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Alcatraz Tours

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Alcatraz, the former federal prison that once held notorious criminals Scarface Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, is today a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour the remains of the maximum-security facility on small and windy Alcatraz Island, aptly nicknamed 'The Rock,' to scope out the grounds and cellhouse; hear stories from former inmates; and pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island on your 1.25-mile (2-km) ferry rides in and out.

The Basics
Alcatraz is only accessible by tour, and tickets sell out days (sometimes weeks) in advance. Lock in high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco city tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of sightseeing via bike, bus, boat, or Segway. City tours typically cover highlights such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, North Beach, the Presidio, and the Ferry Building, while other booking options combine a hard-to-snag Alcatraz tour with a cable car ride, a bay cruise to Sausalito, or a multi-day adventure into the Marin headlands, wine country, or Muir Woods.

Once on the island, visitors can explore at their own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour (included in admission). You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season. Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation (take note of the assigned departure time printed on your ferry ticket). You can take any ferry back to the city, available every half hour or so.
  • Bring a camera and a coat for the chilly but beautiful ferry rides.
  • You'll find a few snacks offered on the ferry and water available on the island.
  • The walk to the prison from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour for visitors requiring assistance. While wheelchairs are not provided or loaned at the prison, the cellhouse does have elevators.
How to Get to Alcatraz
All Alcatraz Island tours depart via ferry from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. There are several parking garages in the area with rates from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events, so consider taking public transportation. Multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. To arrive in style, consider booking a Viator VIP experience aboard an exclusive cable car.

When to Get to Alcatraz
Alcatraz cruises depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs at 8:45am, while the limited Alcatraz night tour allows visitors to stay on the grounds until 9:25pm and includes both live boat narration and a guided walk from the dock to the prison. Alcatraz tickets are hardest to come by in spring and summer.
Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California 94123, USA
Hours: Multiple departure times available
Admission: Varies
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Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express By Deluxe Comfort Van Half-day Tours

Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express By Deluxe Comfort Van

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Enjoy Two classic San Francisco experiences — a round trip express excursion to the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side only) by deluxe van from Fisherman’s Wharf (30 minutes stop for photos) with a visit inside Alcatraz —together in one same day experience. Take an assigned time ferry ride to Alcatraz and on the same day experience the Golden Gate Bridge without the hassle of bikes or double decker buses! The total time of Golden Gate portion package is approx 1.5 hours long (30 min drive to bridge/30 minutes stopover/30 minutes to return) We stop on the San Francisco bridge side only and guests may then walk the bridge. No spiels! Just deals! No spokes! No jokes! No frills! Just thrills! Our basic non narrated tour is designed to be economical and for those in a hurry! Guests are not required to participate in Golden Gate portion if Alcatraz portion is their focus. We do not offer split day tours.
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Alcatraz Tour and San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise ComboSailing

Alcatraz Tour and San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise Combo

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Alcatraz admission tickets often sell out, which can make it hard to explore the prison at the time you’d like to go. Book this Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay sailing package to secure your visit to Alcatraz, and take a leisurely sail across the bay, too. You’ll also get access to the prison's award-winning audio tour that’s available in eight languages.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Alcatraz City Sail Private and Luxury

Alcatraz City Sail

Those with limited time in San Francisco can still enjoy a 90-minute sail around Alcatraz Island. You may not have time to go ashore and do the audio tour, but you can still relax on board a sail boat and take in views of the island. Your captain will provide in-depth commentary as you sail.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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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.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Muir Woods and Sausalito with Ferry, Aquarium, and Alcatraz Night TourDay Trips

Muir Woods and Sausalito with Ferry, Aquarium, and Alcatraz Night Tour

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s most fascinating sights on this day and night tour. See giant Redwoods at Muir Woods, visit the seaside town of Sausalito, and relax on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco. Then head back out in the evening for a special nighttime tour of Alcatraz Island and tour the prison. This tour offers visitors a unique look at the Bay Area’s culture and history.
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  • 9 to 14 hours
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz ComboAttraction Tickets

