Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

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San Diego Walks

At San Diego Walks we know you want to go to the ‘must see’ spots in ‘America’s Finest City’ – Balboa Park, Old Town, Coronado are great examples – but maybe you don’t want to get lost in the crowds who visit there each year. We feel the same! That’s why San Diego Walks takes you to the places you want to see, but we get you off the beaten path and show you the hidden spots and secret treasure each of these popular tourist destinations have that most visitors miss – locals and out-of-towners alike.

  • 2.5 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • San Diego

Start Time

10:00am, 1:00pm

Meeting Point

In front of the Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde St, San Diego, CA 92110. 

Ending Point

2304 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110


  • Discover how the city’s Spanish and Mexican past is reflected in San Diego today.
  • Learn about the indigenous people who lived here for thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers.
  • Take a short hike up Presidio Hill to the first European settlement over 250 years ago.
  • Choose from a vast selection of tequila varieties at an authentic tequileria.

Price Includes

  • One handmade tortilla, one shot of tequila (or a margarita, beer, or soda of your choice), chips and salsa and two street tacos.

Price Excludes

  • Additional food and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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’ll get to sample all on this cultural foodie tour!

We’ll start our exploration 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’ll continue the tour and view one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for the ghosts who haunt it and see some 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 the West Coast of the U.S. We’ll see the outline of some of the 18th century structures and learn about the indigenousness people who were here when the Europeans 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 will take a brief walk to a local tequileria boasting a collection of thousands of bottles. Here you will learn about the many different types of tequilas and be 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’ll bid 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.


  • Adult (16+): $69
  • Children (6-15): $59
  • Private Tours: $45-110 Per Person (Prices vary by group size)