San Diego
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Our most recommended San Diego Sightseeing Tours

  • San Diego: Harbor Cruise

    1. San Diego: Harbor Cruise

    Embark on an adventure and see San Diego's best sights. Learn about the city and enjoy a cruise on the bay. Depending on the option booked, this professionally-narrated tour takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks, and marine life for an up-close, in-depth look at San Diego's scenic beauty and fascinating history. This tour’s luxury ships offer three levels with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 360-degree views, and an on-board snack bar serving snacks, soda, beer, wine and cocktails (available for purchase). This is a great way to experience San Diego from the water.

    Took the 2 hour tour that we were looking too take after our last visit. It was just way at we expected and more! The narrator was so full of information that we had to ask him how he did it. He said a lot of experience and we agreed that must have been the answer. He was really impressive. Don’t miss it.

  • 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

    2. 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

    Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing tour. See the best of San Diego on land and in the water. Take a seat on the San Diego SEAL tour, an adventure that takes you through the most interesting sights in the city before heading out into the harbor of San Diego. Your 90-minute fully-narrated tour will wind through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing into the water for a cruise of San Diego Bay. On land, you will pass the Embarcadero and San Diego International Airport. You will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the scenic coast. Once you splash into the Big Bay, you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of a virtually unsinkable Hydra...

    The tour guide was knowledgeable about the history and made it very interesting.

  • San Diego: Dinner Cruise

    3. San Diego: Dinner Cruise

    The three-hour Dinner Cruise combines culinary excellence – think crisp salads, braised ribs and over roasted salmon entrees, and luscious desserts – with unforgettable scenery and ambient music.  This Nightly Dinner cruise is famous around the world and is compared to the dinner cruises in New York and in Paris. San Diego’s dinner cruise combines breathtaking city views, great food, and drinks.  Stroll the spacious decks, watch the sunset before dinner. Dinner is buffet-style with an elaborate wine list, upgrades and additions, and vegetarian option. After dinner, listen to relaxing music, as you enjoy your dessert and coffee. Photos are taken at beginning of the cruise, can be purchased at the end! You’ll be thrilled to know that your dining experience does not have cruise-style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers.

    The food was really good. There was a variety to choose from I.e. chicken, salmon, and/or beef. There were veggies, bread, salad, and garlic potatoes (which I had a nice serving of) the food was made perfectly. Not overly or under seasoned. Though the salad had cheese, a friend of mine was able to get a serving of salad in the side without cheese. The DJ played a variety of music and even played requests. The only thing, the cruise was suppose to be for three hours but we were only out for 2 hours.

  • San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    4. San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    Ideal for those with a free spirit and sense of adventure, but who don't want to miss out on a guided tour, this 2-hour excursion combines the best of both worlds. You will be the captain of your own speed boat, all the while following a trained, knowledgeable guide as they keep you informed via the 2-way communication system that’s mounted in each boat. Hear the guide’s witty, yet historical narration as you cruise the harbor, seeing such luminous sights as the Russian submarine at San Diego Maritime Museum, the USS Midway and the skyline of downtown San Diego. Exhilarating and spontaneous, with laugh-out-loud moments, the thrill of driving your own boat, as well as the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the highlights makes for a perfect combination. Even the sea lions will give you a cheer!

    We went on the speedboats for our honeymoon and loved every moment, not to mention our tour guide David was funny and informational.

  • San Diego: Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride

    5. San Diego: Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride

    Embark on a thrilling adventure on the San Diego bay as you zip and zoom past military ships, along the downtown skyline, and under the iconic Coronado Bridge. With rock music pumping, feel the wind and the refreshing spray of the San Diego bay as the Patriot carves 360-degree turns and reaches speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour. There's no experience like it. Enjoy gorgeous views on a 30-minute tour on an open-air jet boat. No two Patriot trips are the same, but this is not just a random joy ride through the bay. You will be taken past San Diego's most beautiful waterfront sights including: USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado Bridge, Star of India and the iconic ships of the Maritime Museum, as well as the San Diego skyline. You may get wet, but ponchos are provided.

    Took my brother and friends out on this boat and we all loved it! Catching drifts and getting splashed! It’s like a speed tour around SD! 10/10 recommended!

