Silicon Valley Tour - History and Future of Tech in California

Why We Love this Tour

“The Computer History Museum is full of so many treasures and it’s fairly interactive considering how many visitors they have. The highlight – aside from getting the Facebook sign selfie – was sitting in the driverless Google car. Definitely worth the trip!”

– Lilly Neubecker
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the colorful Google Campus
  • Snap pics with the Google Android statues
  • Check-in at the Facebook “Thumbs Up” Sign
  • Learn about tech through time at the Computer History Museum
  • Visit the Apple Park Visitors Center
  • Hear tales of the tech industry of Palo Alto
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Price: $129

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Don't forget to check out the Google Gear Shop, which is open to the public!

Don’t forget to check out the Google Gear Shop, which is open to the public

See the famous colorful Google bikes when you visit the Google campus in Silicon Valley

See the famous colorful Google Bikes at the Google Campus!

Check in and take a thumbs-up picture at the Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley

Check in and take a thumbs-up picture at the Facebook Headquarters

Visit the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley to learn the history of tech in California and beyond!

The Computer History Museum gives you a look into how it all started

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Overview

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 that paved the way for the advent of the hardware we carry with us and use every day.

First, we’ll stop to ‘check-in’ at the Facebook Thumbs Up Sign on Hacker Way. Of course we couldn’t forget a visit to the famous Google Campus too. With cameras ready, we’ll stop in the colorful Android lawn statues – stylized like candy almost convincing enough to eat. You’ll be able to explore the gift shop and grab authentic Google tech and swag too.*

A highlight for many, we’ll next make an extended stop 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.

* Saturday itineraries vary slightly, due to the closure of Google gift shop.

**Want to have the ultimate California experience? Book this Silicon Valley tour along with tickets to see Alcatraz Island, San Francisco’s #1 attraction. Check out our  Silicon Valley plus Alcatraz Night Tour.  You can also book private tours to Silicon Valley from San Francisco**

Itinerary

Morning – Facebook, Google & the CHM

7:30 – 8:30am: Make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spots. We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early. 

8:30 – 8:45am: Our first stop on this whirlwind trip will be to 1 Hacker Way, home to the tech giant, Facebook. You’ll be sure to get a lot of ‘likes’ from putting your thumbs up and snapping a pic in front of the Facebook sign! While we can’t disrupt the employees, you’ll get to see where all the magic happens from the outside. Who knows, maybe Mark Zuckerberg will pass by! 

9:30 – 10:15am: Next we’ll explore Googleplex, the technological playground which makes up the Google Campus. From a volleyball court, life-sized chess, on-site haircuts and food options galore, you might find yourself getting envious of these ‘Googlers’ (as employees are affectionately known).

The expansive Googleplex is also home to the Android Statue Garden. Each colorful candy sculpture looks good enough to eat and represents an Android operating system. Play around on the fun sculptures before checking out the Google Merch Store. Unfortunately closed on Saturdays, for tours running Wednesday, Thursday & Friday you’ll be able to take home some colorful Google swag.

10:30 – 12:00pm: Our next stop will be the Computer History Museum, where you’ll take a walk through four decades of collected computing technology– including one of the world’s first computers. This extensive and detailed museum will immerse you in everything computers, from graphics to games.

Afternoon – Lunch Break, Palo Alto & Apple

12:30 – 1:30pm: 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.

2:00 – 3:00pm: 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.

**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.**

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