City Tour and Escape from the Rock Cruise; Best Alcatraz Alternative

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Get close to the famous Alcatraz Island after a complete tour of San Francisco's other sights


  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Victorian homes
  • Chinatown
  • North Beach
  • Presidio National Park
  • Awe­-inspiring views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean
  • Bay cruise around Alcatraz Island


  • Narrated tour of San Francisco
  • Bay cruise around Alcatraz Island (Please note this cruise does not allow time on Alcatraz Island)
  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off (if confirmed with reservations)


  • Gratuities (optional)

Please Note

  • The bay cruise does not let you on the island

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Nov 16 2016
Reply From Gray Line:

It is a worldwide-policy for our Gray Line operation that we do this confirmation in the day(s) prior to tour departure. The confirmations range from hotel pickup clarification, departure point clarification, and any other new or pertinent information that should be provided. In addition to this, for many of our tours we do have waiting lists, and the reconfirmation can be used as a tool to gauge if we may be able to allow someone from the waiting list to board the tour based on the positive or negative confirmation we receive. We are sorry to hear that this was a bit of an inconvenience, but we do try and make sure both us and the customers are as up to date with the information as possible.
Nov 13 2016
Great tour! We really enjoyed ourselves!
Jul 24 2016
The tour itself was fine. I would give it a rating of "good," but could definitely be better. However, the customer service was terrible. Every time I spoke with someone to address issues, everyone acted rudely and as if they didn't care. It made for an extremely stressful experience. Also, Apparently, the bay tour and the escape from the rock tour are the same thing so purchase the cheaper of the two. I specifically sought out gray line because I have had a good experience with them in other cities but my tour with them in San Francisco left a lot to be desired and was overall a disappointing experience.
Reply From NikkiW:
We're glad you enjoyed the tour, but disappointed to hear about your customer service experience. We'll look into what happened and make sure our employees are ready to be friendly and understanding to every customer. We hope you'll continue to choose Gray Line despite this hiccup.
Jul 04 2016
The rock cruise was great and very informative. Loved the views of the city bridge and Alcatraz. The city tour could have been great but our tour guide (though very nice) had terrible English and this combined with a poor speaker system made this a very difficult tour to be on. It's was very hard to listen to him for several hours. Wanting to understand what he was saying and talking about at the different sites but not understanding at all. It's was actually quite comical how bad it was.
Reply From NikkiW:
We're very sorry to hear about this experience you had with the guide - thank you so much for your feedback and video, we'll certainly take a look and ensure our tours are understandable in the future. We're glad you like the Alcatraz Cruise portion of the tour however! We hope you'll consider Gray Line for your future adventures!
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Combine a tour around the city with a bay cruise that allows you to get close to the “Rock”.

Tour the city from the bay to the ocean, with photo stops at key locations. Enjoy great views and visit famous attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city from Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park where we’ll point out seasonal flower displays and look for bison grazing, and view windmills overlooking the Pacific. Learn about San Francisco’s early settlements as you drive through the once infamous Barbary Coast and see San Francisco’s iconic Victorian Homes as we take you through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Finish up your city tour by hearing great stories about the history of Alcatraz Island and learn about the infamous inmates that have tried to escape. You will circle the island twice, seeing it from all angles as well as the beautiful scenery of the city skyline.

Escape from the Rock Cruise is provided by Blue and Gold Fleet. This tour DOES NOT land on Alcatraz island.

Pickup & Starting Points

Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.