San Diego and Southern California Getaway

Dates: November 6-11, 2025

Dive deep into the compelling past and distinctive cultural allure of Old Town San Diego. Get captivated by the scenic vistas of Palm Springs, famous for its awe-inspiring splendor. Step into the core of Temecula Valley, where lush vineyards yield top-notch wines. We’ll go wild at the world-famous San Deigo Zoo. Our exploration continues to Mission San Juan Capistrano, a well-preserved relic of the Spanish Colonial era. Conclude our exploration in La Jolla, a coastal sanctuary showcasing untouched sandy beaches. A week of history and beauty is sure to captivate your sense of fun.

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Thursday, November 6: Arrive San Diego
Arrive in sunny San Diego, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for five nights in “America’s Finest City.”  San Diego is known for its Mediterranean climate and coastal scenery.  Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at an Old Town restaurant including a local brewery beer or a glass of wine.  San Diego has come to be known as “The Craft Beer Capital of the World” with over 150 breweries, tap rooms, tasting rooms, and its own beer, the West Coast IPA. (D)

Friday, November 7: San Diego City Tour - USS Midway MUSEUM - Harbor Cruise
This morning we enjoy a San Diego City Tour to see the waterfront, Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, Pt. Loma with Cabrillo Monument, historic Spanish Old Town, Heritage Park Victorian Village (filled with 1890’s homes), and Coronado Island. This afternoon we will visit the impressive USS Midway Museum, the retired aircraft carrier was in service from 1945-1992 and saw action in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Later enjoy a San Diego Harbor Cruise featuring a narrated tour that takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks and marine life for an up-close, in-depth look at San Diego’s beauty and fascinating history. Dinner tonight is included at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Saturday, November 8: Palm Springs - Temecula Valley Winery
Today travel to the desert to visit Palm Springs.  Upon arrival enjoy a Palm Springs City Tour which takes us through the “Old Movie Colony,” Las Palmas, Racquet Club Estates and others to view celebrity homes claimed by legendary stars like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Sonny & Cher, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore and more. Enjoy leisure time for a bit of shopping and lunch on your own in downtown Palm Springs. Later, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel to the picturesque Temecula Valley to visit a local winery for a Wine Tasting Experience. The Temecula Valley features over 40 wineries offering award-winning wines due to its micro-climate of morning mist, midday warmth and cool ocean breezes.  Return to your hotel for an evening on your own. (B)

Sunday, November 9: San Diego Zoo
This morning drive through scenic Balboa Park enroute to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, housing 4,000 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies on 100 acres of beautiful gardens in Balboa Park.  During your visit enjoy an open-air double decker Guided Bus Tour around the massive and iconic zoo known for its immersive exhibits and endangered species breeding efforts.  The late afternoon and evening are at your leisure to enjoy San Diego. (B) 

Monday, November 10: Pacific Surfliner Train - San Juan Capistrano - La Jolla
All aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train for coastal views on your ride from Downtown San Diego north to San Juan Capistrano.  The rail experience travels through the famous Camp Pendleton Marine base.  Arrive & explore the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, established more than two hundred years ago. Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, the mission is the “Jewel of the California Missions.” This afternoon travel by motorcoach south along the famous beaches of San Diego and pass by Torrey Pines Golf Course.  Then stop in picturesque La Jolla for leisure time to wander, shop or maybe visit the famous La Jolla Cove. Tonight, our Farewell Dinner is at a local restaurant in San Diego. (B,D)

Tuesday, November 11: Fly Home
Today transfer to the airport and fly home with wonderful memories of your time in San Diego & Southern California. (B)

Tour Highlights
5 Nights in San Diego at One Hotel
Old Town San Diego
San Diego City Tour
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Harbor Cruise
Palm Springs City Tour
Temecula Valley Wine Tasting
San Diego Zoo with Guided Bus Tour
Pacific Surfliner Train
Mission San Juan Capistrano
La Jolla
Coronado Island

Escorted by Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited's Lori Nietert
5 Night Hotel Accommodations
8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D)
Admissions and Sightseeing per Itinerary
Baggage Handling at Hotel
Transfers airport to hotel, hotel to airport

 Not included
Airfare (available February 2025)
Airline baggage fees
Tips and Gratuities
Travel Insurance

Contact Lori Nietert today to receive a brochure on this tour! or 319-393-1359

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