San Francisco, United States
Join our Expert Guides on a whirlwind tour of San Francisco that will include a visit to the infamous Alcatraz Island, a jaunt through San Francisco's North Beach, and a tasty food tour in Chinatown! This is a full-day adventure that combines three tours, and will make your camera tired, your stomach happy, and your heart full!
First, we will head into San Francisco's famous Chinatown for the food tour portion of our adventure, where you will be sampling delicacies at "insider places" unknown to the average traveler, or even locals for that matter! In the city, there isn't just one Chinatown, there are two! One side of Chinatown belongs to the locals, while the other beckons and charms tourists coming from all over the world. These two Chinatowns are in the same place, but overlap and dance with each other. Amazingly, Chinatown draws more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge! While we visit Chinatown you will get a chance to see the sights and sounds, being transported into a more exotic world than virtually anywhere else in the San Francisco. You will have the opportunity to sip fragrant teas in a gourmet tea shop, eat Dim Sum and visit a fortune cookie factory, visit a Buddhist temple , trek through the back alleys exploring the city within a city.
Next, we will venture into North Beach, a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's best known as San Francisco's Little Italy, with its high density of check-clothed restaurants, cafes and Old World delicatessens. It's also a popular pilgrimage for fans of the Beat Movement seeking the old haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg, dive bars and strip clubs. However, North Beach is no relic, and it has much to offer beyond pasta and poetry.
After our Chinatown food tour, and jaunt through North Beach, we will embark on a trip to Alcatraz Island!
Alcatraz Island has long been one of San Francisco's most recognizable landmarks and most popular destinations, almost everyone who comes to San Francisco wants to explore the island and prison — and now you can explore it like no other.
For the Alcatraz portion of your tour, you will board an Alcatraz Cruise Ship for your journey to the island. You will receive an audio headset with the narrative available in several languages. You will disembark on the island for your self-guided tour with your headset and on the island you will find docents to help guide you or to answer any questions. You may return to the mainland any time you like with ferry service running approximately every 30 minutes.
Important Tour Notes:
-This tour package is only available Tuesdays at 6:30 PM (packaged with mid-morning Alcatraz departure), and Sundays at 11:00 AM (packaged with mid-afternoon Alcatraz departure).
-Important! Alcatraz departure times vary, so contact us and we will try and accommodate your preferred time.
-North Beach and Chinatown food tour depart on the date and time specified.
The exact time of your Alcatraz departure will arrive via email within 48 hours of booking
If your food tour is scheduled in the afternoon, your Alcatraz tour will be before noon.
If your food tour is before noon, your Alcatraz tour will be in the afternoon.
-Alcatraz ferries leave from Pier 33 on the Embarcadero, north of the Bay Bridge
* Pickups available with this tour.
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