Great tour with good guide. Lots of useful tips and info. Lunch only OK. Recommended.
This is a San Francisco 101 in my opinion You'll get to see almost all the sights there is to see in San Francisco. The early access to Alcatraz meant that there isn't as many people on the island as there would be normally.
The stops made at Golden Gate Bridge, especially Fort Point and Vista Point gave us a breathtaking view of the bridge itself. The good weather definitely helps. Arturo our tour guide was very friendly, engaging without being too restrictive. Good fun!
What an awesome tour! From our collection point to the time we were dropped off, we were educated, entertained and enthralled. Our tour guide was amazing. If you haven't booked your Alcatraz tour before getting to San Fran, you may miss out. All tours were booked for 3 weeks in advance when we were there, so we were glad we'd booked in advance.
The tour was wonderful and the tour guide was terrific and gave us some great advice to make a day flow even better. Thank you very much.
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 .
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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!
Our guide Arturo provided interesting and informative commentary as we drove around the sights of San Fran, bringing the neighbourhoods to life. There are many high points on the tour - the opportunity to experience Alcatraz before it gets really busy is brilliant as is the drive across Golden Gate Bridge. One word of warning - it can get very breezy on the Bridge so bring a jacket/coat/jumper.
We loved having early access and beating the crowds to do this fascinating trip. The tour was well organised and informative
An excellent full day. The tram bus really adds the feeling of something special.
This was by far our favorite tour during our trip to San Fransisco. We saw so many great things during the tour and our tour guide was amazing. She was funny and very informative and made our tour very fun and exciting. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Well worth the money!
Beating the traffic is often the name of the game in SF.
Have warm sweaters for the open ride on the trolley and the ferry, as well as the jail house itself!
Jamie the driver was excellent, very entertaining and professional.
Vi ångrar ingenting med denna utflykt, allting var och gick perfekt! Vår guide var jätterolig och trevlig. Hjälpsam med allt och informativ angående alla resmål, både Alcatraz och Golden Gate bron. Rekommenderas varmt av både mig och min familj. Vi hade dock lite otur med vädret..
Really enjoyed the day. Alcatraz a must do in San Francisco. Thought the city highlights was good too
Great tour of the city and Alcatraz. Our guide Arturo was excellent, knew the city. Highly recommend the VIP tour. It was several tours in one and the price was affordable.
Wow this sightseeing tour was amazing and we loved every minute. Jaime was a fantastic tour guide warm funny and so knowledgeable and our experience aboard Bernard was awesome and so much fun. Jamie took diversions to avoid heavy traffic giving us such good value showing us parts of San Francisco we would not otherwise have seen . We were so glad we booked this amazing trip in advance and really appreciated the early access as it was so much easier to access the Island and have personal attention from guides in the prison. Alcatraz is such an interesting place to visit and definitely not to be missed.
Great day out and a fantastic way to see the sights of San Francisco.
Full points to Jamie, our trolley driver/ guide for this tour. She was educational and entertaining all rolled into a ball of enthusiasm.
My only change would be an added hour to Alcatraz as there is so much to see, but that wouldn't work for everybody.
You should note the Lunch from Boudin Bakery is just that 'from', not in, as you eat across the road in the wharf area.
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.
Arturo was well-organized tour guide. This was my husband's favorite part of our vacation. The tour of Alcatraz was amazing, and the city tour afterwards was a great way to end the day. We were able to get a close view of the Golden Gate Bridge and briefly visit the Palace of the Fine Arts.
Absolutely brilliant. Jamie our tour guide and driver was friendly, helpful, funny and extremely informative. Loved Alcatraz and the top tip of not stopping for a no smoking, no eating briefing was golden! Well worth doing and highly recommend.
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