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Danish Solvang and the Monarch Butterfly Migration

Danish Solvang and the Monarch Butterfly Migration

Escape with us on an extraordinary 4-day journey showcasing California's Central Coast, Danish Solvang and the magical wonders of the annual Monarch Butterfly migration.

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Immerse yourself in the quintessential allure of California's Central Coast like never before during this enchanting 4-day excursion to the delightful Danish town of Solvang, where you'll unpack for three delightful nights in a picturesque setting reminiscent of a European village. From here, we'll venture out each day to explore the regional highlights. You're sure to be mesmerized by the Monarch Butterfly Grove, a magical spectacle and home to one of the nation's largest monarch displays. These endangered monarchs migrate annually to Pismo Beach, creating breathtaking cascades of color in the trees as they seek refuge from the northern winters. Witness the vibrant orange and black colors swirling through the air like enchanting fairies in a breathtaking natural performance.

You'll also explore the captivating beauty of Santa Barbara, a coastal jewel renowned for its Spanish architecture and stunning beaches. In Nipomo, be prepared for the unexpected as you tour a Luffa Farm, learning little known facts about how they are grown and produced. Get up close and personal with the curious and sometimes comical ostriches at Ostrichland. Embark on a guided trolley tour through Solvang, visit the delightful villages of Ojai and Los Olivos, and if you wish, indulge in optional wine tasting in the Santa Ynez wine region. Throughout your journey, savor regional culinary delights that will tantalize your taste buds. Your vacation includes accommodations in the heart of Solvang and 4 meals.


Tour Fare:

$1225 per person double occupancy

$1515 per person single occupancy


Deposit and Final Payment:

A deposit of $150 per person due at time of booking

Final Balance for Jan. 25th Departue due Dec. 11

Final Balance for Feb. 8th Departue due Dec. 26

Multi-day Excursion

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

Day 1

Depart early morning from the sunny shores of San Diego to the enchanting village of Solvang, nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, a picturesque region renowned for its stunning landscapes, wine country, and charming communities. As we set off on this scenic journey, get ready for a day of breathtaking vistas, a delightful lunch stop, and the promise of an incredible adventure ahead. Our first stop is in the idyllic town of Ojai, a hidden gem known for its artistic spirit and serene beauty. Here, you'll have the opportunity to savor a leisurely lunch on your own at one of Ojai's charming eateries, each offering a taste of local flavor and culture. Take your time to explore, dine, and soak in the unique atmosphere of this artistic enclave. Continuing our journey, we'll follow the picturesque coastal route along Highway 101, where the Pacific Ocean stretches out beside us, providing a soothing backdrop to our travels. We'll then transition to Highway 154, offering breathtaking vistas and unforgettable views of Lake Cachuma, a serene gem nestled within the rolling hills. As the day unfolds, today's final destination awaits in the heart of Danish Solvang. Here, you'll check in at the Hotel Corque, your home away from home for the next three nights. Get ready to immerse yourself in the charming town and savor the local delights that make Solvang a truly unique and welcoming destination. Get to know your fellow travelers this evening at our welcome dinner near the hotel.


Day 2

Begin your adventure with a hearty breakfast near the hotel, setting the stage for a day of exploration and awe-inspiring experiences. Our journey kicks off as we travel to Nipomo, where you'll have the unique opportunity to tour the fascinating Luffa Farm. Witness the incredible process of luffa cultivation and discover the secrets behind this natural wonder. Our next destination is the coastal haven of Pismo Beach, where we'll enjoy a delightful lunch at Spyglass Inn. Savor the ocean views as you relish the flavors of the sea. But the real marvel awaits at the Monarch Butterfly Grove, where you'll be guided through the magical annual migration of these delicate creatures. It's a sight to behold as they grace the trees in their colorful clusters. As the sun dips below the horizon, we return to Solvang for an evening on your terms. Explore this Danish-inspired village at your own pace, and enjoy dinner on your own at one of many nearby restaurants.

B, L

Day 3

Awake to a new day filled with exploration. Our morning adventure begins with a delightful Solvang Trolley tour, offering insights into the town's history and charm. Afterward, you'll have ample leisure time to discover Solvang's treasures for yourself. Sample delectable pastries, peruse the boutique shops, visit the nearby 1804 Old Mission Santa Ines and soak in the ambiance of this enchanting town. In the afternoon, choose to spend additional time in Solvang or take our free shuttle to the charming village of Los Olivos, known for its boutique shopping and dining, or opt for a side trip to a local winery where you'll tour the cellars, sample regional wine, and indulge in mouthwatering appetizers. The choice is yours.

Day 4

Wake up to the comfort of a delicious breakfast at your hotel, setting the perfect tone for a day of exploration. Our first stop is the fascinating Ostrichland, where you'll have the unique opportunity to feed the quirky and charming birds. Get up close and personal with these feathered friends, and create memorable moments as you interact and take selfies with them. Next, our final day unfolds in the artistic splendor of Santa Barbara. Begin with a visit to the Sunday arts and craft fair near Stearns Wharf. Enjoy leisure time to meander along the picturesque wharf, explore local treasures, and savor a delightful lunch on your own. Later, we journey to the Proud Bird Food Bazaar, a culinary wonderland where you can savor a variety of flavors. Located next to the approach runway to LAX, you'll witness huge airliners touching down on the runway just outside the windows. Explore the airplane memorabilia inside the food bazaar as well as the antique aircraft on display around the building. As our tour draws to a close, we'll return to San Diego, laden with memories of captivating sights and unique experiences that will stay with you forever. Join us for this unforgettable four-day adventure, where natural wonders, charming towns, and cultural treasures await. Reserve your spot and today let the journey begin.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Manager: 1/25/24 Christina Khoomarey   2/8/24 Keri Belisle*


Activity Level: Moderate

The activity level of this tour is considered Moderate. It may involves occasional walking on uneven, unpaved, or inclined surfaces at at some locations.Walking is mostly at your own pace. All facilities visited are ADA accessible.


Highest Elevation

The highest elevation encountered on this tour is approximately 1,000 feet.


What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation from pickup locations throughout San Diego County

  • Professional Driver

  • Professional Tour Manager onboard throughout the tour

  • Bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • 3 nights at Hotel Corque in the heart of Solvang

  • Guided tour of the Luffa Farm in Nipomo

  • Guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach

  • Trolley tour of Danish-inspired Solvang

  • Included Side trip to Los Olivos for dining and shopping on own

  • Optional visit to Black Jack Ranch for a cellar tour, wine tasting, and appetizers

  • Visit to Ojai for lunch on own

  • Tour of Ostrichland and hand-feeding of the ostriches

  • Visit Santa Barbara and the Sunday Arts and Crafts show near Stearns Wharf

  • Luggage handling

  • 4 meals including 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner


What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Travel insurance

  • Room incidentals and personal items

  • Alcoholic beverages not listed in the Itinerary

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager and driver


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 and personal ear buds 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, post your real-time experience to your Facebook friends, and much more.


45-Day Cancellation Deadline

  • 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.

  • 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.


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 you are covered by a travel protection plan for those unexpected circumstances. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information and to receive a quote for this tour 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 Grossmont Park & Ride - 6385 Murray Dr, 91942
Narrow parking lot next to Red Lobster.
Lake Forest Arby's, 23862 Bridger Rd. 92630
Bus picks up curbside in front of Arby's
Mission Valley Sidewalk at red curb, west side of In-N-Out Burger
Street parking only
University City 6245 Kantor Street, San Diego, CA 92122
Street parking only. Do not enter parking lot.
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