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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

San Francisco, United States

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a culinary 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 shorter Ferry Building experience with a flexible afternoon exploring Alcatraz at your own pace.
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All food tastings
Guide for food tour
Audio walking tour of Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island ticket including round trip ferry ($39.90 USD value)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation from Ferry Building to Alcatraz Landing

Departure Point

Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your expert culinary 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, seasonal fruit tarts from Frog Hollow, 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.
Stop At:  
Ferry Building Marketplace
You'll begin with a one-hour tasting tour of the best of 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:  
Embarcadero Farmer's Market
You'll begin with a one-hour tasting tour of the best of 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
You'll begin with a one-hour tasting tour of the best of 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:  
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 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 4 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 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edible Excursions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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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What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "We loved the Alcatraz portion of the tour - so worth it!" See review
  • "The ferry ride alone is great - especially if it's a nice day." See review


145 Reviews
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Delicious Food but Overpriced
, 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.
A fun adventure
, 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.
Food Tour and Alcatraz
, 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.
Great Experience
, 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!
Full of surprises!
, 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.
, 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.
Kind and Lucky
, 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.
, 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!
Fun and Delicious
, 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.
An excellent tour for foodies & more
, May 2019
This was a fantastic tour! Our guide, Travis, was absolutely wonderful; he was knowledgeable and personable. He gave us background about the Ferry Building's history as well as interesting stories about the San Francisco food scene, with emphasis on the vendors whose delectable wares we happily sampled. My husband and I were both astounded at the deliciousness (and quantity!) of the food included in the tour. Definitely come hungry! After our time at the Ferry Building, we were grateful for the opportunity to walk to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Getting tickets and boarding the ferry to Alcatraz were easy, and it was nice to decide on our own pace for the rest of the excursion. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Francisco, but especially to those who really love food.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you so much for joining us on tour, and for the wonderful review! We are so glad you had a great experience. Please join us again someday!

Product code: 5298ALCFERRY

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