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San Francisco City Insider's with Escape from the Rock


This alternative Alcatraz tour package includes a morning cruise around “The Rock” plus a fully guided San Francisco sightseeing tour by local experts. See San Francisco attractions like Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Make stops at Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, and Land’s End.

Tour Length - 9 hours approximately

Escape from the Rock tour by Blue and Gold Fleet
Fully guided San Francisco sightseeing tour
Live narration (English) of San Francisco attractions
Several stops to explore the area and take pictures
Golden Gate Bridge crossing toll
Daily departures
Wi-Fi on board
Admission to the Alcatraz Island
Guide gratuity

On this alternative Alcatraz Island and San Francisco City Day Tour, you will 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"!

In the morning, sail around the infamous Alcatraz Island on the Escape from the Rock cruise. Learn about this prison and hear unscripted accounts of escape attempts from the "The Rock"! The 90-minute cruise also sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and passes by Treasure Island and Sausalito. Please note that this cruise does not go on Alcatraz Island.

After your morning cruise around Alcatraz Island, take some time to explore the many attractions at Pier 39.  Select a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy a classic seafood dish, like cioppino (not included).

In the afternoon, join up with your tour at a hotel in Fisherman's Wharf for pickup. Your Extranomical Tours’ “insider” guide knows how to get the most from your afternoon San Francisco sightseeing adventure. After a brief journey along San Francisco’s waterfront and Marina District, we’ll visit the Palace of Fine Arts. Then, it’ll be on to 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 “city by the bay”. Be blown away by the beauty of Golden Gate Park and its many attractions such as the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, de Young Museum—be sure to make a plan to return on your own time to fully experience its wonders.

Our San Francisco one-day tour will then 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, and more.

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


9:00 AM – 11:30

  • Arrive at Pier 39 to meet your boat for the Escape from the Rock tour
  • Learn the fascinating history of Alcatraz without stepping on the Island
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge

11:30 AM – 1:40 PM

  • Free time to explore the many attractions at Pier 39
  • Choose a Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant and enjoy lunch (not included)

1:40 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Meet your expert guide and 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 – 3:45 PM

  • Learn the history of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • From a spectacular vista, snap stunning photographs of the Bridge
  • Arrive at the city’s Pacific Ocean shoreline, Land’s End
  • Capture panoramic views of Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach, and Cliff House

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

  • See the highlights of Golden Gate Park, including the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, and 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 – 5:45 PM

  • Cruise slowly through Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Financial District
  • 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 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 languages are available for this tour?

This tour is narrated in English only at this time. If you would like a SF City 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.

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.

Will I have time to see the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes. The Afternoon SF City tour crosses the Golden Gate Bridge!

What will we see during the city tour?

The tour will cover as much of San Francisco as we can in 4-5 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!

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.

Where should I meet the group for the City Tour?

Meet your expert guide and tour vehicle at the Zephyr Hotel, Beach St.

Do you provide a pickup for the Escape from the Rock Cruise?

You will have to find tour own way to Pier 39 and board your boat for the Escape from the Rock tour.

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