Optional Tours

Raymond Chandler’s La Jolla ON SALE TILL AUG 20 (while seats are available): The tour will be led by local author Corey Lynn Fayman, whose Rolly Waters mysteries feature a guitar-playing private detective who lives in San Diego (www.coreylynnfayman.com).  Fayman’s upcoming novel, The Esmeralda Goodbye, is a historical mystery set in 1950s La Jolla, featuring a cast that includes Raymond Chandler, J. Edgar Hoover, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

A bus will pick the group up at the hotel and drive to La Jolla, where Raymond Chandler lived during his last years and wrote about as the town of Esmeralda, CA.  The tour will view the outside of his original home and talk about his life with his wife at that location. From there it is a stop at the La Valencia hotel to view the building and bar that Chandler frequented. This will be followed by a short walking tour of downtown La Jolla including spots Chandler wrote about and visited. There will be free time for shopping or lunch (not included in tour price). After the return to the bus, you will learn of the old Del Charro hotel (now gone), where prominent politicians, Texas oilmen, gangsters, movie stars and Chandler himself sometimes stayed. The tour ends with a visit to Mt Hope Cemetery where Chandler and his wife Cissy are buried before returning you to the hotel.

Tuesday, August 29th, 10am to approx 2-3pm

$75.00 each

Sales closed: if you have a question, please email bouchercon2023@bouchercon.com

Limited to 32 people

All tours subject to change.  Has met minimum sold and will be held. Some seats still available. Sale extended to Aug 22.

USS Midway:  Visit the Navy carrier that is now a museum.  See the flight deck and tour the ship while also seeing multiple aircraft and equipment now stored there.  Great for aviation or military buffs.  Just .8 miles from the hotel, so it is a 15 minute walk along the shore or take a shared ride.  Tour includes climbing ladders and stairs.  Unfortunately some parts of tour are not available to those unable to walk unassisted.

Wed Aug 30, 9am

Price: $20.00

Sales closed: if you have a question, please email bouchercon2023@bouchercon.com

Limited to 20 guests. All tours subject to change.  Has met minimum. Sale extended to Aug 21.

Meet in front of the Midway entry point no later than 8:45am on Wednesday, August 30. Tour starts at 9am promptly. Special tour is one hour. Following the Docent-led tour, guests are free to stay onboard and continue with the guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors to enhance your visit even further. Also, enjoy the “Voices of Midway” film detailing the events of the Battle of Midway! Tour includes full entry into the museum during the same day so you can spend more time looking at the Midway and the rest of the museum equipment. At this point tour becomes “self-guided” and ends at any point you wish. Transportation to and from hotel is not provided with this tour but the museum is within walking distance or you can take a rideshare service.


Ghosts and Graveyards Tour

Wed Aug 30, 10am Tickets (DID NOT MEET MINIMUM–not being held)

Sun Sept 3, 4pm Tickets (DID NOT MEET MINIMUM–not being held)



Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Discounted Price:  Use the special “trolley” bus as an easy way to get around San Diego and hop off to see the sights. Or take the whole trip around and enjoy the tour guide’s narration on major tourist sites.

To take advantage of this exclusive discount, browse our online store at http://www.trustedtours.net/sdgroups and during checkout, use the coupon code Bouchercon2023.

A 15% discount will apply to the following products (subject to availability):

·                     1 Day Hop-On / Hop-Off City Tour

·                     Hop-On / Hop-Off City Tour – 2 Consecutive Day Ticket

·                     SEAL Tour at Seaport Village

·                     SEAL Tour at Embarcadero   

·                     San Diego City Lights Night Tour

·                     Ghosts and Gravestones Tour of San Diego

·                     Whaley House Daytime Tour

·                     Whaley House Evening Tour

This promotional code will be valid from NOW through September 6, 2023. 

Please note that this coupon code is valid only for the products listed above and not toward any packages offered (for example, Hop On/Hop Off City Tour + San Diego Zoo).

You may also use this promo code to purchase the following tour tickets at 15% off retail rates:

·                     San Diego USS Midway Museum

·                     Maritime Museum of San Diego

·                     Hornblower Cruises – 

  • 1-Hour Harbor Cruise
  • 2-Hour Harbor Cruise
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Midweek Adventures
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures
  • San Diego Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise

You will enter your billing information and the ticket user information (the name you’d like printed on your tickets).  If you’re purchasing multiple tickets for the same attraction (for example, two adult tickets for the trolley tour), only one ticket user name is needed.  After you confirm your order at Checkout, you will be prompted to receive your ticket(s) by email or text, to print or use as a mobile ticket.  It’s as easy as that!

If you have any questions, please email me at jrenning@historictours.com.


Walking Tour Discount Code

Discount Code – Bouchercon10 good through Sep 2

So Diego Website

Try the Gaslamp Quarter Tour (Brothels, Bites, and Booze) or their Old Town or Little Italy Tours

All tours are at the visitor’s own risk. Bouchercon is not liable for tours.