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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 
Reviews (47)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Best Tour

I took the tour on Oct 17. It was the best tour I've ever been on in any city. I learned so much in 4 hrs. Roxane, our tour guide was amazing. We visited La Jolla, The Children's Pool, Mount Soledad, Old town, Balboa Park,...More

Thank Porscha H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great tour, especially if you only have a half day to spare, or otherwise you can pick a spot you would like to return to, as I did, with Old Town. It covers all the major points of interest and gives you...More

Thank Shirley R
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much Shirley for you nice review! Glad you had a great time with us! Please feel free to contact us if you ever come back!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great City Tour

This tour is worth taking if you have not been to San Diego. We only were there for 2 days so had to do as much as we could in the short time. Would recommend it.

Thank djsheehan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great overview of San Diego in 4 hours

Our tour guide, Roxane, was very nice & brought us to lots of beautiful scenery places in San Diego. The tour was enjoyable and we have enough time to walk around ourselves and listening to her introduction whenever we were in the car. A good...More

Thank RenArwin
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your nice review!

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile
Great four hour tour

Good tour of the city with stops to walk around and experience the areas. Roxanne was pleasant and informative.

Thank maureensmith3
Roxane A, Manager at San Diego Ride & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Hi Maureen, Thank you for the nice review! I'm glad you had a great time with us!

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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
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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