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Miss LLP United Kingdom
This is the only way to make the most of Alcatraz. It is definitely worth doing, and avoids most the crowds for a little while at least. We were picked up from Union Square just a block away from our hotel in the converted cable car bus. We then went on a little tour on the way to the Alcatraz departing pier. Our tour guide made sure we were confident in where we checked in and which boat to get back before leaving us to go to the island independently. After a short boat journey we walked up to the main cell block and got our audio tour equipment. It is worthwhile having the audio tour! It is not like cheap and nasty ones I've experienced in other places - its is really, really good. The narrators of the audio tour are former prison officers and former prisoners. When we arrived back at the pier in SF, our tour guide drove along the Embarcadero slightly and we stopped for lunch. After lunch, we then went to the Golden Gate bridge, all I can say about that is wow!
Great tour, well organised and good timekeeping. Well worth the extra cost for the early-bird access to Alcatraz. When we were leaving there were several parties of school children arriving so we got to see everything at a leisurely pace and avoid the crowds. The audio tour of the prison is extremely informative and eye-opening. Great idea to do the sightseeing tour on a modified cable car. Good fun going over the Golden Gate Bridge. Very informative and helpful tour guide/driver who doubled as a photographer - no need for selfies, he was always there to suggest good photo shots. This is the perfect tour for seeing all the major sights and experiencing life on the rock .
A great value!!! Very easy to use the public transportation including the famous cable cars I just showed my pass and boarded otherwise you have to have exact change I used the cable cars,electric carsbuses and their Muni system which is similar to a subway The attractions were also very nice and lots of fun I was in San Francisco for seven days so I really saved a lot of
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We were provided just barely enough time to tour Alcatraz. The cable car took us to interesting places that we didn't know about previously.
The Alcatraz part was extremely rushed, nothing like enough time spent on the island.
Cable car sightseeing tour was interesting and pleasant.
We did not get to use any of the tickets however we tried to use it several times to ride the cable cars. Wait times for the cable cars were long and when we finally got on a car, it was packed. I have used the hop-on, hop-off buses and felt it was a better option for the cost.
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
Dana D United States of ...
Amazing! Walking tour was great with very knowledgeable guide, Bridgette. Cable cars are a must as is Alcatraz! Great time on this tour!
Well worth the visit but very cold in June, had to buy a jacket there. The cable car was terrific, took us everywhere, Jamie our tour guide was great. We saw more than we thought we would.
Jamie as cable car driver was top, the audio tour in Alcatraz a must!
This tour was the perfect mix of sightseeing and a great introduction to the city. Alcatraz was great and having the comfort of the cable car was excellent. Our guide, Arturo, was super knowledgeable and a great person in general. I would recommend this.
This tour allowed us to be one of the first groups to Alcatraz which was great. The cost was high in my opinion; there were several other groups arriving for an early launch too. The cable car tour was fun, but we did not go over the bridge bc of traffic and a majority vote (not ours) to skip.
In all honesty if you were smart you would book an UBER driver for half a day to take you around the San Francisco sights and to Alcatraz. It would be a better experience rather than rattling around in an open Cable Car. We had a great host who was very talkative but we waited over 45 minutes to get going when it clearly said to arrive at 7am for pickup. My wife was freezing for most of the morning and came back to the hotel mid way through as she was too cold. Perhaps we should have asked for blankets which were in a storage area located on the Cable Car. Alcatraz was great and the host gave us good information. Only thing was we were dropped over about an hour early and it was suggested we get food at the cafe next to the ticket and departure point. The cafe must have been one of the worst in SFO, crowded, over priced and horrible food. The host did point out one of the best bakeries on the route to the departure point. I would suggest the tour stops there and pickups food and drinks. This is a VIP tour, we paid NZ800 for the half day experience. I expected more. Alcatraz was great but for 35 per person just book the trip yourself. Lunch was good, sandwiches from the good cafe. We went over the Golden Gate which was exciting. To be honest for the price this is a less than VIP experience. There are much better and fun ways to spend your holiday funds.
