Private San Diego Tour: Iconic City Highlights
6 Ratings
San Diego
Embark on a private tour of San Diego's iconic city highlights with award-winning tour guide Julie Kremen. Explore the cultural and historic sites that shaped this world-class city and discover why it's known as 'America's Finest City'. Book now!
Duration: 4 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Balboa Park - BALBOA PARK is the cultural heartbeat of our city; you will fall in love with the country’s largest urban cultural park and be dazzled discovering its origins as you take in its incredible vegetation, gorgeous flowers and ornate architecture.

TOUR TIDBITS: One of San Diego’s biggest tourist destinations contains a tranquil garden purposely landscaped to attract countless beautiful butterflies. But this garden was not always so tranquil! Over the years it has served as a dance hall, a mining camp, and stagecoach station. And, at one point, it was surrounded by a big redwood fence with a few strategically placed holes that visitors could peek through to spy on… a nudist colony!

What's Included
  • Private transportation
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Comfortable in-vehicle air conditioning
  • Personal photo session with expert guide Julie
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Child car seat not provided
Additional Information

Embark on an exclusive journey around the iconic sites of San Diego with celebrated tour guide, Julie Kremen, to explore its history and cultural significance.

On this exclusive tour, you will get a complete understanding of how San Diego transformed into the top-tier contemporary city it is today. Our voyage will span the dynamic history of San Diego, right from its discovery by Spanish conquerors, its vibrant and festive Mexican era, to its days as the Wild Wild West’s emerging American border. You will also gain insights into its current status as the 8th largest city in the US and what makes it the epitome of Southern California lifestyle. Learn why we are proudly referred to as ‘America’s Finest City’ and be warned… many who come for a visit end up becoming residents!

Note: This 4-hour exclusive tour is completely customizable; reach out to Julie to book as outlined above or to discuss adapting it to better suit your preferences.

  • If you have a child in your party under 8 years old, you must bring your own child car seat or booster seat, depending on their age. It is NOT okay for the child to sit on your lap.
  • You will be shuttled in a midsize car. If there are 4 adults in your party this might be uncomfortable since 3 sit in the back.
  • On this tour we do mini walking tours around Balboa Park and Old Town which total approx. 1-2 miles. We can limit the walking if you have any mobility issues - just let us know and we will adjust the itinerary.
Piazza della Famiglia
West Date Street
Meet by the backside of the big fountain facing Columbia Street by the Little Italy Food Hall in the Piazza della Famiglia. Please call, text or What'sapp Julie if you are going to be late or cannot find it.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Oct 24, 2023
Private San Diego Tour with Julie - We had an incredible day with Julie! We were picked up at our ship and had an amazing day visiting San Diego, Lo Jolla and Coronado. Julie showed us so many hidden gems that you would never experience in a large tour bus. She was so informative it was like doing a tour with a friend. Highly recommended !
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Sep 23, 2022
Fantastic - plus Julie is a sper nice lady - Julie is a highly experienced and knowledgable guide. She clearly loves her city and that shows as she guides you round it's many attractions. We have no doubt about fully recommending her to anyone who wants to get an in-depth understanding of San Diego.
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Jul 9, 2022
One of Our Best Experiences! - Having a private tour with Julie was one of the best experiences we have ever had! Prior to the day of the tour, she called me to understand my family's specific needs. From the moment we met her, we knew we were going to have a memorable experience. Not only is Julie extremely knowledgeable about San Diego, but she also ensured that everyone had fun and got their questions answered. And... we got GREAT pictures since she acted as our personal photographer. I would HIGHLY recommend taking a tour with Julie. She is now an honorary member of our family, and I know we will tour with her again!
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Apr 17, 2022
We had a fabulous day in San Diego with Julie! - We recently visited San Diego for the first time. We hired Julie for a private tour on our first full day in the city. We were not disappointed! Before our arrival, Julie called to discuss the details of our tour and got a feel for what we might be interested in seeing. She planned a custom tour designed specifically for our family. We were able to see many parts of the city, landmarks, and beautiful scenic locations all in a day. Julie was extremely knowledgeable about the city and it's history. She took us to many well-known locations as well as some out of the way places we would have never known about! If you are looking for a custom tour of San Diego definitely hire Julie!
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Dec 23, 2021
Best of the Best of Private Tour Guides!!! - The best of the best of private tour guides! Julie is super informed and extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of San Diego! She came with maps and books that detailed our liking! I stated my mom loved to ask about trees and Julie came prepared with every answer mom had (needless to say that is a difficult task lol). That said she is a gem and not a question that she won't know an answer to or will reply on email after! 100% recommendation!!! Our tour included history, Gas Lamp District, Mt Soledad, and ended in Coranado at Hotel Coranado!
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Dec 8, 2021
Best Tour Guide in San Diego - Julie was absolutely fantastic & so knowledgeable about the city. There wasn’t any questions unanswered. Our customized tour was spot on. We saw all the gems in San Diego. Great fun and well worth the investment. Thank you, Julie!
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