Alcatraz Tours

  • Yosemite & Giant Sequoias with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $176. Our combination two day tour of Yosemite & Giant Sequoias with an Alcatraz tour from San Francisco is the most convenient way to get the most out of your vacation on the west coast. Our Yosemite & Giant Sequoias tour maximizes the time you spend in Yosemite National Park by starting early and traveling more efficiently in a 15 Passenger Van or mini-bus. On the second day, prepare yourself to visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. Ride a ferry across the bay, and imagine yourself being imprisoned in the most notorious federal penitentiary in US history – except you get to leave when you want! This memorable tour includes 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cell house Tour," featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates who lived and worked on the Island, and then explore Alcatraz Island as long want on your own.

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  • City Insider's with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $103. Our San Francisco City Insider’s combination tour with Alcatraz takes about 4-5 hours and is in semi-private luxury vehicle, and if you have an Alcatraz tour scheduled on the same day, you could complete your ultimate City tour off by visiting the most famous Prison in US History. Our guide will give you the perspective of a “local”. The group can enjoy more stops and photo opportunities on the San Francisco City Insider’s Tour, or slow down and spend more time at one or more attraction. If you are lucky enough to have your Alcatraz scheduled on the same day, or even the next day get ready to visit one of the most renowned landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. Board a ferry, and ride across the bay, picture yourself being locked up in the most notorious federal penitentiary in US history. This memorable tour includes the 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cell house Tour," featuring recordings of actual guards and inmates who lived and worked on the Island. At the end of the tour, explore Alcatraz Island until your heart is content, just don’t miss the last ferry, you wouldn’t want to be spending the night there!

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  • Muir Woods & Wine Country with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $140. What more could you ask for when you come to San Francisco, with California’s famous Wine Country being just over an hour north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Park, and an opportunity to visit the World Famous Alcatraz Island. On our Muir Woods & Wine Country with Alcatraz Tour we can provide you with the ultimate combination tour, Muir Woods, Sonoma Wine Country, and Alcatraz. It’s a very popular and scenic destination for tourists who visit the San Francisco Bay Area. You’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands on the way to Muir Woods, one of the last remaining old-growth forests of Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees, the tallest species of trees on earth. After an hour there, it’s on to the Wine Country, with a break for lunch, where you will typically visit 3 boutique wineries in the picturesque Sonoma Valley, spending 30 minutes to 1 hour at each one. On the second day ride across the bay on a ferry prepare yourself to visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. This tour includes a 45 minute audio presentation which features actual recordings of employees and inmates who lived and worked on the Island, and then explore Alcatraz Island as long want on your own.

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  • Wine Lover's with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $159. This is for the extreme Wine Lover, and for people who love wine! Not only that, but you also get to see the beautiful scenery of California’s premier wine valleys, Sonoma and Napa. You will visit four to six boutique family wineries, and if you have a special request, we will try our best to foresee your needs. This trip will allow you to sample wines from well-known growing regions like Napa Valley’s Stags Leap, Rutherford, and St. Helena, and Los Carneros, Glen Ellen and Sonoma Valley. The tour is somewhat flexible, and we can work with the group to adjust the itinerary, within distance and time limitations. Your next visit on your vacation to San Francisco has to be one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. Ride a ferry across the bay, and imagine yourself being imprisoned in the most notorious federal penitentiary in US history – the difference? You get to leave when you want! This unforgettable tour includes an audio presentation with guards and inmates who actually lived and worked on the Island! When your Alcatraz tours is finished then explore Alcatraz Island as long as you want on your own.

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  • Fisherman Wharf Walking Tour Including Alcatraz & Cable Car Ticket - From $79 Fisherman's Wharf is a must-visit neighborhood while in San Francisco. Take a San Francisco walking tour to explore what the city has in store for you. A knowledgeable local guide will lead you on a Fisherman's Wharf walking tour exploration, where you’ll learn about the history of this special neighborhood. On this Fisherman Wharf Walking Tour, you will be introduced to some of San Francisco’s famous Gold Rush history, but you’ll also discover hidden treasures that are often overlooked. End the 2 hour tour with a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island! Cable Car and Alcatraz tickets are included! Don't miss out!

