Alcatraz Island Ticket with Guided Chinatown & North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco, CA

Walks LLC10 Mark LaneSan Francisco, CA 91408
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Put on your trusted walking shoes and get your money’s worth with this 7-hour guided trip across vital parts of San Francisco! This insider tour into the beloved City by the Bay will leave you breathless (in a good way!) as you learn about the City’s rich culture & history and see the interesting life of the people who walk its streets.

up to 7 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Explore two essential San Francisco neighborhoods, Chinatown and North Beach, with a local expert guide.
  • Tour duration is approximately 7 hours.
  • Pre-reserved tickets to Alcatraz Island with Cellhouse Audio Guide ($41 value), food tasting at the Fortune Cookie, and a personalized walk at the Fortune Cookie Factory are included.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour's start time.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Bring your camera, along with sunscreen, hat, or umbrella.
  • All guests over 18 must bring ID on the day of their tour. Without ID, Alcatraz Cruises will not release your ticket for you to travel to Alcatraz.


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Begin your day with a local guide near the Dragon Gate of San Francisco's beloved Chinatown. Weave through time and space down the main avenue through a neighborhood lined with dragon lanterns, imperial terracotta statues, and all the adornment of a "Little Shanghai." Hear the stories of the more seedy aspects during its Gold Rush foundations. Walk by neighborhood landmarks, including Waverly Place and Old St. Mary's Cathedral. Stop into a traditional apothecary featuring fascinating Chinese medicine. Snack on fresh fortune cookies, a San Francisco invention, and take some home for the road (on us!).

Switch gears at North Beach, San Francisco's Little Italy. Walk the well-worn paths of Beat poets and cinematic icons. See the cafe Francis Ford Coppola sipped espresso and wrote The Godfather trilogy. Glimpse down avenues where neon signs beckon and the "Azzurri" reign supreme. Head for lunch on your own in this incredible foodie neighborhood. Your guide will set you up to find the local's favorite spots.

After lunch, continue to explore sights along the way to Alcatraz Landing, viewing the section of Lombard Street known as "The Crookedest Street in the World." As you draw near, your guide will give you insider information on how best to spend your time on Alcatraz, helping you collect your tickets and putting you on the short ferry to prison.

As you glide over the waters in San Francisco Bay, take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the incredible San Francisco skyline. (Take Walks has chosen your afternoon departure specifically because it's when pesky Karl the Fog is most likely napping!) Explore the infamous Alcatraz prison accompanied by the award-winning audio guide. What a perfect day in San Francisco!

Please Note: Alcatraz Island tickets sell out year-round. It is best to book this tour as early as possible. All guests must supply the name and birthdate of everyone visiting the island at least 10 days prior to their tour. Should you fail to provide these, your reservation will be canceled.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Alcatraz Island Ticket with Guided Chinatown & North Beach Walking Tour

Where is the meeting point?

The tour meets at The Irish Bank located at 10 Mark Lane (The Irish Bank), or as confirmed in your confirmation email. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour's start time. The tour guide(s) will be holding a sign with the Walks logo and “MEET HERE” on it.

How long is this tour?

Approximately 7 hours.

What if I'm late?

If you are running late, it's best to contact the tour operator at the phone number on your e-ticket so they can reach out to your guide. This is not always possible for all tours - their guides are with other clients and are already into the tour (they ask them not to use their phones during their tour). But in some cases, a few-minute delay can be remedied. Most times, guides leave the meeting point within 5 minutes of the tour start time.

What is included in this tour?

Tour includes a pre-reserved ticket to Alcatraz Island with Cellhouse Audio Guide ($41 value), food tasting at the Fortune Cookie, a personalized walk at the Fortune Cookie Factory, a local English-speaking guide throughout the tour, and an expertly guided walking tour.

What landmarks will we be visiting?

You will be seeing Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, the North Beach, the Dragon Gate, Grant Avenue, St. Mary's Square, the Old St. Mary's Cathedral, Portsmouth Square, the Waverly Place, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, the Jack Kerouac Alley, the City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio, the Caffe Trieste, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, Washington Square, Saints Peter and Paul Church, the Coit Tower (view), and Lombard Crooked Street (view).

Is transportation included?


Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near the departure point. The departure point is also near public transportation.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

There aren't any age restrictions for this tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?


Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There are a lot of photo opportunities on this tour.

What should I bring?

You may bring water, a hat, sunglasses, parasol, sunscreen, a coat, umbrella, or outer layers for the cooler months, and a photo ID for some stop-over sights.

What should I wear?

Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes, so it's easy to navigate along uneven surfaces.

What is the protocol for when it rains?

The tours run rain or shine, and their guides are great at navigating various weather conditions to ensure you're as comfortable as possible. On rare occasions, if the weather is particularly dramatic, some sites may close. If time allows and they have prior warning, they will contact you as soon as they find out.

Should I bring the confirmation email?

A physical or digital copy of this confirmation email is not required to join your tour. Your guide (or tour coordinator) will have your name in their database, so as long as you know the name on the booking, you're set!

How many people are on a tour?

The tour is ideal for small groups and will have a maximum of 20 participants.