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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz and sunset cruise combo! Start the afternoon with a trip to the notorious Island prison of Alcatraz before rounding it off in style with a relaxing cruise of the bay at sunset.

The tour package includes guaranteed Alcatraz tickets and entry on the award-winning audio tour of the prison, as well as a hearty appetizer buffet and complimentary drink on board the cruise.

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 sun sets and the city lights come on.

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What You Can Expect

Jail and Sail: Half-Day Tour of San Francisco Bay

Sunset cruise, San Francisco Bay

Your afternoon starts at Pier 33, where you will board a ferry for the short trip to Alcatraz Island, lying just 1.5 miles (2.4km) from San Francisco. Known as The Rock, Alcatraz has served as both a military and federal prison during a turbulent history that dates back to the mid-19th century. Find out more about the Island's 29 years as a federal prison on the renowned 45-minute audio tour "Doing Time", featuring the voices of actual correctional officers and prisoners who lived and worked on the Island.

While on the Island, take the time to explore the historic gardens and abundant wildlife, including Brandt’s cormorants, Canada geese and several species of songbirds. Ferries back to the mainland depart every half an hour, and the recommended visiting time to Alcatraz is 2.5 hours to 3 hours.

Upon your return to Pier 33, stroll for 0.6 miles (1km) along San Francisco's picturesque waterfront to reach bustling Fisherman's Wharf, the departure point for your sunset bay cruise. On this relaxed two-hour cruise you will enjoy spectacular sunset views and delicious appetizers to the sound of live guitar music. Informative commentary will be provided by the ship's captain as you cruise under both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge and uncover all the major sights of the bay. Enjoy views from the outer decks, or stay warm against the crisp sea-breezes inside the spacious interior decks.

Don't forget to bring a camera to capture the moment the sun sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge to cap a memorable afternoon and evening of 'Jail and Sail' in San Francisco!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

It was great! We had so much fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We booked this tour for the next day after our arrival and it being an afternoon/evening tour this was good so that we knew where we were going. The Alcatraz visit was fascinating and gave plenty of time to take the audio tour and look around afterwards at your leisure. The second part of the tour meant getting to a different wharf to catch the bay cruise but there was plenty of time to get there after the boat from Alcatraz had docked (your return time is open but departure time specific so be careful you don't overstay!). The cruise out under the golden gate and back around Alcatraz down to AT and T park (home of the San Francisco Giants Baseball team for non-Americans or lovers of the game) was great and the food of decent quality and plentiful. The musician on board was entertaining depending on your musical preferences but not to everyone's taste. We returned to the pier with the boat travelling directly into the sun setting behind the Golden Gate Bridge and it luckily being a crystal clear day the images were magnificent. I would highly recommend this trip.

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