Learn more about combination tours by checking out our pages on day trips to , , , , and. If the Escape from Alcatraz cruise is sold out, the next cruise is always available: Blue and Gold Ferry. She gave us information and told us stories about the places we saw, and took photos of our group posted later so we could see and download. Alcatraz can be be paired with a large variety of other activities, where the total cost can be less than buying the tickets individually. Reviews of the Behind the Scenes Tour: This is the perfect tour for those hoping to really maximize their time on Alcatraz.
We list 4 in the next section below. You can find discount related information while selecting your tickets in the checkout. There's no presentation during the trip, but the views of the city and the bay on the way over are spectacular! In summer, there are 14 day-tour sailings out to the Rock, and 11 sailings in winter. Unfortunately you never answered or return my calls or messages. Why not just go directly to the source and pay a lot less. Tickets for Alcatraz aren't transferable.
Allow at least 3 hours for the whole trip; you may find yourself spending more than that once you get exploring the prison and the island. A fascinating spot - both creepy and beautiful! They give special presentations, such as making all the steel doors close together as they would when Alcatraz was a real prison. But blessed as we are with a quasi-Mediterranean climate, even in wet years the rain usually disappears by May, often by April, and doesn't start up again until November. Most people do the audio tour first, and people tend to get bunched up around the points of interest the recording is telling you about, so this approach is one way to have the prison almost all to yourself while you do the tour! The Behind the Scenes Tour This one is the newest tour, limited to 30 people max. The Night Tours open parts of the prison that are normally off limits and offer evening programs.
I see this helicopter flying over my house every day and it's on my bucket list! Pier 33 is also called Alcatraz Landing. During the cruise, you'll hear information about the island and its history. The Early Bird Tour is ideal for early morning risers as it allows visitors to beat the crowds and still have a free afternoon to pack with other fun activities. This is another fun boat tour, sailing on a catamaran that takes the same route as the ones above: out under the Golden Gate Bridge, across the bay, and around Alcatraz. Here are two such reviews — I highly recommend the night tour and recommend it to anyone visiting the city, or even a resident of the city that has never been. Once you book your ticket, your bike ride will be scheduled for the day before. They recently completed some major repairs on the main cellblock building and repainted it, so the areas normally open on the day tour are all open again.
There is a high chance that you may not be able to get onto the ferry bound for Alcatraz Island. Get more in-depth analysis and review overview on our. There are two sailings each evening one sailing in winter. In general, we would recommend that you plan about 2. Once you learn about life on The Rock, freedom will taste even sweeter! Also, see for some Alcatraz combination tours that might have tickets for sold-out days. There is also a bookstore on the island with a large selection of material about Alcatraz. Take this tour and you will not only see two amazing sites, but you will travel on the first hybrid ferry in the United States.
The Sausalito Tour takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Presidio, and into the idyllic seaside town of Sausalito. Once the tickets dry up on the Alcatraz Cruises website, the Alcatraz combo tickets become your only hope. See for info and booking. In fact, the Early Bird Tour is so popular that as of Spring 2018, there are only 4 and 5-star reviews written about it. On one of my visits, one of the guided tours took visitors to the areas of the prison connected with Machine Gun Kelly, and there was an interesting talk on the kidnappings of the 1930's and the kidnappers who ended up in Alcatraz.
The Night Tour ferry makes a trip around Alcatraz Island before arriving at the dock unlike the day tour ferry, which sails directly to the dock. Or walk the whole way about 7 minutes along the Embarcadero from Pier 39, and 20 minutes from the Hyde Street Pier at the other end of Fisherman's Wharf. For more info and booking, see the combination tour. Private boats are also prevented from landing on the island. In addition to a visit to Alcatraz, you get a 2-hour evening cruise around the bay as the sun sets, with beer, wine, snacks and guitar music - very nice. Below, we list 3 affordable options.
Transcripts of these tours, including an English Braille version, are also available. See for info and booking. The whole tour is narrated by these eight exciting personalities. Alcatraz tickets are hardest to come by in spring and summer. Lastly, you can also purchase from 3rd party vendors near.
Alcatraz Night Tour, on the Dock For lots more about the night tour, plus photos, see my page on the. Image: Alcatraz Island tour ferries depart from and return to Pier 33. What is included in an Alcatraz tour? They had a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge, too! How to buy same day Alcatraz tour tickets? This option is also a gamble, as you are not guaranteed tickets, even if you get standby status. The box office opens at 7:30 am, though due to the limited availability, people line up early to secure tickets. Length of Alcatraz night tour in Summer During Summer months, the night tour Alcatraz cruises depart at 5. Your Alcatraz tour experience will depend on a lot of factors. Alcatraz Ferry Taking the Alcatraz Ferry The Hornblower Yacht company operates the ferries to Alcatraz.
The restroom is also on the dock. So much cooler than anticipated. Another time we heard talks on the gangsters' bank-robbery techniques and prisoner escape attempts. The narration directs you to particular spots in the prison where interesting events took place: solitary cells where the Bird Man of Alcatraz spent most of his time, passageways where inmates crawled to escape, scenes of murders and shootouts. See for more info and booking. Alcatraz, the former federal prison that once held notorious criminals Scarface Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, is today a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out and sold-out attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Make use of complimentary wet-weather gear in case you get a little too close to Mother Nature.