Visit some of the top attractions along San Francisco's famed waterfront: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with this special tour and Alcatraz ticket upgrade option. Save time and see more. During this 60 minute walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, the cable car system, earthquakes and much more.
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
TOUR ONLY: You can cancel a tour up to 24 hours prior to your tour date without penalty and receive a full refund. Also
prior to 24 hours of your tour date, you can reschedule your tour without penalty. Tour spots are limited.
ALCATRAZ TICKETS: You can cancel a tour up to 4 days (96 hours) prior to your tour date without penalty and receive a full refund. Cancellation within 4 days will be subject to a fee.
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather
report and be prepared.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide
did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide
for that job well done.
Meet your guide at the northern end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849.
Learn about the life of Italian chocolatier, Domenico Ghirardelli, at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square.
Stroll along the fog lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls.
Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about it's colorful past. We'll make our way to Pier 39, one of the busiest tourist areas in the city, and admire historic ships in the harbor and be awestruck by the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks.
[The guide] has a great knowledge and visible excitement for what she's sharing!
Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution from a traditional maritime port and access to the rail system to an urban waterfront oriented towards the public's enjoyment filled with trendy restaurants, recreational activities and amusement piers.
As the tour concludes at Pier 33 learn about the history of Alcatraz Island. Much more than just home to some of the worlds most well-known criminals, the island has been a significant part of the Bay Area's history for more than 150 years.
Get a truly immersive experience with our upgrade option to the island itself with Alcatraz Cruises. Advance reservations are required and you'll receive your exact ticket time upon confirmation. You'll have time to relax and enjoy a nice lunch or wander around the promenade for a bit before boarding the boat. When you sail to the island you’ll see the amazing SF skyline. Get those cameras ready for amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and iconic Ferry Building. Once on Alcatraz, there are handheld audio guides you can use while exploring the island and prison.