Essential Pittsburgh Experience - The One Tour to Take

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From $75.00

per group (up to 4)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a private introduction to downtown Pittsburgh on this guided tour in and around the ‘Steel City.’ Begin with a trip to the top of Mount Washington via the iconic Duquesne Incline for a stellar, bird’s-eye view of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Then explore the popular North Shore, home to football’s Steelers, baseball’s Pirates and a variety of entertainment venues. Finally, cross the Allegany River toward downtown to see Pittsburgh’s Cultural District as well as the neighborhood of Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Enjoy a private, comprehensive tour of the city of Pittsburgh
  • Customize the tour for individual preferences and requests
  • Great introduction to the city for first-time visitors
  • This private tour ensures undivided attention from the guide

What's Included

  • Private tour
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission to attractions
  • Souvenirs

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Duquesne Incline Parking West Carson Street Pittsburgh
    1197 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA

    We can suggest a convenient pick-up location based on the route Travelers are taking to Pittsburgh. Usually this will be one of two locations: the Duquesne Incline Parking Lot, West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the Holiday Inn-Greentree, 875 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Pickup points

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Start time

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Departure locations can be customized to accommodate YOUR plans. These include the Pittsburgh International Airport, outlying hotels, and even miscellaneous points such as Interstate/Turnpike Interchanges. Additional charges may apply to these locations. Check with your Tour Guide AFTER you have confirmed the basic Tour.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Pricing is per tour
  • You are required to enter your preferred departure time, please note this is only required as an indication; Use "Special Requirements" field upon checkout to advise information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchairs, stollers, and walkers must be collapsible and able to fit in the trunk of a stanbard-sized sedan.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Whether you are a first time visitor or have grown up around the area taking this tour with George will increase your knowledge and appreciation for the (as George would say) "coolness" of the city of Pittsburgh.
The name of this tour says it all, If you only take one tour of Pittsburgh, this needs to be it.
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All the Highlights of Pittsburg
linda_t, Mar 2023
We came to Pittsburg to visit our son. George our Viator Guide was so fun and knew Everything about Pittsburg. We so enjoyed our city tour with him. Taking us himself to the Duquesne Incline was the highlight!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Glad you finally made it to Pittsburgh. Not only was the Incline the highight but it was also the literal highPOINT of the Tour. Thanks for the review and for asking me to be your Guide.
50th Birthday Fun
Shileen_F, Mar 2023
Our tour was perfect for us! We had a great time and glad we did 2 hours. We got awesome photos. My husband and I enjoyed our tour very much.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Birthday Weekend in Pittsburgh...what a great idea! Lucky me to be included as part of the Celebration. Lotta fun. Thank you.
Pittsburgh- city of 5 Cs
AnnaJanicki, Feb 2023
George was amazing. He tailored the experience to reflect our interests and purpose for the visit- college visit. He was funny with a vast source of knowledge. He should be the spoke person for this beautiful city. We learned a lot about Pittsburgh today. Curious, communal, creative, committed and conciatious city.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
In my 88 years, you're the first person to mention the "Five C's". Hopefully, you're not the first person to remember them. We look forward to seeing you again in da 'Burgh...as parents of a student attending school here. Thank you for the review.
Lovely historical journey
Maureen_K, Jan 2023
George's Pittsburgh tour was great especially because of his ability to engage us constantly, no matter where we came from. His ability to enhance our understanding of the history of Pittsburgh was cool. We now know many more interesting things about Pittsburgh and its community. Lovely or 'baddiya' as we would say in Hindi.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
First review ever in Hindi. शुक्रिया. Glad we could make the Tour work on such short notice. And thank your children for their attention and engagement. Wish them a great rest of school year.
