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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2-hour bus tourFlexible time on Alcatraz

Rock 'n' Roll Combo: Alcatraz and Magic Bus San Francisco Tour

Get the most out of your stay in San Francisco with this combo tour, which includes two iconic experiences in one day. Hop aboard the Magic Bus and travel back to the 1960s! On this 2-hour fun-filled historical tour, produced by the creators of the award-winning Alcatraz Cell House Audio Tour, learn about the Beatnik generation in North Beach, imagine life during the Summer of Love at Haight-Ashbury, visit the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and learn about Eastern influences as you explore Chinatown. In the afternoon, hop on the ferry and head to famous Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of this notorious prison, featuring stunning sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards.


  • San Francisco combo tour of the Magic Bus and Alcatraz
  • Travel back to the 1960s aboard the Magic Bus on a fun-filled historical tour
  • Visit North Beach, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park
  • Hear entertaining stories about the Beatnik generation and the Summer of Love from your costumed guide
  • Explore the notorious Alcatraz prison on a fascinating audio walking tour
  • Discover what prison life was like for some of history's most notorious criminals
  • Round-trip ferry ticket included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

These people know their history and really know how to bring it alive. The trippy Magic Bus tour was produced by the same people who created the Alcatraz audio tour; both are rich with archival materials and deliver glimpses into what life was like on Alcatraz and in 1960s San Francisco.

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What You Can Expect

Rock 'n' Roll Combo: Alcatraz and Magic Bus San Francisco Tour

Enjoy the Rock With Your Roll

1960s-Era City Tour
In the morning, head to Union Square and board the Magic Bus. Put a flower in your hair and travel back in time to the groovy 1960s! Using real archival material, the past comes alive with the original sights and sounds of 1960s San Francisco. Cruise through Chinatown, an important epicenter of Eastern philosophies that spread throughout the city in the 1960s.

Next, visit North Beach, where you’ll see the City Lights Bookstore, the hub of the Beatnik generation. This was an epicenter of social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks such as Jack Kerouac hung out.

Continuing your Magic Ride, watch modern San Francisco blend with the past as you travel through the Financial District and up central Market Street on the way to Haight-Ashbury – the home of the Summer of Love. As you discover this iconic neighborhood, you’ll see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that cover the windows!

Your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park, where you’ll stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America's largest urban park hosted the Human Be-In event in 1967 and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is nice, you may even join a drum circle!

The '60s-era video, music and costumed staff of the Magic Bus will provide a fun, immersive experience of America's most memorable cultural movements. It’s not just a sightseeing tour – it’s a trip!

Your bus tour ends back in Union Square.

Alcatraz Walking Tour
Hop on the 3:50pm ferry from San Francisco’s Pier 33 and head to Alcatraz for an afternoon at your leisure exploring this famous former prison. Touring the whole island usually takes around 2.5 hours, but you're welcome to stay as long as you like.

Take the award-winning audio walking tour, produced by the same creators of the Magic Bus, which leads you on an immersive journey through the prison grounds. Featuring life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and cell guards, you’ll discover what life was like here for some of history’s most notorious criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone.

You’ll also learn about the history of Alcatraz Island, which was first utilized as a Civil War fort. After your tour, hop back on the ferry (departs every 30-40 minutes) and head back to San Francisco.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

fun and informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour and very different!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful time, traveled all the way from North Dakota, when we got to union square to board the bus we realized we had left our tickets in our vehicle which was parked at the hotel. We were sure they wouldn't let us on the bus. when we explained this to Serene Rain, our tour guide, she took my hands, looked into my eyes and said I believe you. We had a wonderful time on the bus, learned some things about the Hippie movement and had lots of laughs. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We purchased this tour because that was the only way to get tkts to alcatraz. Our tour guide Gaya was full of energy and so much fun. You need to be open minded if you decide to go on this tour, if you go along with the whole thing you will enjoy if not you will not! We enjoyed it!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was tremendous fun, and quite exceptional, and combined with Alcatraz it was a tour that I would recommend to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really great tour! Enjoyed learning about the history. Great tour guide, very funny and entertaining!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

To be honest, I only booked this tour because I wanted Alcatraz tickets and this was the only way I could procure them. That being said, I had a great time on the Magic Bus. My husband, my three kids (21, 19, and 14) and my daughter's 18 year old boyfriend loved it as well. As a matter of fact they said it was one of their favorite things that we did in San Francisco. It was fun and whimsical, without being too hokey. I would recommend this tour, particularly for those traveling with older teens and college-age kids.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I took this trip with my daughter, her husband, and their two daughters, aged 7 and 13. The girls loved it! The funky, interactive experience really brought home the vibe of SF during the Summer of Love and the tour hostess, Gaia ( her "flower child" name) made everyone feel like part of her "tribe." I would highly recommend this tour for kids of all ages. Be aware, when talking about SF during that itme the topics of drugs will come up. Nothing inappropriate whatsoever is shown on the video screens and Gaia does a wonderful job of censoring the subject matter. This is a great experience.

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