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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (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
April 2015

Fabulous tour and Janie, the tour guide and driver, was amazing. Attentive, knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic about her city. Well worth the amount paid!

Moira B
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Great experience, we only had a day in SFO so wanted to see as much as possible, and this certainly fitted the bill. Our guide Arturo was great, very knowledgable and friendly. Alcatraz was awesome. Getting up early for the first ferry to Alcatraz was well worth while, we used the audio tour and had just the right amount of time there. Worth booking in advance, Arturo had our tickets ready, but people hoping to buy on the day were disappointed, as the next available tickets were for two days later. Unfortunately didn't get to drive across the Golden Gate bridge due to long traffic queues caused by a broken down vehicle but stopped at a place where you could get great view of the bridge. Lunch was very good, freshly made at the bakery. None of our group opted for the tour of the bakery, so just enjoyed our lunch boxes either on the vehicle or sat outside on benches. Very worthwhile tour, and would recommend it to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

The tour was extremely well organised. Arturo, our guide, was fantastic. He really loves SF and did all his best to show us as much as he could. I would definitely recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Arturo was our cable car driver and commentator. I had the best time as did the others on the tour. He went above and beyond my expectations. It was wonderful! Made my trip better than I could have imagined. Saw things and learned about San Francisco that I otherwise probably would not have whereas the tour guide was from the area and grew up there. So again, I will rate this tour a 5 star winner!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

We loved this tour. Lots of fun riding on a cable car look a like vehicle. Our guide Art was fantastic. He was prompt, friendly, super energetic and accommodating. He offered to take pictures of us multiple times. He had fun music on the trip. Being from San Francisco he was full of great facts and definitely went out of his way to take us to some places I had not expected. The Alcatraz tour was awesome as expected. This is a tour no one should miss in San Francisco. Only complaint is we were supposed to be on 8:45 ferry first ones on island but ended up on 9:10. Not a huge deal though. The audio tour is a must it is narrated from inmates and officers views. You can really imagine what it was like. Only downside is that you really must move along and you can't explor too much beyond narrated tour because you have to catch ferry back. Boxed lunch from Boudin was delicious. The city part of the tour is limited by time so you won't see the city on this tour. But anywhere we passed on the way to Fisherman's wharf and Golden Gate Bridge, Art pointed things out and made every momet meaningful. Big bonuses he took us through the Presidio, a former military fort, now national park. He took us to Fort Point where we got the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge. He also took us the the Palace of Fine Arts. If you appreciate architecture you would love this. It's almost as if someone dropped a little piece of Rome in San Francisco. Massive columns and dome structure. Beautiful gardens, ponds and paths all around it.

Flash
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

The driver Arthuro was a really nice man. Courteous and knowledgeable. Went to a restaurant he recommended last night. I would use viator again for sure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Great Tour! everything you can expect and more! our Driver was Sneaky Squeeky Pete! he was so good and well informative. Great guy and great tour!! Well worth it!..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Excellent first day in San Francisco. Alcatraz was very interesting and we were able to go early and beat the crowds. The cable car ride was nice way to get introduced to the city and get a feel for it. We were able to see quite a bit and learn some history also. Arturo ,our guide, was a lot of fun and very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

The early start at Alcatraz was well worth it to beat the crowds. Jamie was a fabulous tour guide!! Travelling over the bridge and back in the converted cable car was great fun. Highly recommend to anyone considering this tour.

Scott Y
Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

We had a wonderful time. Weather was perfect and our tour guide was professional and friendly. It was an amazing tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Highly recommend. Well worth every penny!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

everything was OK, the group liked the program very much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

It was a fantastic tour. I highly recommend this it was just enough time for us to tour the entire grounds and so nice to avoid the crowds and roam about freely. Our Cable car guide Arturo was fantastic and so pleasant. This is a MUST :)

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