Muir Woods & Sonoma Wine Country Tour plus Alcatraz Night Tour and Aquarium

Why We Love This Tour

“This is one of my favorite tours because I love the wineries we visit up in Sonoma. Muir Woods is, of course, stunningly beautiful. And when you add on that extra visit to Alcatraz – you’ve just experienced all the highlights of the Bay Area in just a few days!”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • Alcatraz Night Tour ($45 USD value) on Day 1:
  • Exclusive access to Alcatraz programs
  • Full day entrance to the Aquarium of the Bay
  • Full Day Wine Tour on Day 2:
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Tasting at 2-3 Sonoma Valley wineries
  • A variety of red, white, and dessert wines
  • A drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Touring in the Marin Headlands
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Retail Price: $242 adult/$202 child*

Special Price: $232 adult/$192 child*

*Child rates are for ages 0-11. Junior rates available for ages 12-20. Rates change by season; please see booking page for exact seasonal rates for your chosen dates.

Sunset on Alcatraz Island
See Alcatraz Island back-lit by the beautiful sunset!
See the amazing history stored in the rings of these Giant Redwoods
See the amazing history stored in the rings of these Giant Redwoods
Friendly tasting room staff will tell you all about the wine and vineyard
Friendly tasting room staff will tell you all about their wine
Learn about the history of Muir Woods before heading out to explore
Learn about the history of Muir Woods before heading out to explore
Walk among the Giants at Muir Woods National Monument
Walk among the Giants at Muir Woods National Monument
Stroll through the serene wonder of Muir Woods
Experience the serenity of Muir Woods’ secluded pathways
Alcatraz Cellblock
Take an audio tour through the cellblock
Alcatraz Island from the Bay
Visit Alcatraz Island and learn the history of “The Rock”
Kids in the underwater tunnel at the Aquarium of the Bay
Explore beneath the waves through 300 feet of underwater tunnels
Get up close and personal with a Sevengill Shark!
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Taste some wine and make some new friends in Sonoma!

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Overview

MUIR WOODS AND SONOMA + ALCATRAZ NIGHT TOUR AND AQUARIUM OF THE BAY

How can a Muir Woods tour be better? Combine it with a Sonoma Wine Country tour, an Aquarium visit, and a trip to Alcatraz! Experience this perfect mixture of nature and culture.

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and pass through the beautiful Marin Headlands on your way to Muir Woods National Monument. You’ll spend over an hour strolling among some of the tallest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods. Snap some photos or wander through the misty paths and marvel at these amazing giants. Continuing north, you’ll stop for lunch in Sonoma Square, or have a picnic lunch among the vines! In the afternoon, enjoy wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley Wine Country at a variety of small-to-medium production wineries. At the end of the day you’ll arrive back at your hotel in time for dinner!

For a more in-depth and educational view of California’s Wine Country and to learn more about the wine-making process, see our Napa & Sonoma Wine Education Tour or even stay overnight on our Napa and Sonoma 2 Day Tour and get the best of both worlds!

Alcatraz and the Aquarium

ABOUT YOUR ALCATRAZ 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. 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!

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
  • You may leave Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30 to 40 minutes; the last departing ferry is usually 6:30pm

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!

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 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 definitely walk away learning something new about our Bay and its ecosystems!

Itinerary

DAY 1 – ALCATRAZ AND AQUARIUM OF THE BAY

Make your way to Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf to pick up your Alcatraz 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.

Walk over to Pier 39 to the Aquarium. You may visit the Aquarium of the Bay any time on day 1 of your tour before your Alcatraz Island night tour begins. Get to know the underwater residents of our sea and bay!

Departing for Alcatraz

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.

 

Day 2 – Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country

8:15 – 9:00am: Pick up from San Francisco hotels

9:00 – 10:15am: After pickup, head north across the Golden Gate Bridge, which offers sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the city skyline. We wind through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands, past Mt. Tamalpais (the highest point in the North Bay region) on our way to Muir Woods National Monument.

10:30 – 11:45am: 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 National Monument is the only surviving stand of old-growth redwood forest in the Bay Area. You will have 1 – 1 1/2 hours to 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.

12:00 – 1:30pm: Reconnect with the guide and group, and begin your journey to the Sonoma Wine Country. Traveling north, you will see the beautiful valleys where fantastic wines have been produced since before California was a part of the Union. The landscape of rolling hills laced with rows of grapevines is impressive and provides a romantic backdrop for memorable photographs.

1:30pm: Stop for a picnic lunch at a winery (not included), or grab a bite in the historic Sonoma town square. In the town square (time permitting), you will have a chance to see the Mission San Francisco de Solano, the northernmost California mission, sample cheeses at Sonoma Jack’s Cheese Factory, and peruse the boutique shops of this quaint downtown.

2:30 – 5:00pm: Spend the afternoon wine tasting around the Sonoma Wine Country. Sample a variety of white, red, and dessert wines (some tasting fees may apply).

5:00pm: A stop at the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-do if you’ve never witnessed the awe-inspiring view of San Francisco from the Marin Headlands.

 

 

**Sample Itineraries: 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. **

Tour Details

About Your Muir Woods and Wine Country + Alcatraz Island Night Tour

Your Alcatraz tour will be on DAY 1 of your package.

Departure: Alcatraz Island Night Tour night departures from 3:50 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. depending on the day. Check the ferry times before you go!
Aquarium of the Bay hours are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wine Tour Day 2: 8-9 am pickup from most SF hotels

Duration: Alcatraz: ~3 hours round-trip
Wine Tour: 1 full day (10 hours)

Transportation: Comfortable, eco-friendly biofuel mini-coach to Yosemite. Hybrid Ferry to Alcatraz Island.

Includes:

  • Alcatraz Island Night Tour Tickets ($45 USD)
  • Aquarium of the Bay entrance
  • Complimentary hotel pickup/dropoff (day 2 only)
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Transportation to/from Wine Country in biofueled mini-coach
  • 2 full flights of wine tastings
  • Narrated guided tour

Not included:

  • Transportation to/from Alcatraz on day 1
  • Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Muir Woods entrance fee
  • Some additional tasting fees may apply
  • Guide gratuity (optional)

 

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Reviews

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Perfect Combo of Nature and Culture

“This was an excellent full day tour. Just the right combination of nature and culture. The bus was first rate and very comfortable. What really made the trip was the excellent driver/tour guide. Sarah was absolutely excellent!”

-Vicki T Traveled August 2017 Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Tour

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Highly Recommended

“I just wanted to thank you again for our wonderful Muir woods and Sonoma tour with your guide Mitch. He is awesome…knowledgeable, personable and all around fun! We had no idea what to expect and we are so happy we chose your company. Thanks so much…Highly recommended!”

– Kara & Kevin Traveled August 2011 Muir WOods & Wine Country Day Tour

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