Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

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Embrace the quirky charm that defines San Francisco. See some of the City by the Bay's most iconic and historic sights—including Union Square, the St. Francis Hotel and more—guided by Emperor Norton I, San Francisco's unofficial mascot.

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Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 24 hours in advance.

What You Will Do

  • Meet one of the most colorful characters central to the quirky history of San Francisco, self-proclaimed "Protector of Mexico," Emperor Norton I
  • Follow your entertaining Emperor-dressed guide on an interactive sightseeing tour filled with historical anecdotes from his life
  • Gain a unique perspective on the earthquake and great fire of 1906, and other historical events that shaped San Francisco
  • Visit and learn the stories behind Union Square, the St. Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, Lotta’s Fountain, Bummer and Lazarus, the Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, Portsmouth Square, and the Barbary Coast

What's Included

  • 1 hour walking tour of San Francisco with costumed guide

Customer Reviews

331 reviews

Emperor Norton was VERY entertaining and our party of 4 enjoyed the tour very much! He is very good at characterization and makes the tour so much fun! Cannot wait to sign up for the culinary tour.

July 20, 2015

He knew the history of San fransico. My 27 year old daughter and her friend enjoyed it too. It was a nice walk about 3 miles.

July 14, 2015

The emperor knows his stuff.

July 13, 2015
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

Additional Information

  • To Know:

    Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.