Alcatraz Day Tour + Silicon Valley Tour

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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 Day Tour 

Alcatraz is a must-see for any traveler visiting San Francisco.

You’ll take the ferry out to the island, with amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island.

Upon arrival, you’ll learn a brief history of “The Rock” and then head up to 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.

The tour generally takes people 2 – 3 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.

Silicon Valley Tech Tour

Experience the history and future of tech where it all began – Silicon Valley!

Home to countless legendary inventions, businesses born from crowded co-working spaces and behind garage doors, Silicon Valley offers an intriguing narrative full of double-crossings and rags-to-riches stories.

This tour will take you through the origin stories of Apple, Google, IBM, and many previously unrecognized technologists that paved the way for the advent of the hardware we carry with us and use every day.

A highlight for many, we’ll make a stop to snap an Instagrammable photo at Instagram, then we’ll next make an extended stop at the one-of-a-kind Computer History Museum. Taking you through the evolution of computing, from the abacus to the complexities of artificial intelligence and self-driving vehicles, you’ll feel like a tech history pro after your visit. We’ll also explore the multi-tiered, newly constructed Apple Visitor’s Center which is also a fully-stocked Apple Store before returning to San Francisco.

Departure

Your 2-day package includes the Alcatraz Ferry 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
  • Explore the colorful Google Campus
  • Snap a photo at Instagram
  • Visit the Apple Park Visitors Center
  • Hear tales of the tech industry of Palo Alto

Price Includes

  • Alcatraz Island Day Tour
  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from two San Francisco locations
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide (fully air conditioned)
  • Transportation to/from Silicon Valley in biofueled mini-coach
  • Computer History Museum entrance fee
  • Narrated guided in-coach tour
  • Free time to explore Google Campus, Instagram Sign, and more
  • Visit downtown Palo Alto and experience startup culture

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 tour guide, I find visiting Alcatraz and Silicon Valley both fascinating and insightful. Alcatraz’s rich history and eerie atmosphere provide a unique glimpse into the past. In contrast, Silicon Valley’s innovation hub offers a modern-day marvel, showcasing cutting-edge technology and entrepreneurial spirit. Each visit allows me to delve into different facets of human ingenuity and history, making for an enriching experience that I’m grateful to share with guests.

Tom
Guide

Itinerary

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

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.

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.

Day 2 - MorningInstagram, Google and the CHM

7:30 – 7:50am:
Make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spots. We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early.

8:30 – 8:45am:
Our first stop on this whirlwind trip will be to the home of the tech giant, Instagram. You’ll be sure to get a lot of ‘likes’ from putting your thumbs up and snapping a pic in front of the Instagram sign! While we can’t disrupt the employees, you’ll get to see where all the magic happens from the outside. Who knows, maybe your Instagrammable photo will go viral!

9:30 – 10:15am:
Next we’ll explore Googleplex, the technological playground which makes up the Google Campus. From a volleyball court, life-sized chess, on-site haircuts and food options galore, you might find yourself getting envious of these ‘Googlers’ (as employees are affectionately known).

10:30 – 12:00pm
Our next stop will be the Computer History Museum, where you’ll take a walk through four decades of collected computing technology– including one of the world’s first computers. This extensive and detailed museum will immerse you in everything computers, from graphics to games.

Day 2 - AfternoonLunch break, Palo Alto and Apple

12:30 – 1:30pm:
Now it’s time to grab some food and see what daily life in Palo Alto looks like. Depending on the recommendations from your guide, you’ll have a wide-range of food options to choose from.

One of the 5 most expensive cities in the U.S., Palo Alto houses some of the most educated people in the country. If time permits, we will swing by the humble HP Garage for more tech tales on how the city began its path to fame and fortune.

2:00 – 3:00pm:
At our final stop you’ll experience Apple’s newly-opened Visitor’s Center. Complete with interactive stations to explore their new technology, a world-class cafe, and a fully-stocked Apple store, this unique building takes you to the forefront Apple’s new releases. No one is allowed to roam the corporate headquarters in person, but instead grab an IPad and explore the top-secret campus via virtual reality.

4:00pm:
Once we’ve completed our full day retracing the steps of today’s tech leaders, we’ll head back to San Francisco. On the way, be prepared for a green and scenic ride. We’ll pass the protected Crystal Springs Reservoir & San Andreas Lake before making it back in time for dinner in the city.

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