Friday, September 28, 2012

DAY 9 - Sunrise Travel

Friday was the last day of our Sunrise Northwest Coast Tour.   It's been so much fun that I hate to see it end!

Our group arrived this morning at Pier 33 for a boat ride to the island and our tour of Alcatraz made infamous by housing notorious prisoners - Al Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly and the "Birdman of Alcatraz" Robert Stroud.

Today was a historic day as the space shuttle Endeavor was scheduled to fly over San Francisco Bay on its final flight to a Los Angeles Museum.    We had hoped for a glimpse of this once-in-a-lifetime event, so we were thrilled when the flight went right over our tour boat on the way to Alcatraz.   We had a front row seat to history!

After the Alcatraz tour, our group headed to the famous Pier 39 which offers a multitude of stores and restaurants.  With a choice of either tilapia with mango sauce or steak, we all enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Fog Harbor Fish House Restaurant.

The restaurant was a wonderful choice as they were well-prepared for our group, seated us in an area with stunning views of the  Pacific ocean and they made it special for some of our travelers as we celebrated their birthdays with candles on their desserts and sang to them.

We spent the afternoon on a bus tour exploring the wonders of San Francisco - Chinatown, Little Italy, Golden Gate Park area and Nob Hill.    Sunrise Tours always offers a "Sunrise Surprise" on each trip.   Our tour guide, Ruth, outdid herself as our Sunrise Surprise was one of the highlights of the trip -- a cable car ride!   It was so exciting as some of my new found friends were much braver than me as they chose to hang off the side of the cable car!  

Later in the day we returned to the Fisherman's Wharf area for dinner and shopping.

Our tour manager, Ruth, did an exceptional job in meeting all our needs.  Our bus driver, Steve, did a fantastic job of safely driving us from Portland to San Francisco and maneuvering that enormous bus.  They made a great team!   This truly was a wonderful experience and I'd highly recommend using Sunrise Tours as overall our hotels and restaurants were high quality and the selected events were fun and appropriate for a Boomer group.

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