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Coronado Enchantment (SBC) Search Tour Calendar
Guided Tour of the Hotel Del Coronado,
New Hotel Del Coronado Museum & Coronado Village

Tour Dates: September 10 - 14, 2023
Limited Space

5 Day Package
8 Meals Included

$1499 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1999 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Today we escape to Coronado, the picturesque island located across the bay from downtown San Diego. This historic resort city is nicknamed The Crown City, since Coronado is Spanish for “crowned one.” Enjoy a driving tour of Coronado to see its most famous and historic sites before we enjoy time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own along Orange Avenue in the historic Coronado Village. These three, walkable blocks feature a variety of shops, restaurants and casual eateries. This afternoon we’ll visit the legendary Hotel Del Coronado, the National Historic Landmark and cultural icon that evokes the legacy and magic of two centuries. For 135 years, the Hotel del Coronado has captured the hearts and imaginations of all who have walked through its doors – and now the next chapter has begun with the completion of a $400 million renovation in 2022! The iconic resort’s rich heritage and architecture will come to life during an in-depth, docent-led walking tour. You’ll be transported back in time by the welcoming Front Porch with rocking chairs, colorful stained-glass windows and grand Victorian lobby. Stroll through the lush Garden Patio surrounded by spectacular Queen Anne Victorian architecture. Walk through exclusive areas not accessible to the public like the historic Power Plant and the hidden tunnel. Following the tour, enjoy time at leisure to soak in its timeless charm, idyllic oceanfront setting, unique shops and the new Hotel del Coronado Museum located in the completely restored and renovated Ice House. This masonry structure once served as the ice-making center for the entire island and now features permanent exhibits and rotating displays highlighting The Del’s heritage, including a courtyard with reclaimed bricks from original 1910 Industrial Buildings.
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 9/10/2023 - Alabama Hills, Welcome to Mammoth Lakes!
From our departure points this morning, we’ll travel by deluxe motorcoach north along Highway 395. As we travel north in the shadow of the towering Sierra Nevada, we’ll pass through such quaint and old west towns as Independence and Big Pine and travel in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States! In Lone Pine we’ll visit the Museum of Lone Pine Film History, dedicated to the glory days of the Western and recent films shot in the area. See a short film chronicling the history of the movies made in the region and browse unique exhibits related to the films. A museum guide will join us onboard the motorcoach as we continue into the Alabama Hills to see this unique formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills that were created by eons of wind-blown sand, rain and snow. The unique, rounded features of the Alabama Hills contrasted by the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada just behind them, have long made these hills one of Hollywood’s favorite filming locations. Our guide will point out where iconic movie scenes were filmed and point out where Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, and the Lone Ranger had ‘shoot-outs’ in these hills. Some recent movies filmed here include Star Trek, Gladiator and Iron Man. This evening we arrive in Mammoth Lakes (elevation 7,881 feet) and begin a four-night stay at The Village Lodge in the heart of the Village at Mammoth. Each villa of this upscale lodge features a separate living area, fireplace and balcony. Enjoy an included welcome dinner this evening at a locals’ favorite. 

Day 2
Monday, 9/11/2023 - June Lake Loop, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes
Following an included breakfast, we’ll be joined by a local guide and travel north along the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway to explore the June Lake Loop, a majestic stretch of road surrounding beautiful glacier-formed lakes. We continue to Mono Lake, an oasis in the dry Great Basin that is estimated to be more than one million years old and is a vital habitat for millions of migratory birds. We’ll enjoy an included boxed lunch and admire Mono Lake’s strange tufa towers – odd looking spires and knobs formed of calcium carbonate that were exposed as the level of the water dropped. We return to Mammoth Lakes with sightseeing to include the Earthquake Fault, Twin Falls Overlook and Twin Lakes Vista. We return to our lodge later this afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure to explore the variety of restaurants and shops in the Village at Mammoth. 
Day 3
Tuesday, 9/12/2023 - Mammoth Mountain, Devils Postpile 
This morning we’ll join a local guide and travel to the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain to board the Panorama Gondola which will transport us to the peak of Mammoth Mountain (11,053 feet elevation). Here we’ll enjoy an included breakfast and time to absorb the 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevada and the Eleven53 Interpretive Center featuring displays on the area’s geologic, hydrologic and volcanic history. We continue to Devils Postpile National Monument, a geologic gem featuring thousands of hexagonal basalt columns formed 100,000 years ago when lava flow slowed and then cooled and cracked. Prepare to be amazed by the enormity of these unique basalt formations that tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. Note that visiting Devils Postpile requires a one-mile walk on a flat trail. We return to our lodge with the balance of the day at leisure.  
Day 4
Wednesday, 9/13/2023 - Yosemite National Park
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel north to the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park and continue over the Sierra Nevada via the Tioga Pass – the highest highway pass in California (elevation 9,943 feet). This is truly a spectacular journey that has to be experienced to be believed. Preserved as a National Park in 1890, Yosemite National Park is home to an incredible collection of stunning lakes, meadows and forests. We’ll enjoy an included boxed lunch while exploring Yosemite’s much-less visited alpine region including the picturesque Tuolumne Meadows, Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake, known as the jewel of Yosemite National Park’s high-country lakes. We return to our lodge with the balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure.  
Day 5
Thursday, 9/14/2023 - Bishop, Manzanar National Historic Site, Journey Home
Enjoy an included breakfast before we travel south along the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway in the shadow of the towering Sierra Nevada. We’ll visit Erick Schat’s Bakery in Bishop, known for their famous original sheepherder’s bread which they’ve been making here since 1938. Enjoy an included boxed lunch in Lone Pine before we arrive at Manzanar National Historic Site. In 1942 the United States government ordered more than 110,000 Japanese American men, women and children be detained at the remote, military-style Manzanar War Relocation Center located at this site. On a driving tour we’ll see the original sentry posts, the cemetery monument, remnants of original buildings, rock gardens, orchards and the hospital grounds. Enjoy time to browse the exhibits at Block 14, containing a recreated mess hall, women’s latrine and two barracks buildings. We continue south towards Southern California, returning to our departure points this evening with many fond memories of our time exploring California’s incredible Eastern Sierra.  

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary. 
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