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Combo

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See the highlights of San Francisco, and secure a hard-to-get ticket to Alcatraz on this all-day tour. First, cruise the city in a vintage Volkswagen van, stopping by popular landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Then, board a ferry to Alcatraz for an audio walking tour of the historic prison.
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  • 7 hours
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2-Day Alcatraz, Muir Woods with Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour with Aquarium ticketDay Trips

2-Day Alcatraz, Muir Woods with Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour with Aquarium ticket

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Visit top California destinations over two consecutive days on this combo tour from San Francisco. On day one, ride the ferry to Alcatraz, take a self-guided audio tour of the prison, and see Aquarium of the Bay at your leisure. On the second day, head across the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, then continue to Sonoma County for wine tastings. Also, have lunch at a winery or in Sonoma Plaza, and make a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 10 hours
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Alcatraz Day Tour and Silicon Valley Tech Tour 2-Day PackageAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz Day Tour and Silicon Valley Tech Tour 2-Day Package

Book your Alcatraz tickets and explore inside the Silicon Valley tech industry on this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Skip the hassle of booking notoriously difficult-to-get tickets to Alcatraz, and then enjoy easy ferry transportation and a guided audio tour of the island. The next day, head through Silicon Valley on a fully-narrated coach tour that includes entrance to the Computer Museum and top tech campuses like Apple and Facebook.
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  • 1 day 3 hours to 1 day 8 hours
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2-Day Napa-Sonoma Wine Tour With Alcatraz Night Tour and Aquarium of The BayWine Tasting

2-Day Napa-Sonoma Wine Tour With Alcatraz Night Tour and Aquarium of The Bay

Discover several of the San Francisco Bay Area's top destinations on a combo tour that takes place over two consecutive days. On day one, take the ferry to Alcatraz Island for a 3-hour evening audio tour, and have all day to visit Aquarium of the Bay when you like. For day two, enjoy a full-day wine tour to Napa and Sonoma counties that includes wine tastings at four to six wineries, a vineyard tram tour of Benziger Family Winery, and a gourmet picnic.
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  • 2 days
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San Francisco Bay Air TourPrivate and Luxury

San Francisco Bay Air Tour

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See the sights of San Francisco Bay from above on an air tour from the Hayward airport. As you fly through the sky on a 3-passenger plane with an experienced pilot, look down on attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
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2-day Alcatraz with Aquarium and Small-Group Muir Woods with Sonoma Wine TourDay Trips

2-day Alcatraz with Aquarium and Small-Group Muir Woods with Sonoma Wine Tour

Take a combo tour from San Francisco that visits several top northern California destinations over two consecutive days. On the first day, hop the ferry to Alcatraz for a self-guided audio tour, and visit Aquarium of the Bay anytime during the day. On day two, cross the Golden Gate Bridge to walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then taste premium local wines on a Sonoma County wine tour. Enjoy lunch at a Sonoma winery or in the plaza, and also stop for photos from Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 10 hours
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Happy Hour Sail on the BayBeer & Brewery Tours

Happy Hour Sail on the Bay

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A perfect summer outing that won’t jam the rest of your day’s plans, join us for a 1.5hr Happy Hour Sail on the Bay! Not to be confused with our premium daily Sunset Sail, this earlier tour also travels right by Alcatraz and out under the Golden Gate Bridge, while taking in the skyline of San Francisco the entire time - and best of all you can still making it back for your reservations that night in the City by the Bay! Wallet friendly and highly recommended, this trip includes 1 free drink (beer/wine level) and bar snacks. Let’s make some memories!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Alcatraz Visit and the San Fran Tour Sampler Platter with Pier 39 Lunch IncludedBus Tours

