Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

  • 406 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

  • 406 Ratings

  • Laurel

We had a WONDERFUL time on Emporer Norton's tour. Even though our group lives in SF, we had a blast exploring new parts of the downtown area and learning facts about places we've walked past 100s of times. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting or living in the San Francisco Bay area. You will not be disappointed.

March 12, 2018

  • Lloyd

We loved the tour. Emperor Norton was a wonderful tour guide and made it super fun. He is a font of knowledge and knew all the Back stories to explain all of the history. We recommend it very highly.

March 4, 2018

  • patricia

The tour is fantastic and Emperor Norton is a passionate and enthusiastic guide who will make the visit captivating and fun for both adults and children. Our 10 and 12 year’s old sons learnt so much about San Francisco ans its history. I recommend this tour to anyone living or visiting San Francisco. It is not your typical tourist tour and you will visit places unknown from the general public. We couldn’t have been more satisfied. Thank you!

February 25, 2018
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA