San Diego Driving Tour: Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park & Old Town

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San Diego, US
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Experience the dynamic city of San Diego like never before on this half-day driving tour. Your private guide will take you to the most iconic historical sites, neighborhoods, and parks, including the stunning Balboa Park, the elegant Gaslamp Quarter, the culturally rich Old Town, and the picturesque beaches of San Diego. With your guide's local insight, you'll discover hidden corners of the city and capture breathtaking photos of Victorian streets, blooming gardens, and the rugged coastline filled with seals, marine birds, and sea caves. Please note that the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park is currently closed for renovation. This tour offers an immersive experience in the charms and beauty of San Diego, highlighting its diverse culture, rich history, and natural wonders. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure in the sun-drenched city.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 5 hours
  • Suitable for 2-6 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Visit major historical sites, neighborhoods, and parks
  • Explore the elegant architecture of Gaslamp Quarter
  • Immerse in the rich Mexican culture of Old Town San Diego
  • Admire the opulent mansions along the coastal stretch of La Jolla
  • Capture picturesque landmarks and stunning coastline in photographs
  • Hotel pickup (if centrally located)
  • Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places
  • A friendly, professional tour guide for your own private group
  • Private transportation
  • Food and drink, although your guide will be happy to recommend local favourites along the way
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • No tickets required

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San Diego Driving Tour: Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park & Old Town is a captivating half-day tour that takes you on a journey through the fascinating history, charming neighborhoods, and breathtaking natural beauty of San Diego. Led by a knowledgeable private guide, this tour promises an immersive experience, revealing the hidden gems and iconic landmarks that make this city truly special.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can anticipate discovering the diverse range of attractions that San Diego has to offer. From the magnificent Balboa Park, where you can explore a collection of renowned museums and experience the tranquility of its lush green spaces, to the Gaslamp Quarter with its grand Victorian architecture and vibrant streets, this tour will introduce you to the rich cultural tapestry of the city. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Old Town, where the vibrant Mexican culture comes to life, and enjoy the picturesque coastal stretch and opulent mansions of La Jolla.

Who is this for?

This tour is tailored for all those who crave an authentic and comprehensive San Diego experience. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply someone seeking a memorable adventure, this tour is for you. It is designed to cater to diverse interests and preferences, ensuring that every participant can fully immerse themselves in the essence of San Diego.

Why book this?

Embark on this tour to benefit from the unique advantage of a private guide, who will unlock the fascinating stories and secrets of San Diego's past and present. With the guidance of your experienced local expert, you can delve into the city's lesser-known corners and capture stunning photographs of its most picturesque landmarks, including the rugged sea caves and abundant wildlife along the coastline. This engaging tour promises an enriching and immersive experience, allowing you to create lasting memories of your time in San Diego.

Good to know

Please note that the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park is currently undergoing major renovation and is closed until the end of 2024. Hotel pick-up is available upon request, ensuring convenience and ease of access. The tour concludes either at your centrally located hotel or within the lively Gaslamp Quarter, giving you the flexibility to continue exploring or unwind at your leisure.


Customers have praised this driving tour for its informative and engaging nature. They have commended the expertise and passion of the private guides, who go above and beyond to make the tour enjoyable and educational. Travelers have expressed their delight in discovering hidden gems and lesser-known spots, thanks to their knowledgeable guides. The combination of historical sites, cultural neighborhoods, and stunning coastal views has left visitors with a deep appreciation for the vibrant and diverse city of San Diego. Overall, participants have reported high satisfaction levels and a desire to revisit the tour in the future.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Petco Park

Meet your private guide outside Petco Park in 'Park at the Park' and learn about the beloved home baseball team

Balboa Park

Admire a fine collection of museums in Balboa Park, a 490 hectare (1,200-acre) urban green space.

Gaslamp Quarter

See the fine, historical streets and grand Victorian architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter

Old Town San Diego

Be awed by the Old Town’s rich Mexican culture, and grab a bite to eat in Old Town's buzzing food scene (price not included in tour).

La Jolla

See the beautiful coastal stretch of upscale La Jolla and its opulent mansions



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Jim was a very attentive guide. He is Renaissance man with a good knowledge of San Diego history. He also knew a lot about Ben Franklin, too (ha). From Gas Lamp District to Coronado to Old Town to Little Italy and Mt Soledad, we crammed it all in! Sign up for this tour!
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