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Alcatraz Tour & Walk-On Walk-Off San Francisco Tour Pass

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7 days

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Why take this tour?

Visit San Francisco’s hottest attraction with a pre-reserved Alcatraz tour, then explore the city with our unlimited Walk On Walk Off Tour Pass. With this flexible pass, you'll have access to a schedule of regularly-departing tours, to join whenever suits your schedule. See the Golden Gate Bridge; visit the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf; experience LGBT+ history in The Castro; and explore the diverse neighborhoods and cultures of San Francisco with a local guide.

Walk On / Escape Alcatraz / Walk Off

Your first day starts with an orientation to the city. Meet our local guide to learn a little of the history of San Francisco, get tips on what to do and where to eat during your trip, and collect your MUNI transport ticket (this will come in handy later, when you use the historic cars to access another tour). They’ll also have tickets for your Alcatraz tour, which starts nearby. Before sending you on your way, your host will give you a brief history of the world’s most famous prison, telling you what to expect from your Alcatraz tour and how to use your Walk On Walk Off Pass later.

Then hop aboard the boat to Alcatraz Island. You won’t have a guide with you during your Alcatraz tour (thi...

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Your first day starts with an orientation to the city. Meet our local guide to learn a little of the history of San Francisco, get tips on what to do and where to eat during your trip, and collect your MUNI transport ticket (this will come in handy later, when you use the historic cars to access another tour). They’ll also have tickets for your Alcatraz tour, which starts nearby. Before sending you on your way, your host will give you a brief history of the world’s most famous prison, telling you what to expect from your Alcatraz tour and how to use your Walk On Walk Off Pass later.

Then hop aboard the boat to Alcatraz Island. You won’t have a guide with you during your Alcatraz tour (this isn't allowed) but the official audio guide is a great companion. A mixture of history and personal stories told by ex-prisoners, it will add context to your experience as you wander the prison, peeking inside cells. Coupled with the stories your guide shared prior to your departure, this experience is a rare look at the infamous federal penitentiary. The Alcatraz tour is the most in-demand experience in San Francisco so tickets can be hard to come by: Yours are guaranteed.

Back on the mainland, it’s time to explore the rest of the city, using your Walk On Walk Off Pass. The value of the Walk On Walk Off Tour Pass is in its flexibility. Valid for 7 days from when you first use it (which can be before your Alcatraz tour if you wish), you can use it how and when you like. After purchase, you’ll receive a full schedule of tours which run repeatedly throughout the week. With no need for advance reservations, you just show up 10 minutes before whichever one you choose, take the tour, then move on to the next one (or to lunch). With unlimited redemptions, you can join as many or as few tours as you like – or if you really like one, take it twice!

Staying downtown or near Union Square? Use your Single Ride MUNI ticket to hop on one of the city's historic street cars (not to be confused with the equally-famous San Francisco cable cars!) and ride your way to and from Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Alcatraz Landing and the Ferry Building using the F-line Street Car.

Our San Francisco Walk On Walk Off tours for 2018 are below.

Since you’re in the neighborhood, we’d recommend you grab lunch after your Alcatraz tour, then take our 75-minute Fisherman’s Wharf tour. Together with a local guide you’ll see pier 39 and hopefully a few of its resident sea lions, learn why San Francisco is so proud of its sourdough, and hear some (pretty shocking) tales from the city’s maritime history. If you like your guide, you should stick with them – they’re most likely heading to the Golden Gate Bridge, where they’ll lead a tour of the city’s most iconic attraction.

On other days, you can use your single-ride MUNI ticket to take the historic tram (or bus) up to Union Square, from where our Chinatown Tour departs. This authentic neighborhood is just one of San Fran's many immigrant communities, and is a fantastic example of the city's diversity. The Chinese community has been here for generations, bringing with them traditions and cultures still experienced here today. Many streets here have two names; the one given by the city and another given by local residents.

The end of the Chinatown tour leads easily into our guided stroll through North Beach, where you’ll learn about another of San Francisco's well-settled immigrant communities: the Italians. This neighborhood is most famous for its social scene; the cafes frequented by Beat Generation writers in the 50s & 60s, and the incredible restaurants on every corner.

For those interested in Harvey Milk and the history of the LGBT+ movement in San Francisco, our tour of the The Castro is a must. Led by a local guide, it offers as much contemporary culture as historical insight.

Depending on the day, you will be in good time to join one of two tours next: Haight-Ashbury or The Mission. On Tue, Thu & Sat, you can head for the Haight-Ashbury to explore the iconic neighborhood that was the epicenter of the counterculture in the 60s. With a local guide, you'll notice key sights like where the Grateful Dead stayed, and understand why San Francisco was always ahead of the curve on social issues (and fashion).

On Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun, our Castro Tour gives way to a guided tour of The Mission, home to a mostly Latin-American community and some phenomenal street murals. On our daytime tour you will learn about the history of this area, visiting Mission Dolores (the oldest building in San Francisco) savoring the best views in the city from Dolores Park and experiencing the incredible art of this area on Clarion Alley.

Our evening experience meanwhile, departing at 5PM on Tue, Thu & Sat (so the alternate days to our Mission daytime tour) offers a very different experience of The Mission through our Taco Walk (Flavors of the Mission). On the latter, you'll visit different parts of the area, including the Balmy Alley murals and tastings at some of our favorite local Latino spots.

On each of our 60 to 90-minute tours, you’ll encounter a local guide carefully matched with their itinerary to showcase the side of San Francisco that they love and know best. Exploring with them, you’ll get a more authentic experience of San Francisco than any sightseeing bus could offer, immersing you in local culture and history at ground level.

Booking: When booking this tour you will be asked to select a time and date. This is the departure time of your Alcatraz tour only. You may redeem your Walk On Walk Off tour pass at any time before or after your Alcatraz tour.

Meeting points: Upon booking, we will email you a full list of meeting points and locations, which you can use to find your first tour. Then once you meet our guides, they'll give you a handy pocket guide with all the information you need to get the most from your pass.

  • Sites Visited
  • Alcatraz Island & Prison
  • Union Square
  • Chinatown
  • North Beach
  • The Castro
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • The Mission (incl. Clarion Alley murals)
  • The Haight-Ashbury
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tour Includes
  • Alcatraz tickets (value $38)
  • Tastings on our Taco Walk
  • Transport to & from Alcatraz by boat
  • Single Ride MUNI ticket (excludes Cable Car)
  • Unlimited Walk On Walk Off Tour Pass
  • Printed timetable & meeting point map
Haight-Ashbury
Even the crosswalks are LGBT+ themed in the Castro.
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Our flight was delayed and there was no way we would be able to make our 11:30 am tour of Alcatraz. We called Cat at Viator to let her know. Cat called our tour manager, Frank who went way out of his way to get us on the Ferry. Cat called us back multiple times to keep us in the loop and Frank was so amazing to get us to Alcatraz even though we were over an hour late. Thank you so much!!

Morris, our tour guide, was fun and informative. I would recommend this option for touring Alcatraz. No waiting in line!