San Francisco Bay Cruise and Alcatraz Night Tour Tickets

Why We Love This Tour

“This is one of the best audio tours I’ve ever experienced. They really take you back in time and make you feel like you were actually there. It is such an incredible experience, and the view of the SF skyline from the island can’t be beat!”

– Lauren Chouinard
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Tour Highlights

  • Alcatraz Night Tour Tickets ($45.50 USD value)
  • Cruise past historic Fort Point
  • San Francisco Skyline and Waterfronts
  • Float under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise past Sausalito/Angel Island
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Price: $109

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Sunset on Alcatraz Island
See Alcatraz Island back-lit by the beautiful sunset!
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”
Biodiesel Ship: The Harbor Princess
Cruise responsibly in these ships powered by petroleum-free Biodiesel!
Bay Cruise: Golden Gate Bridge
Pass directly under the Golden Gate Bridge
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Overview

Alcatraz Night Tour + Bay Cruise

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 Night Tour, where you’ll have exclusive access to portions of the island not open during the daytime.

The next day, cruise along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. En route, discover San Francisco’s history and world famous landmarks. During the cruise, frequent wildlife encounters include seagulls, pelicans and sea lions. At times, you may see even dolphins and whales!

 

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

SAMPLE ITINERARY

12:50pm: Head to Pier 41 at Fisherman’s Wharf to board the ship. Be there at least 15 minutes early to guarantee entry.

1:10pm: Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for 70 years. Sail along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. On route, discover San Francisco’s history and world famous landmarks through personal headphone audio in 12 languages. During the cruise, frequent wildlife encounters include seagulls, pelicans and sea lions. At times, you may see even dolphins and whales. So be alert! Departing from Pier 43 ½ in the heart of Historic Fisherman’s Wharf, sail past the San Francisco skyline, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime Park, and numerous other exciting sights.

Afternoon: Back on land, you’re free to do as you wish until your Alcatraz departure! Grab some delicious seafood at a local restaurant, go shopping, or see the sights.

Evening: 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

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. 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! Take a loop around the island for exclusive views. 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’ll have access to areas of the island that are not open to the public on the day tours.

 

 

**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

SAN FRANCISCO BAY CRUISE PLUS ALCATRAZ NIGHT TOUR

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

 

Departure: Bay Cruise departs at 1:10 a.m. from Fisherman’s Wharf
Alcatraz Island Night Tour night departures from 3:50 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. depending on the day.

Duration: 1 full day

Transportation: Biodiesel ship. Hybrid Ferry to Alcatraz Island.

Includes:

  • Bay Cruise (1 hour)
  • Alcatraz Night Tour tickets ($45.50 USD value)

Not included:

  • Transportation to/from Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Meals
  • Guide gratuity (optional)

 

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Fantastic Trip!

This is a great way to get to see the city from the bay, Alcatraz, both the Golden Gate bridge and the Bay bridge to Oakland. This trip is 1 1/2 hours long and well worth it to gain an incite into the city, it’s history and it’s future, really good commentary on the little device you are given as you board.

Ian H. April 2018 San Francisco Bay Cruise

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