Historical or Waterfront Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 15 from Emperor Norton's Time Machine (Up to 74% Off)

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Reincarnated San Francisco icon leads tours around the city and waterfront and dispenses facts about landmarks architectural and otherwise

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Promotional value expires 360 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Advanced reservation required. Subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Eight Options

  • $19 for a San Francisco Time Machine historical tour for two ($40 value)
  • $29 for a San Francisco Time Machine historical tour for four ($80 value)
  • $42 for a San Francisco Time Machine historical tour for six ($120 value)
  • $79 for a San Francisco Time Machine historical tour for 15 ($300 value)
  • $19 for a San Francisco waterfront tour for two ($40 value)
  • $29 for a San Francisco waterfront tour for four ($80 value)
  • $42 for a San Francisco waterfront tour for six ($120 value)
  • $79 for a San Francisco waterfront tour for 15 ($300 value)

The Time Machine historical tour takes meet under the Dewey Monument statue on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Emperor Norton recounts stories of San Francisco’s past, telling about the history of Union Square, the 1906 earthquake, the St. Francis Hotel, and other notable sights. The waterfront tours run once a week, on Sundays at 11 a.m., meeting in front of the Ferry Building. Tour stops include such historic sites as the Ferry Building, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery, and the historic waterfront.

Emperor Norton’s Time Machine

With a satchel swung ‘round his shoulder, walking stick in hand, and a plume of red and black feathers struggling against his cap, Emperor Norton I leads enthralled sightseers around the iconic corners of San Francisco during 2-mile treks through time. Gold epaulettes gleam beneath the Bay Area sun as the emperor dispenses lively, informative, and charming commentary while ambling along a route that, like an above-ground swimming pool full of sleeping but excitable sharks, takes approximately 2.75 hours to cover. Stories about landmarks, including the St. Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, and Lotta’s Fountain, explain each location’s importance, helping tour-takers take in the city’s history.

Customer Reviews

314 Ratings

Very fun and educational experience with a charming host. As long-term San Franciscans, we learned things about our city that we never knew! Thank you, Emperor Norton I.
Corinne C. · 6 days ago
Best. Tour. Ever!
Melissa R. · November 14, 2016
I love Emperor Norton's tours because they are so entertaining and educational in a fun way. So much better than reading!! This was my second tour with the Emperor and strongly recommend these tours. I hope to go on all of them.
Kim A. · November 7, 2016
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    Emperor Norton's Time Machine

    Union Square

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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    Emperor Norton's Time Machine

    1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Building

    San Francisco, CA 94111

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