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On this San Francisco day tour, visit Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of this legendary penitentiary and National Historic Landmark District and then check off the city’s major attractions, from Alcatraz to Twin Peaks, all at once. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll see top sights like Coit Tower and Chinatown, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Sausalito and take a ferry ride across San Francisco Bay. If option selected, take a ferry to tour the bayside town of Sausalito or hop aboard a cruise across the San Francisco Bay on the following day.

Highlights

  • Experience San Francisco city 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 (if option selected)
  • Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge as you cruise along San Francisco Bay
  • Take a fascinating audio tour of infamous Alcatraz Island

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 City and Alcatraz Tour with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito

Discover San Francisco From an Insider's Perspective

If you’re looking for what to do in San Francisco, your search is over with this action-packed tour that includes transportation around the city and admission to Alcatraz.

Your tour starts with pickup from hotels in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf by either van or minibus. You'll be dropped along the Embarcadero at Pier 33 to board the ferry to Alcatraz. On the Alcatraz ferry, enjoy more photo ops of San Francisco Bay before arriving on the island, where your independent tour begins. Using your provided headset, explore the former prison with the self-guided audio tour. You’ll learn about the history of Alcatraz, its notorious inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone, the staff who also lived on the island, and some of the prisoner escape attempts. Listen to interviews from prisoners and guards as you try to imagine what life was like in the cellblock.

Once you return back to San Francisco, join your informative guide and explore the city from an insider perspective as you see lesser-known gems that aren’t part of typical bus tours, as well as famous attractions like Coit Tower, Union Square, Chinatown, Twin Peaks and Haight-Ashbury. (If you have any special requests, your guide may be able to work them in.)

If option selected, take a ferry to Sausalito, a charming town on San Francisco Bay that stretches into the wooded hillsides on the following day. Sausalito is known for it's boutique shops and galleries showcasing artwork from local artists. Also, enjoy a lovely dining experience on the water if you wish. Once your finished touring Sausalito, hop on the ferry back to San Francisco whenever you are ready.

If you are looking to sail on the San Francisco Bay, choose the Bay Cruise option offering beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the stunning San Francisco skyline.

Customer Reviews

grandma8206

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Enjoyed the tour of San Francisco with a great guide. Missed seeing the crooked street on Lombard St. and the Coit Tower. Ended tour in Sausalito with time for lunch before our ferry ride back to Pier 39. While I really enjoyed Alcatraz, our tour of Alcatraz didn't leave the pier until 3:20. By the time we arrived I felt we really didn't have enough time and had to rush through to see everything because the last ferry left at 6:00.

Kim P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Brilliant

Darryl E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent. The one day tour ended up being split into two days so sadly we only managed the city tour part and dropped the Alcatraz visit. The agents were great and refunded 50 of our cost as we only had one day in San Francisco. The tour was amazing and I cannot recommend it highly enough, they picked us up on time and the driver was extremely knowledgeable. The city took about 4 hours and takes you around all the key areas and the driver points out everything including areas where films were made i.e. Mrs Boubtfire. We then crossed the Golden Gate bridge and took a ferry back to Fishermans Wharf. Excellent trip and very enjoyable.

Bernard O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very knowledgeable guide

Stephen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing day from start to finish! We were met by the lovely Pam of Extranomical tours, whose knowledge was second to none! Would highly recommend

Kate United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We would recommend Viator. We were picked up from our hotel in the morning by the 'minibus' and began our fantastic San Francisco tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and friendly and took us to so many places. Nothing was too much trouble. There were plenty of photostops. We stopped on both sides of Golden Gate Bridge and the drive over to Saulsalito was awesome.We took some great photos on the ferry across the bay. Alcatraz is an experience not to be missed. Well organised and good value!

Duncan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely brilliant tour around SF, thanks in a big way to Phil our driver/ host. His views and knowledge of the city of the buildings, events, history and social development really made this trip. With only 5 of us in our group he customised the visits to suit our requirements.

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Top tour The driver was a good guide and we had a great time

Ashlee M S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

tour guide was awesome and had lots of knowledge
we had a wonderful time

theresa k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

what a great day out great guide saw all of san francisco and alcatraz was worth seeing

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