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San Diego: Sightseeing Dinner Cruise with DJ Music

1. San Diego: Sightseeing Dinner Cruise with DJ Music

Enjoy a dinner cruise from San Diego that combines culinary excellence with unforgettable scenery and ambient DJ music. Look for local wildlife as you sail and admire views of the city skyline, the Coronado Bridge, and the Cabrillo National Monument.  Stroll the spacious decks and watch the sunset before dinner. Dinner is a seated meal with an elaborate wine list, upgrades and additions, and vegetarian options. Savor crisp salads, braised ribs, oven-roasted salmon entrees, and luscious desserts After dinner, listen to relaxing music, as you enjoy your dessert and coffee. Photos are taken at beginning of the cruise and they can be purchased at the end when you return to your meeting point. Sample Dinner Menu For The TableAssorted bread and butter (V) Starter (Choice of One)Beet and baby arugula salad (G*) (V)Feta cheese | cherry tomatoes | balsamic vinaigrette SIGNATURE SEAFOOD CHOWDER (G*)Signature seafood chowder (G*)Clams | flounder | potatoes | cream Main (Choice of One)Root vegetable fricassee (G*) (VG) (V)Butternut squash | cauliflower | zucchini | grape tomatoes | gremolata | cauliflower coconut cream sauce Broiled salmon filet with roasted tomato vinaigretteLemon orzo | farm-fresh seasonal vegetables Oven-roasted chicken breast with rosemary and thymeRoasted new red potato salad with scallions | haricot verts | creamy mushroom sauce Braised beef short ribs with Fresno pepper demi-glace (G*)Garlic mashed potatoes | baby carrots | broccoli Dessert (Choice of One)Signature chocolate cake (V)Creme Anglaise | raspberry coulis | candied pecans  Mixed fruit (G*) (VG) (V)Madagascar vanilla and orange cream New York-style cheesecake (V)Lemon mascarpone cream | blueberry compote (may contain nuts) *Menus subject to change

San Diego: Champagne Brunch Cruise

2. San Diego: Champagne Brunch Cruise

Sample a variety of breakfast and dinner dishes with fantastic views, and then head to the outdoor deck for fresh sea air and a narrated bay cruise. Enjoy private seating in the dining room to enjoy the food and the scenery with your friends. Try San Diego’s most popular and unique Sunday Champagne Brunch, with views that change with the courses. Enjoy breakfast and lunch entrees, carving stations, a salad and a dessert bar, and free-flowing champagne. Relax with light music to complete your cruise. Premier Buffet Brunch MenuEarly Riser:Assorted muffins and danishesScrambled eggsBreakfast meat and potatoesFrench toast Late Risers:Kale quinoa saladPasta saladHand-carved strip loinHand-carved oven-roasted turkeyPasta al Forno Dessert: CakesBrowniesSeasonal fruit

San Diego: Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Walking Tour

3. San Diego: Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Walking Tour

Travel back to a world of colorful customs and ruthless pride, as you walk the streets of San Diego’s Old Town, a neighborhood known as the first town of California. The 2.5-hour walking tour explains how the area has been restored to represent what the neighborhood looked like during the 1820-1870s, and includes stops at local restaurants to savor the great cuisine and sample a few drinks. As you check out the original buildings, built with the only natural resources the land had to offer, you will learn how and why the natives thrived in their dry and warm environment. Hear about bull fights, horse races, pistol shooting matches, dances, and political events, all carried out in the town plaza during the Mexican period, and then later during the great American Gold Rush. Discover the difference between the two, and the marriage between the cultures. As one of the nation’s most haunted neighborhoods, the ghost stories of the tour will have you checking over your shoulder for lingering spirits. Visit the second oldest cemetery in San Diego, and learn the stories of some of the notorious people who still haunt the streets of the eerie neighborhood. Visit the Whaley House, considered the most haunted house in America and see why the past still haunts the present. 

San Diego: Little Italy Wine Tasting Walking Tour

4. San Diego: Little Italy Wine Tasting Walking Tour

Indulge in a delicious food and wine-tasting experience and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you stroll through the streets of San Diego's Little Italy. Join an insightful tour and learn about wine styles and pairing tips by visiting some of the most popular restaurants in the area. Meet your guide at your first venue and dive right into your gastronomical journey. Visit three establishments to sample a variety of wines from California, Italy, and other parts of the world. Meet local wine enthusiasts who will share with you small-production wines and Italian favorites. Enjoy traditional Italian food along the way, with pairings including regional cheeses and pasta. As you walk from stop to stop, take in the many boutiques, historic buildings, and luxury high-rises of this chic San Diego neighborhood.

San Diego: Brothels, Bites and Booze Gaslamp Quarter Tour

5. San Diego: Brothels, Bites and Booze Gaslamp Quarter Tour

Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no more than a very light snack before the tour – or nothing at all!

