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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 Travelers Choose 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.
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.


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, Nov 2018

Loved the Alcatraz tour, really interesting. The sail element was just average, food was average, singer was good.The route around the bay in the evening would have been much better if they reversed it, by this I mean sailing under the Golden Gate bridge would have been awesome at the beginning of the sail along with views of Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island, instead we sailed under the bridge when it was dark and photos were not great.But we felt the price was really good for everything that was included ...

, Oct 2018

Soup to nuts a great tour! Audio tour is a must when you are on Alcatraz. Ferry ride is only 20 minutes but so scenic. Sunset tour is fabulous with plenty of delicious appetizers and desserts. Had a cash bar and a guitarist playing wonderful mellow music. Did I mention the phenomenal views?

, Oct 2018

Perfect way to spend time in San Francisco. Well organised tour and great value. Make sure you book up in advance of your trip. One of the must visit places to see in San Fran.

, Aug 2018

Belief that the cruise would allow us a spectacular view of the bridge was replaced by fog. It was also very cold and misty so tolerance was required to be able to enjoy the cruise outside. There was a buffet that had fruits, veg, and sandwiches and dessert. We had already eaten so only had one of the small desserts. The cruise included a free drink.

, Aug 2018

This turned out to be a pretty great trip. The cruise to Alcatraz, was pretty standard, as the cruise was handled by the official Alcatraz cruise ship. Once on the island, you were free to explore as you wanted. What made this trip really cool was the sunset cruise. It took you past all the bay islands, past SF, into Sausilito harbor right when the sun set, which is gorgeous. Then it hit the Golden gate bridge at nightfall, so you can see it at night. But it was more than just a sightseeing cruise. Everyone received a complimentary drink (wine, beer, soft drink ) and they then included a food buffet, with good food and desserts. Plus, they had live music, with a talented Aussie named Marcus. The crew was very friendly. The cruise line was Red and White. Highly recommended.

, Aug 2018

The Alcatraz tour was nice. There’s not really much to see there, but it is an interesting place to visit. The audio tour was really nice and provided us a lot of information. Since than it is so cold and windy in SF it would be nice if we had the possibility to buy something hot to drink whilst we were waiting (and freezing) for the boat for 30-45 minutes. The twilight bay cruise is completely worthless. Skip it! The food was just a joke. Not enough and not tasty at all. They let us freezing outside the boat for over 40 minutes even though everything was ready on board to receive us. Totally waste of money.

, Jul 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.

, Jul 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.

, Jun 2018

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

, Mar 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.

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