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  • San Francisco City Afternoon with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $88. Our combination of one day tour to San Francisco City with Alcatraz tour includes many of San Francisco's most appealing sights that last about 3-4 hours. Our San Francisco afternoon tour includes 3 to 4 stops at various points of interest, including the Golden Gate Bridge and is fully guided with sightseeing commentary. San Francisco City tour is a fun and exciting way to get an overview of the city so that you can decide later where you'd like to focus your time. Start your tour in the morning and get ready to visit one of the most renowned landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. Board a ferry and ride across the bay, picture yourself being locked up in the most notorious federal penitentiary in US history. Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz Island on the San Francisco Bay.

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  • Muir Woods & Sausalito with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $103. Our Muir Woods & Sausalito with Alcatraz Tour one day combination will provide you with an ultimate tour. On our Muir Woods Morning Tour from San Francisco you will have the rare chance to walk or hike at your own pace amongst the beautiful Redwood Sequoia trees. On our Muir Woods tour there are many trails for you to choose from that either follow the valley creek bed or reach high into the hillside. After the Muir Woods tour, we head to the beautiful San Francisco Bay town of Sausalito. On our Sausalito tours you will have time to enjoy the San Francisco Bay view or visit the shops, Art Galleries and ice creameries of Sausalito. Continue in the afternoon and get ready to visit one of the most renowned landmarks in the world, Alcatraz Island. This tour includes a 45 minute audio presentation which features actual recordings of employees and inmates who lived and worked on the Island. Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz Island on the San Francisco Bay.

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  • San Francisco City by Night with Alcatraz Tour from San Francisco - From $103. This package includes an afternoon visit to the infamous Alcatraz Island, where you can visit the notorious prison that housed criminals such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. When you're done, take some time for dinner and we will pick you up for a San Francisco city tour with a difference. Experience the City By the Bay in all its glory at night, when the city really comes alive. Visit Chinatown, North Beach, Twin Peaks and the Golden Gate Bridge in a small group city tour with a local perspective. This 3.5 - 4 hour tour will provide an evening of entertainment for all ages and is the perfect way to spend and evening in San Francisco.

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  • Escape from the Rock - From $29 Escape from the Rock is the perfect alternative to the Alcatraz ferry,especially if the Alcatraz Ferry is sold out. This is a 90-minute cruise where you’ll learn about the history of Alcatraz and even coast around Alcatraz twice in the last 30 minutes of the tour! Listen to captivating stories about the brutal life and the escape attempts of famous inmates, such as Al Capone, Billy Cook, and Clyde Johnson. This Alcatraz cruise goes underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, passes by Treasure Island, Angel Island, Sausalito, and provides a 360-degree view of Alcatraz Island. This is your chance to see Alcatraz Island from a close distance and hear stories without having to get off the boat. An amazing tour at a great rate!

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  • San Francisco City Insider's with Escape from the Rock - from $91. Experience San Francisco with this combination of our San Francisco City Insider's Tour and Escape from the Rock Cruise. Start your day with a 90-minute boat ride and learn about Alcatraz without stepping foot on the island. This is a perfect alternative to the Alcatraz ferry cruise. Hear tales of famous escape attempts and circle around Alcatraz Island multiple times for amazin 360-degree views. Then to top it off, board our semi-private San Francisco City Insider's Afternoon Tour to get an Insider's perspective of the unique San Francisco. Spend 4-5 hours at hidden locations, famous sites, and learn about the history of San Francisco. We take you to places where big buses don't go and you can also request your favorite locations. Book now!

