San Diego | February 13 - February 18, 2025

Sunny San Diego & Southern California Highlights

Soak in the Southern California sunshine, Pacific Ocean breezes, and the vibrant energy as we delight in the area’s dazzling scenery and iconic vacation attractions.

Soak in the Southern California sunshine, Pacific Ocean breezes, and the vibrant energy of San Diego as we delight in the area’s dazzling scenery and iconic vacation attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Pacific Surfliner Train ride, Palm Springs, and the USS Midway Museum.

Named “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate and 70 miles of pristine beaches, but it also boasts charismatic neighborhoods such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Pt. Loma with Cabrillo Monument, historic Spanish Old Town, Heritage Park Victorian Village (filled with 1890’s homes), and Coronado Island. These neighborhoods have unique identities that combine to create a city rich in exploration. We will discover them all.

February 13-18, 2025

 

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh-Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Five nights hotel accommodations
  • Eight meals: five breakfasts and three dinners
  • Wine and Beer Reception
  • All sightseeing per itinerary
  • All admissions per itinerary
  • Professional tour director
  • Our State host
  • Motor coach transportation
  • Hotel transfers
  • Baggage handling at hotels

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Five Nights in San Diego
  • San Diego City Tour
  • USS Midway Museum
  • San Diego Harbor Cruise
  • Palm Springs City Tour
  • Temecula Valley Wine Tasting
  • San Diego Zoo with Guided Bus Tour
  • Pacific Surfliner Train
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano

 

Accommodations:

Five Nights – Embassy Suites San Diego Bay/ Downtown or Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town, San Diego

 

 

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE SAN DIEGO

Arrive in sunny San Diego, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for five nights in “America’s Finest City.” San Diego is known for its Mediterranean climate and coastal scenery. San Diego has also come to be known as “The Craft Beer Capital of the World” with over 150 breweries, tap rooms, tasting rooms, and its own beer, the West Coast IPA. Tonight enjoy a Wine & Beer Reception featuring local brewery beers or a glass of wine followed by a Welcome Dinner at an Old Town restaurant with your fellow Our State travelers.

(D) Overnight: San Diego

 

DAY 2: SAN DIEGO CITY TOUR – USS MIDWAY MUSEUM – HARBOR CRUISE

This morning enjoy a San Diego City Tour to see the waterfront, Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, Pt. Loma with Cabrillo Monument, historic Spanish Old Town, Heritage Park Victorian Village (filled with 1890’s homes), and Coronado Island.

This afternoon visit the impressive USS Midway Museum, the retired aircraft carrier was in service from 1945-1992 and saw action in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Later enjoy a San Diego Harbor Cruise featuring a narrated tour that takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks and marine life for an up-close, in-depth look at San Diego’s beauty and fascinating history. Dinner tonight is included at a local restaurant.

(B, D) Overnight: San Diego

 

DAY 3: PALM SPRINGS – TEMECULA VALLEY WINERY

Today travel to the desert to visit Palm Springs. Upon arrival enjoy a Palm Springs City Tour which takes you through the “Old Movie Colony,” Las Palmas, Racquet Club Estates, and others to view celebrity homes claimed by legendary stars like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Sonny & Cher, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore and more.

Enjoy leisure time for a bit of shopping and lunch on your own in downtown Palm Springs. Later, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel to the picturesque Temecula Valley to visit a local winery for a Wine Tasting Experience.

The Temecula Valley features over 40 wineries offering award-winning wines due to its micro-climate of morning mist, midday warmth and cool ocean breezes. Return to your hotel for an evening at your own pace.

(B) Overnight: San Diego

 

DAY 4: SAN DIEGO ZOO

This morning drive through scenic Balboa Park enroute to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, housing 4,000 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies on 100 acres of beautiful gardens in Balboa Park. During your visit enjoy an open-air double decker Guided Bus Tour around the massive and iconic zoo known for its immersive exhibits and endangered species breeding efforts. The late afternoon and evening are at your leisure to enjoy San Diego.

(B) Overnight: San Diego

 

DAY 5: PACIFIC SURFLINER TRAIN – SANJUAN CAPISTRANO – LA JOLLA

All aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train for coastal views on your ride from Downtown San Diego north to San Juan Capistrano. The rail experience travels through the famous Camp Pendleton Marine base.

Arrive & explore the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, established more than two hundred years ago. Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, the mission is the “Jewel of the California Missions.”

This afternoon travel by motorcoach south along the famous beaches of San Diego and pass by Torrey Pines Golf Course. Then stop in picturesque La Jolla for leisure time to wander, shop or maybe visit the famous La Jolla Cove. Tonight, your Farewell Dinner is at a local restaurant in San Diego.

(B,D) Overnight: San Diego

 

DAY 6: FLY HOME

Today transfer to the airport and fly home with wonderful memories of your time in Sunny San Diego & So Cal.

 

Tour Rates:

Regular Rate: $3649 per person based on double occupancy.
Booking Discount: $3549 per person based on double occupancy*
Single supplement: $900

*Make your final payment by check prior to the final payment due date and receive a $200 per couple or $100 per single booking discount.

 

For reservations and more information:

Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
(877) 953-8687, ext. 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.