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Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown – 4 Nights 

The Westin Long Beach – 2 Nights 

Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge Pismo Beach – 1 Night 

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey – 2 Nights 



Day 1 – Home to San Diego, CA 

Today we board our flight to the gloriously beautiful and warm city of San Diego! We will check into our hotel and then have an included dinner with beautiful views of the San Diego Bay. 

Included Meals: Dinner 

Hotel: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown (4 Nights) 


Day 2 – San Diego 

We begin our day with an included breakfast before our step-on guide joins us for a city tour of San Diego. Take notes on what you see so you can remember where it is you want to spend more of your free time! This afternoon we take a harbor cruise where you can see the skyline of San Diego and maybe catch a glimpse of some sea creatures. This evening is yours to do as you please. You may wish to partake in the hotel’s manager’s reception! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Manager’s Reception 


Day 3 – San Diego 

Lions, tigers and bears…oh my! Today we head to the San Diego Zoo where you will see the largest koala colony outside of Australia! Ever wonder what a Tasmanian Devil looks like…you’ll find out here! View the giant Panda and get a glimpse of the Pygmy Hippopotamus, plus much more! Your day will be filled with special experiences and entertaining animals! The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Manager’s reception is available again. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Manager’s Reception 


Day 4 – San Diego 

Relax this morning! You have the day free to do as you please! Roam the streets of San Diego and explore The Gaslamp Quarter which is the historic heart of San Diego. It is a 16 block historical neighborhood in Downtown San Diego and is only a short walk from our hotel. You will find interesting shops and boutiques, numerous restaurants and entertainment; take in the sights, eat your way through the city. Perhaps you’ll want to visit the USS Midway Museum located on the Bay. Mid-afternoon we will cross the Coronado Bridge to the island of Coronado for more free time. There we will have time to put our feet in the sand, build a sand castle, or simply relax and enjoy the beauty of it all. Then dinner is served before taking in a show at the iconic Lamb’s Players Theatre on Coronado Island this evening. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Day 5 – San Diego to Long Beach 

Enjoy breakfast one last morning in the warm city of San Diego before we start our journey north to the city of Long Beach! Our first stop this morning is at San Juan Capistrano Mission for a self-guided audio tour. Find out why the Cliff Swallows return to this very Mission each and every year! Afterwards, we will drive to the well-known beach of Huntington where you can stroll on the sands of the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a quiet, leisurely lunch. Once you are fed and relaxed from the sounds of the ocean waves, we head to the Queen Mary for a grand tour and fantastic dinner on the ship. We then check into our home away from home in Long Beach for the next two nights. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: The Westin Long Beach (2 Nights) 


Day 6 – Long Beach 

This morning we rise early for our departure on the Catalina Express! We will head over to Catalina Island for the day where we will have a guided tour of this grand Island! After our tour you can go snorkeling, kayaking, hiking or biking! Stroll along Avalon’s quaint Mediterranean style streets where you’ll find a variety of specialty shops offering everything from resort-style clothing to handmade gift items and artwork, or just relax on the beach! Any way you decide to spend your day ~ it will be wonderful! Return to the mainland in time to enjoy dinner and the evening on your own. 

Included Meals: Breakfast 


Day 7 – Long Beach to Pismo Beach 

This morning we take a scenic drive along Highway 101 up to Solvang, where we will enjoy lunch on our own and time in this unique Danish community before we continue our coastal drive. Arriving at our destination for the evening at Pismo Beach, we will relax as we view the breathtaking sunset. 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Hotel: Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge


Day 8 – Pismo Beach to Monterey 

Begin the day with a mouth-watering breakfast at the hotel before we depart for our journey northward to Monterey. We will make stops along the way, with the first being the famous Hearst Castle which is now a historic house museum and a California State Park. With a personal collection of ancient art, sculptures, furniture, relics and more, William Randolph Hearst amassed a collection that still rivals museums today. He used almost every square inch of the hilltop California estate to showcase it all. After our tour, we will enjoy an included lunch at a nearby restaurant. Just a few minutes north of Hearst Castle at San Simeon, we’ll find another excuse to pull off the road and take in the view of the Pacific coastline. The best reason to stop at this turnout is the chance to see some very big, very bizarre creatures. Elephant Seals hang out at this beach and along the California coastline typically from December through March. We’ll arrive in Monterey for our two nights stay with enough time for you to enjoy the evening on your own. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn (2 Nights) 


Day 9 – Monterey 

Rise and shine to a wonderful breakfast before boarding the motorcoach as we head on over to Monterey Bay Aquarium; one of the most outstanding aquariums around! Afterwards, spend a few hours on Cannery Row with its restaurants, shops, and wine & beer tastings – a fun afternoon strolling this area along the beach of Monterey! Return to the hotel in time to get ready for our farewell dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 10 – Monterey to Home 

Enjoy one last breakfast near the ocean before we travel to San Francisco to catch our flight home. What wonderful memories we have of California’s Southern Coast!!! 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $3,999
Single: $4,899
Triple: $3,779
Quad: $3,589

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $270
Single: $340

Travel Bucks

$50 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$200 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 45 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Light to Moderate Walking

Price Includes

Roundtrip airfare from MSP including all baggage fees, taxes & surcharges; 14 Meals & 2 Manager’s Receptions, all activities as stated in brochure, Hotels

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 67°
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Minneapolis, Mn
California’s Southern Coast
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Tour Highlights

Lamb’s Players Theatre on Coronado Island as well as time to enjoy Island!
Queen Mary Tour & Dinner
San Juan Capistrano Mission
San Diego Bay Cruise
San Diego City Tour
San Diego Zoo
Catalina Island
Solvang Danish Community
Hearst Castle
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
California’s Southern Coast
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 67°
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