San Francisco Alcatraz and Beer Tour

Food, Wine & Nightlife in San Francisco

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from$119
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Tour description provided by Viator

Capture highlights of San Francisco on a full-day tour that combines admission to Alcatraz with San Francisco’s Original Craft Brewery Bicycle tour through eclectic neighborhoods like SoMa and the Mission. After a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio tour of ‘the Rock,’ meet your biking guide in the afternoon to cycle the city streets, stopping at three breweries or bars to sample craft beer (the first one's included) and discover SF’s vibrant culture along the way. The bike tour is limited to 12 people to provide a small-group experience.
Start your day with a 15-minute ferry ride from Pier 33 to Alcatraz Island. While cruising across San Francisco Bay, take in the scenic panorama of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline. Upon arrival on 'the Rock,' the former federal prison turned national park, hear a brief history of the maximum-security penitentiary, which was in operation on Alcatraz Island from 1934 to 1963. Then embark on a self-guided tour via the provided 2.5-hour audio tour 'Doing Time.' Stroll through the prison cell-blocks and listen to recorded commentary from former inmates and staff. You'll learn about A-list gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly, and discover how several prisoners attempted escape. If you wish, you can also explore the historical gardens before returning to Pier 33 on the ferry (departs every 30 minutes). Back in the city, grab some lunch (own expense) at any of the numerous eateries around Pier 33 and the Embarcadero, and then make your way down to the meeting point for your afternoon bike tour starting in the heart of Chinatown! During the 3-4 hour bike tour, your knowledgeable guide shares anecdotes about San Francisco’s history and fills you in on the characteristics of each neighborhood you cycle through, including the artistic side of SoMa, and hip Mission District. Stop at three popular establishments — breweries, pubs, bars or beer halls — where you can relax and enjoy craft brews while mingling with locals. You may visit 21st Amendment, Local Brewing Co, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Zeitgeist, Toronado or Magnolia Brew Pub. Your first beer is included, and you can purchase food and more beer at the other stops. Finish your tour with a loop through Union Squares bustling activity and back to Chinatown to discuss your evening adventures.

What’s included

  • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$38.35 value)
  • Alcatraz audio tour
  • Use of bike and helmet
  • One pint of beer

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation between Pier 33 and bike tour location
  • Food and additional beer (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Highlights

  • Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
  • Free drinks included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
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