4.5 star rating: Recommended 1496 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of everyone's favorite city, in addition to a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio walking tour.


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  • Six-hour tour combining San Francisco city tour and audio-guided visit to Alcatraz
  • All the main attractions, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach
  • Opt for the City Tour & Escape From Rock Cruise if Alcatraz tickets are sold out
  • Audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz "Cell Block"
  • Ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
  • 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

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

The San Francisco City Tour begins with a drive along the famous waterfront for views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Photo stops are made at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks (weather permitting).

Some of the attractions you will see on this San Francisco City Tour include:
  • Chinatown
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Victorian homes
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • North Beach
  • Presidio National Park
  • Awe-inspiring views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean
Your tour also includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and an audio walking tour of the "Cell Block". This former federal penitentiary was also known as "The Rock" and housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You'll learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more on this tour.

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
When Alcatraz is sold out, book the next best option and upgrade your city tour to include the Escape from the Rock Cruise. This 90-minute bay cruise sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circles Alcatraz twice allowing you to get up close and see every angle of this mysterious island.

You’ll hear chilling accounts of harrowing escape attempts by Alcatraz’s notorious criminals as well as their descriptions of the brutality of life on the island. This special San Francisco bay cruise featuring sound effects and intriguing stories about Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson’s Alcatraz escape attempt and many more, will take you back 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This experience was a day long one but well worth it. In the morning we toured the city in a Grayline Bus with Greg as the driver. He was a fountain of knowledge and made the tour both stimulating and interesting with his anecdotes and insights into all the various parts of the city. The highlight being the visit to a lookout point over the city which gave the tourists a good perspective of the size and scale of San Francisco.
In the afternoon we visited Alcatraz, taking the ferry which was about a 20 minute excursion in itself but we were delayed somewhat in departing because of the huge number of patrons lined up to get on the boat. Certainly brought home to us how popular this iconic prison on a lump of rock is for visitors across the world.
For me this was a compelling experience as the audio provided to each person is brilliant and gives one a very clear picture of what life was like for the prisoners at this establishment until its closure in 1963. The highlight was meeting Billy Baker a former inmate in the prison, aged 81, who was signing his book ''Alcatraz'' which he wrote on his release finally from prison in his late 70s. He was a very engaging fellow and was more than happy to talk about his experiences in this hell hole over a 6 year period…but what got me most was his admission that he spent the best years of his life in Alcatraz because of the close friendships he formed with a number of fellow prisoners, all of whom were career criminals, and the strong bonds of comradeship that developed as they schemed together for better conditions in the prison or in hatching plans to escape. For all visitors to San Fran this is a compulsory destination…it will certainly have an impact on you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The escape from Alcatraz was the next best thing than actually being on "the Rock." Great views of the city and excellent overview of the prison. The bus tour is a must. My kids got a real flavor for the city and learned quite a lot from the driver who was very knowledgable.

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