Catalina Island & Whale Watching Tour

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

Motorcoach

Transportation

Cruise & Ferry

Whale watching cruise included!

Duration

5 days, 4 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

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

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip door-to-door livery service


Tour Highlights

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

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
  • Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
  • 4 nights lodging
  • 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
  • Tours as described
  • Catalina Ferry
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Baggage handling
  • Bus refreshments
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Taxes & gratuities for included items


Day 1 - Tucson to Dana Point

Depart Tucson 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 on to Tucson.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary is subject to change.


Package Pricing

$2,595 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$2,995 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

January 7, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 4 nights lodging
• 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
• Tours as described
• Catalina Ferry
• Whale watching cruise
• Baggage handling
• Bus refreshments
• Services of a Tour Director
• Taxes & gratuities for included items


Booking Policy

Final Payment Due: January 7, 2025

Cancellation Fees

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

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

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ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 4: Active

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

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 the 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/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

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

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an 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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