Private Tour: San Salvador City Sightseeing

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Take a private tour of the El Salvador's capital city to see notable sites including the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Theater and National Palace. If you opt for the full-day tour, your afternoon includes San Salvador Volcano (El Boquerón), the charming city of Santa Tecla, and shopping for artisan goods at two local markets. This is your tour to customize, so just let your knowledgeable local guide what you want to see more or less of. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, or select a full day of sightseeing. All options include round-trip hotel transport by comfortable private vehicle.

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After hotel pickup in San Salvador, embark on your morning or afternoon half-day tour, or complete a full-day tour (depending on option selected upon booking). Traveling in the comfort of a private vehicle, chat with your guide about your specific interests. This is your tour, so just let your guide know how much time you want to spend at each attraction.
Half-day option (morning or afternoon):Drive to the historical city center — the country's political, economic and religious hub since the 16th century — to visit the main monuments, avenues and squares of San Salvador, including Plaza El Salvador del Mundo (The Savior of the World Plaza) and Plaza Masferrer, then pass through the primary residential zones of the capital city.
With your guide, stop by the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador (Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador), twice visited by Pope John Paul II, who knelt by the Tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero. See the beautiful National Palace of El Salvador, which contains four main rooms and 101 secondary rooms, and admire the characteristic French Renaissance style of the National Theater of El Salvador (Teatro Nacional de El Salvador), declared a national monument in 1979.
After viewing El Rosario Church at Plaza Libertad, site of the Monument to the Heroes (Monumento de los Héroes), your guide takes you to San Salvador’s handicraft market, Mercado Nacional de Artesanías. Meander among artisan vendors selling hammocks, textiles, ceramics and other crafts. Then finish at the Municipal Market of Antiguo Cuscatlán — San Salvador’s most affluent region — before you’re dropped off at your hotel.
Full-day option:In the morning, you’ll cover all the places specified above during city sightseeing with your guide plus additional San Salvador surroundings in the afternoon. Stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant where you can buy a typical Salvadoran dish like pupusas — thick, handmade corn tortillas filled with a cheese or pork. Not interested in going to a restaurant? Bring your own meal and picnic outside.

After lunch, visit San Salvador Volcano (aka Quetzaltepec and Chaparrastique), a stratovolcano located just 15 miles (25 km) northwest of the city. Here, enjoy a refreshing eco-walk along nature trails and a panoramic view of the impressive crater, which features El Boquerón, a newer volcancito (little volcano) inside.
Before hotel drop-off, your final stop is Santa Tecla, a beautiful city whose antique architectural style has been preserved. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour with your guide around the main streets and avenues, including the famous Paseo el Carmen where restaurants, bars, and cafés are a highlight.

Inclusions for Private Tour: San Salvador City Sightseeing

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions for Private Tour: San Salvador City Sightseeing

  • Gratuities (optional) 
  • Lunch

Itinerary:

Half-day option (morning or afternoon): Drive to the historical city center — the country's political, economic and religious hub since the 16th century — to visit the main monuments, avenues and squares of San Salvador, including Plaza El Salvador del Mundo (The Savior of the World Plaza) and Plaza Masferrer, then pass through the primary residential zones of the capital city.
With your guide, stop by the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador (Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador), twice visited by Pope John Paul II, who knelt by the Tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero. See the beautiful National Palace of El Salvador, which contains four main rooms and 101 secondary rooms, and admire the characteristic French Renaissance style of the National Theater of El Salvador (Teatro Nacional de El Salvador), declared a national monument in 1979.
After viewing El Rosario Church at Plaza Libertad, site of the Monument to the Heroes (Monumento de los Héroes), your guide takes you to San Salvador’s handicraft market, Mercado Nacional de Artesanías. Meander among artisan vendors selling hammocks, textiles, ceramics and other crafts. Then finish at the Municipal Market of Antiguo Cuscatlán — San Salvador’s most affluent region — before you’re dropped off at your hotel.

Full-day option: 
In the morning, you’ll cover all the places specified above during city sightseeing with your guide plus additional San Salvador surroundings in the afternoon. Stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant where you can buy a typical Salvadoran dish like pupusas — thick, handmade corn tortillas filled with a cheese or pork. Not interested in going to a restaurant? Bring your own meal and picnic outside.

After lunch, visit San Salvador Volcano (aka Quetzaltepec and Chaparrastique), a stratovolcano located just 15 miles (25 km) northwest of the city. Here, enjoy a refreshing eco-walk along nature trails and a panoramic view of the impressive crater, which features El Boquerón, a newer volcancito (little volcano) inside.
Before hotel drop-off, your final stop is Santa Tecla, a beautiful city whose antique architectural style has been preserved. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour with your guide around the main streets and avenues, including the famous Paseo el Carmen where restaurants, bars, and cafés are a highlight.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Museums are closed on Mondays

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The tour guide Eduardowas very knowledgeable we spent too much time on landmarks that were not too relevant and we had very little on those that deserve more attention, for example the Cathedral, we did not get to see the church, only the mausoleum basement, understanding that this cathedral has been rebuilt after the civil war the National Palace and theater were presented from the main door, we did not even enter the buildings to appreciate the French Renaissance architecture, we spent almost an hour walking under the scorching sun, congested and crowded market place we could've done it in 15m . We finish our tour disappointed we were not taken to the monument of the Heroes, the handicraft market we wanted to purchase souvenirs, that did not happen

  • Great tour very informative. We learned a lot about the history of El Salvador. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and super nice. We did not feel unsafe at all specially in the downtown area. I highly recommend to visit San Salvador!

  • I loved the Bouqueron! Beautiful! Very nice tourist guide named Moises!

  • I was by myself, and apprehensive about safety, so I found this tour an excellent way to visit a number of sites and places in San Salvador. The guide/driver spoke impeccable English, and shared a large amount of history and information with me. We visited a number of places, and I really got a great feel for the city. Because it was only me, I was able to really make the most of the day. The tour was a little shorter than advertised, and didn't include drinks. However, I really recommend it overall.

  • This tour was a great overview of San Salvador and of El Salvador itself. I was picked up from my hotel and was shown all of the major highlights of the city. I would highly recommend this tour and tour operator to anyone visiting El Salvador.

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