Combine Alcatraz Island tour with a side trip to the world-famous Silicon Valley. Visit some of Silicon Valley top sights and drive by iconic sites like Googleplex, Facebook, Yahoo, NASA or drive through Palo Alto and Stanford University by luxury SUV, with a private tour guide. Picture the birthplace of Silicon Valley with a closeup photo stop at the HP Garage in Palo Alto, and much more.
The is the perfect combo custom tour of Silicon Valley and Alcatraz Island for visitors who have little time to spend in San Francisco Bay Area. Alcatraz ferry and prison tickets are also included in the tour price, a worry-free tour package and totally private.
Why Silicon Valley is one of California’s top tech sites and tourist destination? Silicon Valley innovations and technology have changed the course of human history. These innovations and creations from Silicon Valley impact our daily lives and are forever changing the way in which we daily acquire sources of information, communicate, work and do banking. Visiting Silicon Valley makes travelers understand better how the concentration of these tech firms like Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle and iconic sites like Stanford are all interconnected in the Silicon Valley region. With so much to see in the huge area of San Mateo and Santa Clara, we highly recommend the full day Silicon Valley custom tech tour, and even then it might not be enough time. However, if you are curious and want to make a quick photo stop at the iconic tech firms like Facebook and Google, we can manage this side trip to Silicon Valley before heading back to San Francisco to be on time for your Alcatraz tour.
We are often asked by customers if the public can go inside the tech giants’ facilities. Unfortunately, the most notable Silicon Valley tech giants do not offer tours of their campuses or access to the public inside their facilities. However, some allow limited public access around their premises, whilst others like Google, Oracle, Apple and Facebook, don’t. It is understandable that they have the right to be protective in this new era of cyber-attacks and security issues.
The only way a member of the public can tour the inside of campus buildings is if they are escorted by an employee. So, if you happen to have a friend or relative who works there, you can ask them for an invitation, and we will drive you there.
What all visitors should know is that, even if you are invited by a famous Silicon Valley firm like Google, you will never be allowed to visit their offices upstairs. All visitors remain restricted to the lobby area downstairs or in the food court area. In reality, this offers no benefit as there is nothing much to see.
Our tour guides’ tip of the day. To take full advantage of your one-time trip to Silicon Valley, by focusing on what you can actually see and get insider access to places that will make your holiday memorable. This can include the famous Computer History Museum, Stanford walking tour of the campus, Stanford stores and library, President Hoover Tower and museum. Or you can take a guided tour inside the world-famous Intel Museum to learn how ‘silicon’ is used in manufacturing chips and semiconductors, visit the NASA visitor center and you may also gain access to Moffett Fields’ NASA visitor’s center US Military Historical Society and Museum.
It is also possible to walk around the Googleplex (Google Headquarter) campus, visit the Google map buildings and enter the Google merchandise store, visit the YouTube complex in Mountainview and picture yourself with the giant Google Android lawn statues, or spend some time at the Yahoo or Oracle merchandize stores.
Tips and recommendations: We recommend limiting yourself to one or two sites to visit in Silicon Valley, due to the lack of time and traffic jams between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. This is not a regular full-day Silicon Valley tour; the drive from San Francisco to Silicon Valley takes 75 minutes each way, which leaves you with only a couple of hours to enjoy the area. We therefore recommend focusing either on areas like Mountain View where Google, NASA and the Computer History Museum are located, or Palo Alto where you can visit Stanford as well.
It is important to be back in San Francisco on time for your Alcatraz visit. Alcatraz ferry and Alcatraz island are managed by the national park service, and we don’t have control over their schedule and regulations. There are limited departures per day, and we don’t want to miss that. Alcatraz tickets are valuable and hard to get as they get booked up to 2 months in advance, particularly during summer and holidays.
