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

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Alcatraz and City Tour

Next time you're in port in San Francisco, why not spend your day touring the city's top attractions? Travel by coach to renowned sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, and Chinatown. Then board a ferry for Alcatraz. At the Rock, you'll hear the stories and legends associated with the infamous penitentiary on a self-guided audio tour.


  • See San Francisco's top attractions on a city tour, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and the Painted Ladies Victorian homes
  • Audio-guided walking tour of the historic Alcatraz prison
  • Scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Alcatraz and City Tour

See San Francisco's iconic sights

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Your San Francisco tour starts with an easy 10-minute walk from the port to get to your comfortable coach bus. Drive along the bay, taking in views of Alcatraz and nearby Angel Island. Then head into the heart of the city to view some of its most iconic attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge. If the weather cooperates, you may also explore Golden Gate Park, which is even larger then New York City's Central Park, or stop at the top of Twin Peaks for panoramic views overlooking the entire city. For a list of more stops on the tour, read the Itinerary section below.

Following your city sightseeing tour, take a ferry ride halfway across the bay to reach Alcatraz Island, best known for its former penitentiary. Embark on an audio tour around the notorious “Cell Block”; learn about infamous prisoners such as the Birdman of Alcatraz and Al Capone; and visit the Mess Hall — known for its suprisingly good food. Along the way, learn interesting facts and anecdotes like how a 1962 attempted (or successful?) escape inspired both a book and a movie.

Please note: This excursion is located within a 10-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Francisco. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.


Additional tour highlights include:
Fisherman's Wharf
Palace of Fine Arts
North Beach
Presidio National Park
Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Alcatraz Island

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good tour. Our guide was very knowledgable about the San Francisco area. We enjoyed seeing Alcatraz especially the audio tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour was an excellent introduction to the wonderful city that is San Francisco and allowed us to decide on the experiences we wished to follow up on given we only had 4 days in the city. The guide was particularly helpful in answering any questions we had. The visit to Alcatraz was the highlight. We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour which represents excellent value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Alcatraz is really worth to visit. The Self guided Tour tells a Lot about the History of the Island. The view from the Island towards the City is Some of the most spezial ones I ever saw. To See the City from there was really Nice.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

San Francisco location was somewhat rundown and had no restroom. Staff seemed unorganized and two people were giving customers different information. The actual tour on the bus was fabulous. The driver was friendly, comical and knowledgable. We saw many of the sights of the city. The Alcatraz Tour in the afternoon was outstanding. It was great that it was self guided and you could move at your own pace. Originally I thought we would be there under two hours but it was so interesting we actually stayed over three hours. I appreciated the trolley to the top also due to illnesses. I would recommend this tour to others as well as booking through Viator.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Excellent trip taking in most of sites of San Francisco including Golden gate Bridge culminating in a boat trip to Alcatraz. Full day but at a relaxing pace and break at Lands End. Very worthwhile if you only have a short time in SF which for us was the case as on a cruise. Much cheaper option than taking the cruise offering.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Alcatraz was a great experience. The city tour was enjoyable but the connection between the two was a bit tricky. We did Alcatraz first and were then to be picked up outside to do the tour. This was not very smooth with people waiting in different places because of the traffic. Wonder if it would be easier for all if you started with the tour then dropped people off to go to Alcatraz when it suited them and to stay as long as they wanted.

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