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Escape to Catalina Island - 3-Day Getaway

Escape to Catalina Island - 3-Day Getaway

Discover the charm and enchantment of a Mediterranean-style island on this 3-day mini-vacation to Catalina Island.

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Discover the enchantment of California's "Mediterranean" island on this 3-day mini-vacation to Santa Catalina. Marvel at postcard-perfect vistas and colorful local spots as you learn highlights and history on an included Avalon scenic tour. You'll enjoy waterfront hotel accommodations just 14 steps from the beach and situated in the heart of Avalon amid charming boutiques and fine restaurants. Your getaway includes luxury motor coach transportation to Long Beach, a round-trip cruise to Avalon, a nightly hosted wine social, and more. Enjoy plenty of free time to immerse yourself in Catalina’s intriguing atmosphere. There are also many optional side tours available, such as an Art Deco ballroom tour; an electric bike tour; a glass-bottom boat tour; and an inland motor tour where bald eagles, wild boar, herds of wild American bison, mule deer, and goats roam freely on the island’s protected interior.


Tour Fare

$950 per person double occupancy*

$1,295 per person single occupancy


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*Fare shown includes standard room category. Superior room category is additional, when available.

3-day Excursion

All times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.

Day 1

Depart San Diego early morning and journey to Long Beach to board the Catalina Express for a 1-hour cruise to Avalon Harbor. Shortly after arriving, enjoy time on your own for lunch. This afternoon embark on a 45-minute scenic tour of Avalon. Behold gorgeous views as your guide shares Catalina Island history and folklore from the comfort of an open-air tram. This 7.5-mile journey provides a comprehensive history of Catalina’s only city, Avalon. Following the tour, check in for a two-night stay at the beachfront Pavilion Hotel. Later, mingle with fellow travelers at the hotel’s complimentary wine and cheese social. The remainder of the evening is yours for dinner on your own and to stroll Avalon, or simply relax at the hotel..

Day 2

Today you'll have a full day free to explore the many things Catalina Island has to offer. Browse quaint village boutiques, enjoy a famous buffalo burger on the pier, partake in one or more of the many optional excursions and activities available during your visit, or simply relax with a cool Mai Tai and a good book amid the scenic island beauty. Take a half-day tour to the island's protected interior where wild bison and other animals roam free, visit botanical gardens and other delights.This evening, enjoy another complimentary wine and cheese social at the hotel.

Day 3

Enjoy another free day to do as you please. With so many things to see and do, you'll appreciate the opportunity to schedule on-island tours and activities or to find out more about what's available, click on the Useful Links tabMid-afternoon, we’ll meet up at the Avalon boat landing to board the Catalina Express back to Long Beach. From there we’ll motor back down to San Diego with warm memories of our Catalina Island getaway. [B]

Tour Manager:  9/15 - Pat Brown*


Activity Level: High

While this tour is at your own pace, considerable walking and/or numerous steps may be involved, some on uneven surfaces. Restroom doorways on certain vessels are narrow and may not accommodate all mobility scooters and wheelchairs. No elevators are present at the hotel; however, limited ground floor accessible rooms may be available if requested in advance by telephone to the DayTripper office.


What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation to Catalina Express boat landing in Long Beach

  • Round-trip 1.25-hour Catalina Express cruise to Avalon

  • Luggage handling and gratuities from the boat to the hotel lobby

  • Professional Tour Manager throughout the trip

  • Complimentary bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • Discover Avalon scenic motor tour along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of town

  • Two-night accommodations at the beachfront Pavilion Hotel (Standard and Superior room categories are offered, subject to availability)

  • Complimentary courtyard wine & cheese reception nightly at hotel (one glass complimentary per adult)

  • $20 per room per night grab & go breakfast voucher

  • $20 per room per night food and beverage credit that can be used at Bistro at the AtwaterAvalon GrilleAntonio's Pizzeria & Cabaret or Descanso Beach Club 

  • 15% off local tours and activities booked through the hotel

  • Plenty of free time to experience Catalina on your own (enjoy local cuisine, take in optional activities & tours, etc.)


