This is the perfect combo tour for all ages and preferences; you’ll explore the legendary the University of California known as UC Berkeley and the iconic prison of Alcatraz Island, entrance fees and tickets included.
Once at UC Berkeley, you’ll enjoy a guided public walking tour of the famous University of California, Berkeley. The tour is conducted by a local college student and will take you through Berkeley history and past its historic monuments. Explore the Berkeley campus; the world-changing energy of over 35,000 students from around the world.
After your discovery walking tour of the University of California, Berkeley, we will head back to San Francisco across the Oakland Bay Bridge, you will drive along the upper deck of the bridge and enjoy incredible vistas of San Francisco skyline, the Bay and Alcatraz Island. The second part of the tour will take you to the legendary Alcatraz Island and prison for a memorable tour.
This 4-hour custom tour includes your guided walking tour of the University of California, Berkeley, your Alcatraz ferry and prison tickets, the audio-guided tour of Alcatraz prison and much more. This worry-free combo custom tour worth every penny you will spend. You will be in very good hands.
This is the perfect combo tour for all ages and preferences; you’ll explore the legendary University of California known as UC Berkeley, and the iconic prison of Alcatraz Island entrance fees and tickets included.
After a complimentary pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco downtown, or at the Fisherman’s Wharf, your private local tour guide will drive across the iconic Oakland Bay Bridge, through Emeryville and Berkeley, where you will enjoy incredible vistas and awesome panoramic views of the City by the Bay.
Once at UC Berkeley, you will enjoy a guided public walking tour of the famous University of California, Berkeley. The tour is conducted by a local college student and will take you through Berkeley’s history and past its historic monuments. Explore the Berkeley campus; the world-changing energy of over 35,000 students from around the world. If you would like to attend an admissions presentation in addition to a campus tour, a separate reservation is required, and overtime fees will apply. (The campus walking tour is sufficient and is very complete and competitive).
After your discovery walking tour of the University of California, Berkeley, we will head back to San Francisco across the Oakland Bay Bridge. You will drive across the upper deck of the bridge and enjoy incredible vistas of San Francisco skyline, the Bay and Alcatraz Island. The second part of the tour will take you to the legendary Alcatraz Island and prison for a memorable tour.
Why should everybody visit the University of California known as UC Berkeley?
As of October 2018, Berkeley alumni, faculty members and researchers include 107 Nobel laureates, 25 Turing Awards winners, and 14 Fields Medalists. They have also won 9 Wolf Prizes, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy Awards, 14 Pulitzer Prizes and 207 Olympic medals (117 gold, 51 silver and 39 bronze).
In 1930, Ernest Lawrence invented the cyclotron at Berkeley, on which basis UC Berkeley researchers along with Berkeley Laboratory, discovered or co-discovered 16 chemical elements of the periodic table – more than any other university in the world.
For 2017–18, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranked Berkeley 5th in the world. Berkeley also ranks 6th internationally and ranked 4th in the world by U.S. News & World Report. Berkeley is ranked 15th internationally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and as the 6th most reputed university in the world by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
Top world politicians, celebrities, scientists, heads of states and governors studied at the University of California, Berkeley, including Governor of California Jerry Brown, Eric Schmidt, Gordon Moore, Steve Wozniak, Robert Reich, Jennifer Granholm, Steven Chu, Earl Warren, actor Gregory Peck, Alex Morgan, Chris Pine and sports figures like Aaron Rodgers, Jaylen Brown, just to name a few.
Why should you visit Alcatraz?
The mystery of the Alcatraz Great Escape endures 50 years after the event.
Visiting Alcatraz Island is one of the most rewarding and fascinating experiences of any trip to San Francisco and California. Alcatraz, the legendary former prison, is where some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated. Though several inmates tried to escape from this maximum-security federal prison, none were ever successful – until the June 1962 Alcatraz escape. Inmates Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Lee Morris managed the only successful escape from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
Your tour is divided in two parts:
The first part of this new and custom tour: After a complimentary pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco downtown area or at the Fisherman’s Wharf, your private local tour guide will drive across the iconic Oakland Bay Bridge, through Emeryville and Berkeley where you will enjoy incredible vistas and awesome panoramic views of the City by the Bay.
Once at UC Berkeley, you will enjoy a guided public walking tour of the famous University of California, Berkeley. The tour is conducted by a local college student, which will take you through Berkeley history and past its historic monuments. Explore the Berkeley campus; the world-changing energy of over 35,000 students from around the world. If you would like to attend an admissions presentation in addition to a campus tour, a separate reservation is required, and overtime fees will apply. (The campus walking tour is sufficient and is very complete and competitive).
