Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine
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Joan J
Lakewood, CO65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Walking tours are the best, especially when you get an "authoritative" narrative from a local, and nobody's more San Francisco local than Emperor Norton. You will see things and go places you'd never think to see on your own. My only complaint is that the Emperor did not have good control of the weather. But this was great fun even in the rain.
Written December 14, 2019
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MerryZ21
Windsor, CA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed the tour of Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine. The Emperor greets you in the middle of Union Square and takes you for a back alley, historical tour of old town San Francisco. This is not the usual information you would find on a tour. Rather the interesting story of man that declared himself the Emperor of the United States, who lived in the 1800's in San Francisco. Fascinating details of the gold rush and more. Lovely stroll down Maiden Lane, Montgomery St. and the financial district. Explore a smugglers tunnel in an old building. We all had a fantastic , enjoyable journey back into history.
Written July 22, 2019
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Danielle S
Lafayette, CA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent four days in San Francisco. As lifelong East Bay residents we decided to go and be tourists and see places in the City we had not seen before. Emperor Norton's tour was highly recommended by friends, and we were not disappointed. For 2 plus hours we walked with the Emperor and heard not only about his own fascinating history but many interesting facts about early days of San Francisco. The Emperor is informative, amusing and offers a wealth of knowledge and recommendations for touring the City. We left our tour with many ideas for future visits across the Bay, including other opportunities for tours with the Emperor. Highly recommend.
Written July 18, 2019
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TravelTrooper1026
Orlando, FL164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Luckily the weather was perfect. Even though we walked approximately 2-3 miles, the Emperor's narrative was so fascinating that the time flew. He brought the Emperor to life while giving us facts about San Francisco history. Note: there are two restroom breaks. We found cheap parking 2 blocks away at the Hilton Union Square ($10 for 10am to 4pm) by prepurchasing on ParkWhiz.com, there's also a ParkWhiz app. Other close garages are also available through parkWhiz.
Written June 21, 2019
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Erica H
Saint Helens, OR13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
I took the Waterfront SFO walking tour that covered all the piers & wharf. It lasted a full 2 hours (probably a little too long for most young children but fine for me & 3 teenagers) and was an incredible value for the price. The guide was amazing (LOVE the character portrayal) and knowledgeable. A fun & informative experience!
Written July 17, 2015
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Regina L
Los Angeles, CA159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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 Francisco, giving a great overview of the city, and doing so with enthusiasm and flair. I bought a Groupon for my friend and me, so it was an especially good deal. If you like walking tours with some fun and theatricality, you won't be disappointed in Emperor Norton. I would take the tour again in a few years. Go!!
Written January 3, 2020
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PeterEfromNJ
Bloomfield, NJ51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Your guide impersonates a real character from San Francisco's well-known history of accepting odd balls and quacks. Before the Civil War, the original Emperor Norton declared himself the Emperor of all the United States and eventually the "protector of Mexico." Our present day Emperor leads you on a 2 & 1/2 hour, 2 mile tour around Union Square eventually ending up in Chinatown. Along the way, he regales you with tales of San Francisco's history as you stop a various locations. You learn a lot about the devastation of the horrendous earthquake & fire of 1906. But my favorite spot was the remnants of a tunnel in the old Barbary Coast area where drunken, drugged victims were abducted & put aboard ships bound for the Orient, which became the derivation of the verb "to shanghai." We found a Groupon coupon for $20 for the two of us. Even if you're a veteran San Franciscan you'll learn a lot and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. GO!
Written October 2, 2018
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Stephanie L
Pennsylvania29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
A phenomenal tour. We had kids 15 & 12 (with Asperger's) who trouped along and really enjoyed the experience. Unless younger kids are history buffs, they may drag by the end. The tour is not a grueling walk but it is a nearly three hour walking tour at a comfortable pace. There is a midway bathroom stop and a brief sit-down spot further on. The tour is not a full circle but it's close enough to walk back to your starting spot.

The level of immersion and detail provided a unique tour experience. Other pedestrians played along with greeting the Emperor and our group. The Emperor not only gave us a personalized tour of the city but also a theatrical performance. When I told local friends about what we experienced on the tour, they didn't know about some of the stops we made and things we learned and said they should take the tour (they should). They also couldn't believe what we got for the price.

I can't recommend the tour enough. If you have the slightest interest, go for it. A truly unique experience worth every penny and more.
Written September 30, 2018
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Maggie C
Perth, Australia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We had a fabulous time with Emperor Norton on this walking tour. Only wish we’d done it when we first arrived in SF so we would have time to go back & explore the fantastic places he took us to or talked about.
The”Emperor” portrays a real person from SF history. His character is comical, knowledgeable and interesting. His depth of knowledge of the history of the area is unbelievable & he imparts it in such a fun way. Everyone in the street knows him & waves to him. Really enjoyed this tour & would highly recommend it.
Thank you Emperor. Don’t miss it.
Written September 2, 2018
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mmul21
Seattle, WA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
A very enjoyable and informative afternoon spent walking the streets of downtown San Francisco with Emperor Norton. We learned a lot about the city, its history, and got to visit some fun spots off the beaten path. Emperor Norton is quite the character - he even stopped by Ghiradelli to get us chocolate samples while we walked! Highly recommend for visitors to the city and for those who live in the area and want to learn something new. Good walking shoes are a must!
Written October 30, 2017
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