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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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Transport and sightseeing tour by motorized cable car
Admission to Alcatraz Island (Valued at $39.90) and Alcatraz audio tour
Boxed lunch (sandwich or salad), cookie, and bottle of water
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
1370 The Embarcadero , 1370 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Meet your guide in front of Pier 33 next to the lamppost across from the information booth. Tour Guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo. Please arrive to check-in roughly 15 - 20 minutes prior to scheduled tour start time.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
Stop At:  
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
Pass By:  
Pier 39
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
Ghirardelli Square
Stop At:  
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
Pass By:  
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.
Stop At:  
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
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
Boudin at the Wharf
Famed for sourdough since 1849, this California bakery/cafe chain also offers light American bites.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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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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.
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Welcome Center for the Golden Gate Bridge
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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.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
Transamerica Pyramid
famous skycraper in SF skyline.
Pass By:  
Salesforce Tower
Salesforce's HQ, and the latest addition to San Francisco's skyline.
Pass By:  
Grant Avenue
Grant Avenue
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
Telegraph Hill
Telegraph Hill
Pass By:  
Little Italy
Little Italy
Pass By:  
North Beach
North Beach neighborhood
Pass By:  
Saints Peter and Paul Church
local church
Pass By:  
City Lights Booksellers
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco, California
Pass By:  
Washington Square
local park
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • ALL TRAVELER NAMES ARE REQUIRED AT TIME OF BOOKING. Failure to provide this information will result in cancellation of your tour. Please provide all passengers' full names. Provide first name (lower case letters) and last name (upper case letters) as it appears on each passenger's identification. All passengers 18 and older must present ID to take the ferry to Alcatraz.
  • Cable cars are wheeled and not on rails to provide maximum flexibility for city sightseeing
  • Dress in layers as temperatures can be quite cold on the water or on the open-air cable car
  • If vegetarian lunch is required, please note in Special Requirements box at check-out
  • Please note: On days when traffic is exceptionally heavy or visibility is bad due to fog on the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable car will go to the bridge's viewing parking to but not cross it
  • Tour Itinerary 8:00 AM – Check in with your tour guide in front of Pier 33 next to the lamppost across from the information booth. (Please see our Contact Us page for more information.) Your tour guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo! Your tour guide will take your lunch order, give a quick run-down of the day, and provide you with all your Alcatraz tickets. You will board one of the first ferries to Alcatraz. 9:00 AM - Arrive at Alcatraz Island. Take advantage of more than 2 hours to explore the island, including the award-winning audio tour. 11:40 AM – Boarding begins for the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco. You must be on the the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco to continue the tour! 11:55 AM – Ferry departs back to San Francisco! 12:15 PM – Disembark ferry and meet your tour guide at the check-in location. Your tour guide will provide you with your lunches. You will have 30 minutes to explore Pier 33's spectacular grounds and gift shop. 12:50PM – Meet your tour guide at the check-in location, where you will be escorted to your Cable Car. 1:00 PM - Enjoy your professionally guided, premier Cable Car tour of San Francisco, where you will stop at the Palace of Fine Arts, ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, and stop at Fort Point. 3:15 PM – Arrive back at Alcatraz Landing, the end of your adventure! Thank you for riding with us!
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hornblower Classic Cable Cars
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Early access is grest, you have time to check Alcatraze first!" See review
  • "As it’s said in others reviews, it’s a really good idea be the first to arrive to the island." See review
  • "The cable car does has wheels so it's build for the normal road." See review

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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
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star-5
Great tour and super guide
Allan_B
, Feb 2020
Vicki was very knowledgeable and friendly Joan was a great trolley driver and the trolley was a beautifully restored 1922 trolley
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Excellent way to explore main sights in SF.
josepmaria_C
, 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
CAROLANN_F
, 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.
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Great Trip
Denise_C
, 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.
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Fantastic day!
Adam_H
, 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
Dianne_R
, 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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