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San Diego Old Town Tales, Tacos and Tequila Small Group Tour

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Meet your guide and group at Old Adobe Chapel, which can be credited for saving Old Town San Diego thanks to a 1884 book. Continue on to one of the most haunted homes in Southern California, also unusual for its architecture and building materials.

After a view of some Victorian architecture we'll pass by the original location of the Presidio and Mission when the Spanish first settled in California. Admire the oldest 18th-century structure in the area and learn about the indigenous tribes who lived here for thousands of years.

Back in town, we'll see some authentic Mexican handcrafts (no bad souvenirs here!), visit a hundred year old Catholic church that is a descendant of the original Mission, 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, plus gourmet tacos.

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
3 days ago
An excellent tour. Really informative. Jennifer was brilliant, she has a great knowledge and we would have missed so much without her. She also gave us great advice/tips for the remainder of our holiday. Delicious tacos and Tequila were a lovely treat at the end.
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
5 days ago
Booked this tour after enjoying similar experiences elsewhere. Jennifer was easy to be with and had a clear passion for the local area. She knew her stuff and welcomed any questions we had. Tour took the full 2 1/2 hours and requires little more than a basic fitness level. The tacos and margaritas at the end were as good as anything we have had before. Fresh tasty ingredients and beautifully presented. Would recommend to all.
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
7 days ago
This was such a wonderful experience thank you Jennifer for the tour we learned a lot about the town that was Interesting
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Stop At: Old Town San Diego, San Diego, CA

Join us as we discover the full story of San Diego in the location where it all began – Old Town. We’ll learn about the indigenous people of the area, along with the Spanish and visit where they settled, and how this became a part of Mexico before becoming a US State. Along the way we’ll hear tales of the people who lived here and will end with some fantastic tacos and tequila!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Adobe Chapel Museum, 3963 Conde St, San Diego, CA 92110-3012

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. We'll learn that it was the setting of the fictional character Ramona’s wedding from the 1884 novel, and how this building saved the neighborhood.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Whaley House Museum, 2476 San Diego Ave Old Town, San Diego, CA 92110-2730

There are three historic buildings on this site and we'll talk about all of them, plus admire the century old Pepper Trees. Known mostly for its ghostly residents, the Whaley House is historically important beyond being haunted.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Heritage County Park, County parks office: 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110

These Victorian buildings were moved here to preserve them from the expanding city in the 1970s from downtown. All of these houses date to the end of the 19th century.

Pass By: Mormon Battalion Historic Site, 2510 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2806

The longest infantry march in US history happened during the Mexican-American war in 1846-48 and this site commemorates it.

Pass By: Presidio Park, Presidio Drive at Taylor Street, San Diego, CA

Where modern San Diego began with the first Mission and first Presidio (fortress) established here in 1769. After this area was abandoned residents moved down the hill to what is now Old Town State Park.

Stop At: Immaculate Conception Church, 2540 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2890

This is the descendant of the church at our meeting location and is over 100 years old.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: El Campo Santo Cemetery, 2410 San Diego Ave Old Town, San Diego, CA 92110-2836

After the Presidio closed, this became the main Catholic cemetery in San Diego, and many of San Diego's early residents are interred here.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria, 2304 San Diego Ave # B, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

We've saved the best for last! We'll stop here for a refreshing beverage and some delish bites!

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Guests should be comfortable walking 2 miles.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Let us know in advance if you would like an audio system.
  • If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Professional Local Tour Guide
  • 3 mouth watering delicious Street Tacos
  • One Tequila beverage for guests 21+ (or beer, wine or soda of your choice) at a local tequileria
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Handmade Tortilla Tasting
  • Entry/Admission - El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria

  • Guide Gratuity

2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria, 2304 San Diego Ave # B, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

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