Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of everyone's favorite city, in addition to a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio walking tour.
San Francisco Alcatraz Island
Interested in museums and historical sites? Then make sure not to miss Alcatraz Island San Francisco! Alcatraz is also known as ‘the Rock’, and it is one of the most famous prisons in the world, located on a small island in the San Francisco Bay.
Get to know the Alcatraz island in San Francisco
Before the notorious prison was built on it, this little island was the home for the oldest lighthouse in the west coast of the United States. In 1907 the first military prison was opened on the island and later on it changed to become a criminal prison. One of the most famous prisoners was the mobster boss Al Capone.
The prison was in operation until 1963, and was known as the prison no one could escape from – and the ones who did are said to have died in the waters of San Francisco bay… If you wish to take a cruise and visit the Alcatraz Island and prison, our tip is to book it well in advance, or to buy a guided city tour that includes this visit, as places on the boats sell out quickly (it’s the number 1 tourist attraction after all!), and lines to buy tickets could get very long. In order to learn more about San Francisco tours check out the rest of our guides.
Stroll into San Francisco’s amazing California Academy of Sciences with this early-access admission ticket. For one low price — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else — skip the lines and enjoy entry one hour earlier than the general public, a privilege normally reserved for annual members of the Academy. Then wander about the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and 4-story rainforest, all under one roof. With so much to explore, you’ll appreciate the crowd-free hour of checking out all there is to see at your own pace.
Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. You'll spend 5-6 hours inside the park with a combination of guided hikes, breathtaking vistas and free-time to explore on your own. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park.
Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day of contrasts: from catching the ferry to Alcatraz Island and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, to walking through a forest of giant redwoods and relaxing in the picturesque village of Sausalito.
Wine taste your way through Napa and Sonoma on this day trip from San Francisco. Enjoy a comfortable, picturesque drive by luxury coach to wine country to visit several wineries for guided tours and tastings. Walk through beautiful vineyards, explore the winemaking facilities, and learn about the history of winemaking from your guide as you sip fine wine. Stop in Yountville to enjoy lunch and browse specialty shops at your leisure and expense. This comprehensive wine tour is the most relaxing way to experience California wine country, and all tastings are included!