Technically speaking, the Embarcadero (Spanish for “Wharf”) is the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco. More to-the-point, the Embarcadero is the glittering waterfront and a cultural center of one of America’s greatest ... 

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3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2013

City tour was ok - the driver left the Palace of Fine Arts without all of the passengers being on board. Thank goodness one of the people (there were only 7 of us) on board asked if he knew that they were not in the van. He did go back and get them. We managed to see quite a bit of the city and he took us to some out of the way places. We drove the Golden Gate Bridge which left us in Sausalito. This is where the problems started. We had tickets to go on the 3:00 Alcatraz tour which meant we had to be back on the Wharf at Terminal 33 a half hour before the Ferry left. Leaving us off around noon in Sausalito did not synch up with the Ferry schedule. We would have had to get off of the van and just go to the Ferry without seeing Sausalito in order to get to the Alcatraz Terminal by 2:30 (they wanted us to be there a half hour ahead of time) There was a later Ferry which would have pushed the time limit. We decided to take the later Ferry and take our chances. What we did not realize was that the immediate Ferry took us to Terminal 39 which is comfortable walking distance to Terminal 33. The later Ferry dropped us off at Terminal 1 which requires additional transportation to get to Terminal 33. We only had a half hour to get there once we got off the Ferry and did try to briskly walk it but did not realized how far it actually was. Had we known we would have grabbed a cab. There is a trolley that runs up and down the Embarcadero but we did not see one and were afraid to waste time waiting. We found one of the bicycle guys and he took us to Terminal 33 after we had walked about 4 blocks and realized that we were not going to make the Alcatraz Ferry at our allotted time. If you take this tour be aware that leaving you in Susalito at noon is going to cause you some logistic problems based on the time of your Alcatraz tour. The tour company set the time for the Alcatraz tour - they should have taken the Ferry schedule into consideration or told us,

Doing what: San Francisco in One Day: Alcatraz, City Tour, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Cruise

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