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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

Norma E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very enjoyable trip

William A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

Rachael F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

Caroline S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

Eleanor E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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!!!
Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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!!!

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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!

Alan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The SF city tour was very good and informative.
Alcatraz tour was excellent as well.
Both are worth doing.

Vivian M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

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!

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