Make the most of your day in San Francisco and book this amazing bestseller half-day private custom tour of Sausalito and Muir Woods National Monument.
After a complimentary meet-and-greet at your hotel, your private tour guide will drive you in a luxury vehicle across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge where a photo stop will be scheduled at a spectacular overlook. You will get to step out and enjoy these awesome views of the City by the Bay and islands including Alcatraz. This vista point is one of the top spots where you can photograph the Golden Gate Bridge and gaze at San Francisco and Alcatraz. The Golden Gate Bridge was named for the strait leading from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay.
In Muir Woods, you will enjoy a stroll inside this pristine and ancient forest of giant redwood trees. Since there is very limited parking available in this small forest, we will drop you off at the entrance, and to preserve peace and tranquility, tour guides are not allowed to escort customers inside the forest so. This is the ideal way to explore Muir Woods away from dozens of noisy groups and tour guides. The trails are easy, paved and well-explained and we know you will love it here.
Please note that there is no cellphone coverage in this steep canyon, but there is a public telephone you can use.
After your Muir Woods tour, your guide will drive you in your luxury vehicle to Sausalito with a side trip to Muir Beach overlook – an amazing overlook located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, south of Muir Woods forest. We may also take a hike on a steep and spectacular cliff side park located off California pacific highway, to enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean side cliffs. This is a great overlook where locals come to view migrating whales. Muir Beach, a sheltered intimate cove, with its striking beauty of hanging cliffs and cottages sitting on a steep cliff side, can also be viewed from this vista point. We will visit this overlook when weather permits, as this can be subject to heavy fog and rain sometimes. Also, Muir Beach Overlook is not accessible to large vehicles (of 8 passengers or more like vans or buses).
For the next stop after your visit to the ancient redwoods in Marin County, we will drive to the coastal town of Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style coastal village where you can stay to enjoy lunch/ dinner, and then return to San Francisco on your own by ferry (tickets not included but very affordable). Sausalito is filled with art, and waterfront shops, quaint restaurants, and houseboats. We recommend this option as you get to sail by ferry in the San Francisco bay and along Alcatraz island.
We do complimentary pick-up and drop-off anywhere in Sausalito, San Francisco presidio, or downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf or Sausalito.
We offer daily morning (a.m.) and afternoon (p.m.) private, custom private tours by large van like a minibus for up to 15 people with the driver, and up to 7 guests by luxury SUV.
Your private dedicated tour guide will drive you from San Francisco to Muir Woods national monument, home of the giant redwoods, or to any forest of giant redwoods you may choose in Marin County. We will drive across the famous Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll enjoy photos stop along the way either on the way to the redwoods or on the way back to San Francisco.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Mill Valley, on the panoramic highway, and on Pacific Highway 1 on the way to Muir Woods National Monument.
Once in Muir Woods forest of ancient sequoias, you will enjoy a peaceful stroll inside this pristine park of old redwoods. Some of these ancient trees are over 1000 years old and as tall as the statue of liberty in New York, and even taller.
Muir Woods National Monument contains 6 miles of trails. There is a 1 1/2-hour loop, a 1-hour loop, and even a 30-minute loop which is very popular. You can see the best of the redwoods without even walking too far, but you can also choose to hike further.
The trails in Muir Woods are asphalted or board walked easy and flat on both sides of the creek. Those who don’t want to walk can still see a lot of redwoods, as close as the main entrance. Stroller and wheelchairs can enjoy the area located between bridge 1 and bridge 2, as it is flat and paved. There is a Visitor Center, a gift shop, a café deli with hot soup and sandwiches, and public restrooms. There is no cell phone coverage in Muir Woods because it located in a steep canyon and the trails are topped by towering tall redwoods.
After your tour of the ancient redwoods in Marin County, you will drive in your luxury vehicle to the coastal town of Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style coastal village where you can stay to enjoy lunch/ dinner, and then return to San Francisco on your own by ferry (tickets not included but very affordable). Sausalito is filled with art, waterfront shops, quaint restaurants and houseboats. We recommend this option as you get to sail by ferry in the San Francisco bay and along Alcatraz island.
Tips for visitors of San Francisco Bay Area
Please book your private tour asap because Muir Woods has become the first national park to require reservation in advance, with special commercial and parking permits. No one can visit Muir Woods without prior reservation. But don’t worry, we will take care of all the arrangements.
"The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." Says Mark Twain. This is true. The weather in San Francisco is unpredictable and often a bit too cold or foggy in the summer. Because the city is right at the mouth of the Golden Gate near cold ocean waters, it draws the wind and fog in during summer, making it subject to heavy fog most of the time from spring to autumn. Be sure to always bring a warm jacket, extra layers for cool weather and comfortable shoes.
