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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.


  • 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

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing . Our guide, Adolpho, was great. He was so informative and gave us time to see alot of San Francisco. We also enjoyed our Alcatraz tour, even though we didn and #39;t have tickets to get on the island due to tickets being sold out, we still enjoyed the boat ride around the bay. Awesome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic city tour dreamt tour guide and the Alcatraz tour must not be missed

Tom C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great day in San Fran!

Dietrich-Dacian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Die City Tour ist leider nur vom Bus aus. Man sieht zwar viel, hat jedoch keine Möglichkeit tolle Bilder zu machen. Alcatraz ist sehr interessant, hier hat man die Zeit vor Ort zu seiner freien Verfügung und auch so lang man möchte. Jedoch werden Menschen Massen durchgeschoben.

Renee M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great and informative. A must do.

Diane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour is a must for anyone visiting San Francisco - don't leave it till you get there to book Alcatraz as you will probably miss out - these tickets go so fast when you are there, we booked this a few months before we travelled. The city tour was really interesting and it took you all over the various area's and up to twin peaks for some amazing ariel shots of the city. Would definitely recommend this tour to you. The bus company used is Greyline Tours - they were so helpful and nothing was any trouble. Very informative and friendly staff.

Dianne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

FANTASTIC!! Telling all my friends and family to book Viator tours wherever they travel

Joan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was truly amazing

Teresa g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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