Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour information and booking

8 hours
Departs from
2627 Taylor Street San Francisco, 94133 Pickup from centrally located San Francisco hotels and airport hotels. Airport hotels: Pickup is available, however guests will be drop off at hotel at approximately 5:15pm Cruise ship passengers: Please make your way to 2627 Taylor Street, 10-minute walk from the cruise ship terminal
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
10am until May 25, 20159am starting May 26, 2015Please note:Additional departure times may be scheduled during busy periods. You must call 24 hours prior to tour date to reconfirm your departure time.
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Tour description provided by Viator

Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of everyone's favorite city, in addition to a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio walking tour.

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.The San Francisco City Tour begins with a drive along the famous waterfront for views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Photo stops are made at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks (weather permitting).Some of the attractions you will see on this San Francisco City Tour include:

  • Chinatown
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Victorian homes
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • North Beach
  • Presidio National Park
  • Awe-inspiring views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean

Your tour also includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and an audio walking tour of the "Cell Block". This former federal penitentiary was also known as "The Rock" and housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You'll learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more on this tour.

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

When Alcatraz is sold out, book the next best option and upgrade your city tour to include the

Escape from the Rock

Cruise. This 90-minute bay cruise sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circles Alcatraz twice allowing you to get up close and see every angle of this mysterious island.

You’ll hear chilling accounts of harrowing escape attempts by Alcatraz’s notorious criminals as well as their descriptions of the brutality of life on the island. This special San Francisco bay cruise featuring sound effects and intriguing stories about Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson’s Alcatraz escape attempt and many more, will take you back 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

What's included

  • San francisco city tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Round-trip ferry from san francisco to alcatraz island with admission (us$33.50 per adult)
  • Walking tour of alcatraz 'cell block' and audio tape (if alcatraz option is selected at time of booking)
  • 1.5-hour bay cruise around alcatraz (if escape from rock option is selected at time of booking)

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)