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Meet one of San Francisco’s larger-than-life historical figures, Emperor Norton, for a walking tour that makes the city’s history come alive. Learn about the real Emperor Norton as you take in landmarks such as Union Square, the St Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, the Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, Portsmouth Square and more. Expect to walk at a leisurely pace for two miles during your 3-hour tour. You’ll hear stories about the Barbary Coast and the 1906 earthquake, and witness the city’s growth through the eyes of the emperor.
  • 3-hour walking tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton as guide
  • Travel back in time to the Barbary Coast and 1906 San Francisco earthquake
  • Learn the back story of Union Square, St Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane and more
  • Stroll around the city with a guide dressed as Emperor Norton, a San Francisco character who lived during the 1800s


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, Aug 2017

I'm so glad I started my San Francisco vacation with this tour. It was fun, informative, fascinating, and I came back later to many of the places we had visited on the tour. What a great introducton to the history and life of San Francisco!

, Sep 2016

Excellent tour. Guide knows everything about SF history, and provides the inside scoop on little known secrets of buildings and infamous individuals that you won't get without reading hundreds of books. Take two hours to go back in time a 120 years to the 1890's, and see why SF was place the unusual and eccentric migrated to. See insides of buildings that you didn't know existed, and are not on any tourist map.

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