concierge at the Hotel Vitale

Q: What do you suggest first-time visitors do while they're here?

A: Plan a few hours with Rick from Blue Heron Custom Tours. His tours showcase not only San Francisco's famous landmarks and neighborhoods, but some of the Bay Area's hidden gems,

An Explorer's Guide, Northern, California, First Edition, 2009

"San Francisco, Tours" by Michele Bigley

Blue Heron (415-337-1874,, 275 Staples Avenue. A wealth of knowledge, Rick takes folks on customized tours of the Bay Area, Wine Country, Central Coast, Mendocino, and even the Sierra Foothills. You tell him what you want, and he'll create the ideal trip. He knows more about wine and food than most., April 18, 2008

"San Francisco Has a Lot to Offer" by Sam Ion

"(O)ne of the best tours I've been on anywhere... With Blue Heron, you chose what you want to see and do..."

SW Magazine, February-March, 2007

"The Streets of San Francisco" by Joanna Hall

Best Tours

Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel: visit or call 0011 1 866 326 4237. Want to see it all but not sure where to start? Owner Rick Spear can customise a tour specifically to suit your requirements, and give you the inside scoop on San Francisco history.

The Charlotte Observer, December 31, 2006

"Free Stuff"

GUIDE TO CALIF. WINE-TASTING ROOMS: With over 400 wineries in Napa County and over 250 in Sonoma Country, visitors to northern California have a hard time deciding which tasting rooms to visit.

Blue Heron Custom Tours & Travel's "Rick's Tips" newsletter and "Rick's Wine Country Journal" blog provide free information on tasting rooms in the Napa, Sonoma, Alexander, Anderson, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys, as well as Los Carneros in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

"Rick's Tips" is a free, quarterly e-mail newsletter of interesting things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area; many issues focus on wine country.

Back issues of "Rick's Tips" and subscription information are available at "Rick's Wine Country Journal" is for free at - staff reports

Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (Australia), Spring 2006

"City Guide/San Francisco"


Blue Heron - Private, customized tours of San Francisco, Napa Valley Wine Country, Muir Woods, West Marin and south to Monterey. Affable and knowledgeable resident guide Rick Spear will drive you in air-conditioned comfort on personalized itineraries to suit singles, couples and families, 1 (415) 337 1874.

Alex First, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, January 10, 2005

At 10:00 a.m., I was picked up at the Handlery Union Square Hotel by Rick Spear, who operates Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel, providing personalized trips in and around San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Northern California.

Rick is the driver and tour guide, and he took me around in his late model Honda Odyssey. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods...

Thereafter, we stopped a number of times along (the) Marin Headlands which gave me spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco from different vantage points. Just when you think the vista couldn't get any better, it does.

Then it was a short stop at the Marine Mammal Center, which coordinates and responds to stranded animal reports...

The Blue Heron Tour took five hours. It was relaxed, leisurely, and extremely enjoyable, with Rick answering any question that I posed. It was a great way to experience San Francisco beyond the city borders and, as I suggested at the outset, Rick Spear operates half- and full-day tours of San Francisco and its environs. You tell him what you want, and he can cater to it, entering places large tour buses can't.

To find out more, you can visit the company's website,

To arrange your private,
custom tour, please call
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