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Cava de Marcelo and Aleyha-Granja de Lavanda
Are you looking for a new Baja adventure less traveled and close to home? If you love natural and aged artisan cheeses, paired with a fine wine in a beautiful setting, put La Cava de Marcelo on your list of Awesome Experiences. Our Teacher Guides take you up into the Ojos Negros Valley, heading east out of Ensenada, where you can take in the pastures, vineyards and farm land as far as the eye can see. Along with Marcelo’s Ranch, we will be stopping at Aleyha-Granja de Lavanda which is right down the dirt road. Norma, Marcelo’s sister, has a lavender farm which produces lovely creams, lotions, soaps and more!
The Happy Cows on this dairy farm produce milk which get its flavor from the fresh alfalfa, clover and hay they graze on, this gives the cheese and butter, Oh My Gosh the Butter!, their unique flavors!
When we arrive, you will be blown away by the serenity and aromas of the surrounding countryside, we highly suggest that you stop for a minute, two or three to take it all in. You will be learning the Ramonetti cheesemaking process, enjoying a sampling of their delicious cheeses and pairing this tasting with the rich flavor and mellow finish of Romanetti 1911; a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet and Petite Sirah. You can choose to have lunch or an early dinner at Marcelo’s which is of course farm to table, you cannot get any closer to the farm!
At Aleyha-Granja, they grow the lavender, extract the essential oils and make their aromatic products and we will go on a tour for you to see the process. You can also kick back and let the tranquility envelop you, have some vino! They also have a farm and ocean to table menu if you so desire to try something delicious!
FROM THE BORDER TO…...
8:00am-8:45am 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.
8:45am-9:00am: Cross the border on foot with your teacher guide through Mexican Immigration and Customs to our safe, insured, with A/C ,tour vehicle waiting on the Mexican side of the border.
9:00am-10:00am: Stop at Our Rosarito Beach Hidey Hole for Carne Asada tacos.
10:00am-1100:pm: Take in the breathtaking vista at La Mirador ViewPoint, bathroom break if needed.
11:30-12:30pm: Drive to Cava De Marcelo
12:30pm: Arrive at Marcelo’s Farm, take a tour of the Cheese Cava, afterwards, enjoy a fabulous farm to table family style lunch and take in the majesty of the area.
2:00pm-2:15pm: Depart Marcelo’s and head to Norma’s “Aleyah Granja de Lavanda”. Breathe, Relax and Enjoy! It is a great way to really get a sense of peaceful tranquility, you may want to stay the night in one of their Casitas.
3:45pm-6:00pm. Bummer, we have to get going. Make our way back to the border, enjoy the ride and a snack and bathroom break along the way
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).
Goodies: SP Charcuterie Boxes and Tour Cup
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 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.
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.
*For our ESL students this will be an English only Excursion so you may better your skills!
**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.