Guided tour

San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

4.8 / 5

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San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

From US$ 69 per person

You'll work up an appetite exploring San Diego's Old Town and discovering hidden historical gems. At the end, you'll enjoy a tequila beverage and tacos.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore San Diego’s most historic neighborhood
  • Gain a unique insight into Mexican culture in the region by exploring the Old Town’s original adobes, shops, and church
  • Sample handmade tortillas from authentic tortilla makers and try authentic street tacos
  • Choose from a vast selection of tequila varieties at an authentic tequileria that boasts a collection of thousands in its museum
  • Take a short hike up Presidio Hill to where Europeans first settled over 250 years ago
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One handmade tortilla
  • One shot of tequila (or a margarita, beer, or soda of your choice)
  • Chips and salsa
  • Two street tacos
  • Additional food or drink
  • Personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

3963 Conde St, San Diego, CA 92110. The meeting point is in front of the Adobe Chapel.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable footwear for uneven sidewalks, walkways, and a brief hike
  •  Water in a reusable container, sunscreen, and hats are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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This tour is a must when you visit San Diego. Patti was very knowledgeable of Old Town, tequila and tortillas/tacos. Her knowledge of Old Town was jaw dropping. She even knew flowers and plants. I really enjoyed the conversations about Old Town's history of the building and locations not on the tour; which we pointed out and asked questions about. The tacos were delicious and the tequila was a lesson by itself.

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February 22, 2020

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

October 24, 2021

October 12, 2020

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