San Diego tours introduce visitors to the amazing beauty of the area. Some tours of San Diego explore the beautiful harbor of San Diego with its magnificent views of the downtown San Diego skyline while other San Diego tours take visitors to beautiful places popular with the rich and famous such as Coronado, La Jolla, and Torrey Pines. There are also tours that take visitors from San Diego into Baja, Mexico.
Continue reading for a brief summary of the more popular tours that have a great reputation among tourists and locals.
San Diego Hop on Hop off Tours with the Old Town Trolley
The Old Town Trolley is San Diego’s most popular tour. The sightseeing loop taken by the Old Town Trolley takes just two hours making it ideal for visitors with limited time. The trolley tour is also ideal for visitors who want to stop to see the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Little Italy, Old Town, San Diego Harbor, and Seaport Village. The fully-narrated tours are led by ‘Conductors’ who receive great reviews and allow guests to hop-on and hop-off at any of about a dozen tour stops along the way. Recommendation: Take the Old Town Trolley on one day to visit the attractions in and around downtown and then take the La Jolla Tour with TourGuideTim the next day to see the beach areas of San Diego, including La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Pacific Beach, and Mission Bay. Read more about the Old Town Trolley.
San Diego City Tours and Mexico Tours with Gray Line
Gray Line offer tours all over the world, including a city tour of San Diego. The Gray Line city tour is an alternative to the trolley tour and includes hotel pick-ups. Tourists go on a three hour tour that includes the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Balboa Park, La Jolla, and Old Town. Visitors are provided brief stops to explore the Hotel del Coronado and Old Town. The Gray Line City Tours of San Diego are ideal for people who are less mobile and want to keep the same seats, those who are traveling with larger families and want to sit together, and anyone who prefers the comfort of a coach tour bus. Gray Line also provides a variety of San Diego tours that go to Tijauna and/or Ensenada Mexico. Recommendation: If you love the beauty of La Jolla and want to return to learn more about the area and spend time enjoying the views, taking pictures of the seals, and browsing through the shops and art galleries, take the La Jolla Tour with TourGuideTim. Read more about the Gray Line Tours.
San Diego Tours to La Jolla and Torrey Pines
While San Diego is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, La Jolla is one of the most beautiful places in the world with its jagged ocean cliffs, hilltops providing panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, abundant marine life from seals to pelicans and cormorants, and the community of boutique shops and art galleries. My tour guests compare La Jolla and Torrey Pines to the Spanish Island of Majorca and Italy’s Amalfi Coast. This is the only tour in San Diego that provides guests with a driver and a tour guide. This allows me, your tour guide, to give you a full-on experience sharing history of national significance that occurred in the area, answer your questions, and provide walking tours at various stops along the way. In addition to our focus on La Jolla and Torrey Pines, we will also see Pacific Beach and Mission Bay before returning to downtown San Diego. Learn more about the La Jolla Tours with TourGuideTim.
San Diego Harbor Tours
The San Diego harbor tours offer a southern tour loop and a northern tour loop with each taking one hour. The south loop shows you the San Diego city skyline, Coronado Bay Bridge, Hotel Del Coronado, Navy Ships, and the Port of San Diego. The north loop provides a closer view of sailboats and yachts heading in and out to the Pacific Ocean, military aircraft at North Island, Cabrillo National Monument, and a chance of spotting sea lions and other wildlife. The narrated tours provide an in-depth look at our naval and maritime history. Recommendation: If you enjoy military history, combine a San Diego harbor tour and the La Jolla Tour, which goes in-depth on the local military aviation history as it passes by an old factory that built B-24 bombers and Atlas Rockets and stops on a hillside with a view of Miramar, former home to Top Gun. Read more about the San Diego Harbor Tours.
San Diego Segway Tours
Want to try something different? A very popular San Diego tour for locals and tourists is the Segway tour offered by Another Side of San Diego. Starting in downtown’s Horton Plaza, guests can learn to ride the electric personal transporters and take tours either of downtown, Balboa Park, or Coronado. Each tour lasts about 2.5 – 3 hours, including an introduction to using a Segway. This is ideal for people who like to try new things and visit areas at a pace similar to riding a bicycle. Recommendation: Take a morning tour on a Segway to visit Coronado and then take the afternoon La Jolla Tour with TourGuideTim. Plan your Segway tour for 8AM and then meet up with the La Jolla Tour shortly before noon. Read more about the Segway Tours in San Diego.
More San Diego Tours
The summary of San Diego tours described above covers the more popular tours for out-of-town visitors. However, there are many other tours of San Diego to try if you planned enough time for visiting this great area. For example, you could explore San Diego harbor by sailing on a yacht used in an America’s Cup Race or riding on a fast, inflatable boat like the ones the Navy SEALS use, which are guided by retired Coast Guard captains. You could take a tour of both San Diego Harbor and the local streets on an amphibious seal boat. You could explore the haunted side of San Diego on a Ghost Tour, which visits places rated as the most haunted in America by the Travel Channel. You could also take a tour to visit local wineries, microbreweries, and more. Scroll down a list of San Diego tours to find more details about the tours that interest you. Enjoy!
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