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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
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icon1 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a industry expert guide and sample many products from artisan and local food purveyors. Then visit the former maximum-security prison, Alcatraz, to shed light on the history-packed location during this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco food tour and Alcatraz combo
  • Dive into San Francisco food culture on a food tour of the Ferry Building and Farmers' Market
  • Sample foods from popular local purveyors
  • Indulge in handmade chocolates and macarons
  • Spend your afternoon exploring Alcatraz, San Francisco's premier attraction
  • Learn about infamous island with the award-winning 'Cellhouse Audio Tour'

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get a Ferry Building experience with a flexible afternoon exploring Alcatraz at your own pace.
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All food tastings
90-minute guided food tour
Self-guided audio walking tour of Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island ticket including round trip ferry ($41.00 USD value)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation from Ferry Building to Alcatraz Landing

Departure Point

San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

We will meet in front of the historic steps in the front of the ferry building, underneath the clock tower. Your guide will be holding a canvas tote with Edible Excursions printed on it.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your industry expert guide in front of the Ferry Building's main entrance along the curb of the Embarcadero for a walking tour. This landmark, built in the late 19th century, features a 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower and was renovated in 2003. If you're looking for a taste of San Francisco, this concourse featuring artisans and farmers peddling their wares is the best place to get it.

As you stroll, you may see some of the city's most-revered chefs buying fresh produce to serve at their restaurants that evening. Taste artisan chocolates from Recchiuti, fresh-baked bread from ACME Bread Company, award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, Out the Door's fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, and more!

After your culinary tour, get directions to Pier 33 and stroll down the Embarcadero to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Onboard, enjoy the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the city's receding skyline on the way out.

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 self-guided audio tour, available in several 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.

Spend as long as you like exploring Alcatraz, then hop back on the ferry, which departs regularly, for the ride back to the city.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ferry Building Marketplace
Meet your industry expert guide in front of the historic steps under the famous Ferry Building clocktower. Your guide will be holding an Edible Excursions tote bag.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Embarcadero Farmer's Market
You'll begin this 90-minute tasting tour inside the Ferry Building Marketplace, where a knowledgable guide/food industry professional leads you on a historic, food-filled journey of the building's local, artisan cuisine and food purveyors.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Embarcadero
Continue outside the Ferry Building Marketplace as you explore the thrice weekly Farmer's Market. As you stroll, you may see some of the city's most-revered chefs buying fresh produce to serve at their restaurants that evening.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
You'll voyage by ferry to one of the city’s most popular attractions, Alcatraz Island, for a self-guided tour of the beautiful island and its history-packed maximum-security prison that has drawn San Francisco Bay Area tourists for decades.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • As of July 27, 2021, we are only accepting new bookings from guests that are fully vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus. Proof of vaccination will be required at the time of tour unless an accommodation has been approved by Edible Excursions.
  • 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 10 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. Alcatraz tickets are free for ages 0-4 years
  • Alcatraz ferry tickets departure are typically at 12:30pm. Departure timing may change depending on availability. If this is the case, you will be notified of the new time by Edible Excursions on the day of the tour.
  • Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
  • Alcatraz is steep and hilly. A moderate amount of walking is involved, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • You may depart Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30-40 minutes
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edible Excursions
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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 policy on face masks and attendee health during San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz.

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  • "We loved the Alcatraz portion of the tour - so worth it!" See review

Reviews

4.5
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star-5
Loved the tour!!
Nancy_B
, Jul 2021
Our host was very knowledgeable, the food was great and we had a very enjoyable time! We got to learn lots of history of the Ferry Building and learned a lot about the vendors and the local sourcing there.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Nancy, thank you for joining us and for the great review. We love sharing our beloved Ferry Building!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Delicious Food but Overpriced
SuzyI26
, Aug 2019
I took this tour because I couldn’t get Alcatraz tickets and this included a ticket. The food was delicious but I feel as the tour is overpriced for what you get.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A fun adventure
Safari291633
, Aug 2019
This attraction was one we picked only because we wanted to see Alcatraz, but we were happy we did. The food was a good variety and Carol was a great tour guide. We were full for the whole day. The ferry building was so fun, we went back to shop around again before our trip ended. Thanks for a fun time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
We are so glad we were a happy surprise!! Thank you for the great review! We hope you'll join us for another tour some day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Food Tour and Alcatraz
greg0rygruber
, Aug 2019
Great food, super guide (Henry) and fun/interesting tour of Alcatraz. Enjoyed by all. Only wish it could have lasted longer.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you had a wonderful time with Henry. Come back on tour with us soon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Experience
JCKVT10
, Aug 2019
Tori lead this food tour, and she was awesome. She grew up in San Fran, so gave her personal insight on the city and the history of the Ferry Building. We walked around this neat attraction while sampling all kinds of foods that the unique vendors had to offer. It was def more than just nibbles, too! It was all so good and tasty- I def recommend this experience! After the sampling is done, tickets for Alcatraz are handed out and it's a quick walk to the pier from the Ferry Building. Thanks for the wonderful experience!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
We are so happy you enjoyed your day with Tori. She is fabulous! We hope to get you back some day. Thanks so much!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Full of surprises!
fututreboy3
, Aug 2019
We were very pleasantly surprised by the awesome food tour! Honestly, we booked this tour so that we could get tickets to Alcatraz (because the those tickets were sold out everywhere else) but the food tour was great. Our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable about the area, the shops and the chefs. We sampled many vendors, we loved the chicken and waffles, macaroons, chocolates, cheeses, spring rolls and more! This tour was at 10:00 am and we were glad we didn't eat breakfast first so we could thoroughly enjoy the portion sizes. You won't go home hungry, lol. Wish we knew about the Ferry Building before our last day in San Francisco so we could have eaten at more of the shops. This tour took around an hour and then Alcatraz was in the early afternoon. The ferry ride was nice, not to crowded. It's definitely a hike to get to the cell block audio tour but it's very informative and the view is gorgeous. We had a great time!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for such a wonderful review! And, thank you for joining us at the historic Ferry Building! We love sharing this treasure with visitors. We hope to see you back some day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
overpriced
Curious608198
, Jul 2019
$160.00 dollars per person to walk around and sample some food. Rip-off. The Alcatraz trip was only $40.00 so $100,00 for these sample food. Never again and I will review this scam on trip advisor
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
We are so sorry to hear you didn't love your tour and tastes of the historic SF Ferry Building. Usually our guests say this was a highlight of their trip. We are sorry we missed the mark with you.
star-5
Kind and Lucky
Quest10770429125
, Jul 2019
We were late for our food tour and the organizer emailed me saying the guide was looking for us. So kind! We are able to still go on the Alcatraz tour-which was very cool. So lucky!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
We are so happy you were able to find the guide mid-stream, and that you enjoyed your tour. Join us again someday. Safe travels.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Súper!
pilarleviaguirre
, Jul 2019
Santino was great: very creative and full of energy!! Order in tastings may be improved, and any kind of beverage added a must.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you toured with us. Santino is fabulous!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun and Delicious
DaphneB101
, Jul 2019
Loved the Farmers Marketplace. Our guide, TRAVIS, was so knowledgeable and fun! The foods he chose were not only delicious but complimented each other. The strawberry macaroon was the perfect ending!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for letting us know what a wonderful time you had and how much you enjoyed Travis. He’s great! Safe travels.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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