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  • Location:San Diego, California
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San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

Explore beautiful San Diego and Coronado on this narrated sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village, and enjoy time to walk around and take photos. Upgrade to include a scenic 1-hour cruise on San Diego Bay!


  • 4-hour narrated sightseeing tour of San Diego
  • Relax on a comfortable coach as you explore beautiful San Diego, La Jolla and Coronado
  • See sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village
  • Admire incredible coastal views, elaborate Victorian architecture and quaint cottages housing boutiques and galleries
  • Enjoy several photo opportunities and time to walk around
  • Upgrade to include a scenic 1-hour cruise on San Diego Bay!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

You’ll be picked up from your San Diego hotel in the morning and taken on a narrated coach tour of sunny San Diego, stunning La Jolla and scenic Coronado.

First, visit Old Town, the birth place of San Diego. Now a state-protected historical park, this area commemorates the early days of the city and is home to Heritage Park, where you'll see well-preserved Victorian buildings.

Continue to Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre (490-hectacre) park named after Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Then, discover the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of San Diego where the nightlife happens. Learn how the name refers to the gas lamps that were common here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Explore Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex built on the site of a former burial ground from the Spanish expedition of 1782. Then, travel on the Embarcadero, an area along the San Diego Harbor that's home to the cruise ship terminal.

Drive along downtown's Green Dragon Colony, a collection of cottages that once served as a retreat for writers, actors, artists and musicians. These buildings now house quaint galleries and boutiques.

In Coronado, an affluent resort city in San Diego County, see Hotel del Coronado, a19th-century building featuring well-preserved wooden Victorian architecture.

Throughout your tour of these beautiful places, you’ll have several photo stops along the way, as well as time to walk around.

Optional Cruise
Upgrade your San Diego city tour to include a 1-hour cruise along San Diego Bay! In lieu of visiting Seaport Village, relax on a comfortable boat and soak in amazing sights from the water as you listen to interesting onboard commentary.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A very professional guide, he was really helpful, he had lots of information and a good sense of humor. He took us to the zoo in the evening, he didn't need to do that, he was just a kind person. You get to see the most important sights in San Diego, the city is quite big so it's worth taking the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Tour guide was Mike and he was excellent throughout the day, keeping all participants engaged with his lively banter. Our first tour of this kind and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were given ample time at each stopping location to walk around and take pictures. Certainly worth it and would highly recommend. We plan to try the aquatic one next that also goes into the water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour was great. We got a good overview of the city and really enjoyed the boat tour and the time we were allowed to look around at the Del Coronado hotel. The chance to see the seals was also a big highlight of the tour.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Sightseeing tour was good. Next time, I will try one of those hop-on hop-off ones instead.

The Harbor Tour was spent on a boat with overwhelmingly Chinese tourists. A German tourist was quite put out by their poor manners, and an Australian couple voiced a similar sentiment. My husband says they pretty much tried to push him off the boat when disembarking. If you are not looking for a Chinese commuter train experience, be selective about which boat you get on for your harbor cruise.

The cruise itself is beautiful. The city is beautiful when viewed from the harbor.

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2014

Our tour guide is nice and friendly. Tour was not complete as described on the website, e.g. did not visit Balboa park due to constructions (?), we went there by our own the following day and didn't understand why the tour bus couldn't get by there. We decided to book this tour just because it also includes a visit to La Jolla, otherwise would take Trolley tour instead to have more free time.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2015

did not take this tour, the phone contact person was rude . The information re the tour details was misleading

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