• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

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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

Robert N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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.

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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.

Faith-Ann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

I took my parents and they loved it! The tour guide and bus driver were great!

louise l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Very cool way of seeing the city and learning about San Francisco, very entertaining! the driver and our guide are super friendly! highly recommended

clsomerv

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Amazing tour, my husband and I LOVED this!!

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!

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