Morgan was excellent in organising our flights and accommodation.
Finn couldn't have been more helpful. I had to travel for urgent family reasons and he took the stress away.
Robert Maclean was superb to deal with at all stages. A real asset to your business. Everything went as planned and communication throughout was faultless. We will be sure to use DialAFlight in the future
Will use you again
Fantastic service by Manny and the team. Everything delivered as requested on a detailed itinerary. This included changes in people travelling. Manny even managed to get further significant flight price reductions several weeks after the initial booking date. As always, amazing. Huge thanks.
Well done team, very professional.
The support you offer through the booking process is excellent
Excellent service from start to finish from firstly Wesley then Charlie. Will definitely use DialAFlight to book future trips. I was very impressed.
Flights delayed but alternatives sorted very quickly.
DialAFlight were very helpful and kept in regular communication prior to our trip. Excellent service!
A great service overall. I have used DialAFlight before and would again
Jackson was extremely helpful both booking the flights and subsequently helping us book hotels.
Toby is excellent
Joel was outstanding.
Barney's advice and support on the phone was wonderful when my 16-year-old son travelled to San Francisco on his own for a summer school.
Helpful advice and response to queries. Some basic details around car collection location would have been useful to ease travelling back to the airport to collect vehicle.
I couldn’t fault the service. There was always an instant reply to any email I sent.
Doug was very helpful. Offered three different options and no pressure to choose the most expensive. We ended up with good flights, good hotel and nice car.
Very helpful staff - will definitely use DialAFlight again
Michele and the team were fantastic again,
Carla put together an absolutely fantastic itinerary for us. She kept us informed of all changes to flights and even arranged an upgrade at the Westin St Francis.
Professional service and courteous staff
Scott was excellent and everything went very well
Good reliable information during the process. Will recommend to others.
Our holiday was absolutely amazing and thank you. I have been directing friends to DialAFlight as cannot fault you as a company
Great planning, right on budget, value for money. Fab holiday, great memories.
Jordan was billiant as always!
Our trip was faultless, everything was so smooth which was great! Thanks to Christian for all his help with booking and answering our questions
Sitting on San Francisco's famous Pier 39, sauce-stained children slurp huge bowls of clam chowder. In the background, Alcatraz's forbidding, mist-shrouded silhouette rises from the ocean.
The nearby gift shop is doing a roaring trade, churning out striped underpants and replica prison-issue toiletries bearing the tag line, 'don't drop the soap', all to a soundtrack of the pier's famous blubbery, barking sea lions.
WHERE TO FIRST
But the waterfront – with its many fresh crab restaurants – will soon look very different. The green-fingered team behind New York's urban High Line has now turned its attention to the Presidio – a beautiful, sprawling park overlooking the bay.
The tunnels burrowing through it will soon form the base of a spectacular, 14-acre park known as Tunnel Tops. When it opens in 2019, there will be beautiful views of the bay and meadows filled with fragrant wildflowers.
During 1967's Summer of Love, pier workers fought their way through crowds of garland-waving hippies who gathered here to shout about the Vietnam War.
THEN AND NOW
Now, more than 50 years on, hipsters have replaced hippies in Haight-Ashbury. A handful of psychedelic shops filled with tie-dye are squeezed between boutiques and organic cafes.
The closest encounter I have with a possible hippy is when I crouch down to take a picture of an enormous rainbow-themed piece of street art and accidentally disturb a dreadlocked local dozing in a doorway.
At Pork Store Cafe, a 40-year-old Haight Street institution famous for its huge breakfasts, I meet Amanda, a local, who tells me how the area's beautiful, Victorian, pastel-hued houses are being snapped up (and lovingly refurbished) by dotcom billionaires. She complains that prices have rocketed.
As I cycle towards the city centre, a smiling skateboarder shouts his encouragement and speeds past me – uphill. I realise his skateboard is battery-powered. I recall my chat with Amanda and wonder if it's Mark Zuckerberg or someone similar.
On the recommendation of a friend, I stop by Hotel Zetta in downtown San Francisco. Since last spring, it's been home to the world's first hotel-based virtual reality room. It's free to try – those in need of a moment of escapism (without the mind-altering drugs) can simply walk off the street into the padded room and slip on the headset.
I do so and find myself standing atop a shipwreck, one of several colourful worlds to be explored.
Neon fish swarm around me and when I turn around, I'm face-to-face with a huge, blinking whale. The next moment, I'm in a mountainous valley (apparently it's modelled on the landscape of Washington State).
Despite being just metres away from the rumbling trams, I can wander to a cliff edge and peer into a valley so deep that my stomach flips.
On my final night, I check out China Live, one of the city's newest restaurants. The walls are lined with hand-painted tiles showing local landmarks, such as the Transamerica Pyramid.
I sit at one of the communal tables and try jellyfish for the first time (it's salty, rubbery and delicious) with a potent, dragon fruit tea-infused cocktail.
Chinatown borders North Beach, a bay-side neighbourhood with a huge Italian community. I cycle home past Italian flags painted on lamp posts and delis blaring opera music.
In a nearby park, Chinese women perform perfectly choreographed tai chi routines near students making the most of California's decision to legalise marijuana. Suddenly, that Summer of Love doesn't seem quite so far away.