Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

  • 390 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

  • 390 Ratings

  • Marci

Emperor Norton's tour was spectacular! Although we are local, and have lived in San Francisco, we learned so much that we never knew about our beloved city. And with the Emperor himself guiding us, the imagery of the past sprung to life. It was tremendously fun, entertaining and provided us with a wealth of information. I would highly recommend this tour.

January 1, 2018

  • Alissandria

Fantastic tour filled with lots of energy and a personal tour of San Francisco (especially the Financial District, Union Square, and Barbary Coast). The walking was at an easy group pace and brought my eyes upwards to look at a lot of the buildings I had been aimlessly walking by for days with a new appreciation for their history. There was a great clarification on the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, including the buildings that survived and those that didn't.

December 29, 2017

  • Paulette

The Emperor is clearly a master of historical inquiry and story telling. He wove an engaging story of the historical facts, bringing history to life Bravo!

December 12, 2017
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA