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San Francisco

History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District

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US$ 30.00
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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide in Union Square in the midmorning or early afternoon, and set off at a leisurely pace among the historic buildings and modern skyscrapers of the Financial District. Learn how this neighborhood once formed the water’s edge during the 19th century and served as the entry point to California for shiploads of miners, merchants, fortune seekers, and immigrants from across the globe.

    Visit the Bank of America Plaza on bustling California Street, where a symbol of the modern financial world towers over the site of one of the first ships to arrive during the Gold Rush, where it was abandoned in the bay like many others and later buried by the growing city. Follow the trail of the infamous Barbary Coast, once known as the most dangerous part of town and lined with hundreds of saloons, brothels, and miner’s outposts that popped up nearly overnight after the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada.

    Trace the development of the area as land gradually filled in the old waterfront and San Francisco's red light district became an international center for banking and trade. At the end of the 2-hour tour, conclude at the historic Palace Hotel on Market Street, where you can make an optional stop for tea in the landmark’s elegant atrium cafe (own expense).
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
    • Guided walking tour
    • Fully-narrated tour
    • Local guide
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A moderate amount of walking on mostly flat terrain is involved
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    • English
    The tour was very complete and our guide was very attentive, and showed us not only the buildings but also pictures. She was very well educated (she studied History and Polytical Science at Berkeley). It was a great experience.
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    A wonderful tour led by a very knowledgeable guide, Valarie, who imparted lots of information about the rise of banking in the Old West. We were able to enjoy the amazing interiors of the early banks, some are still banks, others are repurposed. The original Bank of America is
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    About the operator
    By: Hobnob Tours
    30 reviews
    Mark R
    Union Square and Chinatown
    This was our second San Francisco walking tour with Valerie. We wanted to learn the history of Union Square and
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    Amy S
    Andrea was very informative and friendly as a tour guide. She was also helpful in suggesting other things to see
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    Tim A
    Awesome tour
    Alerted was so full of information and history of the Nob Hill area. As it turned out I was the only one signed
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    Union Square/Chinatown
    Had a wonderful and enlightening tour with Rajni. She is very passionate about San Francisco and knows so much
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    Rockford, Illinois
    Nob Hill Walking Tour
    We selected this tour on our “Sister’s Trip” to San Francisco because it fit best with our schedule, location, and
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Hobnobbing with Andrea
    One of the best tours we’ve ever done. Our guide, Andrea, was knowledgeable and fun. The company also went out of
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    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Walking tour of Nob Hill
    I had an excellent morning adventure with Andrea, highly recommend this tour. As a frequent traveler, I usually
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    Monica M
    Walking Tour, don't miss!
    I had a great time today în my walking guided Tour of Union Square and Chinatown! It kind of made me feel like I
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    Larry P
    History of Nob Hill
    Valerie is an amazing historian of San Francisco and the world in general. Couldn’t ask for a more interesting
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    The tour was very complete and our guide was very attentive, and showed us not only the buildings but also
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    san francisco
    Tour of Nob Hill and all the stories
    Valarie was very knowledgeable regarding Nob Hill history...the cathedral, the mansions, the hotels, the men, the
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    Valerie H
    Los Angeles, California
    Untold story
    A wonderful tour led by a very knowledgeable guide, Valarie, who imparted lots of information about the rise of
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    Paula R
    Personal tour of Nob Hill
    My husband and I really enjoyed the tour of Nob Hill by a most personal and knowledgeable tour guide, Valarie. She
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    Interesting tour of Nob Hill
    Val guided me through the history and the secrets of Nob Hill, revealing the places and the people who made the
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    Susan B
    Things I never knew were there!
    Our guide, Radje (sp?), was very knowledgeable and organized. We saw so many architectural details in Union Sq.
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    Key Details
    • Hobnob Tours
    • Duration: 2h 30m
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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