The ultimate worry-free family getaway tour package: discover California’s iconic redwoods, visit Alcatraz Island prison, enjoy a private custom tour of San Francisco top attractions and explore some of the best Bay Area outdoor activities.
No worry about not being able to visit Muir Woods who no longer allow the public to access the redwoods forest without going through a complicated and paid reservation process, or about Alcatraz sold out tickets, traffic and parking hassle! This worry-free vacation package is your priceless piece of mind all included, it appeals to families with kids and to all ages.
Looking for the perfect vacation activity for your family, friends or relatives? We have the perfect outdoor adventure and getaway tour package for all ages and preferences. Book this ultimate worry-free family and all included getaway tour package, and discover California’s iconic redwoods, visit Alcatraz Island prison, and enjoy a private custom tour of San Francisco top attractions.
Day 1 tour itinerary:
9: AM. Your private getaway tour package begins with complimentary meet and greet at your hotel in San Francisco. Your local and passionate tour guide will drive you across the Golden Gate Bridge heading north to Sonoma County. Once in Sonoma, you ‘will visit Sonoma Safari West Park located off-the-beaten track; an authentic African wildlife experience for all ages.
This African style Safari park is a hidden gem nestled in 400 acres of remote wilderness in Sonoma County, and home to hundreds of wild animals and bird’s species. Sonoma Safari West is a family owned business with a limited staff, so the sooner you book the better as tickets are sold out months in advance; especially during the summer, holidays and weekends.
You 2 to 3-hour safari adventure in a double-decker shared jeep adventure is a fully guided tour, conducted by a local safari tour guide expert. you may start with a 45-minute guided walking tour to see exotic wild animals and birds like flamingos, black and white colobus, primates, Fennec foxes, servals, Indian Crested Porcupines, De Brazza’s Monkeys, cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, bongos and exotic birds flying in an open grassland.
During your safari jeep guided tour; you’ll will see an amazing array of wildlife including African mammals and birds such as giraffes, cheetahs, rhinoceroses, antelope, ostriches, zebras, impalas, lemurs, and so much more!
Lunch break: Savannah Café is located inside this safari park and features safari ranch-style BBQ meals and more American food style. You may also enjoy more choices and cuisines in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma or even in Marin County. Your tour guide will choose the perfect place for you based on your tastes and preference.
After Lunch, your personal tour guide will drive you to one of the oldest and largest forests of ancient redwoods, this will be either in Sonoma or in Marin County, and at no extra cost. We can also take you to Muir Woods National Monument who has become the first national park requiring all-year-round reservation to access this forest, without which you will get turned down at the main entrance. Please save yourself time and money and let your private tour guide take you to an older forest to see much bigger redwoods than those in Muir Wood like Armstrong State Park, or to Samul Taylor Redwoods, among other options we will offer you at no extra cost. However, if you still wish to visit Muir Woods, no worry, we can handle their complicated reservation system, parking permits and book the required tour based on their limited availability.
You’ll also enjoy other stops and get to see some of the Bay Area top sights and attractions, your personal tour guide will take it from there, you’ll be in good hands. All applicable taxes, and Sonoma Safari West Park are included in this travel package. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views - we will not disappoint you.
Regardless of the forest or redwoods you’ll will visit, you will enjoy a stroll among “the giants” and see some of the largest and tallest redwoods trees in the Bay Area. Your tour guide will give you a comprehensive overview and a guided tour regarding California ancient coastal Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens). These are evergreen, long-lived trees native to California living 1,200–1,800 years or even more. This species is famous for being the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height and up to 30 feet in diameter. These trees are also among the oldest living things on Earth. The ancient coast Redwoods are similar to the Giant Sequoias in the Sierra Nevada and in Yosemite National Park, a magical vacation destination we also offer on our website and can be combined with Lake Tahoe.
Please wear appropriate clothes to get in and out from the large safari vehicle and take into consideration that you will be traveling off-the-beaten track on dusty backroads. Bring sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, extra layers for cool mornings or afternoons as weather is unpredictable in the Bay Area.
Day 2 trip itinerary:
Experience the legendary Alcatraz prison tour experience combined with a private guided tour of San Francisco’s iconic attractions and sights. Explore two of California’s iconic destinations in one private custom and all-inclusive combo tour, tailored to your expectations. These two iconic sights and attractions are a must-see when you visit California.
After the private custom tour of San Francisco’s top sights and attractions, you will embark on Alcatraz ferry to explore Alcatraz Island and famous prison, also known as ‘The Rock’. This custom adventure includes your Alcatraz ferry and prison entrance fees, all your taxes, pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco and drop-off at Alcatraz ferry terminal at the end of your private tour of San Francisco.
