San Francisco, California, US
Alcatraz & Sausalito
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Approximately 5¾ Hours
Journey back in time to explore the infamous Alcatraz Prison -- also known as 'the Rock'.
Your half-day tour begins with a short walk south along the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco. You'll make your way to Alcatraz ferry landing, where you'll board the boat to Alcatraz Island.
A National Park Ranger provides an introduction to the infamous Alcatraz Prison. Alcatraz Island became a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in 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 has 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.
A self-guided audio tour leads you through the jail's facilities. You'll experience the small cells previously inhabited by these very characters, and have an opportunity to snap a few photos and view a documentary on the history of Alcatraz.
After touring the island, return by ferry and board a motorcoach to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop at Vista Point for photos at the northern end of the bridge. Admired for its magnitude and graceful beauty, the Golden Gate Bridge took more than 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, Berkeley, Oakland and downtown San Francisco.
Next, you'll head to Sausalito -- a quaint little town with a big reputation. The Venice of California is located north of San Francisco and hugs the hills above San Francisco Bay. Named by 18th-century Spanish explorers for the "little willow" trees found in abundance around its streams, Sausalito covers a mere 2.5 square miles and boasts spectacular waterfront views. You'll have free time to enjoy the bay vistas and browse in the boutiques, art galleries, and arts-and-crafts shops along the waterfront, or grab a bite to eat (at your own expense).
Your tour concludes with a panoramic drive back to the ship, passing Fisherman's Wharf's sidewalk seafood vendors, souvenir shops and other attractions. Watch for Ghirardelli Square -- once the site of a world-famous chocolate factory and now thriving with eclectic boutiques and cafés. You'll also pass the Cannery bustling with boutiques, restaurants and tourists.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The Island can be congested. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair.