Birthplace of California

Old Town Hidden Secrets

Local Delicacies

Work Up an Appetite Exploring Old Town!

As the birthplace of California, Old Town has seen its fair share of history. Today, it’s widely regarded for its numerous restaurants, unique shops, and Mexican heritage. You will sample the best of Old Town on this cultural tour of San Diego’s oldest neighborhood, a fundamental part of California history.

Tour Highlights

See all Old Town has to offer: Adobe Chapel, Victorian Architecture, Presidio Hill, & more

Enjoy learning about California’s origins

Tour the original European settlement on the West Coast of the US

Reward yourself with a sip and taste of San Diego

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Trip Details

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  • $75 Adult (16+)
  • $65 Children (6-15)
  • $55-120 per person for private tours (prices vary by group size)

Departure times

  • 10:00am
  • 1:00pm

Meeting point

In front of the Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde St, San Diego, CA 92110

Ending point

El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria, 2304 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110


Tuesday – Saturday, year-round


2.5 hours

Group size

Maximum of 15 people

Participation requirements

  • Minimum age of 6 years
  • Due to the three steps at the El Campo Cemetery, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Let us know in advance if you would like an audio system


  • Professional and fun tour guide
  • One handmade tortilla
  • One shot of tequila (or a margarita, beer, or soda of your choice)
  • Three gourmet street tacos
  • Chips and salsa

Not included

  • Additional food and beverages
  • Additional purchases such as souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

What to bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and/or a hat
  • Light jacket or layers, depending on the weather
  • Water in a reusable container
  • Money for tips/gratuities/souvenirs
    • Cash for payment and gratuities is welcome, but if you’d prefer to provide your guide with a “thank you” that isn’t in cash form, they will give you their PayPal or Venmo information

About your guide

Your guide has a passion for sharing knowledge. If you have a particular area of interest, please let us know and we can try to accommodate with additional information.

What You'll Experience

After a quick introduction, we’ll embark on our journey through Old Town. We begin our exploration at the Adobe Chapel, which served as both a home and church in the 19th century.

We’ll continue the tour and view one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for the ghosts who haunt it. We’ll also see some wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, including San Diego’s first synagogue. Here you’ll be treated to handmade tortillas, a world-famous staple that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America.

The nourishment from the tortillas will be handy as we continue past Presidio Hill, the original European settlement on the West Coast of the U.S., and learn about their experience, and the experience of the indigenous people living at the time of their arrival. After we view the oldest building in the region, we’ll visit to an area that specializes in Mexican handcrafts.

After a quick break, we’ll visit a hundred-year-old Catholic church, followed by a stroll through a landmark cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s.

By now you might be thirsty, so we will take a brief walk to a local tequileria, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria, boasting a collection of thousands of bottles. Here you will learn about the different types of tequilas and taste one of the best tequilas in the world. (This sample is included as part of your tour price, but you may instead choose a margarita, beer, or another beverage of your choice. Also, upgrades to a tequila flight are available for an additional charge).

We’ll bid adios here, but feel free to linger over another drink or dig into some great Mexican food. If you want to keep moving, your guide can direct you to local shops and other areas to explore this great San Diego neighborhood.

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