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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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San Francisco, United States
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. Head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
  • Beat the crowds and be one of 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 from Fort Point, and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • A boxed lunch and admission are included for added convenience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Be among the first people of the day to reach Alcatraz with this ticket.
This experience in San Francisco combines one of the city’s top attractions, Alcatraz, with a tour of famous neighborhoods and sights. Start in the early morning at Pier 33, where you meet your guide who is wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag with a Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo on it.

Set off on one of the first ferries of the day to Alcatraz. 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.

Once you’ve toured the island, make sure you grab a ferry to continue your San Francisco tour. Meet your guide back at Pier 33 to get your boxed lunch. You have some time to explore the pier before your cable-car tour.

Your tour stops at the Palace of Fine Arts, rides across the Golden Gate Bridge, and stops at Fort Point. Your tour ends with a drop-off at Alcatraz Landing.
Itinerary
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Alcatraz Island
Start your day checking in for your ferry ride over to Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore of San Francisco. The National Historic Landmark was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Pier 39
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Fisherman's Wharf
A neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf gets its name and neighborhood characteristics from the city's early days of the mid to later 1800s when Italian immigrant fishermen came to the city by the bay to take advantage of the influx of population due to the gold rush.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Drive over the bridge in our open-aired vehicle. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
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Ghirardelli Square
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Fort Point National Historic Site
Walk around with your guide or explore on your own. Fort Point is a masonry seacoast fortification located on the southern side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. It offers one of a kind views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
The iconic Palace of Fine Arts, one of the few surviving structure from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, is one of the most photographed sites in the City, featured in numerous film and TV productions.
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Vista Point
Step off of the vehicle, and be led by one of our great tour guides or take 20 minutes of free time to explore Golden Gate Bridge North Vista. See the entire city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in one setting. One of the best ways to view the Golden Gate Bridge.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a park that includes a fleet of historic vessels, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a library/research facility.
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Golden Gate Ferry Terminal
See the ferries and other vessels coming and going from Sausalito to San Francisco, and back.
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Sea Lion Center
Docks off Pier 39 that are a favorite hangout of hundreds of sunbathing, barking sea lions.
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San Francisco Bay
Take in an assortment of San Francisco Bay views. A shallow estuary that is surrounded by the Bay Area's largest cities: San Francisco San Jose and Oakland.
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Pier 43 Ferry Arch
The Pier 43 Ferry Arch and its headhouse, a decorated hoisting tower for loading and unloading rail cars on and off ferries, was originally built in 1914 to serve the Belt Railroad.
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Boudin at the Wharf
Famed for sourdough since 1849, this California bakery/cafe chain also offers light American bites.
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Musee Mecanique
The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts located at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California. The museum owns over 300 mechanical machines, and is one of the largest privately owned collection of such games in the world.
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a Liberty ship built during World War II and named for American Revolutionary War ship captain Jeremiah O'Brien. Now based in San Francisco, she is a rare survivor of the 6,939-ship armada that stormed Normandy on D-Day, 1944.
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USS Pampanito
USS Pampanito, a Balao-class submarine, was a United States Navy ship, the third one named for the pompano fish. She completed six war patrols from 1944 to 1945 and served as a Naval Reserve Training ship from 1960 to 1971.
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Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds San Francisco is a wax museum located in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco in California. The attraction opened on June 26, 2014 and became the 17th Madame Tussauds museum to open worldwide. The attraction features wax figures of famous figures from movies, music, politics, popular culture and sport.
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Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco
Museum with kitschy oddities on display, including shrunken human heads & rare animal skeletons.
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Scoma's Restaurant
Spacious waterfront restaurant serving seafood pulled straight off the boat.
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Cioppino's
Bustling checkered-tablecloth eatery serving Italian seafood staples on Fisherman's Wharf.
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Hyde street pier
The Hyde Street Pier, at 2905 Hyde Street, is a historic ferry pier located on the northern waterfront of San Francisco, California, amidst the tourist zone of Fisherman's Wharf. Wikipedia
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Aquatic Park
Waterfront area with complexes for museums and artists.
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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building
The building is a showcase for art created during the 1930s by Sargent Johnson and Hilaire Hiler. Dazzling murals cover the interior walls.
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Square-Rigged Sailing Ship Balclutha
Balclutha, also known as Star of Alaska, Pacific Queen, or Sailing Ship Balclutha, is a steel-hulled full rigged ship that was built in 1886. She is the only square rigged ship left in the San Francisco Bay area and is representative of several different commercial ventures, including lumber, salmon, and grain.
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The Cannery
Historic location turned shopping mall with gift shops, art galleries, restaurants & entertainment.
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Marina District
The scenic Marina District, on the city’s northern shore, is known for its upbeat bars and restaurants. Fort Mason, a former military base, is a multifaceted arts complex and event space. A connected grassy park, called Marina Green, has a running and bike path and expansive views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and yachts on the water.
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Cow Hollow
Cow Hollow is an affluent section of town that’s popular with young professionals. Union Street, the main drag, is crawling with chic fashion boutiques, pilates studios, juice shops and beauty salons. Restaurants range from French fine dining to Italian bistros to brunch cafes, and there are also sports bars and wine lounges. The area’s historic past is on display at the landmark McElroy Octagon House built in 1861.
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Lombard Street
Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. Stretching from The Presidio east to The Embarcadero, most of the street's western segment is a major thoroughfare designated as part of U.S. Route 101.
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Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Welcome Center for the Golden Gate Bridge
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Battery Spencer
Fort Baker 19th-century concrete battery featuring panoramic views of Golden Gate & San Francisco.
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Marin Headlands
The Marin Headlands is a hilly peninsula at the southernmost end of Marin County, California, United States, located just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, which connects the two counties and peninsulas. The entire area is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area protecting 82,027 acres of ecologically and historically significant landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. Much of the park is land formerly used by the United States Army.
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Fort Baker
Fort Baker is one of the components of California's Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Fort, which borders the City of Sausalito in Marin County and is connected to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge, served as an Army post until the mid-1990s, when the headquarters of the 91st Division moved to Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. It is located opposite Fort Point at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay.
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Presidio Yacht Club
Saualito's Yacht Club
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Cavallo Point Lodge
