Silicon Valley Tech Tour

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  • Day Tour
  • Pick Up Location(s)RIU Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf (2500 Mason St)
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O’Farrell St)
  • Duration ~ 9 hours
  • TransportationEco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach
    (13 passengers max)

Experience the history and future of tech where it all began – Silicon Valley!

Home to countless legendary inventions, businesses born from crowded co-working spaces and behind garage doors, Silicon Valley offers an intriguing narrative full of double-crossings and rags-to-riches stories.

This tour will take you through the origin stories of Apple, Google, IBM, and many previously unrecognized technologists who paved the way for the advent of the hardware we carry with us and use every day.

We’ll make extended stops at the Googleplex and Google Android Lawn Statues and a visit at the one-of-a-kind Computer History Museum. Taking you through the evolution of computing, from the abacus to the complexities of artificial intelligence and self-driving vehicles, you’ll feel like a tech history pro after your visit. We’ll also explore the multi-tiered, newly constructed Apple Visitor’s Center which is also a fully-stocked Apple Store before returning to San Francisco.

Departure

Thursday & Saturday year-round starting at 7:30am

Highlights

  • Explore the colorful Googleplex cafe, store and art
  • Computer History Museum
  • Visit the Apple Park Visitors Center
  • Hear tales of the tech industry of Palo Alto

Price Includes

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from two San Francisco locations
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Transportation to/from Silicon Valley in biofueled mini-coach
  • Computer History Museum entrance fee
  • Narrated guided in-coach tour
  • Free time to explore Googleplex cafe, store and art
  • Visit downtown Palo Alto and experience startup culture

Price Excludes

  • Meals(stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Guide Gratuity(customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

Why We Love This Tour

“Silicon Valley is a visual experience unlike any other! Full of quaint areas like Palo Alto alongside unique and hidden gems such as the Facebook Thumbs Up sign, Google’s Android Park and T-Rex skeleton, the hidden cow on Apple’s virtual map, and of course the self-driving car at the Computer History Museum. This trip is a wealth of information packed with amazing sights around every corner!”

Matt Gnadinger
Fleet and Safety Manager

Itinerary

**Sample Itineraries: We allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **

**Silicon Valley Tip: Google, Apple, Facebook, and other possible stops on this tour are places of business, and people are working in the buildings. Incredible Adventures is able to bring you to see many of the public areas, but you will not be allowed into the working buildings on the campuses.**

Morning – Instagram, Google and the CHM

7:30 – 7:50am:

Make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spots. We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early.

8:45 – 9:45am:

Our tour kicks off with a visit to the Googleplex, Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. Experience the unique campus culture that defines one of the world’s most influential tech giants. Wander through the open spaces and see the quirky sculptures, bike lanes, and themed offices that foster creativity and innovation. Snap photos with the iconic Android statues and explore the visitor center, where you can learn about Google’s groundbreaking projects and products. Witness firsthand the environment where cutting-edge ideas come to life.

10:00am – 12:00pm:

Next, dive into the rich history of computing at the Computer History Museum, located nearby in Mountain View. This museum offers a comprehensive look at the evolution of computing technology. Explore exhibits that range from ancient calculating devices to modern supercomputers. Highlights include the rare Apple I, the first Google server, and the revolutionary ENIAC. Engage with interactive displays that demonstrate the impact of computing on society and learn about the visionaries who paved the way for today’s digital age. This stop provides a deep appreciation of the technological advances that have shaped our modern world.

Afternoon – Lunch break, Palo Alto and Apple

12:00pm – 1:00pm:

Now it’s time to grab some food and see what daily life in Palo Alto looks like. Depending on the recommendations from your guide, you’ll have a wide-range of food options to choose from.

One of the 5 most expensive cities in the U.S., Palo Alto houses some of the most educated people in the country. If time permits, we will swing by the humble HP Garage for more tech tales on how the city began its path to fame and fortune.

1:15pm – 2:00pm:

A quick stop at the prestigious Stanford University offers a perfect photo opportunity. This renowned institution, located in Palo Alto, has been a cornerstone of innovation and research. Capture the stunning architecture of the main quad, with its beautiful sandstone buildings and iconic Hoover Tower. Learn about Stanford’s significant contributions to technology and business, including its role in the birth of Silicon Valley. Discover the university’s entrepreneurial spirit and its influence on the global tech landscape.

2:30pm – 3:15pm:

At our final stop you’ll experience Apple’s newly-opened Visitor’s Center. Complete with interactive stations to explore their new technology, a world-class cafe, and a fully-stocked Apple store, this unique building takes you to the forefront Apple’s new releases. No one is allowed to roam the corporate headquarters in person, but instead grab an IPad and explore the top-secret campus via virtual reality.

4:00pm:

Once we’ve completed our full day retracing the steps of today’s tech leaders, we’ll head back to San Francisco. On the way, be prepared for a green and scenic ride. We’ll pass the protected Crystal Springs Reservoir & San Andreas Lake before making it back in time for dinner in the city.

Book Our Silicon Valley Tech Tour as a private tour

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know. While we love the ease of travel & new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted to bring our customers more options when it comes to booking a tour.

This tour is now available to book as a private excursion for up to 22 guests. You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose exactly who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for any custom experience you’d like to partake in anywhere in the 50 states.

Reserve your Silicon Valley Tech Tour as a private excursion now!

Our rates are based on group size. After clicking below and choosing an available date, select how many travelers will be in your group.

Private tour for 1-13 guests: $1,629 total
Private tour for 14-22 guests: $2,289 total

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