- 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
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!!!
This tour was tremendous fun, and quite exceptional, and combined with Alcatraz it was a tour that I would recommend to anyone.
Really great tour! Enjoyed learning about the history. Great tour guide, very funny and entertaining!!!!!
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.
HOST WAS GREAT AND VERY INFORMATIVE.
This tour was amazing!
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.
Brilliant tour and the amazing "Gaia" was a fabulous tour guide. Bit of a mix-up with the Alcatraz tickets - our voucher said we should collect them on the bus, when in fact we missed the man outside the bus who wasn't obvious but who was handing them out, but they handled it very well and he met up with us quayside later on to give them to us. We laughed our way round the tour which was also very interesting with details that you don't get on the normal bus tours. All in all great value for money and a brilliant way to obtain Alcatraz tickets. Would totally recommend it - it was one of the highlights of our stay in San Francisco.
One word, AMAZING!!
The tours were great! We wanted just Alcatraz, but they were sold out for 2 weeks, so we got this combo tour and enjoyed the Magic Bus just as much. The guide was lively and energetic and funny and the whole multimedia experience was a different and neat way to do a tour. The Magic Bus is a head turner. People on the street notice it and take pictures of it. You are transported back in time as the shades are drawn - the windows would open and there you were - right in the Haight while completely oblivious to the traffic outside. Don't know what I mean? Then take the tour! Alcatraz was Alcatraz. It's the biggest tourist draw in San Francisco. The audio tour is such a bonus - it's like your own private tour. You don't have to clamor around one dude or dudette who is trying to talk over other guides or other talkers in the group. We went in early July and it was FREEZING out on the cruise. Dress for cold and windy. Finally, I would like to add that that the Viatour staff had great customer service. They were a lot of help and friendly.