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Mission San Juan Capistrano & Old Town

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Experience hosted by Aj

90 mins
Includes tickets
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll meet at the Historic 'Jewel of the Missions' to tour the beautifully flowered grounds. I'll show you its venerated chapel - where Father Serra, founder of the California Missions - conducted Mass; and then the graveyard holding victims of the 1812 earthquake that collapsed the great basilica one Sunday morning.
Then we'll go on a walking tour of this 250 year old Spanish town, famous for the Swallows that return each Spring and I'll tell you tales of pirates, ghosts and Zorro too. And I’ll be happy to offer Tips on where to best Shop and Eat. I’ll even show you where President Nixon dined on his favorite Mexican dishes while staying at his nearby 'Western White House'; as well as the historic Santa Fe train Depot.
Then we'll go on to a venerable, but nearly hidden, historic neighborhood - the oldest in California - where you’ll see ancient adobes and giant century-old succulents ; and its Arts and Crafts shopping lane with its much loved tea house (where women wear Victorian hats on Sunday) and a celebrity Chef’s rustic patio restaurant (also his home). A petting zoo you may want to visit is also tucked away nearby.
We'll meet at the Historic 'Jewel of the Missions' to tour the beautifully flowered grounds. I'll show you its venerated chapel - where Father Serra, founder of the California Missions - conducted Mass; and then the graveyard holding victims of the 1812 earthquake that collapsed the great basilica one Sunday morning.
Then we'll go on a walking tour of this 250 year old Spanish town, famous for the Swallows that return each Spring and I…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    Tickets for your Mission Visit
From ₹2,502
/ person
Sat, 31 Oct
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
₹2,502 per person
₹2,502 per person
Sun, 1 Nov
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
₹2,502 per person
₹2,502 per person
Mon, 2 Nov
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
₹2,502 per person
₹2,502 per person

Meet your host, Aj

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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I'm a 25 year local resident and enthusiastic advocate of San Juan Capistrano with its captivating legends and stories of Old Town and the beautiful 'Jewel of the Missions'. A retired attorney and writer I have traveled extensively and written city and walking guides (including the official Newspaper Assn of America's annual meeting expo city guide). I have also taught seminars and courses. As an AirBnb Host since 2014 I have enjoyed favorable reviews from Guests from around the World for my tips and 'must see' of our unique area.
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Where you'll be

The Historic San Juan Capistrano 'Jewel of the Missions' including the oldest still in use chapel - where Father Serra, founder of the California Missions - conducted Mass; including the ancient graveyard and grounds.
Then the streets of the adjacent Old Town.
And finally the Arts and Restaurant District.

1 review

Cindy
August 2019
The beautiful Mission and its surrounding Old Town were really unique and fascinating. AJ was a great guide with his stories and history; even pointing out places to shop and eat. I would highly recommend this tour. Loved the old Santa Fe train depot!
The beautiful Mission and its surrounding Old Town were really unique and fascinating. AJ was a great guide with his stories and history; even pointing out places to shop and eat.…

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  • Sat, 31 Oct
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Sun, 1 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Mon, 2 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Tue, 3 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Wed, 4 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Thu, 5 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Fri, 6 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person
  • Sat, 7 Nov
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    ₹2,502 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

More tips

1) This tour is for 2 to 6 people.
2) Optional Tour Times: If a better time fits, message me and I’ll try to accommodate you.
3) All street and parking lots are free in San Juan Capistrano .
4) I also give a walking tour of nearby ‘Laguna Beach and It’s Hidden Beaches’. Check out my listing!

What to bring

Hat or visor

Camera