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San Diego Tours

San Diego Tours Overview

San Diego

San Diego tours emphasize the fun, history, wildlife and rarely-seen aspects of the region. Enjoy a city tour when you hop on a trolley tour in Downtown. Take a ghost tour in Old Town. Hop aboard boat cruises for a sunset dinner cruise in the harbor. Join a La Jolla kayak tour to sea caves or explore a real Julian gold mine on foot. A guided tour can be your best bet for getting the most out of your trip.

La Jolla

Bike & Kayak Tours offers tour options in both La Jolla and Coronado Island. In La Jolla, bike to some of the city's most popular spots including the Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach Boardwalk, La Jolla Cove and the Cave Store. Or, hop in a kayak to explore the many caves along the La Jolla coastline. The Coronado location is situated at the ferry landing. Join a bike tour that heads to the historic Hotel del Coronado and farther south through Silver Strand State Beach. Or, head out into the sheltered waters of the harbor aboard a kayak and capture astounding views of the Coronado Bridge, Downtown and military warships.

Bike & Kayak Tours - La Jolla
2222 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-1010

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San Diego Fly Rides offers rentals and guided tour choices of La Jolla and Downtown on electric bikes. Forget about pedaling those dreaded hills and let your electric bike do the work. Bike tour choices include several La Jolla waterfront options and Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument and Downtown waterfront. This city tour is a great way to explore Downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Little Italy. They are located off Interstate 5 in La Jolla.

San Diego Fly Rides
1237 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(619) 888-3878

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Downtown

Seal Tours is an amphibious tour aboard land-n-sea vehicles. Tour vehicles depart from Seaport Village in the harbor. Your amphibious vehicle drives down a boat ramp and into the harbor where you'll view sites like the Point Loma Submarine Base, Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Emerge from the bay to drive back by sites including the cruise ship terminals, S.D. Maritime Museum, U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier and WWII Memorials. They are fully narrated with interesting facts. This is one of the most unique harbor tours.

Seal Tours
2115 Kurtz Street
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 298-8687

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Old Town San Diego ghost tours are conducted by a professional ghost hunter throughout the Old Town region. This is not to be taken lightly since the Whaley House is considered to be the most haunted house in the United States. Ghost tours gather at the fountain in front of Plaza del Pasada. Bring your camera and be ready to experience the unexplained.

Old Town Ghost Tour
Old Town State Historic Park
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 972-3900

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Old Town Trolley Tour

Trolley Tours are offered daily and stop at all of the major attractions including Old Town San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, WWII Memorial, Seaport Village and more. Ride aboard an open-air trolley as you learn the history and secrets of the city. This trolley tour is a great way to start your exploration of the city.

Trolley Tour
2115 Kurtz Street
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 298-8687

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GoCar Tours are self-guided in little yellow cars with GPS navigation and narration. Drive at your own pace as the car uses GPS navigation to point you to and tell you about the interesting facts on this city tour. Stop for pictures or lunch at your leisure, or zip through town and as many sites as you can fit in a day. GoCar Tours is located off Kettner Boulevard just north of Little Italy.

GoCar Tours
2100 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(800) 914-6227

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Flagship Cruises offers harbor cruises for brunch, dinner, whale watching and more. Ferries also run to Coronado Island and back. Cruise the harbor in style aboard luxury yachts. Flagship Cruises is located in the harbor along N. Harbor Drive, just south of the airport.

Flagship Cruises & Events
1050 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 234-4111

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Hornblower Cruises offers several harbor tour choices including dinner cruises, harbor cruises, whale watching and more. Hornblower Cruises is located in the harbor along N. Harbor Drive, just south of the airport.

Hornblower Cruises
1066 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 686-8700

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San Diego Segway offers a guided city tour through Balboa Park, Downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter and waterfront. Zoom past the zoo, museums and magnificent buildings along El Prado. Smell the aroma of trattorias and ristorantes in Little Italy. See Victorian-era buildings filled with restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. Zip along the waterfront past historic ships from a modern-day aircraft carrier to cruise ships and tall ships. Full Segway lessons are provided. They are located off Interstate 5 at the downtown waterfront.