There is no cell phone coverage in Muir Woods because it is located in a steep canyon and the trails are topped by towering tall redwoods, but there is a public telephone you can use.
There is very limited parking available in this small forest, so we drop you off at the entrance. To preserve peace and tranquility, tour guides are not allowed to escort customers inside this small forest of redwoods. This is the ideal way to explore Muir Woods away from dozens of noisy groups and tour guides. The trails are easy, paved and well explained, you will love it here.
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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|1 – 5 Persons||$949|
|6 – 7 Persons||$999|
|8 – 10 Persons||$1099|
|11 – 12 Persons||$1229|
|13 – 14 Persons||$1299|
What's Included in this Muir Woods redwoods forest and Sausalito city 4-hour tour?
All applicable taxes, 4-hour private and guided tour in a luxury vehicle, complimentary pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown, Fisherman's Wharf, and surrounding areas or neighborhoods, but not outside of these areas. Muir Woods park permit fees.
What's Not Included in this Muir Woods redwoods 4-hour tour?
Meals, entrance tickets to Muir Woods park, and to any optional site(s) or monument(s). Driver’s gratuity tips. (Gratuities are recommended and customary in the USA at 15%-20%), overtime.
91% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 15 days prior to the scheduled tour (or the date of the tour or service) 9% covers the required transaction fees; that’s 4.5 % per transaction (booking is one transaction and refunding is a second transaction)
50% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled tour or service. (weekends and holidays don’t count).
15% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled tour (weekends and holidays don’t count).
0% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled 4 business days or less prior to the day of the scheduled tour or service. This includes no-shows. (Weekends and holidays don’t count).
There is a charge for each transaction when wanting a refund. This charge will vary from 4.5% to 7.9% per transaction depending on the type of credit card you used to make the transaction and the country where the credit card was issued. This charge covers the credit card transaction fees that your credit card company charged us when you made the reservation on our website and includes the required merchant processing fees associated with your credit card company. This policy applies on all refunds as well, regardless of the amount or the date of the refund.
Methods of Payment and Accepted Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards including Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express, wire transfers, Debit Cards, Euro Cards, “Cartes Bleues.” and PayPal. We may in exceptional circumstances accept payments in cash from clients who have no credit cards.
Please note that tour guides are not allowed to guide inside Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island and Prison.
The pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco is included. However, to keep the cost down, the drop-off after your Alcatraz tour is not included.
Alcatraz tickets are extremely hard to get because they are often sold out weeks and months in advance. The sooner you book the better.
Approved online transactions do not guarantee your Alcatraz tour or tickets, as we should go through a process in order to book these tickets. After we receive your transaction, the tour can be approved or declined based on availability of Alcatraz tickets issued by Alcatraz. This is due to the increasing popularity of Alcatraz and number of visitors.
Declined transactions. Why your reservation was declined? When a reservation is declined by client’s own bank, this is often due to a mismatch between customer’s bank information (such as the name on the credit card, card number, expiration date, CVV, zip/postal code or billing address). If any one of these verification factors don’t match the information you provided on our website, comparing to the bank information when placed your order, your transaction is automatically declined by your own bank to protect your bank information from fraud. Sometimes, transactions are also declined due to insufficient funds as well. Your tour(s) will not be confirmed until your new transaction is approved by your own bank.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but your own bank did so to prevent fraud and protect your credit card information.
Wheelchair and Handicap Accessibility issues: We sincerely apologize, but our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access. There is no room for a wheelchair in our vehicles, unless it is a very small and foldable wheelchair. However, the main concern is customers’ safety and ability to get it in and out of the vehicles, in addition to liability considerations.
Pets: Pets are not allowed in our vehicles out of respect for those who have allergies to pets.
Smoking: Our vehicles are also non-smoking.
Clothing: Please be prepared for cold weather, slippery roads and hiking trails, so have comfortable waterproof hiking shoes to walk on the snow in winter and spring. This long day-tour is hard on kids and seniors, we therefore recommend the overnight tour package.
Parks, Attractions and Site’s Closures: We are not responsible, nor liable, for road and weather conditions. State and national parks’ closure can happen at any time and without a prior notice, due to bad road and weather considerations. No refund will be issued, regardless the reasons for which the trip may not reach its destination. If you cancel or stop the tour for personal or medical reasons, there will be no refund or change of tour or dates offered either.
Guided tours in foreign languages: All tours in foreign languages are subject to extra fees to cover tour guides or freelancers we may hire to honor your tour in the required language.
Travel Agents: Travel agents are liable for 20% gratuity when their customer does not tip the driver or tour guides. We require customers’ full name and contact information from all travel agent or the tour will be cancelled. Travel agent are also liable for all overtime when their clients do not pay for, and a credit card will be needed on file. Due to high cost of conducting business in California, we barely cover our business expenses and wages, therefore, all our tours are non-commissionable rates.
