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San Diego's beach life and perennial sunshine pair nicely with the city's refined side. Whether you're planning for a special occasion or just want to see America's Finest City in style, we've curated a list of your best bets for exclusive and adventurous luxury experiences in San Diego. Here are your options.

Bay Cruises
Luxury cruises are a popular way to avoid crowds and spend a private evening on the San Diego Bay. Throw a blowout boat party, search for whales from a private yacht, or head out with a group of friends for an exclusive sail.

Air Tours
There's an adventurous streak to this laid-back city, where you can can take to the skies with an aerial tour by vintage biplane, a helicopter ride out to wine country, or an air combat flying lesson with a fighter pilot.

Food and Drink Experiences
Beer lovers can experience San Diego's craft beer culture on a custom brewery tour by limousine, while those interested in wine or Champagne can opt for a brunch cruise or private dinner with wine pairings.

Day Trips
It's hard to resist the allure of a seaside city, but San Diego is a prime base for day trips to nearby highlights. Opt for a guided private day or weekend trip to the surrounding desert or luxe locales such as Palm Springs, Baja in Mexico, and even Las Vegas.
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San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise

San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise

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150
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$117.18
From
$117.18
On this experience, relax in style aboard a luxury dinner cruise. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's deck and take your time over a gourmet, 3-course meal, as you cruise past twinkling city lights that ring San Diego Bay. Listen to an entertaining DJ play music and enjoy an unforgettable evening, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another special occasion.
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* A traveler said: "The manager was amazing and very accommodating. It was smooth sailing and the dinner service was very well organized."


San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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690
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
From
$85.00
Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
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* A traveler said: "The crew asked us how dedicated we were and that we might be late. But the opportunity to see a whale was a little further. We all agreed and they went the extra mile literally to make sure we saw a whale. The staff was awesome and the trip was smooth. No complaints, five stars all the way"


San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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448
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.90
From
$79.90
Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor, cruising past highlights such as the USS Midway, a US Navy submarine, Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, the historic ship Star of India and San Diego Maritime Museum. Learn from your guide about these landmarks via the onboard two-way communications system and stop for photo ops on this exciting tour.
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* A traveler said: "Loved the experience the guide was amazing and friendly will do it again. Next time I am booking with my older kids"


The San Diego Highlights Tour

The San Diego Highlights Tour

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37
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$211.00
From
$211.00
Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
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* A traveler said: "If you have only one day to stay in the San Diego area this is the tour you should take. Of course if you have several days to spend there you should also consider taking this tour as our tour guide Adam is very knowledgeable and will recommend you many interesting places you could go after the tour. Had a great time!"


San Diego Zoo Safari Park 1-Day Pass Ticket, No Reservations Required!

San Diego Zoo Safari Park 1-Day Pass Ticket, No Reservations Required!

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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.00
From
$62.00
The renowned San Diego Zoo Safari Park presents more than 3,500 animals roaming in large enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. Go on a safari adventure unlike any other outside of Africa itself, with exhibits inspired by the African Serengeti and the Asian Savanna. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Safari Park. Ticket must be redeemed on travel date selected.
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* A traveler said: "The Park was very nice , lots of walking. The best part was that it wasn’t over crowed and we go to enjoy all the Park."


Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.67
From
$107.67
Sail into the setting sun aboard a Catalina style sailboat during this intimate cruise with a small group. Feel like you have the ship all to yourself on this trip that’s limited to just 12 total guests, watching as the last rays of the sun drop into the glistening waves. Enjoy the included beer, soft drinks and snacks during the ride, as well as jackets and wind gear in case you get cold. You can even plug in your own music to add to the fun. Departure times vary throughout the year. Guest must contact Sail San Diego after purchase for the exact departure time.
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* A traveler said: "Great calm waters, sightseeing of seals, birds, buildings, yachts, ships… Great captain, made our sail very safe and enjoyable. Though we didn’t see the sunset due to cloudy sky, it didn’t low our expectations. Captain Frank was very respectful to us and great professional."


San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
From
$44.00
Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your silver, gold, or platinum day pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 11 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
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* A traveler said: "We went on this trolley twice while we were in San Diego this week. We got off and enjoyed Coronado, Balboa, Seaport Village and Old Town. We enjoyed every driver we had and heard some great stories, history and some bad jokes."


San Diego Scenic Tour

San Diego Scenic Tour

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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.00
From
$72.00
In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad. Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.
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* A traveler said: "The scenery was so pretty. The guide was great and driver excellent. Very prompt stops and great snacks."


San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket, No Reservations Required!

San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Ticket, No Reservations Required!

