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Alcatraz Island and Guided San Francisco City Tour

Do more, see more with this San Francisco Alcatraz tour package. Includes tickets for the Alcatraz Prison tour. During the morning San Francisco city tour, see attractions like the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, and Coit Tower. Stop and explore the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Land’s End and Twin Peaks.

Alcatraz Island tour tickets
Fully guided San Francisco bus tour
Multiple stops to photograph and explore
Golden Gate Bridge toll
Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Local guest services assistance
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity

Highlights on this San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz Tour

  • Tickets for the Alcatraz ferry and 3+ hours to enjoy the Alcatraz Island prison tour
  • Comprehensive San Francisco tour that includes Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown & more
  • Fully guided tour makes stops to explore and photograph the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Land’s End and Twin Peaks
  • Time for a seafood or pasta lunch in Fisherman’s Wharf or North Beach (not included)

SF and Alcatraz Tour Details

This is a complete San Francisco City and Alcatraz Island tour. Ride in comfort, walk the streets and float the bay as you visit the city’s top attractions PLUS experience the Alcatraz Island Prison Tour.  Go way beyond “hop on hop off”. Avoid fretting over last-minute Alcatraz tickets. Your city insider guide will deliver an incredible San Francisco sightseeing adventure.

After a convenient morning pickup at most San Francisco hotels, your city tour begins on San Francisco’s waterfront and rolls through the Marina District. At the lovely Palace of Fine Arts, you will have the chance to stop and photograph the historic building and grounds.

Then, on to the main event—a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge!

This San Francisco city highlights tour will take you to Land’s End where you can stretch your legs while overlooking Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean coastline. Later, you will be blown away by the beauty of Golden Gate Park.

Later, you will be blown away by the dramatic views of the entire city from the top of Twin Peaks.

For the last portion of the tour, your guide will explain the historic and cultural importance of neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury,  Castro, Nob Hill, and Chinatown. Finally, in North Beach, we’ll point out Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Washington Square and more.

The Alcatraz Trip

When the San Francisco tour concludes, you will have an hour and change to pick a restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf or North Beach. When you’ve had your fill, make your way to Pier 33 to board your ferry for the Alcatraz Island Prison Tour. The 15-minute sail has incredible views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay and Angel Island  — have your camera ready!

On arrival to Alcatraz Island, pick up the Cellhouse Audio Tour included with the purchase of this San Francisco and Alcatraz tour package. Hear the voices of prisoners and guards describing their experiences at Alcatraz in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Dutch or Mandarin.

After touring on Alcatraz Island to your heart’s content, grab one of the returning ferries back to Pier 33. If you’ve worked up an appetite or thirst, there are plenty of Fisherman’s Wharf options before making your way back to your hotel.

Why choose us:

Alcatraz in San Francisco is wildly popular and frequently sold out. This San Francisco and Alcatraz tour package allows you to enjoy the most comprehensive San Francisco city tour and avoids the anxiety of securing hard-to-get Alcatraz tickets. Guests love the convenience of a hotel pickup and the support of a guided experience that makes stops to enjoy iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge.

As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.

Things to Know:

We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your Alcatraz departure time at Pier 33.

Food & beverage service is not available onboard the ferry or on Alcatraz Island.

Hand sanitizer and washing stations are located at Alcatraz Landing, onboard ferries and on the Island

SF and Alcatraz Day Trip Itinerary

08:00 AM to 9:30 AM

  • Convenient pickup at most San Francisco hotels
  • See Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and the Marina District
  • Stop and explore picturesque Palace of Fine Arts

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Cruise across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stop at a spectacular vista for photographs
  • Take in the Pacific Ocean coastline at Land’s End
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Sutro Baths and the Cliff House

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • See Golden Gate Park, including the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, and the de Young Museum
  • Stop for the stunning views from the top of Twin Peaks
  • Learn the fascinating history of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury
  • Roll through San Francisco’s Castro and Mission district neighborhoods

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Enjoy views of Chinatown, Nob Hill, and the Financial District
  • See North Beach, home to Coit Tower and crooked Lombard Street
  • Enjoy lunch in North Beach or Fisherman’s Wharf (not included)
  • Say “hi” to the famous San Francisco sea lions

1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Board your ferry for the Alcatraz Island tour at Pier 33
  • Enjoy the "The Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour" (foreign languages available)
  • Free time to explore Alcatraz Island; take a return ferry to Pier 33
  • Return to your San Francisco hotel

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Important Information
Does this tour operate every day?

Yes, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Be sure to book 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 the San Francisco tour and 3-4 hours for the Alcatraz Island Prison Tour.

What should I wear?

Since the weather is unpredictable and constantly changing, we recommend layered clothing. We do not recommend shorts or sleeveless shirts. There is quite a bit of walking, so wear comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. High heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What is the weather like in San Francisco?

The weather tends to be very unpredictable. It can be warm, windy and wet, sometimes all on the same day. San Francisco has famously foggy and cold conditions in July and August.

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?

IMPORTANT: 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 San Francisco guided city tour is in English. If desired, we may be able to organize a private tour in your native language. The Alcatraz audio tour is available 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 not to miss the last return ferry to Alcatraz Landing. Boats from Alcatraz leave approximately every 20-30 minutes.

Is the Alcatraz portion of the tour guided?

This Alcatraz portion of the tour is operated by the National Park Service. Rangers are available for questions and there is a well-produced audio guide. All Alcatraz Island tour tickets include round-trip transportation between Pier 33 and Alcatraz Island.

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.

Will I see the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes. We take the tour across the bridge and make a stop for photographs.

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 Fisherman’s Wharf where you can purchase lunch 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. Do I need a child seat?

Please note that for your child's safety, we cannot allow children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height on the tour without a child safety seat or booster seat. If you do not have a safety seat with you, contact our office and we will assist with arrangements.

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 +1-415-366-9965 (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

Why is Alcatraz famous?

Alcatraz, a maximum-security prison in San Francisco Bay, was operated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons between 1934 and 1963. Sometimes known as “The Rock,” it had a reputation for housing the dangerous criminals including Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

Has anyone ever escaped from Alcatraz?

There have been 14 attempts but no confirmed escapes from Alcatraz. However, in 1962, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin used homemade tools to break out of their cells and make their way off the island in make-shift rafts. They were never found, and authorities assume they were drowned.

Where is Alcatraz located?

Alcatraz is in the middle of San Francisco Bay, approximately 1.25 miles (2.01 KM) from San Francisco’s shoreline. The only access is the Alcatraz ferry operated by Alcatraz Cruises from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

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