Did exactly what we needed, and the App worked exceptionally well for us (keeping us informed of the next pickup). Only complaint was that I found the top deck seating to be on the tight side; but hey, I admit I'm not as skinny as I used to be......
Overall this was a great package for seeing a lot of San Francisco, and in particular, to have access to an Alcatraz ticket if the park service ones are all sold out. The HOHO bus has lots of good stops and covers the high points of the city, but in busy time, you cannot really plan to see it all with more than one or two hops off. It sometimes takes a long time to find a bus with seats and we found that the buses sometimes wait at the stops while dispatchers rearrange things. In busy times, it may be better just to see the whole city from the bus, and then later go back to a favorite spot. My general impression was that they needed more buses to meet the ideal HOHO timeframes I was hoping for. It was ESPECIALLY busy at the Fisherman's Wharf place where we had to go to get the tickets. Took about an hour to get on a bus to start. That said, we saw a lot, we LOVED being able to go to Alcatraz, and we did enjoy the Chinatown tour (though it was a little shorter than we expected since it started at Union Square). Just do some thinking and planning before you do this.
I would do the classic hop on and hop off bus tour and the trip to Alcatraz thru this company again. Busses arrive about every 20 mins. The only downfall is that the head sets dont always work and when on top you cant hear if you're in the bottom. Missed out on alot of info.
Esperienza fantastica grazie anche ad un ottima organizzazione di Bay city guide. Consigliato!
Customer service was great! My original Alcatraz night time tour was cancelled because of the government shutdown but the customer service reps worked hard to reschedule my tour to a daytime tour. They were really on top of things and they were very courteous and informative.
Our guide was excellent!! I have three young kids and they said the bus tour/guide was favorite part of trip.
What a GREAT Tour! Worth every dollar! We went the day of the Blue Angels and they few right at eye level at times! package of Big Bus was exciting way to get to know the city and go back later to downtown. PLUS we used it as our transportation.
We were on a narrated bus with Ray and Chin and loved it. We thought we would get off and on but ended up doing the entire city loop because our girls liked Rays jokes. My husband and I were happy to sit back and enjoy our coffee listening to all the info about the city and taking in the sights from the top of the bus. We liked being able to go to Alcatraz one day and then take the city tour another day so everything wasn’t crammed into one day. And I had emailed in questions prior to arriving in SanFrancisco and they were answered promptly. And when we arrived at the office, it was run very well. My kids are harsh critics and they really liked the Alcatraz and City tour combo.
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Note: Tour Times and # Left reflect actual inventory for ALCATRAZ tour departures. Your confirmation is immediately sent to your email upon completion of your reservation. Tickets can be picked up the day of your tour at Pier 33. Your Classic City Tour can be started any day or time.
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ALCATRAZ DAY TOUR TICKET & Ferry Ride. Includes, Jailhouse Audio Tour
Classic City Tour on Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off 1-Day Classic Pass
1.5-Hour Chinatown Walking Tour
Just a 15-minute afternoon ferry ride from Pier 33 brings you to Alcatraz Island, the infamous prison island known as "The Rock", home to the most incorrigible prisoners in America during the mid-20th century. The highlight of this unique and haunting self-guided experience is the award-winning 45-minute cellhouse audio headset tour which details prison life on the Rock (available in 10 languages and included in the price). Close a cell door behind you to get the feel of what life was really like on Alcatraz. Take a photo to post your Facebook status as: "I went to Prison on my Vacation". Alcatraz tour cannot be sold separately (BayCityGuide.com is an authorized reseller of Alcatraz Cruises) - this is a 6-Part package. Alcatraz tour departure and times vary daily and are based upon availability (Alcatraz tickets area generally for an Afternoon Tour); bus tour to be done on the same day as Alcatraz tour and Chinatown walking tour to be done on another day.
Note: Alcatraz tickets must be purchased 4 days in advance. See SELECT YOUR DATE - shows the next available tour. Calendar shows all other available dates. Tickets sold in this package will be available from the Alcatraz Group Services window at Pier 33 on the day of the tour.
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Ferry Return times from Alcatraz to Pier 33 (Mar 11 - Nov 5, 2019): 9:25am, 9:55am, 10:25am, 10:55am, 11:25am, 11:55am, 12:25pm, 12:55pm, 1:25pm, 1:55pm, 2:35pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 5:55pm, 6:30pm. Times subject to change without notice.
Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off 1-Day Classic Pass
Open top San Francisco sightseeing tour on a Hop-On Hop-Off Double Decker Bus — a wonderful way to see all the San Francisco attractions and landmarks! You can hop off the bus at many major sights, shop and dine - then hop back on board the next bus to continue your journey. Ride over the fabled Golden Gate Bridge and stop at the other end at North Vista Point (Marin side) with stunning views of the Bridge and City skyline. Hop off and see the Painted Ladies, walk down Lombard Street, eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, visit the Golden Gate Park museums or shop in Haight/Ashbury. Open top hop-on hop-off tours operate from 9am-5pm.
CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR
- 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of Chinatown: Established in 1850, Chinatown is home to the oldest street in San Francisco; Grant Avenue. Busy markets and restaurants line Grant and Stockton Streets. Historic Portsmouth Square and pagoda tiled roofs throughout Chinatown offer a glimpse into an ancient culture thriving in a modern surrounding. Wear comfortable shoes. Some moderate hills. Tour departs from the southwest corner of Union Square @ Geary and Powell Streets. April - October 11am & 1PM / November - March 1pm Daily.
You may start your 1-Day hop on hop off pass anytime during your trip (before Alcatraz tour or after Alcatraz tour) - once activated, your time period starts.
Must activate your Hop-On Hop-Off pass to be eligible for walking tour. Walking tour must be done during your 24 hour bus pass.
Approximately 1/2 of the bus fleet will have live personnel on board for tour narration.
Tour departure times are subject to change without notice.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or older. Alcatraz ticket value: Adults (18-61)-$39.90, Senior (62+)-$37.65, Junior(12-17)-$39.90, Child (5-11)-$24.40, Children 4 & under are free.
*Please note: Alcatraz tour tickets cannot be sold separately - this is an Multi-Tour Package involving a National Park. GuideYou.com is an Authorized Reseller for the National Park, Alcatraz Island.
There are no refunds for cancellations. No refunds for tours not taken. No refunds on missed tours.
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This tour does NOT offer hotel pick up.
Want to see Alcatraz at Night? Check out our Alcatraz at Night Tour with 1-Day Hop-On Hop Off Bus Tour
This tour does NOT offer hotel pick up.
ALCATRAZ DATE & TIME: Select the DATE/TIME for your Alcatraz tickets - the DATE/TIME you select is the day/time you will be going to Alcatraz. Your Alcatraz Tickets will by available at on the day of your tour from the Group Services window at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero. Group Services window opens at 8:30am. You must present a valid photo identification.
USING YOUR 1-Day HOP-ON HOP-OFF CLASSIC PASS:
- The bus tours and Chinatown walking tour are not time sensitive and can be used any day of your choosing, including before the date of your Alcatraz tour.
- Customers with a printed e-ticket and Valid ID can board at any stop and ride to the Fisherman's Wharf ticket booth - then disembark and go to the ticket counter and present their e-ticket and Valid ID and staff member will exchange the e-ticket for a valid Hop-On Hop-Off ticket.
- Customers without a printed e-ticket MUST check in at at Stop #1 (Big Bus Main Terminal) located in Fisherman's Wharf - 99 Jefferson/Mason to receive their Hop-On Hop-Off tickets.
- 1st Bus departs from Fisherman's Wharf at 9:00am. Last bus departs at 5pm and offers no Hop-On Hop-Off service (returns approximately 8:30pm). Your 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off pass is activated on its first use.
Must activate your Hop-On Hop-Off pass to be eligible for walking tours. Walking tour departure times subject to change without notice - please reconfirm times at check in. Passes activated after 1pm will also be valid the following day until 1pm. Walking tour must be done during your 24 hour bus pass.
- This is a 6-Tour package. Comfortable walking shoes advised! Bring a Jacket as the Island and Bay can get Breezy & Cool.
- ALCATRAZ Island Allow 1.5 to 2 Hours or longer-depart when you want) City Tour - 2.5 Hours; Chinatown Walking Tour - 1.5 Hours;
GuideYou/BayCityGuide is an authorized reseller of tickets to Alcatraz Island, part of the U.S. National Park Service. As such, GuideYou/BayCityGuide is required to submit a list of all customers and finalize payment to the Alcatraz Island/National Park Service for all tickets sold. Therefore, GuideYou/BayCityGuide is unable to accept any cancellations and/or issue any refunds. There are no refunds for missed tours or tours not taken. NOTE: If you are late for your scheduled tour, Alcatraz will not allow you to take a future one and you will not receive a refund for the missed tour.
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