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Alcatraz Island and Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

TOUR DESCRIPTION

On day one of this Alcatraz tour package, experience an old-growth coastal redwood forest and California’s wine country. The next day, take the infamous Alcatraz Island tour. The package pairs our award-winning Redwoods and Wine Country tour with the most popular San Francisco attraction—Alcatraz Island prison. Daily departures. All tasting fees included.

Tickets to the Alcatraz Island ferry & tour
Stroll through a Coastal Redwood forest
Tasting fees at three boutique wineries in Napa and Sonoma
Lunch break in historic Sonoma Plaza
Expert live narration (English); 8 foreign language audios
Guaranteed daily departures
Convenient SF hotel pickup and drop off
Free Wi-Fi on board
Entry to Muir Woods
Meals
Guide gratuity: recommended
HIGHLIGHTS
MORE INFORMATION

Day 1: Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

Start your Redwoods and Wine Country tour by visiting an old-growth California Redwoods forest in Muir Woods National Monument (or in another park) ahead of the crowds. Spot morning fog lifting from the Coastal Redwood canopy that soars for hundreds of feet above your head. Stroll along pristine nature trails and look out for native clover, coastal ferns, squirrels, foxes, and even deer.

Next, your expert wine guide will lead you to sip the good life on this Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley tour. The three wineries you visit will be delightful in their own unique ways. At each exclusively arranged experience, you’ll enjoy a friendly wine country welcome and breathtaking scenery while learning the stories behind the wineries.

The wines you enjoy will have been selected by the winemakers themselves. Be ready to add to your wine cellar as most of the wines are not sold in retail stores. If you would like to learn more about the wineries we visit on Extranomical wine country tours click here.

Spend your lunch break exploring Sonoma Plaza’s many restaurants, boutique shops, and wine tasting rooms. Upgrade your California wine country tour with a private food and wine pairing experience where you’ll be treated to California cuisine along with a collection of local wines. Check out the seasonally updated menu.

The afternoon potion of your redwoods and wine country tour will include exploring Napa Valley and Instagram-worthy experiences at two more boutique wineries. Get to know the winemakers and unique features of their wine offerings.

On the journey back to San Francisco we’ll make one final stop at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz Island. Take some fabulous photos while reflecting upon the amazing day that you have had!

Exact destinations and itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide’s discretion.

For international guests, please be aware that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age.

For the rare event that commercial parking is not available at Muir Woods, we reserve the right to arrange an alternative destination for experiencing Coast Redwoods during this tour.

Day 2: Alcatraz Tour

Make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour! Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island. Our San Francisco Alcatraz day tours give you as much time possible to roam and explore this historic island prison.

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 - Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

08:00 AM to 09:00 AM

  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Muir Woods
  • Learn the colorful history of the Marin Headlands
  • Hear from your guide why Coastal Redwoods are so special

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM

  • Walk in the shadows of the 200-foot Coastal Redwoods
  • Explore nature trails as you observe giant ferns and moss-lined creeks

10:15 AM to 11:30 AM

  • Head to the first tasting stop in Sonoma county
  • Drink in the stunning California Wine Country landscapes
  • Learn how to taste wine like a real sommelier with tips from your expert guide

10:15 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Stroll the grounds and take photos among the vines at the first winery
  • Learn how wine is made by award-winning leaders in the industry
  • Try several wines—add the best to your collection

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Relax and enjoy lunch in the picturesque Sonoma wine country plaza
  • Browse dozens of quaint shops and historic buildings
  • Choose the optional gourmet food and wine pairing lunch

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Enjoy visits to two more wineries in Napa and Sonoma
  • Tour their vineyards, taste their selections
  • Select a bottle to uncork at dinner tonight

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Start the journey back to San Francisco.
  • Photo stop with the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean, and city skyline (weather permitting)
  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location

Day 2 - Alcatraz Tour

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Make your way to Pier 33, Alcatraz Cruises landing, and pick up your tickets
  • Board your ferry for the Alcatraz Island tour
  • Listen to the audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour" featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates (foreign language available)
  • Free time to explore Alcatraz Island on your own
  • Take a return ferry to Pier 33

Important Information

What do I need to bring?

For Alcatraz:
Valid photo ID

For Wine Country and Redwoods:
Park entrance fee
Valid ID
Camera
Money for additional wine tastings and lunch at the Sonoma Plaza
Sunscreen during summer months
Bottled water
Winter clothes during the winter months
Comfortable walking shoes

What should I wear?

We recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads. Hiking sandals (rather than beach sandals) can be worn on the Redwoods & Wine Country Tour during the summer months. High heels, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are not recommended.

It is a good idea to bring a warm jacket for the ferry ride out to Alcatraz, it gets chilly on the Bay!

Is the Muir Woods entrance fee included? And how long do we spend inside Muir Woods?

Unless otherwise stated, the tour price does not include the Muir Woods entrance fee, which is $15 per person (based on 2019) and must be paid when you reach the entrance of the park. You have about an hour on your own inside the Muir Woods National Monument.

Which wineries are we going to visit?

On our Redwoods & Wine Country tour we visit 3 wineries, located in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. Each winery stop ranges from 40-45 minutes. We’ve narrowed the list of winery stops to those that offer the best California Wine Country experience for our clientele. We have preferred partner wineries that we like to visit but the wineries may depend on the day. Occasionally, a winery on our tour may be closed for a private event, so our tour guides may change the itinerary on the day of the trip.

Does this tour go to Napa?

Yes, we do. The itinerary of visiting Napa Valley AND Sonoma Valley in combination with Muir Woods National Monument is what makes this tour unique.

Are wine tasting included and how much money do I need for the additional wine tastings in Sonoma Plaza?

Yes, all wine tasting fees at the 3 winery stops are included on this tour. If you want to join additional wine tasting, please feel free to do that. The wine tasting fees range from $10 to $20.

What languages are available for the Redwoods and Wine Country tour?

The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio tour is required, please specify the languages needed during the booking process.

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.

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.

Can this tour be done in one day?

Redwoods and Wine Country tour takes the whole day. Therefore, Alcatraz Island Tour will fall on the second day, usually in the morning. Please allow 1,5 days for this tour.

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