A tour by self-drive GoCar is the most exhilarating, entertaining and enlightening way to explore San Francisco.
You’ll see places most visitors never reach on this unique tour in an amazing “talking” car. Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and jump into the little yellow three-wheeler. Zip all over town while your story-telling car navigates and shows you the way - but that's not all! This tour also includes tickets to historical Alcatraz Island! GoCars are easy and fun to drive. They're guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the car always knows where you are, even if you don't. As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you're passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop.
But the GoCar is only half of the excitement! Take a ferry ride to the Rock - Alcatraz Island - the notorious prison which was “home” to the likes of Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley, and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. Also featured is an award-winning audio tour in the prison cell house with actual interviews of former guards and inmates.
This tour is available in four options. According to your schedule and convenience you can rent your GoCar for 1, 2, 3, or four hours before taking the trip to infamous Alcatraz.
The Alcatraz Tour & GoCar Combo is a fun and different way to explore San Francisco. You will explore San Francisco in a rented three-wheeler GoCar and then visit the legendary island of Alcatraz.
The amazing GoCars are guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the car always knows where you are, even if you don't. As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you're passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. On the way the car provides a commentary of the things you can see.
The Alcatraz Tour & GoCar Combo is available in 4 options. You can keep your rented GoCar for 1, 2, 3 or 4 hours as per your choice.
The GoCar tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf and takes you past the most spectacular San Francisco sites - from the bay, to the ocean, to the famous parks, neighborhoods and streets in between. Helmets are provided and are required by California law. All riders receive a full orientation.
To rent a GoCar, you must at least be a licensed driver 21-years of age. The cars are approved for use on city streets, but not the bridges or freeways. The 3-wheeled cars seat two and have a lockable trunk for your things. Their small size makes parking a breeze, and in San Francisco, that's a major bonus. They can even be parked in motorcycle parking.
• Fisherman's Wharf
• The Cannery
• Ghirardelli Square
• Fort Mason
• The Marina District
• Crissy Fields
• Fort Point
• The Presidio
• Golden Gate Bridge
• Baker Beach
• Sea Cliff
• Legion of Honor
• Lands End
• U.S.S. San Francisco War Memorial
• Cliff House
• Sutro Baths
• Ocean Beach
• Golden Gate Park
• Lincoln Park Golf Course
• Conservatory of Flowers
• Japanese Tea Gardens
• Haight Ashbury District
• Inspiration Point
• Palace of Fine Arts
• Chestnut & Union Shopping Districts
• Lombard Street
After your GoCar tour you can leave the car back at Fisherman's Wharf and proceed with the next part of your exciting day.
Your trip to Alcatraz departs on a ferry from Pier 33. The ferry across the San Francisco Bay takes about 10 minutes. Alcatraz Island is a 25-acre island located just 1 ¼ -miles from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Upon arrival, a National Park Ranger will provide a brief welcome and orientation.
You are then free to explore the island and the prison at your own pace. We recommend that you stop at the theatre to see the Alcatraz video following the orientation. The video provides an excellent overview of what you will see. The 35-minute audio headset tour of the Alcatraz cell block is a real highlight. This tour is available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. During the tour, you will hear stories from former inmates and prison guards as you walk through the cellblock. After the Cell Block tour, there is time to see all the sites around the island and visit the Alcatraz museum and bookshop.
To reach the Cell House, you walk from the wharf up the steep hill on the old service road. The Cell House is at the top of the island. Along the way, you can stop and visit exhibits, see a variety of buildings that were used for various prison uses, and enjoy the views.
Another option is to walk along the Agave Trail. The trail begins near the ferryboat landing on the east side of Alcatraz Island and continues to the southern tip of the island. The Agave Trail passes through a protected bird sanctuary and features beautiful plants and flowers. This trail offers fabulous views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
You can stay as long as you wish on Alcatraz. Ferries back to Pier 33 Fisherman’s Wharf depart approximately every half hour throughout the day.
1 hr, 2 hr, 3 hr or 4 hr GoCar rental as per your choice. Stay on Alcatraz as long as you like
Start time: Ferries depart & return approximately every half hour continuously throughout the day, starting 10:00am. The GoCar tour is totally flexible and can work around the Alcatraz schedule
Duration: 1 hr, 2 hr, 3 hr or 4 hr GoCar rental as per your choice. Stay on Alcatraz as long as you like
The GoCar tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf.
The tour ends at the starting point.
Take your credit card with you for the deposit. Dress for the weather. Be sure to bring a camera because you will definitely want to remember your tour to the Rock!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Renters must present a valid driver license and be at least 21 years of age. We will use our discretion, however, with people under the age of 21, especially with larger groups. All renters must be able to read, understand and sign the GoCar liability release and waiver form.
Payment and Security Deposit:
You will need to present a major credit card for a $500 refundable security deposit. An imprint of the renter's credit card, along with a completed and signed rental agreement and liability waiver are required prior to the release of the vehicle. For vehicle insurance, as with rental cars, the driver can elect to purchase the collision damage waiver (CDW) - $19 per GoCar, covering the car for the day, limiting liability to $150.
The renter takes responsibility for the GoCar and their actions while driving the GoCar.
We always try for a 10:00am departure, but in summer when tickets are sold out weeks in advance the pre-purchased tickets don’t give the time until the day of use. Customers should be aware that we always try to set the departure time for 10:00am, but they should keep their day open as sometimes the tours can be in the afternoon.
Maximum 2 passengers per car
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