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San Francisco Bridge to Bridge Extended Bay Cruise

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    90 minutes

  • Start time

    As per option in calendar

    Your voucher is valid for any departure.  Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis so we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes before your chosen cruise. 

  • Meeting Point
    The tour starts from Pier 43½, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
    Please arrive 15 minutes before sailing time. .
  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

Key Highlights

  • This extended cruise adds 30 minutes to the standard Bay Cruise to allow a longer route and more time sailing past Alcatraz
  • Enjoy wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Skyline
  • A fun cruise everyone will enjoy
  • Learn fascinating facts about San Francisco Bay


Our local partners have used their 100 years of experience to develop this extended Bay Cruise. Perfect for those to want to spend a little more time on the water, this cruise adds 30 minutes to the standard Bay Cruise to allow a longer route and more time sailing past Alcatraz. The cruise will take you under both of San Francisco's incredible bridges, the Oakland Bay Bridge and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.

Plus this cruise offers more in-depth narration. You have the choice of three topics; San Francisco Architecture, Natural History and Native American Culture. Pick the one you are interested in and plug in your headphones; whether you are a San Francisco resident or a visitor, you are sure to learn something new and interesting.


To enhance your enjoyment, you can hear three excellent audio commentaries, in 12 different languages, on the headphones provided. The topics are:

Architecture: Learn about the extraordinary mix of architecture for which San Francisco is famous. Building styles range from Victorian, through elegant art deco to the thoroughly modern.

Natural History: With its sand dunes, salt marsh, rocky islands, open water and beaches, San Francisco Bay is a haven for many fascinating wild plants and animals. The natural history narration will tell you more.

Native American Culture: Find out about the Ohlone or Costanoan Native Americans, who lived around the Bay before the Spaniards arrived in 1776. Spanish colonization all but wiped them out, but descendents of the survivors are actively revitalizing their culture.

As your cruise departs, the audio commentary synchronizes with the sights and landmarks on the way. You can stick to one commentary or switch between them.

On the way out, you will pass the forbidding island of Alcatraz, once a federal penitentiary. Isolated by dangerous currents, this was a prison from which no one could successfully escape, although many tried. Notorious inmates included Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud, the ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’.

Sailing along, you may see brown pelicans, with their huge 6 ½ foot wing span, diving for fish. You will cruise past the man-made Treasure Island, and the natural outcrop of Yerba Buena, and sail under the massive Oakland Bay Bridge. This 8.5 mile long combination suspension / cantilever structure links the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.

On your return to Fisherman’s Wharf you may hear the barking sea lions at Pier 39.

Your enjoyable cruise ends at the starting point.


  • 90 minutes boat cruise
  • 3 English audio commentaries on Native American Culture, Natural History and Architecture
  • Headphones
  • Audio commentary available in 12 Languages - English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian, Thai, Russian and Hindi


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Refreshments

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Please note

A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise at reasonable prices is available onboard.

The tickets are open dated, and can be used for up to one year from the date specified at the time of booking.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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