Gratuity: 15 to 20% gratuity is required and customary in the USA. Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20% of the total purchase amount, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It really depends upon the situation.
Meals and tour guide/driver gratuities are not included in our tour price unless indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation. Tour prices do not include additional fees including wine tasting, accommodations, and entry fees to see attractions and sites, winery tours, unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.
No substitution or refunds for any unused part of the tour(s) will be issued. All sales are final.
-No refunds will be issued for a no-show or unused portion of the tour.
-All refund and/or voided transactions paid on our website by credit or debit cards or via PayPal may take up to 2 weeks before you receive the funds (refunds) back into your account.
Our hot-air balloon rides are no guaranteed to depart and arrive back in Napa Valley and subject to last-minute cancelation for weather considerations. Alcatraz Tours Inc. and its partners or subcontractors reserves the right to fly anywhere within 80-mile radius of Napa Valley dependent on the weather conditions or refund the portion of the balloon ride I cancelled, but not the tour itself.
-We reserve the right to refuse service to any person or business who may refuse to comply with our safety instructions, our tour itinerary, or to anyone who may pose a threat to our customers and/or our tour guide-drivers. Screaming at or insulting tour guide-drivers or fellow passengers or third-party businesses and subcontractors is not acceptable under any circumstances and will terminate and cancel your tour without any refund. Discrimination against a customer or a tour guide–driver for any reason is not acceptable either under any circumstance.
Cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions: Weather/Unforeseen Circumstances like fires, landslide, road closure, vehicle breakdown, employees or driver’s medical emergency or due other weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances; we revere the right to offer you alternative tours, destinations for the same amount of time.
Approved transactions: When transactions are processed on our website, and approved by your bank, it still takes about 7 to 10 business days before we even get the required funds transferred to our business merchant bank account. However, we still honor your tour(s) as scheduled if your transaction is approved, even if the tour is scheduled for the next day, as long as the tour is available. We are committed to provide high quality services and tours to our customers.
Voided and refunded transactions: When a transaction is voided, or refunded, the charge is removed from the authorized transaction inquiry and never batched or settled because the funds never leaves customers’ bank account. However, all such transactions will still show on customers’ bank statement as “pending” for up to 7 to 10 business days because the funds are temporarily frozen by your own bank without leaving your account. Please take this aspect into consideration before you follow up with us. To release the funds, you will need to contact your bank and handle this directly with them as this has nothing do with us.
Common mistakes and misconception about voided transactions: Most customers do not realize or understand their own bank’s policy and guidelines regarding online purchases. The main issue is that the funds from the voided charge will be inaccessible to the client for a full 10 business days. For that reason, clients often think that the charge was still placed on their credit card, but in reality, it has never left their bank account and will be available only after 10 business days. In other words, voiding a credit card transaction will not remove the charge from customer’s bank account immediately, please be patient before you follow up with us or your bank in this regard. Banks usually take 7 to 10 business days to release these funds back to your account, and this is totally beyond our control and has nothing to do with us.
Foreign languages: All our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise stated. All foreign languages are subject to additional cost to cover the tour guide or freelancer fee in the required language.
The misconception about private tours: Ever wondered why small group private tours are more expensive than large group tours? Because public group tours are more cost-effective to operate than private tours. The input cost of private tours and public tours are roughly the same - both provide one driver or a tour guide-driver, one vehicle, same trip length – so both companies assume similar business expenses and commercial insurance liability. However, private tour operators (like ours) make 85% less profit than group tours, because all our resources are dedicated to a small number of persons. As dedicated small group operator we focus on quality to make your tour experience more personable and intimate, and we never share our private tours as we give you full attention and custom services. Yet, we have access to all the sites where large vehicles and buses are prohibited and offer exclusive destinations to magical places not available elsewhere.
Tip: Most credit card companies including Amex now require from their clients to inform them in advance when making purchase online or out of town / state, otherwise they decline the transaction to prevent fraud. You may also get an email or text message alert asking you to approve or decline the transaction that has been declined before you resubmit it online, this is out of our hands and it’s indeed required by many credit cards companies for customers’ own good.
-All our tours including Alcatraz are subject to availability even if the online 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 at least 2 months in advance when booking our Alcatraz tour during the peaks season, holidays and weekends, sometimes even more, specially from May to October. 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 tickets are sold out. If you decline our offer, we will fully refund your transaction – a process which takes about 10 business days before your funds are available to you. This is stated on our terms and conditions page, available in all languages, or you may use google translator.
By signing or checking this box “terms & conditions” on our website, you do hereby agree with all the above terms and policies and the tour voucher terms, which we will send to you via email after your tour confirmation.
