Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset Bay Cruise

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2630ALCATRAZ
Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz and sunset cruise combo! Start the afternoon with a trip to the notorious Island prison of Alcatraz before rounding it off in style with a relaxing cruise of the bay at sunset.

The tour package includes guaranteed Alcatraz tickets and entry on the award-winning audio tour of the prison, as well as a hearty appetizer buffet and complimentary drink on board the cruise.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
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Your afternoon starts at Pier 33, where you will board a ferry for the short trip to Alcatraz Island, lying just 1.5 miles (2.4km) from San Francisco. Known as The Rock, Alcatraz has served as both a military and federal prison during a turbulent history that dates back to the mid-19th century. Find out more about the Island's 29 years as a federal prison on the renowned 45-minute audio tour "Doing Time", featuring the voices of actual correctional officers and prisoners who lived and worked on the Island.

While on the Island, take the time to explore the historic gardens and abundant wildlife, including Brandt’s cormorants, Canada geese and several species of songbirds. Ferries back to the mainland depart every half an hour, and the recommended visiting time to Alcatraz is 2.5 hours to 3 hours.

Upon your return to Pier 33, stroll for 0.6 miles (1km) along San Francisco's picturesque waterfront to reach bustling Fisherman's Wharf, the departure point for your sunset bay cruise. On this relaxed two-hour cruise you will enjoy spectacular sunset views and delicious appetizers to the sound of live guitar music. Informative commentary will be provided by the ship's captain as you cruise under both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge and uncover all the major sights of the bay. Enjoy views from the outer decks, or stay warm against the crisp sea-breezes inside the spacious interior decks.

Don't forget to bring a camera to capture the moment the sun sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge to cap a memorable afternoon and evening of 'Jail and Sail' in San Francisco!

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Alcatraz Landing: Pier 33, San Francisco
Twilight cruise: Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco
6 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Pier 43 1/2.

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Winter Departure

Alcatraz Ferry at 1pm (Mar 10-31) or 1:05pm (Nov 4-Mar 9); and 5:30pm Twilight Cruise. Please note: Alcatraz Ferry at 12:30pm on Dec 4-6, 12-13, & 19; at 11:30am on Dec 20-21; at 10am on Dec 22

USD $96.00
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset Bay Cruise


  • Round-trip ferry and admission to Alcatraz Island ($30 value; starting Oct 1, 2015, ticket will increase to US$31)
  • Audio tour of Alcatraz prison
  • San Francisco Bay twilight cruise with light appetizers and one drink ticket per person (wine, beer, soda)
  • All taxes, fees and gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport from Pier 33 (Alcatraz departure point) to Pier 43 1/2 for cruise
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Photo ID is required for collection of Alcatraz tickets
  • Twilight cruise boat features multiple decks for viewings, cash bar for additional beverages and restrooms. Cruise boat is motorized and is not a sailing vessel
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: htet m, February 2016

Fireworks experience was awesome !!!

Reviewed by: Kathryn M, February 2016

What an amazing experience at a very educational facility! My boyfriend and I enjoyed our day trip to Alcatraz and our night cruise under the bridges even if it was raining. It was still super romantic and beautiful!

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Tour code: 2630ALCATRAZ