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Alcatraz Island and Guided San Francisco City Tour


Tour Length - 9 hours approximately

Cleaning and Safety Measures
Tickets to the Alcatraz Island ferry & tour
Most comprehensive San Francisco sightseeing tour available
Live narration (English) of San Francisco attractions
Multiple stops to photograph and explore
Golden Gate Bridge toll
Daily departures
Local guest services assistance
Free WiFi on board
Guide gratuity: recommended

This Alcatraz Island and San Francisco City Day Tour is for those that want to do more than just see the City - they want to experience it!

Ride in comfort, walk the streets and float the bay as you visit the City’s top attractions PLUS experience 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 “city insider” guide knows where and how to get the most from your San Francisco sightseeing adventure.

After a convenient morning pickup at most San Francisco hotels, your afternoon “city insider's" tour will start by driving along San Francisco’s waterfront and Marina District. We’ll visit the Palace of Fine Arts and stop so you have the chance to take photos of this gorgeous building and its grounds. Then, the main event—a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge!

Our San Francisco half-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.

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

After a slow drive through Nob Hill and Chinatown, we'll visit the charming Italian neighborhood of North Beach. While there, we’ll point out Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Washington Square and more.

From start to finish on this San Francisco sightseeing highlights tour, you will laugh out loud at the surprising (sometimes crazy) things that have made San Francisco one of the world’s most beloved cities.

After the City tour is over you will be dropped off in the Fisherman’s Wharf where you can enjoy lunch and see famous sea lions.

Then please make our way to Pier 33 (10-minute walk) where you’ll board the ferry to start your afternoon 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 some time to roam and explore this historic island prison.

After touring on the Rock to your heart’s content, grab one of the returning ferries to bring you back to your starting point at Pier 33.



08:00 AM to 9:30 AM

  • Begin your tour with a convenient pickup in San Francisco (we serve most San Francisco hotels)
  • Learn about Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and the Marina District
  • Stop and explore picturesque Palace of Fine Arts

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Learn history of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge while cruising across
  • Stop at a spectacular vista for Instagram-worthy photos of the bridge
  • Arrive at Land’s End - the city’s Pacific Ocean shoreline
  • Stop in the gift shop for the chance to grab coffee and souvenirs
  • Capture panoramic views of Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths, and the Cliff House

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • See the highlights of Golden Gate Park, including the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, de Young Museum
  • Learn the unique cultural history of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury
  • Roll through the Castro and Mission neighborhoods on your way to San Francisco’s City Hall

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

  • Take pictures while driving through Chinatown, Nob Hill, and the Financial District (“FiDi”)
  • See North Beach, location of Coit Tower and crooked Lombard Street
  • Return to Fisherman’s Wharf in time for lunch

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Enjoy lunch in the Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Say “hi” to famous San Francisco sea lions

01:30 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Board your ferry for the Alcatraz Island tour at Pier 33
  • Audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour" featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates (foreign languages available)
  • Free time to explore Alcatraz Island; take a return ferry to Pier 33
  • Return to your San Francisco hotel

Additional changes to note:

  • Allow ample time for screening, we strongly recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Food & beverage service is not available at Pier 33, onboard the vessels and on Alcatraz Island.
  • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available for purchase
  • Hand washing stations are located throughout Alcatraz Landing
  • Hand sanitizer is located throughout Alcatraz Landing, onboard our vessels and on the Island

Read more helpful articles about Alcatraz in our BLOG.

Important Information

Does this tour operate every day?

Alcatraz is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Be sure to get in early as Alcatraz tickets can sell out months in advance.

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 9 hours. 4-5 hours for City tour and 3 hours for Alcatraz.

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.

What is the average temperature?

San Francisco average temperature data is below.

Average High temperature: 67°F / 19°C
Average Low temperature: 54°F / 12°C

Average High temperature: 58°F / 14°C
Average Low temperature: 47°F / 8°C

What should I bring?

Valid photo ID for each adult going to Alcatraz
Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

What languages are available for this tour?

The City tour is offered in English only. However, if required we can organize a private tour in several languages. Alcatraz offer audio tours in multiple languages.

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.

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

This 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.

What will we see during the city tour?

The City Tour portion will cover as much of San Francisco as we can in 4 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!

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my 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. Please note that food is NOT permitted on Alcatraz Island.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

Due to safety concerns large items are not permitted on Alcatraz. The maximum acceptable size for a backpack is 16”x20”. There are no storage facilities in the Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing area.

I'm travelling with a child

Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

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.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by our office to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items


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