We will start with custom 4-hour private city tour; you will enjoy many photo stops and gain access to sites and neighborhoods normally prohibited to all other ground transportation while touring San Francisco famous attractions, narrow streets like Lombard, and other places off the beaten path. You will also get to see and stop at many places like Coit Tower, the ‘Painted Ladies’ (Victorian homes) at Alamo Square, Sea Cliff on Baker Beach offering stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. While traveling in comfort, you will learn about San Francisco’s history, architecture and geology, with stops along the way so that you can capture the stunning views of San Francisco iconic sights and vistas. These include the Historic Presidio, sweeping views from the Twin Peaks, Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, Marina District, Palace of Fine Arts, Inspiration Point, Ghirardelli Square and its famous chocolate factor, and much more to see in San Francisco.
Join us now and learn about the mystery of the Alcatraz “Great Escape” that endures 50 years after this historical event. Visiting Alcatraz Island is one of the most rewarding and fascinating experiences of any trip to San Francisco and California.
Your Alcatraz combo adventure will take you to legendary Island also known as the ‘The Rock’. Following your private excursion of San Francisco, your personal tour guide will drive you to the Alcatraz Ferry terminal, a terminal that provides transfers from San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz and return. This is the only ferry line allowed to access Alcatraz Island.
Don’t worry about traffic, parking, sold-out tickets and crowds; we take care of that on your behalf. Your private driver will redeem your Alcatraz trip voucher, get you the required official tickets to Alcatraz and help you to check in on the next ferry to Alcatraz Island. Once you disembark on the island, you will be offered Alcatraz’s award-winning self-guided audio tour, included in your tour price, so you can tour the Alcatraz Prison at your own pace and in your preferred language in addition to English.
After visiting Alcatraz, you will return to Pier 33 by ferry where you can explore San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf - home to the city’s top hotels attractions, museums, and seafood restaurants.
You may want to consider staying at a hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf or take the historic cable car to go back to your hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Tips and things to know when you visit Alcatraz Island from San Francisco
-Alcatraz is a steep and hilly rock located in the heart of San Francisco Bay. You will have to walk uphill, downhill, upstairs and downstairs (no elevators available). The distance from Alcatraz Ferry dock to the prison is about a quarter mile each way. However, Alcatraz visitors with disabilities may take the electric shuttle that runs twice an hour from the dock to the Alcatraz prison building, and twice an hour from the main entrance of Alcatraz prison back to the only ferry dock of the Island. The ride is complimentary and boarding is only available on a first come, first served basis from the dock or the prison main entrance, but boarding is not available halfway up or down.
-No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to visit Alcatraz without the accompaniment of their parents or adults at all times.
Carrying food and beverage: There is no food service available at Alcatraz. Eating is strictly prohibited on the dock area. You may enjoy a variety of snacks and foods on the ferries or simply have an early dinner.
-No food, luggage, coolers, over-sized backpacks or packages are allowed on Alcatraz island.
-What to wear during excursion? You need to wear comfortable walking shoes with well-gripped soles. Dress in layers as the weather in Alcatraz and San Francisco is cool, often foggy and changes drastically in minutes.
before you embark on Alcatraz Island.
Limited tickets available for visitors: Alcatraz tour tickets are sold out up to 10 weeks or more in advance during summers and holidays, but night tour tickets are extremely hard to get and are sold out as soon as they become available (in summer only). We recommend that you secure your Alcatraz tickets at your earliest by booking it on our website.
-Approved transactions of Alcatraz tours on our website do no constitute a guarantee of Alcatraz tours and tickets until Alcatraz official tickets providers approve it, which takes several weeks due to the increasing popularity of Alcatraz.
This custom tour by SUV (luxury car) is totally private and the price is per person.
We don’t offer semi-private tours; all our trips are totally private.
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This is a private city tour by large luxury van (like 15 seaters deluxe minibus) The price is per party (small group).
This tour by large van is totally private and not available for public reservations or individual booking.
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What’s included in this 2 Day Family Gateway Worry Free tour?
All taxes. Complimentary hotel pick-up. Safari adventure semiprivate Jeep tour, visit a redwoods forest, redwoods parking fees, private city tour by SUV, or luxury van based on your choice of vehicle and group size. Alcatraz ferry tickets and entrance fees and Alcatraz cellhouse self-guided audio tour. Complimentary pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf, and surrounding areas or neighborhoods, but not outside of these areas, and drop-off at Alcatraz cruise terminal where we issue your Alcatraz official tickets
What’s Not Included in this 2 day tour?
