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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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    Stop At: Alcatraz Island, Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133

    You'll be dropped off at Pier 33 for the Alcatraz portion of your tour, where you will board a ferry to Alcatraz Island. Your Alcatraz Tour begins with a 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour," featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates who lived and worked on the Island. Once your Alcatraz Audio Tour is finished, explore Alcatraz Island as long want on your own, but don’t forget that you have to get the ferry back to San Francisco!

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Fisherman's Wharf, Jefferson Street Between Hyde and Powell Streets, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street. Despite its redevelopment into a tourist attraction during the 1970s and 1980s, the area is still home to many active fishermen and their fleets.

    Pass By: Golden Gate Bridge, US-101, San Francisco, CA 94129

    The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km) strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

    Stop At: Balmy Alley Murals, Off 24th Street Parallel to Treat Ave and Harrison Street between 24th & 25th Streets., San Francisco, CA 94110

    Balmy Alley (formally Balmy Street) is a one-block-long alley that is home to the most concentrated collection of murals in the city of San Francisco. It is located in the south central portion of the Inner Mission District between 24th Street and Garfield Square. Since 1973, most buildings on the street have been decorated with a mural.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Battery Godfrey, Langdon Ct, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA

    Golden Gate Bridge photos Southern lookout point. Ruins of this 1895 battery, once housing 3 large guns, remain a landmark on the Coastal Trail.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Bison Paddock, 1237 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA 94121

    Longtime pasture with a grazing herd of American bison, cared for by the San Francisco zoo.

    Pass By: Cable Car Stop, 1598 US-101, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

    The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car system. An icon of San Francisco, the cable car system forms part of the intermodal urban transport network operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

    Pass By: The Castro, Castro and Market Sts., San Francisco, CA 94114

    The Castro District, commonly referenced as The Castro, is a neighborhood in Eureka Valley in San Francisco. Having transformed from a working-class neighborhood through the 1960s and 1970s, the Castro remains one of the most prominent symbols of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activism and events in the world.

    Pass By: Chinatown, Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

    The Chinatown centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia. It is also the oldest and largest of the four notable Chinatowns within the City. Since its establishment in 1848, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America. Chinatown is an enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. San Francisco's Chinatown is also renowned as a major tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Pass By: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102-9991

    San Francisco City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco, California. Re-opened in 1915 in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, it is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917.

    Pass By: Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1496

    The Cliff House is a restaurant on Point Lobos Avenue perched on the headland above the cliffs just north of Ocean Beach, in the Outer Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. It has had five major incarnations since its beginnings in 1858. It now overlooks the site of the former Sutro Baths and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the National Park Service.

    Pass By: Coit Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133-3106

    Coit Tower is a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California, offering panoramic views over the city and the bay.

    Pass By: Crissy Field, 1199 E Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129-1605

    Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield, is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.

    Pass By: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4502

    The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, commonly referred as the de Young, is a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and one of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco along with the Legion of Honor.

    Pass By: Dutch Windmill, 1691 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA

    The Dutch Windmill is the northern of two functioning windmills, on the western edge of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It was completed in 1903, and placed on the San Francisco Designated Landmark list on December 6, 1981.

    Pass By: The Embarcadero, Embarcadero Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94111

    The Embarcadero is the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco, along San Francisco Bay. It was constructed on reclaimed land along a 3 mi (4.8 km) long engineered seawall, from which piers extend into the bay. It derives its name from the Spanish verb embarcar, meaning "to embark"; embarcadero itself means "the place to embark".

    Stop At: Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building The Embarcadero at Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94111-4209

    The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay, a food hall, and an office building. It is located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Designed in 1892 by American architect A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts style, the ferry building was completed in 1898.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Fort Point National Historic Site, Long Ave & Marine Dr Building 999, San Francisco, CA 94129

    Fort Point is a masonry seacoast fortification located on the southern side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. It is also the geographic name of the promontory upon which the fort and the southern approach of the Golden Gate Bridge were constructed. The fort was completed just before the American Civil War by the US Army, to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. The fort is now protected as Fort Point National Historic Site.

    Pass By: The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St Suite 52, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

    Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants and a 5-star hotel in the Marina area of San Francisco. A portion of the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Pioneer Woolen Mills and D. Ghirardelli Company.

    Pass By: Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117-1898

    Golden Gate Park is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres (412 ha) of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate is the fifth most-visited city park in the United States after Central Park, Lincoln Park in Chicago, and Balboa and Mission Bay Parks in San Diego.

    Pass By: Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

    The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park. It was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the United States and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country.

    Pass By: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2244

    Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral on Nob Hill in San Francisco. The cathedral is famed for its mosaics by Jan Henryk De Rosen, a replica of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, two labyrinths, varied stained glass windows, Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altarpiece, and medieval and contemporary furnishings, as well as its forty-four bell carillon, three organs, and choirs.

