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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
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 
Write a ReviewReviews (42)

1 - 5 of 22 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Interesting Tour, Very Negative Tour Guide

It feels like I went on a different tour than the other reviewers. I did appreciate that the tour went to so many different areas from La Jolla to Coronado, Balboa Park, Old Town and the Gaslamp, etc. As a recent transplant to San Diego,...More

2  Thank Pamela B
Roxane A, General Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Pamela, I'm sorry you didn't fully enjoyed the Tour. We try to give as much information as possible during this short period of time and that's why we also give an information guide, with very detailed information about the city and places that we...More

Reviewed 6 days ago
We Saw So Much!

This is a great tour to see so many things in San Diego! We were new to the area so getting a peek at many different areas really helped us get a feel for the city! The stops were just the right amount of time...More

Thank dee0403tx
Roxane A, General Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Dee Ann, Thank you so much for your nice review, and I'm really glad you had a great time with us! Thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fantastic Tour Lead by the Amazing Ana!

The tour was awesome. We visited multiple locations throughout the San Diego area. This helped to solidify future extended visits in key locations during our trip. Ana was absolutely amazing. Her knowledge sharing along with her sense of humor.......I can say no more. I would...More

Thank robertwX4116HH
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Robert, Thank you so much for your nice review! It was a pleasure having you on my Tour! If you ever come back San Diego, let me know, we have other fun tours, and I will glad to take you on some new adventures!...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Highlight of our San Diego vacation

I did the 4 hour tour with my family and in-laws on 7/7, and thought it was a great experience. The pickup point was just outside of Historic Old Town and there was ample free parking. Roxane did a great job of engaging the group...More

1  Thank Joe H
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Joe, Thank you so much for your detailed and very nice review ! Glad you had a great time with us! We actually are working on putting together a 7hours Tour, we will add 2 more locations, and people will have more time to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great way to kick off our San Diego vacation!

On the first day of any vacation in a new city, we always try to take a city tour. Our selection of the San Diego Scenic Tour with Roxanne was a great choice. She was on time, personable, and knowledgeable. Her vans are comfortable and...More

2  Thank Judy H
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Judy, Thank you so much for your nice review! It was such a pleasure having you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Tour, and you were able to enjoy your time in San Diego! Let me know if you ever come back to San...More

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5 July 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
11 April 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!
9 April 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