Food & Wine Lovers' Delight: Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe Wine Region4 days & 3 nights, Private Journey
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Valle de Guadalupe & Ensenada
Enjoy a relaxing getaway to Valle de Guadalupe, an up-and-coming destination hailed by critics for its wine and culinary options.
Day 1San Diego - Valle de Guadalupe
Upon arrival in San Diego, you will be met by a Cox & Kings guide who will assist you across the border and escort you to your hotel in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. The trip to Mexico's wine region is approximately two hours. Enroute, stop in the town of Puerto Nuevo to relax and enjoy a beachfront meal at a local restaurant. Upon arrival at your hotel, you will be assisted with check-in. You will have time to relax before enjoying a welcome dinner at your hotel.Encuentro Guadalupe or Similar - 3 Nights (L, D)
Day 2Valle de Guadalupe
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, your private guide will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby to take you on a day tour of the area's finest wineries, including Adobe Guadeloupe, La Cetto, Casa de Dona Lupe (craft production), Pedro Domecq and Monte Xanic. In between winery visits, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Return to your hotel to relax before joining a local chef this evening for a gourmet sampling of some of the region's favorite dishes.Encuentro Guadalupe or Similar (B, L, D)
Day 3Valle de Guadalupe
Today, head on a short ride to the town of Ensenada for a foodie walking tour with a local expert. On this curated and guided foodie tour of Ensenada's culinary delights, you'll eat the best Baja-style fish tacos, street-style beef and pork tacos at the region's famous truck-stop-taco-stand. You will also enjoy fresh ceviche tostadas at the place Anthony Bourdain proclaimed "the best food cart in the world." Finish the day with a margarita at the iconic cantina where Mexico's most famous cocktail was conceived. Return back to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a dinner with wine pairing.Encuentro Guadalupe or Similar (B, L, D)
Day 4Valle de Guadalupe - San Diego
Early this morning, you will have the option to take a sunrise horseback ride in the surrounding mountains. Afterwards, visit Rancho La Campa, where Ramonetti cheese is produced. Take a tour of the ranch, relax with some of the areas fine wines, and enjoy the fresh cheese of the ranch. You will also be treated to a delicious meal prepared by the chefs of the ranch.
Following lunch, be escorted back to San Diego Airport for your departure flight.(B, L)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.