Real Metro + Alcatraz 2 Day Tour

Day 1 Sightseeing/short walks, Cable Cars, Day 2 Alcatraz,

DAYS: Monday-Saturday
Departs: Metro Tour 8:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Alctaraz  8:45 – 10:00 a.m. the following day.
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AGE: 12+ No exceptions. No strollers. No infants. To 65.
PRICE: Metro Tour $59.00 + Alcatraz $37.25 = $96.25

Day 1: See The City The Real SF  Way!!   

Day 2Alcatraz!!

Thought you couldn’t get Alcatraz Tickets? Think again!!

The Real SF Tours have tickets on reserve for June and July dates!! Our amazing package combines our Real Metro Sightseeing Tour with an option to add on Alcatraz Tickets. Join us for  great day of riding the city’s amazing public transit, trekking one of the best walking city’s in the country, and exploring our celebrated culture.

Don’t wait, sales end 5 days prior to tour dates, and many of the dates we have available are already sold out if you attempt to book through the Alcatraz box office. We are an authorized reseller of Alcatraz Tour tickets. Please do not call for Alcatraz tickets. We have a very limited quantity and all of our available dates are listed.

When you book this tour you will automatically be booked on the Real Metro Sightseeing Tour for Day 1. Then once we process your order you will be booked for the Official Alcatraz Tour the next day at 8:30 A.M. at pier 33. 

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WHERE TO MEET

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CABLE CAR TERMINUS

This Tour meets at the intersection of Market and Drumm Streets; look for the clock on the pole (see photo). This clock is between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the intersection of Market and Drumm, near a marketing kiosk. The meeting place is approximately 20 feet from the terminus of the California Street Cable Car line. It is across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Please do not look for 50 Drumm Street.*

Tours meet 10-15 (no one will be at the meeting place prior to that) minutes prior to the published departure time. There is no office, so if you arrive early please be patient. All tours depart at the published time.

GETTING THERE

We recommend using transit to get to the start of the tour. BART and MUNI both stop at the Embarcadero Station. When you exit the train look for signs that direct you towards the Ferry Building and Drumm Street The historic F line streetcars stop at Market and Drumm if you are coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf direction, or at Market and Beale if you are coming from The Castro direction. Some bus lines service this intersection such as the 21 Hayes.

PARKING

Is very difficult and expensive and driving is not recommended particularly on weekdays. Meters are enforced 24/7 along the Embarcadero. On Saturday parking is available at the Maritime Building on Clay between Front and Davis for $7.00 or $3.00 with a validated Ferry Building stamp (available at the Bay Crossings shop.

*We must use the 50 Drumm Street address online in order for Google Maps and other mapping apps to point at the right location. This is actually the address of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting place is between the south side of the Hotel and Market Street. Please make sure not to wait in front of the Hotel or in the Lobby. Please do not go to the Ferry Bldg Clock Tower.
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INFO TO GO

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WALKING

This tour includes very short walks, a few indoor staircases, and a lot of rides on public transit. The walk up to the cell block on Alcatraz is steep and strenuous. Strollers are not advised. The US Parks Service provides transport for those who can not walk up the hill on their own but it may cause significant delays. Also please note that the Cable Cars are exempt from the ADA by a specific act of congress.

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TRANSIT PASSES

All necessary public transportation passes are provided for the duration of the Real Metro Sightseeing Tour. Alcatraz tickets are included with the purchase of this tour.

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WEATHER

Conditions on Nob Hill and Alcatraz can change quickly. Wind is likely while on the Cable Cars, the Ferry Boat, and Alcatraz please carry jackets. This tour will go rain or shine with a minimum of 2 passengers.

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DRESS

Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light Jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Snacks

FOOD

Eat a good breakfast, or lunch we will be moving the whole 2 hours of the Metro Tour. Also no food or drink other than seal-able water containers are allowed on Alcatraz.

Alcatraz

Every adult must show ID that matches the name on their ticket exactly. Failure to provide ID results in no entry. Most guests stay on Alcatraz for 90 minutes to 3 hours. Food and drink other than closed water bottles is not allowed. It can be from 15 to even 30 degrees colder on Alcatraz than in the city be sure to bring your layered clothing. A hoody and a windbreaker work well.

THE REAL METRO SIGHTSEEING ROUTE

This tour utilizes the city’s Metro Transit System and trekking for a partial day of unbelievable sightseeing, exploring and discovery. We begin with a ride on the California Cable Car that takes us through the Financial District and Chinatown up to the top of Nob Hill. We take a very brief photo stop of Grace Cathedral and the only remaining pre earthquake mansion, and the recently unveiled statue of Tony Bennet. We take a brief walk past the Fairmont Hotel as we make our way down the hill to Union Square on the second Cable Car ride of the tour. We see many  popular icons along the way. When we reach Market st. its a quick switch to the F-Line streetcar where we pass through the mysterious and often challenging Tenderloin Dist. We continue to the Civic Center for views of City Hall and the Opera Plaza, which includes a brand new Veterans Memorial. We stroll past Davies Symphony Hall on the way to our morning break in Hayes Valley, an upscale neighborhood known for its amazing food, fashion and art. From there its underground we go, on the Muni Metro, making our way to the famed Mission District. Many consider the Mission to be the cultural heart and soul of the city, after exploring the rich and colorful history and aesthetics of this neighborhood we head to the famous Castro District where the colors of the rainbow abound. After the Castro we will continue on surface streets, using one of the city’s most scenic bus lines to arrive at the Haight Ashbury then after a short stroll it’s on to the World Famous Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, and the Nopa district (one of the city’s emerging ) where we wneighborhoodsill do our best to get a sample of the world famous Bi Rite Ice Cream. As we make our way on the way to Pacific Heights you will be amazed at the sheer number of Victorians we view. By the time we get off the Bus in Billionaires Row you will understand why the locals tell you that the most amazing victorians are not in Alamo Square. The short walk through “The Row” to Mrs Doubtfire’s house can only be described as breathtaking. After a quick photo-op, we will find an amazing partial view of the Golden Gate Bridge, then its back on the bus to the heart of the Cow Hollow/Marina district where we can grab lunch. On combo days the guide will continue on with all day tour from here. We have found that a soft ending is working well here. There are several bus lines you can take from here on your own. It’s a short bus ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, and Lombard Street, or another bus will take you to the Golden gate Bridge. Some guests are choosing to stay in the Marina for lunch and then riding the bus up the hill and walking down the crooked part of Lombard Street on their own. Some guests have been so enchanted they have chosen to add on the full day!! All are great choices!!

 

List of highlights

Cinatown
Nob Hill
Union Square
Civic Center
Hayes Valley
Mission
Castro
Haight Ashbury
Bi Rite Ice Cream
Painted Ladies/Alamo Sq.
Pacific Heights
Mrs Doubtfire’s House
Cow Hollow

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