Alcatraz Island Tour
The 2-Day Alcatraz Experience
On Day 1, experience San Francisco, enjoy lunch in Sausalito, explore Muir Woods. On Day 2, take the Official Alcatraz Island Tour in the afternoon.
Time & Duration
Day 1: Departs at 9:30 AM from Fisherman’s Wharf
Day 2: Departs at 3:30 PM from Pier 33
- Explore the top neighborhoods with your local guide and learn the stories, history, and diversity of San Francisco.
- 7 amazing photo stops, 15 locations (Including Mission murals, Twin Peaks, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Bridge, and more!)
- Enjoy lunch with a view in the beautiful waterfront town of Sausalito.
- Spend over 75 minutes in Muir Woods and stand in awe of the famous redwood trees.(Additional $15 fee for entrance to Muir Woods for guests 16yrs +)
- The Official Alcatraz Tour ferry will depart Pier 33 at approximately 3:00 PM
Day 1: San Francisco and Muir Woods
Explore the city’s famous neighborhoods on a comfortable minibus tour of San Francisco. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the charming, waterfront town of Sausalito. Then take a short bus ride with us up to Muir Woods National Monument, and experience one of the last remaining, most breathtaking coastal redwood forests in the world!
This San Francisco city tour is our most popular and top-rated because you get to see our beautiful City by the Bay in a way that only a born and raised local can show you. This is also the premier way to ensure you cover all your “must do’s” while you’re in town.
Please note this tour will sell-out throughout the year, especially during the spring and summer seasons. We highly recommend booking early to guarantee your spot!
You won’t be on a bus for 7-hours! Several photo stops, lunch in Sausalito, over an hour hiking through Muir Woods. On the following day, experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz Island.
See the itinerary and additional details below.
Day 2: Official Alcatraz Island Tour
Your tickets are reserved for the Official Alcatraz Island Tour in the afternoon. This includes the round-trip ferry ride from Pier 33 and admission into the prison. Upon arriving to Alcatraz Island you will take the official tour and have the opportunity to explore additional exhibits at your convenience.
Day 1 Itinerary
9:30 AM – Depart Fisherman’s Wharf
Our guide meets you at our departure location shortly before 9:30 AM. After a brief roll call, we board the bus and begin our adventure. Our first stops include all the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco!
9:30 AM-12:30 PM – Explore San Francisco’s BEST neighborhoods!
During this time, you are treated to entertaining stories about the neighborhoods, as well as the history, diversity, and geographical nuances that make San Francisco one of the most unique cities in the world!
We exit the bus several times (10-15 minutes breaks) to soak in the neighborhoods and capture amazing photos! Please see “neighborhoods visited” (below) for details on each neighborhood, as well as where we stop for photos.
12:30 PM-1:30 PM – Lunch in Sausalito!
Enjoy a quick and easy lunch in the beautiful waterfront town of Sausalito! Our guides provide plenty of recommendations for our favorite local spots during your visit. You are sure to fall in love with Sausalito’s sleepy, small town charm!
2:00 PM-3:15 PM – Explore Muir Woods
After lunch, we board the minibus and head for Muir Woods.. Here, you have 75 minutes to walk amongst some of the last remaining coastal redwoods in the world! This is, of course, an unforgettable photo opportunity. Many of our customers consider this the highlight of the entire day!
4:30 PM –Return to Fisherman’s Wharf
At the end of our amazing adventure, we drop you off at the same location where you boarded the bus.
Day 2 Itinerary
3:30 PM-3:50 PM – Depart for the Official Alcatraz Tour, Pier 33
Upon arriving to Alcatraz Island you will take the official tour and have the opportunity to explore additional exhibits at your convenience.
6:30 PM – Return to Pier 33
*Alcatraz— Used as a federal prison between 1933-1964, Alcatraz housed some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, including Al Capone, James “Whitey” Bulger and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Featuring unbelievable views of the San Francisco peninsula, a visit to the island is essential when in town.
Fisherman’s Wharf— One of San Francisco’s most popular destinations – from old shipyards, to Boudin’s Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman’s Wharf has it all.
North Beach— Voted as one of the USA’s “ten great neighborhoods”, North Beach is best known as the home of Little Italy. From delicious restaurants to authentic sidewalk cafes and bakeries, you will feel the charm of San Francisco as soon as you arrive.
Chinatown— Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with energy, amazing food, and unique and colorful shops that give this area its charm.
*City Hall— This beautiful Beaux-Arts monument epitomizes the high-minded American Renaissance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The site of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage in 1954.
*Mission District— Known for its prominent and colorful mural installations, delicious food, and vibrant art and music scene, The Mission embodies the culture of old and new San Francisco.
Castro— One of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the United States. Colorful bars and restaurants line the streets with the historic Castro Theater overlooking the area that Harvey Milk once called home.
*Twin Peaks— Featuring a panoramic view of all of San Francisco, Twin Peaks offers ones of the best perspectives of the downtown skyline, surrounding hills and vistas (weather permitting).
*Haight Ashbury— The origin of the hippie culture and the birth place of the “Summer of Love.” From the stunning Painted Ladies to the homes of music’s favorite 60’s bands, this district started the counter-culture movement across the USA.
*Pacific Heights— Offering one of the most scenic outlooks in all of Northern California, Pacific Heights is home to Billionaire’s Row, featuring the estates of politicians, tech titans and other San Francisco celebrities (includes Mrs. Doubtfire house!)
Presidio— Former military base, now a beautiful park that includes Crissy Field, Fort Point, Lucasfilm’s (George Lucas) headquarters and the Walt Disney Museum.
*Fort Point— Located just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point gives you a front row seat to the Bay and is a great photo stop. This former military fortification was used during WWII.
