La Jolla Tours (Winter 2011)
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La Jolla is home to amazing coastal views, seals, sea lions, brown pelicans, and black cormorants. Its village of boutique shops, art galleries, fine restaurants, and visitor attractions makes La Jolla a tourist paradise.
You will learn the fascinating history of our military, aviation, geology and much more while traveling by charter bus from downtown San Diego to La Jolla. We will make brief stops to enjoy views from one of the highest hilltops along the Southern California coast and at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, home to the 2008 U.S. Open.
You will then have free time to explore on your own or partake in one of several tour options, including a walking tour, kayak tour, or surf lesson.
A TourGuideTim La Jolla expert will take you on this afternoon tour from Downtown San Diego to La Jolla. You will learn what makes the area such a unique place that attracts visitors and new residents from around the world. For example, did you know La Jolla has the most expensive housing market in America, its Ecological Reserve has more documented marine life than anywhere else in the world, and that Charles Lindbergh set the long distance record for motor-less flight by flying off a local hilltop?
"There is a surprise around every corner. Absolutely Brilliant!" - Jan from Derbyshire, UK
"Your tour leader, is a walking encyclopedia relative to La Jolla, San Diego and California in general. This tour is WELL WORTH your time and money" - Melanie from Brighton, MA
"We typically do not do bus tours but decided to give Tim's tour a try based on the reviews ... We're really glad we did the tour! This tour gets 5 stars." - 2Alaska09 on TripAdvisor
For more great Guest Reviews, look for 'La Jolla Sightseeing Tours' at TourGuideTim.com or TripAdvisor.com.
SIGHTSEEING TOUR DETAILS
*Tour offered daily 12PM - 5PM (Except Sundays)
*Make your reservations before 5PM the evening prior to your selected tour date to ensure availability. If you are unsuccessful in making last minute reservations online, call 1-231-Tim-Tour (1-231-846-8687).
*Plan to arrive at the Santa Fe Train Depot (serving AMTRAK, Coaster, Trolley) at 11:45AM to check in and board the bus. Meet outside where you will see La Jolla Tour signs.
*The Santa Fe Train Depot departure and return point is within walking distance of many downtown San Diego hotels, Visitor Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, and San Diego Harbor Attractions.
*Times shown below are approximate.
*****MAIN TOUR - $46*****
Select 'Guided Bus Tour' to enjoy the expert guided charter bus tour from downtown San Diego to La Jolla. The tour will include:
* A stop on Mount Soledad to enjoy panoramic views overlooking La Jolla, San Diego, and the Pacific Ocean.
* Drive through the Village of La Jolla to get a preview of art galleries, boutique shops, and spectacular coastline you will enjoy later in the afternoon.
* Drive through La Jolla Shores to see one of the finest beaches and largest mansions in Southern California.
* Continue through Torrey Pines, home of the rare Torrey Pine tree, famous research institutes, and historic Gliderport.
* Stop at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open, for time to stretch our legs, take pictures, and look for a souvenir at the Pro Shop.
* Return to the Village of La Jolla, where guests will have a little over 1.5 hours of free time to walk around La Jolla Cove and visit the Village shops.
* Winter Sale: Make your reservation at least 7 days in advance to receive $6 off the Main Bus Tour. (Minimum 2) Use discount code 'advance' to show the discounted price.
* If you want to spend more time in the Village of La Jolla browsing the art galleries, looking through the boutique shops, enjoying a meal, and taking pictures of all the marine life and amazing coastal views, you may depart the tour when we first arrive in the Village (skipping La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines). Just let us know during the tour and we'll drop you off to spend 3 hours of free time.
* If you want to lounge at the beach in La Jolla Shores or rent kayaks or snorkel gear to explore the Ecological Reserve, you may depart the tour in La Jolla Shores (skipping Torrey Pines). Just let us know during the tour and we'll drop you off to spend 2.5 hours at the beach before we pick you up for the return trip to San Diego.
**Walking Tour** For an extra $12 ($58 total), add a 1.5 hour walking tour of the coastline. Instead of shopping during the last 1.5 hour of our time in La Jolla, learn about the local wildlife from seals and sea lions to brown pelicans and cormorants as well as learn about the pioneering women who made La Jolla what it is today. (See the Notes section below for more details.)
**Bike Tour** For an extra $35 ($81 total), add a 2 hour guided bike tour with Hike Bike Kayak from the top of Mount Soledad (822 feet above sea level) down to the Village of La Jolla and continue through the local beach communities before ending in La Jolla Shores. Guests will be dropped-off on Mount Soledad (skipping the remainder of the bus tour) and picked up in La Jolla Shores for the return trip to San Diego.(See the Notes section below for more details.)
