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Escape from the Rock

Escape from the Rock

  • How do I book or make a reservation?

    You can book online to receive an online discount or call our office at  1-866-231-3752 or  1-415-357-0700. We require a valid credit card to hold all phone & internet reservations.

  • How do I pay for my tour?

    If you are reserving your tour online, your credit card will be charged. Reservations by phone require a credit card to hold your seat(s). You can also come to our SOMA office prior to the tour departure date and pay cash directly.

  • What types of payments do you accept?

    Credit Cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. We also accept Debit cards with symbols of these card companies. 
    Cash: Guests can pay cash at our SOMA location for any tour.  

    Apologies, but we do not provide a travel or personal check payment option.

  • Will I get a discount if I book a second tour?

    Yes, you can get a up to $9 off your second tour. The $9 discount can be applied to Extranomical operated tours only. 

  • Is there any advantages by booking my tour online?

    You will get an automatic discount on your first tour when you book online at!

  • Can I cancel or change my reservation?

    Cancellations or changes must be made 72 hours before tour departure, or at least 10 days in advance if the reservation includes a hotel accommodation to get a partial refund. 

    Airport shuttle transfers, all Bay Cruises & Ferry Tickets,  Alcatraz Tours, Show tickets, Seaplane Tours are non-refundable. Cancellations and changes are subject to a 10% or $35 fee, depending on a tour. 

  • Where should I pick up the tickets for my tour?

    You don't need a ticket for most of our tours, vouchers are provided when they are needed. Most times your confirmation email is enough. We will specify in your email confirmation after you've booked the Yosemite tour what information you will need to have with you.

Escape from the Rock

Escape from the Rock is a 90-minute cruise where you will sail around the infamous maximum-security prison, which once housed America's most notorious criminals. This Alcatraz cruise is your best bet to get up close to The Rock and learn about Alcatraz without stepping foot on the island. This Alcatraz cruise departs from Pier 39 and sails under the Golden Gate Bridge, passes by Treasure Island, Angel Island, Sausalito, and provides a 360-degree view of Alcatraz Island. Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful views of San Francisco Bay, but you will also sail around Alcatraz twice in the last 30 minutes of the cruise! 

Escape from the Rock Tour provides you with information about Alcatraz from previous inmates’ audio commentary. This perfect alternative to Alcatraz tours include sound effects and stories about the brutal life and the escape attempts of famous inmates, such as:

  • Al Capone
  • Billy Cook the Killer
  • and Clyde Johnson

Escape from the Rock, Alcatraz cruise is the best way to experience The Rock if Alcatraz tours are booked. Following the Alcatraz cruise, you’ll have a clear picture of what life was like in this one-of-a-kind maximum-security prison when it was the most feared institution in the American penal system. Get a taste of Alcatraz on the open San Francisco Bay. Complimentary pairs of 5x magnification Blue & Gold Fleet souvenir binoculars are also provided for children age 5-11. Please meet at Pier 39 for your tour!

Escape from the Rock Tour - Times Approximate

Various Departures*

Weekdays - Monday to Thursday at 11:30 AM 
Weekends - Friday to Sunday at 11:30 AM and 3:45 pm 

1.5 hours
Escape from the Rock departs from Pier 39. Sail under Golden Gate Bridge as well as the famous Alcatraz Island, also known as “The Rock.” Hear first accounts of several inmates' escape attempts with sound effects! See and learn about Alcatraz without stepping foot on the island. Full bar on board.

Customer Reviews

Escape from the Rock
– Jorge C. on 01/03/2016

Very nice cruise escape from the rock. You can see very well the Golden Gate Bridge ans Alcatraz
– Linda S. on 07/26/2015

Informative, good info about Alcatraz, building of the GG Bridge, and the military installations around the Bay.
– Sandeep D. on 09/04/2014

It is a good experience overall
Precios del Tour*Por persona
Precio Regular:$36


  • Alcatraz sightseeing cruise and tour
  • Circle Alcatraz Island multiple times
  • Coast underneath the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Listen to tales of prison escape attempts
  • Inside and outside seating available
  • Free pair of binoculars for children age 5-11
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