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This was by far the best tour we had during our week in San Francisco. Arturo was our guide for the day. He was very knowledgeable and told us everything we needed to know before we departed on the boat that took us to Alcatraz island. He took his job seriously but with an edge of fun! He took the time to take photos for us getting on our motorized trolley as well as at any stop along our tour of the city.
I would highly recommend this particular early access tour to anyone who wants to see Alcatraz and the best if San Francisco.
Tour was exactly as described, and guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about San Francisco history and culture. Getting Alcatraz tickets through this combo deal was also a big plus being that Alcatraz tickets were all sold out through direct booking with Alcatraz Tours. The food on the tour tasted great, and it was just the right size group about 8 to tour with. This one earns the Best Tour Ever award!
Alcatraz was extremely crowded, but the sunset cruise was GREAT
The trip to Alcatraz was outstanding ,got to meet a prisoner who had resided in the prison .The audio tour was very interesting .We were lucky enough to be int the area for the Fleet air show ,able to sit on the RIB boat on the bay for the whole experience awesome.
Best thing I did in San Francisco!!
The bike and brews part was so much fun, it was an easy ride and you got to see parts of San Fran you probably wouldn't normally. Dylan was a great tour guide, he was a lot of fun and even though it was his first time he did a brilliant job.
Great way to meet new people and see San Fran.
The only thing that wasn't super clear was the Alcatraz part, I wasn't sure if I was meeting the tour there or just going it alone. You do do this part on your own, which was fine, it just needed to be clearer.
The Alcatraz tour was nice, you could use individual headsets for an audio tour inside the prison and it gave great insight of what happened there lots of information about prisoners there. Was great being able to enjoy tour personally instead of a speaker talking to a whole group. The Sunset Bay cruise was awesome. There was plenty of snacks and one free beverage with lots of seating at all three levels, my husband and I really enjoyed the scenery and the atmosphere, had a gentleman playing a guitar. Very romantic.
Awesome ! Alcatraz was great, but what I loved the most was the trip on the boat.
The guide and pilot, Charles, was very friendly. He gave a lot of interesting comments regarding the history and places around, kindly took photo of the group on demand, stopped at the nicest points of view so we could take nice pictures. He took a real care of his passengers and was very welcome and funny. I warmly recommend that tour!
This was a great way to see some of the areas of San Fan that you wouldn't normally see. And Alcatraz was excellent.
Alcatraz was everything I heard abut and more. They make it sound like the walk up to the prison was awfull and it wasn't nearly as bad as it sounded. The cruise was fun as well. You need to eat before or after since it's just a lite meal but going under the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset was pretty cool.
Highly recomend both.
Alcatraz is well done.
The alcatraz self guided tour is really well organised, this coupled with the bay cruise is excellent value for money. Highly recommended.
Tour guide Randy is AWESOME. Helpful, funny without being obnoxious and spot on with his other city recommendations. I travel frequently domestic and abroad and I can say that Randy is one of the best guides I've had the pleasure of listening to. Alcatraz was a bucket list tour for my husband and I and if you are going to San Francisco - BOOK EARLY - and do the Muir Woods Alcatraz tour. This is a MUST SEE while in this part of our great country. Kudos to Randy for making the experience even better!
Fantastic tour. Loved travelling in the cable car and got to see some beautiful sights. Lunch was delicious and Alcatraz tour was brilliant
Boris G USA
The tour was worth it simply for the Alcatraz early access to get there before the crowds. The rest was bonus to us. It was fun to ride in a converted cable car, although a little frightening at times in traffic. Our tour guide was clever and knew everything about San Francisco.
The Alcatraz tour is a self-paced walking tour with audio - for EVERYONE. It is a really high quality tour, and I was VERY glad to do it before it got crowded.
We weren't actually on the FIRST boat to Alcatraz, which I think I read somewhere, but still on a very early one - maybe the second or third. And that was plenty early enough. Alcatraz wasn't really crowded till we were ready to leave. There was plenty of down time while we waited for the boat to Alcatraz, but that time is out of the hands of the tour and guide, since they have to hand us off to the National Park folks for that leg of the tour.
During the cable-car tour, our guide kept things entertaining and informative even when we were getting from one place to another, or were stopped in traffic.
Next to Alcatraz, my favorite stop was Fort Point National Historic Site.
The tour folks did have us arrive at the meeting point way too early. The tour info says the tour departs at 7:30, but to arrive at 7 as I recall. When we called the day before, they said we should arrive BEFORE 7AM. We arrived at 6:45. In fact, we stood on the corner till nearly 7:30 until any official of the tour arrived - in the cable cars. I sort of expected a handler In the meanwhile, the gathering tourists were engaged and entertained by street people as we waited. Still, even after our initial introductions and orientation, well after 7:30, one couple hadn't shown up, and we wound up having to leave without them. So get there on time, but be realistic.
A great visit to Alcatraz starting first with a visit to Muir Woods and Sausalito both of which are really beautiful. Alcatraz itself is still in marvellous condition and the audio tour really completes the picture. Very interesting tour and worth the money and time whilst in the lovely San Francisco Bay Area.
Very good trip to Muir Woods. Driver was very informative. Took us to a great photo spot of Golden Gate Bridge before bringing us back to the city. Got us to the Alcatraz queue on time. The only slight annoyance was the need to phone 24 hours beforehand to confirm the booking which had already been confirmed and paid for beforehand. Also there was a lot of waiting around before the trip started.
Really enjoyed this tour. Alcatraz is a must see if in San Francisco. The audio system is very informative. The cable car sightseeing tour was a great way of seeing all the sights and our driver made it all very enjoyable.
This was an awesome tour! We were picked up at our hotel and the tickets were waiting for us. Going early helps with crowd at Alcatraz. The headset tour was perfect... I didn't think I would like it as well as following a tour guide but, I liked it better because I could go at my own pace.
Great trip to Alcatraz. Picked up tickets from Madame Tussauds for all 3 trips. The lady on the desk had given our tickets to someone else in error so the manager had to sort this out which was a bit annoying. We had to be at the boat Terminal 30 mins before the boat leaves. The trip over was fine and the visit was brilliant. So worth a visit. Madame Tussauds took us roughly an hour to round and it was ok and the Dungeon wasn't to scary and took roughly an hour. My daughter preferred this I found it a lot of shouting. Buy the ticket for Alcatraz the other tickets are just a wee extra.
We loved the Alcatraz headphone tour. Definitely take the headphone guided tour. It has the sounds, lots of information and we felt like we were there. Later we took the sunset cruise which was beautiful. The Golden Gate Bridge is massive. If you get a chance go to Sausalito and drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Also take a walk over th Golden Gate Bridge. You can see beautiful scenery.
The tour to Alcatraz was great! Nice boat ride and experience at Alcatraz. The Go Car was a lot of fun and let you see things at your own pace. Something different that was lots of fun!
The food tour was excellent, with a very good selection of foods to sample and an interesting description of the products. We bought several items immediately after the tour, and bought some from shops later in our holiday. The visit to Alcatraz was very good too, especially the self-guided tour of the cell block.
An exciting way to tour the city and get to Alcatraz. Commentary all the way to the harbour and then the self guided tour at your own pace using headphones. Quite a place. Then back
on the tram with our supplied packed lunch and more sights snd stops around the city.
Fantastic Trip from start to finish, we elected to do a late afternoon/evening tour and we where not disappointed, firstly we had plenty of time to wander around Alcatraz which is so interesting and so well done, before heading back to shore to pick up your boat for a wonderful trip to get up and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge they even lay on food and drink, which was plentiful enough that we did not need to go for a meal that evening. Great Value A Must Do
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