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Tour code: 5298ALCFERRY
Tour San Francisco's ferry building with a culinary expert guide, then visit Alcatraz on this full-day excursion in San Francisco. Walk through the city's iconic ferry building for an hour with a local guide, sampling many of the artisanal goods from the local farmers market as you walk. Hop the ferry to Alcatraz in the afternoon, where you'll take a guided audio tour of one of the world's most infamous prisons.


  • San Francisco food tour and Alcatraz combo
  • Dive into San Francisco food culture on a 1-hour food tour of the Ferry Building and Farmers' Market
  • Sample foods from popular local purveyors such as Cowgirl Creamery
  • Enjoy savory delights such as fennel salame and chili
  • Indulge in handmade chocolates and macarons
  • Spend your afternoon exploring Alcatraz, San Francisco's premier attraction
  • Learn about infamous island with the award-winning 'Cellhouse Audio Tour'

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

Explore Alcatraz, one of San Francisco's most captivating attractions

Meet your expert culinary guide in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace for an hour-long walking tour. This landmark, built in the late 19th century, features a 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower and was renovated in 2003. If you're looking for a taste of San Francisco, this concourse featuring artisans and farmers peddling their wares is the best place to get it.
As you stroll, you may see some of the city's most-revered chefs buying fresh produce to serve at their restaurants that evening. Taste artisan chocolates from Recchiuti, coffee worth waiting in line for from Blue Bottle, award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and Boccalone's house-cured fennel salami.
After your culinary tour, get directions to Pier 33 and stroll down the Embarcadero to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Onboard, enjoy the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the city's receding skyline on the way out.

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.

Spend as long as you like exploring Alcatraz, then hop back on the ferry, which leaves every thirty minutes, for the ride back to the city.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I thought this tour was great, very much enjoyed the combination of the Ferry building/food and then Alcatraz! Highly recommended, though it is an expensive tour.

Claire M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A very special tour, perfect for families and anyone who loves artisanal and delicious food. The tour says it includes samples from the Ferry Building restaurants and stores but really it includes more than a meals-worth of samples. The tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. My kids said the tour was the highlight of our San Francisco trip, and I couldn't agree with them more. Perfect way to spend a morning before your trip to Alcatraz.

Nelson B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Thought it was going to be pretty hokey and boring- used it as a way to get to to Alcatraz.
Turned out to be very fun and entertaining-nice tour guide and great food!!

stephen a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Don't have breakfast, so much food to try - and too delicious to say no. Thanks Molly
Alcatraz was even better than expected, and the self guided tour was really well done, interesting and easy to follow
Awesome views back to San Francisco

Debra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The food tour was so different we took the early morning one so we were able to eat breakfast with all the food sampling. I lioved the information about the cities farms and the food service in San Francisco. I would reccomend this tour to anyone new to San Francisco.

Fabrice B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very knowledgable guide, loads of free food. A great experience!

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour of the Ferry Building, a real insiders view on the best food offerings!
A bit expensive as a way to combine Alcatraz, but the island is so well done by the National Parks Service audio tour is excellent! that it's worth it!

Lindsay F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this way more than I expected to-really enjoyed learned more about local foods and markets. This was one of my highlight days of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The food tour was very informative and delicious. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The Alcatraz tour was very interesting. The self guided tour was extremely interesting. Lots of facts I had no idea about in regards to the history of Alcatraz. Definitely worth the money.

Luci K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

LOVED IT!! We are food people. I didn't realize the Ferry Building had so much great food. Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgable about San Fran Food history. We learned so much. Way more than I expected. I 10 year old loved it.

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