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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)

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Beat the crowds to Alcatraz and experience San Francisco aboard an authentic cable car with a modern twist. This exclusive tour puts you on the first ferry to Alcatraz Island for priority entrance to this famous historic attraction, and includes the award-winning audio tour. Then, on a city sightseeing tour, explore Chinatown and North Beach and go over the Golden Gate Bridge while riding a converted cable car. This wheeled vehicle lets you be part of a historic age-old tradition while enjoying the mobility of a modern vehicle, so you can see more of the city. You'll also take a behind-the-scenes tour of Boudin Bakery for a sneak peek at how they make their famous French sourdough. This exclusive Viator tour can’t be booked anywhere else!


  • Early-bird ferry to Alcatraz and exclusive cable car sightseeing tour
  • Experience San Francisco like a VIP insider with this Viator tour, available nowhere else!
  • Beat the crowds and be the first to Alcatraz for a fascinating award-winning audio tour
  • Admire fantastic city views aboard a cable car bus, a converted cable car with wheels for mobility
  • Snap photos of Chinatown and North Beach, and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy lunch from Boudin Bakery and see how they make their famous sourdough on a behind-the-scenes tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The first ferry out to Alcatraz is the ideal way to explore the infamous prison – it is so quiet out there, and you arrive before the large tour groups. Plus, sightseeing around San Francisco on a converted classic cable car is a really amazing experience!

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

See San Francisco's iconic sights by motorized cable car

Get a head start on your day to enjoy more of your San Francisco sightseeing! Departing at 7:45am from Union Square, hop aboard a one-of-a-kind cable car bus. Converted from an authentic San Francisco cable car, this wheeled vehicle exudes the old-world charm of a classic cable car but gives you the freedom go anywhere and everywhere, not just along the tracks.

Explore Chinatown and North Beach on your way to Pier 33 and enjoy a light breakfast on board. When you arrive, you’ll be escorted onto the first ferry to Alcatraz. The early-bird ferry to Alcatraz is not sold anywhere else, so you get priority entrance to this world-renowned historic attraction!

Leaving the hassle of big crowds behind, explore the prison grounds independently while enjoying the award-winning audio tour, which leads you on an immersive journey into the prison’s intriguing past. Featuring life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and cell guards, this tour lets you discover what life was like here for history’s most notorious criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone.

After your tour, take the 11am ferry back to Pier 33. Hop back on the cable car bus with your guide and head to Boudin Bakery, a famous San Francisco-based bakery and restaurant. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the bread-making process to see how they make their famous sourdough French bread, and pick up your lunch to take with you on the cable car bus.

Enjoy unobstructed views of iconic neighborhoods, Victorian houses and stunning San Francisco Bay as you cruise up and down the city’s many hills. Because your wheeled cable car is unrestricted by wires and tracks, you'll get to cross the Golden Gate Bridge! Feel the wind in your hair as you travel along this world-renowned landmark, stopping for 15 minutes to capture great photos of this iconic landmark at Vista Point.

Then, enjoy a scenic ride back to Union Square, arriving around 2pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Loved, loved, loved this tour! I would take it again in a heartbeat. If you have limited time, take this tour of SanFrancisco! Great tour guide and hospitality, fantastic views and commentary. Granola bars, water, soda provided. Lunch from Boudin's bakery delicious!! Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We met the motorized cable car in Union Square at 7.30am. The driver, Arturo, met us with blankets (was chilly), cereal bars, drinks and a big smile! We were driven to the ferry port to catch the 8.45am ferry to Alcatraz. Would highly recommend being early as not very busy and certainly not rushed. The headsets provided at the beginning of the tour added real atmosphere (as narrated by ex cons, guards and sound effects!) and you can go at your own pace as you can pause, rewind the narration. Look for the welcome guard as you disembark the ferry - he was a real character! We caught the 11am ferry back and was met by Arturo. Next was the Bodin Sour Dough factory for a brief tour of the famous factory and luch was provided by them - fab sandwich, crisps and cookie. We then did a tour of San Francisco, narrated all the way by Arturo, taking in lots of sights including crossing the Golden Gate bridge twice with lots of opportunities to take photos (and toilet breaks). Arturo was very keen to ensure we had lots of photos and often taking them for us just to be sure! This trip was great value for money and made even better by our driver and guide. Well done Viator another successful trip with you. Thank you.

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