Please don’t book or plan anything south of Mountain View or Palo Alto. We will not go to San Jose or to Cupertino. Please let your tour guide choose the right place for you away from traffic and as close possible to San Francisco, allowing us to return on time for your Alcatraz tour. Unless you have a large group, no advanced booking or prior planning is required. Remember that this is not about the Silicon Valley experience, but about your Alcatraz tour, which remains the focus of this adventure. Leave the driving and planning to us - you will be in good hands and you will have a great time.
08:00 am – complimentary private meet-and-greet at your preferred pick-up point.
Drive to Silicon Valley on highway 280 or 101 based on traffic, but both are subject to heavy traffic. The driving time will take about 75 minutes, based on road and traffic conditions.
Choose one of these options, but not more than one, due to lack of time:
•Visit Computer History Museum, Facebook, and Oracle
•Visit Google headquarter / Googleplex (from outside), Google merchandise store and picture yourself with giant Google Android lawn statues;
•Drive by Google, visit Palo Alto and a quick detour past Stanford University;
•Visit the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Drive by Yahoo and Facebook;
•Drive by Oracle Corporation, Facebook headquarter and Googleplex;
•Or you may also choose to combine a guided tour of Oracle, Facebook headquarter (from outside) and visit Hiller Aviation Museum (from inside), which is the perfect choice for families with kids.
11:30 am /12:00 pm Leave Silicon Valley and head back to San Francisco, before the rush hour, to visit Alcatraz Island.
1:00 pm or 1:30 pm – Drop-off at Alcatraz cruise ferry terminal in San Francisco where you will take the ferry to Alcatraz. Times and itinerary may vary based on many factors including, but not limited to, Alcatraz tickets availability (often sold out 8 weeks in advance, the sooner you book the better), road and weather conditions, seasonal schedule, vehicles and tour guides’ availability.
For all Alcatraz combo tours booked in less than eight weeks, we reserve the right to offer you the half-day Silicon Valley Tour on the first day and Alcatraz tickets on the second day. You will go to Alcatraz terminal on your own on the second day and return to your hotel on your own too.
Our Silicon Valley and Alcatraz combo tour ends at Alcatraz ferry terminal pier 33 in San Francisco, as tour guides are not allowed to guide or escort customers to Alcatraz Island. The Alcatraz award-winning audio tour is available in 10 languages and provides all the information you require.
The drop-off back to your hotel is also not included after your self-guided tour of Alcatraz. We recommend staying at one of the hotels located in the nearby area called San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, as it is a walking distance from Alcatraz pier 33.
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 Silicon Valley 5.5 Hour tour+ Alcatraz?
All applicable taxes, Silicon valley 5.5-hour private and guided tour in a luxury vehicle, complimentary pick-up in San Francisco downtown, Fisherman's Wharf, and surrounding areas or neighborhoods, but not outside of these areas. Alcatraz tickets and award winning cellhouse audio tour.
What's Not Included in this Sillicon and Alcatra tour?
Meals, Driver's gratuity tips (Gratuities are recommended and customary in the USA at 15%-20%), and entrance tickets to museums, Stanford Univerity any all optional site(s) or monument(s). The drop off at your hotel after your Alcatraz tours to keep the cost down, so you enjoy a free afternoon in famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
Alcatraz hours of operation are seasonal. This Silicon Valley and Alcatraz combo tour is not available in winter because the last departure for Alcatraz is at 12:30 pm in winter, which leaves no time to visit Silicon Valley. Please contact us before you book this Silicon Valley Alcatraz combo tour in Winter (December 1, through to the end of March or April). If we receive your transaction or reservation during the period of December 1, through to the end of March, we will either void your reservation, offer you alternative tour options, or refund your booking. Refunds could take 10 business days before your funds are returned to your account.
Alcatraz Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day and for special events. Many sites are closed in Silicon Valley on Monday and Tuesdays and others on the weekend.
