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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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San Francisco, United States

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Combine a San Francisco city tour and audio-guided visit to Alcatraz
  • All the main attractions, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and North Beach
  • Audio-guided walking tour of the Alcatraz "Cell Block"
  • Round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This popular combo offers a great overview of city sights plus guaranteed access to "The Rock."
Alcatraz Admission Ticket including Ferry Ride & Cellhouse Audio Tour.
Narrated Bus Tour of San Francisco
Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
Hotel Pick-up from select San Francisco hotels (if confirmed with reservations).
Transportation to Pier 33 Alcatraz Cruise Port after City Tour
Plenty of stops with Photo opportunities
Alcatraz Tickets ($39.90 USD value)
Gratuities
Any other services not specified

Departure Point

1: 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
2: 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact us 48 hours prior to tour departure, to confirm pick up location and pick up time.
478 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Gray Line Union Square Office
Departure time: 9:00 AM
Please be at the above address, 15 minutes prior to departure.

2800 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Shuttle Location at the corner of Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St.
Shuttle Departure Time: 8:15
Please be at the above address by 8:10 AM.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Book a hotel pick-up or make your own way to the starting point for this excursion that is really two tours in one.

For the San Francisco portion of your tour, meet at the designated spot on Post Street. Drive along the city's waterfront, and take in views of the San Francisco Bay, stopping for photos at Twin Peaks, Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting). 

Other attractions visited on this tour include some of the city's famous Victorian homes, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, and North Beach. Your tour ends at Pier 33.

At Pier 33, board a scenic ferry to Alcatraz. Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a national park and get a brief orientation to the maximum-security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your self-guided audio tour, available in several languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart regularly) and head back to Pier 33.

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

The schedule for the day depends on the availability of Alcatraz. You are advised of the tour schedule 72-hours prior to the tour date.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Union Square
Departing the heart of Union square, the coach makes its way to the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way to the Golden Gate Bridge, travelers will see: Union Square: Theatres, shopping, hotels
Pass By:  
Van Ness Avenue
We make our way north on Van Ness Avenue. Famous for being used as a firebreak, by the US Army during the 1906 earthquake and fire.
Pass By:  
Cow Hollow
Two affluent neighborhoods, attracting young professionals. Chic fashion boutiques, Pilates studios, juice shops, beauty salons. Many fine dining restaurants ranging from French Bistros to American Fusion Cuisine.
Stop At:  
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Designed by Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Worlds Fair. This 162-foot high open rotunda appears as a Greek-Roman inspired fictional ruin. Disembark bus and explore the structure and lagoon.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Golden Gate Bridge
The tour crosses the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. On a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge offers a panoramic view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Presidio of San Francisco
Former U.S. Army military fort,1500-acre park. Home to; Baker Beach, hiking, historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes, and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.
Stop At:  
Lands End
Beautiful coastal stop at Ocean Beach with rugged cliffs, cypress forest, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean, Sutro Bath ruins, and the Cliff House.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Park
Entering Golden Gate Park from the west we pass by one of two Dutch Windmills. Journeying through the park the driver will point out all the points of interest; Bison Paddock, Japanese Tea Gardens, California Academy of Science, Conservatory of Flowers.
Pass By:  
Haight Street
Travelers will see where the Hippie movement began during the Summer of Love. Unusual stores, unique dining and live entertainment.
Stop At:  
Twin Peaks
Two identical peaks give this attraction its name. One of the highest peaks in the city, you will have breathtaking 360 degree views of the entire city
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Castro
Descending down towards Market Street, we enter the Castro District. All are welcome and safe in this LGBT community!
Pass By:  
Market Street
This major thoroughfare in San Francisco. We drive east from the Castro towards the Ferry Building and the downtown Financial District.
Pass By:  
Financial District
Among the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech business and Fortune 500 companies.
Pass By:  
Chinatown
Passing under the "Dragon Gates" of Chinatown, traveler's enter a bustling district of commerce bursting with color.
Pass By:  
North Beach
Don't blink your eyes, the transition from Chinatown to North Beach is seamless. This quick transition brings us the sights and aromas of San Francisco's "Little Italy".
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
Ferry to Alcatraz Island, walking tour of the prison with award-winning guided "Cell Block Audio Tour"
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Alcatraz reservations are first come first serve, all reservations are finalized (11) days prior to your departure date.
  • You must provide first and last names, along with ages of all passengers to confirm your reservation. If for any reason you do not provide this information within the window of time provided, your Alcatraz tour will be forfeited.
  • Date changes are not permitted once confirmation is received
  • Your Alcatraz vouchers / departure time will be available for pick up at 478 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 up to 72-hours prior to your departure date. You are not required to pickup your Alcatraz vouchers prior to your tour departure time, they will be given to you at time of check-in on the date of your tour.
  • The Alcatraz portion usually takes 1.5 hours to complete, with its audio tour consisting of approximately 45 minutes. You are advised to inquire on your arrival to the island as to what time the next guided tour will begin. There is no restriction on the amount of time you spend on the Island. The ferry boat service departs Alcatraz every 30 minutes and you can disembark at your own leisure
  • Wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the bus on their own and if the wheelchair is collapsible. Please note, there is a Tram providing transport for handicapped persons on Alcatraz Island
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Pier 33 is the last stop and ends the bus transport portion of tour. Customers will need to make their own way back to their desired destinations after Alcatraz.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Very tired at the end as lots of walking so wear comfy shoes and take a jacket as the ferry ride and Alcatraz can be very cold." See review
  • "Take the cable car back if that will work for you." See review

