Guided Walking Tours with Monika Trobits


Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

For information about Monika’s walking tour, “Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco,” offered in association with her book, please see Tour #2 below.

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco
For more about Monika’s book, please visit the Publications page. Her book may be purchased at local bookstores. Signed copies can also be found at the bookstores at Fort Point and at the Land’s End Lookout (up the hill from the Cliff House).

March 2016 Book/History Event:

Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016 – San Francisco History Days (formerly the History Expo)
Join Monika at the Old Mint during the first weekend of March when it becomes a series of pop-up museums focusing on San Francisco’s history and featuring dozens of organizations celebrating and telling the stories of the City’s unique past. Meet and chat with community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors and other history enthusiasts
for a FREE Community Open House on Saturday and Sunday at this historic site.
Monika will be in the Author’s Room and will have copies of her book for sale. Come by, say hi and meet other San Francisco writers.
(Note: This weekend event is hosted by the City of San Francisco -Office of the Mayor in partnership with NonPlusUltra Inc.)
Location: San Francisco’s Old Mint – Fifth and Mission Streets (one block south of Market Street)
Hours: Saturday, March 5: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 6: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2016 Tour Dates:
(Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Group rates are available. Please contact Monika directly. Heavy rain cancels.)

Tour #1 – Downtown/Mid-City Journey: Saturday, Feb 13, 27; March 19 or by arrangement.

Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco:
Thursdays: Feb 18; March 3, 17, 31.
Saturday: March 12 or by arrangement.

Tour #3: Not currently offered.

Reserve your spot/s 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 #.

Advice for visiting or living in San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor.

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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 | 10 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
Offered | Selected Thursdays 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 | N/A
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