Hire Us

The San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association is filled with passionate hospitality workers who love to share their city of guests from across the country and around the world. Whether you need an experienced step-on guide, or a person to greet your guests at the airport, we have qualified individuals to fill those roles.

We created a Code of Ethics, a Mission Statement and a Tour Guide Certification Program that would ensure visitors to San Diego get the most accurate information from experienced guides. Certified tour guides can complement the history of San Diego by offering tours to meet the varying interests of visitors to our city that include, but are not limited to: biking, walking and hiking tours, food, beer and wine tours along with architecture and photography.

In addition to tour guide services, our members must also pass training for hospitality services, which include but are not limited to airport arrivals and departures, dine-a-rounds, convention and on-site services and group movements.

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Certified Tour Guides

Once you have decided upon your San Diego Professional Tour Guide, you can discuss with your guide which sites will be of best interest to your guests.

Need ideas for what to see and do with your group? Check out our San Diego Highlights page for suggestions on how to spend your time here.


Multi-Lingual Tour Guides

We currently have members who speak Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Note: We do not test for foreign language proficiency. Each member has self-determined his/her level of ability. We suggest that employers interview guides in the required language before finalizing any contracts.

Hospitality and Registration Staff

Our Accredited Hospitality Professionals (AHP) have been trained and have passed the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association test. The test and training ensure that certified AHPs are trained and proficient at airport meet and greets, shuttles, dispatching, registration and hospitality desks and dine-arounds.

Our rate for this service is $35.00 per hour with a 4-hour minimum, plus any required parking charges.


Quoted rates for tour guides do not include the transportation for the group and are for guide service only. Typically, most visitors provide their own transportation, but ask your Tour Guide, or consult our Business Members if you have transportation needs.

Certified Tour Guides

Our rate for a standard San Diego City Tour is $200.00 (4-hour minimum. Each additional hour billed at the rate of $50.00)

Multi-Lingual Tour Guides

Our rate for a Bilingual San Diego City tour is $260.00 (4-hour minimum. Each additional hour billed at a rate of $65.00).

How to Book our Members

The best way to get started is to fill out the form under our “Contact Us” page. The initial information we will need is the dates, the exact responsibilities you are seeking and any other specialties for your hospitality needs while in San Diego.

We will immediately forward your request to Association members who are qualified for the service you require, who will then contact you directly with their availability and additional information you are seeking.

Payment for services is handled directly between the visitor or company and the chosen member.

Check out our new website!

We are excited to announce our new website, Tours in San Diego. This is a new website that offers tours given by our members. There is a big variety to choose from: walking tours, ghost tours, bus tours, photography tours, food tours, you name it. So please take a moment to check it out. lf you are a tour operator, you can also join the new website to showcase your own tours. There is a huge opportunity for everyone to experience this new tour website opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you soon.