Wine Country and Redwoods Escape with Alcatraz Tour
How do I book or make a reservation?
You can book online to receive an online discount, or call our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700. We require a valid credit card to hold all phone & internet reservations. Alternatively, you can book a tour with us in person at our office location, provided our office is open.
How do I pay for my tour?
If you are reserving your tour online, your credit card will be charged within 24 hours. We require a valid credit card to hold all phone & internet reservations. Alternatively, you can pay us in person at our office location for any tour, provided our office is open. You can also choose to pay in cash to your driver by calling the office directly and providing a valid debit or credit card number.
What types of payments do you accept?
Credit Cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. We also accept debit cards with symbols of these card companies. Please note that “pre-paid” cards and “travel” cards often are not accepted by our system and it is possible we may ask you to provide an alternate payment method if the initial payment does not go through.
Cash: You can pay cash at our office location for any tour. You can also choose to pay in cash to your driver by calling the office directly and providing a valid debit or credit card number. Please state to your reservation agent that you would not like your card to be charged and that you would like to pay your Expedition Leader in cash on the day of your tour.
Apologies, but we do not provide a travel or personal check payment option, nor can you choose to pay with cash for any online reservations.
Will I get a discount if I book a second tour?
Are there any advantages by booking my tour online?
Can I combine two or more discount codes?
At this time only one discount code can be accepted per reservation. You must choose which one you would like to apply upon making your booking. There is a space for the discount code or “tracking code” on the final page of the booking form.
My discount code isn’t working!
Not every code will be applicable to every single reservation. Please read the terms of the discount code you are attempting to use carefully, and note that some codes provided by third parties may have expired. If the code is valid and has been correctly applied you will see the value reflected on the final checkout page before submitting your reservation.
I’ve already made a reservation but forgot to add the discount code. Can you refund me the discount?
Unfortunately, any discount code you would like to use must be applied at the time of your booking. The code must be redeemed at the time of reservation and cannot be applied after you have made the booking.
Can I cancel or change my reservation?
Full refunds will be given for cancellations to any 1-day and half-day tour reservations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. Any cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will not be entitled to any refunds.
Tours with hotel packages and other third-party attractions tickets (ie. Monterey aquarium tickets) cancelled or changed with more than 10 days notice prior to departure, will incur a $35.00 fee or a fee of 10% of the package cost, whichever is greater.
Cancellations of any Tour package or 3rd party attraction ticket with less than 10 days notice will not be entitled to any refunds. Airport shuttles, Bay Cruises and Alcatraz tickets are nonrefundable.
Where do I pick up the tickets for my tour?
You do not need to have a physical voucher to board Extranomical-operated tours. Please follow the instructions on your confirmation for any 3rd-party-operated tours such as Bay City Bikes, Blue & Gold Fleet, Airport Express, et al. If you have purchased the Ferry Bay Cruise tickets, your Expedition Leader will give these to you upon boarding your tour.
Please note that Alcatraz Cruises will require that each adult boarding the boat to Alcatraz bring their photo ID or passport for identity verification.
Day 1: Wine Country & Muir Woods Tour
Our Wine Country & Muir Woods tour combines a walk through the one of the tallest trees in the world with a relaxing afternoon at 3 wineries in the Wine Country, with the option to go to Alcatraz Island the next day. First of all, you drive to the Marin Headlands into Muir Woods, a beautiful valley filled with California Redwood Sequoia trees. You’ll spend around an hour at Muir Woods, and then, come back over the headlands and head north again. You’ll get the Wine Country history on the way to the historic Sonoma Valley and Carneros Regions, spending 30 minutes to 1 hour at each winery, with free Wine Tasting fees, and usually 5 appetizing wines at each one. At lunch time, you will visit the Sonoma Plaza. On your way back to San Francisco, we’ll also drive through the picturesque town of Sausalito, home of thousands of sailboats, and hundreds of floating houses, and a beautiful view of the Bay and San Francisco. Finally, we’ll make our way back to the Golden Gate and stop to take pictures high above the Bridge, if we didn’t do it in the morning. Now that you have visited Muir Woods, and the Wine Country, it's time to do Alcatraz!
Wineries – Extranomical Tours has endless experience when it comes to California Wineries, and we have compiled mountains of research and narrowed down the list of potential winery stops to a short list that not only represents the best that California Wine Country has to offer, but also keeps costs down and allows us to provide free tasting samples at each of our stops on this tour. We like to cover the range in size from small and homey, to large and grand, always with an eye for visual appeal, friendly atmosphere, good presentation, and good value. We do not always go to the same wineries on every tour, but choose 3 from the following list of quality wineries that we can count on.
