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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 on the same day or following 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
  • Choose from two departure times, depending on the date selected

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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. (Note: If your Alcatraz tour takes place before your seaplane tour, you must pick up your Alcatraz ticket at Pier 39.)

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

noeltduarte

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great Experience from beginning to end! From our first contact with Anna in the office with questions to the shuttle ride to/from the city and Mill Valley and of course the flight and our great pilot Jerome! He made the flight fun and intuitive and one we will likely return to do with our three young kids!

noeltduarte

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience from our first contact over the phone with Anna in the Sea Plane office with questions to the shuttle service to/from the city and Mill Valley to our Pilot Jerome who made our flight fun and intuitive. An activity we will likely return to do with our three young kids.

Kimbraz88

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved it! Highly recommend. Great views and photos.

Zen Liu Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Seaplane flight is awesome showing an overview of the important and major places in San Francisco. Our captain is knowledgeable and shared alot of information with us. Alcatraz is a must visit island. We spent over 4 hours and it is still not sufficient. Nice trip and well organized.

Juan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent trip!!!

Loida B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Breathtaking!

Kevin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing! Worth every penny! The pilot was great and would definitely recommend this adventure!!!

chris16994

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was excellent all of the way around. Our pilot and the seaplane ride were both fantastic. The Alcatraz audio tour really brings the prison to life. Highly recommended!!!!

Les H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Been to SF many times but thanks to this tour and the pilot got to the city from an whole new viewpoint. The flight was outstanding for both of my 11 and 7 year old kids, in spite of a bit of motion sickness from one. The pilot was entertaining, knowledgeable, and sympathetic when the stomachs started churning. :

I will recommend this tour to friends and family as well as look forward to another trip myself in the future. Thanks!

Sheri L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very fun. I would definitely recommend.

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