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“I never knew who Emperor Norton was, but glad I know now”

Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine
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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time...
Ranked #45 of 303 Tours in San Francisco
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

This was such a nice tour. There are all these sites within the city that I never realized where there, or who the famous people of this colorful city were. I've lived here for 25 years, and am so glad I did this tour. I now know why the Union Square is called Union Square, the history behind the the Oak Room in the St. Francis Hotel, and the best part, the tunnels to the Brothels. You see the city so differently, and with great appreciation.

Thank Tinapk4
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

The emperor himself takes you through a part of downtown San Francisco.He relays the history of the sites as well as adding parts of his own personal history. Visit a Barbary Coast shanghai tunnel remnant. See where Sarah Jane Moore shot at President Ford. The Emperor is a good speaker. He speaks well to a group of people - an important skill in this profession.

If you have the time..do it.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We have lived in the Bay area for decades, but our walking tour with Emperor Norton showed us sights we never noticed before. Delightful, informative and just plain fun. Take your visitors, but certainly take yourself first.

1  Thank Gay O
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We try to do a tour in each city we visit (food, ghost,walking...). This tour would have to rank as one of my top favorites! Emperor Norton is both entertaining and knowledgeable. We learned so much about SF's unique history! We highly recommend this tour to any age person (child through older adult),as this tour has something for all.

Thank 101LovetoTravel
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

His Imperial Highness Emperor Norton I gives an excellent walking tour from Union Square, through the Financial District and the Barbary Coast, and ending in Chinatown. Along the way you learn a ton of history. Would highly recommend this tour. The Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico sets a slow pace with time for photos. There's even a potty break. Tour lasts around 2 hours and covers about 3 miles, mostly avoiding steep hills except for two spots and then only part of the hill. So much more interesting than most tours i have taken.

Thank Carol G
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