Night on Alcatraz Island with Fisherman's Wharf Tour in San Francisco, CA

Walks LLC3030 Larkin StSan Francisco, CA 04109
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Overview

See Alcatraz Island in a whole new light on this San Francisco walking tour – literally! Join this one-of-a-kind tour through Fisherman’s Wharf with visits to must-sees like Boudin Sourdough Bakery, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39. Then ferry across the Bay to explore Alcatraz at night. Take this walking tour and see the city as you’ve never seen before!

up to 4 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Avoid the crowds with this end-of-day trip to Alcatraz Island.
  • Tour duration is approximately 4 hours.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
  • Includes pre-reserved tickets to Alcatraz Island at Night with Cellhouse Audio Guide ($47.30 value), and food tastings at Ghirardelli Chocolate and Boudin Bakery.
  • Former inmates and guards narrate the Cellhouse audio tour.
  • Arrive early to be assured of nearby parking.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.
  • All guests over the age of 18 must bring ID for their Alcatraz tour.
  • Bring sunscreen, hat or umbrella, and your camera.

Description

from 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, where, in 1849 Domenico Ghirardelli brought his confectionery to the shores of San Francisco - 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 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 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Night on Alcatraz Island with Fisherman's Wharf & Sourdough Bread Tour

Where is the meeting point?

The tour meets at 3030 Larkin Street, opposite Ghirardelli Chocolate, San Francisco, or as confirmed in your confirmation email. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour's start time. The tour guide(s) will be holding a sign with the Walks logo and “MEET HERE” on it.

How long is this tour?

Approximately 4 hours.

What if I'm late?

If you are running late, it's best to contact the tour operator at the phone number on your e-ticket so they can reach out to your guide. This is not always possible for all tours - the guides are with other clients and are already into the tour (they ask them not to use their phones during their tour). But in some cases, a few-minute delay can be remedied. Most times, guides leave the meeting point within 5 minutes of the tour start time.

What is included in this tour?

This tour includes pre-reserved tickets to Alcatraz Island at Night with Cellhouse Audio Guide ($47.30 value), a food tasting at Ghirardelli Chocolate, a food tasting at Sourdough Bread, a tour of Boudin Bakery, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. The tours are all given in English. They don’t offer multi-language tours.

What landmarks will we be visiting?

You will see Alcatraz Island & Prison, the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Boudin San Francisco Sourdough Bakery, Ghirardelli Square, and Pier 39. Alcatraz at night is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco!

Is transportation included?

Transportation is not included in this tour aside from the ride to Alcatraz.

Is parking provided?

No, but multiple parking garages and street parking are available near the departure point. The departure point is also near public transportation.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

No.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There are a lot of photo opportunities on this tour.

What should I bring?

You may bring water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a coat, umbrella, outer layers for the cooler months, and a photo ID for the Alcatraz tour. Please note: All guests over the age of 18 must bring ID for their Alcatraz tour. Without ID, tickets cannot be released for you to travel to Alcatraz.

What should I wear?

Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

What is the protocol for when it rains?

The tours run rain or shine, and their guides are great at navigating various weather conditions to ensure you're as comfortable as possible. On rare occasions, if the weather is particularly dramatic, some sites may close. If time allows and they have prior warning, they will contact you as soon as they find out.

Should I bring the confirmation email?

A physical or digital copy of this confirmation email is not required to join your tour. Your guide (or tour coordinator) will have your name in their database, so as long as you know the name on the booking, you're set!

How many people are on a tour?

The tour has a maximum of 8 participants and is ideal for small groups.