Meals, Muir Woods entrance fees, wine tastings, other entrance tickets to any optional site(s) or monument(s), driver’s gratuity tips (gratuities are recommended and customary in the USA at 15%-20%), drop off at your hotel after Alcatraz tour.
Our guided tours are conducted in English, however, please ask us about tours in other languages for an additional fee and based on availability.
Please note : The African Safari Jeep tour is a semi private tour.
91% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 15 days prior to the scheduled tour (or the date of the tour or service) 9% covers the required transaction fees; that’s 4.5 % per transaction (booking is one transaction and refunding is a second transaction)
50% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled tour or service. (weekends and holidays don’t count).
15% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled tour (weekends and holidays don’t count).
0% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled 4 business days or less prior to the day of the scheduled tour or service. This includes no-shows. (Weekends and holidays don’t count).
There is a charge for each transaction when wanting a refund. This charge will vary from 4.5% to 7.9% per transaction depending on the type of credit card you used to make the transaction and the country where the credit card was issued. This charge covers the credit card transaction fees that your credit card company charged us when you made the reservation on our website and includes the required merchant processing fees associated with your credit card company. This policy applies on all refunds as well, regardless of the amount or the date of the refund.
Methods of Payment and Accepted Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards including Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express, wire transfers, Debit Cards, Euro Cards, “Cartes Bleues.” and PayPal. We may in exceptional circumstances accept payments in cash from clients who have no credit cards.
Please note that tour guides are not allowed to guide inside Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island and Prison.
The pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco is included. However, to keep the cost down, the drop-off after your Alcatraz tour is not included.
Alcatraz tickets are extremely hard to get because they are often sold out weeks and months in advance. The sooner you book the better.
Approved online transactions do not guarantee your Alcatraz tour or tickets, as we should go through a process in order to book these tickets. After we receive your transaction, the tour can be approved or declined based on availability of Alcatraz tickets issued by Alcatraz. This is due to the increasing popularity of Alcatraz and number of visitors.
Declined transactions. Why your reservation was declined? When a reservation is declined by client’s own bank, this is often due to a mismatch between customer’s bank information (such as the name on the credit card, card number, expiration date, CVV, zip/postal code or billing address). If any one of these verification factors don’t match the information you provided on our website, comparing to the bank information when placed your order, your transaction is automatically declined by your own bank to protect your bank information from fraud. Sometimes, transactions are also declined due to insufficient funds as well. Your tour(s) will not be confirmed until your new transaction is approved by your own bank.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but your own bank did so to prevent fraud and protect your credit card information.
Wheelchair and Handicap Accessibility issues: We sincerely apologize, but our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access. There is no room for a wheelchair in our vehicles, unless it is a very small and foldable wheelchair. However, the main concern is customers’ safety and ability to get it in and out of the vehicles, in addition to liability considerations.
Pets: Pets are not allowed in our vehicles out of respect for those who have allergies to pets.
Smoking: Our vehicles are also non-smoking.
Clothing: Please be prepared for cold weather, slippery roads and hiking trails, so have comfortable waterproof hiking shoes to walk on the snow in winter and spring. This long day-tour is hard on kids and seniors, we therefore recommend the overnight tour package.
Parks, Attractions and Site’s Closures: We are not responsible, nor liable, for road and weather conditions. State and national parks’ closure can happen at any time and without a prior notice, due to bad road and weather considerations. No refund will be issued, regardless the reasons for which the trip may not reach its destination. If you cancel or stop the tour for personal or medical reasons, there will be no refund or change of tour or dates offered either.
Guided tours in foreign languages: All tours in foreign languages are subject to extra fees to cover tour guides or freelancers we may hire to honor your tour in the required language.
Travel Agents: Travel agents are liable for 20% gratuity when their customer does not tip the driver or tour guides. We require customers’ full name and contact information from all travel agent or the tour will be cancelled. Travel agent are also liable for all overtime when their clients do not pay for, and a credit card will be needed on file. Due to high cost of conducting business in California, we barely cover our business expenses and wages, therefore, all our tours are non-commissionable rates.
Gratuity: 15 to 20% gratuity is required and customary in the USA. Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20% of the total purchase amount, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It really depends upon the situation.
Meals and tour guide/driver gratuities are not included in our tour price unless indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation. Tour prices do not include additional fees including wine tasting, accommodations, and entry fees to see attractions and sites, winery tours, unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.
No substitution or refunds for any unused part of the tour(s) will be issued. All sales are final.
-No refunds will be issued for a no-show or unused portion of the tour.
