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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • Combined Alcatraz audio-walking tour and excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Listen to an audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz 'Cell Block'
  • Explore the giant redwood sequoia trees at Muir Woods
  • Shop and relax in Sausalito, California's prettiest town
  • Access FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

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

Muir Woods and Sausalito:
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.

Itinerary

  • 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 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

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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W
, Nov 2018

The bus driver on this tour was fantastic he was funny, education and interesting all the tour, the trees, the stop for photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito were terrific plus to top it off we spent over 3 hours on Alcatraz which is a must and can't be missed

S
, Oct 2018

This was a very interesting trip. The trip to Alcatraz was scheduled for 8.45 so when we arrived there were very few people there. This meant you could see everything clearly. The free audio tour is fantastic. The muir wood and Sausalito trip did not start until 3pm. The trees in muir wood are majestic. The little town of Sausalito is beautiful.

d
, Oct 2018

Antonio was our tour guide. Super fun guy and full of facts and knowledge. Went out of the way to make it fun. Alcatraz was so cool. Audio tour was great!

l
, Oct 2018

Only went to Muir Woods. Josh our tour guide was fantastic. He was kind, knowledgeable and fun. Really the best. However, dealing with Viator and Gray Lines was difficult and confusing. Directions to the various offices for tickets were not clear. Transportation between pier 33 and union square to get tickets was burdensome.

G
, Sep 2018

Both Alcatraz and Muir Woods were great. We had to get our own transportation to the pier and then to Grey line bus station. Grey line didn't have enough buses to carry everyone so they had to get another which was a half hour delay. By the time we got to Sausalito all the shops were closed.

b
, Aug 2018

The process of checking in and getting the information for the tour needs to be worked on. There was no one there at the time it indicated to pick up vouchers. We ended up just going to the 2nd location where the boat was and got the tickets for Alcatraz. After that tour went back to the 1st location and someone was there. We missed the original time (since we did not know) end up going on a later tour so this really took all day. Our driver for Muir was very informative and the experience was cool. Sausalito was a 40 min stop so there was not much time to do or see much.

L
, Aug 2018

Even though the attractions were OUTSTANDING , I only gave 3 stars because the prices to obtain tickets is ridiculous! Go here, go there, be early to pick up tickets (wait in line for 30 minutes until both opens to pick up "vouchers". After you pick up "vouchers", walk half a mile to get "tickets", wait in line to board boat. After that taxi (uber) through the city to catch bus.... ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! If I could rate attractions...5 stars, ticket process NEGATIVE 5 stars!!!

c
, Aug 2018

Viator oversells this tour-my children and I were not able to take the tour at all. Very disappointing-I will NEVER use their services again.

L
, Aug 2018

My family of 5 travelled to SF to do this tour, confirmed weekly between booking and April and the tour date of 8/3 and was told they would provide the time of arrival 24 hours before. I called the day before and they didn't have it. We checked into our 600 hotel after traveling 700 miles and was told by 4:30 PM that afternoon we would receive an email of where to go and when. We did not. We called continuously until finally someone answered the phone. She stated that they had a malfunction and they never had tickets for us. We immediately tracked down the Gray Lines booth at the pier and the woman could not have been more rude and continued to state that they just sold something they didn't have and it was my fault for going through a third party. Since then, I have attempted to contact Viator and Trip Advisor and have been unable. To date all I've been able to contact my credit card company to report this FRAUD as I had paid this in full back in April. I plan to file a suit against all of them for the expenses associated in getting to SF and staying at a ridiculously expensive hotel to be near by for the early am departure. Absolute insanity and no human to speak to about it expect for some incredibly uncaring rude clerk in a kiosk in SF. Unbelievable travel experience. Don't trust this company!!!

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, Aug 2018

I already submitted a review , stating that we booked this trip in May. We were leaving Tues. at 11:35 PM for Newark. The company changed the schedule on Aug. 3. We felt that this was wrong. Our tour was over on Sunday Aug.5, EVE, Therefore , Mon was ideal. for an all day tour. Luckily, we had the red eye flight.
We liked our driver, Joann.


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