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Alcatraz Day Tour

Bay in Day with Alcatraz

  • What should I bring?

    • Valid photo ID for each adult going to Alcatraz
    • Comfortable shoes for walking
    • Extra spending money for lunch, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
    • A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
    • Camera (optional)
    • Water bottle (optional)
    • Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
    • Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
  • How long is the tour?

    This tour takes about 8-9 hours.

  • What should I wear?

    Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

  • Do you provide meals? If not, can we buy food on the tour or take our own?

    Meals are not included on this tour. There are multiple food options available in the Ferry building and in Fisherman’s Wharf where you are able to purchase breakfast, brunch, and or snacks. You also have the option to have a sit down meal at a casual eatery in the area. Eating and drinking are allowed on our vehicles, and you can also bring your own food if you do not feel comfortable purchasing it on the trip.

  • What languages are available for this tour?

    This tour is narrated in English only at this time. If you would like a Bay in a Day with Alcatraz tour that is not in English, please contact our Private Tours department.

  • What type of vehicle do you use?

    We have a variety of vehicles available for this tour, ranging from an 8-passenger van to a 37-passenger Minibus for the morning portion, and up to a 41-passenger Minibus for the City Insider’s portion of the tour. As we have several different vehicles, feel free to call on the morning of your tour to determine which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader.

  • Will I be in the same vehicle for both portions of the tour? Will I have the same guide?

    The vehicle and Expedition Leader for each tour changes daily. It is possible that you will be in the same vehicle (with either the same Expedition Leader or a different one). There will be a short rest break between the morning portion and the City Insider’s portion of the tour.

  • Is this tour suitable for children?

    Children of all ages are welcome on the tour! Please keep in mind all children 7 years and younger will need a booster or child seat in order to comply with California state regulations when riding in any vehicle. There are many agencies in the area that can provide a booster or child seat if you do not have one when traveling. Many of them also provide rentals and hotel delivery.

  • How much time will we have on Alcatraz?

    You will have as much or as little time as you want on your own on Alcatraz, but make sure you’re back at Hotel Zephyr (250 Beach St) in time for the city portion of your tour that afternoon at 1:40pm! No refunds will be given if you miss this portion of your tour. Boats from Alcatraz leave approximately every 20-30 minutes. You can find all return times from the island here.

  • Is the Alcatraz portion of the tour guided?

    This portion of the tour is run by Alcatraz Cruises - All Alcatraz Island tour tickets include round-trip transportation between Pier 33 and Alcatraz Island, as well as the award-winning Cellhouse audio tour.

  • Is Alcatraz accessible for those with disabilities?

    Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing is fully accessible.  Many areas on Alcatraz Island are also accessible with the use of the S.E.A.T. (Sustainable Easy Access Transport) Tram. The S.E.A.T. Tram is an Accessible shuttle that runs about twice an hour in each direction.

    Further information regarding accessibility on Alcatraz Island, including tour information in American Sign Language, and use of Assisted Listening Devices can be found here.

  • Will I have time to see the Golden Gate Bridge?

    You will have a chance to see the bridge that afternoon during the City Insider’s portion of your tour!

  • What will we see during the city tour?

    The City Insider’s portion of the tour will cover as much of San Francisco as we can in 4-5 hours. We will delve into the facts and history of the Haight-Ashbury, Fisherman’s Wharf, Castro, Chinatown, Financial District - and even more. You will also have the chance to see the city’s majestic parks, rugged coastline, and the not-to-be-missed Golden Gate Bridge. In short, you’ll get to see most of the things that make San Francisco the city it is today!

  • What is the advantage of this combination tour compared to the tours separately?

    The Bay in a Day tour combines a major amount of San Francisco's top attractions. You get the chance to see the world-famous Alcatraz Island and you will get the complete insider’s guide to San Francisco neighborhoods and attractions - all in just one day. You also make some pretty nice savings by booking this combination tour rather than booking both trips separately.

  • Does this tour run every day?

    Like all our group tours, a minimum number of participants are required before the tour can be confirmed. At this time, our online reservation system does not reflect current availability. If you would like to know if your desired tour has seats available, please call our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours.

  • Do I have to call to reconfirm my tour?

    Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours. You can also call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

Bay in a Day with Alcatraz

This  Alcatraz Island Day Tour in San Francisco is for those that want to do more than see the City…they want to experience it! Oh Yeah! You will ride in comfort, walk the streets and float the bay as you visit all the City’s top attractions PLUS discover why they call Alcatraz Island 'The Rock"!

Extranomical brings you exclusive experiences and attractions you won’t get on other San Francisco Alcatraz day tours. Your “insider” guide knows where and how to get the most from your visit to San Francisco.

After a convenient hotel pickup, we start this 1-day San Francisco Alcatraz day tour by exploring the city’s legendary waterfront, learning the stories of the Embarcadero, Levi’s Plaza and Fisherman's Wharf. We’ll even take a brief coffee break at the Ferry Building. Can you spot the wild cherry-headed parrots?

Then we make our way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to infamous Alcatraz Island! Listen to a way cool audio presentation featuring actual recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island! Our San Francisco Alcatraz day tours give the flexibility to enjoy some time to roam and explore this historic spot. Group selfie! Nice!

After 2-3 hours on the “rock”, your day has only begun!! You’ll take one of the late-morning ferries to San Francisco so you can join for the afternoon portion of your Alcatraz day tour.

Get ready, get set, and here we go! Our “city insider's" tour is about to begin! We'll visit North Beach, a historic Italian neighborhood. So Cool! While there, we’ll point out Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Washington Square and more. Next, we’ll visit the Palace of Fine Arts. That’s one gorgeous building! And the main event—a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge! Selfies galore!

