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Scoprite la Silicon Valley, famosa in tutto il mondo, per

conoscere meglio la tecnologia che ha cambiato per sempre il nostro mondo

silicon valleyDescrizione del tour Scopri la Silicon Valley in California per conoscere meglio le persone che stanno dietro la high tecnology che ha cambiato per sempre il nostro mondo. Questo tour guidato è disponibile ogni giorno e caldamente consigliato a tutti. I nostri accompagnatori turistici sono i primi a condurre visite guidate alla Silicon Valley. Si tratta di guide estremamente appassionate e competenti, che personalizzano ogni escursione e adattano il tour in base alle esigenze di viaggio, gli interessi particolari e i programmi del cliente. Offriamo pick-up e rientro gratuiti presso gli aeroporti internazionali di San Jose e SFO.

facebook silicon valleySi prega di notare che la Silicon Valley si estende su un'area geografica molto vasta, che la rende estremamente difficile da vedere e visitare in un giorno solo. Fateci sapere quali sono i vostri interessi e le attrazioni turistiche, aziende e/o musei che desiderate visitare nella Silicon Valley, in modo da permetterci di personalizzare il vostro tour privato.

Geograficamente, la Silicon Valley copre tutta la parte meridionale della penisola di San Francisco e le porzioni meridionali della East Bay e si estende nelle contee di San Mateo e Santa Clara, entrambe situate nella parte meridionale della baia di San Francisco, nel nord della California.

La Silicon Valley è la patria delle grandi società high-tech del mondo, così come di migliaia di startup tech. Queste società high-tech hanno sede in diverse città, tra le quali Campbell, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Freemont, Redwood City e Foster City. Anche gli abitanti del posto a volte si perdono nel guidare attraverso questa valle enorme, in cui vivono oltre 2 milioni di persone. Per questo vi consigliamo caldamente di scegliere una di queste opzioni: in questo modo potremo concentrarci sulle attrazioni e sulle aree che desiderate visitare, sfruttando al meglio questo vostro tour privato di una giornata intera.

Youtube-googleEscursione e opzione # 1: The most popular combination guided tour that will take you to Stanford University, the Computer History Museum, and Intel Museum. We highly-recommend you take the time to explore fewer sites in-depth, rather than spending the day driving between points A and B. True, California's freeways can be impressive, but we want to show you more than our state's beautiful cars!

Il vostro accompagnatore locale vi offrirà anche diverse opzioni turistiche e viaggi di contorno per visitare altre aziende high-tech e luoghi di interesse, vedendoli almeno dall'esterno, come il Garage HP a Palo Alto o il garage di Steve Job a Los Altos. Vi porteremo anche in altri siti di interesse come il quartier generale e il negozio di souvenir di Apple (tempo permettendo), Googleplex (dall'esterno), la NASA dall'interno e dall'esterno (tempo permettendo) e il centro di Palo Alto, dove vivono celebrità come Mark Zuckerberg. Ma non dovete preoccuparvi dell'itinerario e di come organizzare questa gita di un giorno: sedetevi, dite alla vostra guida ciò che vorreste vedere, rilassatevi e lasciate che sia la vostra guida esperta a condurvi, sarete in buone mani.

Escursione e opzione # 2: Questa opzione comprende un giro turistico della Silicon Valley di un'intera giornata per visitare il Museo Intel, il Computer History Museum, Santana Row e/o la Winchester Mystery House nel centro di San Jose. Il vostro accompagnatore vi offrirà più fermate lungo la strada per vedere aziende famose e siti di interesse come Oracle, Facebook, il negozio di souvenir presso il quartier generale di Apple, Googleplex, NASA, Palo Alto, e il garage di David Packard (il luogo dove è nata la Silicon Valley), per nominare solo alcuni luoghi che vedrete in questo viaggio di un giorno. Questa opzione di tour è per quei visitatori che non sono interessati alla visita a piedi della Stanford University.

