Full Day Highlights of San Diego in a Private Vehicle in San Diego, CA

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Explore the Best of San Diego on this full-day San Diego tour in a private vehicle! The city is known for its long stretches of beaches, amazing weather, popular family attractions, and array culinary options. See the sights and hear the local stories behind the historical and cultural progress that has shaped the city into what it is today.

up to 10 hrs 1 to 8 people

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from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Experience amazing views from Soledad Mountain, visit La Jolla Cove, walk around Old Town, and more.
  • Includes tickets to the Cabrillo National Monument and private transportation.
  • Stop for lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant on San Diego Ave. Lunch is not included in tour price.
  • Tour duration is approximately 10 hours.
  • Suitable for culture vultures of all ages.
  • This is an exclusive guided tour by private vehicle. Just you, your group and your guide.
  • Gratuities are optional.


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Discover the best of San Diego, with its spectacular Spanish colonial architecture, rich Mexican heritage, and seventy miles of coastline. On your full-day highlights tour, you will:

-Enjoy hotel pick-up and drop-off by your private driver-guide, who will escort you throughout the day.
-Visit stunning La Jolla Cove and enjoy marine life and the bay. Take a photo stop at Soledad Mountain with amazing views on downtown San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico and Mission Bay.
-Walk around San Diego Old Town and the Spanish Mission. Enjoy a great lunch at one of the authentic Mexican restaurants on San Diego Avenue.
-Learn about Balboa Park, San Diego’s World Fair location. Visit the Botanic Garden and see the several great museums and Rose Gardens.
-Visit Cabrillo National Monument and enjoy another stunning view of Downtown San Diego, Coronado Island and Tijuana Beach.
-Enjoy a walk around the waterfront, with a photo stop at the famous USS Midway, before exploring Gaslamp Quarter.
-Your guide will happily give you dinner recommendations in the Gaslamp Quarter or take you back to your hotel to end your day.

On this fascinating in-depth Private Full-Day San Diego Highlights tour, you will discover much about California’s second-largest city, from its ‘discovery’ by Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, to the indigenous Kumeyaay peoples who occupied the area 12,000 years prior to European arrival. Learn about the settlement of San Dieguito and the cultural, socio-political and historical developments that powered it to a city of a population of 1.4 million. With a deeply embedded Mexican heritage, the legacy of San Diego’s place in the Mexican Empire from 1821 is a fascinating story. An Italian community, established in Waterfront Park in the early 19th century, has also shaped the culture of the city. See for yourself why San Diego - or Sandie as the locals call it - is dubbed America’s Finest City.

On the San Diego Private Half-Day Highlights tour, you will visit several of the city’s major historical sites –including Cabrillo National Monument and Balboa Park, quaint neighborhoods, and Coronado Island - a picturesque peninsula blessed by gorgeous beaches, tidal pools, and coves. Soak up the buzz of the Gaslamp Quarter, the architecture of Old Town, and the sprawling green space of Balboa Park. San Diego offers plenty of mouth-watering options for lunch, from delicious fish tacos to homemade pasta, and your guide will happily direct you to their favorites in Old Town. Visit a local beach, enjoy a laid-back hippy vibe and browse artisan trinkets before returning to explore the Gaslamp Quarter. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off back at your hotel or somewhere central of your choosing.

- Private guide and transportation throughout the experience.
- Entrance to Cabrillo National Monument.
- Hotel pickup (if centrally located).

- Gratuities.
- Food & drinks are not included.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Full Day Highlights of San Diego in a Private Vehicle

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Full Day Highlights of San Diego tour at Tony Gwynn Statue (outside of Petco Park), your hotel, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Full Day Highlights of San Diego is approximately 10 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given a private vehicle, tickets to the Cabrillo National Monument, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for culture vultures of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Full Day Highlights of San Diego?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) La Jolla Cove where you get a glimpse of the local biodiversity. (2) Soledad Mountain with its amazing views of downtown San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico and Mission Bay (3) San Diego Old Town and Spanish Mission where old Spanish and Mexican heritage areas are found. (4) San Diego Avenue with its amazing gastronomical offers (food not included in price) (5) Balboa Park, Botanic Garden, and the Rose Gardens to see the amazing San Diego landscape scene (6) Cabrillo National Monument where you'll be treated with a spectacular view of the city (7) San Diego Waterfront with picturesque views of the USS Midway (8) Gaslamp Quarter, the heart and soul of downtown San Diego

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided private tour. Transportation is included on this San Diego tour.

Is parking provided?

Tour includes hotel pick up and drop off.

Are there any restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. For any other accessibility questions/requests, call the number on your e-ticket.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private driving tour! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.