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Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
  • San Francisco combo Alcatraz and bike tour
  • Enjoy a ferry across the bay to Alcatraz Island
  • Explore the former prison on a 2.5-hour audio walking tour
  • Discover neighborhoods like the Mission and SOMA during a 3 to 4-hour small-group bike tour limited to 12 people
  • Stop to sample craft beer at three breweries or bars, such as 21st Amendment or Southern Pacific Brewing Company
  • Learn about San Francisco’s ever-changing urban culture from an informative guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

After stepping off "The Rock," safely bar-hop among San Francisco's best breweries via bike.
Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$39.90 value)
Alcatraz audio tour
Use of bike and helmet
One pint of beer
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation between Pier 33 and bike tour location
Food and additional beer (available for purchase)
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
2: 719 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to Pier 33 and board the ferry for the scenic ride to Alcatraz. Be sure to bring a government-issued ID and some layers, as the ride can get chilly. During your 15-minute ride, snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the city's receding skyline.

Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a National Park and get a brief orientation to the maximum security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, available in ten languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart every thirty minutes) and head back to Pier 33.

Back on the mainland, eat lunch anywhere in the Embarcadero or Fisherman's Wharf area (own expense). Find your way down to the cycling tour departure point, in the heart of Chinatown.

Embark on a 3 to 4-hour bike tour with a knowledgeable local guide through several of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods. Learn about each neighborhood's history and culture while you stop for beer tastings at three popular watering holes. Bars visited may include Local Brewing Co, Thirsty Bear Brewing, Zeitgest, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Toronado, Magnolia Brewing Company and 21st Amendment. Your first beer is included; feel free to purchase additional drinks and snacks at any of the stops.

Your tour ends at its departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
Upon arrival on 'the Rock,' the former federal prison turned national park, hear a brief history of the maximum-security penitentiary, which was in operation on Alcatraz Island from 1934 to 1963. Then embark on a self-guided tour via the provided 2.5-hour audio tour 'Doing Time.' Stroll through the prison cell-blocks and listen to recorded commentary from former inmates and staff. You'll learn about A-list gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly, and discover how several prisoners attempted escape. If you wish, you can also explore the historical gardens before returning to Pier 33 on the ferry (departs every 30 minutes).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Embarcadero
Back in the city, grab some lunch (own expense) at any of the numerous eateries around Pier 33 and the Embarcadero.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Start your day with a 15-minute ferry ride from Pier 33 to Alcatraz Island. While cruising across San Francisco Bay, take in the scenic panorama of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline.
Stop At:  
Chinatown
Then make your way down to the meeting point for your afternoon bike tour starting in the heart of Chinatown!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
SoMa
During the 3-4 hour bike tour, your knowledgeable guide shares anecdotes about San Francisco’s history and fills you in on the characteristics of each neighborhood you cycle through, including the artistic side of SoMa, and hip Mission District. Stop at three popular establishments — breweries, pubs, bars or beer halls — where you can relax and enjoy craft brews while mingling with locals.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mission District
During the 3-4 hour bike tour, your knowledgeable guide shares anecdotes about San Francisco’s history and fills you in on the characteristics of each neighborhood you cycle through, including the artistic side of SoMa, and hip Mission District. Stop at three popular establishments — breweries, pubs, bars or beer halls — where you can relax and enjoy craft brews while mingling with locals.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Standard Deviant Brewing
Some of the spots you may visit include 21st Amendment, Local Brewing Co, Anchor Brewery, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co, Standard Deviant Brewing, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Zeitgeist, Toronado or Magnolia Brew Pub. Your first beer is included, and you can purchase food and more beer at the other stops.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Market Street
Finish your tour riding down San Francisco's historic, car-free Market Street, the main street of the city. Vintage streetcars, grand historic buildings, tech companies and shopping vie for space on this bustling thoroughfare, which is now reserved for cycling and mass transit.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes for biking and bring layers, as San Francisco's climate changes frequently
  • You must be 21+ years old to participate on this tour - Please bring valid photo ID.
  • For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required for all guests to board the Alcatraz ferry
  • Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
  • You may leave Alcatraz Island on any ferry; they depart every 30 to 40 minutes; please ensure you are back in the city in time to make your own way to the bike tour meeting point
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gears and Grapes

