Alcatraz Day Tour and Aquarium + Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour with Ferry

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  • 2 Day TourGuided Tour
  • DepartsDaily
  • Duration 2 days
  • TransportationDay 1: Self Guided
    Day 2: Comfortable transport aboard a mini-coach

Alcatraz Island Tour and Aquarium

See Alcatraz Island and learn the history of “The Rock” with a 3-hour ferry and audio tour of the island and prison. Then check out San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay and get up close and personal with our underwater neighbors!

Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Tour

Taking one of our Sausalito tours means you can explore for longer and take the ferry across the Bay! For only $14 extra, explore this beautiful town at your leisure and take the scenic ride to Fisherman’s Wharf or the San Francisco Ferry Building.

From there, enjoy some more sightseeing and easily reach your hotel via cable car or public transportation. The ferry from Sausalito departs at various times depending on the season.

Departure

Your 2-day package includes the Alcatraz Ferry and Aquarium of the Bay access on day 1, and your Incredible Adventures tour on day 2. There is no transportation provided on day 1; you must make your own way to Fisherman’s Wharf for the day. Please note that the hotel pickup time listed in your reservation is for the 2ND DAY for your Incredible Adventures day tour.

Highlights 

  • Alcatraz Island Day Tour
  • San Francisco Skyline and Waterfronts
  • Aquarium of the Bay entrance
  • Cruise over the famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stop for photos of the iconic bridge and San Francisco skyline
  • Explore the towering coastal redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument
  • Enjoy beautiful bay views from Sausalito

Price Includes

  • Alcatraz Island Day Tour Tickets
  • Aquarium of the Bay entrance
  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from Hilton Union Square
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Muir Woods entrance fee
  • Free time to explore Sausalito (45 min + more with ferry option!)
  • Transportation to/from Muir Woods & Sausalito by minicoach

Price Excludes 

  • Meals(stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Guide gratuity(customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

Why We Love This Tour

As a guide, I thoroughly enjoy taking visitors through Muir Woods and Sausalito. The tranquility of Muir Woods and its towering redwoods never fails to impress, providing a serene escape from the city. In Sausalito, the quaint waterfront atmosphere and artistic community offer a delightful contrast. It’s rewarding to share these beautiful destinations with guests and see them appreciate the natural and cultural wonders they offer.

Madison
Guide

Itinerary (to be checked)

Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly-changing conditions (weather, crowds, traffic) and our small-group size, we allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee to provide the highlights & inclusions within this itinerary, we do not guarantee them in this specific order.

Day 1Alcatraz & Aquarium

Alcatraz is a must-visit attraction for any traveler visiting San Francisco. You’ll take the ferry out to “The Rock”, taking in amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island along the way.

You’ve crossed the bay, now see what’s swimming below the surface! At this stage of your tour, you’ll visit the 20,000 animals living in the Aquarium, from eight-foot native seven-gill sharks to eels, rays, and jellies – all of which can be found in the San Francisco Bay.

Day 2Muir Woods and Sausalito

7:15am & 1:30pm:
Our Muir Woods and Sausalito tour begins as you make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spot at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O’Farrell St).

Make sure to be on the Mason Street side of the hotel to meet your Incredible Adventures guide and vehicle.

Cross the Bridge:
From the cozy vantage of the mini-coach, take in panoramic scenes that span the city skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the boat-speckled bay.

We’ll next take the winding coastal mountain path through the Marin Headlands where you’ll see the base of Mt. Tamalpais (the highest point in the North Bay region) before we arrive in the cool shaded canyon home to these special coastal redwoods.

See the Trees:
Are you ready to feel small beside a redwood? You’ll step off the mini-coach into a wonderland of greenery. On our redwood tours from San Francisco, you’ll have an hour to 90 minutes to wander along the wooden boardwalks through the tallest species of tree in the world.

Due to the thick fog that blankets the west coast in the summer, redwoods only thrive in Northern California and Oregon. 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 is sure to reconnect you with a natural world that was almost lost forever.

Free Time in Sausalito:
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 on our Sausalito tours with an in-coach narrated tour and 45 minutes to explore. Then, loop around for the return trip to San Francisco.

You can also choose to 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 our Sausalito tours. Just choose the PLUS FERRY option at checkout.

Home Again:
We’ll drop you back off at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square just in time for lunch or dinner, depending on the tour you’ve chosen.

Taking the Ferry

Take the ferry back to San Francisco* and spend more time exploring Sausalito at your own pace!
Sausalito is located to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge and began as a hub for car, ferry, and rail traffic to reach the city. After World War II, its industry focus shifted, transforming it into a wealthy and artistic residential and tourist area.

You can add the ferry tickets to your tour, and the driver will drop you off before heading back to the city. Simply choose the PLUS FERRY tour option during the check-out process, and the tickets will be provided to you on the tour.

Taking the ferry back from Sausalito will afford you amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco city skyline from the north. Don’t forget your jacket, though – it can get chilly out on the bay!

You’ll disembark the ferry in the Fisherman’s Wharf/Embarcadero area where you can easily hail a cab or take the cable car back to your hotel.

* Tickets are an additional $14 for all ages and are not included in the base tour price. Ferry return is subject to availability.

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