Guided Walking Tours with Monika Trobits


Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

Exciting news! Monika’s new book is scheduled for release on November 11, 2014
in association with a new walking tour to begin in late October:

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco
This book will be available through The History Press’ website, local bookstores and through this website.

Current Book Puzzler:
This San Francisco resident, lawyer and Union Army officer was the only Californian present during the overnight vigil at Abraham Lincoln’s bedside on the night of April 14-15, 1865. A few days later he would be one of the president’s pallbearers. In 1853, he had built the largest office building in the West and the tallest (at the time) in San Francisco; it stood on Montgomery Street for over 100 years. A downtown street in San Francisco is named for him. Who was he?

The answer to this puzzler will be found in Monika’s new book. For more about that book, please visit the Publications page.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Tour #1: Tuesdays: Oct. 14 and 21. Sundays: Oct. 19 and 26.
Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Please contact Monika directly.

Tour #2: To begin in late October
Tour #3: Temporarily unavailable.

Book now using the Brown Paper Tickets link on this site. For cash purchases, gift-certificate and other certificate redemptions, you must contact Monika directly at
Reservations must be made by e-mail and must include the booking #.

Please note:
Check-in times begin 10-15 minutes before the designated start-time for each respective tour. Be courteous to your guide and fellow tour attendees by arriving on time for your tour and by letting Monika know if you can’t make the tour.

Advice for visiting San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor!

October travel quote:
“S/he that travels much knows much.”
Thomas Fuller (1608-61), English preacher, historian and scholar.

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The Walking Tours

Tour #1: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 1

The Downtown/Mid-City Journey
Duration | 9:30 a.m. – approx. 4:45 p.m.
Offered | Please check current tour dates noted above.

Not the average sightseeing tour but rather an opportunity to experience San Francisco from a different perspective. Join Monika for an eclectic walking/riding (public transport) tour tracing San Francisco’s transition from an 18th century pueblo to the booming 19th century mining town leading to its becoming the Queen City of the West and finally emerging as the modern metropolis of the 21st century . . .
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Tour #2 The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 2

The Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco
Duration | TBD
Offered | Selected Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (See Tour Schedule above for dates).

This tour celebrates Monika’s new book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. It focuses on those eras in mid-19th century San Francisco which coincided with a worldwide migration to the city seeking gold and silver riches. Join Monika on a walking/riding tour visiting historic sites that remain from the city’s earliest days. Learn about the daily dramas and colorful characters, both on and off local theater stages, that frequented San Francisco during the years leading up to and during the Civil War. . .
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Tour #3: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 3

The Northern Waterfront Journey: Telegraph Hill to the Ferry Building
Duration | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Offered | Not currently offered.

Explore Loma Alta, the “high hill,” and discover its origins and transitions with Monika, your guide for this memorable journey. Visit the landmark structure that crowns Telegraph Hill. View and learn about the magnificent murals in Coit Tower . . .
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About Your Guide

Monika Trobits is a street-wise, native New Yorker and a long-time San Francisco resident of more than three decades. Within a few years of arriving in Northern California, she began her on-going, formal and informal study of San Francisco’s and California’s history, architecture, politics, art, unique features and culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Doing all of that inspired her to seek opportunities to become a walking tour docent and tour guide so that she could lead tours of her adopted city for anyone who would show up and listen. She’s been successfully doing that since 1989. Her presentations are engaging, comprehensive, witty and historically accurate. She leads visitors and residents alike on enjoyable and insightful journeys through San Francisco’s districts. Learn More
Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits