Tours By André
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Welcome to your San Diego Itinerary.


Destination San Diego

California's second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe all its own.  Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the East, and Mexico to the South, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities. 
Day By Day itinerary
  December 11 to 18
January 22 to 29  -  February 19 to 26  -  March 19 to 26  -  April 23 to 30 
May 7 to 14
8 Days / 7 Nights  16 Meals.

DAY 1  Departure from Portland International Airport for a enjoyable 2h and 18 minutes flight direct to San Diego, where our personal transportation and fantastic guide will be waiting for us at the San Diego Airport.  We will go directly to our hotel, Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town, our home for the next 7 nights for relaxation.


The BEST WESTERN Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town is where you will experience the finest in traditional California hospitality, dining, theater and sightseeing adventures.  You will love the charming atmosphere, convenient location, panoramic view of the more


Tonight, we will see the city light up while enjoying a dinner cruise event.  Flagship Cruises San Diego.

Join San Diego's longest running harbor cruise company, Flagship Cruises, on a sightseeing cruise around San Diego Bay.  Each cruise features amazing views and the best views of San Diego more

08:00am  Shuttle from Salem airport to Portland airport.
11:35am  Depart from Portland International Airport  Flight time 2h 18m
01:53pm  Arrive in San Diego.  We will get our luggage, meet our guide and
               motorcoach driver for welcome words.
02:15pm  We will be drop in the Old Town San Diego for a nice walking tour and a                                                 lunch.  
04:00pm  We will be walking from the hotel to get our keys and listen to information                                             about the hotel, all while we enjoy a soft drink.  Time to settle in and relax.
05:30pm  Drive to the dock to board our ship.
06:00pm  Time to sail!
09:00pm  Return to our hotel for a good nights sleep.
L & D       Included   (lunch snack in flight)

DAY 2   City Tour - Hillcrest, Uptown & Balboa Park.

North America's largest urban cultural park sits idyllically at the center of the Uptown's neighborhoods. Built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition and expanded in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exhibition, Balboa Park is home to 16 museums and multiple cultural institutions, housed mostly in ornate Spanish-Renaissance structures. Stroll along the main promenade to experience water fountains, stunning gardens and restaurants boasting flora-filled patios. Balboa Park is also home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the Tony-award winning Old Globe Theatre. 


La Jolla,  San Diego's Jewel by the Sea.

With a dramatic coastline boasting spectacular views, it's no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla's coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evokes a Mediterranean feel. With a unique microclimate that rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees, combined with unmatched natural beauty, an upscale casual vibe and world-class attractions, La Jolla lives up to its nickname as "the jewel" of San Diego.

09:30am  Drive to Balboa Park and be dropped off near the Air and space Museum.
09:45am  Walking tour of Balboa Park to include stops at the Organ Pavilion, The Prado, the Botanical                     Building and the Spanish Art Village.  
11:00pm  Free time for lunch in Balboa Park restaurants: We will provide you with a
               list of very good restaurants for you to choose from.
01:00pm  Pick up from Balboa Park and drive through Hillcrest, the historic homes of Banker’s Hill                           onwards to La Jolla.
01:40pm  Walking tour of La Jolla Cove to see the sea lions, seals and caves.  Then, walk to the Village                  for a stop at a local gallery.  Guests will get an introduction to the art scene of La Jolla at the                  gallery, will learn about a specific artist and a piece of his/her work that is featured.
03:00pm  Free time in La Jolla for shopping, etc. 
04:30pm  Pick up from La Jolla, drive to Pacific Beach and to a lively/popular restaurant for a seated                       dinner. 
06:30pm  Free time in PB or Mission Beach
07:30pm  Bahia Belle Cruise
08:30pm  Head back to the hotel 

B & D      Included

DAY 3      San Diego Zoo Safari Park & Wine.  


North County Inland Region The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park until 2010, is an 1,800 acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County.

08:00am  Pick up and head to San Diego Zoo Safari.  Arrive at the Safari Park.
09:00am  For our more adventurous safari enthusiasts, enhance your safari experience by spending                      more time with the animals! Travel in the back of a covered, open-air safari truck to several                    field enclosures. Get an up-close view of Asian and African birds and mammals with an                          opportunity to feed giraffes! 
12:30am  Lunch on your own
04:30pm  Pick up and enroute for our next destination. A local winery.
05:00pm  Arrive at winery for a tour of the winery and tastings.  Cheese, meats and
               crackers will be served.
06:30pm  Return to hotel
B & Wine, Happy Hour.  Included

DAY 4  Day on your own

Today you will have the opportunity to do exactly what you want to do.  Stay at the hotel and relax near the pool, walk in Old Town San Diego near the hotel, or hit the road for more discovery on your own on the San Diego Old Trolley.   Go splash in the water, have fun driving around.   San Diego is a big city, but new visitors need not worry. Luckily, the ocean to your west makes a fine geographic go-to point and eases any orientation difficulties.  

PS.  We will have a multitude of ideas to help you, make this day a memorable one.

B  Included

DAY 5   

City Tour.  Point Loma Peninsula. Explore Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island.  West of downtown San Diego, you'll find Point Loma, Harbor Island and Shelter Island, all of which offer great restaurants and a variety of accommodations. These areas feature picturesque marinas from which sport fishing excursions, whale watching tours and harbor cruises depart. A peninsula jutting into the sea, it's easy to think of Point Loma as a dead end - "land's end" in fact. But, as the site where San Diego was discovered in the first place, it seems more appropriate to consider Point Loma as a starting point - the start of a new land, a new dream, a new way of looking at things.


