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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great Tour on time and prompt. Courteous staff, clean tour bus and all great allover.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Had a wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide!! Such a talented man who knew so much about San Francisco. I would highly recommend this tour!

Glenda K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great time and learned so much about San Francisco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous day! Antonio looked after us and showed us all the beautiful spots in San Francisco.

Kayla B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very professional tour company with extremely educational tour guides. Great tour for first time visitors but lots of information that locals may not be aware of either. Highly recommended.

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide and excellent driver.

Rosemary A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was an amazing day. We had a very informative driver and then we finished off with the tour of Alcatraz. Our 13 year old daughter found Alcatraz very interesting and we enjoyed the recorded commentary. We definitely recommend this tour to others.

Virginia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Amazing great tour worked perfectly for our trip .Loved Alcatraz. Well done !

Jill B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The trip was worth the money. Very enjoyable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very good but a bit of a palaver with the bus to the ferry terminal. We awaited for ages to be driven round the corner. if we had known it was so close we would have walked.

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