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San Francisco All-Day Alcatraz and GoCar Adventure Package

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San Francisco, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Visit the former prison cells of Alcatraz Island and then motor through San Francisco streets in your very own GPS-guided GoCar. This combo experience includes a ferry ride across the bay for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious penitentiary. On the same day or another day, take a 2-hour drive in your private GoCar, preloaded with more than 50 must-see attractions and landmarks including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, and Lombard Street — the most crooked street in the world!
  • San Francisco and Alcatraz combo tour
  • Take an award-winning audio tour of the notorious Alcatraz prison
  • Drive a private GPS-guided car on a 2-hour tour through the city and sightsee at your own pace
  • Visit 50 top San Francisco attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street
  • Choose to enjoy your Alcatraz and GoCar tours on the same day or across two separate days
  • Round-trip ferry ride included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This GoCar rental and Alcatraz tour is a fun alternative to standard sightseeing and Alcatraz combos.
Make your own way to Fisherman's Wharf, then board the ferry and ride across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island for a 45-minute self-guided audio tour of the former prison grounds. There is no restriction on the amount of time you spend on the island; simply re-board the ferry whenever you wish to return to Fisherman's Wharf (departs every 30 minutes).

Then, either the same day or another day, let GoCar take you off the beaten path through many of San Francisco’s iconic parks like the Presidio and Crissy Field on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. Snap some amazing photos along the Pacific Ocean and see the Golden Gate Bridge up close from above and below. You can even park and take a stroll along the span of the bridge if you choose. On the way back explore the boutique shopping districts of Chestnut and Union Street and fill the trunk with the latest fashions or stop for a bite to eat. Finish your tour where tour buses can’t go by winding your way up Russian Hill to take an exhilarating ride down the world’s most crooked street, Lombard Street.

The GoCar tour is approximately two hours drive time at a slow pace and has several interesting and informative detours, and stop options along the way. If you want to extend the tour you have the option of taking the Downtown/Chinatown loop at the end of the tour

Tour Highlights:
• Golden Gate Bridge
• Pacific Ocean
• Lombard Street
• Fisherman’s Wharf
• Crissy Field
• Fort Point
• The Legion of Honor
• Fort Mason
• The Marina
• The Presidio
• Palace of Fine Arts
• The Crooked Street
• Russian Hill

Above is only a suggested route. Your tour’s length may vary due to circumstances such as departure time and location, traffic and your itinerary. If you do take additional rental time, this will be billed in 1-minute increments at our retail rates. You may visit all or some of the tour’s highlights. If you are unsure of which tour to book, just book according to the amount of time you think you’d like to spend. We can customize a tour especially for you, with the sights you want to include when you come into our shop.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
This combo deal includes 2 tickets with a face value of $76.70 to Alcatraz Island. They include boat trip over to the island and a multilingual audio tour with a wealth of stories to be learned about the prison and island. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is still situated on its original site. In addition to hosting art exhibitions, it remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals and is a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and such an icon that a miniature replica of it was built in Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Certainly the most-photographed bridge in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is synonymous with San Francisco. Drive up to the viewing area, or the foot of the bridge at Fort Point, to take pictures. You can take even better pictures at Baker Beach, a few minutes drive past the bridge!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lombard Street
Nothing beats zooming down Lombard Street, San Francisco's "Crookedest Street" in your GoCar at the end of your tour. This is a great way to experience one of San Francisco's most iconic streets.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fisherman's Wharf
Drive through San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, passing the bustling Crab Shacks, Bakeries and Curio Shops on your way to Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to wave to the other visitors!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Presidio of San Francisco
Some of the most beautiful views of San Francisco Bay are in the Presidio, a decommissioned military base that boasts beautiful architecture, a War Memorial, the Disney Museum and even a bowling alley! This area is just a 15 minute drive from Fisherman's Wharf, but feels like another world!
Pass By:  
Crissy Field
Crissy Field is where San Franciscan's exercise and play. Wave to runners, soccer players and dog walkers as you zoom past beautiful views of the Bay on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Stop At:  
Baker Beach
A local's favorite, Baker Beach is a great place for a picnic, and an outstanding location for pictures of the Golden Bridge.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

Traveler Tips


  • "Too tight for 2 adults, you might want to get your own car!" See review
  • "The tour encourages you to take detours and stop to take in the sights." See review

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A must do excursion in San Francisco
JAlbrecht25
, Jul 2018
You will love this self guided tour. Just watch your time because they charge you by the minute for everything over your allotted time which was not explained up front. The tour encourages you to take detours and stop to take in the sights. Just be careful about your time. It adds up fast.
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Great adventure. Got to see the...
Peter W
, Jan 2018
Great adventure. Got to see the city! Too tight for 2 adults, you might want to get your own car!
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Package was fantastic. Great way to...
John S
, Dec 2017
Package was fantastic. Great way to experience the city. Only issue we had was not enough time to see everything.
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Utterly hillarious. The gps cut...
rosalindyoung
, Dec 2017
Utterly hillarious. The gps cut out quite a bit which added to the humour of the tour - although we got totally lost. This was so much fun, it was well worth the humiliation of being those two in the yellow buggy You see some fantastic sights and get to stop off at many photo points. Definitely worth a go!!
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This was the highlight of our visit...
Shirley L
, Jul 2017
This was the highlight of our visit to San Francisco. My husband and I are 67 years old and had the time of our lives. You can't get lost as long as you listen to the gps operator. We got to see quite a lot of the city and were able to stop and take photos. I'd do this again anytime!
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This was a great adventure. Even...
JoAnn V
, May 2017
This was a great adventure. Even though the day was windy and chilly it was still a wonderful tour. Alcatraz was a sobering experience but well worth the time. The audio definitely enhanced the tour. The Guided GoCars was also a great trip. Easy route with light traffic. Lots to see and do in San Francisco. The GoCar was a nice way to get around and see everything. We enjoyed both tours.
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I absolutely loved the Alcatraz...
Meagan D
, Mar 2017
I absolutely loved the Alcatraz portion of this trip. Great sights and the first portion of this trip went off without a hitch. Once we got to the second part of the day we were greeted and were told to watch a safety video before we jumped in the Go Car to drive around the city. We felt very rushed out of the main location and quickly realized about 10 minutes later that our GPS was not turned on. We were stuck in a lot of traffic and so by the time we returned back to the main location and swapped out vehicles, it had already been 30 minutes. Our GPS had never been turned on and they didn't even completely fill the tank. On our second attempt out, our GPS worked perfectly and we were having a great time until our exhaust blew out going up a hill, halfway through our adventure. Upon calling the company we were told we needed to get an Uber on our own dime and leave the Go Car on the side of the road. This was very inconvenient and we were pretty upset. Upon returning via Uber to to the location, we did not receive any apologies and although they refunded our Uber and charge for the Go Car for the day which we appreciated, we left feeling very let down by the experience. I would highly recommend using a different option to see the city. This company was a real let down and a waste of time.
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Great tour...take the longer one and...
Michele J
, Mar 2017
Great tour...take the longer one and more time if you wish to stop and take pictures...if not you could be pressed for time..very informative..
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We loved every minute of this trip...
Danielle G
, Jan 2017
We loved every minute of this trip! We did Alcatraz first thing in the morning then went on our GoCar Tour. We did get a little lost and the car kept telling us that we were, but the locals were helpful to get us back on path. It was such a fun time and people even took pictures of us driving by haha. So much fun I would recommend to anyone who wants a day full of history and fun!
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Really enjoy the tour of Alcatraz and...
Herve M
, Nov 2016
Really enjoy the tour of Alcatraz and the GoCar was so fun . We had a great day

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