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Once again, we were unaware of the need to reconfirm this trip prior to arrival but luckily noticed before we left the UK. As we didn't have long in San Francisco we booked this excursion for our first two days and so visited Alcatraz on our first full day. It was a great experience and well organised with interesting speakers and a great audio tour. The hop on, hop off bus was also great, and much better than the one we booked in LA as we had an actual tour guide, rather than earphones, which really brought things to life.
The Hop-on Hop-off was well worth the money. Great hosts on the buses and the trip over the Golden Gate bridge was an added bonus.
The Alcatraz trip was great but beware, we were told to be at the office for 09:30. Got there at 09:00 and were given tickets for 14:40. So we did not have a great deal of time to explore as last boat back is 18:30. Bit of a con i think.
The tour guides on the hop on hop off bus tour were great! Very knowledgeable and it was clear that they enjoyed doing their job- always good to see. The trip to alcatraz was also fantastic! Great experience all round.
We had different tour guides as we went thru the city on the 2 day hop on/off. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgable. Espically about past and upcoming earthquakes and the city's goal of being self contained by 2020. WOW!!
This was a very exciting tour for our family to take. We were very happy with the overall package. There is a great insight of the way off life for both the inmates and the correctional offices that served there.
We were lucky enough to meet an author there that had spent time on the rock as a child due to her father working there. I did not realise that the families of the correctional services officers lived on the island as well.
She gave me some insight of the morning of the escaped 3 men that were never found.
Excellent bookshop and souvenirs available.
We also finished of our day after Alcatraz with a simple 10 minute walk to fisherman's wharf for dinner.
Overall a excellent experience.
Excellent tour and an informative guide, who gave us lots of useful, as well as interesting, information. The visit to Alcatraz was superb. The audio commentary is excellent, allowing the visitor to control the speed of their tour - the sound effects help create a brilliant atmosphere. I would recommend this trip wholeheartedly; it is imperative to book in advance as the next available dates for Alcatraz were 17 days in advance.
Great tour with very knowlegable guides, each wih their own approach and sense of humour. The Alcatraz trip was the icing on this particular cake but the ability to hop on and off at points of interest ran it a close second.
I really enjoyed our tour guide. He was funny and informative. It was a great way to see the city and decide where you want to concentrate your time on.
Alcatraz was great. Buying your ticket in advance is a must. We ran into people who waited to get tickets when they arrived in San Francisco and they were not able to get tickets. The Hop-on Hop-off tour was great. In July just make sure you are dressed warm because it is a little chilly riding that open bus on the interstate and thru town. But the driver does have blankets.
have been once before and the second time around still did not disappoint. loved it!
The bus tour guides were excellent and well informed as we took the tour from Fisherman's wharf across the bridge and through central SF. The highlights were crossing Golden Gate Bridge "take us to the bridge"", Golden Gate Park (including the museums and Japanese tea garden) and Union Square. The trip to Alcatraz was very interesting and we were fortunate to arrive just as one of the Alcatraz historical guides was starting a tour up the hill to the prison. He was excellent and gave a real insight into the reasons why Alcatraz was chosen for the prison and why it eventually was abandoned. The prison was a bit gloomy and cold with the audio guide filling in the details as to the nature of the prisioners kept there. Overall both parts of the trip were well worthwhile and I would definitely recommend this activity to all first time visitors to SF.
Alcatraz was amazing and i would't have missed it for the world, the bus tour however wasn't the best one there was although it was nice to have a sit down for an hour or so but there are better tours out there