Sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco's history via an award-winning audio commentary, available in 16 languages.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
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English
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise along San Francisco's waterfront
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bay Bridge, and around Alcatraz Island
  • Listen to an interesting and award-winning audio commentary, available in 16 languages
  • Look at the former hippy enclave of Sausalito
  • Watch out for dolphins, sea lions, whales, and pelicans
  • Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio
  • Cruise past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands
Full description
Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this 1-hour cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for over 75 years. With 8-14 departures daily from 10:00, you will sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and close to the notorious Alcatraz Island.

Discover San Francisco's fascinating history, brought to life through audio commentary broadcast in 16 languages via personal headphones. Look out for wildlife along the way, including pelicans, sea lions, and even dolphins and whales.

Sail past the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, and San Francisco Maritime National Park, before heading west towards Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio, before cruising under Golden Gate Bridge.

Steam back into the Bay, traveling past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands, and the legendary town of Sausalito, once home to the 1960s’ flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, cruise around infamous Alcatraz. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 welcome you back to Pier 43 1/2.

A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise, including logo wear, is available at reasonable prices on board the iconic red and blue sea vessels.
Includes
  • Audio boat tour
What’s Not Included
  • Snacks and beverages

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the Red and White Fleet Box Office, located at Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf at Taylor Street and Embarcadero, right behind the iconic Crab sign.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 862 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Very nice way to spend an hour or two. A good way to get up close to Golden Gate Bridge (directly under!) and good views of Alcatraz island. Some informative info provided about the coastal area of the city and its history, particularly Angel island. Only downside is that the radio for the tour was a little intermittent , even after I changed it for a second radio.

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February 24, 2020

The tour was great and very informative about the history of San Fransisco and surroundings. You can get some stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city of San Fransisco. I recommend personally to go around sunset time (end of December I took the 1615 boat) and I couldn’t wish for better views and colors.

January 3, 2020

It was worth the pay worth the view everything went as expected beautiful pretty smooth!!! But the staff on board was really rude there was no greeting What so ever no question like how’s your day or did your enjoy your trip!? Pretty much they don’t care it’s fine. Overall my family enjoyed great experience!!! Btw finding the place you have to drive all the way to pier 43 which all the way to the end of the pier good luck’ wish ya well

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November 26, 2019

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Red and White Fleet

Product ID: 3285