    Pass By: Haight-Ashbury, Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. It is also called The Haight and The Upper Haight. The neighborhood is known for being the origin of the hippie counterculture. The street names commemorate two early San Francisco leaders: pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight, and Munroe Ashbury, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1864-70.

    Pass By: Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94117

    The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is a popular feature of Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a sprawling World's Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.

    Stop At: Lands End, Point Lobos Avenue and El Camino del Mar, San Francisco, CA 94121

    Lands End is a park in San Francisco within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is a rocky and windswept shoreline at the mouth of the Golden Gate. Numerous hiking trails follow the former railbeds of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway along the cliffs and also down to the shore. Lands End contains the ruins of the Sutro Baths and other historic sites, including numerous shipwrecks that are visible at low tides from the Coastal Trail and Mile Rock.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Lands End Lookout Visitor Center, 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA

    Indoor exhibits and videos on the natural and cultural history of the Land's End area, Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights. Outdoor 3-D model of Land's End area. Cafe next door.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Little Italy, San Francisco, CA

    North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco. The neighborhood is San Francisco's "Little Italy" and has historically been home to a large Italian American population. It was the historic center of the beatnik subculture and has become one of San Francisco's main nightlife districts as well as a residential neighborhood populated by a mix of young urban professionals, families, and Chinese immigrants. The American Planning Association has named North Beach as one of ten "Great Neighborhoods in America".

    Pass By: North Beach, Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111

    North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco. The neighborhood is San Francisco's "Little Italy" and has historically been home to a large Italian American population. It was the historic center of the beatnik subculture and has become one of San Francisco's main nightlife districts as well as a residential neighborhood populated by a mix of young urban professionals, families, and Chinese immigrants. The American Planning Association has named North Beach as one of ten "Great Neighborhoods in America".

    Pass By: Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. Stretching from The Presidio east to The Embarcadero (with a gap on Telegraph Hill), most of the street's western segment is a major thoroughfare designated as part of U.S. Route 101.

    Pass By: Mission District, Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    The Mission District, also commonly called "The Mission", is a neighborhood in San Francisco, originally known as "the Mission lands" meaning the lands belonging to the sixth Alta California mission, Mission San Francisco de Asis. Throughout the Mission walls and fences are decorated with murals initiated by the Chicano Art Mural Movement of the 1970s and inspired by the traditional Mexican paintings made famous by Diego Rivera. Some of the more significant mural installations are located on Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley. Many of these murals have been painted or supported by the Precita Eyes muralist organization.

    Pass By: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Nob Hill is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California that is known for the numerous luxury hotels and historic mansions, Nob Hill has historically served as a center of San Francisco's upper class. Nob Hill is among the highest-income neighborhoods in the United States, as well as one of the most desirable and expensive real estate markets in the country.

    Pass By: Ocean Beach, Fulton St & Great Hwy Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94121

    Ocean Beach is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, bordering the Pacific Ocean. The "Great Highway" runs alongside the beach, and the Cliff House and the site of the former Sutro Baths sit at the northern end. The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service.

    Pass By: Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco, CA 94107-2134

    Oracle Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city's Major League Baseball franchise. Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then SBC Park in 2003 after SBC Communications acquired Pacific Bell, the stadium was then christened AT&T Park in 2006, after SBC acquired AT&T and took on the name. The current name was adopted in 2019.

    Pass By: Pacific Heights, 2356 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115-2715

    Pacific Heights is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California, which is known for the notable people who reside in the area. It has panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the Presidio. In 2013, Pacific Heights was named the most expensive neighborhood in the United States. Several countries have consulates in Pacific Heights. They include Italy, Greece, Vietnam, South Korea, China, and Germany.

    Stop At: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002

    The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero Parking area, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Pier 39 is a shopping center and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco. At Pier 39, there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39's marina.

    Pass By: Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129

    The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks.

    Pass By: Richmond District, San Francisco, CA

    The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, developed initially in the late 19th century. It is sometimes confused with the city of Richmond, which is 20 miles northeast of San Francisco.

    Pass By: Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105-2533

    Salesforce Tower, formerly known as the Transbay Tower, is an office skyscraper in the South of Market district of downtown San Francisco. Upon its completion in 2018 it became the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline, with a top roof height of 970 feet (296 m) and overall height of 1,070 feet (326 m), surpassing the 853 feet (260 m) Transamerica Pyramid.

    Pass By: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA

    San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary in the US state of California. It is surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area (often simply "the Bay Area"), and is dominated by the large cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland.

    Pass By: San Francisco Bay Bridge, Highway 80 West, San Francisco, CA 94105

    The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.

