San Diego City Tour Excursion Reviews

Take a guided tour of sunny San Diego and see why it's been coined "America's Finest City."
Great trolley tour of the city and Balboa Park.
Sail Date: January 2019
Great trolley tour of the city and Balboa Park. Great guide. Highly recommend.
Great trolley tour of the city and Balboa Park. Great guide. Highly recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
It was raining when we disembarked in San Diego.
Sail Date: November 2018
It was raining when we disembarked in San Diego. But they needed the rain, so we didn't complain. Enjoyed seeing Balboa Park and Old Town. Didn't get to see much at La Jolla due to the rain.
It was raining when we disembarked in San Diego. But they needed the rain, so we didn't complain. Enjoyed seeing Balboa Park and Old Town. Didn't get to see much at La Jolla due to the rain. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It was a great tour if you've never been before.
Sail Date: November 2018
It was a great tour if you've never been before. Got to see the highlights and went back to old town afterwards and were able to take the bus back to the ship when done.
It was a great tour if you've never been before. Got to see the highlights and went back to old town afterwards and were able to take the bus back to the ship when done. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
In San Diego we caught the Old Town Trolley at the end of the pier.
Sail Date: September 2018
In San Diego we caught the Old Town Trolley at the end of the pier. The ticket booth charged $40 vs $60 on Princess (per person). The difference is that you do not have to wait for the first trolley on the $60 Princess plan. They have one ... Read More
In San Diego we caught the Old Town Trolley at the end of the pier. The ticket booth charged $40 vs $60 on Princess (per person). The difference is that you do not have to wait for the first trolley on the $60 Princess plan. They have one waiting for you closer to the ship. The trolley is a hop-on hop-off affair, so you can explore many famous areas of San Diego. They even drive over the big bridge to Coronado Island. We jumped off at Balboa Park where we found museums, beautiful architecture and a botanical garden. We also had lunch at the bar in the Prado Restaurant. Good food at reasonable prices. Always good service. Don’t use the trolley to get to the San Diego Zoo. It doesn’t go there. Use Uber, it’s faster and costs less. In the past we’ve also toured the USS Midway which is docked so close it dominates the view on one side of the Horizon Court buffet. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Enabled us to visit the three areas we were most interested in, Coronado, Balboa Park and Old Town.
Sail Date: September 2018
Enabled us to visit the three areas we were most interested in, Coronado, Balboa Park and Old Town. I booked independently because Princess told me if I booked their trolley and got off I would have to pay to get back on the public ... Read More
Enabled us to visit the three areas we were most interested in, Coronado, Balboa Park and Old Town. I booked independently because Princess told me if I booked their trolley and got off I would have to pay to get back on the public trolley. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our favourite port of call, nice trip to see all the major parts of the city as well as La Jolla, ...
Sail Date: April 2018
Our favourite port of call, nice trip to see all the major parts of the city as well as La Jolla, could have done with a bit more time at the various stops. Went along to the USS Midway after getting back and that was good fun at about 20 ... Read More
Our favourite port of call, nice trip to see all the major parts of the city as well as La Jolla, could have done with a bit more time at the various stops. Went along to the USS Midway after getting back and that was good fun at about 20 dollars Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The tour included La Jolla as well some other stops.
Sail Date: November 2017
The tour included La Jolla as well some other stops. Had a good guide, able to provide information about the area.
The tour included La Jolla as well some other stops. Had a good guide, able to provide information about the area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fabulous tour guide.
Sail Date: April 2017
Fabulous tour guide. Knows so much about San Diego, Balboa Park, La Jolla, Old Town, etc. We highly recommend here!
Fabulous tour guide. Knows so much about San Diego, Balboa Park, La Jolla, Old Town, etc. We highly recommend here! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Informative and interesting.
Sail Date: April 2017
Informative and interesting.
Informative and interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Visited San Diego frequently so nothing new, but the harbor tour was new and well narrated.
Sail Date: January 2017
Visited San Diego frequently so nothing new, but the harbor tour was new and well narrated. Saw and learned much about our Navy.
Visited San Diego frequently so nothing new, but the harbor tour was new and well narrated. Saw and learned much about our Navy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We took the trolley tour and I highly recommend it.
Sail Date: January 2017
We took the trolley tour and I highly recommend it. We'd been to SD on business trips previously and visited some of the sights but never a tour. This 2 hr trip was perfect. Its the hop-on-hop off tourist excursion but Regent booked ... Read More
We took the trolley tour and I highly recommend it. We'd been to SD on business trips previously and visited some of the sights but never a tour. This 2 hr trip was perfect. Its the hop-on-hop off tourist excursion but Regent booked whole trollyes for our private use. We could get off to look at a given site and get back on one of the continually running trolleys, but everyone stayed aboard for the 2 hrs narrated drive. It was surprising how much we learned on the tour after going there for years on short trips. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The guide was quite enthusiastic, but spoke a bit too rapidy.
Sail Date: January 2017
The guide was quite enthusiastic, but spoke a bit too rapidy. This was a good introduction to San Diego
The guide was quite enthusiastic, but spoke a bit too rapidy. This was a good introduction to San Diego Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Not helped by the hailstorm.
Sail Date: January 2017
Not helped by the hailstorm. I have no desire to return - a disappointment. After the tour I got the shuttle to a plaza, everything was shut, although a Starbucks did open for the P&O passengers. Macy's? I prefer John Lewis.
