Jail and Sail: Half-Day Tour of San Francisco Bay

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 8 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
Sunset cruise: Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco
Return Details:
Concludes at Pier 43 1/2.

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Summer Departure

12pm, 12:30pm or 1pm Alcatraz Ferry and 7pm Sunset Cruise. Alcatraz ferry time will be confirmed upon ticket collection

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Fall Departure
Code: FALL

Alcatraz Ferry at 12pm, 12:30pm or 1pm (Sept 3 - Oct 20) or 1:05pm (Oct 21 - Nov 3); and 6pm Sunset Cruise. Alcatraz ferry time will be confirmed upon ticket collection

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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

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Jail and Sail: Half-Day Tour of San Francisco Bay


  • Return ferry and admission to Alcatraz Island (a $30 per adult, $18.25 per child value)
  • Audio Tour of Alcatraz prison
  • San Francisco Bay sunset cruise including 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 for sunset cruise
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 60 days of travel between March 1 and September 30. During this high-demand period, confirmation will be received within 10 business days of booking, subject to availability
  • Photo ID is required for collection of Alcatraz tickets
  • Sunset 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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All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Wayne B, July 2014

Alcatraz was one of the top highlights of our trip to San Francisco. Doing the audio tour is a must. The sunset bay cruise was also very nice. The live music was good and the food was more than I expected. My only complaint would be how the tickets were handled. Even though the Alcatraz tour is first and you have to leave from Pier 33, for some reason you have to pick up your Alcatraz tickets from Pier 41, which is where the sunset cruise leaves from. So you have to go to Pier 41 to get both sets of tickets, walk back to Pier 33 to go to Alcatraz, then walk BACK to Pier 41 to do the sunset cruise. Since the first part of the tour leaves from Pier 33, it would make WAY more sense to give out both sets of tickets at Pier 33. Especially since the day we were there, we stopped at Pier 33 where they told us we had to go to Pier 41 to get our tickets. So we walked down to Pier 41, only to be told that the tickets were at Pier 33 and they were waiting for them to be delivered to Pier 41. We had to wait nearly an hour to get our tickets delivered from Pier 33 to Pier 41 so we could walk back to Pier 33, right where we started out.

Reviewed by: Chris M, July 2014

was perfect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we also did another evening sail later in the week it was great !

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