San Diego: Little Italy Food Walking Tour with Tastings

6. San Diego: Little Italy Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the neighborhood of Little Italy in San Diego on a guided walking food tour. Visit 3 local restaurants and 1 gelateria for tastings of San Diego favorites, and learn about the area's history. Discover the Little Italy area which in addition to the traditional pasta and pizza dishes, offers vegan breakfasts, juicy burgers, and lounges for dancing and fine cocktails. Meet your guide and head to the first stop on the tour at Sorrento Ristorante and Pizzeria, a lively family-owned Italian restaurant. Taste one of their homemade traditional dishes, Parpadelle Bolognese and calamari, with a glass of red or white Italian wine. Continue to Queenstown Public House, a New Zealand-inspired restaurant with whimsical decor, known for its grass-fed burgers and selection of local beer. Taste one of their Little Bitties – a grass-fed slider with onion mayo, cheddar, and sweet relish paired with a taster of a local beer or sangria. Next, continue to a local staple at Landini’s Pizzeria, known for its quality New York-style slices. Pick the slice that most appeals to you, with options such as La Piccante with jalapeños, ricotta, pineapple, and pepperoni or the Rustica with Brussel sprouts, pancetta, and balsamic glaze. Finally, make your way to the final stop on the tour at Pappalecco, a traditional Italian bistro. Enjoy some house-made gelato as your dessert, with a wide array of flavors available to choose from.

Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

7. Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

The tour sets off from the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village, where your 3-hour culinary adventure begins. Navigate the picturesque streets of the village with your local guide and discover its diverse history, architecture and culture. Stroll down some of the most famous streets in Carlsbad, home to a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants, and iconic landmarks, uniquely mixed with shops, art galleries and vibrant street murals. Along the way, stop at 8 different eateries, popular with the locals, and taste the flavors of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from a locally-owned specialty food store, and ethnic or locavore-style eateries. Some of the stops on the tour include one of Carlsbad’s most romantic restaurants and a dessert haven with recipes passed down through generations. There’s also time to delight your taste buds with a sampling of California’s award-winning wines at one of the village’s urban wineries.

San Diego: Brewery Tour with Tastings and Food Pairings

8. San Diego: Brewery Tour with Tastings and Food Pairings

Discover America's beer mecca, San Diego's North Park neighborhood. Dive deep into the city's beer world and taste your way through multiple breweries. Learn about the different methods and ingredients of each brew, and revel in a tour filled with beers, art, and culture. Get educated with a brewery tour of North Park Neighborhood in San Diego. Meet your beer-enthusiast guide and walk around the streets, visiting 3-4 different craft breweries in the area. Discover the brewing process, food and beer pairing, and what it takes to start a successful brewery. At each stop, learn how to pair beer with food, while munching on delicious snacks. Test your newly acquired beer-ucation and taste the subtle flavors and different blends in each tasting. Learn about the neighborhood's history in between your visits and how it turned from a streetcar area to the hipster-ridden and trendy spot that it is today. Don't worry if you're not a beer nerd, there are other options available.

From San Diego: Private Puerto Nuevo Tour with Lobster Lunch

9. From San Diego: Private Puerto Nuevo Tour with Lobster Lunch

This private tour from San Diego explores Puerto Nuevo, the lobster village of Baja California. Located only minutes from Rosarito Beach, the town claims to have some of the best lobster in the world. Find out while listening to live mariachi music and drinking margaritas. This tour also allows for plenty of free time for shopping and craft beer tastings at Rosarito Beach. At 9:30 AM aboard a luxury 6-14 passenger van with air conditioning and reclining seats. Relax with plenty of legroom and enjoy complimentary bottles of drinking water. At 10:00 AM arrive at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) and the Botanical Garden. Afterward spending time there, at approximately 11:00 AM visit to the infamous border wall at the USA/Mexican border. Then at 11:30 AM spend time at Rosarito Beach to enjoy craft beer tastings. By 2:30 PM have a lobster lunch at Puerto Nuevo with tequila margaritas and live mariachi music included. For those unfamiliar with Baja lobster, it’s cooked with garlic butter and lime and served with beans and rice. Scoop up the lobster in warm handmade flour tortillas while savoring tequila margaritas. After lunch, have free time to shop at the traditional Mexican Curios Market. At 4:00 PM head back to San Diego with an approximately 5:30 PM arrival time.

San Diego: Sidecar Wine Tasting Tour

10. San Diego: Sidecar Wine Tasting Tour

Ride in an open sidecar on this guided wine tour of San Diego. Feel the wind in your face as you take in the beautiful California scenery, visit popular wine tasting rooms to try local wines, and learn about the city's fascinating history from your guide. Meet your guide and hop in for a ride throughout Downtown San Diego. Hear the interesting history behind the sights you pass on your way to each tour stop and enjoy the rush of riding a motorcycle while sitting safely in the sidecar. Make stops at local wine tasting rooms, where you can experience the urban wine scene. Learn about each wine you try and decide for yourself which is your favorite. Depending on your tour, the locations you visit might include Pali Wine Co, Bottlecraft Liberty Station, and M Wine House.

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Merritt was an excellent tour guide. Super friendly and informative. Tour included a lot of food, a few margaritas and a delish churro. We were stuffed! My only suggestion would be less waiting time for food. That was zero fault of Merritt as he had called ahead to let them know we were coming. Guessing just staffing shortages.

Very varied tour of the Gaslamp District. Guide Amy showed all the highlights and guided us through the district in a relaxed and entertaining way. Extremely delicious food and drinks at the numerous food stops. Highly recommended!!!!

Wonderful experience! Our tour guide, Christie, was amazing and very knowledgeable. The birria taco and mango margarita at Tuetano Taqueria was delicious. 10/10 recommend!

Super great host and knowledgeable. Definitely an experience to remember

Food was amazing. Service and staff exceptional. Weather fantastic.