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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.00
From
$62.00
Meet some of the world's most exotic animals with your admission ticket to the renowned San Diego Zoo, one of California's top family-friendly attractions. More than 4,000 animals representing 800 species live in this state-of-the-art zoo, including some that are rarely seen at other zoos. Admire the animals and go in-depth during daily keeper talks and guided bus tours. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo. Ticket must be redeemed on travel date selected.
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* A traveler said: "Highly recommended ! A must see ! I can now cross it off my bucket list. Definitely do the bus ride, no extra fee"


Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal Waterways

Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal Waterways

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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.00
From
$119.00
This is a personal tour from one to six passengers that is engaging and diverse tailored to the specific selected tour option(s) Both private and mixed tours are available.
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* A traveler said: "Boat Captain Jason was a great tour guide- very knowledgeable and chatty with the entire group. Throughout the tour he would chat about the points of interest, asking questions to the group as well as talking about his own experiences."


Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past
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Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
Explore the best eats in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego on a walking tour with an expert guide who shares the inside scoop on the district's hopping restaurant and bar scene. Sample delicious dishes at several eateries, sip drinks, and learn about the history of the district as you discover its latest incarnation as a top nightlife destination. Colorful stories shared by your guide make the history of San Diego come to life on this 2.5-hour tour.
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* A traveler said: "Stephan was amazing! This was a super fabulous experience and I highly recommend it! Food and history super cool !"


Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.67
From
$107.67
Enjoy a sailing adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat with just six people for a comfortable, semi-private experience (or, find five friends and fill up the whole boat). Sail in San Diego Harbor during the day. Sit back and relax to enjoy the water views while enjoying complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks.
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* A traveler said: "Greg was an amazing captain. He ensured our safety throughout the sail, and he made sure we were comfortable and were having fun. We also appreciated his sailing lessons and sense of humor ;-)."


Crossing Borders: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

Crossing Borders: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.07
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$71.07
Explore Tijuana, Mexico, without getting lost on this day trip from San Diego, a great choice for first-time visitors. Visit cultural attractions, sample authentic Mexican street food at a sidewalk taco stand, and do some shopping and sightseeing. Opt to walk or take public transportation and experience the city like a local. Your guide can suggest stops and adapt the itinerary to fit the needs of the group.
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* A traveler said: "Our tour guide Gregorio was amazing! My boyfriend had a lot of questions about life in Tijuana and he was very informative. The food was sooo good! Once our tour was ending our tour let us know of some good spots to check out. He was great!"


San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.00
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$159.00
Explore San Diego by Segway on this comprehensive tour. Led by a local guide, learn about the city’s major landmarks and history while passing top attractions like Balboa Park, the USS 'San Diego' Memorial, Petco Park and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Snacks and beverages are included along the way, as well as a brief safety session to ensure that you feel completely comfortable hitting the streets on your Segway.
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* A traveler said: "We covered so much ground! Time was spent making sure we were comfortable on the machines, which are so easy and sturdy feeling. Then we took off and saw a ton of the city! Wonderful trip and worth the money!"


America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
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America's Cup Sailing in San Diego

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
Cruise around San Diego bay aboard an authentic 1992 America’s Cup racing yacht and travel at twice the speed of the average sailboat. The Stars and Stripes USA-11 is one of the fastest and best known America’s Cup racing yachts. It was designed and built to be raced in San Diego, and has been restored to pristine condition. Take a turn at the helm and join in grinding the winches to raise and trim the sails.
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* A traveler said: "The staff was so welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about sailing and about the general San Diego Bay area. Would definitely look into doing this again."


Fat Woody Beach Cruiser Experience - Coronado’s Musical Electric Bicycle Tour
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$135.00
On this small, exclusive experience (6 riders max), guests will enjoy a super-fun musical electric bicycle tour on Coronado's most beautiful coastal bike paths, scenic photo hotspots, and areas of historical interest. Only 2 of our cruisers are made available to Viator/TripAdvisor guests on each tour, so book early! Inspired by the woody wagons of California’s surf culture, Fat Woody Beach Cruisers are artisan handcrafted e-bikes. If you’re looking for a truly unique & memorable southern California experience, take a ride on one of these incredibly unique beach cruisers! Guests must have ‘expert proficiency’ riding skills and be 21+ years old, 16+ when accompanied by parent. Riders MUST be able to put both feet on the ground, a 29”+ inseam measured floor to crotch. Because these e-bikes weigh 90+lbs, shorter legs require riders to lean the bike to one side with all the weight on one leg, resulting in potential falls, injury and equipment damage. No exceptions to this requirement.
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* A traveler said: "Such a fun day! Loved the relaxed vibe and touring the island. The bikes were amazing and easy to use. The music made it fun too."


San Diego Early Bird Segway Tour

San Diego Early Bird Segway Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
From
$69.00
Explore San Diego's historic downtown and waterfront in a fun, eco-friendly way on a morning Segway tour. Beat the crowds and avoid the hassle of driving as you roll through the charming Gaslamp Quarter and along the harbor on a self-balancing electric scooter. The tour includes a 30 minutes of training and practice so you can confidently scoot around one of America's most livable cities while a guide shares interesting anecdotes and history along the way.
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* A traveler said: "Mari was an amazing tour guide!! Super knowledgeable, fun and responsive to all our questions. Highly recommend!!!"


