San Francisco Small Group City Tour

Join this small-group tour of San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods, then enjoy an optional cruise to Alcatraz Island to explore it's infamous history.
San Francisco, United States
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
San Francisco
What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A personalised 4-hr small group tour of San Francisco, getting off the tourist route
  • Services of a friendly local guide who has a finger on the pulseof what's happening in the city
  • The option to upgrade your experience to include return ferry transfers to Alcatraz Island from Pier 33
    • Time to explore Alcatraz Island, including a Cellhouse Audio Tour & admission to The Big Lockup: Mass Incarceration in the United States
  • Transport onboard an open-sided vehicle for uninterrupted views
  • Convenient pick-ups from selected San Francisco accommodation


What's excluded

  • Lunch
  • Drop-offs back to your hotel
What to Expect

Discover San Francisco's beautiful outdoors, diverse neighbourhoods, and rich history on a 4-hr city tour led by your local guide.


The tour begins with pickup from selected San Francisco hotels, with transport onboard an open-sided vehicle that sits a maximum of 12 guests. After that, you'll leave behind the large coaches and journey off the regular tourist path with a flexible itinerary that reflects the goings-on in the city.


Explore street-art alleys in the Mission, mosaic-decorated stairways in the Sunset, the laid-back outdoor vibe of the Presidio, and the Beaux-Arts beauty of City Hall. See the famous “Painted Ladies” at AlamoSquare, or even go down the actual crookedest street in San Francisco (it’s not Lombard Street!)


While your guide will tailor your adventure to what you and the rest of the small group are interested in and what unique things are happening that day, you'll still see key sights like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks


There'll also be a stop at an organic market where you can get lunch (not included) and do some local people watching.


The tour ends at Pier 33, where if you've chosen to include Alcatraz Island, you'll board the ferry for the next part of the adventure.


Once you arrive on the island, you'll be able to explore the windswept land and learn about its layered history through outdoor interpretive signs, a Discovery Guide island map, and exhibits.


You'll also access the Alcatraz Cellhouse with the award-winning audio commentary Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour. Plus, enjoy admission to a new permanent exhibit,The Big Lockup: Mass Incarceration in the United States.


Once you've finished exploring the island at your leisure (most people take two to three hours), you can return on any of several ferries back to the City. 


Where we Visit:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Fort Point
  • Twin Peaks
  • The Castro
  • Haight District
  • Mosaic Stairs
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Crane Cove Park
  • Alcatraz Island (optional)
Tour Options
  • San Francisco Small Group City Tour
    FromUSD $139
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    Next available: 06 Jul 2022
  • San Francisco Small Group City Tour With Alcatraz
    FromUSD $180
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    Next available: 14 Jul 2022
Frequently Asked Questions

The weather in San Francisco is variable, and the sides of the van are open, so dress accordingly. April and May, as well as September and October, tend to be the warmest months. June, July, and August are foggy and colder than you might expect. The rainy season runs from November through to March.


All year round, sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. Dress in layers that you can add or subtract over the course of the day. There are blankets and heavy jackets on the bus for your use as well.

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You are welcome to bring snacks on tour. The tour will stop at a well-stocked market where you can buy lunch, snacks, coffee and more before heading out to Alcatraz on tour. Alcohol is not allowed on Alcatraz Island.

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Yes! You will get out of the bus to take photos at least at Aquatic Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, at the city view stop, and the stop for lunch. We may also get out for a quick neighbourhood walk or at other sites depending on guest interest on any given day.

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The tour vehicle is an open-sided customised 12-passenger Nissan NV van. This does not have a wheelchair lift or ramp and would require two steps up into the seating area. The driver can fit a folding wheelchair into the back cargo area. 


Alcatraz Island

Much of Alcatraz is steep and hilly, so be prepared for walking long distances uphill. The distance from the dock to the prison at the top of the Island is about 1/4 mile (.4 km) and the elevation change is 130 feet (40 meters). This is equivalent to climbing a thirteen-story building.


Visitors unable to make the climb up Alcatraz’s roads may take advantage of S.E.A.T. (Sustainable Easy Access Transport) Tram — an electric shuttle that meets each scheduled arrival at the Alcatraz dock and transports visitors requiring mobility assistance from the dock to the prison building. S.E.A.T. returns visitors requiring mobility assistance from the prison building back to the dock at regular intervals throughout the day. Visitors requiring mobility assistance may be accompanied by one attendant in their party if space is available.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Alcatraz Cruises requires The Operator to list all guest names on the ticket manifest
  • Tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate
  • The Operator reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel a tour due to bad weather, unsafe conditions or at the request of governmental, park, & state agencies
  • The Operator assumes no responsibility for injuries, delays caused by breakdowns, accidents, adverse weather conditions and other conditions beyond their control
  • The Operator is not responsible for any loss or damage to property

Cancellation Policy:

  • San Francisco Small-Group City Tour – a full refund is available up to 24 hours in advance
  • San Francisco Small-Group City Tour with Alcatraz – full refund for this tour is available up to 10 days in advance


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