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Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a National Park and get a brief orientation to the maximum security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, available in 10 languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart every thirty minutes) and head back to Pier 33.
Spend as long as you like exploring Alcatraz, then hop back on the ferry, which leaves every 30 minutes, for the ride back to the city. Your day of exploring the city's history ends here.
I do not think I need to say much on the tour to Alcatraz, which we can safely recommend as a must-have for any trip to San Francisco if you have not seen it. The Magic Bus tour was definitely a worthwhile experience that takes you back to San Francisco in the 60s. Expect to ride on a bright and bubble-spewing bus to spread good moods to the outside world. Best to also plan time for other sites e.g. Golden Gate bridge, Fisherman's Wharf as not all can be fitted into the two plus hours tour.
We had a great tour! Our tour guide was really fun, energetic and she had a lot of groovy information. Our daughter and friend who were on the tour with us said that the Magic Bus San Fran Tour was exactly what they expected we would have booked. They enjoyed it, too! We all did!! Combining it with the Alcatraz Tour was a perfect combo.
I took my parents and they loved it! The tour guide and bus driver were great!
Very cool way of seeing the city and learning about San Francisco, very entertaining! the driver and our guide are super friendly! highly recommended
Amazing tour, my husband and I LOVED this!!
This tour really was fun. The actress was very lively and entertaining but also very knowledgeable. I had gone on some hop-on/hop-off tours for two days prior, and she gave more information about different area's of the city than those tours did. This tour is not for everyone. You need to love music, history, and fun and have a sense of humor. There is a lot of tongue in cheek humor including the handing out of mints (LSD) to put you into the "right frame of mind" for the time. This tour comes complete with a 3-D bus (and glasses), retractable screen show, flowers for your hair, and singing along to great music. Wait until you experience the "Wizard of Oz" Munchkins dancing to "Route 66." The actress (I cannot remember her name, dark shag hair, little space between her teeth, groovy clothes) and the driver (can't remember his name either, blonde shag hair and groovy clothes) were impeccably dressed in 1967 garb and encourage all riders to do the same. I would do this again in a heartbeat even without the Alcatraz tickets-but that is a fantastic extra and this is a brilliant and fun way to get them. This was a lot of fun, a lot of history (reminders of a time not so long ago) and the continuous stream of bubbles coming from the bus was a great touch! Peace Out until the next time
Great fun tour. Loved the tour guide she was brillian.
More fun on the magic bus than we could have imagined! Alcatraz tour is a must.
Bus tour was quirky and we loved it
Something completely different to hop on hop off buses! We were taken back in time with music, videos and points of interest in San Francisco. Our guide was wonderful, even wishing bystanders peace and love, sometimes even a flower. Unfortunately had to find our own way back to pier 33 for Alcatraz tour, was only 15 including tips by taxi. Tour was great, will need to watch Alcatraz movies again now so I can tell everyone I have been there!
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