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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.
Fantastic tour. Loved travelling in the cable car and got to see some beautiful sights. Lunch was delicious and Alcatraz tour was brilliant
The cable car sightseeing tour was very enjoyable .....Pete our driver was very good. The amount of time spent on Alcatraz was too short.....we got the 9.25 ferry across and had to be back in line for the return ferry at 11.10. We were unable to see all the attractions on the island......a bit disappointing!
We were out of luck because the weather was bad.However our tour guide Arturo did his best.He was very calm nice knowledgeabe and patient.
What viator needs to change is the catering.this was an early morning tour including breakfast and light lunch.I think you should adopt the Niagara tour breakfast which was bagel juice yoghurt and fruit as most of us were half awake a snack bar and soda doesnt cut it.I would then suggest you dont include the lunch as we were all at Fishermans wharf for that eriod and best people get their own rather than the very poor sandwich and crisps.Makes much more sense.
we had 26 on our tour which is a little too many for the cable car when weather is bad as people outside were cold and miserable despite balnkets and getting wet vip tours should certainly be less than 20.
We should have stayed on Alcatraz longer - cable car should have spent more time at Coit, Lombard st, other tv houses
Joguar3 United States of ...
The early access was the best way to go on this tour. Alcatraz self guided tour was very interesting and worthwhile. The crowds to visit are huge. You must have a reservation to be sure you can visit. The cable car tour was excellent. You will ride through all the neighborhoods and the commentary by the local guide Arturo was terrific. We stopped under the Golden Gate Bridge and at several other spots to see aspects not done by other tours. Only disappointment was the box lunch was not from the Boudin Bakery as expected. It was still good.
The city pass was great and completely worth it, we were able to use all of the passes, and I have to say out of all the passes that come with it the Muni pass and the Exploratorium were worth it alone. The Academy of Science had some great exhibits as well. The bay cruise was great, we got some great shots of us right under the golden gate bridge. Overall this pass was a great deal especially with how much we used the public transportation. We used the metro, cable cars, buses and the history cable car too! This pass is a great value for tourists.
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
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.
Dan Slater United Kingdom
A great introduction to the city, and a sure way of getting on one of the first ferries to the island. Alcatraz is definitely worth a visit, and out guide made sure that we got a good feel for the rest of the city including a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge whilst on the converted cable car.
Nothing VIP about this trip, but the price we paid for a late booking. Cold, uncomfortable cable car ride for hours with an uninteresting guide. Lunch was eaten while balancing a boxed lunch on our laps sitting inside the cable car with blankets.
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 récup��rer 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!
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