San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour plus Alcatraz Ferry Tickets

Why We Love This Tour

“Adventure Cat is my number one go to when I have friends coming to San Francisco that have never been here before. Inevitably they’re going to want to see Fisherman’s Wharf, so I know it’s always going to be a hit if I send them out on the bay to sail past Alcatraz and under the mighty Golden Gate.”

– JD Boyle
General Manager

Tour Highlights

  • Your choice of Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz Day Tour (a $38.35 USD ticket value) or Alcatraz Night Tour (a $45.50 USD ticket value)
  • Cruise past historic Fort Point
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • See the city skyline from the bay
  • View the beautiful city of Sausalito
  • Spot marine wildlife such as pelicans, dolphins, sea lions, or even the occasional whale
  • Bar and snacks onboard (available for purchase)
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Retail Price: $109 adult/$85 child*

Special Price: $99 adult/$75 child*

*Child rates are ages 0-11. Rates change by season; please see booking page for exact seasonal rates for your chosen dates.

Alcatraz Water Tower
Take your time to walk around the island and see the old buildings
Alcatraz Cellblock
Take an audio tour through the cellblock
Alcatraz Island from the Bay
Visit Alcatraz Island and learn the history of “The Rock”
Catamaran on the Bay
Experience the excitement of sailing on the San Francisco Bay!

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Overview

ALCATRAZ ISLAND TOUR + SAN FRANCISCO BAY SAILING TOUR

Alcatraz Island is the #1 attraction in San Francisco, and you can see it for yourself! Make your way to Fisherman’s Wharf on day 1 where you can pick up your tickets for your Alcatraz Tour.

The next day, enjoy the adventure of sailing on the San Francisco Bay with Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. Our relaxing afternoon bay cruises are the perfect way to see the breathtaking San Francisco cityscape and the city’s top sightseeing attractions. Sail past Alcatraz Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and along the city skyline. Consistently voted among the top five things to do in San Francisco, Adventure Cat Sailing combines the romance of The City with the adventure of the sea.

 

ABOUT YOUR ALCATRAZ TOUR

Alcatraz is a must-see for any traveler visiting San Francisco.

You’ll take the ferry out to the island, with amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island.

Upon arrival, you’ll learn a brief history of “The Rock” and then head up to the prison. You’ll be equipped with an audio tour titled “Doing Time”, in which you’ll hear interviews from former inmates and learn more history about Alcatraz. You may explore for as long as you want (the ferry departs for the mainland approximately every 30-40 minutes).

The tour generally takes people about two and a half hours. Don’t forget your jacket – it can get chilly out on the bay!

Alcatraz Info:

  • For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required for all guests to board the Alcatraz ferry
  • Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
  • You may leave Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30 to 40 minutes; the last departing ferry is usually 6:30pm

Alcatraz tickets are subject to limited availability, so book your tickets today!

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 – ALCATRAZ ISLAND

When it’s time for your Alcatraz Cruise, make your way to Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf to pick up your Alcatraz tickets from the Group Services Window and meet the ferry. You may pick up your tickets any time the day of your tour, but they MUST be claimed no later than 30 minutes prior to the tour departure. You will need a valid ID and your paid voucher to pick up the tickets.

Departing for Alcatraz

Board your ferry and ride across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. See the San Francisco Skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island from the ferry! Depart the ferry at Alcatraz and follow your guide up into the prison.

On Alcatraz Island

Enjoy the audio tour “Doing Time” with commentary from inmates and guards that experienced the prison when it was operational. You may take as much time as you’d like on the island; the ferries return to SF approximately every 30-40 minutes.

BONUS: If you are departing for the Alcatraz Night Tour, you’ll have access to areas of the island that are not open to the public on the day tours.

DAY 2 – SAN FRANCISCO BAY SAILING TOUR

12:30pm: Head to Pier 39, Dock J to board your Catamaran. Be there at least 30 minutes early.

1:00pm: Anchors away! Enjoy the views from the indoor cabin, or venture outside into the salty San Francisco Bay air. Your sailing adventure will last about an hour and a half.

3:00pm: Back on land, you’re free to do as you wish for the rest of the day! Grab some delicious seafood at a local restaurant, go shopping, or see the sights.

 

 

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, traffic), it is sometimes necessary to alter your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **

Tour Details

About Your Sailing & Alcatraz Tour

Your Alcatraz tour will be on DAY 1 of your package.

 

Departure: 

If you are departing for the Alcatraz DAY tour: departures are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., depending on the day. Check the ferry times before you go!

If you are departing for the Alcatraz NIGHT tour: mid-day departures are from 3:50 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., depending on the day. Check the ferry times before you go!

Your Bay Sailing Tour will depart from Fisherman’s Wharf at 1 p.m.

Duration: Two Days

Transportation: Catamaran Sailboat, Hybrid Ferry to Alcatraz

Includes:

  • Bay Sailing Tour
  • Alcatraz Day Tour tickets (a $38.35 USD ticket value) or Alcatraz Night Tour tickets (a $45.50 USD ticket value)

Not included:

  • Transportation to/from Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Meals (food available for purchase on sailboat)
  • Guide gratuity (optional)

 

 

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Reviews

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Perfect for Out-Of-Town Friends and Family! “This was a great experience! I had my parents (older in age) in town who have been to the Bay before but never did an activity like this. The ride was choppy but that was part of the fun. You can expect to be extremely cold out in the water – but have no fear! – they supplied ALL riders on board an extra fleece jacket. Snacks were provided as well as two complimentary drinks (beer or wine, too!). I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get really close to the Golden Gate Bridge – we even saw whales!”

Libby F. Traveled May 2018 San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

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