Tours + Transportation
Adventure Rib Rides
Intimate and unique dolphin, whale-watching and sightseeing excursions onboard a Navy SEAL Rigid Inflatable Boat (R.I.B.) with a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain who doubles as a tour guide. 619.808.2822.
Free tours about history, architecture, horticulture and botanical gardens. Call for schedule. Visitors Center, House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512. balboapark.org
Biplane, Air combat & Warbird Adventures
Go for a thrilling ride of a lifetime, yesteryear military style, over central San Diego. Among the airborne tours offered are gentle or thrilling coastal biplane rides for two, you-fly-it air combat, and loops and rolls in a WWII warbird. Montgomery Field, 760.930.0903.
Bike, kayak and snorkel tours and rentals in La Jolla and Coronado. 2158 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1010. bikeandkayaktours.com
Boca Roja | Baja Wine Adventures
Wine tour company in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. Specializes in offering exclusive wine tasting tours throughout Baja Norte’s famous wine country, as well as making pit stops at restaurants, craft breweries, hiking rails, campsites and street taco shops. 888 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.472.0321. bocarojawineadventures.com
Discount combo packages for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. See website for pricing. 888.330.5008, citypass.com.
Commuter train offers coastal scenery as it runs north and south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. gonctd.com/coaster
Coronado Historical Association Tours
Educational and fun walking tours—including local history, architecture and gardens. Reservations required. 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.8788.
Walking tour around the historical Hotel del Coronado and neighborhood. Tu, Th and Sa at 11 a.m. $12; children 3 and under free. Meet at Glorietta Bay Inn, 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, 619.435.5993.
Door-to-door excursions to Temecula Wine Country, including wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, lunch and free time in Old Town Temecula.28475 Old Town Front St., Temecula, 800.584.8162.
Daily car rentals with approximately 25 locations throughout Orange County and San Diego. Pick-up service available. 888.484.HOTEL. enterprise.com
Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of San Diego’s farms, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and more. Tour routes include North County, Central San Diego, South Bay and a ‘Beer Geek Tour’ with private tours also available. epicureansandiego.com
Premier luxury sedan service. Sedan and SUV service, flat rates, group services and frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 123 Camino de la Reina #200, Mission Valley, 800.410.4444.
Flagship Cruises and Events
Daily bay tours, brunch and dinner cruises, water-taxis and more. 990 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 800.442.7847.
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
Two-hour walking tour of the Gaslamp. Sa 11 a.m. $15. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.4692.
Guided segway tours of historical neighborhoods including La Jolla and Coronado. Reservations required. Instruction provided for Segway newbies. 308 G St., Gaslamp, 619.239.2111.
Daily guided kayak tours and rentals, as well as biking and hiking tours, in La Jolla, Mission Bay and other areas—plus surfboard and snorkel gear rentals and team-building activities. 2222 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.551.9510. hikebikekayak.com
Double-decker buses allow visitors and locals to tour San Diego in comfort and style. The base Hopper package allows guests to hop on and off at any of six stops while the Hopper Plus package also includes admission to attractions along the route. 2725 Congress St., San Diego, 833.743.3467. ridethehopperbus.com
Daily narrated tours of San Diego Bay, plus dinner cruises, yacht charters, whale watching and events. 970 N. Harbor Drive, Broadway Pier, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com
Enjoy guided snorkeling/kayak tours of La Jolla Cove and the Seven Caves, or rent single/double kayaks and snorkeling gear to explore on your own. Plus, whale-watching excursions and bike tours. 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla Shores, 858.459.1114. lajollakayak.com
Offering hot air balloon flights over scenic Del Mar and Temecula Valley wine country for an unforgettable sightseeing experience. 866.ENJOY.US.
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
Narrated sightseeing tour explores San Diego and Coronado via trolley or “SEAL” (sea and land vehicle). On-and-off boarding privileges. Call for nearest pickup point and reservations. 619.298.8687.
Orion Sailing Charters
Offering daily cruises on San Diego Bay. Charters are also available on a classic 1934 sailing vessel. Sheraton Harbor Island East, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, 619.574.7504.