-All refund and/or voided transactions paid on our website by credit or debit cards or via PayPal may take up to 2 weeks before you receive the funds (refunds) back into your account.
Our hot-air balloon rides are no guaranteed to depart and arrive back in Napa Valley and subject to last-minute cancelation for weather considerations. Alcatraz Tours Inc. and its partners or subcontractors reserves the right to fly anywhere within 80-mile radius of Napa Valley dependent on the weather conditions or refund the portion of the balloon ride I cancelled, but not the tour itself.
-We reserve the right to refuse service to any person or business who may refuse to comply with our safety instructions, our tour itinerary, or to anyone who may pose a threat to our customers and/or our tour guide-drivers. Screaming at or insulting tour guide-drivers or fellow passengers or third-party businesses and subcontractors is not acceptable under any circumstances and will terminate and cancel your tour without any refund. Discrimination against a customer or a tour guide–driver for any reason is not acceptable either under any circumstance.
Cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions: Weather/Unforeseen Circumstances like fires, landslide, road closure, vehicle breakdown, employees or driver’s medical emergency or due other weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances; we revere the right to offer you alternative tours, destinations for the same amount of time.
Approved transactions: When transactions are processed on our website, and approved by your bank, it still takes about 7 to 10 business days before we even get the required funds transferred to our business merchant bank account. However, we still honor your tour(s) as scheduled if your transaction is approved, even if the tour is scheduled for the next day, as long as the tour is available. We are committed to provide high quality services and tours to our customers.
Voided and refunded transactions: When a transaction is voided, or refunded, the charge is removed from the authorized transaction inquiry and never batched or settled because the funds never leaves customers’ bank account. However, all such transactions will still show on customers’ bank statement as “pending” for up to 7 to 10 business days because the funds are temporarily frozen by your own bank without leaving your account. Please take this aspect into consideration before you follow up with us. To release the funds, you will need to contact your bank and handle this directly with them as this has nothing do with us.
Common mistakes and misconception about voided transactions: Most customers do not realize or understand their own bank’s policy and guidelines regarding online purchases. The main issue is that the funds from the voided charge will be inaccessible to the client for a full 10 business days. For that reason, clients often think that the charge was still placed on their credit card, but in reality, it has never left their bank account and will be available only after 10 business days. In other words, voiding a credit card transaction will not remove the charge from customer’s bank account immediately, please be patient before you follow up with us or your bank in this regard. Banks usually take 7 to 10 business days to release these funds back to your account, and this is totally beyond our control and has nothing to do with us.
Foreign languages: All our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise stated. All foreign languages are subject to additional cost to cover the tour guide or freelancer fee in the required language.
The misconception about private tours: Ever wondered why small group private tours are more expensive than large group tours? Because public group tours are more cost-effective to operate than private tours. The input cost of private tours and public tours are roughly the same - both provide one driver or a tour guide-driver, one vehicle, same trip length – so both companies assume similar business expenses and commercial insurance liability. However, private tour operators (like ours) make 85% less profit than group tours, because all our resources are dedicated to a small number of persons. As dedicated small group operator we focus on quality to make your tour experience more personable and intimate, and we never share our private tours as we give you full attention and custom services. Yet, we have access to all the sites where large vehicles and buses are prohibited and offer exclusive destinations to magical places not available elsewhere.
Tip: Most credit card companies including Amex now require from their clients to inform them in advance when making purchase online or out of town / state, otherwise they decline the transaction to prevent fraud. You may also get an email or text message alert asking you to approve or decline the transaction that has been declined before you resubmit it online, this is out of our hands and it’s indeed required by many credit cards companies for customers’ own good.
-All our tours including Alcatraz are subject to availability even if the online transaction is approved. We do reserve the right to void or refund your transaction when Alcatraz tickets are sold out. This is totally out of our hands as the only provider of Alcatraz tickets and tours are governed by the U.S. National Park Service.
-We do require at least 2 months in advance when booking our Alcatraz tour during the peaks season, holidays and weekends, sometimes even more, specially from May to October. The peak season refers to the period of April to the end of October.
-We reserve the right to offer you alternative tours when Alcatraz tickets are sold out. If you decline our offer, we will fully refund your transaction – a process which takes about 10 business days before your funds are available to you. This is stated on our terms and conditions page, available in all languages, or you may use google translator.
By signing or checking this box “terms & conditions” on our website, you do hereby agree with all the above terms and policies and the tour voucher terms, which we will send to you via email after your tour confirmation.