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "We had to cycle back in the dark so they should consider providing either headlights or starting earlier this time of the year." See review
  • "I was worried about riding in traffic and the hills but we kept to easy areas near the wharf and it was easy to navigate the traffic with our guide." See review

Reviews

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Awesome Alcatraz and Amazing Bike Tour
5KRob
, Aug 2019
Unfortunately all the tickets to Alcatraz were sold out, I purchased this package with hesitation. The Alcatraz tour is exactly what you would expect. The bike tour is located a little ways away, and is in a small shop. Our tour guide was excellent, he is very knowledgeable and gives a lot of the history and why things are the way they are. The three breweries were a great time to learn more about the city. I would highly recommend this package without hesitation.
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Great way to spend an afternoon in San Francisco
Chris B
, Aug 2019
We love riding bikes and drinking beer and this tour does both! We met up with four other couples and rode bikes around San Francisco, stopping at three taprooms. The best part of this type of tour is meeting people from around the world. The beer was great (as was the chips/guacamole at Standard Deviant Brewing!) and the tour guide was very informative.
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Bikes and Beers
jessemarinelarena
, Aug 2019
The island was cool, but the bike tour to the breweries was awesome! If you like Austin you will like.
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Superb
anebratliwold
, Jul 2019
Really interesting audio tour at Alcatraz, definitely worth a visit. The funniest bike and beer tour I could have imagined, great guide and great group!
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Alcatraz plus bike and brew
Sam T
, Jul 2019
Loved the trip to Alcatraz. Wonderful auditory tour. We went with a park ranger on a special information tour about WWII. Ranger was knowledgeable and gave new insights and toured areas public dd not go. I loved the new knowledge of Native Americans on the island. We went home and read and watched more videos on that subject. Bike tour was awesome. We do not drink, but the bike tour had us go through the city we would have never gone to. We loved the conversation and insights.
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Nice way of exploring many neighborhoods
Escape03243059082
, Jul 2019
I found this combo just to find a ticket to alcatraz but bike tour was also so much fun. The guide was knowledgable and breweries was good
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An Amazing Destination
469mpeterson
, Sep 2018
Our visit to The Rock was capped with a conversation from a former inmate, Bill Baker. Had a picture taken with him and he signed his book, "Alcatraz, #1259".......a book that is hard to put down. Incredible visit and tour and would highly recommend to anyone going to San Fran......but book the trip well in advance.
star-4
Nice experience!
fabiopassarella
, Aug 2018
Alcatraz admission was easy and fast! ...so Excellent.The brewerys tour was nice but the beer was free only at the first brewery, we had to pay at the other two ones. Considering the price of the overall tour, in my opinion, this is not fare.
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Gears and Grapes
Roger502
, Jul 2018
A wonderful afternoon spent cycling around the streets of SAN Francisco and sampling some superb craft beers in local brew houses. Danny was an excellent guide. Would highly recommend this enjoyable tour.
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Bike Tour guy left us!
KathryneKat
, Jul 2018
The Alcatraz tour was great. We had no issues and enjoyed our trip. But, when it came to the bike Tour we were having a great time until the 2nd brewery. As everyone finished beers and chatting my husband and I went to buy our souvenirs and use the restroom. When we came out I watched as the tour guide and the other guests walked off with their bikes and thought ok time to go. We walk around the corner to see they had all left us!!! We were standing there in shock on our bikes like wow. We had literally just been talking to the tour guide as well as other guests and somehow he forgot to do head count and took off without us! Luckily we had asked the tour guide where the next brewery was going to be so we googled the location and headed that way on our own. 10 minutes later the tour guide calls my phone and leaves a very confusing voicemail which I still have. Mind you we were riding bikes so I didn’t hear my phone ringing. Once we stopped at a stop sign he called again and directed us in the direction we should go although we already had navigation. My advice to anyone going on this tour is to ask the tour guide which breweries he will be taking you to ahead of time just in case you get left behind. If that had not happened I would have given this tour a 5 star. We had fun anyway because we are easy going people but I can imagine this experience would have scared most people especially if we had not have had a 20 minute conversation with the guide about which brewery we would be visiting next. I recommend you take the tour BUT save a list in order of which places your group will be stopping.

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