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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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San Francisco, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered 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
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Hover above "The Rock" on a smooth helicopter ride before stepping inside the cellblocks for an up-close look.
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 day. Check the Important Info tab for more details.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
See the city skyline and San Francisco Bay from above.
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
See the Golden Gate Bridge from above.
Pass By:  
Fisherman's Wharf
See Fisherman's Wharf from above.
Pass By:  
Alcatraz Island
See Alcatraz from above.
Pass By:  
Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from above.
Pass By:  
Transamerica Pyramid
See the Transamerica Pyramid from above.
Pass By:  
Salesforce Tower
See the Salesforce Tower from above.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
See the Bay Bridge from above.
Pass By:  
The Embarcadero
See the Embarcadero from above.
Stop At:  
Fisherman's Wharf
Explore the shops, restaurants, and attractions at Fisherman's Wharf before or after visiting Alcatraz Island.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
Take the ferry to Alcatraz Island with Alcatraz Cruises and enjoy the history and infamy of Alcatraz with their cellhouse audio tour and exhibits. You’ll be astounded by what you learn and see. Return via ferry to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing at your leisure.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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More than expected!
mikerdp
, Nov 2019
The handlers were friendly and punctual. The pilot was a true professional. The sights and feel of the helicopter were incredible.
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Great experience!!!
adsbrad
, Oct 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed! Ron was a great pilot. Very informative. Highly recommend. Incredible views and smooth ride.
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wow!
SeanM3886
, Aug 2019
wow; just wow...... A+ ; i am not sure what is better the chopper or the rock ; but it was magical ; highly recommend ; worth every dollar!
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Fun day out in San Francisco.
Tour571152
, Aug 2019
Although I do recommend this combo helicopter flight and Alcatraz tour, I have one thing to add that I think was a drawback. Namely the time in between the flight and the departure of the ferry taking us to Alcatraz island is too great. We ended up spending a large amount of time waiting for our time slot to go to Alcatraz. Especially if your time is limited this could be a negative. Other than that, we had a great day,
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for your kind review. Unfortunately, Alcatraz Cruises assigns us our ferry departure times that we do not know until about a month before the tour dates so sometimes there is some waiting time between the helicopter tour and Alcatraz tour. Thank you for flying with us!
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Fun in San Fran
Cruiser05797541470
, Jun 2019
This package was awesome. Helicopter Pilot was awesome as was our transportation driver. We were able to see the major SF attractions from the sky. Fog or Carl as they call it created some issues but nothing they could control. Awesome.
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SF trip
Coastal32954587929
, Apr 2019
We had a fantastic day! Shuttle pickup was smooth. The helicopter ride was unbelievable! The pilot was very attentive and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend the trip. The Alcatraz tour was very moving and interesting. Enjoyed the entire day!
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Lifetime memory.
GoPlaces29859719016
, Jan 2019
Such a unique event. I was worried about heights or vertigo and had no issues. Perfect day. Highly recommended.
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San Francisco and Alcatraz Tour
TheBraz75
, Jan 2019
My adult granddaughter and I toured the San Francisco from the helicopter and found it to be all it was touted to be. The pilot was quite good in his explanations and the places/things he showed us was great. My 26 year old granddaughter had never been in a helicopter before and she sat up front with the pilot and she was thrilled at the views he flew over/showed us. It was great to fly under, then over the Golden Gate Bridge. I actually left/lost my quite expensive aviator sunglasses is the chopper, and they took my glasses back to our pickup point. I notice that the "what sort of visit was this" does not give me the option of saying family (NOT young children or NOT family teens), but since I have to click on one, I'll choose family (teens).
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One of the best experiences I've done!!
emitschke
, 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.
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A really spectacular way to discover San Francisco!
Jack-Naples239
, 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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