San Diego in a Day: Private Full-Day Highlights Driving Tour in San Diego, CA

Travel CuriousTony Gwynn Statue in 'Park at the Park' outside Petco ParkSan Diego, CA 92101
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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

Good To Know

  • Experience amazing views from Soledad Mountain, visit stunning La Jolla Cove, explore the architecture of Old Town, and more.
  • Includes entrance to Cabrillo National Monument, private transportation throughout, and a friendly, professional tour guide.
  • Food and drinks are not included in tour price, although your guide will be happy to recommend places to eat along the way.
  • From fish tacos to homemade pasts, San Diego offers plenty of options for a lunch stop.
  • Tour duration is approximately 10 hours.
  • Suitable for culture vultures, families and friends looking for the most popular spots and local favorites.
  • This is an exclusive guided tour by private vehicle; it will be just you, your group and your guide.
  • Gratuities optional.


from San Diego in a Day: Private Full-Day Highlights Driving Tour
Explore the best of San Diego in a day, with its spectacular Spanish colonial architecture, rich Mexican heritage, and seventy miles of coastline with a private guide on this full-day driving tour where you will have the opportunity to see its most popular highlights and stop at your favorite spots.

On your private tour, you will:
  • Enjoy hotel pick-up to start your tour with your professional driver guide;
  • Cruise through some of the city's most iconic landmarks and natural wonders;
  • Visit stunning La Jolla Cove, marvel at the crystal-clear waters and stunning coastal cliffs, and appreciate marine life and the bay;
  • Snap a memorable photo at Soledad Mountain with breathtaking views of downtown San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico and Mission Bay;
  • Walk around San Diego Old Town, a historic neighborhood that gives a glimpse into San Diego's rich past including the Spanish Mission;
  • Explore Balboa Park, San Diego’s World Fair location, and visit the Botanic Garden and see the several great museums and Rose Gardens;
  • See Cabrillo National Monument, stand at the westernmost point of the continental United States and enjoy stunning views of Downtown San Diego, Coronado Island and Tijuana Beach;
  • Enjoy a walk around the waterfront, with a photo stop at the famous USS Midway, an iconic aircraft carrier that now serves as a museum;
  • Discover the Gaslamp Quarter and soak up the energy of this vibrant neighborhood.

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.

Please note that the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park is closed for major renovation until the end of 2024.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego in a Day: Private Full-Day Highlights Driving Tour

Where is the meeting point for the San Diego in a Day: Private Full-Day Highlights tour?

Your guide will meet you at Tony Gwynn's Statue in 'Park at the 'Park' outside of Petco Park, your hotel. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour. Please note: Hotel pick-up is available upon request with advance notice. Please call the number on your e-ticket to provide your hotel information.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

Tour duration is approximately 10 hours.

What is included in the tour package?

This San Diego in a Day private tour includes a full-day tour of the best of San Diego, private transportation including hotel pick-up and drop-off, entrance to Cabrillo National Monument, and a local English-speaking guide.

Is transportation included?

Yes, private transportation is provided throughout the tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off upon request.

What should I bring?

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

What should I wear?

Comfortable, casual clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

How many people will be on the tour?

This is a private driving tour. It will be just 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.