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  • Wine Lover's Wine Country Tour with Escape from the Rock - from $146. Another one of our Escape from the Rock Packages. Experience California Wine Country on this extensive semi-private tour. A full-day tour of wine-tasting as you learn about the history of wine-making. Enjoy 4-6 wineries, including boutique wineries where you can only buy their wines at the winery (wine tasting fees not included). Be fascinated by the sparkling and specialty wines. Request wineries that YOU want to go to. Relax in a 13-passenger luxury vehicle. End your day with a memorable trip to Napa and Sonoma Valley. On your next day, use your Escape from the Rock ticket for a 90-minute cruise around Alcatraz. Learn all about Alcatraz without stepping foot on the island. Listen to thrilling stories about some of the famous inmates' escape attempts. Book this Escape from the Rock Package now!

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  • Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour with Escape from the Rock - from $91. Our Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour and Escape from the Rock combination is the perfect alternative to the Muir Woods with Alcatraz Tour. Escape from the Rock is a 90-minute cruise where you will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and circle Alcatraz Island multiple times. Get 360-degree views of the maximum-security prison and learn about the Island without stepping foot on it. In the afterrnoon, your tour continues to Muir Woods. Spend about an hour inside Muir Woods National Monument as you take in the fresh air and amazing scenery in this natural forest. You will also have the oppotunity to visit the quaint seaside town of Sausalito. Before ending the tour, you'll have the chance to stop in Sausalito - a quaint seaside town full of specialty shops.

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Alcatraz. One of several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area that have been gathered up into the new Golden Gate National Parks. It has been open to the public for tours since 1973 and has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting San Francisco.

Alcatraz Island was once a lonely maximum security prison which housed America’s most wanted criminals for 29 years, and whose population, including guards and staff, never rose above 500. Now it is San Francisco’s most popular attraction, with over a million temporary “residents” a year. Its location made hard to miss when the Spaniards started their explorations starting in 1769. One of them named it “Isla de los Alcatraces” after the Pelicans who resided there in great numbers. The first lighthouse on North America’s West Coast was finished in 1854, and it became an Army artillery garrison in 1859. During the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco’s municipal jail was damaged, and the prisoners were transferred to Alcatraz for safe-keeping. It became an official Army prison in 1917.

It was converted into a Federal Penitentiary in 1934, with some “privileged” Army inmates being invited to stay over. Its state of the art facilities and its location over a mile from shore surrounded by the chilly and choppy waters of San Francisco Bay were intended to make it “escape-proof”. There were no successful, proven escapes, though there were frequent attempts, most ending in recapture or death. Two men did disappear from the island in 1962, but the FBI ruled that they did not survive. The idea that its isolation would make it extremely secure also made it very expensive to run, and it was closed in 1963 after only 29 years of operation.

It was abandoned, but not for very long. In 1969, the American Indian Movement made a well publicized 18-month “reclamation” or occupation. After the initial interest waned, many participants wandered back to the mainland, and the final holdouts were forcibly removed in 1971. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was created in 1972, including Alcatraz, and it was opened to the public in 1973.

But people are lining up every day to get back in! One cruise company is licensed by the National Park Service to ferry people across the Bay to take a self-guided walking tour of “the Rock”. You depart from San Francisco’s beautiful Embarcadero, on the east end of Fisherman’s Wharf, and start your Alcatraz Cruise. When you get there, you may watch a short video, and then listen to the “Doing Time” audio tour, featuring the recorded voices of guards and prisoners who actually did time. You should allow for at least 2.5 hours, including the round trip ferry ride, and that is really the bare minimum. Many people stay longer, because it’s up to the individual, and very interesting. Some might even want to stay over night, but there is no camping allowed, and it gets pretty spooky there at night – some would even say hauntingly so! Ferries depart for San Francisco every 30 minutes, so you leave the island when you want to. Wear warm clothes in layers, because the ocean breezes can be notoriously chilly any day of the year.