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History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

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    What to Expect
    Choose from a morning or early afternoon tour to suit your sightseeing schedule, and meet your guide in Union Square. Get a San Francisco–style workout as you ascend to the top of Nob Hill, where rewarding panoramic views of the city and bay await.
    Begin at the famous Fairmont Hotel, which debuted as the city's most elegant accommodations just before the devastating earthquake of 1906 destroyed much of the interior. Learn the backstory behind other majestic buildings on the hill’s crest and the affluent families who built them, including recognizable names like Stanford, Huntington, and Hopkins. Hear about the business rivalries and social intrigue that followed these railroad tycoons, land speculators, lumber barons, and governors who ruled San Francisco in its post–Gold Rush days.
    As you stroll through the neighborhood, discover how this small, steep patch of land became early San Francisco's most elite address, especially after the introduction of the cable car. Learn how it has changed over the past 100 years while still maintaining its exclusive mystique perched high above the city streets. At the end of the tour, your guide can recommend several local restaurants and other spots to explore on your own.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    We selected this tour on our “Sister’s Trip” to San Francisco because it fit best with our schedule, location, and time available on that afternoon. Our tour guide was very informative and knew the history well of the famous Big 4 tycoons and the stories...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank SheriW1006
    Reviewed June 27, 2019

    I had an excellent morning adventure with Andrea, highly recommend this tour. As a frequent traveler, I usually seek out small knowledgeable tours when I go to visit places and this tour did not disappoint. She was on time, a good communicator, humorous and knew...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank lbte
    ValTour, Creator and owner at Hobnob Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your input is appreciated. Hobnob specializes in creating small intimate tours based on historical research. I am glad you had an enjoyable tour . Please visit with us again.

    Reviewed June 12, 2019 via mobile

    I had a great time today în my walking guided Tour of Union Square and Chinatown! It kind of made me feel like I really belong to S. F.! Thank you, Rajni, for this beautiful day!

    Thank Monica M
    ValTour, Owner at Hobnob Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2019

    Thank you for taking time to write your review. Rajni is one of our best guides. I am glad you had a great day. Safe travels

    Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

    Valerie is an amazing historian of San Francisco and the world in general. Couldn’t ask for a more interesting and enjoyable time exploring Nob Hill!

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Larry P
    ValTour, Owner at Hobnob Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2019

    Thank you for taking time to write a complimentary review. Please join us again for another Hobnob tour

    Reviewed November 13, 2018

    My husband and I really enjoyed the tour of Nob Hill by a most personal and knowledgeable tour guide, Valarie. She told us stories about the historical figures who were prominent in the city, tales about San Francisco, and related the time periods to what...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank Paula R
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    May 27, 2019|
    Response from Meander66483645263 |
    Our tour was in the morning...like 10 and lasted about 2.5 hrs. If you like history and architecture, you’ll enjoy it. Afterwards we took the cable cars to Fishermen’s Wharf, had a quick bite to eat and took our Alcatraz... More
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