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Travel around San Francisco on a trippy 1960s-inspired bus and visit Alcatraz during this full-day tour. In the morning, ride the Magic Bus through Chinatown, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the bohemian Haight-Ashbury and the Beat generation's North Beach to learn about the history of this eclectic city. Climb aboard the ferry to Alcatraz in the afternoon for a scenic ride to one of the world's most notorious prisons, now a National Park. Take walking audio tour featuring commentary from former guards and inmates, available in 10 languages.

Highlights

  • 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 Magic Bus City Tour
Meet the trippy, 60s-inspired Magic Bus in Union Square for your tour of some of the city's most interesting neighborhoods. The tour uses real archival material to bring the past alive and expose visitors to authentic sights and sounds of the 1960s.

Pass through Chinatown, an important center of Eastern influence for the hippie generation, then hit North Beach, where the Beat movement was spawned at the famous City Lights Bookstore. Continue to Haight-Ashbury, the epicenter of the hippie movement and the site of the Summer of Love. The bus' retractable projection screens will roll down and show you what a ride down Haight Street would have looked like in 1969. Head to Golden Gate Park, host to the first Earth Day in 1970 and the Human Be-In event in 1967, and stop at the Conservatory of Flowers.

After several hours of reliving the 1960s aboard the Magic Bus, your tour will end in Union Square.

Alcatraz Tour
Catch the ferry to Alcatraz at 3:50pm and enjoy the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the city's receding skyline on the way out.

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.

Customer Reviews

Terry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

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

LA S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great fun tour. Loved the tour guide she was brillian.

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

More fun on the magic bus than we could have imagined! Alcatraz tour is a must.

Nicola H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Bus tour was quirky and we loved it

Carmel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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!

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Not your typical SF tour!! So different and so much fun! My kids were the only young ones on our tour and didn't quite understand a lot of the tour they wanted to know more about what LSD was, but we really enjoyed it. I probably would not have included kids just because that's a lot to pay for each kid when they aren't really understanding what is going on. But a great tour for adults for sure! You don't get to see all aspects of what you would see on a normal SF tour bus, but that's the whole point!

Italia A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

awesome!

Ella T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was one of the best tour experiences we've ever had. The Magic Bus was perfect for seeing San Francisco through the eyes of the 1960's. See Haight-Ashbury as it was and now is, envision the Fillmore with standing room only, imagine parks filled with rock and hippies. It was an excellent journey for those of us who remember the 60's. Combining this with Alcatraz made a full day, but with time to grab lunch at Pier 1. I highly recommend this combo tour for folks who appreciate the 1960's!

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I was highly impressed with the technology on the bus and with the friendliness of the driver and tour guide! The tour guide was perfect for the Magic Bus trip! I did however expect, for some reason, that the tour would end somewhere near the pier. But plenty of time to get there. And I probably didn't read something i should have.

Rosemary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

fun and informative

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