Golden Gate Bridge— Declared “one of the 10 wonders of the modern world,” the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized symbols of San Francisco. Simply stunning!
*Marin Headlands— Offering a stunning perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown San Francisco in the background, this awe-inspiring view is the perfect place to capture a memorable photo.
You will return by ferry from Alcatraz back to Pier 33 where you are free to enjoy the rest of your evening!
Best way to see it all in 2-days! "The 1st day covered the best-known and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods of San Francisco, lunch across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito (delicious), and over an hour in Muir Woods with the miraculous redwoods (efficient and safe, glad we didn’t have to drive ourselves!). Our guide was very informative, friendly and pleasant. Alcatraz on the following afternoon was delightful and the audio tour was top notch. My husband and I enjoyed every minute of both tours!”Jenny C.
A wonderful 2-Days in San Francisco! "Spent New Years Day on a great tour of San Francisco and Muir Woods with Patrick, our guide.Had a fun filled day seeing so many different unique parts of beautiful San Francisco with the added bonus of time in incredible nature in Muir Woods. Our following day included Alcatraz and it was absolutely mesmerizing (the tour and the views). The communication was great and we truly got to see “everything.” Will highly recommend to friends visiting the Bay Area - well worth it!”Pam C.
Does the 2-Day Alcatraz Experience come with the Official Alcatraz Island visit?
Yes, this tour includes the Official Alcatraz Island in the afternoon of Day 2.
How does the hotel pick-up work?
We are proud to now offer hotel or AirBnB pick-up to any location in the San Francisco area for just $20. We utilize both ride-share and tour bus pick-ups depending on location in San Francisco; please be ready 45-minutes prior to your tour time if you do opt-in for the pick-up option.
What does the Official Alcatraz Island visit include?
The visit includes round-trip ferry and the 90-minute audio tour of the island. You can also see additional exhibits on the island as well. We find most of our visitors spend 2.5-3 hours during their stay.
Can I just take the Alcatraz tour without going on a tour?
Unfortunately not. All companies offering Alcatraz tickets must offer a tour package, per our contract with Alcatraz Cruises.
How far in advance should I book a tour that includes Alcatraz?
During summer season and holidays we recommend booking as soon as you can as these tours will sell-out!
What is Muir Woods?
Muir Woods National Monument is located 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is home to some of the oldest and tallest living trees in the world.
This popular destination is part of the United States National Park service and is considered to be one of the most peaceful destinations in the Bay Area.
Why Choose Dylan’s minibus tours?
1. Small Groups:
With Dylan’s, you aren’t just a number. Our minibuses are the perfect size to make sure you are comfortable, well looked-after, and are having FUN!
2. Local Guides:
Each of our tour guides are Bay Area locals who love their city. From in-depth knowledge of SF to the best restaurant recommendations, they are energetic and invested in making each tour special.
3. Great Value
Our minibus tour are priced to give our guests the best possible locations in the shortest amount of time without feeling rushed.
4. 100% Refund Guarantee:
Change of plans? Feeling under the weather? We are happy to refund your entire tour with 24 hours advance notice.
5. Independently Owned:
We aren’t one of the big San Francisco bus tour companies, and it shows. Dylan’s is owned and operated by San Francisco native Dylan David.
6. Your Experience is our Top Priority:
From our convenient meeting location to each stop on your tour, our goal is to make your tour fun and enjoyable. We have thought of the small things so you don’t have to.
What minibus tour should I take?
Dylan’s Famous San Francisco Tour (3 hours)— We recommend this tour for those who are short on time but still want to see the best San Francisco neighborhoods.
Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods (7 hours)— San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods – all of the must-do’s in Northern California! Your day will truly fly by as you explore these 3 awesome destinations.
1-Day Alcatraz Experience (7 hours)— If you only have 1-Day in San Francisco this is the tour for you! See Muir Woods and San Francisco’s best neighborhoods in the morning, then take the Official Alcatraz Tour in the afternoon.
The 2-Day Alcatraz Experience (2-Days)— If you are visiting for multiple days we highly recommend this tour! Enjoy San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods on your 1st day, then take the Official Alcatraz Tour on Day 2.
Where does the minibus tour pick-up and drop-off?
Pick-ups: Our minibus tours pick-up in a convenient location in Fisherman’s Wharf, across from 710 Beach Street.
Drop-offs: Depending your tour we can drop you off in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, North Beach, or Chinatown.
Is there a parking garage near the starting point?
Yes, there are several parking garages located near our meeting point.
What is your cancellation policy?
Payments: Please note our site is secure and offers SSL security on all credit card purchases.
Cancellations: We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour**. All tours cancelled within 24 hours of scheduled departure are non-refundable. We also offer rescheduling options for a future tour date without penalty.
**Please note for any tour including Alcatraz we require 7-days notice.
Can I make changes to my reservation?
There are many websites across the internet where you can book a tour with us. They all have different terms. When possible, we request that you book directly here on our website. This enables us to not only provide you the best pricing available, but it also enables us to provide a much more customized level of service. Just give us 24 hours notice, and it’s our pleasure to accommodate any possible changes to your tour.**Please note Alcatraz tours must be changed 7-days in advance.
We are not a big bus company! It’s very common to see large hop-on, hop-off buses around town, we take a much more personal approach. Our guides not only have intimate knowledge and unmatched enthusiasm for our city, but we also use specialized minibuses which are built specifically for sightseeing tours. We take you where the big buses can’t go.
Our minibuses have large windows for full view of the city as we conduct the tour and are climate controlled with plenty of room for everyone. We stop several times and provide many photo opportunities.