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Educational Groups

Transforming Your Group's Experience into an Unforgettable Journey

School groups, encompassing students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as those in community colleges and universities, are invited to explore the rich history of Alcatraz Island. Prior permission is required for school groups of 20 or more students.

Engage your students with the island’s fascinating past through two interactive educational programs provided by the National Park Service. These programs offer students the chance to unravel the multifaceted history of Alcatraz, including its time as a military fortification (1854-1933), a federal penitentiary (1934-1963), a beacon of American Indian activism and self-determination (1969-1971), a sanctuary for myriad bird species, and a muse for numerous Hollywood films.

For detailed information about the educational programs facilitated by the National Park Service, educators are encouraged to visit the NPS resources specifically designed for teachers.

Please note that each group of nine students must be accompanied by at least one adult leader aged 21 or older.

Due to the high demand and the advanced booking of dates, it’s advisable to submit your request as early as possible. Keep in mind that full payment is required 30 days before the scheduled departure date, or the reservation will be forfeited.

To initiate the process for your School Group visit, please fill out the application request form and allow a 30-day period for the review. Following the initial request, a comprehensive application form will be provided for completion.

We value your interest in Alcatraz City Cruises and are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to host your educational group soon!

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The terms and conditions of sale are as follows: Tickets are nominative and must be presented with an identity document when boarding. To ensure the best travel experience, it is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the ferry departs. The exclusive concessionaire for Alcatraz Island is the Hornblower Group. is owned and operated by tour operator Fabulous Operator Ltd. When you book tickets on, you ask to Fabulous Operator Ltd to purchase tickets from the Hornblower Group concessionaire at the regular price for you to travel to Alcatraz Island. The service you purchase on is booking tickets through the concessionaire Hornblower Group, charged as a commission. These commissions are already added to the price of tickets sold by the Hornblower Group. Please note that you have the option of purchasing Alcatraz Island tickets directly from the concessionaire, The Hornblower Group, without going through our ticket purchasing service at You can buy the tickets to Hornblower on this website. Please note that Fabulous Operator Ltd is not responsible for providing the ferry transport service. Fabulous Operator Ltd sells a ticket purchasing service allowing travelers access to Alcatraz Island. The conditions of use and safety rules on board the ferry are governed by the exclusive concessionaire, the Hornblower Group, and must be observed by all passengers. As a tour operator, it is essential for us to cover our operating expenses. Therefore, we retain a fee of ten dollars (10$) per ticket for cancellations. This retention helps us maintain the quality of our services and ensure an exceptional experience for all our customers. Cancellation must be made at least 72 hours before the scheduled date of your visit. If you fail to comply with this deadline, it will unfortunately not be possible to obtain a refund with the Hornblower Group . We encourage you to consider this condition when planning your visit.

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