Night on Alcatraz Island with Fisherman's Wharf & Sourdough Bread Tour

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Location: San Francisco
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 4.0 hours
Trip difficulty: Moderate
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Los_Angeles
Highlights Visit Alcatraz Island as night falls over the bay after the day crowds have departed - a much sought after ticket!
Listen to the engaging Cellhouse audio tour narrated by former inmates and guards while wandering the once-penitentiary
Take a walking tour with a local expert guide through the beloved waterfront district of Fisherman’s Wharf
Go “Behind the Scenes” at the famed Boudin Bakery with samples of freshly baked sourdough bread
At the end of the day in the bustling city of San Francisco, the daily crowds begin to dissipate. The sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean and shadows fall over the city streets, as waves push rhythmically against the piers. This is your chance. Your chance to experience the faltered prison of Alcatraz after nightfall - when all the other tourists have gone home, and you have the island all to yourself with only a limited amount of other chosen few. This experience is paired with an in-depth exploration of nearby Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the famed Boudin Bakery, where San Francisco’s sourdough bread always rises to the occasion.
If only the waters between San Francisco and the lonely island in the midst of the bay could talk. The stories they would tell of dark boats moving dangerous prisoners to and from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, the once-notorious maximum-security prison. On this incredible one-of-a-kind experience, take walks through the essential San Francisco neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf with a stop at Boudin Bakery, and then load the ferry, wrapping around Alcatraz Island and then explore the former prison as night falls over the bay.

Begin your experience near Ghirardelli Square for a sample of delectable chocolate, an iconic treat of San Francisco. Wander through the old factory grounds, where, in 1849 Domenico Ghirardelli brought his confectionery to the shores of San Francisco - we say bringing the “other” gold to the City by the Bay. Depart the square for a “behind the scenes” view over Aquatic Park where brave swimmers jet through the cold bay waters preparing for the annual Escape from Alcatraz race. Glance at the island of Alcatraz from this vantage point and mentally prepare for your evening secluded on the notorious island.

As you weave your way through, Alcatraz Island will appear and fade as we walk along, enticing you for your visit. With small interjections of Alcatraz lore, your guide will prepare you for your evening spent at the notorious prison. 

Swing down to the nearby waterfront to begin your walk towards the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf passing the iconic Powell-Hyde Cable Car turnaround, detouring to a famed restaurant perched at the end of a wharf, and access a locals-only door to enter the crab stands lining the heart of the Wharf where the iconic mast sign welcomes your arrival. As you leave behind the bustling stands, you will begin to smell it before you see it - a peculiar scent of yeast and flour tinging your nose as we draw nearer - Boudin Bakery where sourdough bread rises to the occasion. Enter the bakery and head to the small museum where, over samples of sourdough bread, your guide will share the history of the longest-running establishment in San Francisco.

Departing the bakery it's time to get up close and personal with San Francisco’s unofficial mascot - the lazy sunbathers of San Francisco Bay, the permanent squatters along the pier, the San Francisco Sea Lions! Head to Pier 39 and take the lesser-beaten path (our own little secret) to view the famed sea lions as they lounge. After a little time spent in their smelly company, head towards Alcatraz Landing. It’s time...

As the sun begins to descend into the Pacific Ocean and the shadows become deeper, load the boat to the “Inescapable Island”. After circling the island, you will enjoy the wildly popular attraction with very few - as tickets are extremely limited and sought-after. Enjoy a short introductory tour with a National Park Ranger as you walk towards the cellhouse where you will collect your audio guide. The audio guide is an excellent way to hear the stories from former inmates, correctional officers, and the children that once called Alcatraz Island home! Wander the island, join small experiences throughout and then with the lights of San Francisco off in the distance, load the ferry back to the City by the Bay.
Included Pre-reserved ticket to Alcatraz Island at Night with Cellhouse Audio Guide
Local English-speaking guide
Expertly guided walking tour of Fisherman's Wharf
Food tasting - Ghirardelli Chocolate
Food tasting - Sourdough Bread
Tour of Boudin Bakery
Small group of up to 8 people
Excluded Hotel Pick-up / Drop-off
Know before you book This tour is conducted in English only.
The Alcatraz Island portion of this tour is self-guided (audio guide included). You will not have a guide during this section of the tour.
Due to policies governed by Alcatraz, you must provide the name and birth date for each person visiting the island. If you are not asked this information during checkout, please contact US +1 (888) 683-8670 or [email protected] immediately.
All travelers over the age of 18 must bring ID for their Alcatraz tour. Without ID, Alcatraz Cruises will not release your ticket and you will not be able to travel to Alcatraz.
Know before you go This is a walking tour. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
Due to Alcatraz's changing schedule, the tour operator will contact you within 10-days of your tour to confirm your ticket time and the names you provided.
No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
San Francisco is a notoriously chilly city with micro-climates. It is best to wear/bring layers for all of our tours, even at the height of summer.
Additional Information
Please arrive at the meeting point ready for your tour - prior to arrival use the bathroom and ensure you have eaten.
San Francisco is a notoriously chilly city with micro-climates. It is best to wear/bring layers for all of our tours, even at the height of summer.
Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
Requirements: Must be able to swim
Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands, Regular temperature checks for staff, Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-11-01
Product End Date 2021-02-28
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 8 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation



Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years $119.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years $119.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years $0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 - 2021 Pricing
Option Description Low Season - Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

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