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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco, United States
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English


Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this 4-hour urban adventure. With your small group, limited to 10 people or fewer to ensure an intimate experience, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
  • 4-hour San Francisco sightseeing tour with Alcatraz admission
  • Discover the city's hidden gems and diverse neighborhoods in an open-air tour vehicle
  • Hear entertaining and informative commentary from a professional guide
  • Snap photos of San Francisco landmarks like Twin Peaks, the Palace of Fine Arts and more
  • Take a 15-minute ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and view the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay
  • Enjoy an audio walking tour of Alcatraz and learn about the former prison's notorious inmates
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 provides a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This city portion of this tour travels in an open-air Jeep in search of hidden artwork and “secret” locations.
Find your custom-made, open-air vehicle waiting for you at your hotel or lodging in San Francisco. Climb aboard the safari-style truck, made for urban adventuring, and take off through the city. 

Travel the city streets, listening to your guide's commentary, full of insightful and quirky city facts. See Sutro Tower atop Twin Peak and admire the orange art deco towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross through the huge green space of Golden Gate Park and get a taste of the various personalities of the city's diverse neighborhoods. Recognize scenes from some well-known movies, find hidden artwork and discover some secrets unknown to even locals. 

Upon completion of your city tour, get dropped off at Pier 33 to catch your ferry to Alcatraz. Get photo ops of the city skyline and Fisherman's Wharf during the 15-minute trip, then listen to a brief history of The Rock before embarking on a self-guided audio tour in the cell blocks. Budget for approximately 2.5 hours following along to the audio tour; listen to documentary-style interviews with former guards and inmates that paint an accurate picture of how the prison ran between 1934 and 1963.

When you've finished exploring the prison and grounds, catch the ferry back to Pier 33 (ferry departs every 30 to 40 minutes).
Pass By:  
The Castro
See the classic Castro Theater, Harvey Milk's former campaign office and more in the center of LGBT culture in San Francisco.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Golden Gate Bridge
We will find the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge for the day of the tour. That may mean crossing in to the Marin Headlands, heading to Baker Beach or getting underneath the bridge at the landmark Fort Point.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twin Peaks
Enjoy the best view of the city from its geographic center. We may find another lookout point depending on guest interest and weather.
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Park
Enjoy a drive through San Francisco's urban backyard. We may cruise by more or less of it depending on guest interest and weather on the day.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Enjoy a drive through the historic center of the "Summer of Love" and discover street art, music locations and beautiful Victorian architecture.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Alcatraz Island
Your city tour will end at the Alcatraz Ferry landing where you will board the ferry to Alcatraz. Enjoy as long as you like on the island and in the prison before returning at your leisure and making your own way to the rest of your adventure.
Duration: 180 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Disappointed with Tour
, Aug 2019
After reading other reviews and much consideration we decided to book this for the fun factor we were sadly let down the normal tour guide was off on maternity leave unfortunately. We had a stand in tour guide who was nice but wow we really do not need to know that you can speak Japanese repeatedly and he can sing and what date he got married! We want to know fun facts instead we got were him and his wife run? People on the bus fell asleep! After paying nearly £300 which is a huge amount of money he clearly asked for money in tip! Here's my tip Mark stick with Japanese as we were bored to sleep I'd actually like some money back felt cheated!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you very much for taking the time to write. Reviews of all kinds help me improve my business. Since 2015 I have led every one of my tours personally. For the last few weeks, I have leaned on Mark, a friend and experienced colleague in the local tour business, to run some tours for me while I spend time at home with a new baby. I have had some good feedback about his work so far, and I appreciate yours as well. I hope that tour pickup, timeliness, lunch, and the basics of the tour went well and I hope you enjoyed Alcatraz I want a great experience for every guest, and I know that as a professional guide Mark does too. I will pass your feedback about his narration on to him and together we will work to make our future work even better. Thanks -Eric
, Jun 2019
Excellent tour of SAN Francisco! Eric is a brilliant tour guide and took us round to everywhere we wanted to go! Definitely recommended if you don’t have much time in SF
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, I am glad you had a good time! Cheers, Eric
San Francisco Urban Adventure with Eric was great
Marek J
, Jun 2019
San Francisco Urban Adventure with Eric was great. He was humorous, knowledgable and witty. A perfect tour host. thank you.
San Francisco Urban Adventure with Eric was great
Marek J
, Jun 2019
I went on a San Francisco Urban Adventure with Eric as the host. He was knowledgable, humorous, witty and caring host. I loved the trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for booking and for taking the time to write a review! It was a pleasure to meet you guest and show her around SF. Cheers -Eric
Excellent Tour
, May 2019
This was a excellent tour . got to see all of San Francisco with a lot of stops along the way .Tour guy Chris was great.At the end of the tour they take you to the pier and help you get set up for ferry ride to Alcatraz.
A real urban safari of SF!
, May 2019
Had a lovely time being introduced to the city by Eric. He was a great guide, knowledgable and quite witty !! Wrap up warm , gets chilly in open topped safari vehicle but he also supplied us with blankets and coats.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
I'm so glad you had great time and thanks for writing a review! It does get chilly in the back, especially in the summer so I am glad you enjoyed the blankets :)
Great trip
, Apr 2019
We were picked up right at the time we were told we would be. It was a nice small group tour and the tour guide Eric was really nice. He was very informative. Alcatraz was amazing. No complaints
Great way to kick off our weekend in San Fran!
, Mar 2019
My wife and I took a tour with Eric to get the lay of the land as we started our 5 day stay in San Fran. Eric was great, he kept in contact leading up to our trip, had a message waiting for us at the hotel on check in. Lots of fun and highly recommended!!
Small group city tour
, Aug 2018
Small group city tour with very incentive guide. The open minibus was a good way to explore San Francisco. The weather might be a bit cold, but Eric provide carpets and jackets for those, who need it, so it was not an issue. Eric knows a lot about the town, and could tell lots of good stories and give tips for things to do and see. We enjoyed the trip and the Alcatraz part was also amazing.
Excellent day trip for all visitors...
, Aug 2018
Excellent day trip for all visitors to San Francisco. Eric is an excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and really attentive to all guests. Sightseeing trip was excellent with good viewpoint for all, along with natural air conditioning and blankets for those who got chilly! Good narrative along the route and at each stop. Eric ensures everyone enjoys themselves and drops you at Alcatraz ferry point, ensuring everyone gets their Alcatraz tickets. Thoroughly enjoyed this small group tour and recommend to all who visit SF. Thanks Eric for a great day!

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