  • San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

    6. San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

    Marvel at the amazing views of San Diego Bay as you look out for sightings of marine wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, gray whales, and more. Your tour will be led by ocean experts as you get a deeper understanding of the ocean ecosystem and the sea creatures that live in it. Discover the San Diego coast on a two-story whale watching yacht, featuring 360-degree views from the main level and upper sundeck, multiple restrooms, and free guest WiFi. You will follow the whale migration path to bring you up close for the best sighting spots, which change every day. Early in the season, whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. On their return trip, northbound whales swim further out, up to 9-12 miles off the coast. Make sure to wear layers as it can get pretty cool on the bay and don't forget to wear your sunscreen and hat while on this excursion. Bri...

    It was pretty cool got a little sea sick but we got to see whales dolphins and sea lions will go back soon!

  • Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

    7. Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

    Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no mo...

    We loved the tour! Our guide Angela was very knowledgeable and engaged with every participant of the group. We also liked that they don’t let the groups get too big. The restaurants and bars they picked out were perfect and even able to accommodate my food allergy. I had no expectations that they would be able to, but the guide called in advance and every restaurant was able to present me with a drink and snack that was suitable for me. Very impressive. If I could give six stars I would!

  • San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise

    8. San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise

    Experience the sights of San Diego Bay on this fully-narrated cruise. See the harbor's historic ships and Coronado Bay Bridge while taking in beautiful skyline views. Listen as the professional crew narrates the rich local and military history, local points of interest, and facts about San Diego landmarks. Home to the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet, San Diego Bay boasts some of America's most historic warships, such as the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the U.S.S. Midway. The bay offers scenic sights of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Seaport Village, and is also home to wildlife such as blue heron, sea lions, and pelicans. This sightseeing cruise also features an ecological twist: along with landmarks, natural wonders, and military history, the tour spotlights local environmental efforts through narration, video clip,s and on-board displays.

    Narrators we’re well versed and knowledgeable. Wait staff was also prompt and polite. Overall fun experience.

  • Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

    9. Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

    Sample a variety of breakfast and dinner dishes with fantastic views, and then head to the outdoor deck for fresh sea air and a narrated bay cruise. San Diego’s most popular and unique Sunday Champagne Brunch features views that change with the courses. This brunch is complete with bountiful selection of breakfast and lunch entrees, carving stations, salad and dessert bar, and free flowing champagne. Lovely light music and sightseeing completes your entertainment! You’ll be thrilled to know that Hornblower Cruises doesn’t participate in cruise style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers! SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Accompaniments Basket of Fresh Croissants & Cinnamon Rolls with Strawberry Jam, Whipped Honey Butter and Seasonal Fruit Seasonal Salad Chef's Selection Seasonal Green Salad Entrees Se...

    It was such a fun time! I would definitely do it again. Just wish it was a but longer maybe 3 hours instead of 2.

  • San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

    10. San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

    Your 90-minute night tour boards in Seaport Village and starts off by exploring the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, known as the Gaslamp Quarter, full of vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture.   Then, make your way to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., where stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glow bright at night. From Balboa Park, drive to the top of Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and Downtown San Diego. Then, travel to Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a 20-minute stop to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline, visible from across the bay and a perfect photo opportunity. From Coronado, make your way back to San Diego to take in the Embarcadero’s bay-front views. You’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, Maritime Mus...

    It was lots of fun! Tim was a great guide. The tour was informative and we saw great sights.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 493 reviews

We loved the tour! Our guide Angela was very knowledgeable and engaged with every participant of the group. We also liked that they don’t let the groups get too big. The restaurants and bars they picked out were perfect and even able to accommodate my food allergy. I had no expectations that they would be able to, but the guide called in advance and every restaurant was able to present me with a drink and snack that was suitable for me. Very impressive. If I could give six stars I would!

Took the 2 hour tour that we were looking too take after our last visit. It was just way at we expected and more! The narrator was so full of information that we had to ask him how he did it. He said a lot of experience and we agreed that must have been the answer. He was really impressive. Don’t miss it.

We originally schedule the 1 hour North Harbor tour but after the first hour decided to add the South Harbor tour as well. We really enjoyed our trip.

Get to the dock early and board early if possible. If it's comfortable, sit on the top level of the ship along the rail for the best view.

It was excellent. Truly enjoyed everything about it.