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San Diego: La Jolla City and Coast Guided Sightseeing Tour

1. San Diego: La Jolla City and Coast Guided Sightseeing Tour

Explore the charming La Jolla region of San Diego with a local guide and curated walking tour. Learn about the area's rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, visit Sunny Jim's Seaside Cave, and marvel at the extraordinary views of Scripps Ecological Reserve while hiking the Coast Walk Trail. Begin your tour with an overview of San Diego's history, including fascinating details about pioneers like William Heath Davis and Alonzo Horton. Understand how La Jolla became part of San Diego in 1850 and why it became a prime beach destination after area railroads were constructed in the 1890s.  Continue to Sunny Jim's Sea Cave, the original residence of Gustav Schultz who hired two Chinese laborers to dig a 144-stair tunnel from inside of his house to the cave below. Browse the gift shop and take photos with the group – or explore the tunnel on your own. Then it's time to walk along the rugged Coast Walk Trail, taking in the stunning panoramic views, including the Scripps Ecological Reserve. Further north, you'll spot University of California - San Diego and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.  Continue along the coast and pass through Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Listen closely as your guide details how Ellen's contributions left an everlasting impression on La Jolla. See La Jolla's amazing wildlife on full display including seals, sea lions, squirrels, pelicans, and cormorants. Embark on the next part of the tour to Children's Pool, a small beach partially protected by a seawall. This is a popular viewing area for harbor seals and a picturesque beach with a panoramic view. Conclude your tour with a stroll up Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla, passing several landmark buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage Museum, Grande Colonial Hotel, and La Valencia Hotel.

San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

2. San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

Discover the picturesque coast of the La Jolla neighborhood on a scenic tour by e-bike. Along the route admire the panorama of La Jolla Cove and the coastline from downtown all the way to Pacific Beach. Start the tour in the heart of La Jolla and begin your adventure along the California Coast. Ride to La Jolla Cove and the Ecological Preserve to check out one of the most stunning viewpoints in the area. From the cove, continue along the coastline to the Children’s Pool where about 100 seals can often be seen lazing about in the sun. Take a brief break here to chill out and enjoy mother nature. Pass gorgeous multimillion-dollar homes right on the water’s edge all the way to the local beach known as Wind ‘n Sea. Stop here for a quick moment to relax and to watch the surfers at this world-class break. From Wind ‘n Sea ride through a beautiful neighborhood known as Bird Rock. From Bird Rock, ride onto Pacific Beach for a stop at The Crystal Pier, before heading back to La Jolla.

The San Diego Highlights Tour

3. The San Diego Highlights Tour

This tour is a combination of the very popular San Diego and La Jolla Sightseeing Tours. On this tour you will experience the most comprehensive and entertaining tour throughout America’s Finest City! Your tour begins daily at the supplier's convenient downtown location and from here you will be transported throughout the loveliest and most renowned parts of the city. The first areas you will visit include sparkling Coronado, The Hotel Del Coronado, The Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Embarcadero and the resplendent and beautiful Balboa Park. Then make a 1-hour stop for lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter. After the lunch break, continue by driving north to explore the stunning coastline of La Jolla at 1:00 PM. La Jolla is arguably the most beautiful part of the city. Many of San Diego’s most famous and wealthiest residents live here. There are many dramatic ocean views from the coastline to the mountains and the city in-between. La Jolla is a stunning place with a natural cove, mysterious caves, rugged cliffs, abundant marine life, posh shopping, and a fine dining district too. The stunning shoreline cliffs and the view from Mt. Soledad are also why this area is known as “The Jewel” of San Diego. This 3-hour afternoon portion of the tour is stunning and filled with great back stories too. See why the spectacular city beckons Californians and travelers from far abroad. Please note that the guide will not be in the vehicle the entire time and there are many stops where you will get out, walk around, and explore the sights that we are visiting. This sightseeing tour is available every day of the year, including weekends and holidays, and departs at 9:00AM from our office at 300 G Street. All details of your tour will be sent to you immediately after booking.

San Diego: City Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

4. San Diego: City Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

Make the most of your time in San Diego on a guided tour with hotel pickup. Whether you're on vacation with your family or in town for the day on business, you will be sure to fall in love with this city on the sea. The day starts with pickup from your accommodation. You'll then travel comfortably in an air-conditioned van to the city's best sights. Admire the white-sand beaches and rugged coastline of La Jolla and travel back in time on a stroll through the Spanish settlement of Old Town – the first European settlement in present-day California. Feel the energy of the Gaslamp Quarter, visit Seaport Village, and explore the resort city of Coronado. Finally, take a walk through Balboa Park and admire the chic and bustling eateries in Little Italy. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

San Diego: La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

5. San Diego: La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

Embark on a guided bike journey through one of the most beautiful areas in San Diego: La Jolla. Explore the village of La Jolla, Windandsea Beach, La Jolla Cove, the surrounding neighborhoods, and much more. Follow your guide to picturesque sea vistas and get up close and personal with California seals and sea lions along the way. Ogle at prime sea-view real estate as you pedal past La Jolla's top-notch houses — some of the most expensive in San Diego. Not only will you explore historic and modern architectural mansions, but you will also pass by the landscapes and gardens that were the inspiration for the famous author, Dr. Seuss. Then cycle past some of the best local surf spots in the San Diego area, watching surfers carve beautiful lines on waves out at sea. Pass by exotic cars, Volkswagen busses, and longboards as you cruise, feeling like a local, along the coastline. Finally, see designer boutiques and world class-rated restaurants in La Jolla before closing the tour off where you started it.

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What people are saying about La Jolla

Started by not expecting much because after I booked the tour thought I could probably just discover the cove area by myself—but our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable and knew tips and tricks to make traveling easier. He knew the area inside and out and gave us factoids that made it well worth the minimal price per person. He knew where there were elevators so we didn’t have to navigate stairs. He knew about the local vendors and animals. He knew about a hotel we could just hang out on the lobby if we needed a break and it was a great spot to cool off rest and have an afternoon drink. He knew about famous people who once resides there and based books off of the natural environment. We were super happy.

My parents and I really enjoyed the tour. Chris was very knowledgeable about the history of La Jolla, the buildings and the plants. Definitely take time to do the stair tour of the caves!

Jeff was well versed! Very knowledgeable! Very accommodating! We enjoyed the tour very much!