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Alcatraz Island and Silicon Valley Tour

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Explore Alcatraz the next day and make the most out of your visit to the island.

Tickets to the Alcatraz Island ferry & tour
Photo stops at Facebook, Google and Apple
Admission to the Computer History Museum
See Twitter, Uber, YouTube, Oracle and others
Lunch stop in downtown Mountain View
Learn the origins of HP and the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Tech-savvy tour guide (English)
Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off
Free Wi-Fi on vehicle
Meals
Guide gratuity: recommended
HIGHLIGHTS
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Day 1 - Silicon Valley Tour

The original and still the best Silicon Valley tour from San Francisco. Education and entertainment are everywhere on this full-day Silicon Valley tech tour. You’ll see the modern-day headquarters of Twitter, Uber, Oracle, YouTube and more. Stop for selfies at the sprawling campuses and visitors’ centers of Facebook, Google and Apple.

There’s, even more, to do in Silicon Valley. Learn the history of the tech revolution while visiting the Computer History Museum (admission included), seeing the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and hearing the stories of early tech pioneers like Frederick Terman, William Shockley, Bill Hewlett, Dave Packard and Mark Zuckerberg.

The tech campuses we visit are private companies, so you won’t see techies at work, but you can snap selfies and buy merchandise at the visitors’ centers of Apple, Google and Facebook. Buying an “I Visited the Mother Ship” t-shirt is a must! Note: visitor policies can change without notice.

Be amazed at how fast the world is changing when you see a one-of-a-kind Cray-1 supercomputer, the first Apple computer and Google's original web servers at the Computer History Museum. Yes, you can play PONG there. See where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard developed the audio oscillator and atoms were split at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Conclude the tour at your pickup location amazed at all you’ve seen and contemplating how the technology revolution has shaped our modern lives.

Silicon Valley Tour is available on Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays only.

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TOUR ITINERARY

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

  • Start your tour with a convenient San Francisco hotel pickup
  • Drive by the downtown offices of Twitter and Uber
  • See Oracle’s campus and the winning America’s Cup sailboat
  • Grab a “Thumbs Up” picture at the Facebook HQ

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

  • See the garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started HP
  • Take a selfie at Google in front of Android figurines
  • Marvel at the Computer History Museum’s historical artifacts

12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

  • Enjoy lunch in Mountain View, home to many tech pioneers and financiers
  • Grab a photo and some merchandise at the Apple Visitors’ Center

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Learn the significance of the Stanford Linear Accelerator
  • See the current headquarters of YouTube
  • Return with photos and memories to San Francisco

Day 2 - Alcatraz Morning Tour

Make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour! Local public transportation - F Streetcar, BART-Embarcadero station. The ferry ride from San Francisco to the island takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Once you arrive on the island, a brief presentation of the island's history and guide to touring the prison is given. An audio tour is provided on entrance of the cell house that gives a recorded commentary from former inmates, prison guards and prison wardens. It takes roughly between 2 and 2 1/2 hours to do the full tour and just enough time to grab a souvenir. The ferry leaves roughly every thirty minutes. Learn interesting facts about the island, such as that Alcatraz was not only used as a prison but also as a harbor defense fort during the civil war and before then, was America's first lighthouse on the West Coast. Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz Island on the San Francisco Bay.

Important Information

Does Silicon Valley tour operate every day?

This tour operates on Wednesday and Saturday, based on a minimum number of participants.

Is admission included?

Yes, admission to the Computer History Museum and Alcatraz Island is included in the price.

Where is Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley includes the cities and towns south of San Francisco. It originated in the Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Stanford University area

How did Silicon Valley start?

The idea for Silicon Valley began during the Great Depression. Stanford engineering professor Frederick Terman decided to create more jobs opportunities for his students. He encouraged two of his them, William Hewlett and David Packard. He even got grants for them so they could create the high-tech company named after them.

What is Silicon Valley famous for?

Silicon Valley is the U.S. center for innovative technology companies. It's home to 2,000 tech companies, the densest concentration in the world.

What companies are in Silicon Valley?

The most well-known Silicon Valley companies are Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix. The area also launched Tesla, Twitter, Yahoo!, and eBay. There are many business support companies such as Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel. Other companies include Adobe, Intuit, and Zynga.

Is this a guided tour?

Silicon Valley tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops. Alcatraz tour is selfguided, you will be offered an audio tour of the island.

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included on this tour. We will stop for about an hour where you can purchase lunch. Eating and drinking are allowed on our vehicles, and you can also bring your own food if you do not feel comfortable purchasing it on the trip.

How much time will we have on Alcatraz?

You will have as much or as little time as you want on your own on Alcatraz. Boats from Alcatraz leave approximately every 20-30 minutes. You can find all return times from the island here.

Is the Alcatraz portion of the tour guided?

This portion of the tour is run by Alcatraz Cruises - All Alcatraz Island tour tickets include round-trip transportation between Pier 33 and Alcatraz Island, as well as the award-winning Cellhouse audio tour.

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