Southern California Missions
May 1- 7 , 2023 (7 Days)
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Roundtrip airfare from ABQ to CA (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
6 nights' lodging
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
Admission to all listed attractions
Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$3,495 Double occupancy, per person
$4,095 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $200 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 26, 2023
None - Through January 26, 2023
$200 - January 27 - March 8, 2023
$2,000 - March 9 - April 25, 2023
100% after April 25, 2023
Stretching from San Diego to Sonoma, the 21 missions of Alta California are storied reminders of the founding of California and our nation’s past migration north and westward. Join us as we travel the southern portion of El Camino Real (The Royal Road) and tour 7 of these beautiful Spanish structures along the California Coast.
DAY 1 D
We fly to San Diego and meet our deluxe motorcoach, then visit Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, the first Franciscan mission in The Californias. We lodge for one night at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina on Shelter Island, surrounded by the ocean, where we enjoy a group Welcome Dinner.
In the morning we visit Cabrillo National Monument, with its city and ocean vistas and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. This afternoon we visit Mission San Luis Rey, the largest of the 21 and therefore known as the “King of the Missions.”
We travel north to Mission San Juan Capistrano where we can go into the wine vat, visit the private Sacristy of the Ruins, or touch the historic Mission bells. Next stop is the Bowers Museum with a collection of more than 100,000 permanent pieces and additional special exhibitions.
This morning we visit Mission San Gabriel, the oldest building in Los Angeles County and recently rebuilt following a large fire. Next, we head to the La Brea Tar Pits to explore the active paleontological research site where natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground for tens of thousands of years, preserving more than 3.5 million fossils. We tour behind the scenes of one of the oldest film studios in the world, Warner Bros Studios.
We head to Mission San Fernando Rey enroute to Santa Barbara. Also known as the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara, the former military installation was built by Spain in 1782 with the mission of defending the Second Military District in California. Today, the restored site functions as a museum and active archeological site as part of a state historic park.
This morning we take a trolley tour of Santa Barbara, arriving at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Referred to as the “Queen of the Missions,” its grand bell towers, lush gardens, and backdrop of the San Ynez mountains make it one of the city’s most picturesque landmarks. We end our Mission Tour by visiting Mission Basilica San Buenaventura, set right along Main Street in Ventura, just blocks from the ocean. We enjoy a Group Farewell Dinner tonight.
We fly back to Albuquerque in awe of the rich Spanish history, architecture and the beautiful sights that make up coastal California.