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VIP Exclusive: Alcatraz Early Access & City Cable Car Tour

Product ID: 187425
Enjoy early access to the world-famous Alcatraz and explore the former prison via an audio guide headset. Afterwards, embark on an exclusive city tour that lets you travel the streets of San Francisco in style aboard a motorized cable car.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Experience an early-bird ferry access to Alcatraz and exclusive Cable Car sightseeing tour
  • Take part in the ultimate San Francisco VIP experience
  • Beat the crowds and be the first to Alcatraz for a fascinating, award-winning audio tour
  • Photograph the stunning Palace of Fine Arts, explore the iconic City Hall, and cross the historic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Admire fantastic city views aboard a cable car bus: a converted cable car with wheels for mobility
Full description
This exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience combines the city's top attraction, Alcatraz, with a city tour of famous neighborhoods, landmarks, and sights on board a motorized classic cable car.

You will start the tour in the early morning at 8:00 AM at Pier 33, where you will check-in with your tour guide to receive your Alcatraz tickets, get a quick run-down of the day, and place your lunch order for later on. You will then make your way to the famous Alcatraz Island aboard an early ferry to avoid the crowds and you’ll arrive at Alcatraz Island around 9:00 AM. Upon arrival, you will be able to journey through the cell blocks and other areas using the audio guide provided, learning about the life of notorious criminals, such as Al Capone.

Following this tour, you will board the scheduled ferry at 11:40 AM for an 11:55 AM departure back to Pier 33, whilst taking in the beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay. Meet with your tour guide by 12:15 PM to pick-up your boxed-lunch and explore Pier 33’s gift shop. By 12:50 PM, you’ll meet your guide at the designated check-in location and get ready to start your city tour. You will board an authentic and iconic motorized cable car and depart Fisherman's Wharf.

Once aboard the cable car, listen to live narration about San Francisco and its notable sights, such as the exquisite Palace of Fine Arts, the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Vista Point Lookout North, and historic Fort Point. You will cruise up and down the famous hills of San Francisco, enjoying views of Victorian homes. You will finally discover Pacific Heights, one of San Francisco’s most affluent neighborhoods, and take advantage of photo opportunities as you pass by the home featured in the blockbuster film "Mrs. Doubtfire." Your tour will end back at Pier 33 by Alcatraz Landing at 3:15 PM.
  • Early ferry access to the world-famous Alcatraz
  • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz island plus audio tour
  • Fantastic city views aboard a motorized cable car
  • Guide
  • Boxed lunch (sandwich or salad), cookie, and a water bottle
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Pier 33, Alcatraz Cruises

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• You must provide the names of all participants during booking in order to receive Alcatraz tickets (if incomplete information is provided you will not get tickets, nor receive a refund)
• Check in with your tour guide in front of Pier 33 next to the lamppost across from the information booth (your tour guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag)
• Your tour guide will take your lunch order, give a quick run-down of the day, and provide you with all your Alcatraz tickets before you will board one of the first ferries to Alcatraz
• Please make sure to bring your photo ID
• Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the Alcatraz cruise time
• The Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 113 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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If I could give this tour more stars I would. STELLAR all around! Jessica (guide) and Roger (driver) were perfection - tips and tricks, laughs, informative, down to earth, kind, obliging.... they were rock solid. I have to say, the tour company itself is super awesome! I would NOT hesitate to book with them again!

January 26, 2020

Suggestive visit, very well organized. The audio guide in Italian is really useful. We spent a whole day in the company of Kyra, our helpful, professional and highly trained guide and Joan our extraordinary cable car driver. Definitely to be recommended to those who want to see the famous Alcatraz prison and end the day by discovering beautiful places on board a vehicle available exclusively for the group.

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October 17, 2019

Excellent tour, both of Alcatraz and the cable car bus. It was worth the price to get an early Alcatraz tour. Curt was our tour guide and he was wonderful from the minute he introduced himself. Roger was the best cable car driver we’ve ever had. Highly recommend for a great San Francisco experience

October 6, 2019

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Product ID: 187425