About Us

Small groups.  Big hearts.

 

Phil Siegel and Brian Wunderlich had been tour guides with Best Bay Area Tours for several years, until the former owner, Alan Rosenzweig, retired. Rather than closing a successful business that has enjoyed so much success and given unforgettable memories to thousands of passengers for nearly a decade, they decided to buy the company at the end of 2019.

The company has a fleet of 4 Mercedes Lux Vans and offers small-group tours to people who prefer to travel in friendly, personal groups. The tours are for people who want to experience activities around Northern California, in places that are not overrun with big-bus tourism.

Best Bay Area Tours only hires guides that share Phil and Brian’s passion for tourism and customer service. Since purchasing the company, they kept the philosophy that Alan laid down when he founded Best Bay Area Tours in 2012 – provide an experience that passengers will remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps that is why 95% of the over 1,000 Trip Advisor reviews are 5-stars.

Phil Siegel enjoyed a 30-year career in public relations, with clients in the tourism, entertainment and business arenas. Combining his excitement for these industries with his love for storytelling, and his passion for sharing new experiences, he became a Tour Director in 2015. He conducted tours from Monterey to Lake Tahoe; from the streets of San Francisco, to the wonders of Yosemite; from the beauty of the California Coastal redwoods to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. He joined Alan at Best Bay Area Tours in 2018 before buying the business with Brian in early 2020.

Brian Wunderlich has been a professional Tour Director for 8 years, after graduating from the prestigious International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco in 2012. Growing up in Monterey County, Brian enjoyed a 23- year career in the hospitality industry at properties like Pebble Beach Resorts, Omni Hotels, and the Intercontinental Hotel. He worked as Maitre d’ at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite where he had pleasure of actually living in the park for three years. He fell in love with its majesty and decided to dedicate his career to share Yosemite — and other incredible, memorable places — with the folks from around the world as Tour Director.