After your discovery walking tour of University of California, Berkeley, we will head back to San Francisco across the Oakland Bay Bridge. You will drive across the upper deck of the bridge and enjoy incredible vistas of San Francisco skyline, the Bay and Alcatraz island. The second part of the tour will take you to the legendary Alcatraz Island and prison for a memorable tour.
The second part of your Alcatraz and UC Berkeley combo adventure will take you to legendary Island, also known as the ‘The Rock’. Your personal tour guide will drive you to the Alcatraz Ferry building, a terminal for Alcatraz ferries that provide transfers from San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz and return. This is the only ferry line allowed to access Alcatraz Island and it’s all included in the tour prices. These ferries and prison tickets are often sold months in advance, so the sooner you book, the better.
Don’t worry about traffic, parking, sold-out tickets and crowds; we take care of that on your behalf. This is a worry-free tour package with entrance fees and tickets included. Your private driver will redeem your Alcatraz trip voucher, get you the required official prison tickets to Alcatraz and help you to check in on the next ferry to Alcatraz Island. Unlike all other tour companies, we are with you all the way and take care of these details and reservations.
Once you disembark on the island, you will be offered Alcatraz’s award-winning self-guided audio tour, included in your tour price, so you can tour the Alcatraz Prison at your own pace and in your preferred language in addition to English.
After visiting Alcatraz, you will return to Pier 33 by ferry where you can explore San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf – home to the city’s top hotels attractions, museums, and seafood restaurants.
You may want to consider staying at a hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf or take the historic cable car to go back to your hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Tips and things to know when you visit Alcatraz Island from San Francisco
-Alcatraz is a steep and hilly rock located in the heart of San Francisco Bay. You will have to walk uphill, downhill, upstairs and downstairs (no elevators available). The distance from Alcatraz Ferry dock to the prison is about a quarter mile each way. However, Alcatraz visitors with disabilities may take the electric shuttle that runs twice an hour from the dock to the Alcatraz prison building, and twice an hour from the main entrance of Alcatraz prison back to the only ferry dock of the Island. The ride is complimentary, and boarding is only available on a first come, first served basis from the dock or the prison main entrance. Boarding is not available halfway up or down.
-No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to visit Alcatraz without the company of their parents or adults at all times.
Carrying food and beverage: There is no food service available at Alcatraz. Eating is strictly prohibited on the dock area. You may enjoy a variety of snacks and foods on the ferries or simply have an early meal at the Wharf.
-No food, luggage, coolers, over-sized backpacks or packages are allowed on Alcatraz
-What to wear during excursion? You need to wear comfortable walking shoes with well-gripped soles. Dress in layers as the weather in Alcatraz and San Francisco is cool, often foggy and changes drastically in minutes.
Limited tickets available for visitors: Alcatraz tour tickets are sold out up to 10 weeks or more in advance during summers and holidays. Night tour tickets are even harder to get and are sold out as soon as they become available (available in summer only). We recommend that you secure your Alcatraz tickets at your earliest by booking it on our website.
- Alcatraz tour transactions approved on our website, do not constitute a guarantee of Alcatraz tours and tickets until approved by Alcatraz official ticket providers. This can take several weeks due to the increasing popularity of Alcatraz.
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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What’s Included in this Alcatraz and UC Berkeley walking tour?
Complimentary pick-up in San Francisco downtown , Fisherman’s wharf, Berkeley or Emeryville area.
Drop-off at Alcatraz ferry in San Francisco.
This private tour is a 5.5-hour custom tour, from San Francisco to the University of California, Berkeley included the campus walking guided tour.
Alcatraz ferry and prison tickets and an audio-guided tour of Alcatraz. We help you with all other information regarding Alcatraz ferry and prison tour.
All applicable taxes, toll fee are included.
You will be in very good hands. This worry-free combo tour worth every penny.
What’s Not Included?
Meals, your private tour guide’s gratuity (gratuities are recommended and customary in the USA at 15%-20%). any optional activities fees. We do not drop you off at your hotel after Alcatraz - to keep the cost down and so you can enjoy the famous Fisherman’s Wharf area top attractions.
Alcatraz tickets get sold out months in advance! Don’t wait too long as waiting to the last-minute can ruin your only opportunity to visit legendary Alcatraz island and prison.
Both UC Berkeley and Alcatraz require walking up and down stairs. Please be prepared for walking, cool/foggy and windy weather.
The itinerary may change based on your time, road or weather conditions, pick-up location and preference. When it is rainy or foggy, we have to skip some areas /places for safety considerations or due to the lack of visibility.
Smoking is not allowed in our vehicles. We are sorry, but our vehicles are not pet friendly and not equipped for passengers with disability or wheelchairs. Thank you for understanding.
Please note that many sites, attractions, landmarks and neighborhoods are restricted and prohibited to large vehicles.
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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Authentic Alcatraz and San Francisco Tour Reviews
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).