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Day 1 – Home to San Diego, CA 

Today we begin our adventure by boarding our flight to the west coast by the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, we’ll check into our beautiful hotel property, the Embassy Suites, near San Diego’s waterfront. The Embassy’s nicely furnished suites, great services, wonderful amenities, and location on the harbor make for a relaxing and enjoyable four night stay! Plus a complimentary nightly guest reception from 5:30-7:30 pm featuring cocktails, soft drinks, and light snacks is available. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner tonight as we get to know our fellow travelers. 

Included Meals: Dinner, Guest Reception 

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

 

Day 2 – San Diego 

After an included full breakfast buffet, we will enjoy an all-day city tour with an experienced step-on guide who will orientate us to the lovely area. We’ll visit picturesque Balboa Park, which is a National Historic Landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visiting San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District with its interesting and colorful past will be a highlight! Time will be given in Old Town to explore and grab lunch on your own before departing for La Jolla, San Diego’s “Jewel by the Sea.” With a dramatic coastline boasting incredible views, surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. We will also stop and see the sea lions lounging in the sun! Lastly our guide will take us to Liberty Station, located on a peninsula jutting into the sea. This 361-acre waterfront village was a former Naval Training Center and the U.S. Navy’s first foothold in Southern California. This will be a great day getting acquainted with the amazing area. Be sure to enjoy the guest reception when we return to the hotel or have dinner on your own in the area. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Guest Reception 

 

Day 3 – San Diego 

A visit to San Diego must include the famous zoo! The San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats and it houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Enjoy exploring & taking in all the zoo highlights as well as grabbing lunch on your own. This afternoon we’ll enjoy some leisure shopping at the beautiful Seaport Village before returning to the hotel for a rest. Later we board the coach for dinner and a theatre production to round out a fantastic day! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 4 – San Diego 

This morning after breakfast, our group will meet to walk to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier/Museum. Through the self-guided audio tour of the USS Midway, the story comes to life as we explore the carrier from top to bottom. Lunch is on our own on the Midway. After lunch we head to the Museum of Making Music. Founded in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants, the Museum was developed to showcase and celebrate the music product industry. The Museum has hundreds of vintage instruments, audio & video clips, and a vibrant interactive area. As we make our way back to the hotel, we’ll take a relaxing drive through Carlsbad, Encinitas, and DelMar. There may even be time to see the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. The evening is free to relax & enjoy the guest reception or have dinner on your own. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Guest Reception 

 

Day 5 – San Diego to Ship Embarkation/Los Angeles 

Enjoy our final lovely breakfast at the Embassy Suites, then it’s time to take the drive to Los Angeles, where we will board our cruise ship, The Norwegian Bliss, for a 5-night cruise to Cabo San Lucas and then on to Ensenada, Mexico! Take time to get acquainted with the ship, settle into your stateroom with its private balcony, have your first dining experience onboard, and enjoy the views as we set sail! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Late Lunch, Dinner 

Ship: Norwegian Bliss (5 Nights) 

 

Day 6 – At Sea 

There are so many things to do and places to explore on Norwegian’s newest ship, Bliss! From racing on the largest racetrack at sea, to mini-golf to simply relaxing by one of a number of pools, this ship has it all. Maybe today will be a day to pamper yourself at the spa, or work off some of the fabulous foods at the fitness center. Anything you choose to do today is going to be a highlight. And the music, shows and other entertainment will make your evening! Don’t forget all the food options throughout the ship! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 7 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

Cabo San Lucas is a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, a paradise where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Cabo is known for its beaches, water activities, and night life. You might wish to walk along several beach areas and you’ll definitely see El Arco, the iconic natural archway in the sea cliffs. Your Tour Director can help you get connected on an excursion for the day, or you can simply relax and take in this wonderful paradise! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 8 – At Sea 

Another relaxing day to enjoy more of the ship. Experience the unparalled views from the state-of-the-art ship today or participate in some of the myriad of activities offered. The day is yours! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 9 – Ensenada, Mexico 

Located 70 miles south of the international border is Ensenada with its warm Mediterranean climate and friendly atmosphere. Our visit to Ensenada includes an excursion of Ensenada highlights and a Mexican fiesta. Once we’ve completed that excursion, feel free to further explore the island. Some points of interest are: 1) La Bufadora – largest marine geyser in the world blowing upwards of 100 ft; 2) Riviera del Pacifico – tour this former casino with its historic cathedral ballroom and salon and stroll through the gardens; 3) Bodegas de Santo Tomas – tour & wine tasting at this premier winery founded in 1888; 4) Avenida Lopez Mateos – shopping; 5) Casa Dona Lupe – witness the wine making process from the crushing of grapes to fermentation, pressing, aging & bottling; 6) Guadalupe Valley Winery – often compared to California’s Napa Valley, Guadalupe’s rustic landscape is dotted with over 100 wineries; 7) Mexican Folkloric Show – listen to a lively Mariachi band at the Riviera del Pacifico; 8) Ventana al Mar – enjoy a relaxing walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade. Lots of great options to fill your day as you please! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 10 – Disembark/Los Angeles to Home 

We bid The Norwegian Bliss farewell and head to the airport for our flight home. Reminisce with your new traveling friends about our full, yet leisurely vacation to the Pacific Coast – what wonderful memories! 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $4,199
Single: $5,249

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $305
Single: $407

Travel Bucks

$55 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$200 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 88 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

Yes

Tour Pace

Moderate to Extensive Walking at own pace

Price Includes

Roundtrip Airfare from MSP including all baggage fees, taxes & surcharges, 21 Meals & 3 Guest Receptions, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach, 5 Night Cruise in Balcony Stateroom with Ship Gratuities Included!



The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 66°
Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
72°
Minneapolis, Mn
80°
San Diego with Cabo San Lucas & Ensenada Cruise
Flyaway Departure Date:
03/05/2021
Flyaway Return Date:
03/14/2021

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Tour Highlights

Stay 4 Nights at beautiful Embassy Suites in San Deigo
Scenic San Diego Tour with Step-On Guide including Balboa Park, Gaslamp District
Famous San Diego Zoo
Museum of Making Music
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier
Dinner Theatre Production
5 Night Cruise aboard the Norwegian Bliss with Ports of Call at Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (One included excursion at Ensenada on Day 9!)



Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
72°
Minneapolis, Mn
80°
San Diego with Cabo San Lucas & Ensenada Cruise
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 66°
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