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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

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 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

karen g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Diana R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent all round tour, audio tour in Alcatraz was very clear and easy to follow. Views to and from the island are magnificent. Another bright and sunny yet windy and chilly day in SF. Sunset cruise very good as well, foggy and chilly as usual, impressive views of the almighty Golden Gate Bridge, generous and delicious buffet food.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic trip to San Francisco! Great job Viator. Exceptional service with booking with Viator. Never knew it could be so COLD in August. Make sure you bring more than a wind breaker. Locals said the real summer weather is in October. Bundle up just in was freezing on the water at night.

Adam L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great value for money- we felt this was one of the highlights of our trip to San Francisco. Alcatraz was great and the sunset cruise was amazing! We'd had dinner but if you had a big lunch you could easily get away with having the appetizers as a dinner! Wonderful trip! :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour, well worth the time and money.

Winifred Anne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent experience.

Mary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a fantastic trip and very informative I would highly recommend this trip I would say this trip is a must if you are coming to San Francisco.

Wanda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was wonderful! Left on time and easy to board following the prompts. Plenty of time to discover Alcatraz and the evening cruise was also wonderful. The young man who entertained us with his singing and guitar was great! All that was advertised was delivered. I would highly recommend this combo tour to anyone who may be visiting San Francisco!

Sandra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our group consisted of myself, my husband and our two children... We loved it all! Alcatraz was a great self -guided tour, and the sailing at night had great food and great music


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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