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2 Day Wine Valleys Trip
2 DAY, 1-NIGHT MEXICAN WINE COUNTRY ESCAPE ITINERARY:
Visit at least 4 of Mexico’s best wineries, the two oldest wine producers and 2 of the best boutique wineries, over 2 days with private tours at two of them and tasting at all! Plus, we will be schooling you on the flavors and practical wine knowledge. Wine Snow cones? Yes! Experience true Mexican Cuisine of Baja California, farm or ocean to table or both, you will love it! Your safe, accommodated hotel is centrally located in Ensenada, a beautiful room with a view, AC, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, bottled water, coffee machine, pool, workout room, and a traditional buffet breakfast, Mexican and American style.
Your bilingual teacher guides will be with you and sharing their extensive experience and knowledge of the region and its history in our air-conditioned transportation; our drivers look forward to our groups and are available 24hrs. We will take you to places most Gringos do not know about and give you a real taste of Baja.
Where was the Margarita created? Well, that is a bit of a controversy! We will take you to both places, try and compare the two and you be the judge!
And then, the must see, Hussong’s est. 1892, the oldest surviving Cantina in Ensenada and other places on our walking tour.
Whether it is in the valleys or along the coast, you will be awed by the beauty!
We have so much for you to experience that you may want to book a 3rd day or more!
DAY 1 – FROM THE BORDER…
8:00am-8:40am: Meet your bilingual guides at your hotel or at the designated meeting spot: The Jack in the Box, 721 E. San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, California on the US side of the US-Mexico border. This is the San Diego to Tijuana border crossing which is open currently. It’s an easy drive to the meeting point or take public transportation (San Diego Trolley), taxi, Lyft or Uber.
We offer customized pick up and drop off for an additional fee.
Please have your Passport and required documents for each guest.
8:40am-9:00am: Cross the border on foot with your guide through Mexican Immigration and Customs to our safe, insured and well-appointed tour vehicle waiting on the Mexico side of the border.
9:00am-1:00pm: Drive to El Mirador for an incredible pit stop, Check-in at your hotel in Ensenada, have a light Lunch and Enjoy the drive to the Oldest Wine producing areas in the Americas.
2pm-4pm: – Winery Stop – As you take in the expansive afternoon views of the Valle de Santo Tomas, you will enjoy a complete tasting flight of 4 premium handcrafted wines. We will take you behind the scenes for a tour of the winemaking facilities at this historic state-of-the-art winery, and you’ll learn about the fascinating history and unique methodology of winemaking in Baja.
4pm: Drive back to Ensenada and enjoy the evening experiencing the easy-going nightlife.
Dinner and drinks are not included but we have some awesome places to suggest or you can come with us!
DAY 2 – WINE TASTING AND LUNCH IN THE VALLE GUADALUPE BEFORE RETURNING TO THE BORDER…
6:00am-10:00am: Have a Mexican/American style buffet breakfast at your hotel and complete your check-out by 9:30am, then meet your guide and driver who will load your overnight bags into the tour vehicle before departing for another day of wine sampling in the Valle!
10:00am-11:00am: Drive to your first winery stop in the Valle de Guadalupe.
11:00am-12:30pm: Winery Stop #1: We will take a tour and then be taken to our exclusive and amazing Private Tasting spot! Snack on our wonderful Charcuterie boxes while taking in the spectacular sights and savoring the incredible wine from one of Guadalupe’s oldest wineries.
12:30pm-2:30pm: Drive to boutique Winery location #2 and Lunch– You will be tasting some excellent wines, some from 90 year-old vines, along with a farm and ocean to table family style lunch at this beautiful location. Enjoy the serenity of great vino, delicious cuisine and companionship. There is also a Brewery on site and they are thinking outside of the box with their brewing techniques and recipes. Tastings are not included on this trip but highly recommended!
2:30pm-4:00pm: Winery #3: Enjoy a long list of artisan wines from one of the top winemakers in this region, we will be tasting four of them. This is one of the very first boutique wineries which specializes in bold handmade award-winning wines and is one of the top wineries in Mexico.
4:00pm Bummer, it is time to go back to the border.
5:00pm: Stop for drinks, snacks and take a drive through unforgettable scenery. (Stop for restrooms also).
6:00-6:30pm: After clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs, we will walk back to your car parked in San Ysidro, California, or catch the San Diego Trolley, taxi, or Uber (while most of our groups usually experience just 10-20 minute crossing times, your arrival time in San Ysidro is highly dependent on the actual border wait time on the day of your tour, which may vary – SP has no ability to affect actual border wait times).
SP Tour Cup and Charcuterie boxes.
We provide you with our SP Tours tin cup in our effort to cut down on plastic waste! There will be refilling stations at each stop.
Our delightfully personalized Charcuterie boxes have all Local fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, crackers, bread and jams! Enjoy!! We have Vegetarian and Vegan options.
We offer customized pick up and drop off, for an additional fee, from all major hotels, transportation hubs and parking lots throughout San Diego County. Our main pick-up location is in the Parking lot on the west side of the Old Town Transit Center.
*This is a sample itinerary; after paying your affirmed invoice for the full cost of your tour (see details below), you will receive an email with your actual itinerary including any customizations you have requested and links to the boutique wineries and restaurants you will visit on tour. Student Planet will select the wineries and restaurants for your itinerary, noting that we only work with Mexico’s top boutique wineries and the region’s best ocean and farm-to-table restaurants. Specific vendor requests (wineries, restaurants, venues, etc.) cannot be guaranteed, however we will make reasonable attempts to fulfill your reasonable requests – additional costs may apply for some vendors – inquire for details and pricing via the booking form. Please understand that our winery and dining partners are independent businesses and we ultimately have no control over their availability, cancellations, and other inconveniences imposed by them. We work with most of the top wineries, restaurants, and venues in the Region, and if we must substitute a vendor or vendors on your itinerary, the overall quality of your experience will not be affected.