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.
Duration:  1hr
Cancellation:  24hrs
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  • 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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Jan 4, 2020
Emperor Norton stays in character the entire time. It is such a delight to see people saluting and waving to him along your tour. The content was great... a perfect overview of historic info and local legends, highlighting the eccentric city that would have embraced a character like Emperor Norton. We are native San Franciscans and take a local walking tour annually, and we still learned some new things. Highly recommend!
Jan 2, 2020
I was in San Francisco for 4 days, and I went on several walking tours with Free Tours by Foot, Wild SF, and San Francisco City Guides. While I enjoyed all of the tours, the best overall tour was with Emperor Norton. He does a great job of comparing the old and new in San Francisco, giving a great overview of the city, and doing so with enthusiasm and flair. I bought a Groupon for my friend and me, so it was an especially good deal. If you like walking tours with some fun and theatricality, you won't be disappointed in Emperor Norton. I would take the tour again in a few years. Go!!
Dec 31, 2019
Best tour I have taken in San Francisco. Emperor Norton is a book of knowledge and he stays in character the entire tour. This is a long tour. It was 3 hours for us so plan accordingly. We had a lot of fun!


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