Reviews

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2,097 Reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
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star-5
Great Tour!
Kate_F
, Mar 2020
Josh our tour guide was excellent, funny and very knowledgeable. The tour gave us a really good overview of San Fran and the combo ticket with Alcatraz worked really well. Good Value for money-would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Appreciate the favorable review. Josh is quite the character and makes the experience a memorable occasion. The combination tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz is one of our most popular excursions. Appreciate your patronage and review!
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star-5
Alcatraz was awesome
Kerin_T
, Feb 2020
Alcatraz tour was excellent. Bus driver for city highlights very knowledgeable. Excellent day thank you
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star-5
Views were breathtaking
Zuilyn_G
, Feb 2020
Loved everything about this tour. Rich was very knowledgeable. The views were amazing. Alcatraz was very interesting.
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star-5
Fantastic tour
Terry_F
, Feb 2020
Wow what a fantastic tour of San Francisco and Alcatraz Island Would definitely recommend people do this trip worth every penny the coach driver was very knowledgeable about the city also told a few jokes then dropped us off at the Alcatraz ferry terminal The prison tour was very interesting with the audio headsets you got to learn a lot more Again Thanks for a memorable day
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star-4
Very fun tour
Meg
, Feb 2020
Great tour. Rob was a very entertaining driver and we got a lot of information on our trip. It’s a long tour but it flies by!
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Combo tour
LYNETTE_B
, Feb 2020
Great experience woukd highly recommend. Did combo tour of island and city. So much to see so little time
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star-1
Don’t choose this tour.
Debra_K
, Feb 2020
Horrible tour. It stops at three stops only. Tour guide was nice. Most boring tour ever. Was lied too
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star-4
Definitely worthwhile
Markwhall1
, Feb 2020
The Alcatraz tour was unfortunately cancelled due to gale force winds (only the second time in three years) so this review is only for the city tour part Our driver/guide was Tiana and she was great. She knew a lot about the city and it's history, and was entertaining as well
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star-5
Terrific tour
kewalsh42
, Feb 2020
What an absolutely fantastic day! Josh, our driver was fantastic, gave great insight into the history of San Fransisco and took us to some very interesting places. A great city tour. When we got dropped off for our Alcatraz tour it was so easy to just pick our tickets up and get on board. All in all a great day and a great tour guide.
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Bus Driver
SamanthaLewis1
, Jan 2020
Bus driver was so knowledgeable and funny. Was worth every cent. Golden Gate Bridge was spectacular.
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