Night on Alcatraz Island with Fisherman's Wharf & Sourdough Bread Tour
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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.
Our guide to Night on Alcatraz Island with Fisherman's Wharf & Sourdough Bread Tour
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, wherein 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, 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 cell house 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.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Night on Alcatraz Island with Fisherman's Wharf & Sourdough Bread Tour
- This tour is on a request basis only
- You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
- Itinerary subject to change.
- Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
- This tour has a maximum capacity of 8 guests.
- Only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed on this tour.
- Unfortunately, you can not take strollers on this tour.
- As COVID regulations change frequently and at short notice, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked the requirements that San Francisco has put in place so that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.