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This is great alternative tour experience when Alcatraz tickets are sold out. We were happy with this trip, it combined our city private tour, and the ferry cruise around Alcatraz island, that was perfect as it was our last day in California.The cruise ship trip was over an hour, a ferry trip that took us around SF bay, around Alcatraz Island, and under the Golden Gate Bridge.
From the city tour to Alcatraz Island, we and our kids had an amazing adventure, a bit cold in San Francisco Bay in summer ironically, but were very interested in the criminology and forensics stories of Alcatraz and San Quintin prison like Charles Manson, the Zodiac, Fong “Little Pete” Ching, Zebra killers, Felix Mitchell, the Unabomber, Scott Peterson, and Clarence and John Anglin and Frank Morris and their famous ‘Escape from Alcatraz’. Wow! the feeling visitors get when you are stepping onto Alcatraz island.
Our Muir Woods & Alcatraz combo tour was exactly what we needed as we only had one day in SF. The tour is Well Worth the money that you spend. The big redwoods in muirwoods forest are impressive but the forest was crowded, and Alcatraz tour must be on everyone’s bucket-list, these sights and attractions in SF are amazing places to visit and see when you visit san fran.
Why everybody is so crazy about Alcatraz? Alcatraz Island is dim, cold, morbid, and crowded. We felt nothing, seen nothing, heard nothing that made it so appealing, a bit overrated in our opinion. Why criminals have become victims? They deserved to incarcerated in Alcatraz prison! Some visitors were even asking for autographs from a former inmate of Alcatraz, this makes no sense to me.
This is an incredible tourist attraction of San Francisco bay area, if you plan on visiting San Francisco you got to add Alcatraz to your bucket-list, more than Muir Woods or Napa. Alcatraz Island history itself is a very interesting story, before it even was used as a federal prison. How anyone could even escape from this remote Island? The audio headphone guided tour is informative and the stories and sounds of prison officers makes the guided tour so real. I am taking back amazing pictures to show my friends in Japan.
Worry-free vacation package, we were lucky to find and book this all-inclusive SF Alcatraz tour package, it was a worry-free reservation all included, the perfect way to indulge in San Francisco if you have no time. It was convenient, affordable, and fulfilling combo trip of SF city attractions and Alcatraz tour, a must-do when visiting the city by the bay, and worth every penny you spent.
Reserve Alcatraz tickets in advance, the tour was So much better than I was expecting. You get a ferry ride from San Francisco pier to the Alcatraz island. It was rainy, and foggy that day, but still well worth the trip. The trip was very well run, we were welcomed in the dock by a ranger who let us know some key information and rules before visiting the prison.
Alcatraz prison is just as portrayed as in the Hollywood films about Frank Morris (with Clint Eastwood) in this maximum-security prison Alcatraz, the cell still preserved as seen in the Clint Eastwood’s movie “Escape from Alcatraz”. No trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting Alcatraz Island. It took me 2 tours in Alcatraz before I felt the strong atmosphere and energy you get after stepping off Alcatraz cruises ferry and onto the dock. This city private tour and Alcatraz is an exceptional combo trip I recommend for all visitors (worry- free).
Alcatraz Island tour is outstanding and a stunning sight and my favorite attractions in California, but you got to book your Alcatraz tickets very early. We booked our Alcatraz tickets 2 months in advance as a tour combined with the city tour, but the next day, Alcatraz park service got sold out. The energy and the impression you get when vising Alcatraz is something you need to experience for yourself. We loved our city tour as well with Jonathan, the tour guide was amazing and fun.
Book your Alcatraz tickets immediately when you plan your trip to san fran, we had initially planned to book Alcatraz Island night tour but it’s 100% impossible to get. The day tour was not bad at all apart from the fascinating story of Alcatraz, the trip to the island is phenomenal, and the city tour completed the package trip and appeal to all ages. That’s was a good company to work with.
Book your Alcatraz tickets months in advance before you travel to San Francisco, this is a must-see attraction when visiting San Francisco and Northern part of California. A police officer from South Africa who traveled with us on the ferry had a stop over in SFO, just to visit Alcatraz. Dress in layers, ironically summer is not warm, weather is cool and gets foggy in the SF Bay. The views of Alcatraz from San Francisco are better than the views of SF from the island, but this combo tour is a must do and saved us time and money.
This is an incredible tourist attraction. We did the tour with our kids, and they loved it too. The audio tour was well done, we took tons of pictures, hanged out and enjoyed the views of the city from Alcatraz Island. The views are spectacular from Alcatraz, go to the officers’ gardens’ side that overlooks the golden gate bridge, but watch out for the steps, they are very steep. Army officers and their wives who stationed on the Island in the early 1900s, planted all kind of vegetables there (The beauty on the beast).