Alcatraz & Sausalito
SFO-120 | San Francisco, California |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
You will see:
- Golden Gate Bridge
Approx. 5.5 hours
Max. Group Size: 45
Your full-day tour begins with a short walk southward along the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco. You'll make your way to Alcatraz Landing, where you'll board the Alcatraz Ferry to Alcatraz Island. Upon arriving, a National Park Ranger will provide an introduction to the infamous Alcatraz Prison prior to beginning a self-guided audio tour through the jail's facilities.
Alcatraz Island became a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison in August 1934. During the 29 years it was in use, the jail held such notable criminals as mobster kingpin Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz) and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. It's also been the setting for many films such as "The Rock" with Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage, "Escape from Alcatraz" with Clint Eastwood and "The Birdman of Alcatraz" with Burt Lancaster.
On your tour, you'll experience the small cells previously inhabited by these infamous characters, and have an opportunity to snap a few photos and view a documentary on the history of Alcatraz.
After touring the island, you'll return by ferry and board your motorcoach and cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop at Vista Point for a brief photo stop at the northern part of the Golden Gate Bridge. Admired for its magnitude and graceful beauty, the Golden Gate Bridge took over four years to build and was completed in 1937. Its two towers rise an impressive 746 feet, 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument. Weather permitting, you'll witness sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline, as well as Alcatraz, Angel Island and Yerba Buena Island, two islands situated in the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley, Oakland and downtown San Francisco.
Next, you'll drive to Sausalito, a quaint little town known as the "Venice of California." Located north of San Francisco, Sausalito hugs the hills above San Francisco Bay. Named by 18th century Spanish explorers for the "little willow" trees (Saucelito) found in abundance on the banks of its streams, Sausalito covers a mere two and one half miles and boasts spectacular waterfront views. You'll have free time to enjoy the bay views and browse in the boutiques, art galleries, and arts and craft shops along the waterfront, or grab a bite to eat, before boarding your motorcoach for your return drive to the ship.
En route, you'll pass Fisherman's Wharf, home to sidewalk seafood vendors, souvenir shops and other attractions, and witness Ghirardelli Square, once the site of the world-famous chocolate factory, now thriving with eclectic boutiques and cafés. You'll also pass the Cannery bustling with boutiques, restaurants and tourists.
Tour order and scenic drive routes may vary to avoid congestion. Passengers may have to walk from the pier to the ferry boarding location for Alcatraz.
Tour has a limited availability and passengers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
This tour will operate only on voyages with full-day calls; tour is not available on voyages debarking or disembarking in San Francisco.
Your tour fee include the $26.50 National Park Service Entry Fee.
The visit of Alcatraz island involves uphill walking and steps.
12 years and under