San Diego Old Town Tales, Tacos and Tequila Small Group Tour

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  • 2.5 hr

Meet your guide and group at Old Adobe Chapel, which can be credited for saving Old Town San Diego thanks to a 1884 book. Continue on to one of the most haunted homes in Southern California, also unusual for its architecture and building materials. After a view of some Victorian architecture we'll pass by the original location of the Presidio and Mission when the Spanish first settled in California. Admire the oldest 18th-century structure in the area and learn about the indigenous tribes who lived here for thousands of years. Back in town, we'll see some authentic Mexican handcrafts (no bad souvenirs here!), visit a hundred year old Catholic church that is a descendant of the original Mission, followed by a stroll through a landmark cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s. Our final stop is a local Tequileria to learn about the many different kinds of tequila. Enjoy a taste or select another beverage of your choice, plus gourmet tacos.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Old Town San Diego

Join us as we discover the full story of San Diego in the location where it all began – Old Town. We’ll learn about the indigenous people of the area, along with the Spanish and visit where they settled, and how this became a part of Mexico before becoming a US State. Along the way we’ll hear tales of the people who lived here and will end with some fantastic tacos and tequila!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Adobe Chapel Museum

We start our tour at the Adobe Chapel, first built as a home in 1850. By 1858 it became a chapel after the Mission was closed and served in that capacity until 1919. We'll learn that it was the setting of the fictional character Ramona’s wedding from the 1884 novel, and how this building saved the neighborhood.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Whaley House Museum

There are three historic buildings on this site and we'll talk about all of them, plus admire the century old Pepper Trees. Known mostly for its ghostly residents, the Whaley House is historically important beyond being haunted.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Heritage County Park

These Victorian buildings were moved here to preserve them from the expanding city in the 1970s from downtown. All of these houses date to the end of the 19th century.

Pass By: Mormon Battalion Historic Site

The longest infantry march in US history happened during the Mexican-American war in 1846-48 and this site commemorates it.

Pass By: Presidio Park

Where modern San Diego began with the first Mission and first Presidio (fortress) established here in 1769. After this area was abandoned residents moved down the hill to what is now Old Town State Park.

Stop At: Immaculate Conception Church

This is the descendant of the church at our meeting location and is over 100 years old.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: El Campo Santo Cemetery

After the Presidio closed, this became the main Catholic cemetery in San Diego, and many of San Diego's early residents are interred here.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At:

We've saved the best for last! We'll stop here for a refreshing beverage and some delish bites!

Duration: 30 minutes
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