Catalina Island & Whale Watching

March 17, 2025 thru March 21, 2025

Experience the beauty of Catalina Island. This tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure to experience the nature and wildlife of the Pacific Coast, from rugged canyons to serene beaches and from wild bison to blue whales! This wondrous place just a few hours from Tucson will offer us a temperate getaway and the nature-lover’s paradise.


Transportation

Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Cruise & Ferry

Whale watching cruise included!

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

5 days, 4 nights

Activity Level

Level 3: Moderate

Meals

8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included

Availability

Available

Gratuities

All gratuities and taxes for included items


Tour Highlights

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruise
  • Ocean Institute Tour
  • Casino Tour
  • Bison Expedition
  • Farewell Lunch

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 4 nights lodging
  • 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
  • Admissions as described
  • Baggage handling
  • Bus refreshments
  • Services of a SUN TOURS Tour Director
  • All gratuities and taxes for included items


Day 1 - Arrive at Dana Point

Depart Albuquerque and travel with us to the harbor town of Dana Point, California. Dana Point Harbor provides slips and mooring for over 2,500 boats along with many attractions including shopping, sport fishing, walking, bicycling, parasailing and a host of recreational activities adjacent to Doheny State Park, one of California’s most famous beaches. We will arrive in time to check in to our hotel, see the sun set over the Pacific and enjoy a group dinner.

Meals included: (D)

Day 2 - Ocean Discovery

Today we enjoy Dana Point where we will embark on a dolphin and whale watching cruise! You’ve never experienced anything like this. Dana Point is known as the World’s Whale Capital and March is a prime time to see them in numbers. Likely sightings include gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales, orcas, and large pods of dolphins. Following, we will have a seaside lunch at the harbor.

This afternoon, explore the Ocean Institute on a tour. The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, a historic tall ship, and an oceanographic research vessel. Here you’ll learn about maritime history and ocean life!

The evening is free to explore on your own.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 3 - Catalina Island

This morning we take an express ferry to Catalina Island, which boasts a year-round “Mediterranean climate” with warm, sunny days and cool evening breezes. Upon arrival in the town of Avalon, we will have an independent lunch. After refueling, we take a casino tour viewing the magnificent foyer with original ceilings and gorgeous hardwoods. Stand in awe at the massive art murals that adorn the 1,100+ seat movie palace. The Catalina Casino has hosted record crowds in it’s 90 years of operation. The evening is yours to explore more in Avalon.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 4 - Bison Expedition

Discover enchanting Avalon on this delightful journey along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of this friendly and historic town. We climb aboard open-air biofuel Hummers to go in search of Catalina’s world-famous bison on an exciting expedition into the island’s interior. Descendants of a small herd left on the island by a movie crew in the 1920s, Catalina bison now number about 200 and are managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy. The Bison Expedition takes us to Middle Ranch, up Cape Canyon to a scenic overlook on Black Jack Mountain, and then down the original 19th-century stagecoach route back to Avalon. Along the way, we’ll journey through favorite bison grazing grounds, where we’ll have an excellent opportunity to see these majestic animals in the wild. It’s a unique experience we’ll only find on Catalina Island.

After our bison expedition, we enjoy a farewell lunch. You’ll have the rest of the day to dig into what Catalina Island has to offer, from charming shops to beach views.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 5 - Departure

Leave your sea legs behind but take your memories as we return to the mainland by boat and then by plane back to Albuquerque.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. Although this tour is rated as Moderate, please note that the Jeep ride is likely to be rough. There is also a day that may require you to handle your own luggage for a short walk.


Package Pricing

$2,755 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$3,155 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

January 7, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 4 nights lodging
• 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
• Admissions as described
• Baggage handling
• Bus refreshments
• Services of a SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All gratuities and taxes for included items


Booking Policy

Final Payment Due: January 7, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES

  • None thru January 7, 2025
  • $200 – January 8 – January 21, 2025
  • $1,500 – January 22 – February 11, 2025
  • 100% after February 11, 2025

TRAVEL PROTECTION RECOMMENDED


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Although this tour is rated as Moderate, please note that the Jeep ride is likely to be rough. There is also a day that may require you to handle your own luggage for a short walk.

Level 3: Moderate

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is required. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers may be assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The average daytime high temperature during our stay in Dana Point and on Catalina Island is typically in the low 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 50’s. When we are on or close to the Pacific those temperatures drop 5 degrees or more. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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