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San Diego Scenic Tour
4.5

San Diego Scenic Tour

By San Diego Ride & Tours
Recommended by 95% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
See more of San Diego and its surroundings with the ease of a half-day tour that provides a comprehensive overview of the beachside city. Cover more ground with a local guide who takes you to destinations including the beaches of La Jolla, Mt Soledad, Coronado Island, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Old Town San Diego. Hear live commentary about this southern Californian city along the way.
from
$85.00
per adult
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$85.00
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration:
4h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Bottled water and snacks provided
  • Travel with a guide who shares detailed commentary
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from two central locations
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people allows for personalized attention

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • 500 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA 9.30AM: In front of The Guild Hotel (500 W. Broadway, 92101) . It's at the corner of Broadway & India street. There is a US Bank right next to it
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 22921P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with San Diego Scenic Tour?
How much is San Diego Scenic Tour?
San Diego Scenic Tour price starts from $85.00. Discover and book San Diego Scenic Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the San Diego Scenic Tour cancellation policy?
San Diego Scenic Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book San Diego Scenic Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides San Diego Scenic Tour?
San Diego Scenic Tour is hosted by San Diego Ride & Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact San Diego Ride & Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book San Diego Scenic Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 22921P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    500 W Broadway
    500 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    9.30AM: In front of The Guild Hotel (500 W. Broadway, 92101) . It's at the corner of Broadway & India street. There is a US Bank right next to it
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Little Italy
  • 1
    La Jolla Cove
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Balboa Park
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Coronado Island
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Gaslamp Quarter
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Shawn J
Shawn J
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Shopping day
Great shopping area and had all the stores we wanted to go to. Plan to spend 4-5 hours if you are a shopper
London44444
London44444
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Cancelled last minute, no professionalism
Tour confirmed soon after booking and then cancelled last minute. Tried calling and emailing company immediately af
snlaidlaw
snlaidlaw
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Saw lots of places but learned very little.
If you need a driver from point A to point B, this driver will get you there. However if you want to learn anything
lesliecola
lesliecola
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Best way to sample San Diego Highlights Within 4 Hours
The 4 hour tour of San Diego with Roxane was awesome! Roxane is engaging and knowledgeable of area. Especially lik
Jeff4190
Jeff4190
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Ramshackle Operation
Pathetic. I signed up for a beer tour yesterday, and paid. Today, i get a text saying "Sorry, we're overbooked and
Mark062017
Mark062017
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Great Tour
It’s always better to let someone else do the driving while you are sightseeing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable
Bookaroo2014
Bookaroo2014
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Definitely worth it!
Roxanne was our guide and she couldn’t have been more pleasant and gracious. This despite the fact that the tour wa
KTREngland
KTREngland
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Fabulous tour!
Booked this tour for our first morning in San Diego, so glad we did! Roxane greeted us in a modern clean mini van a
kimpossible007
kimpossible007
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Excellent Tour and Awesome Guide!
This was our first visit to San Diego and this tour was an absolute highlight despite the cold and rainy day. I’m
Matt M
Matt M
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Awesome and personal!
After booking for myself and fiancée I was told we needed a party of 6 or more, or for a little extra they could do
skinnygirl140
skinnygirl140
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Outstanding!!!
I was so amazed. Some of the winerys are as good as Napa/Sanoma. I kid you not. I had no idea the wines now riva
Dime26
Dime26
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Superb City Intro
Booked through Viator and had the pleasure of Mike as our guide / driver for the 4 hour tour of San Diego. Easy co
Auntie_El
Auntie_El
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Fun way to see San Diego
We took a private tour with Roxane. She made it fun and interesting and she was fairly flexible with the amount of
tommomelbourne
tommomelbourne
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Excellent city and beaches tour
We did two tours with SDR Tours where Roxanne was our excellent host. She had a lovely clean car (Toyota Rav 4) and
Mirela M
Mirela M
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San Diego Scenic Tour
This was a fantastic tour. Roxane showed us everything that was worth visiting in San Diego and gave us all the inf
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Amy E
1 contribution
Friends
We had a great tour! It was a very convenient way to see the sights. I wish there was more time at each site. Roxane was a great tour guide! I would definitely recommend if you have people with you who can’t walk long distances or you only have a little time in the city.
Written June 29, 2022
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Roxane A
Thank you for your feedback! Glad you enjoyed the tour! Thank you!!
Written August 20, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Falynn E
7 contributions
Couples
My husband and I are locals and were celebrating our anniversary so we decided to do the SD Scenic tour to get a taste of San Diego from the eyes of the tour guide. The guide was friendly and she was good about engaging with everyone on the tour. She gave perfectly timed details about each location we were about to visit. Although my husband and I only live about 40 miles from most of the destinations, we had only been to one of them (La Jolla Cove). After getting a sample of the destinations, we definitely will be returning to spend more time in each.
The only con to this tour was the size of the vehicle. There were 12 of us in a small van and the ride was very uncomfortable from destination to destination. I have a bruise on my bottom from sitting on top of a seatbelt the entire time. Ouch!
Other than that, would definitely recommend.
Written September 5, 2022
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1111jesj
87 contributions
This was my 2nd time taking a tour with Roxanne and she did not disappoint me or my family. I enjoyed her so much the first time I visited San Diego for a conference, I brought my entire family with me this time. You see all of the highlights of San Diego, get the perfect amount of time to walk around and experience the places you stop, and Roxanne offers wonderful insight into the city and the areas you are visiting as you drive around. The van is clean, well kept, and you get a water bottle and snack along with your tour information. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour for anyone visiting San Diego. Do it early in your trip so you can revisit places you like. Plus you'll get some great restaurant recommendations from Roxanne.
Written August 16, 2021
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Roxane A
Thank you so much Jessica, for your awesome review, and for taking the tour again with your whole family!! It was such a pleasure to have you guys on my tour!! And so glad you enjoyed it again for the 2nd time!! Let me know if you ever coming back to San Diego, I’ll be glad to take you on some new adventures! Thank you so much again!!
Written August 23, 2021
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JimP
5 contributions
Couples
Whenever we travel to a new city, we take a city tour to give us the lay of the land. Without a doubt, this tour was the best one we have ever taken. Roxanne did a wonderful job of giving us insight into the city, allowing us the time to explore the highlights and offering suggestions that we should explore. She was very prompt and professional, even reminding us the day before the tour about the specifics of pick up location and time. Outstanding tour!
Written April 7, 2021
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Roxane A
Thank you so much for the awesome review!!! So glad you had a great time with us exploring the city!! It was such a pleasure having you on our tour. Please feel free to contact us if you ever come back!
Written May 2, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kurtis B
2 contributions
Couples
Our tour guide was Linda, very nice woman and very informative. She was great!! The tour itself lasted about 4.5 hours or so, and we got a real good experience of what San Diego was like. I would however make sure you get there early if you have a car because parking is hard to find, unless you have an alternate way of arriving. I would also advise to eat breakfast or bring something because the stops for food were later on during the trip. Overall I would recommend to anybody who is new to San Diego, or anyone has centralized to one area. The only gripe I had was the leg room on the ride. I’m sort of tall (6’1”), so my knees were hitting the back of the seat in front me. Keep that in mind if you are taller.
Written May 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Soraya C
3 contributions
Couples
Roxane is great! She takes you all over, stopping at places such as La Jolla, Old Town, and Coronado beach. There’s time to get off and explore each area. Her van is clean and accessible. I felt very safe during the entire trip. A word of caution to those who find it difficult to get in and out of large vehicles because you’ll be doing that frequently.
Written October 10, 2021
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Roxane A
Thank you so much for you review!! So glad you had a great time! It was a pleasure having you on my tour! Let me know if you ever come back to San Diego, I’ll be glad to take you on some new adventures. Thank you!!
Written October 12, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

