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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

Union Square, San Francisco, CA
+1 415-644-8513
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Union Square, San Francisco, CA
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
+1 415-644-8513
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful review with full of history and knowledge of San Francisco. Damper is simply charming and very knowledgeable. However if Mobility is a concern of yours this might not be the tour for you for there is quite a bit of walking....More

Thank Johnny V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I took Emperor Norton's afternoon tour and were delighted and entertained by his thorough knowledge of San Francisco history, culture and architecture. Emperor Norton is self depracating and humble while at the same time he is able to exude a sense of...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile


Thank Pauletteofnapa
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Traveling through time with Emperor Norton was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco. He led us through the streets and alleys of the city to explore its colorful history and vibrant present. We were on the downtown tour and covered so much ground...More

Thank Lisabeth B
Reviewed 30 October 2017

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...More

Thank mmul21
Reviewed 21 October 2017

You should wear comfortable shoes - the tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours, but the Emperor covers the history of the city, the 1906 earthquake, the buildings and the people of "his time" which is, of course, from 1849 to today. He carries a notebook...More

Thank lindasP3279TN
Reviewed 12 October 2017

2 couples (in our 60's and 70's) signed up with Emporer Norton and met him in Union Square. He is very easy to find with his colorful outfit. We proceeded off on a grand tour. The Emporer was both personable and knowledgeable. He stayed in...More

Thank AlmondJim
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I took this tour for our first trip to SF and ended up being the only ones in the tour. Emperor Norton's stories about San Francisco really brings the history to life. It was great walking around with a historic celebrity and...More

Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We loved this tour. The Emperor really showed us a San Francisco we had never seen before. My husband is a native San Franciscan and I have lived in the area 40 years. It was the way to see San Francisco as we never have...More

Thank Paris1952
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Emperor Norton tour was a ton of fun and very educational. The Emperor brings the city to life with his incredible enthusiasm and passion for the city. It is a great way to spend a few hours and to get a good flavor for...More

Thank Joe R
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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