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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour, or a cruise on the bay that circles the island twice for up-close views. 


  • Combined Alcatraz audio-walking tour and excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz "Cell Block" (if Alcatraz option is selected at time of booking), otherwise, enjoy a 1.5-hour bay cruise around Alcatraz
  • Ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
  • Exploring the giant redwood sequoia trees at Muir Woods
  • Shopping and relaxing at Sausalito, California's prettiest town
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

An interesting contrast between the bleak prison and the freeing beauty of the woods. You'll experience a walking audio tour of Alcatraz, a stroll among the awe-inspiring trees of Muir Woods and a short stop in picturesque Sausalito. Three don't-miss attractions all in one day!

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What You Can Expect

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

Giant Redwoods, California

This tour is likely to sell out! The Alcatraz daily ticket allotment regularly fills up weeks in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment.

When booking this combo Muir Woods and Alcatraz tour from San Francisco, you have two options—an Alcatraz admission ticket, which includes the ferry to and from the island, or a cruise that circles Alcatraz Island, providing up-close views but no access to the prison itself (the cruise option is a good alternative if Alcatraz admission is sold out on your preferred date).
Muir Woods and Sausalito (included with both tour options):
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and travel north to Muir Woods National Monument for your exploration of the giant coastal redwood trees. This old-growth forest is home to some of the planet’s oldest and tallest trees, which you can admire in all their glory as you walk along shady paths.

Then head to Sausalito, a picturesque small town just north of the Golden Gate Bridge that sits between the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. You have leisure time here to walk along the waterfront, maybe purchase a snack (own expense), or perhaps shop in the galleries and boutiques.

Alcatraz admission:
If you select this option when booking, you’ll board the ferry to Alcatraz at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Enjoy the scenic ride across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island, and disembark to start your independent tour of this island prison. Put on your provided headset to listen to the award-winning audio tour, “Doing Time,” and learn about notorious criminals like Al Capone who were incarcerated here. Hear about escape attempts from “the Rock,” and listen to commentary from former inmates and staff.

Escape from the Rock cruise:
This 90-minute cruise on the bay takes you underneath the Golden Gate Bridge before circling Alcatraz Island twice, providing plenty of photo ops and time to study the former penitentiary from the water. Listen to spine-tingling stories about escape attempts, and hear about what prison life was like for famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly. This fascinating cruise includes chilling sound effects and tales about Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson and more. (This tour option does not include a ticket to Alcatraz itself.)  


  • The tour schedule for the day depends on the availability for Alcatraz. For example, if Alcatraz is available in the morning, the tour commences at the pier to begin with the Alcatraz portion. If there is no availability for Alcatraz in the morning, upon arrival at Fisherman's Wharf you will commence with Muir Woods and Sausalito and then continue to the pier for Alcatraz in the afternoon, returning at leisure
  • The Alcatraz portion usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete, with the audio tour consisting of approximately 45 minutes. You are advised to inquire on your arrival to the island as to what time the next guided tour will begin. There is no restriction on the amount of time you spend on the Island. The ferry boat service departs Alcatraz every 30 minutes and you can disembark at your own leisure
  • The Escape from the Rock Cruise departs Fisherman's Wharf at 11:30am, leaving 1 hour after conclusion of the cruise to relax at Fisherman's Wharf before the Muir Woods tour departs at 2:00pm
  • The Muir Woods and Sausalito section consists of at least 4 hours in total
  • There is a 1 hour and 15 minute stop at Muir Woods. Passengers may choose whether they wish to walk the trail or not. This short, self-guided walk takes approximately 30 minutes
  • The stop in Sausalito is 30-45 minutes at leisure

Customer Reviews

Jessica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My tour guide for Muir Woods and Sausalito was Manny and he made the experience 5 stars!! He had a great attitude and went above and beyond for the group. The Alcatraz part of the tour was amazing however I could have organized it myself as they just dropped us at the pier and we were on our own.

Dianne M. L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We loved the entire tour. Alcatraz was really good -- we probably could have spent more time there. Our tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito were also excellent. We especially enjoyed Igor, our bus driver, who really made the bus travel over the top.

Elisabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Alcatraz was the best audio tour I've ever experienced. Very well organized. Manny, our tour guide to Muir Woods and Sausalito, was fabulous. Very knowledgable and friendly.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was wonderful. Our bus driver was good and told about some about things going. The next time I book something, I would like for him to show us around again. Thank you it was a wonderful tour.

Christine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great trip, great bus crew, great views I would recommend this trip for everyone going to San Fran.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great tour taking in 3 of the key attractions in San Francisco. Our guide Aaron was excellent - knowledgeable, fun and interesting. Everything was well organised for pick ups and changeovers to the different activities. It was a long and full day but well worth it.

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a history lesson you get from visiting Alcatraz prison. I wound near like to be in prison.
Sausalito not long enough, need to be at least 3 hours not 1 hour,
Muir wood again need to be long. . The driver was great.

Salvatore T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

it was great!

lynne r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a great day touring Muir woods and Alcatraz


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was great and our guide and driver Chably was amazing. Would definitely travel with him again. Thanks for a great San Francisco experience. 4 happy Aussies.

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