Baja Whales and Wine for 8-days and 7-nights from Phoenix and Yuma
The central Baja California region is a pristine destination of undeveloped splendor. Uninhabited islands, a combination of mountains & deserts, and a lively sea come together in a mixture of incredible natural beauty. The grand beauty of visiting Gray Whales is complemented by subtle, flavorful notes in the region’s award-winning wineries. Come join us on this wonderful small group adventure!
DAY 1- PHOENIX -YUMA – SAN DIEGO
Arrive in San Diego today. Transfer from the airport or arrive via motorcoach with pickups in Phoenix and Yuma. Join your tour manager this evening for a welcome cocktail and briefing at the hotel.
DAY 2 – SAN DIEGO – SAN QUINTIN
Depart this morning for Northern Baja California, Mexico. Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico, crossing the border into Mexico 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 Quintín and tonight’s Welcome Dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 – 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 Cataviña along the way to take a short walk through this fascinating desert with rock formations and granite boulders to nearby caves to view cave paintings that offer a glimpse into the indigenous human and animal life that once populated the region. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Guerrero Negro, which will serve as base camp for our next days’ whale watching. Dinner this evening at the hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 – GUERRERO NEGRO – 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 the journey from the Bering Strait. Aboard small, non-intrusive boats captained by local guides, experience an up-close encounter with these gentle and curious giants. Lunch at a local restaurant after today’s excursion before returning to the hotel for a short relaxing time before taking an afternoon excursion to the salt works, the largest evaporative salt production facility in the world. Back to the hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B, L)
DAY 5 – GUERRERO NEGRO – CATAVIÑA
Mid-morning departure back to Ojo de La Liebre, also known as Scammon’s Lagoon, for the second time to experience this unique opportunity to enjoy close encounters with these magnificent and curious sea creatures. Home to more than just our giant friends, the nearby lagoons are teeming with sea life, such as dolphins, sea lions, and seals, as well as surrounded by giant osprey nests, and frequented by a variety of other migratory birds. Return to town to board the motorcoach, returning north for an overnight in the village of Cataviña. Dinner this evening at the hotel. (B, BOX LUNCH, D)
DAY 6 – CATAVIÑA -ENSENADA
This morning, continue north to the bustling port city of Ensenada. Lunch along the way, arriving this afternoon to your hotel and after checking time permitting join your Tour Manager for an orientation walk of downtown Ensenada. This evening is yours to relax or explore the charming shops, cafes, and taquerias this charming town has to offer. (B, L)
DAY 7 – ENSENADA – GUADALUPE VALLEY WINE COUNTRY
Today after breakfast we will travel to the famous La Bufadora (Blowhole), the world’s 2nd largest marine geyser. After this picture stop continue to the heart of Mexico’s premier wine country, the Guadalupe Valley and its wineries that nowadays rival those of Napa Valley in the USA, here we will visit a locally owned and operated winery. After lunch return to Ensenada. This evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 – ENSENADA – YUMA – PHOENIX
After breakfast, return to the USA crossing through Los Algodones Port of Entry. Next stop will be in Yuma. After an optional lunch, continue on the motorcoach to Phoenix. (B)
(Optional Post Nights available at Radisson Phoenix Airport)
The itinerary has been carefully constructed. The tour guide/director may deviate the time and routing due to weather, traffic or other circumstances.
Occasionally an alternate hotel of similar quality may be used. Room assignments are made at random. If you have special requests, please indicate when you make your reservation. Your requests will be forwarded to the hotels. There is no guarantee that all requests can be fulfilled.
Most hotels and restaurants are unable to make provisions for low-salt, gluten-free and other special diets.
Bottled water is carried on the coach and distributed frequently. Purified water is provided in hotel rooms. All hotels and restaurants serve purified water and use purified water to make ice.
For Mexican entry and USA re-entry, a valid passport or passport card is required. Enhanced drivers’ licenses are NOT acceptable. Passport information must be submitted to Tour West America at least 30 days prior to departure. The Mexican National Migration Institute requires migrations forms be finalized in advance.
US currency accepted at hotels. Keep in mind that you will receive change in pesos. Local vendors and stores generally do not accept US currency. You may wish to bring Mexican currency for souvenir purchases and optional activities. Your tour director may be able to exchange small US denominations for Mexican pesos. Visa and Mastercard are accepted only at professional businesses.
Plan your wardrobe accordingly and wear comfortable walking shoes. Formal or dressy attire is not required.
This is a moderate activity level tour. It includes walking, sidewalks and paths may be uneven and inclined. Not all hotels are elevator equipped. This tour is considered inappropriate for some persons with mobility limitations.
Due to the isolation of the locale and the limited and quite recent tourism infrastructure, a journey to the Whales and Whine qualifies as a “soft adventure” in ecotourism, best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in reasonably good health. The high altitude and lack of special amenities, such as handicap accessibility, must be considered when booking.
The industry standard for escort/driver gratuities is $5 and $3 respectively per passenger, tour day.
$1875 pp/do, $2200 pp/single … Fully guided and narrated tour includes deluxe round trip motorcoach transportation, sightseeing as described, 7 nights hotel accommodations, 17 meals in Mexico, portage of 1 suitcase per person, taxes and hotel gratuities, Mexican entry visa.
Insurance available upon request.
February 26 – March 3
March 26 – April 2
Yuma Office, 333 S Main Street, Yuma, AZ 85364
CALL 800-706-8687 or 928-783-8888 TO SPEAK TO A RESERVATIONIST
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RESERVATION AND CANCELLATION POLICY
For this tour, A Closer Look Tours cancellation policy applies. $200 per person is due when booking, the balance is due 30 days prior to departure. $100 is fully refundable up until 30 days prior to departure. $100 is non-refundable. Between 29 days and 72 hours prior – 50%. Less than 72 hours to departure – 100% penalty. No refunds for any unused portion of the tour. Passengers may wish to purchase travel insurance through Tour West America.
Passport expiration must be at least 6 months after the final day of travel.