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

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.

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 July 2014

This tour was awesome!!! It is not going to be for everyone but we had a blast. I initially bought the tickets to get the Alcatraz tickets as they were unavailable elsewhere but I am so glad I did. The tour is not your average tour and the tour guide made it very entertaining! There was one bad attitude on the bus but she handled it very professionally and made sure it did not affect our tour. :) Thanks again!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Magic bus tour was the perfect start to our trip in San Francisco - the guide was full of energy and the bus' video and audio put the city in context in a light hearted way. Much better than any other 'serious' bus tour

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