 South Bay San Diego.   Located South of downtown San Diego and just North of the Mexico border lies the area known as San Diego's South Bay, the gateway to Baja, California. This area is home to a number of exciting visitor experiences including the new Aquatica SeaWorld Waterpark, US Olympic Training Center, Living Coast Discovery Center, Sleep Train Amphitheater, Las Americas Premium Outlets, dining, golf and a scenic harbor and waterfront park.  Point Loma, Barrio Logan and Gaslamp.  Including entrance to Cabrillo and tasting.

09:00am  Pick up at the hotel and head to Point Loma/Cabrillo National Monument.
10:00am  Tour of the historic sight begins to include:  monument, museum lighthouse and tide
12:30pm  Drive to Liberty Station: a historic Naval Training Center for a brief drive through with a stop                  at the Public Market for lunch on your own.
02:00pm  Leave Liberty Station and head on a drive to Shelter Island: San Diego's own little piece                        of Hawaii.  Learn about the Tiki Culture in this area and the  various activities on the penisula.
02:30pm  Drive South on Harbor Dr. and pass the Maritime Museum, USS Midway, Headquarters and                    Convention Center as the guide talks about all of these areas. 
03:00pm  Short walking tour of Chicano Park in Barrio Logan.  Stop into a local coffee roasting company                for a short tour of the facility.  Stop into a local Mexican bakery for a sample of a popular                         Mexican pastry.
05:00pm   We will drive to the historic Gaslamp Quarter for a walking history tour before heading to                       our hotel.
B              Included

DAY 6  

Where Main Street Meets Bare Feet.  Consistently voted one of the best beaches in the United States, Coronado offers pristine sand, gentle surf and a charming community with a small-town feel.  Situated just across the Big Bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is most notably known for two famous structures, the historic Hotel del Coronado and the distinctive San Diego-Coronado Bridge. But beyond these architectural marvels, the quaint island community of Coronado offers visitors an experience that is a world apart. Coronado's coastline offers gentle surf and sparkling sand beaches (courtesy of the mineral Mica) that draw in visitors from around the world. Add to this a charming small-town quaintness, with elegant gardens, old-world mansions, unique shopping experiences, and dining options with spectacular ocean views, no wonder it's been dubbed as "The Crown City" (Coronado is Spanish for "the crowned one").

09:00am  Pick up at the hotel
10:00am  Ferry to Coronado
10:30am  Guided tour of Coronado Ferry Landing
11:00am  Free time in Ferry Landing
11:45am  Drive the scenic route to the beach and learn about naval aviation in San Diego, the                              Navy Base and the real estate in Coronado.
12:15pm  Short walking tour of Coronado village before lunch at a popular restaurant.
02:00pm  Free time in Coronado either at the beach, in town, or at The Hotel Del. 
05:30pm  Pick up from Coronado and drive back to hotel via the bridge.
6:00pm    Arrive at hotel for evening on your own.
B & L       Included

DAY 7    

Experience Paja California, just minutes from San Diego's South Bay.  Baja California, Mexico is a beautiful playground just minutes from San Diego. There are many great tour companies who will guide you down to see great historical and cultural sights. Take in the spectacular coastline, grab a Puerto Nuevo lobster dinner, or see Mexico's fine wine country.


Find out what documentation you will need for a smooth transition to and from Mexico. For more information visit the Tijuana Convention & Visitors Bureau website.  The following are some popular offerings of Tijuana, Rosarito, Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada that visitors won't want to miss.

08:00am  Pick up from hotel and drive acoss the boarder to Valle de Guadalupe with one pit stop                            for bathroom break.

11:00am  Wine tasting at 1st winery.
12.30pm  Buffet style farm to table lunch at winery restaurant.
02:00pm  Wine tasting at 2nd winery
03:30pm  Wine tasting at 3rd winery
05:30pm  Leave Valley de Guadalupe.
06:30pm  Arrive in San Antonio for a private chef dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
08:00pm  Depart for San Diego
10:00pm  Arrive at our hotel.
B & L & D   Included

DAY 8    Time to go home

               Breakfast Included.

12:45am  Shuttle to Airport
02:35pm  Flying back home in the afternoon

06:00pm  Shuttle back to Salem with stops en                      route.

B & L      Included   (Lunch snack in flight)

Dear travelers, this is the end of a perfect vacation.  A perfect time to chat with your friends about all the fun things you’ve done, the great sights you’ve seen and where your next group trip will take you!   

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Included: 7 nights lodging at the Hacienda Hotel, Motorcoach transportation, 18 Meals, all attractions mentioned in the above itinerary, step on guides, luggage and name badge. A lot of fun and a great vacation.

Excluded: Items of personal nature such as telephone calls or laundry, attractions or admissions not stated, as well as gratuities for step-on guides and drivers.


$1,999.99 p/p     8 DAYS. 18 Meals. All excursions included in the itinerary.  Rate is per person, land only and     double occupancy.
$2,499.00 p/p    8 DAYS.  18 Meals. Rate is per person, including air and double occupancy.

The Fine Print:

This tour is operated by Tours By André.  A 20 person minimum is required for the tour to be escorted. Tour payments are non-refundable unless the 20 person minimum is not reached and the trip is cancelled.  Tours By André is not liable for damage, delay or inconvenience which may occur through acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in providing services, provisions, accommodations, transportations or facilities in connection with this tour.  Nor are we liable for any damage, loss or other acts of God connected with the tour.  A $200.00 deposit is required.  Final payment TBA.


Remember, on this itinerary we are going to Mexico. You will need a valid passport for that day.


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