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Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island

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Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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This Northern California Wine Country tour from San Francisco eliminates the hassle of arguing over who is the designated driver for the trip. Stop at various wineries in Napa and Sonoma and ride safely in an air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom for comfort and convenience. You even have time at Sonoma Square Plaza to eat lunch at your own expense.
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Rhonda R wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions
this was the main reason i came to san fran on vaction. i didnt really know what to expect but it exceeded my expectations. i had soo much fun
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Date of experience: October 2019
Zoe wrote a review Sep 2020
Dallas, Texas29 contributions3 helpful votes
we had to do the visit but at the last minute we preferred to cancel because we were afraid of having a problem on this island and of getting stuck there
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Date of experience: August 2020
Annie wrote a review Sep 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada3 contributions
The tour was not as wonderful as what we read on the website. Firstly, there was no social distancing on the boat and there are 150 people on the boat per trip. Some people with no common sense stood so close to you to take pictures. Some people's masks were only on the chin for the whole boat ride. What's the purpose? Why not the staff on the boat do a better job by giving people strict warnings and have better arrangement? Secondly, the tour on the island was unsatisfactory. There was no tour guide to guide you or answer any questions you may have on the island, except only one girl who works there at the entrance was available to answer the question. Because of COVID-19, a lot of places on the island were restricted and the signs like 'do not enter' is everywhere. Just walking by ourselves from here to there doesn't help understand the history or the stories on the island at all, not to mention that a lot of introduction notice boards on the island were too old to be read! The whole island, to be honest, is not in a good condition and needs to be maintained better for the tourists from all over the world to enjoy. There are flies everywhere you go. Bird poo poo is everywhere, too (I've attatched a picture)! Many buildings on the island were not in a good shape. A lot of green vegetations are growing on the wall like crazy. On the introduction page, you may read that 'tour includes a 45 minute audio presentation called 'Doing time: The Alcatraz Cell House Tour'", but we didn't find that on the island unfortunately. We didn't expect to pay money or spend time on such a deserted place. I will not recommend any of my friends to waste energy to visit this place. I hope one day when things are back to normal, the island will be in a better shape and be more welcoming to show people such magnificant piece of history.
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Date of experience: September 2020
S.J wrote a review Sep 2020
New Mexico9 contributions9 helpful votes
Not the island, but the boat that took us there had the best bananas i have ever tasted. As far as the island goes, it was very informative. I went with young kids, the island had there attention the entire time. The stories that were told were spooky all the way too sad. I belive every little mind out there should take a trip and learn about the things that were here.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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307lenny wrote a review Sep 2020
41 contributions14 helpful votes
Not being able to visit inside the cell block, or any building on the island except the restroom was disappointing - thanks to the virus. Passengers on the ferry were limited to 150, which takes about 15-20 minutes each way. But all you can do is walk outside the buildings which kept my visit to just over an hour, including a 5 minute stop at the gift shop. They could have discounted the tickets or allowed smaller groups to enter the buildings for a limited time, but that was not an option. Although it was nice to see the island, if you want to fully enjoy your tour experience and get your money's worth, consider waiting until after this virus mess is over.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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