Alcatraz & Magic Bus Tour

What to expect
  • Embark on a combo tour of San Francisco and contrast the upbeat Beatnik generation with the gloominess of Alcatraz
  • Travel back in time on a brightly colored magic bus as you tour 1960’s San Francisco
  • Compare iconic neighborhoods as they are now with how they were then via retractable projection screen window covers
  • End your adventure at Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of the notorious prison
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.

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!

Next you'll hop on the ferry to Alcatraz and head to the island 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, which departs every 30-40 minutes and head back to San Francisco.

Note: This tour includes all ferry rides, guided live and audio tours, and entrance fees.
Key Highlights
Price $87.29 per guest
Duration / Session 2 hours
# Sessions 1
There are no refunds; all sales are final.

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