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Alcatraz Tour & San Francisco City Tour from San Francisco Airport Area - Prior to September 25

Alcatraz Tour and San Francisco City Tour from San Francisco Airport Area

Alcatraz Tour and San Francisco City Tour from San Francisco Airport Area

Alcatraz Tour and San Francisco City Tour from San Francisco Airport Area -- See San Francisco and Alcatraz -- the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. This tour combines a 3-hour San Francisco City tour with a tour of Alcatraz (2 to 2 1/2 hours).

This tour includes bus transportation (if you want a hotel pick-up), a comprehensive tour of the city, ferry ride to and from Alcatraz, admission to the national park at Alcatraz, and the audio-guided headset tour of the Cell Block. This tour also includes a FREE Fisherman's Wharf Pier 39 FunPack valued at over $400 -- available upon request when you take this tour with us (while supplies last). Alcatraz is a must-see, and tours are often sold out up to two weeks in advance, so book early!

These tickets are for dates prior to September 25, 2006. If you need tickets for dates on or after September 25, please click here.

You will thoroughly enjoy touring the island and walking through the cell block where Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and many others were once held. The infamous prison is located on Alcatraz Island - just a 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

On the city tour, you will see all the major sights in San Francisco -- from Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean to Twin Peaks to Chinatown, and much more. Alcatraz is a must-see, and tours are often sold out up to two weeks in advance, so book early!

This tour combines the Alcatraz Tour with the San Francisco City Tour.

Alcatraz Tour Description:

Alcatraz Island is a 25-acre island located just 1 1/4-miles from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz is best known as the infamous and notorious former federal prison - home to the likes of Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley, and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. From 1933 to 1963, the Federal Bureau of Prisons used the facility as a maximum security prison. It was closed in 1963 due to its expense. Today Alcatraz swarms with tourists -- about a million a year.

Your trip to Alcatraz departs on a ferry from the dock at Fisherman's Wharf. The ferry across the San Francisco Bay takes about 10 minutes.

Upon arrival, a National Park Ranger will provide a brief welcome and orientation. You are then free to explore the island and the prison at your own pace. We recommend that you stop at the theatre to see the Alcatraz video following the orientation. The video provides an excellent overview of what you will see.

To reach the Cell House, you walk from the wharf up the steep hill on the old service road. The Cell House is at the top of the island. Along the way, you can stop and visit exhibits, see a variety of buildings that were used for various prison uses, and enjoy the views.

Another option is to walk along the Agave Trail. The trail begins near the ferryboat landing on the east side of Alcatraz Island and continues to the southern tip of the island. The Agave Trail passes through a protected bird sanctuary and features beautiful plants and flowers. This trail offers fabulous views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The 35-minute audio headset tour of the Alcatraz cell block is a real highlight (for those who purchase the ticket that includes the Audio Tour). This tour is available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. During the tour, you will hear stories from former inmates and prison guards as you walk through the cellblock. After the Cell Block tour, there is time to see all the sites around the island and visit the Alcatraz museum and bookshop.

Ferries depart approximately every half-hour back to San Francisco. You are free to stay as long as you like. Average time spent is 2 to 2 1/2-hours.

For a preview of all that you will see, click here to see our Virtual Tour of Alcatraz, history, and our Alcatraz Tour Photo Gallery.

San Francisco City Tour Description:

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco. Let our knowledgeable tour guides inform and entertain you while you relax and enjoy this exciting 3 1/2-hour tour of the city. You'll see all the major sights in San Francisco, and the tour will stop for several great photo opportunities.

You'll see the major sights in San Francisco, including: Fisherman's Wharf, The Marina District, San Francisco Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Cliff House, Ocean Beach and Pacific Ocean, Chinatown, Italian North Beach, Victorian Homes (Painted Ladies), Cable Cars, Nob Hill, Civic Center, City Hall, Opera House, Financial District, Union Square, Coit Tower, Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, and Ghirardelli Square.

The City Tour includes three or four scheduled stops for 10 to 25 minutes at selected sights around the city of San Francisco. We often stop at the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks (weather and traffic permitting). Other popular stops include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Cliff House and City Hall. This is an excellent way to see San Francisco in a short space of time or to orient you for a longer stay. When you add up the costs of a rental car, parking, and gasoline alone, not to speak of the aggravation of trying to navigate the streets of San Francisco, you will quickly find that San Francisco is not an inexpensive city to tour. We will pick you up at your hotel, guarantee your space on the tours of your choice, and provide an informative tour of the city of San Francisco.

Please Note: The San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz Tour lasts 6 to 8 hours. Exact timing will depend upon departure times for Alcatraz tickets available for the date of your tour. There are MANY sights to see on Fisherman's Wharf before and after your tour to Alcatraz.