Wheel Fun Rentals
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 342-7244

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So Diego Tours offers a large selection of city tour options including Gaslamp Quarter, the waterfront, Old Town, beaches, Coronado Island, Little Italy, Balboa Park, breweries and more. Tour options include a bar crawls, wine tasting, food, boats, sightseeing, nightlife, helicopter and walking. They are located off Interstate 5 in the Gaslamp Quarter.

So Diego Tours
525 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-8687

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San Diego Sailing Tours range from 2 to 4 hours and are a great choice for a harbor tour, romantic outing, spending time with friends or whale watching. Charter a sailing cruise of the harbor or the outer waters of the Pacific. All cruises include a Captain and First Mate aboard beautiful vessels that were made to cross oceans. They are located at the north end of the harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport.

San Diego Sailing Tours
1450 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 786-0173

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Bay Dreamin' offers harbor cruises in a comfortable Duffy boat. See historic tall ships, cruise ships, an aircraft carrier and maybe even a submarine. Get a terrific view of the Downtown skyline and an up close view of harbor wildlife like sea lions and pelicans. Bay Dreamin' Cruises is located at the north end of the harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport. Pickup and drop off is at the Sunroad Resort Marina dock. Bring your own food and beverages.

Bay Dreamin' Cruises
Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 701-3766

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Fun Cat Sailing Adventures offers sailing cruises that head out into the open ocean aboard a large seaworthy catamaran. Enjoy the California sun and cool ocean breezes as you watch for whales and dolphins. Combine your sail with a kayak tour launched right off the catamaran. Guests are encouraged to help sail or just relax under the shade of the sails. Fun Cat Sailing Adventures is located at the north end of the the harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport. Pickup and drop off is at the Sunroad Resort Marina dock.

Fun Cat Sailing Adventures
Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 866-7245

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Helicopter tours are available through Corporate Helicopters of San Diego. Choose from several helicopter tour options that parallel the coast, visit a local winery and pass by popular tourist attractions, or choose your own destination. Some helicopter tour options combine limousine rides, sailing and overnight stays. They are located off Interstate 5 at the Airport.

Corporate Helicopters of San Diego
3753 John J Montgomery Drive
Suite 2
San Diego, California 92123
(858) 505-5650

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Sail San Diego offers sailing cruises of the open ocean. Choose your destination or let the captain and crew show you popular points of interest. They provide everything from hats, jackets and blankets to snacks, sodas, beer and wine. Whether it be a day in the sun or to spot dolphins and whales, this excursion is sure to please. They are located on Treasure Island at the north end of the harbor.

Sail San Diego
Best Western Palms Hotel
2051 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, Ca 92106
(619) 297-7426

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San Diego Bay Adventures specializes in Jet Ski Tours of the harbor. Hop on a Jet Ski for 2 hours of sightseeing and fun. Get an up-close view of the enormous U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier. Visit up to 10 points of interest and have lunch on a local beach. Also available are stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tours including a nighttime lighted tour. Life jackets, wet suits, showers and refreshments are provided. They are located at the north end of the harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport.

San Diego Bay Adventures
1880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 889-4294

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Brew Hop offers tour options to local breweries. In recent years, San Diego has become a hub for craft beers with 60+ nearby microbreweries. Brew Hop will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel, home, trolley stop or train station. Choose from 1½ to 5 hour tour options that visit up to 4 breweries. Breweries are chosen according to your taste and can include Stone, Coronado Brewing Company, La Jolla Brewhouse, Mission Brewery and many more.

Brew Hop
2330 1st Avenue
Suite 411
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 361-8457

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La Jolla Wine Tours offers local wine tasting tours whether you're a wine aficionado or weekend sipper. Choose from several different tour options including a chauffeured tour, train tour, wine & food tour or walking tour. Enjoy wine, cheese & chocolate pairings, games, prizes and more on the train or at family-owned wineries. Also offered are beer hops to local microbreweries.