local hotel at the beautiful Cavallo Point
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Angel Island State Park
Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay offering expansive 360° views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The entire island is included within Angel Island State Park and is administered by California State Parks.
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Crissy Field
Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield, is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California, United States. Historically part of the Presidio of San Francisco, Crissy Field closed as an airfield after 1974.
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Planet Granite
local gym
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House of Air
local trampoline park
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Fort Point Beer Company Production Brewery
local brewery and restaurant
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Presidio Pet Cemetery
The Presidio Pet Cemetery is the final napping place for hundreds of furry, scaly, and feathered companions who faithfully served the military families who lived at the Presidio when it was an Army post.
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San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco National Cemetery is a United States national cemetery, located in the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with Golden Gate National Cemetery, a few miles south of the city.
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D-Day Memorial
local D-Day Memorial
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Korean War Memorial
local Korean War Memorial
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Main Post Lawn
open fields and grasses in the heart of the Presidio
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Walt Disney Family Museum
The Walt Disney Family Museum is an American museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum is located in The Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.
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Presidio Trust Headquarters
The Presidio Trust is an unusual federal agency. In our founding bipartisan legislation, Presidio Trust Act, ​the Trust was charged with operating the park without taxpayer support. Funds earned through leasing homes and workspaces and operating hotels, a golf course, and venues are used for park management and upkeep.
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Presidio Visitor Center
The William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center is a dynamic focal point for park goers to discover the Presidio, a 1,500-acre oasis in the heart of urban San Francisco. The visitor center is a tri-agency partnership of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
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Presidio of San Francisco
The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks. Other highlights include grassy Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge views, Civil War–era Fort Point and sandy Baker Beach. Historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.
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The Commissary
The Commissary is offered by the Presidio Trust and award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins, in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company. Its Spanish-influenced California cuisine is driven by sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients.
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Presidio Officers’ Club
Free history museum, cultural center & Mexican restaurant in an 18th-century officers' mess.
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Inn at the Presidio
Inn at the Presidio offers an authentic historic experience and exceptional recreational opportunities in a setting of immense natural beauty. The historic hotel in San Francisco is located at Pershing Hall, an elegant home for bachelor officers when the Presidio was a U.S. Army post. The Georgian Revival-style building has been restored as a guest lodge featuring 22 spacious accommodations, including 17 suites with fireplaces.
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Presidio Archaeology Lab
The Presidio Officers’ Club campus includes an archaeology lab with periodic tours that invite visitors to experience this active research center where the Presidio’s artifacts are identified, analyzed, and curated.
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Lovers’ Lane at the Presidio
The oldest footpath through the Presidio, Lovers’ Lane was established in the 18th century as a shortcut used by Spanish soldiers and missionaries to get from the Main Post to Mission Dolores, located three miles south of the Presidio. Today, you’ll most likely find joggers, birdwatchers, and daydreamers ambling along this shady, picturesque path.
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Lucasfilm
Founded in 1971, Lucasfilm is one of the world's leading entertainment companies and home to the legendary Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.
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Industrial Light & Magic
Industrial Light & Magic is an American motion picture visual effects company that was founded in May 1975 by George Lucas. It is a division of the film production company Lucasfilm, which Lucas founded, and was created when Lucas began production of the film Star Wars.
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Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center
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Lyon Street Steps
Lyon Street stairs is one of the most wonderful places in all of wonderful San Francisco, indeed in all of the world.
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Pacific Heights
Pacific Heights is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California, which is known for the notable people who reside in the area, but mostly for its amazing panoramic views of the city.
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Mrs Doubtfire House
house from movie, Mrs. Doubtfire.
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Stuart Hall High School
local highschool
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Convent & Stuart Hall
local convent
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The Hamlin School
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Van Ness Avenue
Van Ness Avenue
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St. Brigid Catholic Church
local church
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Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
local school
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Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.[3][4] It has one of the longest spans in the United States.
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Yerba Buena Island
Yerba Buena Island sits in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland, California. The Yerba Buena Tunnel runs through its center and connects the western and eastern spans of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.
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Treasure Island
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.
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Stockton Street
Stockton Street
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Good Mong Kok Bakery
well renown local baker
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Transamerica Pyramid
famous skycraper in SF skyline.
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Salesforce Tower
Salesforce's HQ, and the latest addition to San Francisco's skyline.
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Grant Avenue
Grant Avenue
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Eastern Bakery
local bakery
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Canton Flower Shop
flower shop
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Ross Alley
local alley-way
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Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co
famous fortune cookie company
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Bimbo's 365 Club
local club and venue
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Kennedy's Irish Pub
local pub
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Coit Tower
Coit Tower is a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California, offering panoramic views over the city and the bay. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built between 1932 and 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco.
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Telegraph Hill
Telegraph Hill
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Parrots Of Telegraph Hill
Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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Little Italy
Little Italy
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North Beach
North Beach neighborhood
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Saints Peter and Paul Church
local church
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Joe DiMaggio Playground and North Beach Pool
local playground
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Washington Square
local park
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Beach Blanket Babylon
local show hall
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Tony's Pizza Napoletana
rival for best pizzeria in the world
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Calzone's Restaurant
local restaurant
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Golden Boy Pizza
locally revered pizzeria
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Sotto Mare
Sotto Mare
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The Stinking Rose
local restaurant
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Stella Pastry & Café
Stella's
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Vesuvio Cafe
Vesuvio Cafe
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City Lights Booksellers
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco, California

