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“Another must see”
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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US$110.00*
and up
Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history along with intriguing anecdotes about Al Capone and other legendary figures that made a "home" here.
Reviewed 15 June 2014

You can't go to San Francisco without doing the tour of Alcatraz at least once. Be sure to book your tickets early to get you choice of time and day. Once at the Island be sure to do the Audio Tour as it adds colour and context to the site.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Normally I hate audio tours but this one is very good. They make it easy to imagine what it was like to be in alcatraz and keep you moving. The views from the island and on the boat are very nice.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Everything it was the best self guided tour that I have been on..I didn't really want to do it but so glad I did

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, after arriving at our Holiday Inn Express Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf, we met our Alcatraz Tour at Pier 33, Embarcadero. Our tickets were for the 5:55pm Sunset Tour and we ordered them two months in advance. We were able to get a senior discount; the tour was $34.25 a person.

It was a great tour. Once at Alcartaz, the group was divided into those who wanted to take the tram up the hill to the main gate and those who would walk. They arrived at the main gate at the same time. A guide with a very strong voice was able to provide live narrative to both those walking and those in the tram as the two groups moved at the same pace.

Once inside Alcatraz prison, each person was assigned an audio head set that was easy to use; easy to stop; easy to start; so you could tour at your own pace. We were told about certain live presentations at certain times so one could keep those in mind and detour from the audio tour at any time. It is not possible to participate in all of the live presentations and the audio tour on the night tour because the boat leaves around 9pm and that is it. Still, I believe the combination of live and audio was well presented.

My suggestion would be to take an earlier tour because you do not have to return on the same boat. You can stay longer and take a later boat. By going on an earlier tour, a person can have sufficient time to benefit from all of the presentations as well as the audio tour.

The only reason I am not rating the night tour as excellent is because of the time limitation. Otherwise, it was great.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This was our second time to Alcatraz. We enjoyed it as much as the first time. Very interesting, wear comfortable shoes as there is some banks to climb

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