Please Note: Tickets to Alcatraz during the summer tourist season must be ordered 2 months in advance.
- Tour Duration: 5 hours
- Private Tour (1-3 people): $270 for the tour
- Private Tour (4-6 people): $370 for the tour
Imagine that in handcuffs you stand on the deck of a Ferry boat approaching Alcatraz. Wind knocks you off your feet, your body piercing cold. In the fog you see fast approaching colossus military fortress, which is a prison for criminals. Soon, these people which criminal records include murder, robbery, rape and other violent crimes will be your neighbors for many years.
Long gone prison on Alcatraz, but everything is done to make your imagination work, as you will be aboard the ferry, sailing to the island.
You will hear the voices of the former prisoners, learn a lot about the most famous of them, and see their cells, a dining room, an insulator, which was often visited by the famous Al Capone and other recalcitrant prisoners. You will learn that in the history of the prison, 36 prisoners in 14 attempts were trying to leave the island. In 2012, was the 50th anniversary of the most famous escape, after which, in 1963, the prison was closed. It is still a mystery whether this escape, conducted by Frank Morris and Anglin brothers, was successful.
During the tour you will open many secrets of Alcatraz Island, named by the Spanish discoverer Juan de Ayala in 1775. He named it "La Isla de los Alcatraces", which translated from Spanish means "Pelican Island".
You will learn that this millennia desert island rarely visited by local Aborigines. Mexicans were going to set this lighthouse on the island, but did not happen. This was done by the Americans, when the Gold Rush started and they had to facilitate the entrance to the bay numerous vessels rushed here from around the world. Almost simultaneously with the lighthouse, there was a military fort was established to protect the entrance to the bay. Almost from the beginning, since 1859, the island was a prison, a few times changed its "profile" and the name. From 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz was a federal prison for criminals, and during the "interregnum" period of 1964-1971 the island was invaded three times by the Indians who were fighting for their rights.
Currently Alcatraz is a part of the park, called the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Now this is not just a former prison, but the national park, a museum of American history and a nature reserve.
Included in the price:
- Five-hour Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz tour in Russian
- Transport, car parking near the seaport
- Transfer from and to your San Francisco hotel
- Drinking water and snack