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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

This tour was awesome! LOved Alcatraz. The tour of the city was great, too. Would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic day out got to see everything worth seeing in San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

the tour guides were the best. All in all it was a wonderful tour. I plan on using Viator on my trip to Cuba next year.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour with a very knowledgeable driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour, really giving us a good overview of San Francisco from a coach and a trip over the Golden Gate bridge. Our driver was fantastic, giving us a great commentary and we learned things about San Francisco and its residents that we would never have found out just from walking around. The Alcatraz tour was also really interesting and the audio tour was a must!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour package made our first trip to San Francisco together complete. There were many opportunities to take photos along the way and we found the Alcatraz tour very informative. The city tour was a great overview of things to see more in depth. I highly recommend this package tour to those who really want to get a flavor of San Francisco. It was a good value for the cost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I expected a little more on the highlights of San Francisco but the Alcatraz part was fabulous. Also would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Alcatraz tour was fantastic, the San Francisco City tour, was boring and the bus driver was boring.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a great way to understand the city on our first day in San Fransico

Kate P
United Arab Emirates

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A must do when in San Francisco!

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