What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Meals

  • Optional side tours and activities other than the included Avalon tour

  • Travel insurance

  • Cancellation Protection Plan

  • Room incidentals

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager, coach driver, and local guides


How to Book Your Reservation

Booking your reservation is easy. Simply click the Book Now button above to select your date and confirm your space online, 24/7. You can also speak to a live agent through the DayTripper reservations department during regular business hours Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at (619) 334-3394


Deposit and Final Payment

A deposit of $150 per person is required to secure your booking, with the final balance due 45 days prior to departure.



Although not necessary to fully enjoy your trip, a personal smartphone can greatly enhance your tour experience. Take high-quality photos, share your experience on social media in real time, search for nearby restaurants and topics of interest, set reminders, and more.


45-Day Cancellation Deadline Without CPP

  • If you purchased the optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) before the cancellation deadline, your tour is fully refundable at any time (see below). If you did not purchase the CPP you may cancel your booking forty-five (45) or more days prior to the tour’s departure date to receive a refund less a $100 per person cancellation fee. Alternatively, when you cancel your booking forty-five (45) or more days prior to the departure date, we can waive the cancellation fee and transfer the full amount to another tour or a non-refundable voucher, which can be applied to any future excursion booked within one year of the original tour date. Cancellations within 45 days of departure are nonrefundable and nontransferrable for any reason if you did not purchase the optional CPP.

  • Passenger name changes, deviations, or other changes made by the passenger after the final payment deadline has passed will be assessed a $50 per person change fee plus any fees incurred by the service providers. No refunds, transfers or credits can be issued for any reason on bookings canceled after the cancellation deadline. Travel insurance is available through Travelex during the booking process.


Optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) - Cancel for any reason and receive a full refund

  • DayTripper Tours offers an optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) for this tour. The CPP allows you to cancel your reservation for any reason at least two or more hours prior to your scheduled departure time for a full refund (less the cost of the CPP). The CPP may be purchased prior to the tour’s stated cancellation deadline. To cancel your reservation please call (619) 334-3394 during business hours to notify a reservations agent, or leave a time-stamped voice message after hours at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure time, and your refund will be processed. The CPP cost for multi-day motor coach tours is $5 for each $50 increment of the full, non-discounted tour fare plus any add-on options. CPP does not cover the single supplement of the remaining traveler when a traveling companion cancels from a double occupancy reservation. The CPP is not insurance, but rather an agreed-upon cancellation fee paid in advance for the right to cancel a reservation according to the terms stated in this clause. Protect yourself even further with Travel Insurance (see below). CPP is not offered on tours that include air, rail, or cruise line transportation.


Protect Your Investment with Travel Insurance

  • At DayTripper Tours, we recommend you purchase insurance to help protect against unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss, or even sudden sickness or injury, all of which could impact your excursion. In today’s ever-changing travel environment, you can relax and enjoy your trip with the security of knowing those unexpected circumstances are covered by a travel protection plan. You can purchase travel insurance from any company you choose; however, for your convenience we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services (CA Agency License #0D10209). For more information and to receive a quote, click here. Please note: Your policy must be purchased on or before the date you submit your final payment for the tour in order to be eligible for the pre-existing medical condition exclusion waiver.


*Tour Manager is subject to change without notice.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Times
Carlsbad La Costa Avenue Park & Ride
East side of I-5, at 710 La Costa Ave, 92024.
La Mesa Park & Ride #22 lot - 8703 Murray Dr, 91942
Narrow Park & Ride EAST of Red Lobster's lot
Mission Valley 2005 Camino Del Este
San Diego, CA 92108; Street parking only
University City 6245 Kantor Street, San Diego, CA 92122
Street parking only. Do not enter parking lot.
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