Day 2: Alcatraz Tour
On the second day ride across the bay on a ferry prepare yourself to visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. Please meet at Pier 33. This tour includes a 45 minute audio presentation which features actual recordings of employees and inmates who lived and worked on the Island, and then explore Alcatraz Island as long want on your own.
Availability for Alcatraz can be very limited, especially during the summer months. Your booking request will be processed in the order received. Your website booking for Alcatraz tickets is not guaranteed until you receive an email confirmation from us. For real time availability, please call us at 1-866-231-3752.
Wine Country & Redwoods with Alcatraz Tour - Times Approximate
(15 Passenger Van or mini-bus)
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Pick-up for your Wine Country tour at your San Francisco hotel in downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Drive through the Marina neighborhood, past the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, and head north across the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue north through the Marin Headlands to Sausalito.
9:15 - 9:30 AM
Pick-up at Sausalito hotels if necessary.
9:40 - 10:00 AM
Listen to the story of the Redwoods while driving over the headlands into Redwood Valley to Muir Woods
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Muir Woods walk. Spend an hour in the shadow of 250 foot Redwoods, admiring the ferns and moss lining Redwood Creek, breathe in the fresh Bay (Laurel Tree) Leave scented air, and across the creek on one of 3 footbridges, and return by way of the gift shop and snack bar.
11:00 - 11:45 AM
Head north on U.S. 101 to the first winery stop in the Carneros Region of Sonoma County, the birthplace of California's wine industry.
11:45 - 12:15 PM
Arrive at your first winery stop and enjoy complimentary tasting a variety of California Wines. Or just stroll the grounds and take some pictures among the vines.
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Drive to the lunch stop, either downtown Sonoma, or the historic village of Glen Ellen, in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Buy a lunch (or bring a bag lunch) and enjoy the sights and do a little window shopping after lunch.
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Get back in the vehicle and continue the Wine Tasting Tour. Visit 2 more wineries and enjoy complimentary tastings of California Wines and enjoy the views of the surrounding hills.
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Start the return and head back South to Marin County and San Francisco, taking a little detour through the quaint town of Sausalito. (Optional Ferry return to SF -Fare not included)
5:00 - 5:15 PM
Top off a great day with a photo stop high above the water, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean with an amazing view of the San Francisco Bay, the City, the Bay Bridge, the East Bay Hills and Alcatraz.
5:15 - 5:30 PM
Drive back across the Golden Gate Bridge and start the drop-off at San Francisco hotels.
Day 2 - Alcatraz
Please meet at Pier 33-Embarcadero Street. Local public transportation - F Streetcar, BART-Embarcadero station.
The ferry ride from San Francisco to the island takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Once you arrive on the island, a brief presentation of the island's history and guide to touring the prison is given. An audio tour is provided on entrance of the cell house that gives a recorded commentary from former inmates, prison guards and prison wardens. It takes roughly between 2 and 2 1/2 hours to do the full tour and just enough time to grab a souvenir. The ferry leaves roughly every thirty minutes. Learn interesting facts about the island, such as that Alcatraz was not only used as a prison but also as a harbor defense fort during the civil war and before then, was America's first lighthouse on the West Coast. Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz Island on the San Francisco Bay.
* Tour departure times are subject to availability.
Wine Country & Redwoods Escape℠ with Alcatraz
– Hiroshi K. on 08/18/2014
I had a great time and Nick was a great tour guide.
My only comment would be that it woudl have been nice if we could have stayed at Muir woods a bit longer. I would definitely recommend thsi tour to friends. Thanks again for a great time!
– Celeste Q. on 01/22/2013
I like the small group (total 5 people). The van was comfortable and easy to spot. I liked that I had many options for pickup and my driver was perfectly on time. The Muir Woods is a fabulous destination! Our driver Jerry was lovely company.
– Serhat U. on 11/18/2012
Muir Woods. It's like a journey back in time. Amazing! Also, I liked that we were there before the masses of fellow travellers arrived.
Redwoods & Wine Country Escape with Alcatraz
*Alcatraz ticket $38.00 per person is included in the price.
Redwoods and Wine Country Escape With Food & Wine Pairing Upgrade & Alcatraz Tickets
- Free Hotel Pick Up for Wine Country Tour
- Alcatraz Tour
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Winery Stops: 3
- Wine Tasting Fees: Included
- Free WiFi on vehicle
- Tour Operator: Extranomical or 3rd Party