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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, or a cruise on the bay that circles the island twice for up-close views.

Highlights

  • Combined Alcatraz audio-walking tour and excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Listen to an audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz 'Cell Block' (if Alcatraz option is selected at time of booking), otherwise, enjoy a 1.5-hour bay cruise around Alcatraz
  • Explore the giant redwood sequoia trees at Muir Woods
  • Shop and relax in Sausalito, California's prettiest town
  • Enjoy convenient pickup and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels
  • Access FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

An interesting contrast between the bleak prison and the freeing beauty of the woods. You'll experience a walking audio tour of Alcatraz, a stroll among the awe-inspiring trees of Muir Woods and a short stop in picturesque Sausalito. Three don't-miss attractions all in one day!

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What You Can Expect

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

Giant Redwoods, California

This tour is likely to sell out! The Alcatraz daily ticket allotment regularly fills up weeks in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment.

When booking this combo Muir Woods and Alcatraz tour from San Francisco, you have two options—an Alcatraz admission ticket, which includes the ferry to and from the island, or a cruise that circles Alcatraz Island, providing up-close views but no access to the prison itself (the cruise option is a good alternative if Alcatraz admission is sold out on your preferred date).
 
Muir Woods and Sausalito (included with both tour options):
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and travel north to Muir Woods National Monument for your exploration of the giant coastal redwood trees. This old-growth forest is home to some of the planet’s oldest and tallest trees, which you can admire in all their glory as you walk along shady paths.

Then head to Sausalito, a picturesque small town just north of the Golden Gate Bridge that sits between the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. You have leisure time here to walk along the waterfront, maybe purchase a snack (own expense) or perhaps shop in the galleries and boutiques.

Alcatraz admission:
If you select this option when booking, you’ll board the ferry to Alcatraz at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Enjoy the scenic ride across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island, and disembark to start your independent tour of this island prison. Put on your provided headset to listen to the award-winning audio tour, “Doing Time,” and learn about notorious criminals like Al Capone who were incarcerated here. Hear about escape attempts from 'The Rock,' and listen to commentary from former inmates and staff.

Escape from the Rock cruise:
This 90-minute cruise on the bay takes you underneath the Golden Gate Bridge before circling Alcatraz Island twice, providing plenty of photo ops and time to study the former penitentiary from the water. Listen to spine-tingling stories about escape attempts, and hear about what prison life was like for famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly. This fascinating cruise includes chilling sound effects and tales about Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson and more. (This tour option does not include a ticket to Alcatraz itself.)

Itinerary

  • The tour schedule for the day depends on the availability for Alcatraz. For example, if Alcatraz is available in the morning, the tour commences at the pier to begin with the Alcatraz portion. If there is no availability for Alcatraz in the morning, upon arrival at Fisherman's Wharf you will commence with Muir Woods and Sausalito and then continue to the pier for Alcatraz in the afternoon, returning at leisure
  • The Alcatraz portion usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete, with the audio tour consisting of approximately 45 minutes. You are advised to inquire on your arrival to the island as to what time the next guided tour will begin. There is no restriction on the amount of time you spend on the Island. The ferry boat service departs Alcatraz every 30 minutes and you can disembark at your own leisure
  • The Escape from the Rock Cruise departs Fisherman's Wharf at 11:30am, leaving 1 hour after conclusion of the cruise to relax at Fisherman's Wharf before the Muir Woods tour departs at 2:00pm
  • The Muir Woods and Sausalito section consists of at least 4 hours in total
  • There is a 1 hour and 15 minute stop at Muir Woods. Passengers may choose whether they wish to walk the trail or not. This short, self-guided walk takes approximately 30 minutes
  • The stop in Sausalito is 30-45 minutes at leisure

Customer Reviews

Alan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Terrific trip! I would highly recommend this trip to others!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Alcatraz tour was amazing, very educational and fun just to roam about. Need a little more time in Muir Woods so you dont have to rush. Sausalito was beautiful, good shopping and great food.

Allen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip was a great way to see Alcatraz, Sausalito and Muir Woods. Our bus driver was great, and he shared many interesting facts about the area. We were a little confused about the timing of the trip, so be sure to confirm ahead of time to understand when to pick up your tickets. There was not a lot of time to visit Sausalito if you wanted to eat lunch, but the ferry was a great alternative. All in all, we were very happy with our tour experience.

Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Alcatraz was great, just remember to take you photo ID with you. Woods and Sausalito were also very pretty

Ann I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous trip to Alcatraz and Muir Wood was beautiful. A brilliant day trip that was very well organised. Thanks very much.

Nancy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Besutiful peaceful place amazing. Again the tour guide was well informed, fruendly too.

Jeffhaupert

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Amanda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Both Alcatraz and Muir Woods were wonderful....however we did not have enough time to do both of these properly......next time I will book them individually but we did not have enough days to do that.
Sausalito was gorgeous also....I want to go there as soon as possible and spend more time.
We were forgotten at the pick up point and had to call several time to get picked up, otherwise it was very enjoyable. A little un-organized but we sure took in lots of information.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic trip! Loved all the locations. My husband and I had a great time. The drivers were very professional and friendly.

Genevieve D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fabulous tour. Igor was a great guide. Learnt msny interesting things about San Francisco along the way.

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