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In the morning, make your own way to Pier 33. Your Alcatraz and San Francisco tour starts with a ferry ride to Alcatraz. Upon arrival get a brief orientation on the maximum-security facility from a park ranger and pick up your self-guided audio tour. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates as you explore the cellblocks.

When your audio tour concludes, hop back on the ferry to Pier 33.

Next, head toward your designated meeting spot on Post Street for a tour of San Francisco. Hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and cruise along the city’s waterfront, taking in views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting).

Spend the morning visiting the historic Palace of Fine Arts, a monumental structure from the 1915 World’s Fair; stop for pictures at the panoramic viewpoint on Twin Peaks; and explore neighborhoods including North Beach, Chinatown, the Presidio, and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Your tour ends back on Post Street.
Locations visited
Alcatraz Island
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Golden Gate Bridge
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Once a federal prison and now a national park, historic Alcatraz sits in the middle of the San Francisco Bay and is a must-see sight. Secure a hard-to-get ticket to the island for an audio-guided walking tour and visit other iconic San Francisco sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, and Chinatown on this stress-free tour. All entrance fees are included.
  • Prebook so you don't miss your chance to go to Alcatraz, which sells out fast
  • Round-trip ferry ticket, admission, and audio tour of Alcatraz
  • A stress-free package ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Visit iconic sights including the Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Well worth doing

Alcatraz is a must-see attraction. Tons of history with a good narration using the headphones. You really get a sense of what it was like there. The bus tour with commentary is a good way to see the city. Make sure you get off at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Alcatraz great; Gray Line a mess

Booked via TripAdvisor site through Viator. Tour managed by Gray Line. With so many middlemen no wonder it cost $350 for 3 people. Alcatraz was awesome but the Gray Line Logistics were awful. Had to pick up tickets at Pier 41 on the day before...More

Thank CecileQ
GrayLineSF, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Gray Line San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Cecile, We apologize if you felt the ticket redemption process, complimentary shuttle and check-in process has negatively impacted your experience with us. Your comments are valuable to help us improve our experience for future guests, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It...More

Reviewed August 10, 2018
Underwhelming Tour, Except for Alcatraz

This review is really a tale of 2 experiences. I signed up for the city tour because of good experiences with city tours elsewhere, such as Los Angeles, and because it was the only way we could score tickets to Alcatraz. This tour was disapointing....More

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GrayLineSF, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Gray Line San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry you felt the city tour was confusing to navigate. We hope you can join us on another tour for a chance to build the trust in our brand. Your comments are...More

Reviewed August 9, 2018
Alcatraz is AMAZING but Gray Line Tour a mixed experience

We booked from the UK before travelling to the US. We really wanted to do Alcatraz and the bus tour sounded useful. Alcatraz Island is a MUST DO activity, absolutely beautiful and atmospheric. See my separate review of the island. The Grey line tour has...More

Thank Nicola D
Reviewed July 31, 2018
Compelling Experience

Pros: The audio self guided tour in Alcatraz Island was very good. You do it at your own pace, just note the times to get back on the Ferry. You can immerse yourself in its history when you are inside the prison cell. Our city...More

Thank Aida B
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Aida B
July 2, 2018|
Response from Tiny_Chablis | Reviewed this property |
False. We had to make our own way to Fisherman's Wharf to collect tickets by 7am from the tour company then walk to the pier from where the ferry departs and exchange those tickets for ferry tickets. After Alcatraz you... More
Aida B
July 2, 2018|
Response from Aida B |
It helped us to bring the stroller because it was quiet a walk for a toddler from Pier 41 to pier 33 .
May 15, 2018|
Response from Aida B |
I believe you can do that, if you have the time available. Gray Line have a daily city tour I gathered. It's the Alcatraz tour that is very specific with your tour time.
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