See Alcatraz Island back-lit by the beautiful sunset!
See the amazing history stored in the rings of these Giant Redwoods
Learn about the history of Muir Woods before heading out to explore
Walk among the Giants at Muir Woods National Monument
Experience the serenity of Muir Woods’ secluded pathways
Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour plus Alcatraz Night Tour and Aquarium
This tour includes:
Retail price: $147.50 adult/$97.50 child*
Web price: $142.50 adult/$92.50 child*
Internet savings: $5
*Child rates are ages 3-11. Infant and senior rates available. Rates change by season; please see booking page for exact seasonal rates for your chosen dates.
After exploring Muir Woods you will get a 15-20 minute narrated tour through the beautiful seaside Mediterranean-style town of Sausalito. From there, you’ll hop off the motorcoach and take a picturesque ferry ride back to San Francisco!
Once you’re back in the city, you can explore the Aquarium of the Bay before it’s time to pick up your Alcatraz tickets for your Alcatraz Night Tour. This tour will give you an exclusive experience of this historic island.
Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour with Alcatraz and Aquarium
|Tours:||Daily, 9am (Aquarium ticket all day, and Alcatraz 3:50pm-6:30pm seasonally)|
|Departs:||pickup from most SF hotels approx 1 hour before tour time|
|Transport:||Comfortable Motorcoach, hybrid ferry to Alcatraz|
|Activities:||Photography, Wildlife & Nature|
|Includes:||Complimentary pickup from most San Francisco hotels
Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
Muir Woods entrance fee
20 minute in-coach tour of Sausalito
Transportation to/from Muir Woods & Sausalito by Motorcoach
Ferry return from Sausalito
Aquarium of the Bay tickets
Alcatraz Night Tour tickets ($42.50 USD value)
|Not included:||Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
Guide gratuity (optional)
Your Alcatraz ticket will be arranged for the evening of the first day of your two day package (approximately 6:30pm for the night tour).
Taking the ferry to Alcatraz will afford you amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco city skyline from the north. The vessel does a complete circle around the island before docking and includes a guide pointing out different sections/buildings on Alcatraz Island from a vantage point not seen during the day. When you land on the island, you’ll get a short history of Alcatraz, and then head up into the prison!
You’ll be equipped with an audio tour titled “Doing Time”, in which you’ll hear interviews from former inmates and learn more history about Alcatraz (available in 11 languages). The Alcatraz Night Tour also includes special interpretive tours and access to areas of the island that are closed during the day.
You may explore for as long as you want (the ferry departs for the mainland approximately every 30-40 minutes). The tour generally takes people about two and a half hours. Don’t forget your jacket – it can get chilly out on the bay!
- For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required for all guests to board the Alcatraz ferry
- Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
- The tour is approximately 2.5 hours.
Alcatraz tickets are subject to limited availability, so book your tickets today!
You may explore the Aquarium of the Bay any time on the day of your tour.
Approximately 20,000 animals live in the Aquarium of the Bay, ranging from eight-foot native sevengill sharks and eels to rays and jellies, all of which can be found in the San Francisco Bay.Aquarium of the Bay Logo
With a focus on education, conservation, and entertainment, it is the ONLY aquarium dedicated to the diverse marine life and distinctive ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.
Aquarium of the Bay provides an unmatched window to the Bay’s amazing marine life, and serves 600,000 visitors annually.
When it comes to conservation, it is important to walk the talk: Aquarium of the Bay was certified as a San Francisco Green Business in 2005 after being reviewed about recycling practices, hazardous waste removal, and water and energy consumption/conservation. The aquarium does it’s part by:
- informing guests about endangered animals and habitats and what they can do to help
- participating in ongoing research and breeding to stabilize endangered populations of ocean life
- distributing the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s SEAFOOD WATCH guide
- forming the SF Seafood Watch alliance with local businesses and restaurants to promote sustainable seafood sourcing
- partnering with America’s Cup’s “Healthy Ocean Project” to educate about Marine Protected Areas and the effects of Marine Debris/Plastics
|8:00am – 9:00am:||Pick up from San Francisco hotels|
|9:00am – 10:00am:||The day begins with a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, which offers sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the skyline of San Francisco. We wind our way through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands, along the base of Mt. Tamalpais (the highest point in the North Bay region) on our way to Muir Woods National Monument where you will have 1-1 1/2 hrs to walk around.|
|10:00am – 11:30am:||Arrive at Muir Woods National Monument. The coastal redwood is the tallest tree species in the world. These trees only thrive in Northern California and Oregon, due to the thick fog that blankets the west coast in the summer months. In 1908, Senator William Kent and his wife donated their land to the state and President Theodore Roosevelt designated it as a federally protected area. Muir Woods is the only surviving stand of old-growth forest in the Bay Area. Wandering amongst these towering giants, the sights, sounds and smells of this living museum are sure to reconnect you with a natural world that was almost lost forever.|
|12:00pm – 12:30pm:||From Muir Woods it’s a short drive to Sausalito, a picturesque town that starts with hilltop mansions and spills down to boutique shops and cafes along the waterfront. The pier offers a panoramic view of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge, and Angel Island. Take it all in with a 20 minute in-coach narrated tour and then hop off the coach and linger at one of the sidewalk cafes, shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or sample freshly caught seafood before taking the ferry back to the city on your own schedule – just make sure you’re back to pick up your Alcatraz tickets!|
|2:20-4:00pm:||Catch the Sausalito ferry back across the bay to Fisherman’s wharf; you may choose from a 2:20 or 3:40 ferry.|
|4:15pm-5:30pm:||Check out the awesome exhibits and friendly fishes at the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39.|
|5:30pm-6:00pm:||Make your way to Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf to pick up your Alcatraz Night Tour tickets from the Group Services Window and meet the ferry. You may pick up your tickets any time the day of your tour, but they MUST be claimed no later than 30 minutes prior to the tour departure (6pm for 6:30pm departure). You will need a valid ID and your paid voucher to pick up the tickets.|
|Alcatraz Ferry:||Board your ferry and ride across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. See the San Francisco Skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island from the ferry! Take a loop around the island for exclusive views. Depart the ferry at Alcatraz and follow your guide up into the prison.|
|Alcatraz Prison:||Enjoy the audio tour “Doing Time” with commentary from inmates and guards that experienced the prison when it was operational. You’ll have access to areas of the island that are not open to the public on the day tours.|
|Back to Land:||Once back at Fisherman’s Wharf, you may explore the area and grab some food, go shopping or sightseeing, or head back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.|
**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, traffic), it is sometimes necessary to alter your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **
Muir Woods and Sausalito:
- Camera & Charger
- Spending money for incidentals, Muir Woods entrance fee, and lunch
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Layered clothing – Muir Woods can be rather chilly
- Sun protection
- Water bottle
Alcatraz Night Tour:
- Photo ID and paid voucher to claim tickets.
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Layered clothing and warm jacket/hat – the ferry can be WINDY!
- Sun protection
Entertaining and Informative (Muir Woods & Sausalito)
Entertaining and Informative
Our tour took us by bus to Muir Woods & then dropped us off in Sausalito where we caught a ferry back to the City. Our tour guide, John, was both entertaining and informative, which made the trip enjoyable. We were allowed to spend 90 minutes at Muir Woods…enough to wet our appetites to go back in the future… Catching the ferry back to Pier 39 was easy and the ride a treat. I recommend the bus over and ferry back to anyone going to Muir Woods & Sausalito.
- Charles R, Indiana
traveled September 2013
Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour