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

Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

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.


  • 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 October 2015

The San Francisco tour was fantastic. Our guide was Aaron and he was so informative and knew so many interesting and unusual facts about the city. It was very insightful and educational. We loved it. Then we went to Alcatraz and took the audio tour. It really gave us a great idea of what it was like to be inprisoned there. I never knew there were entire famlies who lived there. Extremely interesting and again very educational. Would highly recommend both of these tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Would recommend this to everyone. Very interesting to see how they lived in jail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Cable car was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent ....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Perfect weather,great tour. Antonio was an amazing tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

this is a great tour. You get a look at how the most dangerous people in the world were treated in prison. You need to take the audio tour to get a feel what life was like from a prisoner and a guards point of view. They also offer a night tour which is supposed to be very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was our first trip to California and really enjoyed this tour. Joe was our city bus tour and was great!!! Learned alot about San Francisco. We only circled Alcatraz in the boat which we already knew. Still was very interesting. I would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent bus with excellent driver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip overall! Perfect way to see many beautiful spots at ease! The tour director was wonderful! I would certainly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the are for a few days. It's the perfect way to 'see' it all, without having to map it out!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

fantastic trip with a really good tour guide I have recommended this trip to my brother who is going to San Francisco next year
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