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$149 Tours & Sightseeing

San Diego Coast Day Tour

The coastal tour begins at Cabrillo National Monument which has the best views of San Diego Harbor. The museum displays the artifacts from when Cabrillo landed in 1542. Up the hill to the first lighthouse in San Diego and the lighthouse museum. Steep drive down to the water and Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach. Past the bars and restaurants on Newport Ave into Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. Take a quiet stroll along the bay behind the Catamaran Hotel before crossing over to the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk on the ocean. Check out the old wooden Crystal Pier before heading to our furthermost northern beach town of Encinitas. A stop for lunch and then over to the beautiful tranquil gardens, Koi ponds and exquisite bluff views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A short ride over to one of the best surfing spots in North County called Swami's. We descend the long spiral stairs down to the tidepools on the beach. Back in the van to cruise along Highway 101 through Cardiff, San Elijo, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley and up the grade into Torrey Pines. At our next stop we watch the Hang Gliders and Parasailors soar off the cliffs at Torrey Pines Glider Port. Winding our way down to La Jolla Shores to watch the kayaks launch on their journey to the sea caves. Entering La Jolla Cove we are on top of the sea caves and walk down to Seal Beach where everyone can watch the seals playing in there native habitat. Back up to Prospect Street through downtown to La Jolla Blvd and on our way back to the hotel through Bird Rock and Pacific Beach.For a completely different feel, opt to head east to the rural countryside and the old gold mining town of Julian, (a Unesco Heritage Sight) located at the junction of 3 different mountain ranges. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and breathe in the country air. After lunch and famous home grown apple pie and ice cream the tour will start the 2400 foot descent down to the desert floor and arrive at Anza Borrego State Park visitor's center. The largest desert state park in the nation. Catch the setting sun on our return to downtown.

$179 Day Trips & Excursions

Mountain and Desert Tour from San Diego

Head north along the 15 freeway and east up the Poway grade through the mountains on our way to the old western town of Ramona. Our 1st stop is at Dudley's bakery in the 1 corner town of Santa Ysabel. Amazing breads and other fresh baked goods for your pallet. Back on the winding mountain road to our lunch stop at Wynola. Take a look at the old gold mine across the street. 3 miles down the road we arrive in Julian. Lots of interesting shops and buildings to explore and some famous apple pie and cider for desert. A long but stunning drive winding around the sides of the mountain on our way down to the dessert floor and the town of Borrego Springs. Driving around Christmas Circle and the main shopping area till we arrive at the visitor's center at Anza Borrego State Park. Inside Anza Borrego State Park are the descriptions of all the native plants and animals that are indigenous to the area as well as some history about the area going back several million years. Outside are trails with plaques telling you the names of the different plants. A stop for a cool drink at the lounge overlooking the Rams Hill golf course is a must before we begin our trip back. We climb back up the grade and chase the setting sun as we come through the mountains on highway 8 heading towards the ocean and downtown San Diego.

$745 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Mountain and Desert Tour from San Diego

Enjoy the comfort and privacy of your own specially designed tour through Julian, Font's Point, Slot Canyon, Borrego Springs and Anza Borrego State Park. Before starting the tour your host will describe the destinations and offer options that are possible along the 190 mile 8 hour round trip.Pickup at your hotel at 9am. Head north along the 15 freeway and east up the Poway grade to the western town of Ramona. Travelling through rural California to famous Dudley's bakery in Santa Ysabel and through the Cleveland National Forest into Wynola and Julian. Stop for lunch and to taste the amazing apple pie, ice cream and cider home grown in the historic gold mining town of Julian. Fantastic 2400 foot winding descent down to the desert floor. Then a 4 mile drive to Font's point. Short hike to the lookout point for a view of the badlands. Head over to the visitor's center to find out about the history and habitat of the animals and vegetation of the desert. Now for a sandy 1.5 mile drive to Slot Canyon. We climb down 50 feet and hike the 1/2 mile through the canyon walls protected from the burning sun.

