San Francisco, California

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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.

  • Helicopter and Alcatraz combo tour
  • Fly over San Francisco on a 15- to 20-minute helicopter ride
  • See the city’s famous landmarks from above, including the Bay Bridge, Ferry Building, Transamerica Pyramid, and Alcatraz Island
  • Ride the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz
  • Explore the prison with an audio tour that features commentary from former inmates
  • Complete both tours on the same day or over two consecutive days
Helicopter Tour

After pickup from Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square, travel to the heliport to board your flight. With a small group of three to five other passengers, you'll climb aboard your helicopter and fasten your safety belt for the 15- to 20-minute ride. During the smooth, quiet ride, enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and engaging commentary from your expert pilot. View Treasure Island, Angel Island, the Sausalito waterfront, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Financial District, the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your adventure ends back at the heliport, with drop-off at either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Alcatraz Tour

Arrive at Pier 33 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to board the ferry to Alcatraz. Bring your camera to snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline on the 15-minute ferry ride out to the island.

Listen to a short history of the island, then don your headphones for the 2.5-hour audio tour, available in ten different languages. Learn about famous prisoners like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone, and hear about the various escape schemes that prisoners cooked up over the years. Explore 'the Rock' at your leisure, then board the ferry, which departs every 30 minutes, to return to Pier 33.

Please note: The Alcatraz portion of this tour can be taken on the same day as the flight or the day after, depending on the selected departure time. If you decide to take the later afternoon helicopter flight, you must take the Alcatraz tour on the following dayCheck the Important Info tab for more details.

Reviews

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, Nov 2018

What an awesome experience!! I loved the helicopter tour of the city. The pilot was an awesome guide and showed us awesome viewpoints. They provided comfortable transportation to and from the airport. The Alcatraz experience was very interesting. I appreciate all the email confirmations, especially when I had questions. Made everything really easy. Will happily book with Viator again.

J
, Aug 2018

We had toured the city by bus and on foot the day before, and it was really neat to rediscover everything from the air. The pilot highlighted all the points of interest and shared some information throughout the flight about everything we saw. We also loved the sound track they play in-between the pilot's comments. As the top of the Golden Gate Bridge was a bit foggy the pilot flew underneath the bridge which was really fantastic. He even spotted a whale between Alcatraz and Pier 39, and circled over it so that we could all see it. The landing was super smooth. A great experience and I would love to do it again. After the flight we were shuttled back to our drop-off spot near Pier 33 and we went on to enjoy our tour of Alcatraz

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, Aug 2018

Alcatraz was amazing. They have done a wonderful job of preserving the site and the audio tour is exceptional. The transportation to and from the island is easy. The flight was no so impressive. It was very short and for some reason, the pilot kept referring to cost of the homes we were flying over, not once, but repeatedly. Who cares?

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, Aug 2018

Please make sure that you plan most of your day around these two attractions as the travel time and exploring time is lengthy. Our helicopter ride was even better than I expected. The pilot was funny and informative. The audio tour at the prison was detailed and perfect. It was a full day excursion but so worth the time and money. Please pack some warm clothes for the prison trip.

d
, Jul 2018

This helicopter tour was so great!
Everyone was very professional and very helpful!
I fell in love with touring this way. Worth every penny.
Wish I could have done it longer.

J
, Jul 2018

While the helicopter tour was wonderful (we were treated to a pass under the Golden Gate Bridge) the customer service was some of the worst I've ever encountered. We were told to be at the pickup spot at a certain time, for which we were 10 minutes early, and were still forced to wait a full 30 minutes for another group that was running late. When I called the office to let them know we had plans to be back in the city based on the time they had given us and this wait was going to throw that off, I was rudely told,

G
, Jul 2018

The helicopter ride was sensational however WAITING 40 MINUTES for the shuttle pick up was not
Alcatraz was an experience everyone should have

J
, Mar 2018

Little pricey BUT WELL WORTH IT! VIATOR is GREAT and why we keep using them!

g
, Feb 2018

DO NOT HESITATE TO TREAT YOURSELF! Our pilot Brock was a wonderful tour guide...the helicopter ride was a thrill of a lifetime to sour smoothly over the Bay Area....,up over and over SF Golfen Gate and Bay Bridge, along with the Birdseye view of Alcatraz!. Our cabin of 5 people smiled the whole time

j
, Jan 2018

Amazing views of the city. Having done helicopter tours in Vegas , was expecting maybe a little more organisation and structure at Air-side but not an issue . More a problem for the company as no gift shop with opportunities to by photos, dvds etc


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