About Us

We created this San Francisco based company to help people experience the perfect California day.  Using our classic VW vans as the vehicle to showing what the bay area has to offer.  Join Lillie, Harvey, and Jerry as we tour around San Francisco, breweries, wineries and beyond.

About Vantigo

Vantigo introduced Volkswagen van tours of San Francisco and the surrounding region in 2013. Our goal is to create the perfect California day for guests, whether that means exploring San Francisco’s storied neighborhoods, cruising Highway 1 in search of craft beer or sampling pinot in the Sonoma sunshine.


The name Vantigo comes from a blend of the word “van” and the Spanish word "contigo," which means "with you." While it’s a fun play on words, it also speaks to our philosophy. These are not the typical city tours that play recorded information to passengers on a big bus. Instead, we pick you up in a beautifully restored Volkswagen van and offer a more lively, lighthearted and authentically personal experience. We go with you – and we share our favorite San Francisco sites and stories, so that you experience this destination like a local.

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We found it fitting to name the van after a figure who symbolized going against the grain. Lillie is named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a favorite in San Francisco history and benefactor of the famous Coit Tower. Lillie was a volunteer firefighter and fixture in San Francisco. 

Lillie on the first day we adopted her

Lillie on the first day we adopted her

  • Name: Lillie
  • Name Origination: Named after the Famous Belle of San Francisco Lillie Hitchcock Coit
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Transporter Deluxe Edition, Kombi, Combi, Camper van Bus
  • Year: 1971
  • Color: Chianti Red, Pastel White, Alabaster
  • Seating: 7 Passengers (including Erik)
  • Hobbies: Climbing the treacherous mountains of SF
  • Engine: 1600 cc 
  • Likes: Being full of fun people, discovering new places in San Francisco, and visiting friends in the Haight District
  • Dislikes:  Large tour buses, going fast, and Divisadero Street
  • Interesting Fact: Vantigo is the 3rd owner
  • Name: Harvey
  • Name Origination: Named after the progressive leader Harvey Milk
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Transporter Deluxe Edition, Kombi, Combi, Camper van Bus
  • Year: 1971
  • Color: Niagara Blue, Pastel White, Alabaster
  • Seating: 8 Passengers (including Erik)
  • Hobbies: Cruising the Coast and Wine Country
  • Engine: 1641 cc 
  • Likes: Being full of fun people, Exploring the Castro
  • Dislikes:  Large tour buses, going fast, and Divisadero Street
  • Interesting Fact: Harvey has the hard-to-find middle bench seat for 3 people
  • Name: JERRY
  • Name Origination: Named after the Amazing Grateful Dead Guitarist Jerry Garcia
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Transporter Deluxe Sunroof Edition, Kombi, Combi, Camper van Bus
  • Year: 1972
  • Color: Chrome Yellow, Pastel White, Alabaster
  • Seating: 7 Passengers (including the torustorian)
  • Hobbies: Cruising around listening to the dead with the sunroof open
  • Engine: Late model bay window 1.8 liter with solid lifters
  • Likes: Being in Sonoma, Hanging with Harvey
  • Dislikes:  breaking down and rainy days
  • Interesting Fact: The sunroof models are very hard to find since most were turned into campers
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Erik

Erik was raised by a VW enthusiast. Between his twin brother, dad and mom, the family has owned more than 32 Volkswagens. The most memorable one was an orange camper van named Pumpkin. When Erik was young, his family frequently traveled up and down the California coast to explore the surf, sun and redwoods. Those early memories of sightseeing in a VW inspired Erik to help others explore and experience San Francisco. Leading tours while driving a VW van was always Erik's dream job – and now it’s his career. During his time off, he loves to hike, read about local history and think of new creative ways to improve his business.

Amy

The scent of a Volkswagen can send you back in time...and it sends Amy back to the late 1980s, when her dad was the proud owner of a white-topped, brown-bottomed 1971 VW van named Rootbeer. At the time, she couldn’t have guessed that more VWs were in her future. Today, Amy plays a behind-the-scenes role with Vantigo. And, she believes that the smallest details can make the biggest impact, memories are forever and spending time with family and friends is paramount. When Amy's not brainstorming new Vantigo ideas, you can find her running on Marina Green or shopping at the Fort Mason Farmers’ Market.