Take in the city’s sites from a bird’s-eye view: Scenic, custom helicopter tours let you soar high above local landmarks, including Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway, La Jolla Shores, the Pacific coastline, Coronado and more. All flights depart from and return to San Diego International Airport. Commercial flights and photo flights are also available. 3300 Admiral Boland Way, downtown. 619.215.9023. rotorzen.com
Sail San Diego
Enjoy San Diego Bay on afternoon and sunset sails aboard one of the company’s four spacious boats. Snacks and drinks included. Customized accommodations and charters available; as well as all-inclusive packages. 2051 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.297.7426.
San Diego Beer and Wine Tours
Guided winery and brewery tours, plus food-pairing walking tours, as well as chauffeured tours.858.551.5115.
San Diego Chinese Historical Society
Unique walking tour of the Asian Pacific Historic District. Second Tu-Sa 10:30 a.m., Su noon. Reservations required. $2; children under 12 free. Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown, 619.338.9888.
This upscale private charter company offers memorable sea excursions, including sunset sails and whale watching (seasonal) aboard a 45-foot luxury sailing yacht outfitted in premium amenities. Yacht memberships are also available. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 404.441.9414. sandiegoluxurysailing.com
Set sail on a two-hour tour of San Diego Bay aboard one of two classic sailing yachts. Whether you want to relax and let the experienced crew do the work, or try your hand at sailing, customize your ocean adventure. Tours can be booked per person-or book the whole yacht. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.786.0173. sandiegosailingtours.com
San Diego Scenic Tours
Daily half-day and full-day tours of interesting attractions in San Diego and Mexico, including the famous Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana. 858.273.8687.
Be the captain of your very own speed boat on this one-of-a-kind adventure. Trained guides will help you navigate the seas via two-way radio and provide a narrated tour during this 13-mile trek along S.D. Bay. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, #205, Harbor Island, 619.294.5852. speedboatadventures.com
This unique, 90-minute tour aboard the company’s bright-blue Hydra-Terra, an “amphibious vehicle” that drives passengers right into the water, explores San Diego Bay and its environs. Departs Th-M from Seaport Village. 619.298.8687.
Luxury car rental service offers BMWs, Mercedes and even a Rolls Royce Ghost. Complimentary pick-up/drop-off at Sixt’s partner hotels. 2401 Pacific Hwy., downtown, 619.363.6000. sixt.com
Sky’s The Limit Ballooning Adventures
The Del Mar Coastal Champagne Evening Adventure encompasses 45 minutes to 1 hour aboard a hot-air balloon over the North County coastline at sunset—overlooking the multimillion dollar homes of the rich and famous; as well as the luxurious golf courses of Del Mar. 3251 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, 760.602.0295.
Skysurfer Hot Air Balloon Company
Offers romantic 40-60-minute hot-air balloon tours over coastal Del Mar and Temecula wine country. Perfect for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and engagements. 2658 Del Mar Heights Road #198, Del Mar, 858.481.6800
Upscale limousine and sedan service for the savvy traveler, offering a fleet of Chrysler 300 sedans, corporate vans and stretch limousines. 1322 K St., East Village, 619.239.7599.
So Diego Tours
Culinary, nightlife and bike/walk sightseeing tours geared toward active visitors, looking for a departure from
traditional sightseeing. Tours cover historic districts such as the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town525 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.8687.
Enjoy both group and private lessons in the popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding, plus ocean and bay tours. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned boarders. Various Coronado locations, 619.888.7686.
Runs to and from the airport 24 hours a day. All major cards. Individuals, groups and charters welcome. Earn frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.BLUE.VAN.
Weekend walkabouts of San Diego neighborhoods (or by appointment). Covers key points of interest and unique details for every area. 619.944.9255.
Where You Want To Be Tours
Offering team-building scavenger hunts that explore downtown San Diego. Walking and biking tours also available; plus culinary food tours and custom hotel property games. 611 K St., East Village, 619.917.6037.
Personalized ocean-rafting on a Navy SEAL-style boat: high-speed sightseeing, snorkeling and evening cocktails on the waterfront. 858.456.1636.