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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

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Get your fiesta started in San Diego on a food and walking tour through historic Old Town. Visit some of the district's finest Mexican restaurants to sample tasty dishes, tequila cocktails, and hear mariachi music. Learn about the history of California and the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and gold rush prospectors that influenced Old Town's growth. You even hear some ghostly tales at Whaley House and an old cemetery. Get insider tips from your guide about authentic Mexican cuisine and other great places to visit on this fun tour.
  • Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in some of San Diego's best restaurants
  • Try cocktails made with tequila
  • Bring your appetite for hearty samples that make up a meal
  • Hear entertaining commentary on Old Town's history and rumored ghost sightings
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Departure Point

2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

Please meet your guide at the entrance to the restaurant.

Return Details

2707 Congress St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

You'll end in the Fiesta de Reyes square where your guide will point out the best places to shop or grab another margarita!

Meet your guide at the designated spot in Old Town San Diego, then start your walking tour through the 'Birthplace of California’—a place that has witnessed Native American life, early Spanish settlements, Mexican Independence and the California gold rush.

Your guide shares the history of Old Town as you stroll at a leisurely pace, stopping into top-rated eateries along the way. Sample a variety of authentic Mexican specialties and enjoy enough tastings to make up a meal, including tastes of delicious tacos, salsas and fresh tortillas made to order. You also get to sample cocktails made with tequila—the popular Mexican liquor that goes into margaritas and other classic drinks, while listening to live mariachi music at some of your destinations.

With Old Town’s long history, it has also collected a number of ghost stories. Walk past adobe homes from the early 19th century to allegedly haunted spots, including El Campo Santo Cemetery and Whaley House, which the TV show ‘America's Most Haunted’ named the most haunted house in America. Admire the mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival building as your guide shares details of its spooky history.

Your tour ends at the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel.
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Whaley House Museum
Whaley House Museum Description & History.
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Old Town Trading Company
Old Town Trading Company Description & History.
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Casa de Estudillo
Casa de Estudillo Description & History.
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El Campo Santo Cemetery
El Campo Santo Cemetery Description & History.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There is a minimum of 4 passengers in order to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY So Diego Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Come with a big appitite because the amount of food tasted is a meal in itself." See review


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Delicious food (tacos,...
, Jan 2022
Delicious food (tacos, tequila, chips & salsa, churro). I was staying in a different area of San Diego, and I'm very glad I walked around Old Town with someone who could educate me about it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for joining us, Emily! We are happy to find that you had a great time with our guide! :)
Great Tour
, Dec 2021
This tour is a must. Angela was a great tour guide, lots of energy, and very knowledgeable about San Diego. The food was excellent and I was stuffed!
Great Tacos, Margaritas and Fun!
, Oct 2021
We had a great time. Our guide Angela was great and lots of fun. The tacos were delicious and much more than we expected. The margaritas were great too! Loved the history.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for joining us on our tour of Old Town! We are happy you enjoyed it!
Triple T hit the Mark.
, Sep 2021
This was a great tour. Angela was a great guide. Before the tour took place I couldn’t find on our invoice where to meet. I’m panicked and found a tour guide from another outfit to call thankfully he got in touch with the company and we were able to find the place and meet. Supposed was initially 15 in the group but turned out just 6. It was better and more personable that way. Learned a lot of history, drank some margaritas, and had some great tacos. Would recommend this.
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Great tour
, Aug 2021
We had no idea that gravesites were under the sidewalk and street. We had never eaten at Cafe Coyote and had no idea it could seat hundreds, and did have great tacos. The walking tour around Old Town and Memorial Park was great. Our guide was superb. Highly recommended.
Mislabeled ‘food tour’
, Aug 2021
It was not a food tour. We literally sat and ate dinner with random people and then were trudged around like a school field trip. Our guide was great and was making the best of the situation, but we should have been notified that it was no longer a food tour in advance. If we wanted a tour of the area and then to sit down and get dinner we would’ve done so. Also, most of us felt really sick after the tacos.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi there! I'm sorry for the delayed response to you. At the time that your tour went out, we hadn't been notified that tickets were being sold until a week prior. We scrambled to get a tour together, and there was some uncertainty with some of the restaurants. We thought the tastings at the 2 spots (a restaurant with tacos, margarita, and tequila taster, and a churro spot) plus the walking tour of the area would be a good alternative. I'm so sorry you didn't approve, and I'm really surprised about the sick feeling from the tacos. This comes to a surprise to me because the restaurant we go to has been known for years as one of the top Mexican restaurants in San Diego. You may contact me to resolve...Thank you, Bianca (619)233-8687
, Mar 2020
Had lots of fun. Our guide Ben was nice and knowledgeable! The other people on our group was nice and was a good time.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are thrilled to find you had a great time with Ben! Thank you for joining us!
Food, drinks, and fun
, Mar 2020
Ben was a great guide and it was so fun to eat, drink, and learn about the culture! All the other people were nice and friendly. Just a good time!!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for coming along on tour with us! We are happy you enjoyed Old Town and our guide Ben! See you next time!
Great food, drink and fun
, Mar 2020
This tour was a blast. Every food and drink stop was delicious and the history of Old Town mixed in was great. We had a dozen in our group and it was fun visiting. Angela, our tour guide was excellent. My wife and I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are thrilled that you had such a great time with Angela. Thank you for joining us on tour!
Excellent guide
, Mar 2020
The tacos and margaritas were good, but our guide, Angela, was the highlight. She was hilarious and informative and kept us all entertained and I learned way more than I expected. The length of the tour was just about perfect for people who had spent the day in a conference. We ended up in a great location for dessert and wandering and sticking around if anyone was interested. Well-designed, good food, but the guide was the best.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are so happy to find you had a great time with Angela in Old Town! Thanks for joining us! -Bianca

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