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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Varies
This is the perfect tour for those who want to experience the best of San Francisco Bay. Snap photos of Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury and Twin Peaks on your semi-customizable sightseeing tour aboard a 13-passenger van. In the afternoon, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy free time in the charming bayside of town of Sausalito. During the summertime, you'll finish your thrilling day with a trip to Alcatraz! In the winter months, you'll hop the ferry to Alcatraz Island the following day for a fascinating audio walking tour of the notorious former prison.

This small-group tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Experience San Francisco, Sausalito and Alcatraz
  • See San Francisco like a local on your semi-customizable tour by van
  • Stop for photo opportunities at such sights as Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, Chinatown and hidden places not seen on big bus tours
  • Explore the beautiful bayside town of Sausalito
  • Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge as you cruise along San Francisco Bay
  • Take a fascinating audio tour of infamous Alcatraz Island
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A tremendously informative and helpful guide will take you to off-the-beaten-track gems as well as iconic landmarks on this tour with tons of photo stops. It's a small group so don't be shy -- ask all your questions about the City by the Bay and request to see places you're interested in.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco in One Day: Alcatraz, City Tour, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Cruise

Discover San Francisco From an Insider's Perspective

You’ll be picked up from your downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in the morning for your 4- to 5-hour San Francisco sightseeing tour by comfortable 13-passenger van.

Your guide will show you the city from a local’s perspective, taking you to hidden spots that you wouldn’t normally see on a big bus tour. Of course, you’ll also make photo stops at iconic landmarks and attractions such as Coit Tower, Union Square and Chinatown, and other places you request to see.

Next, venture north across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to reach the charming bayside town of Sausalito, where you’ll have time to explore on your own and enjoy lunch (own expense). There are plenty of art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants worth visiting in this quaint, picturesque town.

You’ll then hop on the ferry (one-way ticket included) and cruise along San Francisco Bay back to San Francisco. Throughout your 25-minute ride, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline.

When the days are longer, after your Sausalito ferry arrives at Pier 41 or Pier 1, hop off and walk along The Embarcadero to nearby Pier 33. In the winter, your Alcatraz adventure is reserved for the following day. At Pier 33, you’ll board a 15-minute ferry to Alcatraz Island. This infamous landmark was once a federal penitentiary, housing such notorious criminals as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly.

After receiving a brief history of Alcatraz, explore the prison grounds on a fascinating audio walking tour, complete with life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards.

The tour takes up to 2.5 hours, and you can stay as long as you like on Alcatraz before hopping back on the ferry (departs every 30 minutes) and returning to San Francisco.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

If you are going to do just one tour while in SFO this is the one you should do. Our tour guide was Phil and he was very knowledgeable about the city, the tour was with a small number of people which made it very private and quaint.We did three tours while in SFO and this was by far the best one!! We actually got to see all of the hot spots in the city and then did Alcatraz at the end of the day. Well worth the money!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We did a reverse tour of Alcatraz in the AM and city tour in afternoon, the Bay Cruise was cancelled as it was July 4th no fault of operator. We did the self guided audio tour of Alcatraz, it was very informative and easy to follow. Our tour guide, Phil Siegel from was fantastic. As we were on a small bus, he was able to take us to places that the big tour buses cannot go. He is very knowledgeable and fun, the entire afternoon was a great pleasure, we learned a lot!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Alcatraz was great. The City Tour was also amazing. The guide we had was very informative and knew his stuff about the city. His microphone was a bit mumbly at times and I found it difficult to hear all that he was saying. Otherwise we were very impressed with the service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour ,very knowledgeable and polite driver.Went to places in San Fransico that we would have not found on our owen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Supurb our tour was broken into two days which in hindsight was a great idea our drivEr for the city was Phil he was fabulous very informative Alcatraz well what can u say impressive company was extremely professional well done .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

James our tour guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and courteous. Very happy with our day! Will book again in the future.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

City tour was good, guide was excellent, really knowledgeable, shared personal stuff but not overboard. Didn't realIse on booking that I would need to walk between places to collect tickets and get to next place. wasn't that far, but was a bit challenging in the extreme heat. Alcatraz was awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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