We offer a wide variety of touring options for student groups to explore the Mission and its rich history. All tours include a radio for teachers to remain in touch with Mission staff for questions or in case of an emergency. Please note: all tours require a minimum of 15 students.

Content Standards

All self-guided tours include a free Mission Passport, an activity book which includes a walking map, historical facts, and games to teach about Mission history. Use the Mission Passport as a guide during a self-guided tour to ensure your visit supports the CA History-Social Science standards. Tour aligns with CA HSS (4.2.5).

New! Available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. It features music, history and storytelling bringing to life the “Jewel of the Missions.” Tour aligns with CA HSS (4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6). Learn more.

A seven-stop tour led by staff features the highlights of the Mission including Serra Chapel, exhibits, gardens and the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. School groups can reserve this experience by appointment.  Offered January 2 – June 30, 2020 only. Tour aligns with CA HSS (4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6).

Our volunteer docents do a wonderful job of guiding you through museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and telling the history of the Mission. Tour aligns with CA HSS (4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6).

FREE Audio Transmitter Devices are now included for all Staff and Docent Tours –  In an ongoing effort to improve learning and inclusion for students and Mission guests, the Mission has purchased these devices to be used during docent and staff guided tours. Using these devices also allows tour guides at the Mission to better serve students and guests who are hearing impaired. The transmitters allow for easier group management and students in the back get a better experience. Devices are subject to availability.


Tour Pricing:

Low Season (July – October)
All Low Season tours booked will include a FREE Mission Matters Class for the entire group in addition to the tour and a FREE Mission Passport!

Self-Guided Tour – $9 per person
Audio Guided Tour – $10 per person
Docent Guided Tour – $12 per person

Peak Season (November – June)

Self-Guided Tour – $10 per person
Audio Guided Tour – $11 per person
Docent Guided Tour – $13 per person
Staff Guided Tour – $13 per person

Additional Education Program Pricing

Add a hands-on education program to enhance your field trip experience.

Mission Matters – $4 per student only
(including Adobe Brick program, the Rope program, or The First People of Southern California and Changing Landscapes program – choose one)

Making the Grade – $4 per person
(Presented by the Discovery Cube)

Journeys to the Past – $4 person
(Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Native American Educator)

California Journeys – Free to Title 1 Schools.
(Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County )
Please contact the Philharmonic Society for more details at (949) 553-2422.

Chaperone Policy

As part of the Mission’s ongoing dedication to the safety of visiting school groups, we have changed our chaperone policies. Any adult with a school group will now be given a special sticker indicating that they are part of a school group. In addition to this safety precaution the Mission will also now be admitting the one required chaperone for every 10 students for free. Any adult accompanying a field trip beyond this ratio will now be considered a “Field Trip Guest” who will be required to pay an admission fee based on registration program pricing. There will be three categories for adults who accompany a school group:

Teacher/Aid – Free with students

Chaperone – One chaperone for every 10 students is free per the required adult to student ratio

Field Trip Guest – Any adults beyond this 1:10 chaperone/student ratio who choose to join the field trip will be charged a fee based on reservation program pricing. It will be up to the teacher/field trip organizer of the field trip to determine the current adult to student ratio based on their group size before the groups arrive at the Mission.

Payment Information

A 50% DEPOSIT or purchase order is required and due 60 days before your tour date. All field trips and tours are tentative holds until a deposit or purchase order is received to complete a guaranteed reservation and subject to cancellation. At 60 days out tentative holds will be released if no deposit or purchase order is received. Payments received for a hold, with less than 60 days notice are subject to availability in order to complete a reservation and may require rescheduling. Please send check by mail, fax purchase order, or call Group Bookings (949) 234-1306 to pay by credit card. Make check payable to Mission San Juan Capistrano. General admission tickets, coupons, promotions or passes are NOT applicable towards filed trip reservations.

Cancellation/Late Tour Policies

  Cancelling tours requires speaking or emailing directly with the Group Bookings Department at (949) 234-1306 or emailing Cancellations must be completed no less than 30 working days prior to the scheduled date of your trip in order to receive any refund. Note: A $25 rescheduling fee may be assessed for administrative work.

  All deposits are NONREFUNDABLE. Schools will be charged for 100% of any tours and education programs that are cancelled the day of the tour resulting from a late-show. Programming may be cancelled if arrival is more than 30 minutes later than scheduled start time.