Southern California Explorer

From USD $2,699.00
  • Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Los Angeles, Ca
  • Product code: EWGT-FSV2813-IB
This Experiential tour will bring you to beautiful California, where you will explore the Channel Island maritime with seafaring naturalists who will help you discover whales and other ocean mammals. Then continue up the California Coast to the Monarch Butterfly Grove, home to one of the largest Monarch displays in the nation. See cascades of  living curtains of color in the trees as the monarchs seek shelter from the winter. All while enjoying Southern California and its beautiful coastal vistas! 

Then spend a day relaxing at Universal Studios as you await the final half of the tour, where we explore two presidential libraries, numerous museums, Hollywood, see Rodeo Drive, and more. 


Date 1

Fly to California Long Beach Airport, where our transfer company will take you to the Queen Mary. If you arrive early enough, consider taking a few tours aboard ship, while you await the rest of the tour group to arrive.

Our lodging for this evening is on the famous Queen Mary Ship, of Cunard and WWII fame. You may enjoy dinner at one of the fine restaurants aboard ship, or join our motorcoach to travel across the bay to Shoreline Village and its many dining establishments. (Dinner on your own)

Day 2

Grab an early breakfast, then board for travel to Oxnard, where we will meet our Naturalist Guides and enjoy a whale watching cruise out to the pristine waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. 

On our return, enjoy lunch (on your own,) after which our tour will be travel to lovely Santa Barbara for a driving tour, and a visit to one of its historic buildings. Our stay will be at the Pepper Tree. Dinner on your own.

Day 3

This morning visit the unique Danish community, Solvang, for shopping and delicious danish pastries, cookies, and more.  Following our visit, our tour will continue along the scenic California Coast, stopping at the unique Madonna Inn for our included lunch. 

Then we are off for a little more exploring, before checking into the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort. Dinner on your Own.

Day 4

Following breakfast, we will visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove, home to one of the largest Monarch displays in the nation. Here we will learn about this fascinating butterfly and its migrations. Following our visit, we will return through beautiful California, to Long Beach and check into the Queen Mary for another night. Dinner on your own.

Day 5

Following breakfast (on your own) our tour will take transfers to our hotel north of LA, in Sherman Oaks (Best Western Plus Carriage Inn.) The remainder of this day is at your leisure.

Day 6

Our shuttle will take you to Universal Studios for a day of site-seeing and theme park excitement. Your ticket will afford you front of line access to rides and experiences to maximize your experience!

After a day at the park, enjoy dinner on your own at Universal City Walk. Our motorcoach and tour director will meet you here to depart to the hotel.

Day 7

Breakfast is included at the hotel. This morning, tour the Nixon Library which is the most modern presidential museum in the country. Learn about Richard Nixon the man, his life, and his presidency. Lunch is on your own at the Library Café. 

This afternoon, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Nethercutt Museum which showcases more than 130 of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic, and special interest, automobiles including many top winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. 

Return to the Best Western Plus Carriage Inn. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day 8 

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Today tour the Reagan Library. In a storied career that spanned more than five decades, Ronald Reagan inspired Americans and his legacy thrives at the Reagan Library where exhibits rediscover his values, actions, and spirit of determination. Return to the Best Western Plus Carriage Inn for the evening with dinner on your own, with reccommendations by your tour director.

 Day 9

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Tour the Mission Inn Museum and the Historic Mission Inn. Nixon was married here and most presidents have stayed here. This is your opportunity to see parts of this Historic Landmark that inaccessible to the general public. Then depart for lunch in Palm Springs (On your own.) Our travel will continue to your Hotel in Phoenix Arizona.

Day 10

Following breakfast, your shuttle will take you to Phoenix Skyharbor for your departure home.

This tour does not include airline tickets.