Baja Whales and Wine
February 26th-March 4th, 2020 8 Days 7 Nights
$1875 (Based Upon Double Occupancy) $325 (Single Supplement)
Baja California is a Mexican state on the Baja California Peninsula, bordering the U.S. state of California. Pristine and undeveloped, the landscape spans mountains and beaches on the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California. It is a region of uninhabited islands, the confluence of sea, mountains and desert. The heart-stopping, up-close experience of meeting gray whales, followed by this region’s award winning wine trail makes for a small-group tour of a lifetime!
Day One: PHOENIX-SAN DIEGO Travel by motorcoach to San Diego. Join your tour director this evening for a welcome cocktail and a briefing at the hotel.
Day Two: SAN DIEGO-SAN QUINTIN Depart this morning for Northern Baja California, Mexico. Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico. We’ll cross the border via Tijuana, the world’s busiest land border crossing. Visit Tijuana’s bustling Mercado Hidalgo before continuing on scenic Highway 1 to Ensenada for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, return to Highway 1 traveling south through Northern Baja’s tomato, strawberry and pepper fields, along the way to San Quintin and tonight’s Welcome Dinner. (BLD)
Day Three: SAN QUINTIN-GUERRERO NEGRO Continue on Highway 1 to Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, through the Desierto Central de Baja California, with its unique desert vegetation. Stop in Catavina along the way to take a short walk through this fascinating desert with rock formations and granite boulders, to nearby caves. We’ll explore cave paintings that offer a glimpse into the indigenous peoples that once populated this region. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Guerreo Negro, which will serve as our base camp for tomorrow’s whale watching. Dinner this evening is at the hotel. (BLD)
Day Four: GUERRERO-WHALE WATCHING Early this morning depart for Guerrero Negro’s nearby lagoon, Ojo de La Liebre. These lagoons serve as the magnificent gray whale’s first calving stop on their journey from the Bering Strait. Aboard small, non-intrusive boats, captained by local guides, we’ll experience an up-close encounter with these gentle and curious giants. After our excursion, we’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for a refresh. Later we’ll visit the largest evaporative salt production facility in the world, before returning to the hotel. Dinner is on self this evening. (BL)
Day Five GUERRERO NEGRO-CATAVINA Mid-morning we’ll return to Ojo de La Liebre, also known as Scammon’s Lagoon. Again we’ll experience a close encounter with not just the incredible gray whales, but also dolphins, sea lions and seals. This region is lined with giant osprey nests and is visited by an exotic variety of migrating birds. Later we’ll return to town, board our motorcoach, and head north for the village of Catavina. Dinner this evening is at the hotel. (B Box Lunch D)
Day Six: ENSENADA This morning we’ll continue to head north to the bustling port city of Ensenada. We’ll enjoy lunch along the way, check into our hotel, and after a refresh we’ll join our tour director for a stroll through downtown Ensenada. Later enjoy a free evening. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the charming shops, taquerias and cafes of Ensenada. (BL)
Day Seven: ENSENADA-GUADALUPE VALLEY WINE COUNTRY This morning we’ll travel to the famous La Bufadora (Blowhole), the world’s second largest marine geyser—a fantastic photo opportunity. We’ll continue our journey to the Guadalupe Valley, Mexico’s premier wine country, home to wineries that rival Napa Valley. We’ll enjoy a visit to a locally owned winery and lunch, before returning to Ensenada. Later we’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travelers at a local restaurant. (BLD)
Day Eight: ENSENADA TO PHOENIX After breakfast we’ll return to the U.S., crossing through Los Algodones Port of Entry. Our next stop will be Yuma, for an optional lunch on self, before continuing to Phoenix. (B)