Oracle SiliconEscursione e opzione # 3: Questa gita turistica di un'intera giornata è per quei visitatori che vogliono vedere tutto, o almeno il più possibile, in un giorno solo e dall'esterno. Potete fermarvi presso tutte le società high-tech della Silicon Valley che volete, ritraendo voi stessi e i vostri amici o parenti di fronte a insegne e aziende gigantesche come Oracle, Facebook a Menlo Park, lo spaccio aziendale e il negozio di souvenir presso il quartier generale di Apple, Googleplex, Intel, Palo Alto, Stanford University, PayPal, Yahoo, Amazon Lab 126, Tesla Motors, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field Museum, la Winchester Mystery House di San Jose, e/o il garage di HP a Palo Alto. Questo tour espresso è consigliato alle persone che visitano la Silicon Valley per la prima volta e che non hanno interessi particolari in musei o università. Per le famiglie con bambini: se desiderate un po’ più di divertimento, potreste prendere in considerazione il Children's Discovery Museum (Museo della Scoperta dei Bambini), il Tech Museum of Innovation o il parco divertimenti Great America della California.

Apple-Inc-photosPer ora non c'è bisogno di contattarci per prendere decisioni o preoccuparvi dell'itinerario: la vostra guida si prenderà cura di tutto e, sulla strada per la Silicon Valley, parlerà con voi di cosa vi interessa di più, e lui - o lei - disegnerà questo viaggio su misura dei vostri interessi particolari e delle esigenze del tour.



Silicon Valley Tour itinerary and more

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telsa santanaWhat to expect on our tour itinerary to Silicon Valley, This custom tour will take you to sites of interest and high-tech firms. Because Silicon Valley is overwhelmingly spread out, it is impossible to cover it all in a one-day 8-hour trip. Please choose one of the above tour options so we may prepare your guide and trip in advance, particularly for museums and high-tech firms that require appointments.

google-muntain-viewYour Silicon Valley tour starts and ends in San Francisco and lasts eight hours door-to-door. Driving time is about one hour each way (depending on traffic conditions), which leaves six hours to explore Silicon Valley. We highly-recommend adding overtime to your tour if you wish to explore Silicon Valley in-depth and we have just added new attractions for visitors with or without kids, who are not interested in high-tech firms. Some of these new attractions include the Japanese Friendship Garden, Children's Discovery Museum, hidden wineries, groves of redwoods, Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, and California's Great America Amusement Park. These are optional side trips and entrance fees are not included.

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Youtube-googleGeography: Silicon Valley is centered in the Santa Clara Valley in the southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally known as the Valley of Heart's Delight for its numerous fruit orchards, flowering trees, and plants, it was the largest fruit production and packing region in the world before 1960. The valley is bounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains on the southwest and Diablo Range on the northeast, is about 30 miles long and 15 miles wide. Silicon Valley now also includes the southern Peninsula Valley and southern East Bay, with a variety of high-tech companies located throughout other counties in the Bay Area. San Jose, often referred to as the capitol of the Silicon Valley, has a population close to 1.8 million.

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Google map buildingThe Evolution of Silicon Valley: Silicon Valley evolved quickly since WWII and became the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development. Stanford University played a major role in Silicon Valley development, along with Terman and William Shockley, both former U.S. military during focused on classified research and development. They contributed to this new era of innovation through military defense, integrated circuits, and computers. Terman encouraged Stanford students like William Hewlett and David Packard to start their own companies, leading the way for today's current venture capital and startup culture in Silicon Valley, including Intel, founded by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.

