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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

By Red and White Fleet
Admission to Alcatraz can be hard to come by—the popular attraction is often sold out months in advance. Guarantee entrance to the prison, while cruising the San Francisco Bay by day and night with this combo tour package. Along with a round-trip ferry ride and admission to Alcatraz, you also sail the bay during the evening and enjoy onboard music, drinks, a buffet, and two deck options for ultimate viewing.

Ages 0-99, max of 400 per group
Duration: 6h
Start time: Check availability
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Highlights
  • Alcatraz tour and San Francisco Bay cruise combines two experiences into one
  • Go on a self-guided Alcatraz tour with commentary available in 11 languages 
  • Sail under the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges while listening to a live guitarist 
  • Cruise includes an hors d’oeuvres buffet, wine or beer, and two deck options

  • All taxes, fees and gratuities
  • Includes tickets to Alcatraz ($39.90 USD value)
  • Round-trip ferry to and from Alcatraz Island
  • Award-winning self-guided Cellhouse Audio tour in multiple languages
  • Sunset Cruise or Twilight Cruise (depending on option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
  • Entry/Admission - Red and White Fleet
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport from Pier 33 (Alcatraz departure point) to Pier 43 1/2 for cruise

To start off this combo tour, head to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island. Once you reach the island, go on a self-guided audio tour and listen to award-winning commentary available in 11 languages. You can also tour its historic gardens and spot birds and wildlife. After viewing Alcatraz, take the ferry back to Pier 33 in time to catch your evening cruise. Your next cruise takes off in the evening from Pier 43, so make your way with plenty of time to board the boat. On the boat, you decide if you’d like to stay outside on the deck or head to the inside deck to stay warm. Both decks offer views as you sail under the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. The cruise also includes a buffet of light appetizers, a drink ticket for wine or beer, and onboard commentary and live music. Your cruise ends back at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Departure details
  • Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33 Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA For Alcatraz Tour, Departure is from Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, San Francisco Transport between Pier 33 and Pier 43 1/2 is not included.
  • Red and White Fleet, Pier 43, 5, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA For Red and White Fleet Sunset/Twilight cruise, Departure is from Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco. Please enter in Google Maps: "Red and White Fleet" or "Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco" for exact location and directions.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2630ALCATRAZ

  • Photo ID must be presented for all passengers over 18
  • Twilight/sunset cruise boat features multiple decks for viewings. Twilight/sunset cruise has a fully stocked cashless bar. Credit and debit cards accepted for additional beverages. Cruise boat is motorized and is not a sailing vessel
  • No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without the accompaniment of an adult. An adult must be with them at all times while on their tour of Alcatraz Island.
  • All passenger names are required in order to receive Alcatraz tickets
  • The Alcatraz Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2630ALCATRAZ

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Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Alcatraz Island
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Golden Gate Bridge
    San Francisco Bay
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
  • 2
    Red and White Fleet
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Coit Tower
    Marin Headlands
    Marina District
    Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum
    Ferry Building Marketplace
    Angel Island State Park
    Treasure Island
    Salesforce Tower
    Fisherman's Wharf
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

