Reviews & Ratings

72 ratings
4.8 average rating
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20 reviews
34 stars
attended Mar 29 2012

Norton is a good example of what the city has to offer: it's full of generous and eccentric people! Let Norton lead you in SF with lots of historical facts and tales. You may feel it's odd to follow someone with an outfit in the streets, but it's...continued

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11 reviews
4 stars
attended Apr 19 2012

I’m a San Francisco history buff, and this by far was the most detailed, documented, and informative tour I’ve been on (and I’ve attended most of the city’s walking tours.) It was also just plain fun!

Two and a half hours of fascinating facts...continued

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377 reviews
-337 stars
attended Jun 07 2014

Learned many things, saw new things, got a little exercise and laughed a bit. Very nice way to spend a few hours.

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110 reviews
31 stars
attended Apr 20 2013

Great tour! Led by the Emperor himself, no less. Interesting and fun San Francisco tid bits, many I had never heard nor seen before though I've lived here a while and been on other tours. Perhaps a tad long (3 hours) but you can't say he...continued

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34 reviews
34 stars
attended Oct 13 2012

it was a great talk and we had a wonderful time listening to all the stories

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28 reviews
9 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

An excellent tour. I learned a lot more about the history of San Francisco, and stories of the Barbary Coast. New spots in SF that I have never seen, and the tour even included a wonderful Puccini aria sung on the street.

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23 reviews
36 stars
attended Jan 04 2014

Even as a San Franciscan I learned so many new historical details about our city. A wonderful and informative tour, filled with intrigue and adventure.

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7 reviews
6 stars
attended Nov 13 2014

So much information, learned a lot about the Union Square and surrounding area. Have spent much time there over the years walking by buildings not knowing their history. Highly recommend for someone who has the time ( 3 hrs.) and wants to learn...continued

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5 reviews
8 stars
attended May 15 2014

Excellent tour. The emperor is knowledgable, conversational and a delightful guide to San Francisco. You will learn about SF history, architecture, crime and other topics

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194 reviews
133 stars
attended Aug 09 2014

Emp Norton kept totally in profile, in all ways, during the tour. He was, however, very kind about our being a bit late, and helping us find him. He is very flexible, as there was a Korean festival so we went off to the side to start. The whole...continued

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34 reviews
8 stars
attended Oct 02 2014

Enjoyable and informative. Definitely worth taking.

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28 reviews
7 stars
attended May 30 2013

Informative and entertaining and entertaining throughout-- an extraordinary accomplishment for what is essentially almost a three-hour monologue. It's never dull or hokey, and the Emperoro uses well-chosen old photos and news stories to provide...continued

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19 reviews
38 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

Eccentric! Well done! Clear voice!
Informative! Good attention to detail.

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19 reviews
9 stars
attended Jan 17 2013

very entertaining and informative. open to being updated if someone knows something he doesn't. this is a good sign of a good tour guide. no one can know everything. So, I liked that he took it in stride when I had a piece of info he did not...continued

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16 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 26 2014

Emperor Norton is fantastic. He is a encyclopedia of San Francisco history. He has the most amazing stories to tell and makes the tour so much fun.

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15 reviews
4 stars
attended Apr 21 2012

Fantastic. He knows a lot about SF, showed amazing sites, insightful stories. Had a great time.

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14 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 27 2012

It was quite a journey! Walking tour with the Emperor was interesting and entertaining. Even for us, San Francisco inhabitants, there were a lot of surprises. Folks from other places could find even more. The only downsize was a length-abour...continued

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10 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 16 2013

Very interesting tales of San Francisco told by a true area native!

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9 reviews
0 stars
attended Feb 14 2013

Fun and interesting! Like the more unique, strange, historical and beautiful gems we discovered.

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9 reviews
13 stars
attended Dec 20 2012

He is a great storyteller and very articulated with the historical information. Awesome... so is SF!

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