Nous avons passé une excellente journée. Le tour de San Francisco en cable car nous a permis d'avoir un aperçu très complet de la ville. Nous sommes passé sur le Golden Gate et les arrêts photo nous ont permis de prendre de beaux clichés de chaque côté du pont. La visite d'Alcatraz est très intéressante. Dés la sortie du bateau commencer la visite et récupérer l'audio guide. Les commentaires en français sont très intéressants. Le chauffeur très sympathique a commenté la visite tout le long du trajet mais lorsqu'on ne maitrise pas bien la langue c'est parfois un peu difficile.
We had an excellent walking tour of San Francisco with Don! He ran the tour with only 4 of us, when I had been previously told they couldn't run it with less than 5 people. He even spent 3 1/2 hours walking us all around the city, when he was only required to do 2 hours! His commentary was great: very informative and a lot of fun, interesting facts. He also stopped at an Italian focaccia place, and bought some, and shared it with us! We also got some cable car tickets, and tickets to visit Alcatraz. Alcatraz was so fascinating, and a lot of fun! Overall, an excellent tour thanks to Don and Viator!
An early start at 7:15 in Union Square was the beginning of this great day. First to be in Alcatraz - the audio tour was extremely easy to follow. Back to the mainland by noon with a boxed lunch from Boudin Bakery, which was wonderful. Eating outside on benches overlooking the bay, then back on the cable car/bus to see the rest of San Francisco. Our guide, Arturo, was funny, personable, and informative. Another must do!
WOW. This pass made getting around so easy. We rode busses when we tired of walking and even got on a Cable Car. The lines for the Cable Cars could be daunting but we got on. The California Academy of Sciences was a hi light and was very enjoyable. The best was the Planetarium was great.
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
This tour was well worth the money. Our tour started out with a ride on an Cable car bus. Arturo our driver was a local guy, very knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. The bus tour of the city was great because this was our 2nd day there and it gave us a great overview of all the different districts of the city. The VIP access of Alcatraz was also nice because we were the first group on the island thus we did not get stuck in a lot of the traffic. Great tour and a must do. I would recommend this for anyone who is new to the city.
An excellent buy. So handy to be able to take public transportation MUNI and streetcars for 7 days without having to figure out fares, etc. It rained most of the time we were in SF but we spent the rainiest days touring the Exploratorium the Thursday night Adult tour, the California Academy of Sciences give yourself an entire day and the Aquarium of the Bay. When the sun finally did peek through, we took advantage of the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay cruise. We never got to ride the iconic cable cars as line ups were way too long. Next time .....
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
Alcatraz was great but the guide on the site Cable Car Sightseeing tour was not so that knowledgeable. He also arrived late.
The tour was good, but not a good value. Our guide was not engaging and very repetitive, and did not seem to know much detail about most of the things he was mentioning. He kept telling us if we wanted to know more we should google it. The tour is a good way to hit the highlights of the city, especially if you are there for a short time. Try to sit on the inside of the Cable Car if at all possible, if you don't you are stuck in an open air part of the car where it can be chilly and you are stuck inhaling emissions from all the other cars in heavy city traffic. We were able to get some great photos that we defiantly wouldn't have gotten if we had not taken this tour.
This has got to be one of the best tours we have ever been on. The early access meant we were the first boat over, beating the heat and the later crowds. The audio tour was fabulous. Former inmates and guards did the information. They directed you step by step, and gave you a real representation of what it was like. Afterwards, there was plenty of time to explore the rest of the grounds, including the gardens. The cable car was fun. A lot of the information was repeated, as we did the Muir Woods and Sausalito tour, but was a neat way to get around town.
This was THE best tour ever! Arturo did an amazing job getting us around in the not so great weather of San Francisco. The cable car was so cool and getting to Alcatraz early was priceless! He gave us insight on getting around on the grounds and fully enjoying the experience. Lunch was nice and the drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and fort area underneath it was especially a nice, uncrowded visit. The Palace of Fine Arts was an unexpected pleasure, such a beautiful area!
Overall it was totally a 5 star experience in a great city!!
Don was an excellent host providing exceptional knowledge of the area. What a great city. I was very dissappointed that the cable car ride was ONLY 1 way and that you had to pay another 7.00 to get back. We were looking forward to this ride and because of this did not take it.
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