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Authentic Alcatraz and San Francisco Tour Reviews
This is great alternative tour experience when Alcatraz tickets are sold out. We were happy with this trip, it combined our city private tour, and the ferry cruise around Alcatraz island, that was perfect as it was our last day in California.
From the city tour to Alcatraz Island, we and our kids had an amazing adventure, a bit cold in San Francisco Bay in summer ironically, but were very interested in the criminology and forensics stories of Alcatraz and San Quintin prison like Charles Manson, the Zodiac, Fong “Little Pete” Ching, Zebra killers, Felix Mitchell, the Unabomber, Scott Peterson, and Clarence and John Anglin and Frank Morris and their famous ‘Escape from Alcatraz’. Wow! the feeling visitors get when you are stepping onto Alcatraz island.
Our Muir Woods & Alcatraz combo tour was exactly what we needed as we only had one day in SF. The tour is Well Worth the money that you spend. The big redwoods in muirwoods forest are impressive but the forest was crowded, and Alcatraz tour must be on everyone’s bucket-list, these sights and attractions in SF are amazing places to visit and see when you visit san fran.
Why everybody is so crazy about Alcatraz? Alcatraz Island is dim, cold, morbid, and crowded. We felt nothing, seen nothing, heard nothing that made it so appealing, a bit overrated in our opinion. Why criminals have become victims? They deserved to incarcerated in Alcatraz prison! Some visitors were even asking for autographs from a former inmate of Alcatraz, this makes no sense to me.
This is an incredible tourist attraction of San Francisco bay area, if you plan on visiting San Francisco you got to add Alcatraz to your bucket-list, more than Muir Woods or Napa. Alcatraz Island history itself is a very interesting story, before it even was used as a federal prison. How anyone could even escape from this remote Island? The audio headphone guided tour is informative and the stories and sounds of prison officers makes the guided tour so real. I am taking back amazing pictures to show my friends in Japan.
Worry-free vacation package, we were lucky to find and book this all-inclusive SF Alcatraz tour package, it was a worry-free reservation all included, the perfect way to indulge in San Francisco if you have no time. It was convenient, affordable, and fulfilling combo trip of SF city attractions and Alcatraz tour, a must-do when visiting the city by the bay, and worth every penny you spent.
Reserve Alcatraz tickets in advance, the tour was So much better than I was expecting. You get a ferry ride from San Francisco pier to the Alcatraz island. It was rainy, and foggy that day, but still well worth the trip. The trip was very well run, we were welcomed in the dock by a ranger who let us know some key information and rules before visiting the prison.
Alcatraz prison is just as portrayed as in the Hollywood films about Frank Morris (with Clint Eastwood) in this maximum-security prison Alcatraz, the cell still preserved as seen in the Clint Eastwood’s movie “Escape from Alcatraz”. No trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting Alcatraz Island. It took me 2 tours in Alcatraz before I felt the strong atmosphere and energy you get after stepping off Alcatraz cruises ferry and onto the dock. This city private tour and Alcatraz is an exceptional combo trip I recommend for all visitors (worry- free).
Alcatraz Island tour is outstanding and a stunning sight and my favorite attractions in California, but you got to book your Alcatraz tickets very early. We booked our Alcatraz tickets 2 months in advance as a tour combined with the city tour, but the next day, Alcatraz park service got sold out. The energy and the impression you get when vising Alcatraz is something you need to experience for yourself. We loved our city tour as well with Jonathan, the tour guide was amazing and fun.
Book your Alcatraz tickets immediately when you plan your trip to san fran, we had initially planned to book Alcatraz Island night tour but it’s 100% impossible to get. The day tour was not bad at all apart from the fascinating story of Alcatraz, the trip to the island is phenomenal, and the city tour completed the package trip and appeal to all ages. That’s was a good company to work with.
Book your Alcatraz tickets months in advance before you travel to San Francisco, this is a must-see attraction when visiting San Francisco and Northern part of California. A police officer from South Africa who traveled with us on the ferry had a stop over in SFO, just to visit Alcatraz. Dress in layers, ironically summer is not warm, weather is cool and gets foggy in the SF Bay. The views of Alcatraz from San Francisco are better than the views of SF from the island, but this combo tour is a must do and saved us time and money.
This is an incredible tourist attraction. We did the tour with our kids, and they loved it too. The audio tour was well done, we took tons of pictures, hanged out and enjoyed the views of the city from Alcatraz Island. The views are spectacular from Alcatraz, go to the officers’ gardens’ side that overlooks the golden gate bridge, but watch out for the steps, they are very steep. Army officers and their wives who stationed on the Island in the early 1900s, planted all kind of vegetables there (The beauty on the beast).