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San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour

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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this half-day urban adventure. With your small group, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
  • San Francisco sightseeing tour with Alcatraz admission
  • Discover the city's hidden gems and diverse neighborhoods
  • Hear entertaining and informative commentary from a professional guide
  • Snap photos of San Francisco landmarks like Twin Peaks
  • Take a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and view the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy an audio walking tour of Alcatraz and learn about the former prison
  • Small-group tour provides a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This city portion of this tour travels in an open-air Jeep in search of hidden artwork and “secret” locations.
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Sightseeing tour
Professional guide
Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$39.90 value)
Audio walking tour of Alcatraz
Hotel pickup
Food and drinks

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Alcatraz Landing , Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

At the end of your four-hour city tour, you will be dropped at the Alcatraz Ferry landing to board the ferry to Alcatraz. After enjoying two to three hours on the island and in the prison, you can return on any ferry that you wish and make your own way back to your accommodation.

We are happy to pickup at hotels around downtown San Francisco. If you are staying at a homeshare or outside the pickup area, we can find a mutually convenient place to meet. We can not pickup at hotels outside San Francisco (around SFO, for example).
Find your custom-made, open-air vehicle waiting for you at your hotel or lodging in San Francisco. Climb aboard the safari-style truck, made for urban adventuring, and take off through the city. 

Travel the city streets, listening to your guide's commentary, full of insightful and quirky city facts. See Sutro Tower atop Twin Peak and admire the orange art deco towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross through the huge green space of Golden Gate Park and get a taste of the various personalities of the city's diverse neighborhoods. Recognize scenes from some well-known movies, find hidden artwork and discover some secrets unknown to even locals. 

Upon completion of your city tour, get dropped off at Pier 33 to catch your ferry to Alcatraz. Get photo ops of the city skyline and Fisherman's Wharf during the short trip, then listen to a brief history of The Rock before embarking on a self-guided audio tour in the cell blocks. Follow along with the audio tour and listen to documentary-style interviews with former guards and inmates that paint an accurate picture of how the prison ran between 1934 and 1963.

When you've finished exploring the prison and grounds, catch the ferry back to Pier 33.
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
Your city tour will end at the Alcatraz Ferry landing where your tickets to the ferry will be waiting. Go in the prison to experience the included audio tour and then explore the rest of the island at your leisure. Most guests take two to three hours before catching one of the ferries that return to shore every 30 minutes.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Golden Gate Bridge
We will find the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge for the day of the tour. That may mean crossing in to the Marin Headlands, heading to Baker Beach or getting underneath the bridge at the landmark Fort Point.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twin Peaks
Enjoy the best view of the city from its geographic center. We may find another lookout point depending on guest interest and weather.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Park
Enjoy a drive through San Francisco's urban backyard. We may cruise by more or less of it depending on guest interest and weather on the day.
Pass By:  
Enjoy a drive through the historic center of the "Summer of Love" and discover street art, music locations and beautiful Victorian architecture.
Pass By:  
The Castro
See the classic Castro Theater, Harvey Milk's former campaign office and more in the center of LGBT culture in San Francisco.
Pass By:  
Pacific Heights
We will drive past beautiful Victorian and modern mansions including Billionaire's Row and the Mrs. Doubtfire House in San Francisco's swankiest neighborhood.
Stop At:  
Mission District
We will drive through the colorful heart of San Francisco's Latino community to see the Mission Dolores and bright murals. We may also stop to walk down one of the neighborhood's famed mural streets like Clarion or Balmy alley.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MUST provide all passenger names at time of booking
  • For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required for all guests to board the Alcatraz ferry
  • Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
  • You may leave Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30 to 40 minutes; the last departing ferry is usually 6:30pm
  • All passengers over 18 will need to show a government issued ID to pick up tickets
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fogcutter Tours
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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz 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
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "The weather might be a bit cold, but Eric provide carpets and jackets for those, who need it, so it was not an issue." See review
  • "It was a little cool so he had blankets and extra jackets for everyone." See review
  • "Wrap up warm , gets chilly in open topped safari vehicle but he also supplied us with blankets and coats." See review


