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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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    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 Pier 33, where you’ll meet your guide who’ll be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag with a Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo on it.

    After you check in with your guide, they’ll take your lunch order and give you your tickets for Alcatraz.

    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 (the 11:55am one at the latest) to continue your San Francisco tour. Meet your guide back at Pier 33 to get your lunch. You’ll 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.
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    All reviews palace of fine arts provided lunch guide jessica fort point golden gate bridge early boat early trip wonderful overview brilliant trip amazing driver would highly recommend this tour the presidio through tripadvisor excellent tour vista point pacific heights great city
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We did the tour where we went to Alcatraz on the first boat and then had a tour of the city, the golden gate bridge, and some nice spots to visit. Jessica was our tour guide. She was great - very organized, communicated clearly, shared...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank JohnTK
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

    It was our pleasure having you onboard, John! Thanks for the wonderful feedback. We will share your comments and kind words with our team. See you back soon.

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We really just wanted to visit Alcatraz, but all of those tickets were totally sold out. This tour was the only way we could get to the island, and it was a huge surprise. Alcatraz was all self-guided and a must see for anyone visiting....More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Diane Q
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi Diane - We are glad that you were able to see a couple of must-see San Francisco attractions on our tour! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. See you back real soon!

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This was a great day, we only had 3 days and this was the best use of our time. Traveling to Alcatraz early and onto the cable tour was a wonderful way to spend the day. Jackie the guide was knowledgeable , friendly and fun....More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for leaving us with such a positive review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to San Francisco. We'd love to see you back on board soon!

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Kurt and Joan were born and raised in San Francisco and are very knowledgeable about the area. They gave us a tour of a lifetime. We learned so much about San Francisco and Alcatraz. ANY questions we had they had the answer for us. Not...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Edward F
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for acknowledging how awesome Kurt & Joan are! We are lucky to have them on our team. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you back soon (I'm sure Kurt & Joan will have more San Francisco stories to tell you).

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Getting to Alcatraz before the crowds was the way to go. Joseph was there to meet us and explain the day's events. Following the Alcatraz portion of the day, he met us with our box lunches and we boarded the modified cable car for our...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for this wonderful feedback! We're glad to hear you enjoyed a 5-star tour experience with Joseph. We hope you come back to visit again soon!

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    Krusty73
    23 April 2019|
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    Response from Mirela F | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. The day of my visit there were a lot of kids that did the tour with us. Many were around the age of 10. Also the content is very appropriately shared in my opinion.
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    21 January 2019|
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    Response from JohnCathySzcz | Reviewed this property |
    Yep all inclusive- a great tour
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    Trvl_mac89
    29 November 2018|
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    Response from morrism2013 | Reviewed this property |
    I can think of no answer, unless it is the specific Tuesday or Wednesday that you are choosing and some special event is going on or the SF Giants are at home
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