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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

Suzanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Bus driver/tour guide was very good. Plenty of information offered but didn't talk too much. Saw much more of San Francisco than we would have otherwise. Well organised logistically. Alcatraz visit is always a highlight.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip overall. It provides you with a solid introduction to this fantastic city. Major points of interest such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are encountered on the bay cruise. Other landmarks are covered with the bus tour. Highly recommended on the first day of your trip.

Peter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Started with a bus tour in San Francisco - driver was excellent with his knowledge. We had a gap of over an hour - had lunch then went to the ferry for our ride then did the
audio tour. Very interesting and would recommend anyone coming to San Francisco to book.

Greg S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Lee G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour, well organised and very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

City tour driver was excellent and we learn't so much about San Francisco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Gray Line bus arrived at our Hotel on time. The tour of the city and bridge area was great, and the driver was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
The boat trip around Alcatraz and the bridge was also superb. The only negative was the 2+ hours to wait between the bus tour ending and the boat trip.

Sharon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Something to cross off my bucket list. I have always wanted to go to Alcatraz. I love things that have something historic about them. The narrator was very easy to understand. And the staff were helpful as well. Very interesting

Fiona P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A very informative tour and well worth the money. Loved it

Jimena M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I hardly recomend to do the tour. it give you a view of everything you need to see in san francisco.

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