babs8911
babs8911
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Nice evening on the Bay
Very nice boat ride around the bay, and under the Golden Gate Bridge. There was a fully stocked bar with snacks. Th
alienyetfamiliar
alienyetfamiliar
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Fun experience
Very friendly staff, clean facilities, and enjoyable experience. The narration was recorded, and hit points of inte
Navigate769618
Navigate769618
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Nice!
Very nice and convenient for the price. I definitely recommend taking this tour. They start on time. One hour tour.
melaniegC2575IV
melaniegC2575IV
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Lovely way to spend an evening
Sunset cruise - on time departure on a ferry that has a bar with drinks and snacks. Felt like everyone was there to
TravelingSoccerLoon
TravelingSoccerLoon
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Great Views of the San Francisco Skyline and Golden Gate Bridge
If visiting San Francisco, you need to find a way to get out on the water to experience the views of the city and t
oliviamR8043FT
oliviamR8043FT
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Very nice ride
We had a blast on the boat ride; amazing views and lots of interesting information, all my family enjoyed it
Ina_31
Ina_31
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Lovely cruise in San Francisco
We enjoyed the cruise, which took us around the San Francisco Bay on a lovely sunny day. The views were spectacular
Chuck S
Chuck S
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Horrible rip off
The operater refused to answer the phone then still charged as if I was on the tour. Even after multiple calls were
johnjtoby
johnjtoby
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Enjoyable Cruise with Some Room for Improvement
I recently tried the Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise, and while it was an enjoyable experience,
LindaP7896
LindaP7896
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Great cruise, even in the fog
Even in the fog, we got interesting close-up views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge. The bo
A4102OIshirleym
A4102OIshirleym
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Beauty
A great cruise tour. An exciting tour as well as watching the water surfers. Going under the Golden Gate Bridge is
WorldTravellers596
WorldTravellers596
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Breathtaking photo opportunities at a great price
Fantastic cruise around the bay with breathtaking views of Alcatraz and trip right under the Golden gate bridge. An
doubleday13
doubleday13
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Could spend all day on the boat.
Being out on the water is always fun! This was an amazing way to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Also, w
PriceTheOrgan
PriceTheOrgan
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Great tour
A lovely way to spend an hour on a sunny (if rather breezy) day. Definitely worth it for a fascinating view of the
Sherpa46479055709
Sherpa46479055709
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San Francisco-DREAMIN’!
This cruise was AMAZING! It did start off very cold since you gotta wait to be loaded on the boat, but that’s to be
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Denise1236123
Amherstburg, Canada141 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
You have to get tickets from 2 different areas you might as well go down there and get them yourself. Cheaper!!
Big thing is they have 2 different times to get 2 different boats.
You don’t need to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge in January...rains a lot. Just drive or walk the bridge cheaper. Red and white cruise who is who Viator deals does not give MONEY back. We got a night tour the day before no problem. $45 each just to Alcatraz
Written January 22, 2020
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Sightseer30252504933
Hi Denise, On our Trip Advisor Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise page we offer the following description: To start off this combo tour, head to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island...... Your next cruise takes off in the evening from Pier 43, so make your way with plenty of time to board the boat. We had no intention of misleading you and feel we are clear that this product is a combo Alcatraz plus Twilight Cruise. We are sincerely sorry you feel disappointed as many people have loved our combo in the past.
Written January 23, 2020
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Diana T
Bogota, Colombia8 contributions
Dec 2019
We enjoyed everything. The tour in alcatraz was amazing and the night was very relaxing and we took beutiful pictures
Written January 13, 2020
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Josmithjsjs
Lancashire, UK26 contributions
I husband loved the trip to Alcatraz and we both loved the cruise. We were lucky to go at a quiet time to both although big queues to get to Alcatraz arriving 30 mins before due time. Fantastic views, food, drink and sailing at sunset.
Written November 2, 2019
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Kaitlyn 1122
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Couples
Definitely one of our favorite parts of visiting San Fran! Alcatraz was awesome. The twilight / sunset cruise especially was amazing. Great views of the city. Live music. Do it if you get the chance!
Written October 26, 2019
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Lyn S
Plymouth, UK58 contributions
Sep 2019
Pre-booked this cruise about 2 months before our travel. Well worth it as I don’t think we would have got on the Alcatraz cruise by turning up on the day. Straight forward arrangement on picking up the tickets but do take ID. Excellent trip to Alcatraz & we were blessed with such good weather for the sunset cruise. So pleased we did this & booked well in advance. Would most definitely recommend.
Written September 26, 2019
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MarkG1__11
Cheshunt, UK86 contributions
Alcatraz was well organised & really interesting. Sunset cruise was outstanding although a bit chilly! Take a jacket.
Written September 18, 2019
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Cindi S
Phoenix, AZ28 contributions
Great tour. It is a must do for the history while in San Francisco. Tour was well organized and priced competitively.
Written September 7, 2019
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rachel w
Newcastle, UK22 contributions
Aug 2019
We booked direct with Alcatraz online 2 months ago for a 9.30 start. Email received immediately with all relevant details on what time to arrive and where. Found the pier with no problem, provided documents and all was very quick and smooth.
Ride out on ferry was super with great views of San Francisco, Golden gate bridge and Bay Bridge. Once on the Island, and after reading reviews, we by-passed the first talk with a warden and went straight up the bank and to the Inside Audio Tour. Excellent, informative tour. Both my 17 year old and 13 year old were just as interested and intrigued as myself and husband. We were there longer than anticipated however we could easily have stayed for longer. Ferry back was easy.
Do not miss it!
Written September 6, 2019
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Charlotte
Nottingham, UK2 contributions
Booked our trip over a month ago, tickets were confirmed and we were told where to collect them from when we arrived only to receive an email 3 days prior to the trip cancelling due to ticket availability! Very poor service, clearly overbook - avoid at all costs!! There are also much cheaper tour operators out there that don't let you down!
Written August 26, 2019
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Rob
London, UK15 contributions
Aug 2019
Very good trip.
Fascinating to see all of the mega-expensive houses and yachts in the bay.
The scenery is amazing, and as for the Golden Gate bridge - wow!
Written August 18, 2019
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