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San Diego: Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Taste your way through Old Town San Diego during this historical tour with culinary samplings. Visit a side of San Diego many travelers don't see and take a hike to California's birthplace. Tequila, tacos, and tortilla samplings included.
  • Get a window into San Diego's Mexican heritage and visit local historical landmarks
  • Taste an array of tortillas and try authentic street tacos
  • Guidance on authentic vs. imitation souvenirs at a local market
  • Choose from a vast selection of tequila varieties at an authentic tequileria
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Local English-speaking guide
Handmade tortilla
2 Street Tacos
Shot of tequila (or a margarita, beer, or soda of your choice)
Guide Gratuity

Departure Point

3963 Conde St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

2304 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Meet your guide and group at the designated meeting point, and set out to explore San Diego.

Explore an open-air market loaded with crafts, artwork, and souvenirs then head to Adobe Chapel, which served both as a home and church in the 19th century. Then, indulge in handmade tortillas, a world-famous dish that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America. 

Continue on to one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, renowned for its haunted history, and observe some of the city's Victorian architecture, including San Diego's first synagogue.

Next, embark on a brief hike to the site of the original European settlement on the West Coast of the U.S. Admire the outline of some of the 18th-century structures and learn about the indigenous tribes native to the area.

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.

Our final stop is a local Tequileria to learn about the many different kinds of tequila.  Enjoy a taste or select another beverage of your choice.
Stop At:  
Old Town San Diego
Spend the afternoon with us as we discover the full story of San Diego in the location where it all began – Old Town. We’ll learn about the original people here, the Spanish and visit where they settled, learn about when this was Mexico and the transition to becoming a US State. Along the way we’ll have some tortillas and will end with some fantastic tacos and tequila!
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Adobe Chapel Museum
We start our tour at the Adobe Chapel, first built as a home in 1850. By 1858 it became a chapel after the Mission was closed and served in that capacity until 1919. Besides its historic religious purpose, it also served as a Catholic kindergarten and town meeting hall, is the setting of the fictional character Ramona’s wedding from the 1884 novel.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Whaley House Museum
Known mostly for its ghostly residents, the Whaley House is historically important beyond being haunted. We will view and talk about all three historic homes on the site.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Heritage County Park
Home to several restored Victorian residences and also the city’s first synagogue, all dating from the 1880s-1890s. The buildings were moved here in the 1970s from downtown San Diego to preserve them from the expanding city.
Pass By:  
Mormon Battalion Historic Site
This museum commemorates the longest infantry march in US History, and the contributions of the battalion who served during the Mexican-American war of 1846-48 and were stationed in Old Town in 1847.
Stop At:  
Presidio Park
One of the city’s most historic sites, this is where the Spanish first settled when they arrived in San Diego in 1769. Nearby was the Kumeyaay village of Cosay, and the San Diego river. We’ll take advantage of the view and see how this location affected San Diego’s development since the Presidio’s founding.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Junipero Serra Museum
Located in Presidio Park, this 1929 building is frequently mistaken for the original mission.
Stop At:  
Immaculate Conception Church
This church is the 2nd oldest congregation in San Diego. The one hundred plus year old building is the second one in its history, the first being where the tour began.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Campo Santo Cemetery
We’ll visit this historic, Catholic cemetery where many prominent residents of early San Diego are interred. The most infamous is Yankee Jim, one of the souls who haunts the Whaley House.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable footwear for uneven sidewalks, walkways and a brief hike.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour.
  • You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures USA

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego: Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego: Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during San Diego: Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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not what expected, no,...
, Mar 2021
not what expected, no, tequila is not included. it should say that is a walking tour instead of "taste your way through town" Jennifer was very nice, however, the tour is not a food tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Martha – thank you for taking the time to share your experience here, as well as in the email exchange with your traveling companion this weekend. I’m always grateful when people share their opinions as I strive to provide the best experience possible. Although I’m glad you thought I was nice (it’s a trait I value so glad that came through) I’m disappointed that this tour did not meet your expectations. You are correct – this isn’t a food tour. If we were a true food tour we wouldn’t be running (as of this writing – March 2021 – no food tour companies are operating in San Diego right now) as the opening/closing and changes in service levels at restaurants due to the pandemic would make it impossible to provide consistently good customer experiences. We’ve been very lucky to have a great partnership with our one restaurant to be able to continue offering this tour when county and state regulations allow. We cover a lot of ground in two hours, with stops and duration there listed in the “What to Expect” section. The food provided – a handmade tortilla, 2 tacos, chips and salsa – is listed in the “What’s Included” section and is also in the email confirmation that Viator sends out. Because we know not everyone has read the description or remembers all the particulars, we take time before the tour begins to set expectations of what will happen – where we are going, details about the hike in case anyone has concerns, and exactly when the food will happen. As mentioned in this weekend’s email exchange, I’ve updated the pre-tour communication, based on your feedback, to clarify the timing of the food for future guests, so that they can plan their food needs accordingly. As for the tequila not being included, I don’t understand this comment. The vast majority of people order a mixed drink (like the other guests on your tour), or they like to upgrade to the more expensive flight to try a variety of tequilas. I try to gauge interest in tequila before arriving (on a novice to expert scale), and if someone is an expert or enthusiast I will offer a shot, but almost no one orders them. Rarely, but more frequently, people don’t order tequila at all, and if they order beer we offer two to ensure value on the inclusions. After your tour was over, I received an inquiry from you - forwarded from Viator - asking if there was a substitute for the tequila tastings. At the time I assumed that was why you ordered the beer, but now I’m not sure. Perhaps you thought I had already received that inquiry and was prepared to offer something else and were disappointed that I did not? Thank you again for taking the time to let me know how you felt about this experience. This tour is usually highly rated, and I’m so disappointed that you did not enjoy it. Feedback is very helpful, and though I can’t change your experience now, please know that your honest feedback allows the opportunity for improvement for guests in the future.
Beautiful Old Town
, Feb 2020
We had been to Old Town before but saw beautiful sites we had not seen before. Wonderful tour, food and drink.

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