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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
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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."
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Alcatraz Admission Ticket (valued at $41.00 USD) including Ferry Ride & Cellhouse Audio Tour
Narrated Bus Tour of San Francisco
Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
Transportation to Pier 33 Alcatraz Cruise Port after City Tour
Plenty of stops with Photo opportunities
Any other services not specified
Hotel Pick up or drop off
  • 478 Post St , 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    478 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone Departure time: 8:40 AM Please be at the above address, 15 minutes prior to departure. Please contact us 48 hours prior to the departure date to confirm.

  • 2800 Leavenworth St , 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Zone (corner Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St) Bus Departure Time: 9:00 AM Please be at the above address, 15 minutes prior to departure. Please contact us 48 hours prior to the departure date to confirm.

  • 9:00 AM
    Pier 33 , San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Pier 33 concludes the bus transportation portion of tour. Pier 33 Alcatraz landing is where the Alcatraz portion commences. Upon conclusion of Alcatraz, customers will need to make their own way back from whence they came.

    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.
    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:  
    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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

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    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


    2,129 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    Fabulous San Francisco!
    , Nov 2021
    Once again Viator provided a wonderful, informative tour. Michelle & Jack were great. She was knowledgeable & has great presentation skills. Jack’s driving though the streets of San Fran was award worthy. This is our third experience with Viator, two in Europe & this one in the US. Each one has been 5 star. We will definitely use Viator again. One suggestion would be a longer stop at Golden Gate Bridge. It is the first bathroom stop & the place everyone wants a picture. The audio tour on Alcatraz was excellent & the tram for older & disabled people is terrific!
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Hello Kathy, we're happy to hear that our experience was up to your expectations. Gray Line San Francisco is proud to be a partner of Viator and offer all our activities to our mutual clients. We take note of your suggestion of the Golden Gate Bridge stop. This should be an easy change to put in place and will definitely improve the experience. We'll pass along your words to Michelle and Jack, both will be happy to know that their work is valued. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Andrew Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    Joe was the best tour...
    , Nov 2021
    Joe was the best tour guide and Jack was an amazing driver. Learned so much from Joe and we hit all the good spots along the way. Great views and Jack drove like a pro! Highly suggest getting in their bus.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Hello Matt, Thank you very much for your kind words about Joe and Jack. They are a great team and make every tour very special. Please come back soon and join any of our other tours. Andrea Customer Relations Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    Great tour - highly recommend
    , Oct 2021
    Great tour!!! Our guide was so entertaining and knowledgeable - it was the best tour I have ever had! Driver was also awesome, did a great job and felt safe at all times. Good that they built rest-stops into the tour, there was plenty of time to get out and explore the sites.
    Excellent tour guide
    , Oct 2021
    Joe & Jack did an excellent job! They are a great team! Hope to catch this team on my next tour. Very informative guide & safe driver.
    Birthday getaway!
    , Oct 2021
    My husband and I did a little getaway for my birthday and we had an awesome time! Joseph and Archie were the BEST! They were great tour guides and give them both 5 ⭐️ plus! Great job guys!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Hello Cynthia, We sincerely appreciate your great review of our City Tour and Alcatraz experience. Having Archie and Joseph on the same tour is an unbeatable experience for anyone wishing to know San Francisco from a local perspective. Please come back soon to any of our other tours. We're looking forward to celebrating upcoming birthdays together. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    Awesome tour
    , Oct 2021
    Joseph and Archie were absolutely awesome. Local guided tour by locals who know the history of the city from the gold rush to now
    Grand City Tour 5 star experience!
    , Oct 2021
    Our experience was amazing! The trip was organized well and we had an amazing day learning about the city and all the great history. Joseph and Archie are both very friendly and make a great team! What made it even more special was seeing the blue angles air show!!!!Thanks for everything and I look forward to bringing friends and family next time!
    Beautiful day in SF!!
    , Sep 2021
    Our tour guide Joseph was awesome, very knowledgeable, very helpful.. the whole trip was a great adventure and a great way to get to know San Francisco history and fun facts.. what a gorgeous city!! My wife and I are going back for sure.. Thank you 🙏🏼
    Great Tour
    , Sep 2021
    Lands End, Golden Gate. Our tour guide was very informative and she knew her material. Very good tour
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Wonderful experience
    , Sep 2021
    Joseph was very knowledgeable about all of San Francisco. We learned so much more than we thought we would and he gave great suggestions for dinner.

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