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Alcatraz Island and San Francisco City Tour


Tour Length - 9 hours approximately

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 pickup at most San Francisco hotels, 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.

Then we make our 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 some time to roam and explore this historic island prison.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.


08:15 AM to 9:00 AM

  • Begin your tour with a convenient pickup in San Francisco (we serve most San Francisco hotels)
  • Quick stop (approx 20 min) at the Ferry Building to grab a coffee with amazing views.
  • Drive to Alcatraz Pier 33 from the Ferry Building

09:00 AM to 1:40 PM

  • Board your ferry for the Alcatraz Island tour
  • 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
  • Choose a Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant and enjoy lunch (not included)

1:40 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Meet your city tour vehicle at the Zephyr Hotel
  • Learn about Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and the Marina District.
  • Stop and explore picturesque Palace of Fine Arts

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

  • 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

3:45 PM to 5:00 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

5:00 PM to 5:45 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 dinner

Important Information

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 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!

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.

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.

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