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Tour code: 2660SFODLX3
Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this full-day tour. With a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio and the Palace of Fine Arts. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Round-trip transportation from San Francisco hotels is included.

Highlights

  • Six-hour tour combining San Francisco city tour and audio-guided visit to Alcatraz or Escape From Rock Cruise
  • Opt for the City Tour & Escape From Rock Cruise if Alcatraz tickets are sold out
  • All the main attractions, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach
  • Audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz "Cell Block" (if option selected)
  • Ferry ride to Alcatraz Island (if option selected)
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a super-convenient roundup of San Francisco's top sights, including Alcatraz, the most sought-after attraction in the city. A good choice if you're short on time! If the popular City Tour & Alcatraz Admission option is sold out, opt for the City Tour & Escape From Rock Cruise.

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What You Can Expect

Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Following pickup at your San Francisco hotel, board an air-conditioned coach for a cruise along the city's waterfront. Admire views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay, stopping for photos at Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting).

Other attractions visited on this tour include some of the city's famous Victorian homes, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio and North Beach.

After touring the city, board the scenic ferry to Alcatraz. Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a National Park and get a brief orientation to the maximum security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, available in ten languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart every thirty minutes) and head back to Pier 33.

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

The schedule for the day depends on the availability for Alcatraz. You will be advised of the tour schedule either when you call to re-confirm your tour 24 hours prior, or upon arrival for the tour on your selected date of travel.

Alcatraz sold out?
City Tour & Escape from the Rock Cruise
The next best option is the Escape from the Rock Cruise. This 1.5-hour tour sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circumnavigates Alcatraz twice.

Hear sound effects and intriguing stories about Capone, Billy Cook the Killer and Clyde Johnson’s Alcatraz escape attempt. Through the tour's engaging narration, go back in time to the days when this maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.

Please note: the City Tour & Escape from the Rock Cruise does NOT include a ticket to Alcatraz.

Customer Reviews

Peter Robert K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Well organised hotel pick up and island tour very informative good day allround

Raymond P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guided tour of San Francisco was all that we expected. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a chance to see the city without the worry of driving in the unique traffic pattern. Well worth the investment.

Ken

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The bus driver was extremely knowledgeable and he made the whole tour worth while!

Anita G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A must see when visiting San Fransisco. Really interesting tour. City tour was brilliant and also a must.

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a ball it was fantastic to see the city and not have to worry about the traffic. Alcatraz was amazing. would recommend this tour to anyone

Joseph V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Joe our tour guide was awesome. Enjoyed this tour very much and very informative. Great way to see the city

linda s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

OUTSTANDING DRIVERS AND TOUR REP/DRIVER. WOW WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE. VERY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY. THIS IS THE BEST!!!

Charlotte M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Kenneth was an excellent guide and driver. Tour was very comprehensive and enjoyable.

J.wright1945

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

First rate highly recommended,very informative

MR M E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

very happy with the tour well organised amazing experience thanktou

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