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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this full-day tour. With a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio and the Palace of Fine Arts. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Round-trip transportation from San Francisco hotels is included.


  • Six-hour tour combining San Francisco city tour and audio-guided visit to Alcatraz or Escape From Rock Cruise
  • Opt for the City Tour & Escape From Rock Cruise if Alcatraz tickets are sold out
  • All the main attractions, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach
  • Audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz "Cell Block" (if option selected)
  • Ferry ride to Alcatraz Island (if option selected)
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a super-convenient roundup of San Francisco's top sights, including Alcatraz, the most sought-after attraction in the city. A good choice if you're short on time! If the popular City Tour & Alcatraz Admission option is sold out, opt for the City Tour & Escape From Rock Cruise.

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What You Can Expect

Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Following pickup at your San Francisco hotel, board an air-conditioned coach for a cruise along the city's waterfront. Admire views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay, stopping for photos at Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting).

Other attractions visited on this tour include some of the city's famous Victorian homes, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio and North Beach.

After touring the city, board the scenic ferry to Alcatraz. Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a National Park and get a brief orientation to the maximum security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, available in ten languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart every thirty minutes) and head back to Pier 33.

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

The schedule for the day depends on the availability for Alcatraz. You will be advised of the tour schedule either when you call to re-confirm your tour 24 hours prior, or upon arrival for the tour on your selected date of travel.

Alcatraz sold out?
City Tour & Escape from the Rock Cruise
The next best option is the Escape from the Rock Cruise. This 1.5-hour tour sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circumnavigates Alcatraz twice.

Hear sound effects and intriguing stories about Capone, Billy Cook the Killer and Clyde Johnson’s Alcatraz escape attempt. Through the tour's engaging narration, go back in time to the days when this maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.

Please note: the City Tour & Escape from the Rock Cruise does NOT include a ticket to Alcatraz.

Customer Reviews

Melissa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great and well-informed guide for the bus tour. Great way to see many of the big sights in SF!

doyle g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Donna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour was amazing, we would recommend to anyone

Emile C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Although we were unable to complete the tour to Alcatraz, the bus part of the tour was phenomenal. We saw parts of San Francisco we ddin't know existed. The bus driver was named Joe. He was super. He had a great voice for a tour driver. He was well versed in the area, knowledgeable and kind. We can't say enough about him and the tour.

Hope M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Must see in San Francisco. Need to book in advance.

Geoff M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour with just right amount of info and dropped off in nice time to swap voucher for tickets. Well organised and not too rushed. Lucky we saw the Golden Gate just before the fog came over. Note if you are there June-August there is a good chance of fog covering the bridge till 2ish!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very nice!
The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed very much the boat ride
The city tour was ok

Mendoza United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed our tour guide he made a trip a little more better. I liked that we got the combination tour the part that I dislike is we order 3 months in advance and we're still not able to get on to Alcatraz but it's just High tourist season my recommendation is to plan ahead if you want to get to Alcatraz Island


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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