This Silicon Valley tour from San Francisco explores the tech headquarters of Apple, Google, Facebook and others. Learn the origins and history of Silicon Valley at humble garages and at the Computer History Museum.
Explore Alcatraz the next day and make the most out of your visit to the island.
The original and still the best Silicon Valley tour from San Francisco. Education and entertainment are everywhere on this full-day Silicon Valley tech tour. You’ll see the modern-day headquarters of Twitter, Uber, Oracle, YouTube and more. Stop for selfies at the sprawling campuses and visitors’ centers of Facebook, Google and Apple.
There’s, even more, to do in Silicon Valley. Learn the history of the tech revolution while visiting the Computer History Museum (admission included), seeing the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and hearing the stories of early tech pioneers like Frederick Terman, William Shockley, Bill Hewlett, Dave Packard and Mark Zuckerberg.
The tech campuses we visit are private companies, so you won’t see techies at work, but you can snap selfies and buy merchandise at the visitors’ centers of Apple, Google and Facebook. Buying an “I Visited the Mother Ship” t-shirt is a must! Note: visitor policies can change without notice.
Be amazed at how fast the world is changing when you see a one-of-a-kind Cray-1 supercomputer, the first Apple computer and Google's original web servers at the Computer History Museum. Yes, you can play PONG there. See where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard developed the audio oscillator and atoms were split at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Conclude the tour at your pickup location amazed at all you’ve seen and contemplating how the technology revolution has shaped our modern lives.
Silicon Valley Tour is available on Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays only.
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour! 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.
This tour operates on Wednesday and Saturday, based on a minimum number of participants.
Yes, admission to the Computer History Museum and Alcatraz Island is included in the price.
Silicon Valley includes the cities and towns south of San Francisco. It originated in the Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Stanford University area
The idea for Silicon Valley began during the Great Depression. Stanford engineering professor Frederick Terman decided to create more jobs opportunities for his students. He encouraged two of his them, William Hewlett and David Packard. He even got grants for them so they could create the high-tech company named after them.
Silicon Valley is the U.S. center for innovative technology companies. It's home to 2,000 tech companies, the densest concentration in the world.
The most well-known Silicon Valley companies are Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix. The area also launched Tesla, Twitter, Yahoo!, and eBay. There are many business support companies such as Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel. Other companies include Adobe, Intuit, and Zynga.
Silicon Valley tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops. Alcatraz tour is selfguided, you will be offered an audio tour of the island.
Meals are not included on this tour. We will stop for about an hour where you can purchase lunch. 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.
You will have as much or as little time as you want on your own on Alcatraz. Boats from Alcatraz leave approximately every 20-30 minutes. You can find all return times from the island here.
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.