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San Diego: Harbor Cruise

1. San Diego: Harbor Cruise

See San Diego's best sights. Learn about the city and enjoy a cruise on the bay. Depending on the option booked, this tour takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks, and marine life for a look at San Diego's scenic beauty and fascinating history. This tour’s luxury ships offer three levels with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 360-degree views, and an on-board snack bar serving snacks, soda, beer, wine and cocktails (available for purchase). This is a great way to experience San Diego from the water.

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GPS Talking Tour Cars: Downtown & Balboa Park

2. GPS Talking Tour Cars: Downtown & Balboa Park

This is the essential San Diego tour. You will see almost all of the greatest sights San Diego has to offer, like the visually stunning Balboa park which is littered with Spanish Renaissance inspired architecture. Pass by over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and world renowned outdoor organ pavilion all the way to the always happening Hillcrest, which has a great variety of shops and restaurants. Hillcrest is known to have some of the best food in the county. But best of all you will also get to see Downtown San Diego at its finest, from the Maritime Museum, to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Downtown San Diego is one of the best places in the world for its diversity, and visual appeal. Don’t miss the best places San Diego has to offer on this tour.

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From San Diego: 5-Hour Tijuana City Sightseeing Tour

3. 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: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

4. San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

Ideal for those with a free spirit and sense of adventure, but who don't want to miss out on a guided tour, this 2-hour excursion combines the best of both worlds. You will be the captain of your own speed boat, all the while following a trained, knowledgeable guide as they keep you informed via the 2-way communication system that’s mounted in each boat. Hear the guide’s witty, yet historical narration as you cruise the harbor, seeing such luminous sights as the Russian submarine at San Diego Maritime Museum, the USS Midway and the skyline of downtown San Diego. Exhilarating and spontaneous, with laugh-out-loud moments, the thrill of driving your own boat, as well as the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the highlights makes for a perfect combination. Even the sea lions will give you a cheer!

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Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

5. 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

6. 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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La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

7. La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Enjoy the open air and San Diego sun. Take this eye-popping journey through the enchanting coastal community of La Jolla. Meet us in La Jolla and tour this beautiful California beach community in style and ease from the comfort of a Segway Personal Transporter. We’ll teach you how to ride your Segway then head off to show you Sonny Jim's Cave, the La Jolla Cove, and many other fantastic attractions on your guided 2-hour tour. Your helpful guide will tell you about the natural wonders of this area and show you its highlights. You'll glide by famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, past beaches lined with seals, sea lions and pelicans, all while enjoying stories about famous residents, multi-million-dollar mansions and the area's natural history and architecture. Of course, a tour of La Jolla is not complete without a visit to the surfer's hot spot of Windansea Beach. This guided tour allows you to explore beyond San Diego to see some of the most beautiful locations in Southern California.

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Urban Adventure Quest: 3-Hour Interactive Tour in San Diego

8. Urban Adventure Quest: 3-Hour Interactive Tour in San Diego

If you’re looking for a way to turn San Diego into a giant board game, try the Urban Adventure Quest. This is an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of San Diego. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. The adventure begins at the Waterfront Park and takes you on a well-designed course through Little Italy, the waterfront, and down to the war memorials. The tour involves approximately 2.5 miles of walking and uses the downtown transit system at one point in the game. Using a smart phone as your guide means that you can begin when you like and determine your own pace of play. Stop for a stroll in the park or gelato in Little Italy. The Quest is offered at a fixed price per group rather than per person, making this city tour/game great value for those on a budget. Points of Interest on Your Quest: • Little Italy • Maritime Museum • USS Midway • Bob Hope Memorial • "Kissing the War Goodbye" Statue

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The San Diego Segway Tour

9. The San Diego Segway Tour

Join us for a beautiful ride through San Diego’s picturesque city center on this 1-hour Segway tour. Start by learning to ride a new Segway® Personal Transporter, the “Bike of the Future”, and enjoy the city scenery of San Diego. This tour covers almost entirely flat ground, so this tour is ideal for Segway beginners as well. Ride through the historic Gaslamp Quarter and make your way to the city pier and the Embarcadero. Pass along Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, and take in the impressive and unique Urban Trees art exhibit. We will guide you through one of America’s finest Cities with historical information and quirky fun facts from your guide throughout the tour. Be prepared for a great time!

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Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

10. Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

Experience San Diego like never before, and in the upmost style, with a 2020 talking Vanderhall car. The GoCar Exotic gets 30 mph, and goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. You'll be able to see some of the greatest sights San Diego has to offer from a comfortable seat, with your car telling you all about the most important sights. From the stunning Balboa park which is littered with Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, to over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and more - you'll see it all from your storytelling car. Explore the diverse and beautiful downtown San Diego at its finest, from the Maritime Museum to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. You'll also pass by Little Italy, the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, Bankers Hill, San Diego Zoo, Hillcrest Neighborhood and so much more.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Two segments. One was North San Diego harbor, followed by a South San Diego harbor tour. Both had great views and skyline pictures. The South captured a beautiful sunset with clouds that made my cell phone into a professional photography media. Easy on and off boarding. Expected tip was $10 for the tourguide/captain.

We really enjoyed the harbor cruise while visiting San Diego for a few days. We toured both the north and south harbors and got to see beautiful views from the water and picked up fun tidbits of information from our tour guide.

The check-in was smooth, and the family-owned cruise was a peaceful experience. It is an activity suitable for family members of all ages. The narrator on-board shared his expertise for those of us wanting to explore and learn.

Good drinks and nice atmosphere it was very educational I enjoyed myself

Very nice cruise. Crew are helpful and knowledgeable