• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 192.50 View price calendar

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car with this combo Viator VIP experience, available nowhere else. You’ll head to Alcatraz early for priority entry to this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.


  • Early-bird ferry to Alcatraz and exclusive cable car sightseeing tour
  • Experience San Francisco like a VIP insider with this Viator tour, available nowhere else!
  • Beat the crowds and be the first to Alcatraz for a fascinating award-winning audio tour
  • Admire fantastic city views aboard a cable car bus, a converted cable car with wheels for mobility
  • Snap photos of Chinatown and North Beach, and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

See San Francisco's iconic sights by motorized cable car

This exclusive Viator VIP experience in San Francisco combines one of the city’s top attractions, Alcatraz, with a tour of famous neighborhoods and sights. You’ll start in the early morning at Fisherman's Wharf to board your motorized cable car, a converted but still authentic version of this San Francisco icon that allows you to traverse more of the city than the limited cable tracks.

Drive through North Beach and Chinatown, enjoying a light breakfast as you make your way to Pier 33 to board an early ferry to Alcatraz. This priority ferry provides admission to the island prison before most other visitors are allowed, so you can enjoy a more tranquil experience. When you arrive, tour the cellblock and other areas independently using the award-winning audio guide, which includes commentary from former inmates and guards. Learn what life was like inside the jail cells of notorious criminals like Al Capone.

When you return to San Francisco, get back on the cable car with your guide to continue your city tour. You’ll receive a boxed lunch on board from Alcatraz Cafe; while you eat, cruise up and down the hills to admire views of Victorian homes and the bay. Then cross the Golden Gate Bridge and make a stop for photos at Vista Point.

End your tour with the ride back to Union Square, where you’ll be dropped off to continue your day at your leisure.


Customer Reviews

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

5 star

Clayton H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Must do for first time visitors to SanFran.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

amazing experience so glad we booked this before hand as would of been so disappointed to have missed it


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jeannette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great time with excellent tour guides! Rain during Alcatraz tour hampered seeing all the sites but the audio cell tour is the best.

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour is one of the better ones we were on while visiting San Francisco. They took us to places where the other tour buses didn't go so it was a new experience. Thank you for a job well done!

Mays J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour is one of the best tours ever. My kids had fun. I highly recommend it

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a great 2 part tour.
1st part takes you to Alcatraz which was a great experience. The audio tour was very informative.
2nd part you are driven around San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Some great photo opportunities too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

very good trip would highly recommend Jake and ryan were brilliant Alcatraz very moving and informative Cable car very enjoyable took us on very good trip this included lunch sandwich was huge and very nice,they also kept us supplied with cold drinks and snack bars,terrific

Carolyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Brilliant tour enjoyed from start to finish, just beware the cable car is a bit bumpy but did not detract from our fun!

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