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Water Tours

Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed Lunch

Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. In addition to an organized departure time, your package also includes admission to the prison, along with an award winning audio guide.  Relax in complimentary round trip ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterwards, use your $15 food credit at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 to 5 minutes
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US$140.00
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  • 3 to 5 minutes

City Tours

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

See the best of San Francisco in one day with this guided tour that includes all transportation. Visit multiple locations with plenty of stops for photo ops, plus take a self-guided tour to Alcatraz Island. You’ll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument, and listen to commentary about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
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  • 10 hours
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US$169.00
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  • 10 hours

Day Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Catamaran Cruises

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

What better way to end a day in San Francisco than a sunset catamaran cruise? Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Light hors d’oeuvres and two drinks are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$60.00
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Dolphin & Whale Watching

San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

Go whale watching in San Francisco on this 2.5-hour cruise that departs from Pier 39. On an eco-friendly catamaran, glide through San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the open Pacific, where you’ll keep your eyes peeled for humpback and gray whales, as well as marine life like dolphins and seals. Learn about the history and geology of the area from an onboard naturalist, and admire the rugged California coast.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

City Tours

Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal

Combine a full-day bike rental with tickets to Alcatraz in a single package. Head out to Alcatraz on the ferry with your prepaid ticket; buying in advance avoids sold-out days or times, which are frequent. Tour the island with your included 3-hour audio tour, then head back to San Francisco where you can explore further on your own via bicycle.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$139.00
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Day Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight and Sunset Cruise

Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
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US$120.00
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  • 7 hours

Dinner Cruises

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

Spend an evening on the San Francisco Bay with this 2.5- or 3-hour dinner cruise, including a 4-course gourmet meal of fresh, local ingredients prepared on board. After dinner, dance to the live band or enjoy the nighttime views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline from the exterior deck. Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to include window seating and a bottle of sparkling wine, an option available nowhere else.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$154.15
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Day Trips

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

Visit charming Sausalito, cruise across San Francisco Bay and stare up in wonder at the redwood trees of Muir Woods on this combo tour from San Francisco—the perfect day out in the Bay Area. Experience the Golden Gate Bridge from both above and below as you drive across it and glide under it, and learn about some of California’s oldest and tallest natural wonders, the coastal redwoods. In Sausalito, you can stroll along the waterfront or shop in the galleries and boutiques.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge—as you travel across San Francisco Bay. See major city sights like AT&T Park, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Beer & Brewery Tours

Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
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  • 8 hours
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US$119.00
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  • 8 hours

Sailing Trips

2-Hour Sunset Sail on the San Francisco Bay

Come aboard the Privateer for a beautiful sailing journey along the San Francisco Bay where you can enjoy sightseeing at the most beautiful time of day—sunset. Coast along as you spot out Alcatraz, the Sausalito shoreline, and the Golden Gate bridge, all with a drink of choice in your hand.  
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  • 2 hours
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US$65.00
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  • 2 hours

Sailing Trips

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay sailing cruise. On board a catamaran, you’ll sail past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, legendary Alcatraz Island and the hamlet of Sausalito. Take advantage of great photo ops while you soak up the sea breeze during this 90-minute tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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US$147.00
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  • 10 to 11 hours

Cultural Tours

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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

This Tour will take you across the Golden Gate Bridge, walk among old growth coast redwoods of the famous Muir Woods National Monument Park. You will discover some of the most beautiful house boats in the world, where a hippie community took residence in the 70's and admire the beautiful seaside Mediterranean style City of Sausalito.After that you will have an extraordinary experience with an audio tour in the most famous prison, Alcatraz.The transportation will be in a luxury brand new Mercedes Sprinter Van with only 9 passenger total. You will have a particular attention from your tour guide during all your trip.
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  • 7 hours
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US$160.00
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  • 7 hours

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.99
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

Ports of Call Tours

Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!

Set out for Alcatraz Island in the morning, before the crowds arrive, on this early-access tour. Ride the ferry from Pier 33 and then embark on the award-winning audio tour that tells the tales from inside the prison. After returning to the wharf, use your included credit to purchase lunch at select food vendors.
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  • 1 day
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US$150.00
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  • 1 day

Day Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

Learn stories behind the SF Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating Escape from the Rock cruise. Board a boat for 90-minute journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.00
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views, then board a boat on San Francisco Bay for a sunset dinner cruise. This combo tour allows you to see the best of the city from the air and the water, including multiple views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz. Pickup from select hotels is included.
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  • 5 hours
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US$395.00
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  • 5 hours

Lunch Cruises

San Francisco Bay Lunch Cruise

Sail around the San Francisco Bay and view the city’s iconic sights while enjoying a buffet lunch on this 2-hour yacht cruise from downtown. Only from the water can you see the city’s skyline and pass right under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$93.87
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

Enjoy a relaxing outing on San Francisco Bay with a cruise. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline, marvel at Alcatraz Island and journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to sit indoors or savor cool bay breezes from an outdoor deck and experience San Francisco in a whole new way from the water. You can even learn about the sights that you're seeing from a free audio tour—available on any personal wifi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.00
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation


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