Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

  • 433 Ratings

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

  • 433 Ratings

  • Ken

This tour is wonderful. The Emperor has amazing knowledge of the history of San Francisco & imparts it in a comical & interesting way. He takes you to places you would never find on your own. Do it early in your visit but don’t miss it. Thanks Emperor, we loved it.

September 3, 2018

  • Annie

We had a great time. Learnt a lot about San francisco and the different buildings. Emperor Norton was awesome.

August 19, 2018

  • Danielle

A fun and informative tour by a guide who loves his research and the man he portrays. A great way to learn about San Francisco and some of its colorful history!

August 7, 2018
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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