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Overview

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.
  • 2.5-hour food and walking tour of San Diego’s Old Town district
  • Explore the history of California through the lens of Old Town
  • Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in some of San Diego's best restaurants
  • Try cocktails made with tequila
  • Bring your appetite for hearty samples that make up a meal
  • Hear entertaining commentary on Old Town's history and rumored ghost sightings
Meet your guide at the designated spot in Old Town San Diego, then start your walking tour through the 'Birthplace of California’ — a place that has witnessed Native American life, early Spanish settlements, Mexican Independence and the California gold rush.

Your guide shares the history of Old Town as you stroll at a leisurely pace, stopping into four top-rated eateries along the way. Sample a variety of authentic Mexican specialties and enjoy enough tastings to make up a meal, including tastes of delicious tacos, salsas and fresh tortillas made to order. You also get to sample cocktails made with tequila — the popular Mexican liquor that goes into margaritas and other classic drinks, while listening to live mariachi music at some of your destinations.

With Old Town’s long history, it has also collected a number of ghost stories. Walk past adobe homes from the early 19th century to allegedly haunted spots, including El Campo Santo Cemetery and Whaley House, which the TV show ‘America's Most Haunted’ named the most haunted house in America. Admire the mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival building as your guide shares details of its spooky history.

After 2.5 hours, your tour ends at the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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B
, Oct 2018

We met Angela at our first stop. She has a great personality for this tour. She's knowledgeable, peppy, made sure we all got exactly what we were looking for on this tour.

b
, May 2018

This is the best tour ever!!!! Our guide was wonderful.!!!!! She had lots of great information stories. Her knowledge of the area is outstanding. We had so much good food. If you only have time for one tour , take this one. The night was lovely. The walk enjoyable. And again our guide was fantastic.

j
, Mar 2018

Guide was nice and organized. But tour felt like a bit of a sham and not worth the price. Margaritas were good, tacos not so great. Aside from restaurant stops the tour takes place on street. There are a couple of ghost stories and that's about it. We saw another ghost tour, might be a better deal.

K
, Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

C
, Sep 2017

Would have been better if we were told ahead of time we would be eating what amounted to a good size supper when all the stops are included. Very tasty and historically informative. Highly recommend it. Our guide Kevin provided a good amount of historical information on Old Town.

w
, Aug 2017

The food was great but it was difficult for our guide as we were a family with another younger couple. We did not have a lot in common to get the group to bond...but I would reccommend it.

H
, Jun 2017

We were really looking forward to enjoying the drinks and food along with learning a bit of history. Rochelle was friendly and enjoyed telling stories of Old Town. It was a perfect evening weather wise and we did meet some friendly people. We have been on several city food tours where there is more mingling of participants however we found that those who were in groups of fours stuck to themselves and were hard to socialize with. We also felt like the size of the group was too large 20 /- people.

We felt the best taco and margaritas were served at Café Coyote you could detect the drinks had tequila. However with each restaurant we visited you were left wondering if there was any tequila in the drinks. The final stop was at a shop which served up root beer floats the tastiest part of the agenda when arrived the proprietors seemed surprised to see us and were not at all prepared to serve such a large group0. I think a self guided tour would have been better you can buy your own margaritas 9with detectable tequila and choose tacos that may be more suitable to your palate.

j
, Feb 2017
R
, Oct 2016

Fun and tasty tour of Old Town. Had good margarita's and tacos at each stop. You will get full, don't worry. Each restaurant stop give you enough time to sit, chat and order drinks at the bar if you're that thirsty.

C
, Sep 2016

Great way to see the old town. Really loved trying the different margaritas and tacos. Rochelle had a really relaxed approach with lots of local knowledge. Great intro to san Diego!


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