If you've already seen Alcatraz, take our San Francisco City Tour:

Important Note: This is a top quality tour of San Francisco! There are other companies offering San Francisco City Tours, but the tours are not comparable. Tour with us and be assured of a great tour with nice people and an excellent tour guide in new, state-of-the-art tour buses!

Benefits: Tour Alcatraz Island, and see all the major sights in San Francisco or Muir Woods/Sausalito with an informative and entertaining tour guide.

Tour Photos: Alcatraz Tours Photo Gallery and San Francisco Tours Photo Gallery

Operates: Daily except Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Departs From: Our office near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, or free pickups from most San Francisco hotels.

Free Hotel Pick-Up: Yes - at most San Francisco hotels. Click here to see a list of the hotels. Hotel Drop-Off is not included on Alcatraz tours. If you are not staying at a hotel where we pick-up, you can meet the tour at our office near Fisherman's Wharf; the address and phone will be sent to you in the email confirmation sent after you make your reservations.

Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Exact timing will depend upon departure times for Alcatraz tickets provided by the National Park Service for the date of your tour.

Departure Times: 9:00 am.

Alcatraz Access: SEAT (Sustainable Easy Access Transport), is available for wheelchair users and visitors with a mobility need who are unable to walk up the quarter mile, 12% grade hill.

Child Rates: 5 to 11. Children under 5 may ride in an adult's lap for free.

Meals: This tour does not include a meal.

Tour Itinerary: The tour usually consists of the City Tour or Muir/Woods Sausalito tour in the morning, a lunch break at Fisherman's Wharf, with the Alcatraz tour in the afternoon.

Reservations: Please reserve online. Call toll-free for more information.

Payment: All tours must be prepaid by credit card. A confirmation and E-Ticket will be sent to you by email. You may reserve and pay online with confidence as we use secure servers and process tens of thousands of transactions online annually.

Tickets & Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your credit card charge immediately after submitting your reservation. Within 72 hours (or 30 days prior to your tour, whichever is later), you will receive an E-Ticket confirming all details. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it when you check-in. Your confirmation/E-Ticket will include a contact number for our operations staff; please call that number at least 24 hours prior to the tour to confirm any details.

Cancellation Policy: All seats are guaranteed once you receive your E-Ticket. There are no refunds and no changes on this tour or any Alcatraz tickets or tours.

We Sell TOURS! We do not sell tickets to Alcatraz only; you must buy a combination tour -- either San Francisco City Tour with the Alcatraz Tour or the Muir Woods - Sausalito Tour with the Alcatraz Tour.

Why Choose Us? Tour with us and be assured of a great tour with nice people and an excellent tour guide in new, state-of-the-art tour buses! This is a top quality tour of San Francisco! There are other companies offering San Francisco City Tours, but the tours are not comparable.

Your Alcatraz Tickets - Terms:

The departure times for Alcatraz will vary from 12:45 to 3:15.

A booking service is provided for purchasing Alcatraz tickets. Your order authorizes our agents to purchase the tickets in your name. Following your city tour, you will pick up your Alcatraz tickets at the prepaid machine or prepaid window at Fisherman's Wharf. Picking up your tickets at the machine is the fastest method. In either case, you will need the credit card used to order the tickets as your identification. If you pick up your tickets at the ticket window, you will also need your driver's license or passport. Tickets may not be picked up prior to the tour date.

There is a $3.35 processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order.

Your credit card statement will show two charges - one for Alcatraz Media and one for the Alcatraz tickets.

There is one bus departure taking guests back to their hotels in the late afternoon.

Your order does not guarantee availability of tickets. Alcatraz tickets are often sold out for specific dates and times. Your order is not confirmed until you receive a second email from us advising that the order has been placed and confirmed. You will receive two emails from us; the first will confirm that your order was placed. It is the second email that will confirm the availability of the tickets and that the tickets were secured for you.

No Refunds or Changes:

There are absolutely no refunds on Alcatraz tickets, unless tickets are not available for the date and time you requested.

Policies set forth by others will prohibit us from issuing exchanges or refunds after a ticket has been purchased or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. So once you buy a ticket, that's it -- no changes at all.

Tickets shall be null and void and of no value unless utilized by the customer on the date and time on the tickets.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased is 14. For larger groups, please call us.

All Sales are Final. There are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations permitted on tickets purchased.

Resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.

San Francisco City Tour includes hotel pick-up from designated San Francisco Airport area hotels. And FREE Pier 39 FunPack valued at over $400! Free discount coupons for shopping eating and having fun at famous Pier 39 on Fisherman's Wharf - available upon request when you take this tour with us (while supplies last). Child Rates apply to children ages 5 to 11; children under 5 may ride in an adult's lap for free. Please reserve online.

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