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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll 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 Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Getting on one of the first ferries out to Alcatraz is the ideal way to explore the infamous prison – it is so quiet out there, and you arrive before the large tour groups. Plus, sightseeing around San Francisco on a converted classic cable car is a really amazing experience!
This 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 ferry provides admission to the island prison before most other visitors, 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.


8:00 AM – Tour begins at our Pier 33 meet-up location around the Alcatraz Landing pylon. The check-in location is very near to 1370 The Embarcadero. Here, you will be checked-in and greeted by your Cable Car Tour Guide. Look for your tour guide in orange jackets with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo! Your tour guide will take your lunch order, provide a quick run-down of the day, and then show you to the Group Services window where you will pick-up your Alcatraz tickets. You will board one of the first ferries to Alcatraz. Enjoy your awesome adventure!

11:40 AM – Once you are on Alcatraz Island, please keep an eye on your watch. You must be on the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco to continue the tour! Please line up at 11:40 AM!

11:55 AM – Ferry departs back to San Francisco!

12:15 PM – Disembark ferry and meet your tour guide at the meet-up location. Your tour guide will provide you with your lunches, which you are free to enjoy at Pier 33’s picnic tables or inside of Alcatraz Landing Cafe. Don’t forget to explore Alcatraz Cruises’ spectacular grounds and gift shop. Don’t worry if you spend all of your time looking around, you can always eat your meal on the Cable Car portion of the tour.

12:50PM – 1:00 PM – Meet your tour guide one last time at the meet-up location. From here, you will board our Classic Cable Car parked on The Embarcadero in between Pier 33 and Pier 35. Once you are on-board, sit back and relax. Enjoy your professionally guided, comprehensive tour of San Francisco where you will make stops at Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point North, and Fort Point.

2:55 PM – Arrive back at Pier 33/35 in Fisherman’s Wharf. The end of your adventure! Thank you for riding with us!


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, Nov 2018

1 day in San Francisco great way to see all the sights. The bus driver and tour guide were great Joan and Vicki. A very personal tour of the city.

, Oct 2018

I didn’t have much time in SF so trying to find a tour to fit everything in was easier than I thought with this tour. Jessica was great very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour got me the sites that I most wanted in a short time. The cable car trip was great. Highly recommend if you don’t have much time in the Bay.

, Oct 2018

Our tour guide, Jessica, was very friendly and personable. She made sure no one was left behind when we moved about our tours.

, Oct 2018

Tour was really well organized, lunch was delicious and filling. Valerie was informative and fabulous. Was great to get to Alcatraz early. Highly recommend.

, Sep 2018

This tour really provides the perfect amount of touring with a group and time to wonder and explore.

, Sep 2018

Excellent tour. We had a lot of fun.

, Sep 2018

If in San Francisco, you must do this tour! We were out on the first boat of the day so arrived before all the crowds. On the day we went all tours were sold out for 2 weeks ahead, so make sure you book well in advance We were free to tour the island at our own pace within a given time period. The audio tour of the prison building was just brilliant, very interesting and informative. We even met a former prison guard who was there to chat to.
On our return from the island we were provided with lunch the transported around San Francisco picking up on the main sights and taken across Golden Gate Bridge. Great driver, informative guide, well planned tour. Enjoy it, we did!

, Aug 2018

The early access to Alcatraz was phenomenal and we had a wonderful tour of The Rock. We returned back on the ferry and were delighted to find packed brown bags with our selected lunch. The lunch bag contained a very fulfilling meal!The cable car sightseeing tour was a bust for us since we are deaf and the tour guide did not even have a prepared text highlighting the each stop/point. Hence, we were not impressed to have paid so much for the tour but accommodations were not provided. Otherwise the ride on the cable car was neat.

, Jul 2018

This was a great trip for our family of 4 (with 1 tween and 1 teen)!
Jessica, our guide for the day, was SUPER friendly, knowledgable and helpful! The afternoon portion of the tour, with the converted cable car, did not disappoint, and our driver Joan was amazing at navigating and dodging Friday afternoon SF traffic! My only complaint was that there was a little bit of wasted time. We were told to arrive by 7:45 am, and the first ferry to Alcatraz (which we were scheduled for and took) doesn't depart until 8:45 am. Had we known that, We could have arrived a bit later and been fine on time and not had to stand outside in the chilly wind for quite as long.

, Jul 2018

Yes, definitely visit Alcatraz....but don't believe the hype on the

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