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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:Alcatraz: variesDay Segway tour: 3 hoursSunset Segway tour: 2 hours

San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway Tour

Ride the ferry to Alcatraz Island for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former prison, and take a city Segway tour of San Francisco the following day. This combination package offers a comprehensive look at famous city attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and the Ferry Building. The Segway tour — offered in the morning, afternoon or at sunset — is limited to eight passengers for a small-group experience with a personable guide.

Highlights

  • Alcatraz admission and next-day San Francisco Segway tour combo
  • Take the ferry to Alcatraz for an in-depth audio tour of the prison grounds
  • Roll through the streets of San Francisco on a Segway tour limited to eight people for a more intimate experience
  • View the Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid and Ghirardelli Square on a morning or afternoon Segway tour
  • See Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower and the Ferry Building if you select the sunset Segway tour
  • Alcatraz and Segway tours are on different days, so there’s no need to rush!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Riding a Segway lets you cover plenty of ground but at a more leisurely pace than a bus tour. The included admission to Alcatraz makes this combo a quick and entertaining way to see the very best of San Francisco. Tickets to the legendary landmark often sell out far in advance!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway Tour

Enjoy Two Days of Fun with This Segway and Alcatraz Combo

Alcatraz Island Tour 
On your first day, make your way to Pier 33 and board the ferry to Alcatraz Island at your selected departure time. The quick ride across San Francisco Bay takes you past the city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz. Your admission ticket guarantees access to the former federal penitentiary, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

On arrival, take a spellbinding audio tour of the cellblock, and listen to narration of a storied past enhanced by sound effects and commentary by former inmates and prison guards. Learn how the infamous prison once housed some of the nation’s most heinous criminals, including Al Capone and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Hear about escape attempts made by a number of inmates, and learn if anyone succeeded in leaving the fortified island.

Explore the compound at your own pace and return to the city whenever you wish; ferries depart roughly every half hour. You’ll enjoy your city Segway tour of San Francisco the following day, so there’s no rush.

City Segway Tour of San Francisco
The day after your exploration of Alcatraz, venture onto the streets of San Francisco for a small-group tour of city highlights. At your scheduled departure time, meet your guide near Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf. After a 30-minute orientation session, set off on your personal transporter. Each route offers plenty of photo stops along with informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history before returning to the pier. 

Morning or Afternoon Segway Tour (3 Hours)
Take in vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from Fisherman’s Wharf. Glide past Ghirardelli Square, world-famous for its chocolate, and see the historic marine vessels at Aquatic Park’s Hyde Street Pier. Your guide points out an authentic San Francisco cable car and the towering Transamerica Pyramid, a distinctive landmark in the Financial District.

Sunset Segway Tour (2 Hours)
See the sun set on San Francisco Bay and the red spires of the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll motor through Fisherman’s Wharf and the Financial District before continuing along the Embarcadero, a waterfront promenade. See the Ferry Building and Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill!

Customer Reviews

Doreen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a great tour! Really enjoyed Alcatraz and learning about the history of the island. The city Segway Tour was a blast! After a brief lesson on handling the Segway it was amazing how quickly we could navigate around. What a fun way to see some of the city highlights....would definitely do this again.

Karin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very exciting and interesting tour. Peter our guide was fantastic! We enjoyed this tour very much. In the future I'm sure we will do it again. I can recommend this tour to anyone who is a bit adventurous and want to see and experience San Francisco in a different way.

Samuel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide Hugh was great - he was very knowledgable about the area and made it a very fun experience.

robert m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

had a brilliant day on the Segway tour host was 1st class would highly recommend to anyone as not as difficult as you might think

Thomas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We booked the trip for the Alcatraz tickets. The description said the tickets would be for between 10am and 3pm, but our ferry time was actually 3:50pm. Not ideal as we didnt really have time to explore the island following the cellhouse tour as the last ferry back was at 5:55. Still very enjoyable though. I actually spoke to the company right after booking my tickets to confirm and to find out the time of our ferry. I recommend doing this as it saves having any hassle when on you holiday.

The Segway tour was a very pleasant surprise. We were quite lucky on our sunset tour as no one else was booked onto it, so the guide - Aaron, customised the tour to show us what we had not already seen on our 2 previous days in San Francisco. The other guide in the store was very helpful too sorry, I did not get his name. He helped us swap the time of our tour to be an hour earlier and even helped us with very good directions for getting the bus back to our hotel afterwards.

Thank you.

Cynthia S. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was one of the highlights of our trip! So much fun! Greg our tour guide was awesome! Would definitely go on a Segway Tour again.

Laurie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely loved the Segway tour. We were nervous at first but once we got on it was a breeze. Michael Z was our guide and he was fabulous. I didn't want it to end!!!!
One of the best parts of my San Fran trip!!!

DAVID S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Outstanding arrangements by the Viatour folks and we had a terrific time. The Segway tour was a blast and the Alcatraz tour was far better than we ever expected. I would not hesitate to use Viatour again and highly recommend the combined tours.

Annette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

One of the best days out we had whilst in America. The tour guides were very friendly and helpful and took us to some beautiful parts of San Fransisco that we wouldn't have thought to go to, like the Palace of Fine Arts which was stunning. This tour was a perfect mix of fun, culture and history . I would highly recommend anybody visiting San Fransisco to do this tour.

Elizabeth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We originally only booked this to get access to Alcatraz tickets but ended up thoroughly enjoying our Segway tour! Alcatraz was amazing, the audio tour was informative and we had a great time.

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