Muir Woods & Sausalito and Aquarium + Alcatraz Night Tour

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  • Day Tour
  • Pick Up Location(s)From most SF hotels between 8am – 9am
  • Duration 12 hours
  • TransportationEco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach
    (13 passengers max)

Muir Woods Day Trip, Sausalito Tour, Aquarium Visit, and Alcatraz Night Tour

This four-part experience combines some of the very best attractions that San Francisco and the surrounding areas have to offer. First up is the Muir Woods day trip. No visit to the Bay Area is complete without enjoying the awe of San Francisco Redwood tours. On this excursion, you can wander through the ancient groves of coastal redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument.

Muir Woods is a jaw-dropping example of an old-growth redwood forest located around 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco. You will have an hour and a half to roam through this ‘living museum’ where you can marvel at the towering trees that used to dominate the west coast from Santa Barbara to Washington.

After exploring Muir Woods, it’s time to enjoy a 15- to 20-minute narrated tour on the quaint sidewalks of the beautiful seaside, Mediterranean-style town of Sausalito. From here, you’ll hop off the motorcoach and take a picturesque ferry ride back to San Francisco! This means that you don’t need to look for separate Sausalito tours from San Francisco.

Once you’re back in the city, you can explore the wonders in the Aquarium of the Bay before it’s time to pick up the tickets for your Alcatraz Night Tour. This fascinating excursion gives you an exclusive experience of this historic island after dark.

Do you have any pre-booking questions for the Incredible Adventures team? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help!

If you’re looking for more Muir Woods day trips and Sausalito tours from San Francisco, check out our Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Tour, Sausalito Kayak Private Group Tour, and Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour.

About Your Alcatraz Tour
About The Aquarium Of The Bay

Alcatraz is a must-see for any traveler visiting San Francisco. And on this Muir Woods and Sausalito tour from San Francisco, you can experience “The Rock” as day turns into night!

You’ll take the ferry out to the island. The trip offers 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.

You may explore for as long as you want, but the tour typically takes people about two and a half hours. The ferry departs for the mainland approximately every 30-40 minutes.

Don’t forget your jacket – it can get chilly out on the bay!

Alcatraz Info:

  • 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.
  • Ferries depart Alcatraz Island at 8:40 pm and 9:25 pm.
  • Alcatraz tickets are subject to limited availability, so book your tickets today!

You’ve crossed the bay, now see what’s swimming below!

On the first day of your tour, you’ll visit the 20,000 animals living in the Aquarium, from 8-foot native seven-gill sharks to eels, rays, and jellies – all of which can be found in the San Francisco Bay.

The Aquarium of the Bay is the ONLY aquarium dedicated to the diverse marine life of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

Like us, Aquarium of the Bay is a certified San Francisco Green Business, doing its part by educating guests about endangered animals and habitats, participating in ongoing research, distributing information about sustainable seafood sourcing, and partnering with America Cup’s “Healthy Ocean Project” to educate about marine protected areas and the effects of marine debris and plastics.

It is just as fun and entertaining for the whole family as it is educational, and you’ll walk away having learned something new about our Bay and its ecosystems!

If you have any questions about this or any other part of the Muir Woods and Sausalito tour from San Francisco, please feel free to contact us.

Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour Departure

  • Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour departs Hilton Union Square (333 O’Farrell St. San Francisco) at 7:15am.
  • Alcatraz Island Night Tour departs from Pier 33 at 5:55pm.
    • You must check in and collect your tickets 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Aquarium of the Bay hours are from 11am – 6pm

Tour to Muir Woods & Sausalito, Aquarium, and Alcatraz Highlights

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Muir Woods Giant Redwoods
  • Beautiful Sausalito
  • Alcatraz Night Tour
  • Tickets to the Aquarium of the Bay

Price Includes

  • Alcatraz Island Night Tour Tickets
  • Aquarium of the Bay entrance
  • Complimentary hotel pickup from Hilton Union Square
  • Muir Woods entrance fee
  • Free time to explore Sausalito
  • Transportation to/from Muir Woods & Sausalito
  • Ferry return from Sausalito

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

“Despite being only a short journey from the city, you’ll feel worlds away once you step into the redwood forest of Muir Woods. These ancient trees are captivating beautiful and you’ll soon realize why John Muir said “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” Walk along a stream while gazing up at the 350 feet high trees on a stroll you won’t forget. On your way back to San Francisco, enjoy the fresh air and stunning views of the charming coastal town of Sausalito and grab an ice cream before heading back over the Golden Gate Bridge.”

Molly Spector
Tour Guide

Tour to Muir Woods & Sausalito, Aquarium, and Alcatraz Itinerary

Please note that due to conditions (special events, traffic) in Muir Woods and Wine Country, and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we can allow our guides the flexibility to tailor 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. **

7:15am:

Pick up from Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O’Farrell Street). Meet on the Mason Street side of the hotel.

Morning:

Our Muir Woods day trips begin 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.

Late Morning:

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. On our San Francisco redwood tours, you can wander 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.

Mid-Day:

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!

After you hop off the coach, 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!

As you make your way back across the bay, we’re sure you’ll agree that Muir Woods day trips and Sausalito tours from San Francisco are a perfect pairing!

Afternoon:

Catch the Sausalito ferry back across the bay to Fisherman’s Wharf. Ferry times change throughout the year. Please check on the most updated times, here. (Keeping in mind your 5:55pm Alcatraz departure) Once you’re back on land, check out the awesome exhibits and friendly fishes at the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39.

Evening:

Your Alcatraz Tour departs Pier 33 at 5:55pm. You must make your way there 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. You will need a valid ID and your paid voucher to pick up the tickets.

Departing for Alacatraz

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. 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.

On Alcatraz Island

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.

Alcatraz and the Aquarium

About Your Alcatraz Night Tour

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.

Upon arrival, you’ll listen to a brief history of Alcatraz and then head up to the prison. You’ll be equipped with an audio tour titled “Doing Time”. This immerses you in Alcatraz’s history and includes interviews with former inmates. You may explore for as long as you want (the ferry departs for the mainland approximately every 30 to 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!

Alcatraz Info:

  • 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
  • Ferries depart Alcatraz Island 8:40pm & 9:25pm.
  • Alcatraz tickets are subject to limited availability, so book your tickets today!

About the Aquarium of the Bay

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.

The Aquarium of the Bay is the ONLY aquarium dedicated to the diverse marine life of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. Like us, Aquarium of the Bay is a certified San Francisco Green Business. The institution educates guests about endangered animals and habitats, participates in ongoing research, distributes information about sustainable seafood sourcing, and partners with America Cup’s “Healthy Ocean Project” to educate about marine protected areas and the effects of marine debris and plastics.

It is just as fun and entertaining for the whole family as it is educational, and you’ll definitely walk away having learned something new about our Bay and its ecosystems!

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