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The Computer History MuseumThe Computer History Museum Established as a non-profit organization in 1999 and is dedicated to the preservation of computing history and its impact on the world. It is home to one of the largest international collections of computing artifacts, encompassing computer hardware, ephemera, photographs, moving images, documents, and software, among other collections and exhibits. The Computer History Museum offers many exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing. You may sign-up for the public guided tour, or explore the museum at your pace and visit the exhibits you are interested in. General admission costs $15 (not included) and gives you full access to all museum exhibits and wings. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Intel MuseumIntel Museum: Book our private tour to discover the people behind the innovative technology that changed our world. The 10,000-square-foot museum is located at Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara in the heart of Silicon Valley. It contains interactive exhibits, which appeal to all generations and levels of technical knowledge and interest. These displays demonstrate how silicon chips are made, how they function, their impact on our daily lives, and their ever-faster and endless evolution. The museum offers a unique insider look at a high-tech world where distance is measured in billionths of meters, and time in billionths of seconds. You'll also learn about Intel, which is the world's largest maker of silicon chips that power computers, cell phones, and thousands of other digital products. Among its prize exhibits is a 12-inch-diameter silver ingot of silicon on display, which may be the purest "element" you'll ever touch. Kids can also try on the "bunny suits," which Intel workers wear in ultra-clean labs where computer chips are made. Book your Silicon Valley tour in advance and we’ll arrange a private and complimentary guided tour (if available), so you can see how semiconductor technology started and chips are designed and manufactured. The museum is open weekdays and Saturdays except holidays, closed on Sunday.

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The iconic Stanford University Stanford University covers an area of 8,880 acres making it difficult to explore without a tour guide. Should you decide to take the guided walking public tour at Stanford, please let us know so we may book your tour in advance. You will spend about an hour and half with a local Stanford student-guide exploring the highlights and history of the campus. These students are knowledgeable about the history of the university, and offer you an insider view of what it is like to be a student at the second-largest campus in the world! During your tour, you may be joined by parents and prospective students, as well as visitors from around the world. A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand inside view of this legendary college whose alumni include founders from HP and Google. Did you know that only 6% of all students who apply are accepted into the university? Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking for over 1:25 minutes. If you have mobility issues, please let us know so we may arrange a golf-cart guided tour for you (additional fees will apply). Also, if you do not wish to join a group tour to visit the campus, we can arrange a private walking tour for and additional fee

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NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett FieldNASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field: NASA Ames Research Center is a key facility for many of NASA's missions and projects. The Center was established in 1939 as the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. It was named for the chair of NACA, Joseph Ames. Originally, the naval air station was a home base for the dirigible U.S.S. Macon. In 1945, the airfield was renamed Moffett Field after Admiral Moffett who lost his life in the 1935 crash of the U.S.S. Macon. In 1958, the area became NASA Ames Research Center, when Congress created the National Aeronautics and Space Act (NASA). Following the closure of Moffett Field as a military base in 1994, with the help of nearby communities Mountain View and Sunnyvale, the area is now a world class research and development center serving the goals of the United States’ space program. NASA Research Park began a collaborative partnership with educational institutions, industry and non-profit organizations, to stimulate innovation and education in science and research disciplines, including astrobiology, information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Our visit to the NASA Exploration Center will provide you with an overall picture of the space program through detailed exhibits and informative volunteers.

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GoogleGoogle: Did you know that a google (correct spelling googol) is the digit 1 followed by 100 zeros? This term was originally coined by a 9-year-old boy, named Milton Seratta, who is the nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Google, the company, was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while both were attending Stanford University, and originally began in March 1996 as a research project. In search of a PhD. dissertation theme, Page joined by Brin, and supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, created the search engine called Google. It originally used the Stanford website with the domain google.stanford.edu. On September 15, 1997 the domain google.com was registered and incorporated as a privately held company, and on September 4, 1998 in a friend's garage in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. Its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. The company's mission statement was to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The company's unofficial slogan is "Don't be evil." Page and Brin own about 16 % of the company's stake. In 2006, the company moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Although closed to the public, we will drive you through campus and make stops for photo opportunities along the way including at Googleplex Area, YouTube, and the Googlemap car.

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Apple's HeadquartersApple's Headquarters: Apple, was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, who started selling the so-called "Apple 1 personal computer kit," which was very basic, yet innovative for its time. Everybody turned them down to sell the product, except one computer store owner who gave them a chance to make hundreds of units out of their garage, as they couldn't afford an office or store. The kits were hand-built by Wozniak and first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club. The Apple 1 went on sale July 1976 for $666.66. We'll visit the Apple Campus in Cupertino, south of Palo Alto, where the original Apple employee store is located. The store is open to the public, but unlike local Apple retail stores, they don't sell computers, iPhones, or iPads. However, they do sell Apple logo t-shirts, caps, and accessories. We recommend visiting the Apple retail store in downtown Palo Alto located a few blocks from Stanford Campus, if you want to purchase computers, phones, or other products.