Alcatraz Visit and the San Fran Tour Sampler Platter with Pier 39 Lunch Included

Experience this classic San Francisco "Sanpler" express! Combine Inside Alcatraz prison with an Express van visit to Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side) by deluxe ride from Fisherman's Wharf. Relax with time for walking and photos at the bridge! Pass by Ghirardelli Square as you taste the chocolate sample provided! See the Palace of Fine Arts as we drive by on the way back! Tour ends at Pier 39 to enjoy an included light fare snack food voucher. View the sea lions before walking one pier over to board your Alcatraz ferry. This Half day experience gets you the iconic SF must sees in an economical hassle free way. No frills..just thrills! Total time is 5 hours (3 hours at Alcatraz/30 minutes at Bridge/30 minutes each way driving time and one hour Pier 39 lunch time.) Tour will typically start in Fisherman's Wharf mid morning and end at Pier 39. Alcatraz is often the last portion and is in late afternoon slots. Some days events may be reversed based on Alcatraz time slots.
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Private Sailing For you and your group up to 4 people in San Francisco BaySailing

Private Sailing For you and your group up to 4 people in San Francisco Bay

Have you ever wanted to go sailing in the San Francisco Bay area but didn’t know anyone with a boat? Come sail with me, Captain John. Let me share my passion for sailing with you. I’m a U.S. certified sailing instructor and licensed by the U.S Coast Guard and fully insured. The boat, Temptation, was purchased in 2007 brand new. She is a modern, luxury 37-foot sailing yacht. I have lived here for almost 45 years and can be your tour guide on the water. Just sit back, relax and enjoy a great day of sailing the SF bay with your friends and family. Sailing aboard my boat, Temptation, is a great economical way to spend a memorable day on the beautiful San Francisco Bay. It’s so much fun!
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⭐The Ultimate Wine Country Experience (Private & All-Inclusive)Day Trips

⭐The Ultimate Wine Country Experience (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our Ultimate Wine Country Experience through Sonoma and Napa Valley will take you to the most incredible spots from San Francisco to Wine Country all in one day. If you are looking for some delicious world famous wines, nature, great food and a ton of beautiful photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup directly from your hotel by one of our friendly, English speaking guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous vineyards, amazing scenery, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 9:00 AM – Pick up at hotel 10:30 AM - Arrive at a Secret Winery 12:00 PM - Enjoy a Private Wine Tasting at Miner Family Winery 1:40 PM - Take a picture in front of the Welcome to Napa Valley Sign 2:10 PM - Lunch 3:00 PM - Taste the wines at Jacuzzi Family Winery 4:00 PM - Return to hotel 5:00 PM - Arrive at Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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⭐Magical Muir Woods Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)Day Trips

⭐Magical Muir Woods Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our San Francisco Muir Woods Tour will take you to the most incredible spots from San Francisco to Muir Woods National Park all in one day. If you are looking for some culture, nature, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup directly from your hotel by one of our friendly, English speaking guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 7:00 AM – Pick up at hotel 7:15 AM - Leave SF over the Golden Gate Bridge 8:00 AM - Hike thru Muir Woods 10:00 AM - Visit the cute town of Sausalito 11:00 AM - Lunch 12:00 PM - Stop at Bakers Beach 1:00 PM - Explore Fisherman's Wharf 1:20 PM - Return to hotel 2:00 PM - Arrive at Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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❤️San Francisco Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)Day Trips

❤️San Francisco Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:30 AM – Check out the legendary Painted Ladies 11:00 AM – Explore Union Square 11:45 AM – Catch of view of Alcatraz from Pier 39 12:00 PM – Walk around Fisherman’s Wharf 12:30 PM – Lunch time 1:00 PM – Explore Ghirardelli Square 2:00 PM – Awe at the view from the Golden Gate Bridge 2:40 PM – Stop by Golden Gate Park 3:10 PM – Get a picture at one of SF’s Hidden Gems (16th Avenue Tiled Steps) 3:30 PM – Overlook the whole city at Twin Peaks Viewpoint 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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⭐San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic SpotsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

