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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This was a great tour. Arturo was our guide for this tour. He was on time to pick us up and made the tour very enjoyable since he had so much information about San Francisco to share with all of us. He was very pleasant and took pictures of us so we could be in our pictures together.

Well worth the time and money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

What a great day. Alex our driver/guide was great. Nice small group and of we went. Scenic route to the ferry for Alcatraz tickets waiting for us on arrival. Really good audio tour timed to perfection for our return ferry. Next stop Boudins bakery at Fishermans Wharf and then our lunch waiting for us on return to the cable car( well wheeled version) Short stop at the museum of fine art then we whizzed over the Golden Gate Bridge. Very exciting. Be sure to hang on to your hats!!!. The day progressed with even more sights and interesting facts from Alex. Well worth getting up at 6 a.m. on our first day so we could walk to the pickup at Union Square in time for 7-45 departure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Informative and well done. The audio tour was the best I've ever taken. Of course, it didn't hurt that it was a beautiful, warm day...didn't need the coat, gloves or scarf. The cable car sightseeing tour provided a good overview of the city. The only negative was that the driver/tour guide had an accent that made it often difficult to understand. On one stop he instructed us to be back to the bus in 15 minutes and some folks understood 50 minutes were late returning.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Alcatraz is a MUST!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

It was a GREAT TRIP!!! Very Inpressed From Indiana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

A great tour and our driver was good fun. Everything ran smoothly and the Boudins lunch was v.nice. Alcatraz was obviously great to see but this was a great way to sight see round the city. Only slight improvement would be to have slightly longer on Alcatraz. (Only by 30mins to an hour though).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Such a great experience. I do wish we could have had more of San Francisco with stops (especially Chinatown area) but all-in-all it was a great day!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great way to see San Francisco. We would have liked maybe an extra 30 minutes on Alcatraz and maybe less time looking at "celebrity" houses at the end of the Tour but that is simply personal choice. The audio tour of Alcatraz is excellent and the driver of the trolley bus was really knowledgeable and helpful. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

lovely tour with alex our guide who was very information, funny and helpful! we set off early with our light breakfast of snack bars we had a tour round the city first through china town and financial district then onto alcatraz where we caught the 0845 trip to alcatraz which was amazing and eerie as well the audio tour is excellent and is narrated by ex prison guards and ex prisoners. alex gave us precise times and locations where he would pick us up, we then went to the bourdin sour dough factory which is just down the street and alex again said where he would be. the factory tour was good and we got our lunch from there in a box which i thought was great. i had a vegetarian sandwich on gorgeous brown bread which every imaginable salad ingredient i could think off it was lovely also a bag of crisps and water, plus cans of cokes, lilt etc. we then journeyed on around san fransisco and ended up back at union square after approx 6 hours. really enjoyed this trip as was similar to being on a trolley as we sat on the side outside and alex kept ringing his bell! i felt like a child again and appreciated the early visit to alcatraz as it was getting really busy as we left.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

A brilliant way to see San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was a great tour the driver was very informative and very helpful it was good to go to Alcatraz early before it got too crowded it was a very enjoyable day and well worth the money would recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Was fantastic!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great tour. Very knowledgeable guide who new all that was needed to know about the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

The cable car converted into a bus was a novel and comfortable mode of transport for this tour. Our guide was friendly but did seem to spend a lot of time talking about himself/his house etc during the guided tour. It was pretty cool to have a sight seeing tour on the cable car bus. Early access to Alcatraz is a must to get their before the crowds. We could have done with more time at Alcatraz in which to hear the guided tour and see the films, we didn’t manage to fit both in which was a real shame. The audio-guided tour is the best I have every experienced, it is very atmospheric and you really feel like you were on Alcatraz when it was a working prison. Didn’t quite understand why the visit to the bakery was included on the tour, other than the fact that that was where we were given out packed lunch. If you want to know the history of sourdough bread, I guess it’s a must!?!? Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge to the theme tune from The Streets of San Francisco was amazing.

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