Southern California and Palm Springs

January 27, 2019 - February 2, 2019
7 days / 12 meals

Arrive in sunny southern California where palm trees, Mediterranean weather, miles of beaches and a relaxed vibe are the ideal requirements to escape Midwest winters!

Day 1: Flight to San Diego, CA
With sunglasses packed head to San Diego known for 70 miles of beautiful beaches and mild temperatures. Unpack for a 2-night stay in a two-room suite at Embassy Suites San Diego Bay, ideally located downtown next to Seaport Village. D

Day 2: San Diego
Visit the USS Midway Museum showcasing 29 restored aircraft and 60 exciting exhibits from the engine room to the Captain’s bridge aboard the retired aircraft carrier. Embark on a narrated lunch cruise of the San Diego’s scenic Harbor to enjoy views of historical landmarks, impressive waterfront architecture and natural wildlife such as seals and whales. This evening you may want to explore Seaport Village to shop, eat and peek at the extravagant yachts. B, L

Day 3: La Jolla
Discover more of San Diego with a local guide highlighting Old Town, Balboa Park, Coronado Island’s intriguing history and more. Journey north along the coast through vibrant beach towns before arriving at the Mt. Soledad National Veteran Memorial. This one-of-a-kind site features stunning 360-degree panoramic views and is the only memorial that honors veterans, living or deceased, from any war. Descend into La Jolla, “The Jewel” of northern San Diego and walk into the heart of the Village where locals say this is the ideal time of year to see abundant seals relaxing along the beachfront walkways! Overnight in Dana Point. B, D

Day 4: Santa Catalina Island
Board a high-speed ferry for magical Catalina Island with clear blue waters glistening like a Greek Island. Boasting a rich and colorful past, the island’s unique stories are revealed on an Avalon Scenic guided tour including a visit to the charming house built from a recycled boat. Enjoy lunch at a quaint seaside restaurant before time to explore on your own. Stroll along palm-lined streets, shop for unique island gifts or sit, listen and admire the postcard views! Return to the “main island” and travel to Palm Springs, CA to unpack for a 2-night stay at Las Brisas Hotel, located in the heart of the city surrounded by majestic mountains and palm trees. B, L

Day 5: Palm Springs
A local guide will share the glamour, beauty and history of this playground of the stars. See where Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe and more have lived. Also tour Shield’s Date Farm, get an up close look at one of the many wind turbines, and learn insightful stories about the beautiful Coachella Valley. Explore the Palm Springs Air Museum on a guided tour, rated one of the best aviation museums by CNN Travel. In the heart of downtown, stroll the “must see” Palm Springs Village Fest an evening street fair featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment! B, D

Day 6: Mt. San Jacinto
Board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, and travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon up 8,516 feet to the Mountain Station of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Depart the desert and trek west to the Los Angeles airport area for an overnight stay. B, L

Day 7: Flight home from Los Angeles, CA B

Per person rates*
double $2399
triple/quad $2183
single $2929
* Includes round-trip airfare from STL

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