J. J.
3 contributions
The tour was a great introduction to everything San Diego. I would recommend doing this tour toward the start of a trip and use it to plan the rest of your vacation. Each stop is short, just enough to get an idea for the place and maybe see a thing or two.
Written June 21, 2022
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Roxane A
Hello, thank you for your great feedback!! Glad you enjoyed the tour, and yes the tour is definitely designed for that, to see all the highlights of San Diego in 4hours, so you can go back where you want to. Thank you so much!!
Written August 20, 2022
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ChicNY
Cortlandt Manor, NY43 contributions
Roxanne was a very good guide, providing highlights and points of interest along the almost four hour tour. We hit all the sites advertised and had four opportunities, about 30 minutes each to explore Old Town, Mount Soledad, La Jolla Shore and Balboa Park museum buildings and gardens. This was a perfect overview of San Diego on our first morning there and Roxanne gave us some great tips to enhance the rest of our visit.
Written April 11, 2022
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Yre3
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
This tour was the highlight of our vacation! We visited Little Italy, La Jolla, Mt. Soledad, Old Town, Coronado Island and Gaslamp!! Roxanne was the most pleasant tour guide giving us just enough information before each stop including some fun local facts along the way. If you are looking for a nice tour that gets you all around San Diego with enough time to let the kids run out on the beach while you grab a Pina Colada on Coronado, this is it. Each stop is only about 20 min but that’s enough to say, been there done that and had fun! Roxanne, you are amazing and our 13 yo olds even thought you were pretty cool too! Thank you for making our family vacation to San Diego one to remember!
Written December 22, 2021
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Roxane A
Thank you so much for your super nice, awesome review!!! Woow!! So glad you had an amazing time, I remember the kids running around, so glad they had a great time too!!! It was such a pleasure having you on my tour!! I hope you come aboard again soon!! Thank you so much!!
Written February 22, 2022
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Jesika
3 contributions
Family
Roxane was very knowledgeable about the city of San Diego. She made everything so enjoyable! We were surprised that the tour wasn’t on a trolley. Instead, we had a large black van, but it was very comfortable. Roxane used a microphone so we could easily hear her. Thanks Roxane!
Written February 15, 2020
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Roxane A
Thank you so much Trek for your awesome feedback!! Glad you had a great time with us, it was a pleasure having you on our tour! Please feel free to contact us if you ever come back to San Diego!
Written May 2, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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