Truly the essential Pittsburgh tour!!
Gayle_F, Jan 2023
George was very knowledgeable and so enjoyable. We learned so much! What a great experience for two locals and our friends from Florida.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Fun couples. Glad I could link your hometown with the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge. Thank you for the good time and the review.
Great Guide
Ryan_S, Jan 2023
Very knowledgeable guide with maps, pictures and and endless supply of personal anecdotes. Geoge clearly knew his stuff. The incline was the best part of the tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Glad you liked the Tour. As I mentioned the Incline is the #1 attraction in Pittsburgh. Your review is a fine start to the New Year. Thank you for sending it.
Pittsburgh is awesome!!
Sherri_H, Dec 2022
By far the best tour we have ever taken. George was fun! He was very knowledgeable about everything there was to know about Pittsburgh! You made our trip George. Thank you! Sherri, Tom and Thomas
Response from Host, Dec 2022
And your comments just made my day. Showing you Pittsburgh was a great way to end my year. Thank you so much for the review and for choosing me to be your Guide. GSTD
George's enthusiasm and...
Toni_C, Dec 2022
George's enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge sharing Pittsburgh history and fun facts! George engaged family members of all ages with interactive sound effects. Provided excellent recommendations for dining and shopping. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
I learned an awful lot from you folks as well. And thanks to Jim, "bollards" is now an integral part of my presentation...makes me sound SO knowledgeable. Warmest regards to your family. Thank you for the review. GSTD
Best City Tour EVER!!
Lisa_M, Nov 2022
Our tour guide George was PHENOMENAL!! He was highly personable, and knowledgeable, and made it so much fun. He shared stories and facts as he drove us from site to site, got us access to areas that others were not allowed, and best of all engaged the kids so they never once thought about their phones or devices. The kids love the tour and talked about all the facts they learned for days.
Made me a great fan of Pittsburgh!
James_C, Nov 2022
George DeBolt is the most knowledgeable, interesting, and fun your guide I have ever hired. He gave much more value than the cost of the tour.
No show guide!
Joel_D, Nov 2022
We showed up Saturday at the incline for our tour but no one showed up . I called and George said he called Friday night to cancel. He said he could not find a vehicle big enough for 6. Ridiculous! My cell phone showed call from him but no message or text. I’ll be expecting a refund ASAP.
George is a FANTASTIC...
Terence_R, Nov 2022
George is a FANTASTIC ambassador for Pittsburgh! Knowledgeable, good natured, great sense of humor…and extremely engaging. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!😊
Interesting, funny, great
Franka_K, Nov 2022
Very interesting tour with funny episodes of Pittsburgh's history. Great guide! We had a wonderful time.
Pittsburgh people and sports from the beginning
Tom_K, Nov 2022
Our Guide - George- was outstanding. His commentary on the Incline Ride was very good and he was able to play to the sports interest of our group.
George was great! Lots of...
Cathy_K, Oct 2022
George was great! Lots of fun and information!! 2 hours flew by!! Learned way more about Pittsburg than I ever thought possible.
Great tour
vmcarthur52, Oct 2022
George was great. Educated me in a fun way! Would highly recommend this tour, especially with George.
George was an awesome...
Steve_E, Oct 2022
George was an awesome guide. He really knows the history of Pittsburgh. I highly recommend this tour. Great Job!
A very informative and fun tour
Bob_A, Oct 2022
This was without a doubt, the most comprehensive, friendly, and enjoyable two hours that we’ve spent in a long time. George’s natural ability to reach every member of our (and your) group made for a great time. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Trip Highlight
Macie_B, Oct 2022
The Essential Pittsburg Tour with George was the highlight of our trip! His humor and vast knowledge of Pittsburg combined to make a memorable tour. I would tell anyone visiting Pittsburg to book a tour with George. You will laugh, be amazed, and inspired to make a 2nd trip to this city. George is a Pittsburg treasure!
The Best Tour Ever!
Matt_W, Sep 2022
This was our first time in Pittsburgh , and George really brought the city to life for us. He made us fall in love with this city even though we were only there for a few days! He was like the Pittsburgh Wikipedia page but far better given his humor and personality. His knowledge of the city was insane and the jokes and sarcastic remarks made us laugh out loud so many times. Highly recommend!