Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

531 Ratings

$30

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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.
Duration:  1hr
Cancellation:  24.0hrs
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Highlights

  • 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.

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Jon
Mar 28, 2022
Emperor Norton's knowledge of San Francisco history has not diminished, despite his ripe old 200+ year age. A wonderful experience. We learned a lot of fascinating tidbits.
Martha
Feb 28, 2022
We had a wonderful and very intimate (only three of us) experience on this tour. We learned so much about S.F. history and architecture! What a lovely time!!
Elizabeth
Feb 7, 2022
Entertaining and interesting, a great walking tour
Phillip
Nov 15, 2021
Stephen
Oct 14, 2021
This is the very best way to see San Francisco. The Emperor knows the ground and the people. He waves and greets all. Great fun.
Lynne
Oct 4, 2021
Loved every minute
Amelia
Oct 4, 2021
Excellent tour! Emperor Norton is quite knowledgable! We've lived in the area out whole lives, but learned so much about the history of San Francisco! I would take a tour from him anytime! Thank you!
Camille
Sep 28, 2021
Ted
Sep 27, 2021
Excellent tour. Entertaining, engaging, and incredibly knowledgeable about a vast array of San Francisco subjects. Highly recommend.
Jason
Sep 5, 2021
Emperor Norton is a fountain of knowledge. He's fun interesting and the whole tour was a delight. Will definitely check out one of is other tours.i really learned a lot about sf.

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