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Dana Point, Southern California

Southern California - so much to do and see, an         excellent climate year-round and the spectacular scenery of coastline and desert.
Warm ocean breezes, oceanfront promenades, countless attractions, world class wines and a laid-back lifestyle are just some of the features that make California the most visited destination in North America. This relaxing and delightful tour takes in the best of Southern California, while still allowing time to do your own thing!

Upon arrival we will have an overnight and tour in Los  Angeles, and then proceed to the quaint seaside town of Dana Point for a 13-night stay. Located between Los     Angeles and San Diego on the California Riviera, the town is set in a natural cove between dramatic cliffs and the clear waters of the Pacific. It is a perfect place to stroll in the parks along the shoreline and enjoy the beauty of the ocean.  Dana Point hosts a large marina with yachts and other small pleasure boats, and nearby are 2 tropical-style shopping villages and many restaurants.  

We will stay at the Marina Inn - a charming informal hotel with a relaxed atmosphere, perfectly situated near the marina and shopping villages. All of our harbour view rooms are spacious with a balcony.  On-site is a heated swimming pool and a fitness room. 

Our stay in Dana Point will be during the Festival of the Whales, celebrating the annual migration of thousands of these giant mammals. We will have the opportunity to take a whale watching cruise and watch them frolicking in the warm coastal waters.  

Tour Highlights:

   • Tour of Los Angeles Hollywood, including a visit to see the art, architecture and gardens of the Getty Center 
   • The Ocean Institute
   • Coastal Tour - Laguna, Newport Beach and the       horticultural oasis of Sherman Gardens
   • Nixon Presidential Library
   • Carlsbad Flower Fields
   • Mission San Juan Capistrano
   • Palm Springs - Indian Canyon, a Date Ranch and a matinee theatre show. 
   • San Diego, including the world famous zoo

Itinerary / Excursions

A full day guided tour of Los Angeles. We will visit the Farmer’s Market, and see Rodeo Drive, celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and much more. Included will be a visit to the J. Paul Getty Museum - a spectacular synergy of art (including works by Van Gogh and Renoir), architecture, landscaping and wonderful views.
Our Tour of Dana Point includes a visit to the Ocean Institute, to observe ocean animals in their natural habitat.
A full-day tour of the California Riviera including Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. In Newport we’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise in the harbour. We also visit Sherman’s Gardens - a museum devoted to the study of the local flora.
An elegant evening at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre. Fine dining and a Broadway calibre musical show.
A full day to Palm Springs - the desert town surrounded by splendid mountains, canyons and countless palm trees. The town has been a draw for Hollywood stars for decades, and so it is known as a playground for the Rich and Famous. We’ll enjoy a casual hike through the famous Indian Canyon - a lush oasis located within desert scenery), a visit to a Date Garden (Coachella Valley here is known as the Date Capital) and a matinee and early dinner before heading back to the coast.
We visit the Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the most important of the 18th century Franciscan missions.
A visit to the Nixon Presidential Library. The birthplace of President Nixon houses a museum, library, galleries and rotating exhibitions. See the replica of the Lincoln Sitting Room, the phone that was used to call Neil Armstrong on the Moon, the limousine used by Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford and so much more.
A wagon tour of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch - 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers of extraordinary colour that cascade down the hillside overlooking the ocean.
A full day guided tour of the Old and New in San Diego. We will see Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument and Mission Bay, and we will visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
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