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Overview
Instead of navigating the streets of San Francisco alone on foot, let a larger-than-life historical figure introduce you to the city. Your guide—the fictional Emperor Norton—takes you to landmarks near Union Square, including Lotta's Fountain, Maiden Lane, and Portsmouth Square. Listen to the emperor tell stories you may not hear otherwise while you walk past some of San Francisco’s top points of interest.
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You'll start at
Union Square
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USAWe meet under the Dewey Monument in the center of the square. If that is blocked, we meet of the corner of the square at Powell and Geary.
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    Barbary Coast Trail
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Union Square
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Jackson Square
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Maiden Lane
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Lotta's Fountain
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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    Portsmouth Square
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Old Cathedral of St. Mary
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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You'll end at
Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USAOld St. Mary's Cathedral
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Highlights
  • Skip the usual walking tour for one led by an eccentric fictional historical figure, Emperor Norton
  • See most of downtown San Francisco’s historical attractions in a few hours
  • Hear interesting historical stories you might not otherwise
  • Choose between a morning and afternoon tour to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Meet your guide—an 1800s San Franciscan named Emperor Norton dressed in a feathered hat and full regalia—at Union Square and set off on your tour of downtown San Francisco. The emperor is a colorful character who has also named himself the Protector of Mexico. Walk about 2-miles (3.2 kilometers) to historic landmarks including Union Square, Maiden Lane, Portsmouth Square, the Old Mary Cathedral, and Jackson Square. While you walk, the Emperor tells stories about the devastation of the 1906 fire and earthquake, and the beloved stray dogs of the 1860s, Bummer and Lazarus. Visit the historical buildings that are not on any tourist map, and learn the backstory of the city’s eccentric history.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Duration
2h 45m
Return Details
Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Union Square
  • Entry/Admission - Jackson Square
  • Entry/Admission - Maiden Lane
  • Entry/Admission - Lotta's Fountain
  • Entry/Admission - Portsmouth Square
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Richard W wrote a review Mar. 2020
Richmond, Indiana12 contributions3 helpful votes
I saw a story in an Alaskan Air magazine while flying. I looked like fun. I knew I had some things to plan to do so a stop by San Francisco to try this looked doable. Thing you look forward to with great expectations rarely satisfy. This surpassed my expectations. Please this
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Date of experience: March 2020
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yny579 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Hong Kong, China7 contributions5 helpful votes
As the first major city on the West Coast, San Francisco holds a lot of interesting history in its relatively small area (looking at you, Los Angeles). With diverse people and colourful figures throughout, there's definitely something you can learn about the rich history of this
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Date of experience: February 2020
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TerriM0212 wrote a review Feb. 2020
San Jose, California17 contributions5 helpful votes
We did the waterfront tour yesterday, and It was great! The Emperor really does very informative and fun tours. This was our second tour with him. Two years ago we went on the tour that starts at Union Square, that one was my favorite. We all learned so much about San
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Garrett C wrote a review Jan. 2020
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My wife and I really enjoyed our hike with our guide. He was very knowledgeable of the history and neighborhood and very engaging. We highly recommend following the Emperor!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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reginal_losangeles wrote a review Jan. 2020
Los Angeles, California14 contributions2 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: December 2019
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ap5150
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I might be mad, but I am brilliant!
The Emperor leads you on a grand walkabout through his haunts on the Barbary Coast, sparing no detail about its del
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lzybeth
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See the real SF with the Emperor!
A very enriching and educational tour! The Emperor has exceptional knowledge of San Francisco history, adding his
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CalifTravelerOne
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No wonder this tour gets such a high rating!
To be honest, I would never sign up for a tour like this but we got this as a gift and loved it. The Emperor reall
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Maggie C
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Don’t miss this
We had a fabulous time with Emperor Norton on this walking tour. Only wish we’d done it when we first arrived in SF
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Crisgraaff
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A trip through time and San Francisco
What a nice and different way to experience San Francisco. This town is amazing for its ability to create the futur
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Caitlyn S
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Fantastic!
The Emperor was nice enough to show my friend and I, along with many others, the beautiful city that is San Francis
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Jernae K
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I LOVED this tour
This walking tour was recommended to me by a member of a travel community on Facebook and I'm so glad I listened! T
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jessjmott
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Don't skip this one!
I was enthralled from beginning to end! Charismatic, educational, and truly a special peek into San Franciscos past
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dougtheonetruedoug
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Emperor Norton not to be missed
I took ‘The Emperor Norton Time Machine Walking Tours - Tour That Never Ends’. It was a special rare event. A six h
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Suzanne C
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A great way to visit San Francisco!
Touring with the Emperor is probably one of the best tours we have done while travelling. Norton was interesting a
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Marilyn Z
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Emperor Norton's City Walk Tour
Great way to see and learn about San Francisco! Our tour guide was 'Emperor Norton', complete in costume. Very know
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Tracy T
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Don’t miss this tour
Fantastic tour of San Francisco. The guideis so very well-informed and brings the history of the city, neighborhoo
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Johnny V
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The emperor is simply Charming
This was a wonderful review with full of history and knowledge of San Francisco. Damper is simply charming and very
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Lisabeth B
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We love the Emperor!
Traveling through time with Emperor Norton was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco. He led us through the st
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mmul21
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Great way to explore SF!
A very enjoyable and informative afternoon spent walking the streets of downtown San Francisco with Emperor Norton.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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