On this tour, you’ll also see the City’s rugged coastline. Pause to enjoy cliff-side views of “city by the bay”. Be blown away by the beauty of Golden Gate Park.

Our San Francisco one-day tour will take you through the culturally rich neighborhoods of San Francisco! You’ll learn about what made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission and Castro districts what they are and why they’re important to so many. Take a slow drive through Chinatown and Nob Hill (some say, “Snob Hill” Ha!) Laugh out loud at the surprising, sometimes crazy, things that have made San Francisco one of the world’s most beloved cities. Don't just take an Alcatraz day tour. Have yourself an Extranomical day!

Note that traffic in San Francisco can be tricky. But don’t worry: We’ll tweak the itinerary as needed to give you the best possible tour.

Part 1 – Pickup at your hotel:

  • Your Extranomical experience “San Francisco Alcatraz Tour” will begin at your downtown or Wharf to your hotel first thing in the morning to make the beginning of your day a breeze. Awesome! Once you become comfortable onboard, we suggest making new friends with your fellow travelers.
  • Right after we begin, we’ll already be at San Francisco’s Waterfront and the Ferry Building. This is the perfect time and place to grab some coffee and breakfast snacks. We love gummy bears and trail mix! Delicious!

Part 2 - Special morning attraction:

  • If you have booked your Bay In a Day with Alcatraz, we will drop you off at Pier 33 and you will board a ferry to Alcatraz Island. Your Alcatraz Tour begins with a 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour," featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates who lived and worked on the Island. Once your Alcatraz Audio Tour is finished, explore Alcatraz Island as long want on your own, but don’t forget that you have to get the ferry back to San Francisco!
  • Alternatively, you can book your Bay In a Day tour with a visit to Muir Woods. Sit back and relax as we journey to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where the Giant Coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods await. Hug a tree! Think deep thoughts! On the way back, we will make a stop in the (usually) sunny, sea-side community of Sausalito. Charming!
  • Lunchtime! After exploring Alcatraz and returning by ferry to Pier 41, you have some more time to grab some lunch. So many restaurants! So many versions of cioppino! Yum! Then, your tour meets back up at 1:40 pm at the Zephyr Hotel to begin your comprehensive San Francisco City Tour.

Part 4 - Late afternoon:

  • Make sure you've uploaded every Snap and Instagram pictures to your timelines before we begin our San Francisco one day tour, starting with the Palace of Fine Arts. After a few selfies, we’ll all journey across the grand Golden Gate Bridge. Want that perfect shot of the Bridge, you’ll get it at Fort Point at the base of the south tower. Nice!
  • Next, we enter Golden Gate Park from the Ocean Beach entrance - Gorgeous! Here, you’ll see the Bison Paddock. Some enormous Dutch windmills! Awesomeness!
  • You’ll have time to stretch your legs and do some exploring at the Music Concourse. Check out the outdoor sculpture garden at the de Young Museum. If you move quickly, you’ll have just enough time to take a quick tour of the Japanese Tea Garden. It's Zen-sational!
  • Your 1-day tour of San Francisco will also visit The Haight-Ashbury! Here, at the epicenter for the Summer of Love you may want to weave a couple of daisies into your hair or make the universal sign for peace! Some really rocking houses are coming, like The Grateful Dead House, Jimi Hendrix Red House. Oh yeah! We will also see some Victorian homes that survived the fire of 1906. Love it!
  • This San Francisco day tour passes through the storied Castro district and the Mission district with its public murals—some old, some still fresh! Yes, we also art fanatics!
  • Some more awesome architecture is coming your way! SF City Hall, The War Memorial Opera House, and The Pioneer Monument. Your Snapchat followers will be in a state of envy because these sights are Extranomically awesome!
  • Our next destination will be Nob Hill followed by Union Square. On this route, we’ll go right by Grace Cathedral, the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels, the Pacific Union Club and much more! Chinatown’s living urban culture is always a fascinating sight to see. The traffic is crazy here, but we know the best way through it…
  • Lastly, we'll visit North Beach and the little Italy of San Francisco. You will see cute cafes, Washington Square Park, St. Peter & Paul Church, Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. Even though this is where we conclude our tour, many of our guests get off and have dinner! Bon appétit!
  • If you have booked your Bay In a Day with Alcatraz, we will drop you off at Pier 33 and you will board a ferry to Alcatraz Island. Your Alcatraz Tour begins with a 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour," featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates who lived and worked on the Island. Once your Alcatraz Audio Tour is finished, explore Alcatraz Island as long want on your own, but don’t forget that you have to get the ferry back to San Francisco!
  • Alternatively, you can book your Bay In a Day tour with a visit to Muir Woods. Sit back and relax as we journey to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where the Giant Coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods await. Hug a tree! Think deep thoughts! On the way back, we will make a stop in the (usually) sunny, sea-side community of Sausalito. Charming!

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Alcatraz Day Tour
PRICE
Bay in Day with Alcatraz
旅游价格*成人 (12+)兒童
原价:$149$111
網上價:$129$101
網上預訂可節省:$20$10

*Alcatraz ticket $38.00 per person is included in price.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Convenient service from your hotel
  • Hidden San Francisco attractions and their stories
  • Tour Alcatraz Island!
  • Exclusive photo and discovery stops
  • Expert perspective from “City insiders”
  • Departures every day
  • VIP treatment
  • Free WiFi on vehicle
  • Friendly cancellation policy
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