What to expect
- Discover a lesser-known side of San Francisco
- Enjoy colorful commentary by Emperor Norton I during this fun and unusual guided walking tour
- Explore the secrets of notable locations such as Union Square and the sites of the 1906 earthquake and fire
- Learn the fascinating histories of The Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, and The Barbary Coast
|Date||Start Time||Duration||# Spots||Price|
|Thu, Mar 22||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Mar 22||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Mar 29||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Mar 29||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Mar 31||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Mar 31||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 5||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 5||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 7||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 7||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 12||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 12||2:30pm||2.75 hours||0||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 14||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 14||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 19||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 19||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 21||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 21||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 26||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, Apr 26||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 28||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, Apr 28||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, May 3||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, May 3||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, May 5||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, May 5||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, May 10||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, May 10||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, May 12||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Sat, May 12||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, May 17||11:00am||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
|Thu, May 17||2:30pm||2.75 hours||10+||$20.00|
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About this Activity
Note: A $3.75 service fee will be added per person.
|Price||$20.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||2.75 hours|
|Rating||7 positive reviews|
W C.San Francisco Time Machine Tour September 21, 2014
I am by no means a history buff, but I was consistently engaged in this offbeat walking tour of San Francisco. Emperor Norton took us to places and land marks we wouldn't have otherwise seen and told us interesting tales about various characters that helped make San Francisco the city it is today.
I would recommend it to friends and family for sure.
Russell .San Francisco Time Machine Tour September 12, 2014
Very enjoyable walking tour of downtown SF and its unique buildings and how SF survive the earthquake. Emperor Norton's takes you to area you might not normally see or know about. Worth the two hours of your time. Introduction is a little long winded but once we got going the pace and narration was very good. Must me able to walk a fare distance, not a good tour for people with walking disabilities.
Betty W.San Francisco Time Machine Tour August 18, 2014
the emperor is great! fun tour, lots of history, and it's fun to walk behind the emperor as he strolls through the town waving at pedestrians and passersby. Some are amused, some are confused, and it's funny to see their reactions. He knows a lot about San Francisco, and I would recommend that you ask questions throughout the tour because he has a wealth of interesting facts!
Annie O.San Francisco Time Machine Tour May 25, 2014
Here's the thing: I generally tune out/roll my eyes at people re-enacting old timey crap (like renaissance festivals or wild west shoot outs) but this guide is the perfect balance of being an interesting character but keeping it real and interesting the ENTIRE time. He never lost me, I never tuned him out.
So you meet at Union Square, he walks you around to old hotels/buildings/street corners and you actually get to go in a couple of the buildings, interact with a singing opera street performer, look at hand-painted murals, learn about secret spaces within the buildings that are mandatory public spaces, and get to see old smuggling tunnels from the Gold Rush era. See, I learned all that with this tour.
YES, it's long (2.5 hours) but who cares. An hour into it there is a place to go to the bathroom, get a drink, whatever. And really, I wasn't ready to leave. There is so much to learn about the city and this guy is exactly the kind of person I would like to learn it from. No cheese, no innuendos, very knowledgeable.
So, yeah, not a bad way to spend a day in SF at all.
Everett W.San Francisco Time Machine Tour May 14, 2014
A fantastic fun time! What a gem this tour is for SF. This guy is great - hilarious, charismatic and very well informed. The tour was such a great surprise and surpassed all our expectations. We learned a ton about SF, its history and its characters and had a wonderful time doing it. :)
Highly recommended for everyone - travelers, locals, families, dates, groups. It was a good pace but not too difficult for my pal who needed to stop and chill from time to time. The tour is full of surprising facts and hidden corners and tunnels (literally). The Emperor is also a wealth of knowledge about current SF places to check out and/or eat.
Terry T.San Francisco Time Machine Tour February 15, 2014
This tour led by the affable Emperor Norton is a great way to spend a few hours for both locals and tourist. The Emperor is knowledgeable, and entertaining. I knew some of the history he shared with us, but I also learned a lot more history that I did not know. As we followed him, it was interesting to see the reactions of the people on the streets of San Francisco to the emperor, Some people bowed to him and other people's mouths dropped open.
I wanted to get an idea of 19th century San Francisco and this walking tour did just that. I now want to take other tours like this one. Walking with a knowledgeable guide is a great way to explore any city.
Claire B.San Francisco Time Machine Tour May 10, 2015
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