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Private Tour: Balboa Park in San Diego

  • 2-hour private tour of Balboa Park in San Diego
  • Explore the urban park’s many gardens and cultural attractions
  • Learn about historic and architectural landmarks from a private guide
Private Tour: Balboa Park in San Diego
From USD 149.00
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Private Tour: Balboa Park in San Diego
From USD 149.00

Ride in a luxury vehicle to Balboa Park for a private tour of this National Historic Landmark District of San Diego. Explore the 1,200-acre (485-hectare) cultural icon with your own personal guide and customize your 2-hour itinerary with your choice of sights, including complimentary admission to the Spanish Village Art Center; Botanical Garden, Rose Garden and Cactus Garden; and Timken Art Museum. Pass by numerous museums and hear informative commentary about the park’s history and architecture. Bottled water and snacks are provided.

What to Expect
Meet your private driver-guide at your hotel in San Diego, and ride comfortably by luxury car or SUV to Balboa Park, located near downtown San Diego. En route, discuss your interests with your guide — from gardens, museums and theaters to recreational facilities, gift shops, restaurants and the world-famous San Diego Zoo — so that your tour itinerary can be tailored to your group.
Named after the Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, this 1,200-acre cultural park in the heart of San Diego was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll gain insight from your guide into each cultural attraction you pass, and receive complimentary entry to the Timkin Art Museum and Spanish Village Art Center.
Your guide provides an overview of the grounds, allowing you free time to explore in more depth later on your own. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the park’s open areas and landscaped vegetation, learning about the trees planted by a renowned American gardener and how the entire site was established for public recreational use.
Perhaps make a photo stop at the picturesque Botanical Building and its adjacent Lily Pond and Lagoon, or see approximately 1,600 roses on display in the Rose Garden (free admission). You’ll find a variety of succulents in the Desert Garden and discover 58 species of palms along the winding, shady path of Palm Canyon. See the bonsai exhibit and koi pond in the Japanese Friendship Garden, built as a teahouse during the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition.
At the end of your tour, you’re driven back to your hotel by private vehicle.
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of two people per booking.
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Reviews (8)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile
Out of country visitors

Wow!!! We had company in town from another country and wanted to show them things they had only read about. A segway tour of Balboa Park seemed like a great start to their visit. I was right. For a group of seniors this might be...More

3  Thank Keith N
Reviewed 3 April 2018
Great tour. Great guide.

The Balboa park tour was spectacular. The ride to and from the park is fairly long (10 minutes) with lots of street crossings, but when you get to the park it is completely worth it. Amazing sites. We went on a Saturday and it was...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Sean B
Reviewed 30 March 2018
Great tour of Balboa Park

Preston was an excellent guide and we had a very enjoyable 2.5 hour tour of Balboa Park. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank bcartpa
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

We had a great fun time on the Segway tour this past Saturday with our guide Micah. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We have toured on Segways in Rome, Seattle, Beverly Hills and Dallas to mention a few . This was an outstanding tour...More

2  Thank Eve B
Reviewed 31 December 2017
Absolute BEST way to see San Diego!

We went on the early bird tour the day before and liked it so much we booked another private tour for the following day. Everyone at the business was super cool and friendly. Extremely patient while teaching how to properly and safely operate the Segways....More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank wolfman00hd
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