• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: Varies; flight is 30 min
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See Alcatraz from above and explore the island prison on foot with this seaplane flight and Alcatraz combo tour. On a 30-minute aerial tour from Sausalito, you’ll see San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Trans-America Pyramid. Then take the Alcatraz Island ferry across San Francisco Bay, where you’ll tour the cellblock via the included audio tour. Choose the time of your Alcatraz tour when booking, and take the seaplane tour in the morning of the same day.

Highlights

  • San Francisco sightseeing combo
  • Fly high above the bay on a 30-minute seaplane flight
  • Enjoy aerial views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown San Francisco, Sausalito and Tiburon
  • Ride the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz
  • Explore the prison with an audio tour that features commentary from former inmates

What You Can Expect

San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

Seaplane flight:
To get to Sausalito from San Francisco, take the provided shuttle from Pier 39. Then meet your pilot and hop aboard the 6-passenger seaplane, which features large windows and high wings for unobstructed views and photo ops. As you take off from the water, fly toward the Pacific coast and down to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Then cruise over to downtown San Francisco, soaring past Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and the Embarcadero. Enjoy views of the Trans-America Pyramid and Coit Tower, and circle over San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Fly past the waterfront hamlets of Tiburon and Belvedere before returning to Sausalito for a water landing. You can stay in Sausalito on your own, if you wish, to shop or grab a bite to eat, or head back to the city on the shuttle.

Alcatraz tour:
Board the ferry to Alcatraz Island at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero, and set off across San Francisco Bay, admiring views of the bridge and city skyline.

When you arrive on the island, put on your provided headset to explore the cellblock via the self-guided audio tour, 'Doing Time.' As you walk through the former prison, you’ll hear commentary from real inmates and staff about the history and living conditions of this legendary penitentiary. Learn about famous criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, enter one of the jail cells, and hear about escape attempts.

You can stay at Alcatraz as long as you like, and return to Pier 33 by ferry when you’re ready; ferries depart about every 30 minutes.

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Customer Reviews

mckay74

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Stephan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

... und obendrein super Geschichtskurs durch den Piloten. Storyteller erster Sahne!!!

Patrice R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

A complete 30' tour on the seaplane over San Francisco, all the gates, Alcatraz,... A landing on water extremly smooth... Alcatraz is a interesting visit, with a exceptionnal audio description.

Pamela N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was the best decision ever! I booked this trip because it included the Alcatraz tour that was sold out everywhere else. The Seaplane flight was awesome. Great views, great service! They picked us up from the pier and transported us to our takeoff location. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Alcatraz was later in the day so we were able to easily plan our day without stress. The audio guided tour was included and excellent.

Mircea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour. Alcatraz is a must see when you go to San Francisco.
The flight was not done on the scheduled day. It was foggy and we wanted to postpone it. Very nice people, accommodating our requests. We were given a second chance, two days later, when it was fog again, then, on the third attempt the weather was fine. Special thanks to the pilot, who tried and succeeded to put the plane in the best spots to allow us taking great pictures. I was offered the co-pilot's seat, which, indeed, I accepted with no hesitation.

Mary Claire M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We only booked the tour so that we could get Alcatraz tickets.. But it ended up being the highlight of the trip to San Fran! The tour of San Fran from the plane was great, but I think we loved the novelty of being in a seaplane more!! Definitely would recommend it.

Russell F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fantastic views, local, informative and personable pilot made the experience incredibly rewarding. We gained views of the Bay, both bridges, Alcatraz and the city that we could not have otherwise appreciated. This was perhaps the most exciting piece of our visit to the San Francisco area. Would highly recommend all visitors book this tour...great value.

Eva W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

I purchased this tour as a result of my lack in planning. Alcatraz tickets sell out weeks in advance. I was able to obtain them through this combo tour. The San Francisco Seaplane Flight was by far the highlight of our day and vacation. We caught a shuttle from Pier 39 for travel to our plane location. Our driver was early, friendly, and engaged us in stimulating conversation about the city. When we arrived at the planes location, we were greeted like true customers with the highest level of service. Staff and pilot were professional and assisted with my larger size while reassuring my partner in her fears of flying. The views of the city from the plane were breathtaking. The Alcatraz tour was as expected: Interesting, informative, and a unique experience. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Francisco.

Pressly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Everyone I dealt with for this experience were great, starting with the shuttle pickup through the actual flight. Our pilot was great, and did everything he could to make sure we got the best possible views. Would highly recommend the experience.

Kristin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

By far the best part of our family trip to California! A must do! All of our teenage children loved the seaplane tour. The views are spectacular, especially the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The tour of Alcatraz was very interesting and engaging. Again views are amazing from the island. I was forced to book the sea plane tour to get tickets to Alcatraz, but it was so worth the extra cost.

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