155 Reviews
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, Sep 2021
Eric, Was Great!! Very knowledgeable and very nice! Definitely recommend him. He is the preferred quote from this company so book early!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Kirk, and to recommend me personally :) Cheers -Eric
Great tour
, Aug 2021
Eric did am amazing tour of San Francisco. Very personable and informative. We enjoyed it very much.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Mary! I'm glad you all had a great time. Cheers -Eric
San Francisco in one day!
, Aug 2021
Eric shared San Francisco with our family in a fun and personal way! Highly recommend him and his tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Pam! It was my pleasure to share the City with your family and to make it a special experience for you. Cheers Eric
Excellent would recommend!!
, Aug 2021
It was all good and Eric was informative and entertaining! Enjoyed the fortune cookie tour and Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Peggy! I do a bit of a different tour every day, bu those are two of my favorite places. Cheers -Eric
Well worth the price
, Aug 2021
Eric, our tour guide was so informative and very enjoyable. We loved his open air vehicle which gave us great views. It was a little cold but he gave us blankets which made us quite comfortable. Lunch stop was at a great market.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review! I'm glad you enjoyed the great views out of the vehicle. Open sides mean a bit of wind, but I try to keep my guests comfortable with blankets and jackets to borrow. I try to make our stop for lunch a destination in its own right too. It's not always the same place, but Gus's market in the Mission is a favorite of mine. Thanks -Eric
, Jul 2021
Eric is quite simply……fabulous. He grew up in the Bay Area and has wonderful history and insights of the area that make buildings and neighborhoods come alive. I’ve travelled to San Francisco many times with work and occasionally for fun. Joined by my husband and college aged son, we thought this might be interesting (in combination with Alcatraz tour after)….and it totally exceeded expectations. Besides his insight, Eric is has a great low-key sense of humor and worked to ensure everyone felt comfortable. One bit of heads up - as with the SF area, it can be quite chilly and Eric’s van is open air. So bring an extra wrap or jacket. And enjoy!!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Kim, I am so glad you had a good time. I enjoyed sharing the sights of San Francisco and a few jokes with your group as well :) Good note about the chill. San Francisco can be colder than you expect in the summer. I have blankets for the use of my guests, but it's always good to come prepared! Cheers -Eric
Wonderful experience, highly recommended
, Jul 2021
Fantastic guide, Eric. He was very knowledgeable about the city. The experience was very informative, comfortable and fun. We enjoyed it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking the time to wrtite a review, Kendall! I'm glad you appreciated the comfort of the custom-built van and had a fun time. Cheers -Eric
Great tour!!
, Jul 2021
I cannot say enough good things about this tour. Eric is the company owner and also was our tour guide. Because our family and the other family were only a mile or two from each other, he picked us both up right outside of our hotel and VRBO. His vehicle appeared to be some type of converted van which had the top and windows removed.. The top now is canvas and there was plastic that could go over the sides if the weather was not cooperative. It was a little cool so he had blankets and extra jackets for everyone. Because the vehicle was not a huge tour bus, we were able to go to parts of the city that your typical tour bus could not. It was a thorough, interesting and wonderfully conducted tour. We did the combined city and Alcatraz tour. He delivered us to the area where he picked up our Alcatraz tickets and made sure that went smoothly as well. I have had the good fortune to travel around the world and have been on more tours than I can recall. This was one of the very best.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, David! I'm glad you appreciated the custom-built vehicle (and the blankets) and that you all had a great time. Cheers -Eric
Terrific tour for family with teens/tweens!
, Jul 2021
My family and I had a *wonderful* time on our tour of San Francisco with Eric from Fogcutter Tours. Touring through each neighborhood in half a day was a great way to orient ourselves to this beautiful and diverse city. Eric knew all of the best lookouts for optimal views of the city and its landmarks, but I enjoyed his commentary on the unique aspects of each neighborhood even more. Fast-paced enough to keep the teen and tween entertained, while older backs and knees appreciated the comfortable open-air jeep. Excellent COVID precautions, too. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour, Christine, I enjoyed meeting you and your family too. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and I hope you have a great rest of your time in San Francisco :) Cheers Eric
Disappointed with Tour
, Aug 2019
After reading other reviews and much consideration we decided to book this for the fun factor we were sadly let down the normal tour guide was off on maternity leave unfortunately. We had a stand in tour guide who was nice but wow we really do not need to know that you can speak Japanese repeatedly and he can sing and what date he got married! We want to know fun facts instead we got were him and his wife run? People on the bus fell asleep! After paying nearly £300 which is a huge amount of money he clearly asked for money in tip! Here's my tip Mark stick with Japanese as we were bored to sleep I'd actually like some money back felt cheated!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you very much for taking the time to write. Reviews of all kinds help me improve my business. Since 2015 I have led every one of my tours personally. For the last few weeks, I have leaned on Mark, a friend and experienced colleague in the local tour business, to run some tours for me while I spend time at home with a new baby. I have had some good feedback about his work so far, and I appreciate yours as well. I hope that tour pickup, timeliness, lunch, and the basics of the tour went well and I hope you enjoyed Alcatraz I want a great experience for every guest, and I know that as a professional guide Mark does too. I will pass your feedback about his narration on to him and together we will work to make our future work even better. Thanks -Eric

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