San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour And Alcatraz

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The historic Ferry Building and Alcatraz are two of San Francisco's most prolific attractions. On this not-to-be missed combo tour, you get to see them both in one day. First, enjoy an hour in the Ferry Building to nibble on some of the citys finest fare during a guided tour. In the afternoon, walk over to Pier 33 to pick up your tickets and board your ferry to Alcatraz. The Cellhouse audio tour will captivate you with live recordings from the former prisoners.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Free snacks included

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Meet your personal epicurean concierge (aka guide) in front of the historic Ferry Building Marketplace main steps on the curb of the Embarcadero. It's a San Francisco landmark with its iconic 245-foot (75-m) clock tower. Built in the late 1800s, the ferry terminal was renovated in 2003, transforming the concourse into the foodie haven that it is today. Local food purveyors and artisans peddle their wares inside and outside the building one-stop shopping for anyone looking to experience a taste of San Francisco.

Learn more about the San Francisco Bay Area's tastemakers as you nibble on Cowgirl Creamery's award-winning cheese, Boccalone's house-cured fennel salame and freshly made mortadella, Acme Bread's fresh loaves, and Miette Patisserie's delicate French macarons. Want more? Indulge in a cup of chili from the American Eatery and satisfy your sweet tooth with handmade chocolates from Recchiuti. If youre visiting during one of the weekly farmers markets, dont be surprised if your guide points out some of the citys revered chefs shopping for fresh produce to include on their menus.

After you satiate your appetite, you'll receive directions to Pier 33 to pick up your Alcatraz tickets for the next portion of your tour. Take a stroll along the Embarcadero to Pier 33 where you'll hop on the ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz. Explore the island at your leisure with the award-winning Cellhouse audio walking tour to discover hidden secrets and fascinating stories of the worlds most notorious prison. Ferries depart the island frequently to provide maximum flexibility for your time on Alcatraz.

Inclusions for San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour And Alcatraz

  • All food tastings
  • Guide for food tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Audio walking tour of Alcatraz
  • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$37.25adult ticket value)

Exclusions for San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour And Alcatraz

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation from Ferry Building to Alcatraz Landing

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

All traveler names are required at time of booking. Failure to provide this information will result in cancellation of your tour. All travelers over 18 MUST have photo I.D.

Please advise any specific dietary requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at time of booking

If excursion fails to meet minimum enrollment (total of 4 guests), Edible Excursions will contact guests 5 days in advance to reschedule or offer a refund.

All food tastings are subject to change depending on availability

Children 0-4 years are free provided they will not be eating on the food tour. If they will be participating in sampling, please book the Infant rate. Alcatraz tickets are free for ages 0-4 years

Alcatraz ferry ticket times fluctuate. Possible times are 12:30pm, 1:05pm or 1:35pm depending on availability. Exact times are available upon reconfirmation of the tour

Alcatraz is steep and hilly. A moderate amount of walking is involved, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean

You may depart Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30-40 minutes

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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107 reviews by the users

  • San Francisco is amazing - so much character. However, your tours are basically modes of transportation only. I would not classify them as tours in any way.

  • Alcatraz is a must see but if you haven't been to the ferry building your trip is incomplete. Great!!!

  • Truth be told, we only signed up for this tour for access to sold-out Alcatraz...but how glad we were that we did! The food tour was incredible, our guide knowledgeable and it was a fantastic addition to our trip, a real highlight! Tip: No need to eat breakfast beforehand, you get more than your money's worth of fantastic food!

  • We had a great time on our tour of the Ferry Terminal Marketplace. Our tour guide, Karen, was terrific. She was very knowledgeable on history of the building and area and interspersed little history lessons amongst the different vendors visited She provided lots of background on the various proprietors and the local food culture. And the food we had was amazing!!! This tour is highly recommended.....oh and I almost forgot....we got to see Alcatraz also. After the food portion of the tour, Karen directed us on how to go down to Pier 33 and get our tickets for the Alcatraz Ferry and tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!

  • The food tour was excellent - Travis had an amazing knowledge of the suppliers in the area and the local culture. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Great culinary adventure. Our guide was Joshua who was very knowledgeable about all the vendors in the Ferry Building, and the history of the building itself. He selected a perfect combination of places for us to try and food to sample. It was a great way to start off the morning, and a nice pre-Alcatraz tour activity.

  • It was the only way we could get to book an Alcatraz tour so were not particularly looking forward to it but the food tasting turned out to be the best thing we did and we are so glad because Alcatraz its self was very disappointing. The guide was brilliant and we learned so much, from how Starbucks started to how California's enviromental ideals are being integrated into their food supply.
    The best tip is do not have too much for breakfast and dont take a big mouthful of the chilli sample it is smoking hot.

  • We were pleasantly surprised by our Ferry Building Food Tour and of course Alcatraz. It was not our first visit to the island. The food sampling was much fun and we tasted amazing samples of food groups which included some pastries and chocolates at the end. So glad we did it this way as we did not have to eat until dinner.

  • First we had lots of great food to taste at the Ferry Building Do Not eat before you go on this tour!. Our guide was Joshua and he was very personable and shared many interesting facts about the different eateries. Alcatraz was everything we'd hoped for...a beautiful ferry ride and as much time as we wanted to tour the prison. Wonderful!

  • Viator contracts out with another company called Edible Creations. Once Viator has your money they could care less about you. We booked this tour knowing that we would not make the front end of this package Ferry Building Tour. Unfortunately, it was the only way for us to get an Alcatraz ticket. Viator gave us instructions to meet a representative from Edible Creations at Pier 33 to pick up our voucher for the ferry ride to the island. Well long story short, there was never going to be a representative there to meet us. What we eventually did was go to the group sales window for Alcatraz and was likely enough to find our ticket there. This is NOT how we were told to go about things. I am not the least bit happy that we had to jump through hoops and figure this out on our own. We did so with about 10 minutes to spare before the boat left. If I am buying a ticket package through Viator they should be able to give me explicit instructions which guarantee me my tickets. They were not helpful and I will definitely not be using them again in the future.

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