San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

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95 reviews

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst - SF

San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst - SF

From US$ 99 per person

Enjoy an English speaking guided walking tour to some of SF's top attractions including Ghirardelli, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 followed by Alcatraz and their cell house audio tour (all languages).

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn about San Francisco's coming-of-age during the Gold Rush
  • Discover San Francisco's regional treats such as Dungeness Crab
  • Explore Pier 39 and hear about why the sea lions took over
  • Enjoy a ticket to Alcatraz and listen to the cell house audio tour
  • Marvel at amazing views of the bay and city skyline
Full description

See the best of San Francisco on an English speaking walking tour and learn the history behind each turn from your guide. Take in the views of the skyline on your ferry to Alcatraz before exploring this notorious prison.

Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about its colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution from a traditional maritime port to a modern urban waterfront filled with trendy restaurants and amusement piers. The walking tour concludes at Pier 33, where you will present your photo ID to receive your Alcatraz tickets. Board your ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of Alcatraz upon the island.  Learn about the history of the cell house and its former residents with an award-winning audio tour available in multiple languages. You can expect to be done with the whole experience in the late afternoon.

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Walking tour of Fisherman's Wharf
  • Alcatraz entrance ticket
  • Ferry to Alcatraz
  • Cell House audio tour in multiple languages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet your ExperienceFirst guide on the corner across the street from the Buena Vista Cafe (2765 Hyde St)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Reservations are required at least 10 days prior to the date of tour. Legal names of everyone in the group need to be provided and to match photo ID for adults 18+ years, otherwise your reservation may be cancelled
  • It is required to provide the names of all guests 10 days prior to tour date
  • This tour will take place rain or shine. The walking tour portion is approximately 1 hour long and on average, you'll spend about 3 hours on Alcatraz Island depending on your preference, since this portion is self-guided
  • The walking tour is in English only. The Alcatraz cell house audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
  • This tour is non-refundable and non-changeable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 95 reviews

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Wow! Had an amazing tour with the incredible, Dara. Not only was she a fountain of knowledge, but delivered it with such passion and heart. The walk along Fisherman’s Wharf was lovely and very informative. We then boarded the ferry to Alcatraz and did a tour of the the prison cell - you must do the audio tour, it is eye-opening. Highly recommend this excursion. You’d be lucky if you got Dara as your guide.

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October 19, 2022

The tour on the waterfront was very nice and the guide was able to tell many exciting and interesting stories and anecdotes about the piers and Alcatraz. After the tour was over, we went to the branch for the Alcatraz Shuttle and from there you were on your own, which wasn't bad. You could spend as much time as you wanted on Alcatraz. Highly recommended ☺️

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August 11, 2022

This was a fantastic insight into San Francisco history. Our guide Eric was incredibly knowledgeable, and fun, keeping the whole walking section of the tour interactive. He gave us clear instructions on what to do once we left him to head over to Alcatraz which was so useful. Alcatraz itself was fascinating, the self guided audio tour was brilliant and well worth doing. I would highly recommend this trip.

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July 31, 2022

Product ID: 357745