Beer & Wine Tours
La Jolla Wine Tours
330 A Street
Suite 143
San Diego, California 92101
(858) 551-5115

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Coronado Island

Bike & Kayak Tour choices are available in both La Jolla and Coronado Island. In La Jolla, bike to some of the city's most popular spots including the Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach Boardwalk, La Jolla Cove and the Cave Store. Or, hop in a kayak to explore the many caves along the La Jolla coastline. The Coronado location is situated at the ferry landing. Join a bike tour that heads to the historic Hotel del Coronado and further south through Silver Strand State Beach. Or, head out into the sheltered waters of the harbor aboard a kayak and capture astounding views of the Coronado Bridge, Downtown and military warships.

Bike & Kayak Tours - Coronado Island
1201 First Street
Coronado, CA 92118
(858) 454-1010

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Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado is located on Coronado Island and can be accessed by ferry boat locations from the harbor or the Coronado Bridge. "The Del", as it's referred to by locals, is a grand example of late 19th century Victorian architecture. Situated on the sand overlooking the Pacific, The Del remains one of the city's most recognizable landmarks, and offers luxury accommodations in both historic and modern structures. Join the Coronado Historical Association for a 90-minute walking tour which includes ghost stories and film locations.

TIP: The Del has been featured in many movies including Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon.

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(800) 468-3533

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The Gondola Company offer gondola cruises that navigate the channels of the Coronado Cays in an authentic Venetian Gondola. Your Gondolier will take you under bridges and through the waterways amidst multi-million dollar homes & yachts. Blankets are provided for cool evenings and guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments and appetizers. The Gondola Company is located off Silver Strand Boulevard south of Coronado.

The Gondola Company
503 Grand Caribe Causeway
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 429-6317

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Inland County

LeeLin Llama Treks are offered by Wikiup Bed & Breakfast in Julian. Julian is a quaint, historic town situated in the eastern, mountainous region of the county. Wikiup provides guided llama treks to a local winery, gold mine, apple orchards and several scenic locations of the region. Llamas carry gear and picnicking supplies for every tour.

LeeLin Llama Treks
Julian, California 92036
(800) 526-2725

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Barnstorming Adventures is located between Interstates 15 and 805 off Aero Drive at the Montgomery Field Airport. Barnstorming Adventures offers biplane rides over the entire county. One or two people can fit in the front of a 1920's biplane for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Get a low flying glimpse of local beaches or head inland over golf courses, lakes and wineries. Combine a sunset flight with dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Also offered is air combat and warbird flights.

Montgomery Field Airport
3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, Suite D
San Diego, CA 92123
(800) 759-5667

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Pacific Southwest Railway is located off Interstate 8 in the town of Campo. Train rides head to several Mexican border towns including Tecate. The Tecate tour stops at the Tecate Brewery where one of Mexico's finest beers is produced. Choose to tour the brewery or explore the charming town of Tecate on your own. Gather a group and charter a private car for one of these adventures.

TIP: We highly discourage tourists from entering Mexico due to a history of violence and atrocities committed against tourists in Mexico.

Pacific Southwest Railway
31123-1/2 Highway 94
Campo, California 91906
(619) 478-9937

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San Diego

Whale watching is popular as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching is offered from the harbor. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. MORE DETAILS


Horseback riding is available from Julian to Imperial Beach. Whether looking for a sightseeing trip in the pines or horseback riding on the beach, there are many stables in the county that can accommodate your interest.  MORE DETAILS


Kayak tours operate from Oceanside to Coronado Island and inland lakes. Paddle at your pace in Mission Bay, Lake Cuyamaca and the harbor. Kayak through lush kelp beds and spot orange Garibaldi fish in the crystal clear waters of La Jolla Cove.  MORE DETAILS


San Diego has several mines and sea caves awaiting exploration. Join a kayak tour to several sea caves near La Jolla Cove. Hop in a mine car and head into the earth at the Eagle & High Peak Mine in Julian. Discover gem quality tourmaline at Himalaya Mine in Pala. MORE DETAILS


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