⭐San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

Our San Francisco Walking Instagram Tour will take you to some of the most famous spots in San Francisco in one day by foot! If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with meeting your friendly guide at the Embarcadero BART Station. From there your tour will begin as you start your walk through San Francisco’s beautiful streets. This half-day tour will be packed with famous landmarks, architecture, secretly located spots and much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Embarcadaro BART Station 10:20 AM - Get a view of Alcatraz Island from Pier 39 10:50 AM - Explore Fishermans Wharf 11:35 AM - Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge 12:20 PM - Explore a secret street in Mission District (Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley) 1:20 PM - Walk around Dolores Park 2:00 PM - Say bye to your guide & get dropped off at the 16th St Mission BART Station
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride and Wine Country Tour from San FranciscoDay Trips

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

This combination self-guided bike ride and wine tour lets you enjoy a leisurely morning biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and coasting down to charming Sausalito for brunch. Your half-day wine tour vehicle picks up there and heads to California’s wine country for touring and tasting at two wineries.
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  • 10 hours
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Alcatraz Island Tour Package Summer 2020Audio Guides

Alcatraz Island Tour Package Summer 2020

It is common knowledge that Alcatraz tickets are hard to find for same-day and next-day tours. Here at Alcatraz Bikes and Tours we have them available on a first-come first-serve basis. Hurry to call and reserve your ticket with us now! The famous Alcatraz Island where many notorious criminals, including the likes of Al Capone who have served prison time in, is now a once in a life time must-see museum to visit and explore. Alcatraz Island better known as “The Rock” offers Alcatraz audio tours of the prison that thoroughly explains the full history of the prison.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Alcatraz prison tickets with a tour of the Muir Woods and Golden Gate Bridge.Day Trips

Alcatraz prison tickets with a tour of the Muir Woods and Golden Gate Bridge.

Step back in time and experience the legendary Alcatraz Prison that was a Civil War fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history. On the Island, you will know everything about its historical importance before and after becoming one of the most legendary prisons in the world. Also, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and capture the unique details of this remarkable bridge as you make your way to one of California's oldest redwood forests on the new Muir Woods Tour. At the Muir Woods National Forest, you will be provided with park entrance tickets and you will have 1.5 hours to explore on your own. Complete your experience with a scenic drive through the Marin Headlands and Sausalito. Tickets to Alcatraz are included in order to bring the best experiences in a single tour package. There are no surcharges on the official ticket price for Alcatraz Island, which is $ 39.90 per adult. Tickets are issued in the name of the client.
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San Francisco Panoramic Night Tour with Alcatraz Island TicketsHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Panoramic Night Tour with Alcatraz Island Tickets

Discover the beauty of San Francisco as it lights up in the evening on the Panoramic Night Tour. Also, on this combined tour you will experience the legendary Alcatraz Prison that was a Civil War fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history. Tickets to Alcatraz are included in order to bring the best experiences in a single tour package. There are no surcharges on the official ticket price for Alcatraz Island, which is $ 39.90 per adult. Tickets are issued in the name of the client.
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Golden Gate and Bay Bridge Cruise with Alcatraz Island TicketsDay Cruises

Golden Gate and Bay Bridge Cruise with Alcatraz Island Tickets

Cruise under both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge in one spectacular cruise along San Francisco’s entire urban skyline. Also, access the famous Alcatraz prison and know everything about its historical importance before and after becoming one of the most legendary prisons in the world. Tickets to Alcatraz are included in order to bring the best experiences in a single tour package. There are no surcharges on the official ticket price for Alcatraz Island. Tickets are issued in the name of the client.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz Tickets with 1 day Hop On Hop Off and San Francisco Night Tour.Ferry Services

Alcatraz Tickets with 1 day Hop On Hop Off and San Francisco Night Tour.

Enjoy the best of San Francisco at your own pace with the flexible hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours, which also includes a Night Tour, Chinatown walking tour and a free hour's bike rental from Blazing Saddles. Also, access the famous Alcatraz prison and know everything about its historical importance before and after becoming one of the most legendary prisons in the world. Tickets to Alcatraz are included in order to bring the best experiences in a single tour package. There are no surcharges on the official ticket price for Alcatraz Island, which is $ 39.90 per adult. Tickets are issued in the name of the client.
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