$112.83 Food, Wine & Nightlife

TEAM BUILDING ADVENTURE The magic Goriska Brda-Colio

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Smartno, Kojsko, Slovenian Littoral RegionIn the morning we will gather in Solkan in the yard of Kayak Centre Solkan, where you will be welcomed by experienced and qualified adventure park instructors. While you will enjoy our morning coffee and a croissant in the nerest bar, the instructors will present you the program.After the welcome you will board the raft and cross the emerald Soča river. On the right bank of the river you will enter the Soča Fun Park and under the auspices of the instructors you will face a two-hour adventure among the treetops. Obstacles in the adventure park will be overcome at a height of 2 to 10 m above the ground. In the end, we will try the "descent of courage" – you will return to the left bank along a 40 m height and 300 m long zip-line.Afterwards you will leave Solkan and drive to Goriška Brda, over the bridge of Solkan. While crossing the bridge, a breathtaking view will open over the emerald beauty (the Soča river) and the elegant stone railway bridge with the largest stone arch in the world. The so-called Osimo road, which runs partly on the Italian territory, will take you over the slopes of Sabotin hill to Goriška Brda. You will drive through the villages Podsabotin and Hum and onwards through Kojsko, the former centre of the eastern Brda. The picturesque landscape of the Brda vineyards and orchards will accompany us forward to Gonjače, where you will climb up the 23 meter high view tower. From this point, a view opens over the entire Brda and much further, to the Julian and Carnic Alps, the Dolomites, through Friuli to the Adriatic Sea, the Karst, Vipava valley and Trnovo wood, all the way to Nanos; a fairy-tale landscape, which has a special, magic power.Brda, a land of hills nestles halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic, maintains and develops its tradition, protects its beauty and bestows beneficial effects that can be recognized and felt by everyone who comes to this region. Brda is the place where juicy local fruit grows, excellent wines are produced, delicious local food can be tasted; a place where one can walk through green vineyards, orchards and olive groves and find inner peace in the authentic nature.After the visit of Gonjače you will have a typical Brda lunch and enjoy the view over the Brda hills. After lunch you will head towards the medieval village of Šmartno, first mentioned in 1317, surrounded by walls and fortified with five towers, which stand by three entrances. When entering the Šmartno fortification and walking around the narrow streets among the old and newer houses, the feeling of being in a medieval labyrinth crosses the visitor´s mind. Here one can see a typical house of Brda, a house with »spahnjenca« (open fireplace on the exterior part of the house) and the House of culture. The church of St. Martin gives a beautiful image to a village. From Šmartno our path will takes you further to Gradno, a small village full of interesting details. Its name probably derives from “graden” (sessile oak), an oak species that was once the most common tree in Brda. Here stands the picturesque Church of St. George where Stations of the Cross were painted partly by the world-renowned painter Zoran Mušič and partly by the painter and graphic artist Lojze Spacal. In the village you can see two nice examples of renovated dry stone walls made of local sandstone. This kind of walls are a true rarity nowadays in Brda. Above one of these walls, the oldest olive grove in Brda stands in the sun.From the olive grove you will drive to the centre of Brda, Dobrovo. The path will lead you past the largest Slovenian wine cellar and the Renaissance castle of Dobrovo. You will continue through Medana to a typical Brda homestead, where you will visit the wine cellar. The winemaker will invite you to taste different samples of the typical local wines and olive oil. After the tasting, in the afternoon hours, you will say goodbye to Goriška Brda and return home over the Italian part of Brda (Collio).Duration: 5 hours

$103.62 Kid Friendly

E-bike tour: Medieval Skofja Loka and old military road from Ljubljana

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Skofja Loka Castle & Museum, Skofja Loka, Upper Carniola Region10.00 am – Pick up location: The tour starts at your accommodation, from where we will take a ride to Škofja Loka, which will be our starting point of the cycling part of the tour.11.00 am – Route start: The first part will consist of an easy ride down the old military road through lovely villages all the way up to the highest point of the tour, the hut under Blegoš. There we will take a longer rest, to take in all the beautiful mountain views and fresh air.If there is will and energy, we can walk to the top and enjoy the marvelous view of the hills of Škofja Loka, the Julian and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, and the Karavanks. If the weather is kind enough, we might even catch a glimpse of the Adriatic Sea.In any case, we will descend to the Poljanska valley and take in all the views the path offers.4.30 pm – Route finish: We will conclude our trip in the village Hotavlje, where we will take you to try the local culinary adventures. Before we return to your accommodation, we will have an afternoon coffee and an ice cream under the old lime tree on the main square of Škofja Loka.7.00 pm – Drop off: A trip back to your accommodation.Duration: 5 hours