    Pass By: Spreckels Lake, Between 36th Avenue and 31st Avenue, San Francisco, CA

    The Spreckels Lake Model Yacht Facility, commonly referred to as "Spreckels Lake", is an artificial reservoir behind an earthen dam and adjoining clubhouse situated on the northern side of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Completed in mid-March 1904, the reservoir was built for the use of model boaters of all ages, interests, and skill levels, designed specifically for racing model sail and power boats and to propagate the skills and crafts necessary to build and sail competitive model boats of all types.

    Pass By: 50 Stow Lake Drive Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118

    Stow Lake Boathouse is owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, who governs all San Francisco public parks. The boathouse is located at Stow Lake, which is on the easternmost side of Golden Gate Park and has been offering boat rentals since it was constructed in 1893 when it was known as the Strawberry Lake Boathouse.

    Stop At: Sutro Baths, Point Lobos, San Francisco, CA

    The Sutro Baths was a large, privately owned public saltwater swimming pool complex in the Lands End area of the Outer Richmond District in western San Francisco, California. Built in 1896, it is located near the Cliff House, Seal Rocks, and Sutro Heights Park. The facility burned down in June 1966 and is now in ruins within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Telegraph Hill, Lombard Street at Kearny Street North Beach, San Francisco, CA

    Telegraph Hill is a hill and surrounding neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills". Today Telegraph Hill is known for supporting a flock of feral parrots, primarily red-masked parakeets (Aratinga erythrogenys), descended from escaped or released pets. The flock was popularized by a book and subsequent documentary, both titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

    Pass By: Panhandle - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

    The Panhandle is a park in San Francisco, California, that forms a panhandle with Golden Gate Park. In 1870, the Panhandle's footprint occupied large, shifting sand-dunes with little vegetation in between it and the Pacific Ocean known as the "Outside Lands". Today there are hundreds of tree varietals, representing regions from all over the world, including such species as Bailey's Acacia, Japanese Yew, Black Walnut, Blackwood Acacia, Queensland Kauri, and Italian Alder.

    Pass By: Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94111-2702

    The Transamerica Pyramid is a 48-story futurist building and the second-tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. On completion in 1972 it was the eighth-tallest building in the world, and the tallest building in San Francisco from its inception until 2018, when its height was surpassed by the newly constructed Salesforce Tower.

    Pass By: Union Square, San Francisco Shopping Districts, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Union Square is a 2.6-acre (1.1 ha) public plaza in downtown San Francisco. "Union Square" also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. Today it is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States, making Union Square a major tourist destination and a vital, cosmopolitan gathering place in downtown San Francisco. The Dewey Monument is located at the center of Union Square. It is a statue of Nike, the ancient Greek Goddess of Victory.

    Pass By: Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA

    See the history of the 1906 earthquake & Ham & Egg fires. Originally a quiet residential neighborhood of mansions, the street was used as a firebreak by the U.S. Army during the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed most of San Francisco.
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    Departure Point
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Traveler pickup is offered
    For hotel pickups, if your hotel is not listed, please select the Hilton Union Square at 333 O'Farrell Street (the meeting point is outside the Mason Street entrance).
    Departure Time
    7:30am-8am
    Duration
    10h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
    • Expert guide and commentary
    • Transportation to/from attractions (vehicle depends on group size)
    • Free Wifi on vehicle
    • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$39.90 value)
    • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years and under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator in advance may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
    • For hotel pickups, if your hotel is not listed, please select the Hilton Union Square at 333 O'Farrell Street (the meeting point is outside the Mason Street entrance).
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 37 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    The tour itself of SF after Alcatraz was great! It was just unfortunate that during our pick up in the morning (3 different pu times given) and then we wasted time with stops no one was interested in prior to arriving at the pier. Worst it was only when I asked our driver if
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    Took the tour yesterday. The driver/guide arrived right on time at the designated pick up. The morning was all Alcatraz (must see) and after we lunched on our own we went to the designated pick up location for the afternoon driving tour through points of interest in San Fran.
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    This tour had everything you wanted to know about San Francisco. The tour guide Tony showed us around, he was excellent, and his little personal anecdotes made for a special day. Thanks, Tony.
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    We were picked up (a little late) at the Hilton downtown then dropped off for an audio tour of Alcatraz which was brilliant. We then met up with Tiana again in the afternoon for a thoroughly entertaining tour of San Francisco. Tiana was very knowledgeable and accommodating, she
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    Tour bus picked us up at a downtown hotel and took us to Alcatraz landing to depart for a tour of Alcatraz. Tickets for Alcatraz were reserved for us, but be sure to bring picture ID. The audio tour at Alcatraz was excellent. After a lunch break the bus driver toured us all over
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    • Languages Offered: English
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