US $30

Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton


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.

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

Additional Information

  • Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Customer Reviews

Verified Reviews
  • 464 Ratings

  • Cyril

Interesting, and the guide is really good as acting the emperor

July 9, 2019

  • Robert

What a delightful experience. Great history about places and sites that we might have just otherwise passed by. No longer. Plus helpful hints about getting around the city, many places for future exploration. Had not idea the Clampers have made their presence felt in the big city by the bay. History made fun and brought to life.

June 29, 2019

  • Melissa

Our tour guide Emperor Norton was thorough and highly entertaining. Prepare for a lot of walking and tons of fascinating info about the early days of San Francisco. You also never know when passersby will shout out a friendly greeting to his majesty as we walk about. All hail Emperor Norton; he was a real life fascinating character brought vividly back to life for anyone lucky enough to take his tour!

June 29, 2019
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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