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“A Great Time on the Trolley”

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
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USD 39.95*
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Ranked #11 of 259 Tours in San Diego
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Owner description: Discover America’s Finest City aboard Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego. This two hour, fully narrated tour will show you San Diego and Coronado with stops at Seaport Village, Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, Balboa Park and the World-Famous San Diego Zoo. With 11 stops, guests can disembark for shopping, dining and attractions. Old Town Trolley Tours has a 100% money back guarantee.
Eastham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“A Great Time on the Trolley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

We took the Old time Trolley to get oriented at the beginning of our four day visit to San Diego. Our tour did give us a good look at San Diego's principal attractions and helped us plan our time during our stay. We got a lot more than that as our guide combined a great knowledge of San Diego with a very quick sense of humor. He personalized the tour by getting the passengers involved in his banter. We probably remembered more about San Diego because we were so entertained on our tour. In addition you can use the trolley to stop for a while and them catch a later one back.

Visited April 2012
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“Great fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

The Old Town Trolley Tour is a wonderful way to see alot of San Diego, if you've never visited it before. It allows one to hop on and off and explore the areas of interest.
The guides are very informative and most entertaining.
I highly recommend this to first time visitors but do find it rather pricey.

Visited April 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Overpriced, Unreliable and a real disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

The pros
+ We were able to see many areas of San Diego in a relatively short space of time
+ Pick up stop on the Marina
The Cons
- 36 Dollars per person was far too much for what it was
- Unreliable it took three trams and over 25 minutes of waiting to get a seat. This happened repeatedly over the course of the tour to other people. I would not have trusted being able to get the last tram back.
- Early finishing times, most city tours run till until 7 or 8pm this stopped between 4 and 5
- Very little actual relevant history given. More information was given about films such as Top Gun etc. but very little on the founding of the city and its development
- Inconsistent over-pronouncement which grated after while
- The limited nature of the ticket, many hop-on-hop-off tours the ticket lasts for more than twenty-four hours this only lasts for 1 day’s business hours
- Free rides given to people without buying tickets, which although may be seen as kind we paid 36 dollars for the tour!!!
- It seemed at times we were stopping at every hotel rather than a historic or interesting area.

Overall I felt very disappointed and wish I had used another company

Visited May 2012
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Historictours, General Manager at Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, responded to this review, 9 May 2012
I am sorry to hear your tour with us failed to meet your expectations. We do offer a 100% money back guarantee on all of our tours, which you can easily access by visiting the customer service area of our website.
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Pleasant Hill
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“"FUN and informative tour"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

We had never been to California before and found this tour online, it was a lot more than was expected. Our driver was fun and made learning about San Diego exciting and easy to remember facts when we returned home and viewed our photo's. We were able to see more of the city by taking this tour. We rode the entire route then started over and stopped at the points that were of the most interest to us. Was great not having to drive and find parking at each location. Parking and ticket purchase was very easy. We felt it was well worth the money and will definately take another Old Town Trolley Tour when visiting a city that offers one.

Visited March 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Get familiar with San Diego with this tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

The Old Town Trolley Tour of San Diego is an excellent way to learn about the city and get off to explore places you might not drive to - then hop back on to return to your starting place. The tour guides are knowledgeable, funny and kind and each one has his or her own style. My dad and I celebrated his 90th birthday in San Diego and he really liked the tour. This is the second time I've been on the tour and it was just as valuable this time as the first. I highly recommend it for adults and children. If you only have one day, start early. We also did the optional SEAL tour which was excellent - with the warning that it is a very bumpy ride on the land portion. People with back problems beware.

Visited March 2012
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