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The Winchester Mystery HouseWinchester Mystery House: Seeking history and mystery? Take a guided tour of the Winchester Mystery House to discover one of America's most bizarre and "haunted" homes. This well-known mansion is located across the plaza from Santana Row. It was once a private residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester (of Winchester rifles). The mansion was under continuous construction for over 38 years, and, under Winchester's supervision, proceeded around the clock without interruption from 1884 to her death on September 5, 1922— when work stopped immediately. The building cost is estimated at about $5.5 million, equivalent to over $75 million today. According to local news stories, Winchester thought the house was haunted by the ghosts of people who lost their lives from Winchester rifles, and only continuous construction would appease them. Tickets are not included. Prices vary, ranging $24-$40, depending on the tour you choose.

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Santana RowSantana Row: High-tech firms are not the only reason to visit Silicon Valley! Santana Row is an upscale shopping, residential, dining, and entertainment complex in San Jose, characterized by a Mediterranean ambiance. The 'Art de Vivre" fusion and modern architectural design plan earned Santana Row two major awards: the Builder Magazine's Project of the Year in 2003 and the CELSOC Engineering Excellence Award in 2004. It's a mix of high-end and classic retail stores, ranging from luxury brands like Burberry, Gucci, Salvatore, Tourneau and Ferragamo, to casual brands including H&M, Diesel, Ann Taylor LOFT, Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from, and a Tesla Motors has cars on display. If you choose to visit Santana Row, we will skip our stop at Stanford for schedule and time considerations.

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Oracle CorporationOracle Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation that specializes in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products, particularly database management systems. Oracle is headquartered in Redwood City in northern Silicon Valley and has approximately 114,000 employees worldwide. Oracle has enlarged its share of the software market through organic growth and a number of high-profile acquisitions. It is the third-largest software maker by revenue, after Microsoft and IBM. Larry Ellison, its co-founder, has served as Oracle's CEO throughout its history and is ranked as the top-paid chief executive in the world.

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The HP Garage is a private museum where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded in 1939. It is nestled amongst the quiet and charming side streets near Stanford campus. Many consider HP Garage the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley, and although it is not open for public tours, the property can be viewed from the sidewalk and driveway. We will drive 16 miles further south to visit another famous garage where Steve Jobs started Apple, a modest 1950s ranch-style home, which our guides say exemplifies "The American Dream.”

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California's Great America Amusement Park: If you are not interested in the high-tech world, you may visit the Winchester Mystery House and combine it with a side trip to California's Great America amusement park in Santa Clara. It's the only combination theme and waterpark in California and one of four amusement parks that operate within San Francisco Bay Area. Families come from all over the Bay Area to enjoy the excitement and fun with and without kids.

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The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose builds and displays interactive exhibits that respond to children's diverse educational needs. The 52,000-square-foot purple building was designed in 1990 by Mexico City-based architect, Ricardo Legorreta, who also designed the Tech Museum of Innovation. The Children's Discovery Museum is on Woz Way in San Jose, named after Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. The museum's signature programs, such as BioSITE and Discovery Youth, encompass the broad themes of community, connections, and creativity, with the goal to create interactive exhibits that invite self-directed, open-ended explorations. The museum is composed of three floors, each with its own significance. Four major theme galleries fill the upper and lower levels: Communication, Exploration, Innovation and Life Tech. The Hackworth IMAX dome theater shows mainstream movies as well as educational films. Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. This learning resource center was established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their daily lives. The Tech Museum of Innovation is a wonderful experience for young kids who want to experience the real high-tech world where they can spend a half day or a full-day in one location to see new exhibits, new movies, and much more.