-All our tours, including Alcatraz, are subject to availability even if the 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 8 business weeks in advance when booking our Alcatraz tour during the peak season, holidays and weekends. 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 is sold out, if you decline our offer, we simply fully refund your transaction which takes about 10 business days before your funds are available to you, as stated on our terms and conditions page available in all languages.
Common mistake some customers make: When Alcatraz tickets are sold out, customers rush desperately to directly book the Alcatraz tour on our website, without taking the time to review our terms and conditions in this regard. In this case we are not to blame, as we made it extremely clear that we have no control over Alcatraz tickets when they are sold out, and for that reason we do require at least 8 business weeks booking in advance!
Tour guides are not allowed to conduct guided tours to Alcatraz island. Your Alcatraz adventure is a self-guided tour as stated on our website (a self-guided audio tour done on your own).
In order to keep the cost down, we therefore do not include a drop-off at your hotel after your visit to Alcatraz so you don’t pay overtime or have a driver waiting for you while visiting Alcatraz Island.
The Fisherman’s Wharf hotels are walking distance from Alcatraz landing. Public transportation is very affordable and available everywhere.
***We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone ***
Silicon Valley Tour Terms, Conditions and Policy
Many sites, firms and museums are closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, during the holidays and weekends - this varies from place to place. Most of museums and sites have admission fees that are not included in your tour price. We are extremely transparent, so we are not to blame for any misunderstanding regarding our Silicon Valley tour terms and policy as stated on this website. We highly recommend that you check out these places and firms before you book your tour. Check out these private museums, firms and their websites to learn more about their schedules, closures and hours of operations.
Here are the most famous sites and their websites:
Intel Museum: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/company-overview/intel-museum.html (daily open 9 am–6 pm but closed on Sunday, during the holidays (and may close at any time without a prior notice as this a private company).
The Computer History Museum: http://www.computerhistory.org/hours/ Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and for private events without a prior notice. Otherwise, it opens from 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday to Sunday (but may close at any time without a prior notice as it is a private museum).
Stanford Campus Walking Tour http://visit.stanford.edu/tours/ offers a 70 minutes approximately free walking tour at 10:45 am and at 3:00 pm upon availability (first-come, first-served basis). Closed during the holidays, inaugurations and for private events. Sometimes, they may not have enough volunteers to carry out this free tour and may cancel it at any time and without a prior notice since it is a private university). Please note Stanford University charges entrance fees and requires special parking permit for large buses or vans and these fees are not included in your our prices and are also subject to availability to book the permits. If you have a large group please contact us before booking your tour if you want a visit to Stanford University.
NASA Ames Research Center: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm and Saturday - Sunday noon - 4 pm. Closed Mondays and federal holidays and for private events. Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose: https://www.cdm.org/please check their schedule as it changes constantly
The Tech Museum of Innovation: https://www.thetech.org/ please check their schedule as it changes constantly.
Hiller Aviation Museum: http://www.hiller.org/ please check their schedule as it changes constantly.
***It is customers’ responsibility to check all these sites and other firms before booking this Silicon Valley tour.
Please understand that many sites, firms, parks like Alcatraz and Muir Woods, or universities like Stanford, do not allow tour guides to carry out guided tours inside their campus or perimeters. In addition, parking in places like Stanford is a major issue regardless the size of the vehicle you book. So please exchange your telephone number with your driver so he or she meets you back at a specific place or landmark after your self-guided walking tour (on your own). All vehicles more than 7 seats require extra $400 to 650 parking fees/per hour to enter Stanford University (minimum 2 hours is required -these fees are at the charge of customers).
This tour lasts 5.5 hours, door-to-door service if we start and end the tour in San Francisco downtown area, since we are located in San Francisco, not in Silicon Valley. But when our Silicon Valley tour starts in the Silicon Valley Area (instead of San Francisco), the tour lasts 4 hours maximum as it takes us 90 minutes’ drive from San Francisco to Silicon Valley.
Please note, to keep costs down, we don’t include drop off at your hotel after visiting Alcatraz island.
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