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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.


  • Is your preferred travel date not available? Call us for last-minute availability and other Alcatraz tour options at +1-866-753-4923
  • 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

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 August 2015

Very informative guide. Buss was very comfortable. Excellent way to see highlights of the city and parts that the typical visitor probably would not have seen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Even though the tour got started over an hour late, because of another driver, the tour was Great! Greg was our guide and did not seem rushed since we got a late start. He was very informative and could answer any questions that were thrown at him! We were a group of five and I really had no interest in going to Alcatraz but the others wanted to go, so I went along with them. I am glad I did, it ended up being one of the highlights of the vacation. Book Early for Alcatraz, we know somebody else that wanted to go and couldn't get in.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


Sarah N
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I would definitely recommend this tour as a great way to see what San Fransisco has to offer. That way you know what you want to go and see more of. We went on a tour of the city including the Golden Gate Bridge, twin peaks, lots of famous streets from the films, the fantastic park etc. The tour guide is very informative. After the tour we got the ferry to Alcatraz as part of the trip. Having been for the second time I enjoyed it just as much. It is such an interesting and fascinating place! Not to be missed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting, informative, and a good value for the price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

your employees where very friendly and knowledgeable I had a wonderful time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was great. They picked us up at our hotel and getting on the bus was easy. The city tour was really great. We had Joe for our driver and he was very knowledgeable and made it really fun. The Alcatraz tour was really interesting. Would highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was well run and most informative. The commentaries were were excellent. Would certainly recommend to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Arron, was our tour guide and we had the BEST tour . I tried to get trip onto Alcatraz it did not work , yet by the end of the day we did not feel as though it mattered because it was made wonderful from the great tour guide Aaron. Thank you and we will be back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was fantastic and the guide Greg was terrific. He really knew his stuff.

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