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San Diego Scenic Tour

  • 4-hour sightseeing tour of San Diego and surrounding areas
  • See San Diego’s Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and the Midway aircraft carrier
  • Learn about Old Town San Diego, considered the birthplace of California
San Diego Scenic Tour
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San Diego Scenic Tour
From $55.00
In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad. Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.
What to Expect
Welcome to the most interresting sightseeing tour of San Diego !
We will start our adventure in La Jolla with its beautiful coastal views. The surroundings in La Jolla are really spectacular, with your feet on one of the most picturesque beaches in California you can see the Mediterranean backdrops right beside it, what gives the place an awesome feeling and gives you the opportunity to take some perfect pictures of the omnipresent marine life. You are guaranteed to approach Sea Lions, Pelicans and Seals at the “children pool”.
After a ride on the top of the Mount Soledad where you will enjoy a 360 panoramic view of the county, we will visit Coronado Island, the little summer paradise located just a bridge away from Downtown San Diego. Beside its 25 miles of beautiful beaches and dunes Coronado is famous for its elegant gardens and old-world Mac Mansions and the historic Hotel Del Coronado.
After enjoying the nicest beaches in the San Diego area we will head to downtown San Diego to visit the famous Balboa Park with its 1,200 acres of urban park setting that houses over 85 cultural and recreational organizations including 15 museums. We will then stop by Little Italy which is a lovely neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars and pubs, perfect place for a night outting. Not to mention the famous Gaslamp Quarter. We will end our tour of downtown with a quick stop at Petco Park, Home of San Diego Padres.
Completing our Downtown visit, we will ride through the Embarcadero, where we will view the pier and multiple magnificient ships, including the famous Midway Aircraft Carrier.
We will end our tour at Old Town San Diego the “birthplace” of California. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the first of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstones of California. Today Old Town San Diego still preserves the rich heritage from the period of 1821-1871. It also is home to award-winning restaurants, more than 150 shops, 17 museums and much more.
What Is Included ?
• Snacks and beverages
• transportation
• beach access
• scenic stops for pictures
What Is not Included ?
• Gratuities are not included
Tour duration : 4 hours / Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Pick up location :
• In front of 500 West Hotel (500 W. Broadway, 92101 San Diego)
• Close to Old Town Transit center: at the corner of Taylor Street & Calhoun Street, San Diego, CA 92110 
Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 32 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome Tour!

My family loved this scenic tour during our first trip to San Diego! Five Stars! Roxane does a wonderful job of confirming your tour and clearly explaining where to meet. She was so engaging, kind and funny -- she really makes the tour extra special!...More

Thank KoopaKybra
Roxane A, General Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your very kind review! it was a pleasure having you on our tour and so glad you had a great time! Please feel free to contact us if you ever come back to San Diego!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we are home I have a difficult time getting my 16 year old outside. While in San Diego he never wanted to come in. Beautiful scenery and awesome sunsets.

Thank bevans130
Reviewed November 4, 2018
Great way to see a beautiful city!

Roxanne was a very enthusiastic and informative tour guide. The tour covered many interesting places in four hours. We enjoyed our tour very much, and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting San Diego!

Thank Explorer31316573856
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your great review! Glad you enjoyed the tour! Let us know if you ever come back to San Diego!

Reviewed October 31, 2018
Great small group tour

Great overview of a beautiful city. Roxanne was very informative and pleasant to be with. Comfortable van and small group. Many stops along the way for closer viewing . Wonderful tour.

Thank nickatnight45
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Nick, Thank you so much for your nice review! Glad you had a great time on our tour! If you ever come back to San Diego, let us know!

Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile
Great tour

Toured several parts of the city in small group. Excellent tour guide. Would recommend. Enjoyed the small group aspect.

Thank 788debras
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Hi Debra, Thank you so much for your nice review and glad you enjoyed the tour with us! Please feel free to contact me if you ever come back to San Diego! Thank you!

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July 5, 2018|
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Response from Damon G | Reviewed this property |
No. There are strategic spots where you are picked up. the guide calls you the day before and then texts you the day of. If you are not at the designated meeting point then you may miss the tour. It was a mix up on our... More
Bridget H
April 10, 2018|
Response from railbrid |
I've contacted this company via its website and haven't received any response. This will be the third company in the USA that I've emailed with queries. Never received any response from any of them. Not good!
April 8, 2018|
Response from lhuxford |
Hello! I am looking at the San Diego Scenic Tour. We are a group of 11 adults looking for a tour like this. Can the start time be changed ? We would be driving in from Palm Springs and wouldnt make the 9:30 time Also... More