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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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San Francisco, United States
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Overview

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
  • 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

After Alcatraz, cruise under the Bay and Golden Gate bridges at sunset—a rare treat.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
Enjoy a self-guided Audio tour upon arrival. You are welcome to take as little or as much time as you want while visiting Alcatraz Island. The last ferry back is 6:30 pm. This is subject to change. Please check with the ferry operator when arriving on the island.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Enjoy the sunset while sailing under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
Enjoy the views of the bay during your 2-hour California Sunset Cruise.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Sail past the Bay Bridge and enjoy the Bay Bridge's iconic the Bay Light art installation throughout the evening.
Stop At:  
Red and White Fleet
Begin and end your California Sunset Cruise from here!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from the deck of the California Sunset Cruise.
Pass By:  
Marin Headlands
Enjoy the views from the bay!
Pass By:  
Marina District
Enjoy views of the Marina District from the Bay.
Pass By:  
Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum
Enjoy the views from the Bay!
Pass By:  
Ferry Building Marketplace
Sail behind this famous building.
Pass By:  
Angel Island State Park
Sail around this historic island.
Pass By:  
Yerba Buena Island
See views of the Yerba Buena Island.
Pass By:  
Treasure Island
See views of Treasure Island.
Pass By:  
Salesforce Tower
See the famous Salesforce tower during sunset on the bay!
Pass By:  
Fisherman's Wharf
Begin and end your Sunset cruise from San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf.

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Best view of the city
mattyuff
, Jan 2020
Really great experience, simple to collect tickets and nice to have your own space to explore the island. The evening sail was good, the weather was poor around the Golden Gate, but the eastern end of the city was stunning.
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Family getaway
mngrande
, Jan 2020
Our family had a memorable experience. The Alcatraz tour makes us realize how the prison run and how it feels to be in Alcatraz viewing San Francisco life with lights, cars, and buildings yet you are bound by scenic SF bay and water. The cruise allows us to reconnect while we view the city and feel the SF breeze with a treat of drinks of your choice and some snacks.
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Sunset Twilight Bay Cruise
Lucille L
, Oct 2019
We had a nice time in the sunset bay cruise. Such A nice view of the golden gate bridge with the beautiful sunset! The weather was just right and the ride was smooth. Thank you to the crew.
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Fun Trip!
teri2642
, Oct 2019
Alcatraz was great and timed our trip to see the Blue Angels from the island during Fleet Week. Sunset cruise was beautiful and the perfect end to our day. Highly recommend Jail & Sail.
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Bay Cruise
helenreece2019
, Oct 2019
Sunset Bay Cruise was not worth it. Could not hear the commentary or music. Very disappointing cruise
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Helen, I am so sorry to hear this. Could you please let us know what date you took the cruise? I want to look into this for you, as this should not be the case. Please send us a message to sales@redandwhite.com and we will look into it further for you.
star-5
Great experience!!!
Discover41147580541
, Sep 2019
A wonderful time and all cruise staff was very friendly! Appetizers were delicious and the music was great!
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Great tour until the dinner buffet
742ktov
, Sep 2019
The first part of the trip was absolutely amazing! The dinner cruise was great up until the buffet… The food could have been fresher and we saw a roach in the linen on the buffet table! Although we did not get sick from the food the Roach was an absolute dealbreaker for my wife , hence the three out of five stars.
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Alcatraz tour and sunset cruise
JAIBAALAM P
, Sep 2019
Overall the tour was fantastic, more so we enjoyed the sunset cruise because the the Captain and his crew made it special.Will definitely recommend this trip to friends.
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Great time
pammyanna2019
, Sep 2019
It was better than expected. Incredible views. Great photos. Relaxing. The musician was very good. The buffet was average but plentiful. I would highly recommend it.
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A Grand day out.
19JohnH53
, Aug 2019
What an Escape . The audio commentary at the prison helped to bring to life the feeling of despair that the prisoner must have felt with San Francisco so close but so far away. It also highlighted the people who had to live there. A very interesting insight to the rock.

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