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Japanese Friendship Garden is a walled section of Kelley Park, a beautiful and tranquil garden in the heart of San Jose. It's a living symbol of the "Sister City" of Okayama in Japan. In its three main ponds koi swim, which were originally sent from Okayama in 1966. The ponds are at different elevations in the park, and are inter-connected by streams. Not far away, you can also visit the hidden Happy Hollow Zoo, which provides an affordable, sustainable, conservation-centered outdoor adventure for families with children. This small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo and amusement park, was originally opened in 1961, offering a combination of theme park rides, games along, and a petting zoo. You may also visit Hakone Gardens, a traditional Japanese garden recognized as one of the oldest Japanese-style residential gardens in the Western Hemisphere, and an enduring American treasure. It was founded in San Jose in 1985, by leaders of the then-rapidly growing Santa Clara Valley Sikh community.

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The Mystery Spot is a tourist attraction in a remote forest in the mountains of Santa Cruz County, south of Silicon Valley. In this strange site, the laws of physics and gravity do not apply, and provide a number of illusions in support of these claims, where water seems to flow upward, people seem to be standing in slanted positions, and gravity is reversed! George Prather who first discovered this site in 1940, claimed to have detected strange magnetic anomalies during his property inspection. As you go on the walking tour (tickets not included), a local tour guide will explain the powerful vortex forces and the mystery behind this land. For skeptics and believers, this is a fun walking tour for all ages. Be aware of side effects like motion sickness or dizziness caused by spatial distortion and the mysterious forces behind this "Mystery Spot." Please note that this visit requires about 4 hours round trip from Silicon Valley, which leaves you 2 to 3 hours, so we only recommend this trip if you are not interested in and in-depth Silicon Valley tour. You may purchase tickets online in advance at www.mysteryspot.com/buy-tickets-online. You will also see a great many redwood trees along the way as we drive through the forest.

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The Hiller Aviation Museum is in San Carlos, north of Silicon Valley, founded June 1998 by helicopter pioneer Stanley Hiller Jr. It specializes in Northern California aircraft history and helicopter history and is part of the Smithsonian Affiliations program. This is an extra site to add for those who are interested in Silicon Valley high technology (tickets are not included and cost $14 per person).

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Fry's Electronics was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store in 1985 to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the high-tech professional. San Jose Fry's is a wonderfully large setting decorated in elaborate themes. It's like a museum paying tribute to the first astronomers, the Mayans, with scenes from Chichen itza. Interestingly, Fry's unorthodox advertising methods came under heavy fire in 2003. Actors Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger each sued Fry's for $10 million for posting their images on television sets, on their print ads, and flyers without permission. It's a great place to visit even if you don't need more electronic supplies.


Prezzi del tour Silicon Valley

Questo tour personalizzato in SUV (auto di lusso) è assolutamente privato e il prezzo è a persona.

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prezzo a persona
totalmente privato
1 persone $698.00
2 persone $349.00
3 persone $259.00
4 persone $198.00
5 persone $159.00
6 persone $149.00
7 persone $139.00

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Questo tour in van (minibus di lusso) è assolutamente privato e non disponibile per prenotazioni pubbliche o individuali. Il prezzo è per gruppo e non a persona.

persone Prezzo per partito
Da 1 a 5 persone $1,399.00
Da 6 a 7 persone $1,539.00
Da 8 a 10 persone $1,649.00
Da 11 a 12 persone $1,769.00
Da 13 a 14 persone $1,899.00

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Inclusi nel prezzo: Pick-up e rientro a San Francisco, visita guidata di 8 ore dalle 09.00 alle 17.00 con partenza da San Francisco, e di 6 ore se con partenza e arrivo nella zona della Silicon Valley, e tutte le tasse di legge. Le visite guidate alla Nasa, alla Stanford University e al museo Intel sono gratuite e comprese in questo tour. (questo tour è in inglese, salvo diversa indicazione).

Non inclusi: Il prezzo non include i pasti, la mancia al conducente, gli straordinari, le attività facoltative o gli ingressi a musei, parchi o aziende. Le nostre visite guidate si svolgono in inglese a meno che non riusciamo a fornirvi un accompagnatore che parli la lingua desiderata. (questo tour è in inglese, salvo diversa indicazione).
Nota: lo straordinario è da prevedere, considerando il traffico e la grandezza della Silicon Valley!
Tutti i nostri tour sono in inglese se non diversamente indicato


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