Behind-the-Scenes at Petco Park Tour

Behind-the-Scenes at Petco Park Tour

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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.00
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$25.00
Explore America's #1 Ballpark on one of our daily guided tours. As you go behind-the-scenes you will discover "writer's row" in the press box, sit in a major league dugout, peek inside the Visitors' Clubhouse and learn more about baseball in San Diego through the Padres Hall of Fame presented by Sony. Your journey doesn't stop there as you enter the Breitbard Hall of Fame which honors athletes who have excelled athletically in San Diego or who are native San Diegans who have achieved athletic fame elsewhere. Experience the ballpark as only players and staff do. Visit: Press Box Private Luxury Suite Coronado Club Gallagher Chairman's Club Home Plate Club Historic Western Metal Supply Co. Building Gallagher Square The Breitbard Hall of Fame Padres Hall of Fame presented by Sony *All tour stops are subject to change depending upon Petco Park schedule and area availability.
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* A traveler said: "Had a blast touring the Park. Our guide Brian, was very knowledgeable. You get to see many cool aspects of the park that you most likely don't know existed."


San Diego Tour

San Diego Tour

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.00
From
$159.00
With year-round perfect weather, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and top-notch cultural attractions, San Diego embodies the best of Southern California. Discover its many delights on a morning tour that takes you through this city's most charming areas, from the leafy promenades and fountains of Balboa Park to the legendary Hotel del Coronado and historic urban streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Skip the stress of driving and let a local guide show you around town, making several stops to soak up the sunny ambiance and do some California dreamin’ of your own.
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* A traveler said: "Our guide was the best, knowledgeable, humorous, and readily answered questions. 3 hours was the best amount of time"


Coronado Island Segway Tour

Coronado Island Segway Tour

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
From
$179.00
Traveling by Segway is not only fun and different, but allows you to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. On this guided and narrated morning or afternoon tour, explore downtown San Diego and admire gorgeous views of San Diego Bay from the Embarcadero. Take a ferry ride to Coronado Island to check out still more sights, including pretty Coronado Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
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* A traveler said: "Had a great time touring downtown San Diego and Coronado Island on our segways - thanks to our guide, Preston. Great activity with adult sons on a family vacation. Preston showed us how to safely ride, he had great patience, and he gave us a really fun, relaxing afternoon."


Shared 6 Hours Tijuana Taco and Craft Beer Tour

Shared 6 Hours Tijuana Taco and Craft Beer Tour

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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.20
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$124.20
Explore the connection between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico on an afternoon craft beer tour. Your guide eliminates the stress of navigating through each city on your own: Head straight to popular watering holes and hidden gems for complimentary beer tastings. A small group size ensures a tailored experience and the full attention of your guide.
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* A traveler said: "I had a great tour of Tijuana with Gregorio P. He was super knowledgeable of Tijuana and the history. It was a fun tour. The tacos were my favorite part, of course! Would definitely recommend for those who wanna have a fun day touring Tijuana drinking beer and eating tacos."


Fighter Pilot Experience in San Diego
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Fighter Pilot Experience in San Diego

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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$399.00
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$399.00
Find out what it’s like to be a fighter pilot during a high-intensity flight over San Diego. Learn basic flight maneuvering skills as you speed, twist, and turn through the sky, and enjoy aerial views of the mountains, desert, and San Diego skyline. Upgrade to include dynamic low level flying, aerobatic maneuvers, and more time in the sky; or suit up and learn to fly the plane yourself.
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* A traveler said: "Best experience ever !! Pilot was very knowledgeable and made us feel comfortable and safe . Definitely will do again when I’m back on vacation."


Dolphin & Whale Watching Sunset Cruise

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sunset Cruise

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17
  • 2 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.20
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$51.20
Our Sunset Cruise departs from Mission Bay in beautiful San Diego, CA. Our friendly and experienced crew provides you with sightings of beautiful whales & dolphins, and an educational experience where you can learn about these animals that visit the ocean near San Diego harbor. This is topped off with our beautiful San Diego sunset.
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* A traveler said: "Awesome 😎 adventure on the water. Had a wonderful time aboard the vessel. Lots of nice people attending."


The Private Balboa Park Tour

The Private Balboa Park Tour

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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$199.00
Ride in a luxury vehicle to Balboa Park for a private tour of this National Historic Landmark District of San Diego. Explore the 1,200-acre (485-hectare) cultural icon with your own personal guide and customize your 2-hour itinerary with your choice of sights, including complimentary admission to the Spanish Village Art Center; Botanical Garden, Rose Garden and Cactus Garden; and Timken Art Museum. Pass by numerous museums and hear informative commentary about the park’s history and architecture. Bottled water and snacks are provided.
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* A traveler said: "Great tour, very informative. The guide Keana was great, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended."


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