• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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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 or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.


  • 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!
  • Take an evening cruise of San Francisco Bay at sunset
  • Enjoy delicious appetizers and a complimentary drink on board
  • Includes award-winning Alcatraz audio tour "Doing Time", available in 11 languages

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What You Can Expect

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and 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 or twilight 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We loved this tour because we got to see Alcatraz in the early afternoon, come back and meet up with friends near pier 48 and then go on a twilight tour that evening. I felt like it was a great value and there was enough food on the boat to be considered a meal during the twilight cruise. It was beautiful out on the water. I loved sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. We did miss the Alcatraz gardens which close at 1 p.m. If we go back we will pick a tour that leaves in the morning so we can view the gardens. I would bring a coat! It was 54 degrees out on the water.

Christa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour of Alcatraz was absolutely fascinating. We learned so much about what it was like being locked up in Alcatraz. On top of that, the boat trip over and back to Alcatraz was wonderful. I highly recommend this tour and cruise. Just make sure to book early.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Must book in advance, just an excellent tour. We got an autographed book by a former inmate.

George W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was very good. The visit to Alcatraz was very interesting. The audio tour of the cell block was narrated by a former guard and provided a lot of history and anecdotes from other guards and some of the prisoners. It is well worth the time to listen to the audio tour and follow it right through all the different areas of the cell block. Had it not been raining, we would have explored more of the grounds on the island. The twilight cruise was also excellent. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we were not able to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. The sunset was beautiful and the cruise of San Francisco Bay was both interesting and picturesque and provided different perspectives of Alcatraz as we sailed past. The Bay Bridge was very beautiful at night. The commentary during the cruise was very informative. We would highly recommend this tour. Be sure to book early as the Alcatraz tours are very popular.

Elisabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Catch two boat trips with one booking! First a boat trip to Alcatraz, then another one at twilight to Golden Gate Bridge and around the Bay. We had postcard weather for this and saw a gorgeous sunset at Golden Gate Bridge. Timings work well.

Candice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Alcatraz audio tour was very well done, I had no idea what to expect, but it was great. They staggered people throughout the jail, so not everyone started the audio tour in the same location which prevented massive crowds in the same area. Twilight Bay Cruise exceeded expectations, it was very well organized and not over crowded at all. We were able to see several landmarks in the area, and the musician who played on the ship was fantastic! Not only did he play music, but he also gave commentary about the landmarks - very informative. I was a single traveler and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I would definitely recommend it!

Valentino A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Una experiencia fascinante. Parece que uno estuviese viviendo el momento dentro de la cárcel. Excelente el audio de la guía de paseo que le entregan a uno al visitar el lugar. Para no perdérselo.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I would do this again. The twilight bay cruise is a gorgeous way to see the bay.

Emily B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great time! Alcatraz was very informative and enjoyable. The cruise was beautiful. The food was good and there was plenty of it. The only complaint would be that the cruise wasn’t as warm as would would have like while inside the quarters. Overall, great experience and would recommend it!

Diana Ashley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A must-do when at San Francisco!

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