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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

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Reviewed November 28, 2018

very knowledgeable, very passionate, and very interesting! really fantastic walking tour anyone is sure to enjoy. you'll have a new appreciation for San Francisco's unique history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NikkiV215
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely delightful! Having lived here for over 30 years already I went into this thinking I’d be hearing things I already knew but from a unique perspective. I was delighted to find that is was start-to-finish almost entirely new and fascinating information to me! Sometimes...More

Thank GenevieveGG
Reviewed October 26, 2018

You can visit a lot of new places but if you don't learn any history then you just saw scenery. Emperor Norton's tour was full of history that I had never heard of. He brought the odd ball character to life. We toured all around...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hondasaki_cat_girl
Reviewed October 2, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PeterEfromNJ
Reviewed September 30, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

What a nice and different way to experience San Francisco. This town is amazing for its ability to create the future (in Silicon Valley) and I love that we got to know it’s past aswell. Emperor Norton is a great past and present San Francisco...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Crisgraaff
Reviewed July 3, 2018

The Emperor was nice enough to show my friend and I, along with many others, the beautiful city that is San Francisco. He had a lovely way of telling the stories of the past and really brought the history of the city alive. It was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Caitlyn S
Reviewed June 28, 2018

This walking tour was recommended to me by a member of a travel community on Facebook and I'm so glad I listened! The sight of a bunch of touring lemmings (including myself) walking behind "the emperor" down the streets of San Fran as he waves...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

I was enthralled from beginning to end! Charismatic, educational, and truly a special peek into San Franciscos past. I highly recommend this tour. I've never done a walking tour before and almost 3 hours did seem a bit daunting, however, when we finished i couldn't...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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