San Diego Old Town Tours

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San Diego Old Town is a pleasant place to soak up some history, browse for souvenirs, and perhaps enjoy a Mexican meal. Old Town is the site of the original pueblo (village) that sprang up in San Diego below the mission and fortress back in the 18th century. It preserves five of the original adobe (mud brick) buildings alongside scores of recreated structures, including a schoolhouse and a newspaper office.

Your first stop should be the Old Town State Historic Park Visitors Center, which has memorabilia and a video of local history. The center is located in the main plaza. Across from the visitor center is Casa de Estudillo, a restored adobe home filled with authentic period furniture, which is worth a look. Just off the plaza's northwestern corner is the Plaza del Pasado, which has a colorful collection of import shops and restaurants. The area is also home to the Old Town Trading Company, a charming gift shop selling various trinkets.

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San Diego Old Town is located northwest of downtown, bordering Presidio Park, and is easily accessible via public transportation. The Old Town transit center, on Taylor Street, at the northwestern edge of Old Town, serves San Diego trolleys and buses. Plan to spend a few hours strolling the area.

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Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, USA
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Hours: Daily
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Admission: Free
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San Diego Shore Excursion: City and La Jolla Coast Tour

When you're in port in San Diego, see the sights of the city in a convenient way with this 4-hour shore excursion. Traveling by coach, you'll see Balboa Park, Old Town, the Embarcadero, Petco Park, and more. Stop for photo ops at select places, and visit La Jolla, the idyllic coastal suburb north of the city known for its sea caves.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$48.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour

On our OFFICIAL Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour you will hear spine-tingling stories about real people, history, folklore, and the ghosts that have made San Diego one of the most haunted cities in the west. Our 2-hour combination bus and walking tour brings San Diego history alive… one ghost story at a time. Be prepared for a combination of authentic history, some laughs too lighten the mood and some genuine creepy moments.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with this one- or two-day pass for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 10 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from on-board guide during your ride.
  • Duration: 1.5 to 16 hrs
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$39.95 USD
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  • Duration: 1.5 to 16 hrs
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San Diego City Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour

Get your fiesta started in San Diego with a food and walking tour through historic Old Town. Visit some of the district's finest Mexican restaurants to sample tasty dishes, tequila cocktails and hear mariachi music. Learn about the history of California and the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and gold rush prospectors that influenced Old Town's growth. You even hear some ghostly tales at Whaley House and an old cemetery. Get insider tips from your guide about authentic Mexican cuisine and other great places to visit on this fun 2.5-hour tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private San Diego City and La Jolla Coast Tour

See the sights of San Diego in a convenient way on this private 4-hour tour with a guide who shares information about the city. Traveling by private vehicle, you'll see Balboa Park, Old Town, Petco Park, and downtown, including Little Italy, the Embarcadero, and East Village. Stop for photo ops at select places, and visit La Jolla, the idyllic coastal suburb north of the city known for its sea caves. Please specify your preferred departure time when booking.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour

The tour will depart from Old Town and head to Mount Soledad followed by four conveniently located stops where you can disembark and explore in depth. Have the chance to visit historic sites in Old Town, and bring along your beachwear to enjoy the coast. See the natural treasures of this beachy city at Mount Soledad, which offers 360-degree views over San Diego.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Diego Holiday Lights Tour

Catch the holiday spirit on this 3-hour tour of San Diego's best Christmas light neighborhoods. Visit the famous Christmas House, Christmas Card Lane, and the Chula Vista neighborhood to see the homes and palm trees all lit up for the season. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$34.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Diego City and Tijuana Deluxe Combo Sightseeing Tour

Combine a San Diego sightseeing tour with a trip down to Tijuana on this 10-hour adventure. With a guide, you'll spend the morning in the city to check out attractions such as Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and the coastal suburb of La Jolla. Then enjoy a break before heading across the Mexican border to Tijuana, just 20 miles (31 km) away.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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San Diego GoCar Tour

See the San Diego sights at your own pace in this easy-to-navigate 2-passenger GoCar. Choose from a selection of itineraries and tour lengths, including a 1-, 2-, 3-hour or full-day rental. Then maneuver your three-wheeled GoCar through downtown, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and more. Don't worry about navigation: The vehicle’s talking GPS always knows where you are, even if you don’t.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$65.25 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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All Day San Diego City Tour - Free Shopping Tour included

Make the most of your limited time in San Diego on a 7-hour small group tour.  Provided transportation takes you to each location, which spares you the stress of navigating the city’s traffic on your own.  Stop to explore La Jolla, Balboa Park, Old Town, and much more. The tour also includes a free trip to Las Americas Outlet, where you enjoy unbeatable deals at 125 stores.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$89.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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