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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1370 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transport and sightseeing tour by motorized cable car
    • Admission to Alcatraz Island (Valued at $39.90) and Alcatraz audio tour
    • Lunch choices: Choice of sandwich (Turkey/Provolone or Ham/Cheddar) or salad (Mixed greens with goat cheese crumbles, dried orchard fruit, toasted sunflower seeds with a blood orange shallot vinaigrette), all lunches include the following:
    • Chips Cookie Fruit Water Bottle Mayonnaise + Mustard packets + napkin Your lunch bag and everything in it is biodegradable! Lunch orders will be taken the day of the tour at time of check in, not any sooner!
    • Professional guide
    • Mixed refreshments
    • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • All traveler names are required at time of booking. Failure to provide this information will result in cancellation of your tour. Please provide all passengers' full names. Provide first name (lower case letters) and last name (upper case letters) as it appears on each passenger's identification. All passengers 18 and older must present ID to take the ferry to Alcatraz.
    • Cable cars are wheeled and not on rails to provide maximum flexibility for city sightseeing
    • Dress in layers as temperatures can be quite cold on the water or on the open-air cable car
    • If vegetarian lunch is required, please note in Special Requirements box at check-out
    • Please note: On days when traffic is exceptionally heavy or visibility is bad due to fog on the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable car will go to the bridge's viewing parking to but not cross it
    • Tour Itinerary 8:00 AM – Check in with your tour guide in front of Pier 33 next to the lamppost across from the information booth. (Please see our Contact Us page for more information.) Your tour guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo! Your tour guide will take your lunch order, give a quick run-down of the day, and provide you with all your Alcatraz tickets. You will board one of the first ferries to Alcatraz. 9:00 AM - Arrive at Alcatraz Island. Take advantage of more than 2 hours to explore the island, including the award-winning audio tour. 11:40 AM – Boarding begins for the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco. You must be on the the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco to continue the tour! 11:55 AM – Ferry departs back to San Francisco! 12:15 PM – Disembark ferry and meet your tour guide at the check-in location. Your tour guide will provide you with your lunches. You will have 30 minutes to explore Pier 33's spectacular grounds and gift shop. 12:50PM – Meet your tour guide at the check-in location, where you will be escorted to your Cable Car. 1:00 PM - Enjoy your professionally guided, premier Cable Car tour of San Francisco, where you will stop at the Palace of Fine Arts, ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, and stop at Fort Point. 3:15 PM – Arrive back at Alcatraz Landing, the end of your adventure! Thank you for riding with us!
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We originally bought this trip believing we were purchasing an early morning quick pass, to avoid the queues...wrong. You will still queue, as numerous people also with the same idea, buy tickets from other operators,but, you are the first to arrive at Alcatraz, a def...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Travellingby2
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thanks for the feedback! Visit us again real soon.

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    What an amazing tour, was an absolute honour sharing my day with curt and roger! Me and my soon to be wife, had a fantastic day and I'd recommend this tour above all to everyone visiting this beautiful city. I learnt so much today about...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Jake C
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thanks for your review, Jake! It is nice to hear that Curt & Roger took good care of you and your fiance during the tour. We appreciate you recommending us and look forward to seeing you again soon!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Highly recommend this tour by Hornblower Cable Cars. Kyra our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided many interesting facts about San Fran. Joan our driver provided a safe and enjoyable ride.Both were always there for our small group of 14 to answer any and...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank JandEToronto
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thank you for recommending us! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the city - see you back soon!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The perfect combined trip to see Alcatraz and all the best bits of San Francisco by cable car in just a few hours lunch in the sun included.. An excellent day all round! Our tour guide Jessica and cable car driver Joan went above and...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Rachelstriptosanfran
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    We're glad you enjoyed an all-around 5-star tour experience around San Francisco! Thank you for recommending us - see you back soon!

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Couldn't recommend this trip more highly! Ear,y access to Alcatraz meant it was much quieter than later in the day. Lunch was tasty - great to sit out in the sun to enjoy it. The Hornblower cable car was so much fun, such a novel...More

    Thank LK190
    HornblowerSupport, Manager at Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Such awesome feedback! Thank you for joining us on a tour around the city. We will share your comments with Jessica & Joan.

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    April 23, 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.
    January 21, 2019|
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    Response from SMichaluk | Reviewed this property |
    Part of the tour. This tour was well worth the money. This was the favorite part of our trip.
    November 29, 2018|
    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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