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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

San Francisco, CA, USA
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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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jean r wrote a review Jul 2022
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Fun, entertaining, and we learned a lot. Lots of information and some delicious historical gossip. About 2 and a half hours.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Artie B wrote a review Jul 2022
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Emperor Norton was a revelation! His knowledge of San Francisco is encyclopedic. The tour was great good fun, and the Emperor never missed an opportunity to demonstrate his ample wit and delightful sense of humor. We learned more than we ever could have imagined, and laughed more as well. It was immensely enriching to spend a few hours with this costumed cicerone! We can't wait to return to San Francisco so we can take another one of his tours!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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I_love_Wisconsin wrote a review May 2022
Wisconsin27 contributions15 helpful votes
My 12-year-old son and I were visiting San Francisco for the weekend, and I was looking for activities we'd both like to do. We went to Alcatraz, rode cable cars, swam in the hotel pool -- but this walking tour was really the highlight, for both of us. The guide embodying the eccentric Emperor Norton gave the tour enough humor to entertain my son, while we both appreciated seeing and hearing history presented by such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable expert. As a parent, I also appreciated that he approached me before the tour to alert me about "PG" portions (a few mentions of brothels, drinking, and crime, as one might expect on a historical tour). I've taken quite a few tours of SF over the years, and this really was the best!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Jill H wrote a review Sep 2021
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I’ve done a few of the wonderful tours offered by the Emperor and they’re always a delight. He is witty, wise, and really helps you see the city with new eyes. San Francisco has so many layers and it’s impossible to even scratch the surface without a knowledgeable guide. The Emperor gives some of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken in any city.
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Carolyn K wrote a review May 2021
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The tour was informative, very fun, refreshing + a delight. As someone who lives in SF I learned so many new things, the editing of the stories told was excellent, very engaging, interesting + for a tourist or sf native that may pass by some of these landmarks daily + didn't realize the history. The only shame is that Giradelli Chocolates does not have the Emperor Norton's sundae on the menu any longer. Bring it back!! I would recommend this tour to my friends + family, and you too. 3 cheers to emperor Norton tour! The guide is clearly passionate, a history buff + eccentric channeling of the spirit of the Emperor!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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