Best Hotel for Tours of San Diego

San Diego is an amazing (and easy) city to explore independently, but it also happens to come chockablock with fabulous, guided tours that delve into the ins-and-outs of local history, architecture, geography, and much more. As a guest of ours here at Hotel Republic in Downtown San Diego, you’re beautifully positioned to experience America’s Finest City on one of these curated explorations.

Here are just a few fine options for San Diego tours while you’re calling our boutique Autograph Collection hotel your Southern California home away from home!

Old Town Trolley Tours

Is there a more charming means of tooling about San Diego than an old-timey trolley? We don’t think so. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a 25-mile-long, hop-on, hop-off circuit around the city that comes enhanced by live narration and includes a dozen stops, among them Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Island, and Balboa Park. Your ticket affords you unlimited reboarding all day long, giving you plenty of welcome flexibility.

Other Options From Historic Tours of America

Old Town Trolley Tours falls under the umbrella of Historic Tours of America, which offers multiple other guided tours through America’s Finest City. For example, you can get to know the (rather famous) supernatural side of town on the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour, which takes in the spooky dimensions of Old Town San Diego, El Campo Santo Cemetery, and—naturally—the Whaley House, regularly pegged as the most haunted house in the country. 

Or combine dryland sightseeing with on-the-water cruising on the San Diego SEAL Tours, conducted aboard Hydra-Terra amphibious vehicles. The only offerings of their kind in the city, these SEAL Tours kick off on terra firma, then take to the water and head out into San Diego Bay. 

San Diego Harbor Cruise

Speaking of the bay, Flagship Cruises & Events offers one- and two-hour narrated tours via its San Diego Harbor Cruise. Experience the beauty and bustle of San Diego’s defining port, relishing offshore views of the city skyline as well as looks at the eye-catching Star of India sailing vessel, Shelter Island, the Coronado Bay Bridge, and other classic waterfront sights.

Touring San Diego With a Hotel Republic Home Base Downtown

You’ll have the best of Downtown San Diego hospitality to enjoy here at Hotel Republic, where we shower our guests with signature Marriott Autograph Collection luxury right in the heart of the city. Guests also have access to our new fleet of bikes which allows easy exploration of attractions in the surrounding area like Little Italy, Waterfront Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Use our boutique hotel, with its 258 rooms and rooftop dining at the Topside Terrace Kitchen & Bar, as your launchpad for guided tours—on and off the water—of America’s Finest City!

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