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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide, then visit Alcatraz on this full-day excursion in San Francisco.


  • San Francisco food tour and Alcatraz combo
  • Dive into San Francisco food culture on a 1-hour food tour of the Ferry Building and Farmers' Market
  • Sample foods from popular local purveyors such as Cowgirl Creamery
  • Enjoy savory delights such as fennel salame and chili
  • Indulge in handmade chocolates and macarons
  • Spend your afternoon exploring Alcatraz, San Francisco's premier attraction
  • Learn about infamous island with the award-winning 'Cellhouse Audio Tour'

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

Explore Alcatraz, one of San Francisco's most captivating attractions

Meet your expert culinary guide in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace for an hour-long walking tour. This landmark, built in the late 19th century, features a 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower and was renovated in 2003. If you're looking for a taste of San Francisco, this concourse featuring artisans and farmers peddling their wares is the best place to get it.
As you stroll, you may see some of the city's most-revered chefs buying fresh produce to serve at their restaurants that evening. Taste artisan chocolates from Recchiuti, coffee worth waiting in line for from Blue Bottle, award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and Boccalone's house-cured fennel salami.
After your culinary tour, get directions to Pier 33 and stroll down the Embarcadero to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Onboard, enjoy the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the city's receding skyline on the way out.

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.

Spend as long as you like exploring Alcatraz, then hop back on the ferry, which leaves every thirty minutes, for the ride back to the city.

Customer Reviews

Jacqueline V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guide started off by recognizing that most of us were only doing this to get the tickets to Alcatraz, but hoped that we would enjoy the food tour too. We sure did! Everything we tried was delicious, so much that my friend and I went back later and bought a few things to enjoy at the hotel for dinner instead of going out.

Leah USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was more than we expected. If you like food - then this is the tour for you. We really didn't know what to expect but the little stories of the shops at the Ferry building were interesting and it was great to have someone else arrange for our tickets on the ferry and to go over to Alcatraz. We saw it all and highly recommend this tour - you won't be sorry.

Larry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great way to spend the day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was well worth it. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The food was fantastic. The tour of Alcatraz, on Halloween, was very good. We are hoping to visiting San Francisco again and would look for similar tours.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour was exactly as described, and guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about San Francisco history and culture. Getting Alcatraz tickets through this combo deal was also a big plus being that Alcatraz tickets were all sold out through direct booking with Alcatraz Tours. The food on the tour tasted great, and it was just the right size group about 8 to tour with. This one earns the Best Tour Ever award!

Aubrey F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Was so wonderful! Was such a great experience and can not wait to do another tour!!!

Arthur B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The food tour was excellent, with a very good selection of foods to sample and an interesting description of the products. We bought several items immediately after the tour, and bought some from shops later in our holiday. The visit to Alcatraz was very good too, especially the self-guided tour of the cell block.

JimB United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour!

Deborah E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved Alcatraz!

Lindy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was fantastic. Quinn was a great guide. The pace of the tour was nice and the sampling of the food was wonderful. Frog Hollow Farms was my favorite. We were impressed with the knowledge and history Quinn provided.. I highly recommend it.

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