Catalina Island & Whale Watching
March 20, 2022 thru March 24, 2022
Experience the beauty of Catalina Island. This tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure to experience the nature and wildlife of the Pacific Coast, from rugged canyons to serene beaches and from wild bison to blue whales! This wondrous place just a few hours from Tucson will offer us a temperate getaway and the nature-lover’s paradise.
Cruise & Ferry
Whale watching cruise included!
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 3
11 meals included
Livery service to/from your home included
- 3 Nights on Catalina Island
- Dana Point Harbor & Doheny Beach
- Casino tour
- Bison Expedition
- Whale Watching Cruise
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 5 nights lodging
- 11 meals
- Tours as described
- Catalina Ferry
- Whale watching cruise
- Baggage handling
- Bus refreshments
- Services of a Tour Director
- Taxes & gratuities for included items
Depart Tucson and travel with us to the harbor town of Dana Point, California. Dana Point Harbor provides slips and mooring for over 2,500 boats along with many attractions including shopping, sport fishing, walking, bicycling, parasailing and a host of recreational activities adjacent to Doheny State Park, one of California’s most famous beaches. We will arrive in time to check in to our hotel, see the sun set over the Pacific and enjoy a group dinner. (D)
Today we enjoy Dana Point where we will have a seaside lunch before the culminating event of this tour—a whale watching cruise! You’ve never experienced anything like this. Dana Point is known as the World’s Whale Capital and March is a prime time to see them in numbers. Likely sightings include gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales, orcas, and large pods of dolphins. This afternoon we take an express ferry to Catalina Island, which boasts a year-round “Mediterranean climate” with warm, sunny days and cool evening breezes. Upon arrival in the town of Avalon, we will have lunch followed by a scenic driving tour of the town, and then we check in for our three-night stay on the Island at the Atwater Hotel. Tonight we have a free evening. (B,L)
Discover enchanting Avalon on this delightful journey along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of this friendly and historic town. Later in the afternoon, we climb aboard open-air biofuel Hummers to go in search of Catalina’s world-famous bison on an exciting expedition into the island’s interior. Descendants of a small herd left on the island by a movie crew in the 1920s, Catalina bison now number about 200 and are managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy. The Bison Expedition takes us to Middle Ranch, up Cape Canyon to a scenic overlook on Black Jack Mountain, and then down the original 19th-century stagecoach route back to Avalon. Along the way, we’ll journey through favorite bison grazing grounds, where we’ll have an excellent opportunity to see these majestic animals in the wild. It’s a unique experience we’ll only find on Catalina Island. (B,L)
Enjoy a free morning in Avalon or venture to the Descanso Beach Club, a private beach where you can enjoy the warm sand, cool breeze and beautiful ocean views. In the afternoon we enjoy one of the most famous tours available in Catalina aboard a glass bottom boat. Santa Catalina Island is famous for crystal clear water and glass bottom boats—a perfect combination for fun and discovery. These large, comfortable vessels bring the undersea world right to you. During the trip you’ll visit Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve, where colorful fish and marine plants thrive among the kelp forests. On our last night in Avalon we will have a group dinner. (B,D)
Leave your sea legs behind but take your memories as we return to the mainland by boat and then on to Tucson. (B)
Former Baseball Training Site
The Chicago Cubs trained on Catalina Island from 1921 to 1951.
Can reach lengths of up to 50 feet, with females measuring larger than males
DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach
Dana Point, CA
Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
$2,196 per person
$2,538 per person
Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
5 nights lodging
Tours as described
Whale watching cruise
Services of a Tour Director
Taxes & gratuities for included items
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$187 covers trip costs $2,001-$3,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email email@example.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperature during our stay in Dana Point and on Catalina Island is typically in the low 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 50’s. When we are on or close to the Pacific those temperatures drop 5 degrees or more. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.