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History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District provided by Hobnob Tours

History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District

History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District
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About
We actually take guests INSIDE 15 different venues, including hidden architectural treasures, a private ballroom, three museums, and a redwood tree garden. See unique sculptures and the spectacular Garden Court with 700 hundred pound crystal chandeliers in the historic Palace Hotel. Explore inside San Francisco's iconic Financial District on an easy 2.5 hour walking tour. Learn the legends of the city's first venture capitalist, the beautiful "Rose of Sharon", banking scandals, architectural genius and a public funeral for a stray dog. Your local guide is an expert.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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).
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 37658P3
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided walking tour
  • Fully-narrated tour
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
  • Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA Palace Hotel at Market and Montgomery
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Guided walking tour
  • Fully-narrated tour
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • 555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
  • Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA Palace Hotel at Market and Montgomery
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA Palace Hotel at Market and Montgomery
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 4 Aug. 2020
A note from History and Architecture Walking Tour of San Francisco Financial District
plastic gloves also provided
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers

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georgejrpa
Gettysburg, PA38 contributions
Tour of Financial District Architectural Gems
Valarie did an excellent job acquainting us with the fabulous architecture of the financial district of San Francisco. She was very personable and obviously very knowledgeable of the subject. If interested in history and architecture, would highly recommend. A very pleasant afternoon of approximately 3 hours.
Written 20 July 2021
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ValTour
Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you taking your time to write a review. At Hobnob we strive to make our tours a positive experience. Safe travels.
Written 21 July 2021
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Deborah J
Laguna Beach, CA27 contributions
Hidden treasures in the Financial District of SFO
Jun. 2021
Such an interesting tour of this part of San Francisco and Valarie is an absolute fount of knowledge! We were able to enter many lobbies to see lovely tilework or painted ceilings - incredible architectural details that have been honored and not destroyed. Who knew the surprise (to me) in the pocket park adjacent to the Transamerica Tower - natural giants among manmade ones. Especially loved Valarie's enthusiasm for this area and appreciated the depth of her research. Can't wait to get back to the city for more of her tours.
Written 21 June 2021
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David Á
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Excellent
Apr. 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 7 April 2019
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Valerie H
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
Untold story
Nov. 2018 • Friends
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 now a high end men's clothing store! We ended at the Palace Hotel on Market Street and are looking forward to going on the Nob Hill Tour next time we visit SF.
Written 20 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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