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Ensenada Overnight 2 days- 1 night
Tour some of Baja’s best places to see and experience while having an amazing time! We will take you to places most Gringos do not know about and give you a real taste of Baja.
The first leg of our trip, your bilingual teacher guides will be sharing their extensive experience and knowledge of the region. While in our air-conditioned vehicle, our awesome 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. We will stop by Playas de Tijuana to see what the other side of the border lives and the beauty of it, swing by our Hidey Hole Locals Only Taco shop in Rosarito, be blown away by the views and tranquility at El Mirador, check in at our well accommodated hotel, then off to La Bufadora to take in Mother Nature’s power and majesty. We make it back to Ensenada for more food, drinks, and fun or just relaxation.
The Margarita, where was it first concocted? It is a bit of a controversy so we will take you to both cantinas. Try them and you be the judge! And then, the must see places, Hussong’s est. 1892, the oldest surviving Cantina in Ensenada and other places on our walking tour in and around downtown.
The Second day we will be taking you up into Guadalupe Valley to spend a lovely day at one of the oldest wine producers in Baja and then to one, maybe two, of Mexico’s best boutique wineries, with private tours. You will have the opportunity to taste the wines and food which are deliciously influenced by the surrounding ocean, valleys and mountains. Plus, Tommy will be schooling you on the flavors and practical wine knowledge, Wine Snowcones! 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 TO…….
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.
8:45-9:00am: 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.
9:00-11:00am: Drive to the Borderwall Park and experience the lively Playas Tijuana.
11:00am-12:pm: Stop at Our Rosarito Beach Hidey Hole for Free Carne Asada tacos.
12:30-1:00pm: Take in the breathtaking vista at La Mirador ViewPoint, bathroom break if needed.
1:30-3:00pm: Check-in at your Hotel, siesta (rest, pool or eat)
3:00-5:00pm: Drive to La Bufadora “The Blowhole” take in this rare and wonderful natural phenomenon. Great photo op! More yummy food and back to Ensenada.
6:00pm: Back to your hotel room and freshen up before dinner
(Snacks, drinks and dinner near your hotel are not included in this tour’s base price but we have some awesome choices to recommend.)
DAY 2 – WINE TASTING AND LUNCH IN THE VALLE GUADALUPE BEFORE RETURNING TO THE BORDER…
6:00-10:00am: Have 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 fun, wine and food in the Valle!
10:00am-11:00am – Depart Ensenada and enjoy the drive to one of the wine producing areas of Baja.
11:00am-1pm – Winery Stop #1 – As you take in the expansive morning views of the Valle de Guadalupe, you’ll enjoy a complete tasting flight of premium handcrafted wines and lunch.
2:00-4:00 – Winery Stop #2 – We’ll take you behind the scenes for a tour of the winemaking facilities at this state-of-the-art boutique winery, and you’ll learn about the fascinating history and unique methodology of Mexican wine making and then be taken to our exclusive and amazing Private Tasting spot! Have cheese and snacks while drinking up the spectacular sights and incredible wine from one of Guadalupe’s oldest wineries.
4:00pm- Sadly, time to make our way back to the border.
5:30-6:00pm: After clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs, walk back to your car parked in San Ysidro, California, or catch the San Diego Trolley, taxi, Lyft 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 – BTK 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.
*This is a sample itinerary; after paying your reconciliation 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 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.