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San Diego: Dinner Cruise

1. San Diego: Dinner Cruise

The three-hour Dinner Cruise combines culinary excellence – think crisp salads, braised ribs and oven roasted salmon entrees, and luscious desserts – with unforgettable scenery and ambient music.  This Nightly Dinner cruise is famous around the world and is compared to the dinner cruises in New York and in Paris. San Diego’s dinner cruise combines breathtaking city views, great food, and drinks.  Stroll the spacious decks, watch the sunset before dinner. Dinner is buffet-style with an elaborate wine list, upgrades and additions, and vegetarian option. After dinner, listen to relaxing music, as you enjoy your dessert and coffee. Photos are taken at beginning of the cruise, can be purchased at the end! You’ll be thrilled to know that your dining experience does not have cruise-style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers.

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San Diego: 3-Hour Sunset Sail

2. San Diego: 3-Hour Sunset Sail

Enjoy an awe-inspiring sunset as you discover the beauty of San Diego Bay with a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain. In 3 hours, you will be able to visit the most memorable landmarks in San Diego Bay. Sail through the Maritime Museum, the Midway Museum, Downtown San Diego, and other exciting spots, or head out to the Pacific Ocean. If you're lucky, you may even see a host of wildlife along the way such as sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales. With multiple departures daily, you'll be sure to find a tour to fit perfectly into your schedule. All beer, white wine, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are complimentary and unlimited. Just in case it gets a bit chilly on the bay, jackets, hats, and blankets are provided. And to protect yourself from the hot California sun, sunscreen and sunglasses are also provided.

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Grand Baja Mexico Tour

3. Grand Baja Mexico Tour

Bienvenidos a Mexico! In our Baja Mexico Grand Tour, your adventure begins as we cross into Mexico and visit Tijuana, the fourth largest city in Mexico. We will go on a cultural sightseeing tour of the area with stops at: the Cultural Center, the Tijuana Bullring, the Tijuana Zoo, and the Tijuana Tower. We will also have time for some shopping along Avenidad Revolution. This street is the main shopping Mecca south of the border with more than 400 different types of shops that will entice you to bargain like the locals for your Mexican curios. Then it's off to Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, once a small fisherman town, it is now home to over 50 different restaurants offering the specialty of the house, Puerto Nuevo style lobster meals. This lobster meal is a Pacific Ocean Lobster deep fried to perfection, along with unlimited rice, beans and a welcome Margarita!   After lunch (included) enjoy some time to relax along the Pacific Ocean as Mariachis serenade you. After this memorable experience we will travel to Rosarito Beach which was once the Mexican Hollywood during the 1920's. Now it is a blooming beachside community with endless opportunities to visit the beach, go horseback riding or ATV riding along the sandy beaches. You'll have the time of your life.

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Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

4. Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

Sample a variety of breakfast and dinner dishes with fantastic views, and then head to the outdoor deck for fresh sea air and a narrated bay cruise. San Diego’s most popular and unique Sunday Champagne Brunch features views that change with the courses. This brunch is complete with bountiful selection of breakfast and lunch entrees, carving stations, salad and dessert bar, and free flowing champagne. Lovely light music and sightseeing completes your entertainment! You’ll be thrilled to know that Hornblower Cruises doesn’t participate in cruise style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers! SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Accompaniments Basket of Fresh Croissants & Cinnamon Rolls with Strawberry Jam, Whipped Honey Butter and Seasonal Fruit Seasonal Salad Chef's Selection Seasonal Green Salad Entrees Seafood Selection Shrimp Cocktail w/ Lemon Wedge & Cocktail Sauce | Grilled Brown Sugar, Soy & Ginger Salmon Duet Entree (Select One Egg Course and one Carving Board Course below)  - All Entrees served with Roasted Red Creamer Potatoes with Colorful Roasted Peppers Poached Egg on Buttermilk Biscuit with Spinach Supreme and Hollandaise | Fluffy Omelet with Ham & Cheese or Spinach & Artichoke topped with Salsa Fresca  Duet Entree (Select One Egg Course above and one Carving Board Course) - All Entrees served with Roasted Red Creamer Potatoes with Colorful Roasted Peppers Carved New York Strip with Pico de Gallo | Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry Mango Chutney Breakfast Upon Request Hickory Smoked Bacon | French Toast with Maple Syrup & fresh Berries | Chef's Selection Vegan Menu Available Dessert Dessert Trio New York Style Cheesecake | Chef's Chocolate Creation | Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

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Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

5. Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no more than a very light snack before the tour – or nothing at all!

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From San Diego: 5-Hour Tijuana City Sightseeing Tour

6. From San Diego: 5-Hour Tijuana City Sightseeing Tour

Head South of the border on a 5-hour tour that takes you into Tijuana and brings you directly in contact with Mexican culture. Begin your tour by crossing into Mexico and enter a world of contrasts. To kick things off, you'll travel into the main street known for its historic roundabouts until you reach the Cultural Center and IMAX Theatre. Get to know the famous Zona Rio with its large plaza and see statues of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Cuauhtémoc the Aztec King, and other important figures of Mexico. Experience the height of the Tijuana Bullring and the Tijuana Water Tower. Then make your way to the famous Avenida Revolucion for some shopping and bargaining. Before you do your shopping, you will experience the Tijuana tradition of making your own Mexican taco, a culinary delight which consists of a delicious tortilla filled with meat, chicken, or veggies, and all the trimmings such as guacamole, salsa, cilantro, and onion. You'll have the time of your life! Come, and fall in love with Mexico! Sample Itinerary 14:00 – Depart San Diego for Tijuana 14:30 – Arrival in Tijuana for a city tour, shopping, and taco demonstration 17:00 – Depart Tijuana 19:00 – Arrive in San Diego Note: To re-enter the USA, you will need proper identification such as a USA passport, USA passport card, or birth certificate and ID. For non-USA citizens, please consult with the proper embassy.

