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Check off two top destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to walk through the pristine redwood forest at Muir Woods, then visit Alcatraz Island on an excursion that includes round-trip ferry tickets and a self-guided audio tour of the island and prison.
Hear live onboard commentary from the driver
See Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island in one day
Includes Muir Woods and Alcatraz admission tickets
Great for first-time visitors
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This is one of the few combo tours to visit only Alcatraz and Muir Woods in 1 day.
"You are expected to walk up the hill unless you have a mobility issue, which prevents you from walking but there is a tram you can take if you have mobility problems." See review
Reviews by Viator travelers
James is Awesome!!
, Nov 2019
First don’t book if you’re not sure! They are really not flexible at the front desk in the AM and that’s disappointing! But The actual tours ( Alcatraz and Muir Wood) was great! James our tour guide really is what made me post my comments. Because you can do these tours on your own but he brought history and personality to this tour and this company that is what their desk was missing! Customer service.
From the online booking, in office confirmation and advice to the tour guide (Wendy), the service was well explained, friendly and impeccable.
Alcatraz was a great experience, the audio was clear and enough history.
Muir Woods. .. absolutely beautiful and awe inspiring..... I love nature
Awesome trip - must do when visiting San Francisco!
, Jun 2019
We had an awesome time on this trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting San Francisco. This was a great way to see major icons while here. We got to see not only Alcatraz and Mir Woods, but also the Golden Gate Bridge, Salsalito, and a bit of San Francisco. Well worth the money it cost. Our tour guide was awesome and shared some special insite with us on everything as we passed by or visited each sight. This was a full day for us, with a bite of time here and there in between to fill with a bit of store shopping, eating, or relaxing. An awesome trip for us all!
My boyfriend and I had a great time in Alcatraz and the woods. There was enough time in between both to eat lunch and catch the bus. James our bus driver was funny and knowledgeable of the area. We had a great time!!
Few issues with Big Bus Tours, but it was a great tour
, May 2019
we received an email that we had to pick up our Alcatraz tickets the day before our tour, which meant an extra trip down to the waterfront . We attempted to call their office twice and we were unable to talk to a real person, which was very annoying. When we got to the Big Bus Tour office on the day of the tour, we discovered that It was not necessary to come the day before. Not great Big Bus Tours!
Having said that, we enjoyed both segments of the trip. We went to Muir Woods in the morning with a great guide named Charles. He gave us lots of history along the way, which was very informative and he manoeuvred the windy road up to the woods with ease.
The trip through Muir Woods is a self guided tour and you are given plenty of time to explore. Muir Woods is magnificent and there are some very large redwood trees. It is a quiet place to reflect on the magnificent beauty around you. I enjoyed it immensely!
We returned to Fisherman’s Wharf and we had several hours before our boat left for Alcatraz. There are lots of restaurants to find lunch and then it is about a half kilometre walk to Pier 33, where the boat leaves for Alcatraz.
This is another self guided tour. There is about a 20 minute ferry ride to the Island and when you arrive, a ranger gives you a bit of an introductory talk. You have to walk uphill to the cell block where the Audio tour starts. You are expected to walk up the hill unless you have a mobility issue, which prevents you from walking but there is a tram you can take if you have mobility problems.
The Audio Tour of the cell block was fascinating and the views of San Fransisco and the bridges are breathtaking. The walk down was easy and there were stops along the way, where you could take pictures. You can also stay as long as you want and the Ferry back leaves about every 15 minutes. I would highly recommend this tour.
We did Alcatraz in the morning and then Muir Woods in the afternoon. Single-day combo tour worked out very well. Had adequate time at both venues with a leisurely walk between Pier 33 (Alcatraz) and the Muir Woods tour bus pick-up point. Would highly recommend visiting both locations if you’re in the San Francisco area. Our driver/tour guide for Muir Woods, Vlad, was excellent.