5. San Francisco: Alcatraz at Night & Fisherman's Wharf Tour
Discover San Francisco on a tour of the neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf with a stop at Boudin Bakery, followed by a visit to Alcatraz Island to explore the former prison as night falls over the bay.
Begin your experience near Ghirardelli Square. Wander through the old factory grounds, where, in 1849 Domenico Ghirardelli brought his confectionery to the shores of San Francisco.
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.
As you weave your way through, Alcatraz Island will appear and fade you walk. With small interjections of Alcatraz lore, your guide will prepare you for your evening spent at the notorious prison.
Head down to the nearby waterfront to begin your walk towards the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf passing the iconic Powell-Hyde Cable Car turnaround. Pass 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, catch the scent of yeast and flour tinging your nose as you get nearer to Boudin Bakery. Enter the bakery and head to the small museum where your guide will share the history of the longest-running establishment in San Francisco.
Departing the bakery, spot San Francisco’s unofficial mascots - the lazy sunbathers of San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco Sea Lions. Head to Pier 39 and take the lesser-beaten path to view the famed sea lions as they lounge.
As the sun begins to descend into the Pacific Ocean and the shadows become deeper, load the boat to the “Inescapable Island”. Discover Alcatraz Island with a National Park Ranger. a
Walk towards the cell house where you will collect your audio guide. The audio guide is an excellent way to hear the stories of 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, board the ferry back to the City by the Bay.