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Death Valley Discovery

Death Valley Discovery

Come along with us on a remarkable 3-day journey to Death Valley that crosses the paths of our nation's pioneers and reveals breathtaking landscapes.

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The name is foreboding and gloomy, yet here in the valley and in its surrounding mountains you can find spectacular wildflower displays, snow-covered peaks, beautiful rolling sand dunes, colorful badlands, brilliant starlit nights, rugged canyons, and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level. Come along with us on this remarkable 3-day journey to Death Valley, an excursion that features breathtaking scenery combined with a colorful panorama of American history. You’ll unpack only once at The Oasis at Death Valley, situated in the heart of the park, and venture out daily to explore this magical land. From the jagged jumbles of crystalline salts tilted into erratic shapes at Devil’s Golf Course to the surprising splashes of color and intricate folds of silky sand dunes, you’ll witness a kaleidoscope of geological formations and man-made wonders. With its magnificent valleys, vistas, flora and fauna, Death Valley is an active world of exciting contrasts—quite the opposite of its name!


Tour Fare:

  • $985 per person double occupancy

  • $1215 per person single occupancy


Deposit and Final Payment:

A deposit of $150 per person is due at the time of booking.

Final Balance Due Feb. 1


Death Valley Overview



Photographing Death Valley


The Ranch at Death Valley


Calico Ghost Town

3-Day Excursion

Experience natural beauty and man-made curiosities ranging from the unusual to the bizarre when you travel with us on this 3-day excursion to Death Valley National Park. Winter is the best time to experience this vast region of awe-inspiring desert landscapes, with its otherworldly vistas, surprising splashes of color, and intricate folds of silky sand dunes. It’s a land that time forgot, filled with intrigue, history, and mystery.
Note: all times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.

Day 1

Your journey begins as we traverse north through the Inland Empire, pausing for a delightful lunch in Victorville. Our adventure continues with scenic photo stops at the world's largest thermometer and the mesmerizing views from Zabriskie Point overlooking Death Valley. Later, unwind with a two-night stay at The Ranch at Death Valley, a historic complex originally built in the 1880s, once home to the famed Twenty Mule Teams. Tonight, forge connections with fellow travelers at a welcome dinner hosted at one of the resort's culinary delights, The 1849 Restaurant.

L, D

Day 2

Embark on an exhilarating day of exploration after enjoying a delectable breakfast at the resort on your own. Our adventure kicks off at the park’s Visitor Center, a truly compelling destination situated 190 feet below sea level. Immerse yourself in exhibits and engaging photos showcasing the rich tapestry of Death Valley's history, culture, and geological marvels. Our journey continues with stops at the captivating Devil’s Cornfield, the otherworldly Ubehebe Crater, and the artistically sculpted Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Return to the ranch for a sumptuous included lunch, followed by a brief jaunt to the Harmony Borax Works museum, delving into the area's intriguing past. The rest of the day is yours to unwind and savor the amenities of the resort. Brace yourself for a day filled with extraordinary landscapes and enthralling history in the heart of Death Valley.


Day 3

Today's sightseeing continues through the southern reaches of Death Valley National Park, where every turn unveils breathtaking wonders. Marvel at the surreal landscapes of Devil’s Golf Course and stand in awe at the vastness of Badwater Basin. In the afternoon, we'll venture to Calico Ghost Town near Barstow, a hauntingly beautiful relic of California's largest silver mining era from 1881 to 1896. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and immerse yourself in the rich history of this fascinating ghost town. As we continue our adventure to San Diego, you'll forge new connections and carry cherished memories of your unforgettable Death Valley Discovery.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Manager: Bobbi Lona*


Activity Level: High

The activity level of this tour is considered High because the tour involves walking on uneven, unpaved, and inclined surfaces at at several locations. Throughout the sightseeing portion of this tour there are many instances of embarking and disembarking the coach stairs and walking from the coach to the viewpoints, though walking is mostly at your own pace. Due to the historic nature of some of the facilities owned or operated by Xanterra at Grand Canyon, certain facilities and activities may be unsuitable for some individuals with disabilities. 


Highest Elevation

The highest elevation on this trip is on day 3 as the route traverses Cedar Mountain Summit. This summit reaches an elevation of approximately 8,149 feet above sea level. This elevation occurs as you traverse through the Coconino National Forest on the way to Flagstaff,

The portion of Highway 180 between the Grand Canyon Junction and Flagstaff, where the elevation remains above 8,000 feet, extends for roughly 35 miles


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

  • 2 nights at the Ranch at Death Valley (Note: All rooms at The Ranch have two queen beds)

  • Luggage handling

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

  • Sightseeing visits to:
  • Ubehebe Crater

  • Zabriskie Point Lookout

  • Devil's Cornfield

  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

  • Harmony Borax Works

  • Devil's Golf Course

  • Badwater Basin

  • Calico Ghost Town


What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Meals not listed as included on the itinerary

  • Travel insurance

  • Room incidentals and personal items

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager and driver


How to Book Your Reservation

Making 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 call the DayTripper Tours reservations department at (619) 334-3394 during business hours of M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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 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
Escondido Escondido Transit Center
700 W. Valley Parkway 92025. Wait near Dock #4
La Mesa Park & Ride #22 lot - 6385 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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