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History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Harken back to San Francisco’s days as a Gold Rush boomtown on a 2-hour walking tour of the Financial District, once known as the rowdy Barbary Coast of California. Hear tales of buried ships, fortune hunters, and Wild West saloons as you explore the city’s former waterfront, and learn how it transformed into the business hub of modern-day San Francisco.
  • 2-hour walking tour of the Financial District in San Francisco
  • Follow the path of the former Barbary Coast, a notorious district of saloons and brothels
  • Hear legends from the city's days as a Wild West boomtown
  • Learn how the once-seedy area transformed into an international banking and business center
  • Optional stop for tea at the historic Palace Hotel
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Departure Point

555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA

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Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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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Hobnob Tours
Your tour of this historic area begins at the Bank of America Plaza on California and ending on New Montgomery.
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Covid 19 guidelines: Masks required of all guests. Plastic gloves will be provided. Guides wear masks and gloves. Guests must be healthy (temperatures will be taken) and social distance as much as possible. Your safety is important.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hobnob Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District.

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tomsf403
, Jan 2020
Pleasant guide, very accommodating, knowledgeable, and had given the tour many times. I've lived in SF 40 years and learned many new things about areas I've been in innumerable times and had no idea of the history. She took us inside many buildings in learn about its history and to appreciate architecture and design. Flat surfaces, some stairs, but generally accessible.
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The best tour
sean0225
, Oct 2019
It was a Quiet Sunday morning in San Francisco business district. It happened that I was just kne person who signed up however the agency didn't cancel. Andrea was a guide and she was great! She made this 2 hrs walk very interesting that I didn't feel the time. She took me back to times when everything started in SF. She told me a lot of interesting information about people and places. The only thing that majority of buildings and banks closed on Sunday. So I plan to come back during weekdays to see decorations inside buildings. Highly recommended tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your comments as Hobnob tours strives to make a memorable tour for every guest. We hope to meet you again. Safe travels.
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Fun and informative
lindacnp
, Aug 2019
The whole family enjoyed this tour, there was something for everyone. It's amazing the places you can easily walk right past that Andrea pointed out and explained.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for taking time to write a review. At Hobnob tours we strive to present an interesting tour that will appeal to everyone. I am glad we succeeded.
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Excellent history and architecture tour
129brianj
, May 2019
My wife and I enjoyed the tour. My wife is a history teacher so the tour was good to understand the history of SF. I enjoyed both the history and architecture aspects. The city has really evolved thru time and understanding the history and forefathers was engaging. Check this out.! Also watch for idiot drivers when crossing the street on the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for your positive comments about your tour. Hobnob strives to make our walking tours a great experience for our guests. I apologize for our crazy rude drivers. We take our guests safety seriously.
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