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.
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.
The city tour was very comprehensive and took us everywhere around the city. Highly recommended. The boat trip under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz was also very good.
We had Doug as our tour guide who was excellent, very knowledgeable about everywhere we went and was a great example of a friendly Californian.
Fantastic tour! Booked this as we only had two full days in SF and wanted to include a much as possible. Our tour guide Aaron was brilliant, full of information and local knowledge. We saw so much on the tour, far more than we expected, yet it did not feel rushed because we had lots of stops. Showed us lots of places we would go back to for longer if we get the chance to return to SF. You have to exchange the voucher from bus company for Alcatraz tickets at the pier. We had a good few hours at Alcatraz and it was every bit as good as we had hoped. Highly recommend this tour and especially Aaron. Thank you.
Brilliant day. Well organised. Really interesting.
Be aware that timings are flexible through the day. Our day finished quite late which was fine for us. Don't make early dinner reservations!!!
DO IT! It is well worth it. My wife and I enjoyed both of these tours immensely! To see the city before enjoying the sites, and seeing Alcatraz for the first time in person was just amazing. We were even able to meet and purchased a signed book of one of the last of the inmates that lived at Alcatraz and it too was worth reading for a far in-depth look at what is was like to be imprisoned in this place. San Francisco was one of most enjoyable trips we have experienced and we have been to many places. If you would like to see the city for what it is now and what is was like in the very beginning, take this tour. AND do Alcatraz. Its well worth it!!!
This was a very good tour. You just have to make sure you sit on the correct side of the boat/bus to get the best photos. Obviously in the USA that means on the right hand side, well worth the money!
The SF city tour was very good and informative.
Alcatraz tour was excellent as well.
Both are worth doing.
Vivian M Australia
An excellent self guided tour of Alcatraz preceded by the tour of San Francisco with a tour guide/bus driver was a great way to spend a day in San Francisco and to see many of the sights and to learn about the history of the city as well.
Great and well-informed guide for the bus tour. Great way to see many of the big sights in SF!
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