The San Diego Highlights Tour

4.8 (54)
San Diego, US
4.8 (54)
San Diego, US
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Experience the best of San Diego on The San Diego Highlights Tour. This full-day tour takes you to all of the top sights in the city, including Coronado, the Embarcadero, and Balboa Park. Explore the Gaslamp Quarter and enjoy free time to purchase lunch and explore at your leisure. In the afternoon, visit the picturesque enclave of La Jolla, known for its stunning shoreline cliffs. Travel in style in a luxury vehicle and enjoy narration from a professional guide. This tour includes transportation, bottled water, and a small snack. If there are less than 4 guests, a shorter version of the tour will be provided, but if there are more than 4 guests, the full 7-hour tour will be given. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience in San Diego!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 7 hours 1 minutes
  • Suitable for 2-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Scenic city exploration with knowledgeable guide
  • Photo ops at prime spots with provided snacks
  • Stunning panoramic view of San Diego skyline
  • Visit to historic Coronado Island and its beaches
  • Discovering the beauty of La Jolla Cove
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Narration by a professional guide
  • Transport by Mercedes Tour Van
  • Bottled Water and Small Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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The San Diego Highlights Tour offers an unforgettable experience, showcasing the best of San Diego's top sights and the stunning northern coastline. This full-day luxury vehicle tour takes you on a journey through the city's most iconic landmarks, including Coronado, the Embarcadero, and Balboa Park. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Gaslamp Quarter, with free time to indulge in lunch and explore at your leisure. In the afternoon, venture to the captivating enclave of La Jolla, known as the "jewel of San Diego," where you'll be captivated by the rugged shoreline cliffs that charm travelers from near and far.

What to Expect

Embark on a comprehensive tour that covers all the highlights of San Diego. Marvel at the grandeur of Coronado, stroll along the Embarcadero, and discover the beauty of Balboa Park. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter, with its vibrant dining and entertainment scene. Then, prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of La Jolla's rugged coastline, where azure waters meet dramatic cliffs. Throughout the tour, a professional guide will provide captivating narration, ensuring you don't miss any fascinating details about each location.

Who is This For?

The San Diego Highlights Tour is perfect for anyone seeking an immersive and convenient way to explore the city's top sights. Whether you're a solo traveler or part of a group, this tour caters to all. It's an ideal choice for first-time visitors who want to get a comprehensive overview of San Diego's iconic landmarks. Additionally, seasoned travelers looking for hidden gems and insider knowledge will also find this tour highly rewarding. This experience appeals to those with a passion for history, culture, and natural beauty, as it showcases the diverse facets of San Diego's rich tapestry.

Why Book This?

Discover the allure of San Diego like never before with the San Diego Highlights Tour. This tour stands out from the rest due to its exclusive use of luxury vehicles, ensuring a comfortable and stylish journey. With a professional guide providing insightful narration, you'll gain a deeper understanding of each location's significance and history. The flexibility to explore the Gaslamp Quarter at your own pace and indulge in a leisurely lunch adds a personal touch to the experience. Moreover, the opportunity to witness La Jolla's stunning coastline, known for its dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waters, is a highlight that sets this tour apart.

Good to Know

During the San Diego Highlights Tour, you'll be treated to narration by a professional guide who will share fascinating insights about the city's history, culture, and landmarks. Travel in comfort and style aboard a Mercedes Tour Van, ensuring a luxurious experience throughout the journey. Bottled water and a small snack will be provided to keep you refreshed during the tour. It's important to note that the tour requires a minimum of four people to operate. However, solo travelers are welcome to join, as the company will make accommodations to ensure the tour proceeds as planned.


Customers who have experienced the San Diego Highlights Tour rave about the in-depth knowledge and captivating storytelling of the professional guides. Travelers appreciate the convenience and comfort of the luxury vehicles, ensuring a seamless journey. The flexibility to explore the Gaslamp Quarter and indulge in a leisurely lunch receives high praise, allowing visitors to tailor the experience to their preferences. The highlight for many is the enchanting visit to La Jolla, with its breathtaking coastline leaving an indelible impression. Overall, customers express their satisfaction with the tour, praising its comprehensive itinerary and exceptional service provided by the knowledgeable guides.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Another Side Of San Diego Tours

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After meeting your insightful guide downtown, take a seat inside the comfortable minivan to start your full-day exploration of San Diego, one of Southern California’s most scenic cities. Throughout this driving tour, you'll stop at a number of prime spots where you can hop out of the van for photo ops and to enjoy bottled water and provided snacks.

Coronado Bridge

(Pass by)

The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge is a symbol of the San Diego area-just as the Golden Gate or San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges.

Coronado Island

"The Crowned One" in Spanish, Coronado island is a jewel of the coast. Surrounded by silvery mica-laced beaches, and full of art galleries, small shops, and renowned restaurants, it is a beach paradise. The island has been attracting visitors since before the 1880s and is a must-see for any vacationer looking for that SoCal beach experience.