Not helped by the hailstorm. I have no desire to return - a disappointment. After the tour I got the shuttle to a plaza, everything was shut, although a Starbucks did open for the P&O passengers. Macy's? I prefer John Lewis. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
drivers were very knowledgeable & an enjoyable trip on each bus/trolley getting on & off where we ...
Sail Date: November 2016
drivers were very knowledgeable & an enjoyable trip on each bus/trolley getting on & off where we chose to.
drivers were very knowledgeable & an enjoyable trip on each bus/trolley getting on & off where we chose to. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Didn't see Coronada which was part of tour.
Sail Date: October 2016
Didn't see Coronada which was part of tour. Tour guide said it was "way across town. "Ship not leaving for several more hrs. Did not get what we were going to see.
Didn't see Coronada which was part of tour. Tour guide said it was "way across town. "Ship not leaving for several more hrs. Did not get what we were going to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Would have been even better if we had taken advantage of "Hop On & Off" portion but physically ...
Sail Date: October 2016
Would have been even better if we had taken advantage of "Hop On & Off" portion but physically unable to this time
Would have been even better if we had taken advantage of "Hop On & Off" portion but physically unable to this time Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great way to see the city while not being the driver.
Sail Date: September 2016
Great way to see the city while not being the driver.
Great way to see the city while not being the driver. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good overview of the city, but expensive.
Sail Date: September 2016
Good overview of the city, but expensive. The city tour was a hop-on hop-off and we Hopped off in Balboa Park and visited the zoo. Worth the trip and the cost.
Good overview of the city, but expensive. The city tour was a hop-on hop-off and we Hopped off in Balboa Park and visited the zoo. Worth the trip and the cost. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
walked off the ship and bought Old Town Trolley Tickets at the end of the pier.
Sail Date: September 2016
walked off the ship and bought Old Town Trolley Tickets at the end of the pier. It's a hop on hop off trolley that goes all over town. More "hop off" than "hop on" though, as the trolleys run full and you typically ... Read More
walked off the ship and bought Old Town Trolley Tickets at the end of the pier. It's a hop on hop off trolley that goes all over town. More "hop off" than "hop on" though, as the trolleys run full and you typically have to wait for three or more to get back on. Balboa Park was the highlight of the day. Lot's to do and see. We had lunch at El Prado in the courtyard. The bar menu is great and affordable with a good wine selection and you can sit outside. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent tour
Sail Date: March 2016
Excellent tour
Excellent tour Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I have never had a tour driver that was so knowledgeable as Jon was.
Sail Date: November 2015
I have never had a tour driver that was so knowledgeable as Jon was. I was on the Old Trolley Tour and every place we got to see, Jon has a story, pictures, maps, anything that would add to the interest of the tour.
I have never had a tour driver that was so knowledgeable as Jon was. I was on the Old Trolley Tour and every place we got to see, Jon has a story, pictures, maps, anything that would add to the interest of the tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We took the "Hop On/Off" bus tour and stayed on for the full city tour.
Sail Date: September 2015
We took the "Hop On/Off" bus tour and stayed on for the full city tour. It was really good with a guide explaining everything as we went along. It gave a really good overview and if you wanted to get off afterwards, you had a ... Read More
We took the "Hop On/Off" bus tour and stayed on for the full city tour. It was really good with a guide explaining everything as we went along. It gave a really good overview and if you wanted to get off afterwards, you had a choice of going back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Took a bus ride around the city and the guide gave us infor on San Diego.
Sail Date: June 2015
Took a bus ride around the city and the guide gave us infor on San Diego.
Took a bus ride around the city and the guide gave us infor on San Diego. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Short walk from ship.
Sail Date: April 2015
Short walk from ship. Shopped at Seaport Village, Gaslight district, Coronado Island (beautiful), Balboa Park, we went to the zoo, amazing. Also stopped in Old Town.
Short walk from ship. Shopped at Seaport Village, Gaslight district, Coronado Island (beautiful), Balboa Park, we went to the zoo, amazing. Also stopped in Old Town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This is the only tour listed for those disembarking the ship here (versus Vancouver or Seattle), as ...
Sail Date: April 2014
This is the only tour listed for those disembarking the ship here (versus Vancouver or Seattle), as I was. (Other tours return to the ship.) You get 8-second glimpses of what are surely interesting sites through the bus window (I felt ... Read More
This is the only tour listed for those disembarking the ship here (versus Vancouver or Seattle), as I was. (Other tours return to the ship.) You get 8-second glimpses of what are surely interesting sites through the bus window (I felt lucky when a traffic light turned red so the bus driver had to stop and I could get a 20-second look). Then we marched (I said "marched," not "walked") around Balboa Park. The tour guide must have been a drill sergeant in a previous incarnation: "All right, you've gawked at that sight 2 minutes now! Attention! About face! Forward MARCH! Hup, two, three, four, hup, two....." We were marched to shops selling junkier things, at higher prices, than the shops in the Spanish-speaking countries. In the Old Town, I managed to sneak into the lovely church versus the greasy-spoon restaurant so heartily recommended. Then to the airport; the bus driver was very courteous and accommodating to drop me off at the nearby Hilton, where I stayed over until my flight home the following morning. Recommendation: Make the tour of the famous zoo (we never even saw it!) accessible to disembarking passengers as well as passengers who will return to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line