**Kayak Tour** For an extra $35 ($81 total), add a 1.5 - 2 hour guided kayak tour with Hike Bike Kayak over the La Jolla Ecological Reserve to learn about the local marine life and if conditions permit, explore the sea caves burrowed into the side of the beach cliffs. Guests will be dropped-off in La Jolla Shores (skipping the visit to Torrey Pines and free time for shopping in the Village) and then picked up for the return trip to San Diego. (See the Notes section below for more details.)
**Snorkel Tour** Only available during the Summer Months.
**Surf Lesson** For an extra $52 ($98 total), add a 1.5 hour group surf lesson with the world-famous Surf Divas. Lesson includes a half-hour lesson on the beach before entering the water to catch the calm waves. Guests will be dropped-off in La Jolla Shores (skipping the visit to Torrey Pines and free time for shopping in the Village) and then picked up for the return trip to San Diego. (See the Notes section below for more details.)
Come see what La Jolla has to offer through the eyes of expert insiders.
Guided Bus Tour & Walking Tour are provided by TourGuideTim, Inc.
Charter service is provided by Coach America, local operator of Gray Line Tours.
Reservations for Kayaking, Snorkeling, Biking, and Surf Lesson options should be made at least 24 hours in advance. With less than 24 hour notice, please call 1-231-Tim-Tour (1-231-846-8687) to check on availability.
Walking Tour - Most of the 3/4 mile walk takes place on a flat area but guests must be comfortable walking up to a 1/4 mile on stairs and hills to enter and exit the coastline area.
Bike Tour - Guest must be at least 14 years old, able to ride a bike, and be comfortable riding in bike lanes alongside local streets. Wear closed-toed shoes. (No flip flops or sandals.) Multi-speed bike, safety helmet, and water bottle are included. Waiver must be signed at start of tour. Tours are limited to 8 guests or fewer per guide. (Minimum 2 guests.)
Kayak Tour - Guest must be at least 6 years old and able to swim. Expect to get wet, so bring a change of clothes or a swim suit and a towel, which you can purchase at nearby shops. Wetsuits can be rented for $5. Bring shoes that can get wet. Life jacket and tandem (2-person) kayak are included. (Single kayak may be used for groups with an odd number of people.) Lockers and changing room are provided for free. Waiver must be signed at start of tour. Tours are limited to 5 kayaks per guide. (Minimum 2 guests. Pricing is for each guest, not per kayak.)
Snorkel Tour (Only Available during the Summer Months)- Guest must be at least 12 years old and able to swim. Bring a swim suit and a towel, both of which can be purchased at nearby shops. Wetsuit, mask, and fins are included. Lockers and changing room are provided for free. Waiver must be signed at start of tour. Tours are limited to 8 guests or fewer per guide. (Minimum 2 guests.)
Surf Lesson - Guest must be at least 12 years old and comfortable swimming the equivalent of a lap in a pool.Bring a swim suit and towel or purchase them at Surf Diva or nearby shops. Changing room is provided. Waiver must be signed at start of lesson. Five students or less per instructor.
****Important Notices and Disclaimers****
San Diego County's beauty is due in part to its varied topography, which includes beach bluffs, cliffs, caves, and hilly terrain. As a tour guest, you agree to assume all risk associated with the tour, including the hazards presented by this varied topography. Of particular note, you are advised to exercise extra precaution when approaching beach bluffs, either from above or below, because they may be unstable.
Out of respect for your fellow tour guests, you agree to meet at the designated location(s), at the designated time(s) to continue to the next stage of the tour. It will be assumed that if you are not present at the designated location at the designated time, you have chosen to stay longer and assume responsibility for finding a separate method of transportation at your own cost without expectation of a credit or refund.
You also agree not to hold TourGuideTim, Inc. liable for services or goods provided by third parties before, during, or after the tour, whether or not those services were arranged or recommended by TourGuideTim personnel.
You acknowledge smoking is illegal in most public areas of San Diego, including beaches and parks. You assume full responsibility for any laws you violate, whether you were made aware of them or not.
You acknowledge TourGuideTim, Inc may use pictures and videos taken of tour participants for promotional purposes without providing any financial remuneration.
You acknowledge adjustments may be made on rare occasion to the designated tour stops due to special events that force the tour to take alternative routes.
You acknowledge tours may be canceled for any reason. In those cases, refunds will be provided.
Any other refunds requested from Brown Paper Tickets must be approved by TourGuideTim, Inc. Refunds will generally be granted depending on amount of advance notice provided.
Alongside the Santa Fe Train Station
1050 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|