La Jolla Tours from Downtown San Diego (Spring 2012)
GET READY FOR A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE
The northern San Diego beach area is full of cul-de-sac beaches, beach bluffs, ocean cliffs, and prime views of the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. It is also home to colonies of seals, sea lions, pelicans, and cormorants.
Join me for an afternoon bus and walking tour as our driver takes us out of downtown San Diego to see the beauty that even guests from the French Riviera have said was better than their own.
I will take you to the best viewpoints that almost all travelers miss when visiting the San Diego coastal area by car or city bus. Even natives of San Diego and real estate agents don't know some of the secret spots.
Along the way, I'll share the history of the area that is just as amazing and entertaining as the views you will enjoy.
This is not your ordinary bus tour. We make stops for short walking tours along the route and then provide a longer, optional walking tour or free time in the Village of La Jolla. Due to the unique nature of this tour, which is rated the top Sightseeing Bus and Walking Tour in San Diego based on guest reviews, it is limited to 20 guests, so book early.
It is also recommended you take this tour at the beginning of your stay in San Diego so you can use your guide's knowledge to make the most of your visit to San Diego. You will learn what to look for and experience when you visit San Diego's great attractions.
SIGHTSEEING TOUR INCLUDES
1. Scenic Walking Tours of:
Mount Soledad - A one-of-a-kind war memorial and views that on some days surpass 100 miles.
Torrey Pines Golf Course - Home to the 2008 U.S. Open.
Torrey Pines Gliderport - Wind conditions are good most afternoons to watch paragliders fly off 300ft. ocean cliffs.
Note: The walks mentioned above are on a flat surface and go at a casual pace.
La Jolla Village and Coastline Walking Tour - This one mile walk will introduce you to the seals, sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, sea caves, and the history of pioneering women who shaped the culture of La Jolla. Accommodations can be made for those who don't want to walk the full mile to still see the beautiful coastline, sea lions, and more.
2. Guided Bus Tour through:
La Jolla Shores
3. Small Charter Bus with Professional Driver who takes care of getting us around town while I give you my full attention as your expert guide. (You will have plenty of elbow room. I won't squeeze you in.)
4. Opportunity to visit the shops, art galleries, restaurants and the coastline full of seals, sea lions, pelicans, and cormorants in the Village of La Jolla.
5. Flexibility to stay with your guide the full afternoon or go off on your own for as little as 1.5 hours to as much as 3 hours. (More details below.)
6. Plenty of materials, including a visitor map, special merchant discounts, and even an umbrella on the rare chance it rains.
"I don't usually do bus tours...but I was blown away...by things that you will almost certainly not find in a book or if you explore by yourself. It felt more like a friend showing you around his favourite place than an organised, impersonal tour. I've never enjoyed a sightseeing tour so much."- Anna from Oxford, UK on TripAdvisor
"I'm not the kind of person who takes tours...I'm more of a self discover person, BUT...I really had a Great Day. He took me some places I would never have gone by myself." - Isabelle from Montreal, Canada on TripAdvisor
"This guy knows how to give a tour...Great inside stories...handouts to learn more. Best of all, he is fun and personable. Well worth the price of the tour!" - Mike from Cincinnati, OH on TripAdvisor
"Tim, 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 Boston, MA on Yelp
"If you only do one thing in San Diego--take this tour! This was the PERFECT tour! The tour really turns out to be what you want. If you want gelato, then he makes sure you get gelato. If you want to shop, he makes arrangements for the group to meet you after you shop. If you want to swim at a beach, then he gets you there, and you can meet back up with the group when you are finished. If you want his full attention and a full tour, then he is a personable, knowledgeable, friendly, easy going, enthusiastic tour guide. If you stop to take a picture and miss something he says, then he personally catches up with you and as the group walks to the next stop, he fills you in on what he said. HONESTLY!!! He is THAT attentive. He actually ENCOURAGES questions, and answers them. He has so many interesting stories about the history and the personalities in La Jolla, we were all captivated for 5 hours!!!"
-Jane and Melissa from Lexington, KY on TripAdvisor
Read all of the reviews at http://bit.ly/reviewsontripadvisor and http://bit.ly/reviewsonyelp
Starts at 12PM and ends at 5PM.
Cost: $58 (Compared to $150+ by taxi - that's if you can persuade a driver to take the same scenic route - doesn't include additional taxi cost if you want to stop at viewpoints - and doesn't include fascinating insight about the area or the walking tours, which is what earns the tour fabulous reviews.)
Tour guests are provided flexibility to enjoy the afternoon. For example, during the tour guests can decide to:
**Sightseeing + Village & Coastal Walking Tour** -- Most Popular
Spend the full afternoon with me to see all of the best viewpoints and learn about all of the interesting facts and history of the area. The optional Village walking tour will be a little more than an hour long and takes guests past the shops and galleries as we work our way down to and along the coastline. You will learn about the seals, sea lions, pelicans, and cormorants as well as learn about the pioneering women who made La Jolla the special place it is today. Note: Prior to the start of the optional walking tour, guests will have about 30 minutes, if needed, to get a bite to eat. In addition, guests staying at downtown hotels will be given the opportunity to be dropped off at or near their hotel after the end of the tour.
**Sightseeing + 1.5 hours of Free Time**
Carve out 1.5 hours of free time to browse on your own through the shops and art galleries and walk along the coastline full of seals, sea lions, pelicans and cormorants.
**Sightseeing + 3 hours of Free Time**
If 1.5 hours isn't enough time for you to enjoy the shops and coastline, you can extend it to 3 hours by skipping the portion of the sightseeing tour that goes to Torrey Pines. You can also use the extended free time to go on a kayak tour or take a surf lesson.
*For More Details, visit http://TourGuideTim.com/la-jolla-tours/
*Contact TourGuideTim directly at Reservations@tourguidetim.com or 1-231-Tim-Tour (846-8687) to ask questions or request that I consider adding another date to the schedule.
*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 - The bus will have 'La Jolla Tour' signs and I'll be wearing a white 'TourGuideTim / La Jolla' visor.
*The Santa Fe Train Depot departure and return point is within walking distance of many downtown San Diego and Convention hotels, Visitor Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, and San Diego Harbor Attractions.
****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 refunds requested from Brown Paper Tickets must be approved by TourGuideTim, Inc. Refunds will generally be granted up until 24 hours before the selected tour date.
Starts outside the Santa Fe Train Station (View)
1050 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101