The Coronado Ferry Landing

The main port from the island to San Diego Downtown offers an unparalleled view of the city. Iconic shops and restaurants line the shoreline as soon as you step off of the dock.

Coronado Beach

(Pass by)

The Coronado Beach is popular with surfers and sunbathers alike. The sands are silvery and smooth, complete with a backdrop of historic homes and a dog run at the end.

Hotel del Coronado

(Pass by)

The Hotel Del Coronado is a historic building with classic bright red Victorian architecture that's overlooked the waters of Coronado Beach for 130 years. Known for hosting many celebrities and US presidents, the Del was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.


The Embarcadero lays along the eastern side of San Diego Bay, Embarcadero meaning "landing place". The Embarcadero is home to the USS Midway museum, Seaport Village, many popular modern restaurants, and the famous Unconditional Surrender 'victory kiss' statue.

Gaslamp Quarter

During the tour we stop at the Gaslamp Quarter for a 1 hour lunch-break. The Gaslamp Quarter, known as the Historic Heart of San Diego, is a 16 block downtown neighborhood full of nightlife and world-renowned restaurants. Full of Victorian architecture and small museums, as well as Horton Plaza Park and Petco Park, it's a must-see.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre park full of museums, the beautiful Spanish Art Village, restaurants and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It was placed in reserve in 1835 and remains one of Americas oldest public parks, right in the heart of downtown San Diego.

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

The Rose Garden of Balboa Park features a stunning 1,600 roses of 130 species with new species and verities of roses added every year. The garden is in bloom throughout March to December and is a three-acre walk of color and beauty.

Spanish Village Art Center

(Pass by)

The Spanish Art village was originally constructed in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition, it designed as a colorful vibrant small courtyard meant to invoke the feeling of being transported to a country village in Spain. Today it is a thriving community of artisans, everything from blacksmiths to glass-blowers to basket weavers.

Botanical Building and Lily Pond

(Pass by)

The Botanical Building houses over some 2,100 tropical plants, ferns and palms, and full of seasonal flowers all reflected beautifully in the long glimmering lily pond. Built for the1915 to 1916 California Pacific International Exposition, it is a unique and well loved portion of the park.

La Jolla Cove

A picturesque beach surrounded by water-carved cliffs and full of tidepools and favorite seal spotting areas. The shoreline is protected as part of a marine reserve and full of barely-touched natural beauty.

El Prado

(Pass by)

The El Prado in Balboa Park is a historic district and part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The complex contains the Cabrillo Bridge, the Museum of Man, Alcazar Garden, the Japanese Friendship Garden, the San Diego Museum of Art and much more.

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Crowned with a white cross, the Mt. Soledad memorial honors living and dead soldiers from the Revolutionary War all the way to the modern War on Terror. It features black granite slabs honoring everyone from Presidents, to the common every-day solider protecting American freedoms.



4.8 (54)


I originally booked with a different tour company, they cancelled the day before the tour because not enough people signed up. Another Side of San Diego, however, booked our tour on one day’s notice, and my wife and I were the only guests. Our guide, Judy, was fantastic. Very enthusiastic, knew San Diego and shared all kinds of insights on the city. My wife and I travel fairly often, always book tours in the cities we visit, we both agree this is the BEST tour we were ever on.


Jeff was an amazing driver and tour guide. We did the 4 hour Highlights Express tour. He did a great job tailoring the tour to our interests. He had snacks and drinks for us on the ride. We would definitely book again.


We both enjoyed our tour so much! Jeff was an awesome tour guide, you could tell he enjoys what’s he’s doing and loves San Diego! His tour made us grow a love for San Diego! We first spoke to Kenneth and he was so knowledgeable and kind and helped us so much especially being our first time in San Diego. Alana was so kind to send us information we requested in a very timely manner. If you want to see San Diego and have a great time, we highly recommend this tour company. Now we are looking forward to getting in touch with Kenneth next time in Las Vegas or Los Angeles to do one of their tours there. Jimbo & Lisa - Louisiana


My family and I enjoyed this tour so much if you want something different and unique go with this company they are great!


Really appreciated having Jeff as our tour guide! So much interesting and fun information all along the tour. The tour more than met our expectations! THANK YOU JEFF!!


We paid for a 7 hour tour but when we arrived we were told it was a four hour tour for the same price because no one else had booked the tour. I think paying more than $100 an hour and snacks out of an old shopping bag was not what I expected. I would have liked a text ahead of the tour date letting me know it was going to be almost half the tour time for the same price so we could have changed our plans. I would not recommend this tour service.


Judy, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a lot of "behind the scenes" insights. With er animated personality and great sense of humor, she made the tour very fun. THE best tour I've ever been on.


Judy was a fabulous tour guide. She knew the history of San Diego and the areas we visited. I would highly recommend.


Judy was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a wonderful way to tour the beautiful city of San Diego. It was exactly what we were looking for.


Judy did a great job. Enjoyed the tour and sites we visited. She knows San Diego. I would recommend to anyone visiting San Diego.
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2024-05-25 20:00