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Tour code: 3044SDCITY
Discover the sun-drenched attractions of San Diego on this 4-hour city tour covering the city’s top neighborhoods, historic sites and parks. Over the course of your trip, you’ll check out the museums of Balboa Park, admire the historic architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town and explore the mansions and beautiful coast in La Jolla, plus much more. It’s a great chance to pack in lots of landmarks in a short period of time. This San Diego sightseeing tour also includes round-trip hotel transport, a guide and optional upgrades to include visits to the USS Midway and Seaport Village.


  • City coach tour of San Diego with optional upgrades
  • See the most popular sights of San Diego including the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla and Balboa Park
  • Capture photos of Old Town, PETCO Park and Mt Soledad
  • Upgrade to include the USS Midway Museum or Seaport Village!
  • Hotel pickup included; hotel drop-off also included with tour-only option and by request

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What You Can Expect

San Diego City Tour

San Diego City Tour

Take a 4-hour city tour of San Diego by air-conditioned coach, enjoying a chance to admire the city’s beautiful coastal landscapes, antique architecture and lush parks during your visit. It’s a great way to get an overview of the city or cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.

Start your visit in either the morning or afternoon (depending on the option selected) with a pickup from your hotel or the city’s Kettner Boulevard. From there you’ll continue by air-conditioned coach to some of San Diego’s most iconic attractions, parks and architecture. Check out the beautiful Victorian facades found in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, then head to the city’s East Village, site of the San Diego Padres stadium, for a photo opportunity at PETCO Park.

Continue to Balboa Park, considered, home to a number of museums, gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Pass by the Botanical Building, which houses a diverse collection of plants and flowers, where you can take a few photos. Then move on to La Jolla, playground of the city’s wealthy residents. The area’s cliff-strewn coastline also features a community of seals and a collection of sea caves, along with top-notch views of San Diego from on top of Mount Soledad.

Proceed to Old Town, known as the birthplace of California, where you can explore the range of restaurants, shops and historic architecture, some of which dates back to the 18th century. Those who have not purchased the upgrade visits to Seaport Village or the USS Midway will end their trip here, with a drop-off back at their hotel or Kettner Boulevard. For more details on the upgrade options, please check out the descriptions below.

Upgrade to visit USS Midway or Seaport Village 
Opt to also include admission to the family-friendly USS Midway Museum at Navy Pier, the most-popular naval ship museum in the world. Take a self-guided audio tour which explores the ship's numerous restored aircraft, the engine room, galley, crew's sleeping area and ship's bridge. You'll also have the chance to watch the ship's collection of historical films and check out its interactive exhibits and flight simulators. 

Another optional add-on for your tour is Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex. Wander the cobblestone pathways of this entertainment area, enjoying an eclectic array of boutiques and restaurants; live music and street performers; and views of the San Diego Bay. Use your provided maps and discount guide to make the most of your visit. 

Stay as long as you wish at the museum or shopping village and make your own way back to your hotelor request drop-off at your hotel when you're ready. 

Customer Reviews

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour guide very good tour

Leah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Helped us know what we wanted to see later in our trip. Juan did a great job!

Lucille L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This is a great way to get an overview of the city.

Sarah K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour. Our guide Juan was very knowledgeable and personable. We really enjoyed the tour. Got to see a lot of great things/ beautiful places and we felt like we were being shown the city by a friend. Would highly recommend.

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour was great! Fred our tour guide was prompt, extremely helpful and friendly. My family very much enjoyed the tour particularly Coronado and La Jolla. Highly recommend this one day San Diego city tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good indeed, well worth the miney

Pedro A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An amazing experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us an extended tour.

Stacey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour of the beautiful city of San Diego. Tour Guide was well informed and provided interesting facts about this historic area. Will definitely do it again!

Stephan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Organization was perfect, Tour was excellent, Service was superberb

sue p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

city tours are always a highlight for me, gives us an idea of where we want to go back and explore

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