Old Town Tequila and Tortillas

Explore San Diego's most historic neighborhood!

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Adult
$61
Child
$42

Get a taste of Mexico in San Diego’s most historic neighborhood! Explore the origins of the birthplace of California as you 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 original adobes, shops, and church
  • 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 one street taco.

Exclusions: Additional food or drink, personal shopping, and tips and gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting Point: 2660 Calhoun Street. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in the town square.
  • Starting Time: 1:00 PM
  • Ending Point: El Agave Restaurant, 2304 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Full Itinerary
  • 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 four things on this cultural foodie tour!

    We start our exploration in the town center and then wander through an open-air mercado loaded with authentic imported crafts and artwork. Best of all, your guide is able to help you differentiate the authentic from the imitation – no bad souvenirs on this tour! You’ll also be treated to handmade tortillas, a world-famous dish that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America.

    After your short shopping detour, you take in more history and view original adobe buildings, including one noted as the finest home in Mexican California. Not only do you gain insight into how people lived back then, but you also hear how a work of fiction from 1884 saved the house from destruction, and cemented Old Town’s solid reputation as a tourist destination.

    We continue the San Diego tour outside of the State Park to view one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for the ghosts who haunt it, 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.

    Additional Information

    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 one 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 and walkways.

    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.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 619 432 7560
    Email address: [email protected]

  • Reviews
  • 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.