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San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

7. San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

As the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego has seen its fair share of history. Today, it’s also widely regarded for its restaurants, margaritas, and souvenir shops. Start your exploration at the Adobe Chapel which served both as a home and church in the 19th century. Then, you'll be treated to handmade tortillas, a world-famous dish that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America. After that, continue the tour and see one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for its haunting ghost stories. Marvel at the wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, including San Diego's first Synagogue. The nourishment from the tortillas will be handy as you'll start a brief hike to the original European settlement on the West Coast of the U.S. You'll see the outline of some of the 18th-century structures and learn about the history of indigenous people living on this land upon the arrival of European settlers. Once back in town, visit a hundred-year-old Catholic church, followed by a stroll through a landmark cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s. By now you might be thirsty, so take a brief walk to a local tequileria boasting a collection of thousands of bottles. Here you will learn about the many different types of tequilas and be treated to a tasting of one of the best tequilas in the world. (This sample is included as part of your tour price, but you may instead choose a margarita, beer or another beverage of your choice). You’ll bid adios here, but feel free to linger over another drink, or dig into some great Mexican food. Or, if you want to keep moving, you can continue shopping and exploring this great San Diego neighborhood.

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Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

8. Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

The tour sets off from the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village, where your 3-hour culinary adventure begins. Navigate the picturesque streets of the village with your local guide and discover its diverse history, architecture and culture. Stroll down some of the most famous streets in Carlsbad, home to a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants, and iconic landmarks, uniquely mixed with shops, art galleries and vibrant street murals. Along the way, stop at 8 different eateries, popular with the locals, and taste the flavors of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from a locally-owned specialty food store, and ethnic or locavore-style eateries. Some of the stops on the tour include one of Carlsbad’s most romantic restaurants and a dessert haven with recipes passed down through generations. There’s also time to delight your taste buds with a sampling of California’s award-winning wines at one of the village’s urban wineries.

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San Diego: Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones Walking Tour

9. San Diego: Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones Walking Tour

Travel back to a world of colorful customs and ruthless pride, as you walk the streets of San Diego’s Old Town, a neighborhood known as the first town of California. The 2.5-hour walking tour explains how the area has been restored to represent what the neighborhood looked like during the 1820-1870s, and includes stops at local restaurants to savor the great cuisine and sample a few drinks. As you check out the original buildings, built with the only natural resources the land had to offer, you will learn how and why the natives thrived in their dry and warm environment. Hear about bull fights, horse races, pistol shooting matches, dances, and political events, all carried out in the town plaza during the Mexican period, and then later during the great American Gold Rush. Discover the difference between the two, and the marriage between the cultures. As one of the nation’s most haunted neighborhoods, the ghost stories of the tour will have you checking over your shoulder for lingering spirits. Visit the second oldest cemetery in San Diego, and learn the stories of some of the notorious people who still haunt the streets of the eerie neighborhood. Visit the Whaley House, considered the most haunted house in America and see why the past still haunts the present. 

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San Diego: Balboa Park Segway Tour

10. San Diego: Balboa Park Segway Tour

Explore Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park, and enjoy the seasonal flower displays, the many museums on a segway. Take in the beauty of San Diego's most beautiful park. Don't miss out on the fun and adventure of riding a segway. Experience a unique way to experience San Diego. Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park, is renowned for its brilliant displays of seasonal flowers, shady groves of trees, and meandering paths through rolling lawns, as well as its beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival buildings. Discover and learn about this incredible park, as well as San Diego's cultural history, with a professional guide extraordinaire, who will entertain and amuse you throughout the tour, sharing their extensive knowledge of this treasured park.

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What people are saying about San Diego

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This was an AWESOME adventure!!! I’ve been a resident of San Diego for over 23 years & decided to do something special to celebrate my Best Friend’s birthday . Although I have enjoyed the gorgeous San Diego Bay from the shores of Shelter Island, Coronado Island, Harbor Island, Point Loma and Downtown San Diego, it doesn’t compare to the absolutely stunning views from a sail boat floating on the winds of the bay !! It’s truly something that she experienced by anyone that loves the beauty of the ocean. Our Captain Trevor was so skilled at sailing that it was a smooth & gentle 3 hours of peaceful , beautiful fun :) . I highly recommend this adventure on the water ! The other passengers were delightful and really added to the fun . My Best Friend and I enjoyed a day that we will never forget! Thank you Trevor and Sail San Diego!

We organized this tour as part of the Companion Program for our conference. Guests loved it! They felt the tour hit all the major highlights of San Diego and had a great time.

Informative and fun! We learned a lot of info about the early days of San Diego!

Stephen was a great guide. Definitely will book this tour again.

Great staff! Very pleased. Good food, wonderful experience!