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Reviews by Viator travelers
star-5
Awesome
Joseph_N
, Mar 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Our tour guide, Jessica and driver, Dawn made the day infirmative and fun.
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Not a good outfit
Kara_B
, Mar 2020
Tried to cancel because my company cancelled the trip I was on due to the virus - and was told I could not. Do not book with this company EVER
star-5
Great tour and super guide
Melanie_B
, Feb 2020
Vicki was very knowledgeable and friendly Joan was a great trolley driver and the trolley was a beautifully restored 1922 trolley
star-5
Excellent way to explore main sights in SF.
jmcpceb
, Feb 2020
The whole tour was amazing. As it’s said in others reviews, it’s a really good idea be the first to arrive to the island. Two hours is time enough to cover everything you can see in Alcatraz. Bus tour was really interesting, as well as all details provided by Jessica. I really appreciate all the short walk strolls in this tour. I will like to suggest to enlarge tour time in order to add more short walks. I truly recommend this activity, plus we were lucky that our group was small and Jessica answered all our questions. Last thought for the driver we got, sorry I don’t remember her name but I loved how she drives the fancy nice bus.
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Tour for Quick Stop over in San Francisco
Jet479125
, Jan 2020
Only had 1 full day in San Francisco and different people wanted to do different things! So took this tour and what a great choice it turned out to be. Met Joseph at the dock side he took out food orders and explained what we would be doing, he stayed with us until we had our tickets ready to board for Alcatraz brilliant going in early being first away from any crowds (it noticed later on) when we arrived back he gave us a tour of the city golden gate it was such a good day and he was so knowledgeable and fortunately for us we were the only family who had booked the tour that day so we ended up having the cable car bus to ourselves. Well worth the money.
star-5
Great Trip
Denise H
, Nov 2019
Valerie is a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic. Our driver was the best ( unfortunately I don't remember her name). She also knew the history of the city as well. The two of them were outstanding
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Alcatraz
teldridg
, Oct 2019
The tour through Alcatraz was amazing. Make sure you do the audio tour. Then the tour through parts of San Francisco was just as great. Our tour guide and bus driver was amazing. I would highly recommend the tour.
star-5
Fantastic day!
adamhankinson
, Oct 2019
Joseph and Joan were brilliant guides and drivers on out day at Alcatraz and touring SF.I thoroughly recommend this Aviator trip.
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Fantastic
Moster73
, Oct 2019
This tour gets my highest recommendation. Our guide Jessica and our driver Roger was amazing. This was a great way to spend a day in San Francisco.
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Feature packed tour
dianner2018
, Oct 2019
This tour was well worth the early start. We were first to arrive for the day at Alcatraz before it got busy. We watched the short film upon arrival and then had an audio guide for the prison cells. It provided a chilling recount into life at Alcatraz. Our tour guides, Joseph and Joan were fantastic! Lunch was well organised and the drive in the Cable car (which was really a bus) provided an overview of the sights in San Francisco. We stopped for many photo opportunities and Joseph was very informative. I would recommend this trip to see Alcatraz in detail and also to see San Francisco's major sites.

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