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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset cruise on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.

Highlights

  • Great value Alcatraz tour and sunset cruise combo
  • Spend the afternoon uncovering the notorious history of Alcatraz prison
  • Guaranteed, high demand Alcatraz tickets
  • Book early as this tour will sell out!
  • Includes award-winning Alcatraz audio tour "Doing Time", available in 10 languages
  • Take an evening cruise of San Francisco Bay at sunset
  • Enjoy delicious appetizers and a complimentary drink on board

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A popular package that lets you sail on beautiful San Francisco Bay by day and night. You lock in high-demand tickets to Alcatraz and cruise under both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge as the city lights come on.

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What You Can Expect

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

Sunset cruise, San Francisco Bay

In the afternoon, head to Pier 33 on the Embarcadero to board the ferry to Alcatraz. Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline during the ride across the bay, and then disembark on the island to start your independent tour of ‘The Rock.’

With your provided headset on, explore the cellblock while listening to ‘Doing Time,’ the award-winning self-guided audio tour that includes narration by former prisoners and staff. Both a military prison and a federal penitentiary during its notorious past, Alcatraz is known for high-profile inmates like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. You’ll learn about the history of the prison and some of the escape attempts while you peer into individual cells.

You can also explore the grounds and look for wildlife like Brandt’s cormorants, Canadian geese and other birds. When you’re ready to go back to the city, just hop on the ferry; they depart every 30 minutes or so. Typical visiting time at Alcatraz is about 2.5 hours.

After returning to the Embarcadero, walk along the waterfront to Pier 43 at Fisherman’s Wharf to start your next on-the-water adventure—a 2-hour sunset cruise with a provided glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Enjoy fantastic views of the waterfront from the exterior deck, and glide underneath both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge while snacking on appetizers and listening to the live guitarist and commentary from your captain. If you get cold, you can take shelter from the wind in the spacious interior deck.

Your memorable experience on San Francisco Bay concludes when you return to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Customer Reviews

htet m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fireworks experience was awesome !!!

Kathryn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

What an amazing experience at a very educational facility! My boyfriend and I enjoyed our day trip to Alcatraz and our night cruise under the bridges even if it was raining. It was still super romantic and beautiful!

Kathryn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

What an amazing experience at a very educational facility! My boyfriend and I enjoyed our day trip to Alcatraz and our night cruise under the bridges even if it was raining. It was still super romantic and beautiful!

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was fantastic loved visiting the Jail, a lot of history and it was also great sailing in San Francisco bay.

Charles L R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Easy to find, all went as expected and beyond. Both parts well worth doing.

Rene G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Awesome!

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour! We left out of pier 33 and when we came back from Alcatraz we had plenty of time to stop at Fishermans Wharf before leaving for the sunset cruise.

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great

Kevin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had an amazing time. Fog came in but added to the ambience

Todd E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The audio tour of Alcatraz was very good. Alcatraz was a little too crowded for our liking, wish we had went early in the morning. The Sunset cruise might be the highlight of our trip. Weather was perfect, live music and the food was good.

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