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We didn?t think tours could get much better than the anti-stodgy Localite ones over in Oakland that we told you about last month--but we may have been wrong.

How about touring the city?s best breweries in a crimson 1970s VW van nicknamed Lillie?

That?s just one of the excursions you can take through Vantigo. The company, which started hitting the road last August, arranges expeditions around the Bay Area aboard the classic van. Co-owner and VW fanatic Erik Hormann is your trusty guide, casually sprinkling in historical tidbits and fun city facts along the way.

In addition to the Brew Tour ($85), where you?ll make stops at 21st Amendment and Magnolia to meet the brewers, there?s the City Lights Tour ($40) that takes you on a two-hour voyage to some of the prettiest illuminated sights around town (Coit Tower, Twin Peaks). And then there?s our favorite, the Oyster Experience ($100), where you drive to Tomales Bay for a bivalve feast at Hog Island Oyster Company.

Got your own itinerary? Charter a personalized tour anywhere within 50 miles of SF, from wine country down to San Jose. The van fits six people comfortably, and there?s a minimum booking of three hours at $240. 

Happy trails.

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