La Jolla Sightseeing Tours


Location: Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Torrey Pines

Tour Schedule: Starts at 12PM most days except Sundays

Cost: $68

Departs: Santa Fe Train Depot in Downtown San Diego, which serves AMTRAK, regional Coaster train, and city Trolley service. It is located two blocks from the Visitor Information Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, and Harbor Attractions.

Features: Half-Day, Expert-Guided Tour from San Diego to La Jolla and Torrey Pines. Amazing views; Fascinating Trivia; Includes free time.

Enjoying the Views at La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Sightseeing Tour Highlights: If you have browsed around this TourGuideTim travel web site while preparing for your San Diego Vacation, you probably noticed we share more details about local attractions than other travel guides. There are also many instances where we share interesting trivia about an attraction that few know about but many find fascinating.

You can expect the same attention to detail and fascinating trivia when you take the San Diego to La Jolla Sightseeing Tour with TourGuideTim.

What Guests are Saying

A recent guest from England summed up the typical response we get during a tour, “Absolutely Brilliant! There is a surprise around every corner!”

Looking out over the Ecological Reserve

Guests also often ask, “How comes this place is not more famous?!”

La Jolla, La Hoya. What makes this town with a funny name so famous among the rich?

Many guests have heard of La Jolla, which is pronounced as La Hoya, but don’t know what makes it famous. When you come on the tour, you’ll find out why the world’s wealthiest have moved into the area to make it the most expensive housing market in America, despite the fact multi-million dollar homes are stacked up right next to each other.

It is all about the views, wildlife, ecological reserve, beach activities, seaside cliffs, caves, art galleries, boutique shops, and oh, did we mention the views.

Sea Lions Sunbathing in La Jolla Cove

The spectacular views can not be mentioned enough. Many wonder if this is what heaven is like. People’s spirits are lifted as they soak in the scenery and sounds of wildlife at La Jolla Cove.

What Guests Will See

  • 360 degree views from one of the highest hilltops along the Southern California coast.
  • Multi-million dollar mansions.
  • Sea Lions, Seals, Brown Pelicans, and Cormorants.
  • The famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, home to the 2008 U.S. Open.
  • Fearless people flying off beach cliffs on paragliders.
  • Gliding off the Cliffs at Torrey Pines

  • Art galleries, Boutique shops, Fine restaurants, and Fancy car dealerships – you will see showrooms for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, and Bentley.
  • Beach views you will remember for a lifetime.

What Guests Will Learn

  • History of Aviation – Several national and world firsts took place in San Diego.
  • Geology – The San Diego landscape provides one of the most beautiful urban areas in the world, encompassing the ocean, canyons, mountains, and desert.
  • Architecture – Some of the more notable works of internationally recognized architects are found in San Diego and La Jolla.
  • Coastline next to Scripps Park

  • Famous Residents – Hollywood stars, financial tycoons, and other recognizable figures who have lived in La Jolla.
  • Interesting Trivia – Your guide has a treasure trove of facts that will keep you saying, ‘Wow’.

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What Guests Can Do

Preparing to Bike down from Mt. Soledad

Main Tour – Enjoy all the things to see and learn, as described above, and then spend an hour-and-a-half getting a bite to eat, exploring the art galleries and boutique shops, or just feeling inspired by staring at the beauty of La Jolla Cove. This is the way most guests enjoy their afternoon in La Jolla. However, if you want to walk, bike, kayak, snorkel, or shop, here are some other options you can combine with this tour.

Walking Tour – Instead of going off on your own for free time, join a walking tour along La Jolla Cove to learn about the sea lions, seals, brown pelicans, and cormorants as well as learn about the pioneering women who made La Jolla what it is today.

Kayaking in the Ecological Reserve

Bike Tour – Reserve a spot to get off the bus at the first stop, Mount Soledad, and exercise your legs as you bike down the hill and go for a two-hour ride with a guide from ‘Hike Bike Kayak’ along local streets, exploring La Jolla and nearby beach areas. You will then have an hour of free time in La Jolla Shores before you head back to San Diego on the sightseeing tour bus.

Kayak or Snorkel Tour –  Explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve on a 1.5 hour guided tour with ‘Hike Bike Kayak’. Learn about the local marine life and, if conditions permit, explore the sea caves.

Surf Lesson – Take advantage of this introduction to the quintessential California pastime of surfing. Your 1.5 hour group lesson includes lesson time on the beach and then riding the calm waves in La Jolla Shores.

Boutique Shops in the Village

Shopping – If you love to shop at unique shops and art galleries for hard-to-find items, the Village of La Jolla is the place to go. For those who want extra free time to browse through over 100 shops, grab a bite to eat, and walk along La Jolla Cove, just let us know when you board the sightseeing tour and we’ll drop you off so you have over 3 hours of free time, instead of 1.5 hours. You will miss part of the sightseeing tour as it continues to La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines before it returns to the Village.

Beach – If you want to sit on the beach or dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean, you will have free time to do so in La Jolla Cove when you take the Main Tour.

Standing alone atop the Beach Cliffs

However, if you want to spend up to 2.5 hours at the beach and be able to rent beach gear, just let us know and we’ll drop you off in La Jolla Shores. You will miss the visit to Torrey Pines and the free time to spend in the Village Shops and La Jolla Cove but we’ll still pick you up for the return tour ride to San Diego.

Can’t Make Up Your Mind? Don’t worry about it. Pick the Main Tour and you will have a great time. The options show there is just so much to see and do in La Jolla that you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to spend an afternoon seeing why it is a place you will remember for a lifetime.

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