Old Town Tequila and Tortillas
Explore San Diego's most historic neighborhood!
Get a taste of Mexico in San Diego’s most historic neighborhood! Explore the origins of the birthplace of California and find hidden treasures in plain sight. You will also sample local delicacies such as handmade tortillas and tacos and sip some of the world’s best tequilas.
Old Town San Diego Tour Highlights
- Explore San Diego’s most historic neighborhood
- Gain a unique insight into Mexican culture in the region by exploring the Old Town’s adobes, shops, and church
- Take a short hike up Presidio Hill to where Europeans first settled over 250 years ago
- Sample handmade tortillas from authentic tortilla makers and try a traditional street taco
- Choose from a vast selection of tequila varieties at an authentic tequileria that boasts a collection of thousands in its museum
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one handmade tortilla, one shot of tequila (or a margarita, beer, or soda of your choice), chips and salsa, and two gourmet street tacos.
Exclusions: Additional food or drink, personal shopping, and tips and gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Meeting Point: 3963 Conde St, San Diego, CA 92110. Meet in front of the Adobe Chapel on Conde Street between San Diego Avenue and Congress Street.
- Starting Time: 1:00 PM
- Ending Point: El Agave Restaurant, 2304 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
As the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego has seen its fair share of history. Today, it’s also widely regarded for its restaurants, margaritas, and souvenir shops. And we get to sample all and more on this cultural foodie tour!
We start our exploration in at the Adobe Chapel which served both as a home and church in the 19th century. Then you’ll be treated to handmade tortillas, a world-famous dish that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America.
We continue the San Diego tour and view one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for the ghosts who haunt it, and see wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, including San Diego’s first Synagogue.
The nourishment from the tortillas will be handy as we start our brief hike to the original European settlement on what becomes the West Coast of the U.S. We’ll see the outline of some of the 18th century structures and learn about the indigenous people who were here when the European’s arrived.
Once back in town 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 take a brief walk to a local tequileria boasting a collection of thousands of bottles. Here, you learn about the many different types of tequilas and are treated to a taste of 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).
We bid you adios here, but feel free to linger over another drink, or dig into some great Mexican food. Or, if you want to keep moving, you can continue shopping and exploring this great San Diego neighborhood.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one handmade tortilla, one shot of tequila (or a margarita, beer, or soda of your choice), chips and salsa, and two gourmet street taco.
Exclusions: Additional food or drink, personal shopping, and tips and gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable footwear for uneven sidewalks, walkways and brief hike.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure tour, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of six are not permitted on this tour.
Mr. Kathy S. from USA travelled on 25 Oct 2017:
I loved Jennifer’s delivery of the local history of San Diego. Her choice of words, illustrations and little jokes were entertaining as well as informative. The tortillas and tequila were a great way to begin and end the conversations.