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Elegant Resorts

ELEGANT JOURNEYS

15

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Baja Beauty: The Sea of Cortez and San Diego with Silversea Cruises

For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 221

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Journey Highlights

Explore Mexico’s magical Baja California peninsula, combined with a taste of California’s Hispanic-influenced city of San Diego, with this sun-baked journey through the Gulf of California. Featuring a cruise with Silversea, get to see what could be termed ‘Mexico’s Galapagos’ as you explore the Sea of Cortez while soaking up the luxury with stays at high-end hotels at the beginning and end of your journey.

Starting in Mexico City, spend two nights at Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Relax in this sumptuous boutique hotel, boasting a tucked-away spa offering an indulgent treatment menu and two fine dining restaurants. Spend a day discovering the range of shops, galleries and fascinating heritage before it’s time to take a short flight to Mazatlan, where you will join your Silversea cruise.

On board Silver Explorer, the most recent addition to the Silversea family, prepare for a real adventure. Specifically designed to reach the more remote destinations in the world, Silver Explorer caters to those who want to get the most out of every destination, offering in-depth excursions, from wildlife encounters and snorkelling trips, to inland expeditions to discover the history and culture of the people who live here.

Weaving along the Sea of Cortez, you will come across some of the most magnificent marine life, having been named "the world’s aquarium" by Jacques Cousteau. Not only is the sea abundant with an array of colourful fish, but whales and dolphins can also be spotted, while colonies of sea lions and hordes of birds reside along the rocks.

Finally, you will disembark Silver Explorer in San Diego and stay at Hotel del Coronado, located just minutes away from Downtown. Here, you can relax after your cruise adventure on the golden Pacific coast sands and embrace the SoCal lifestyle with the huge craft beer scene, fabulous Mexican-influenced food and wines from nearby vineyards.

Luxury City Breaks Luxury Beach Holidays Wildlife Encounters
Perfect for:

Adventurous couples

Guide Price:

Prices from £10,275 per person. This price includes flights and transfers.

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Your journey at a glance

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    2 nights Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City
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    11 nights Embark your Silversea Cruise
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    2 nights San Diego, United States of America
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For Baja California, visit between the months of February and May for the lowest amount of rainfall, when temperatures will be a manageable 26-31°C. This period also offers a good chance of spotting whales. The hurricane season is considered to run from June to November. San Diego offers year-round good weather, though is at its warmest from June to September. The sea water can be little cooler during the rest of the year, though March - April and September - November are much less crowded; the months of April and September receive relatively low rainfall and pleasant temperatures of around 20°C.

To make the most of both destinations in this journey, the months of March, April and May suit well, avoiding the hurricane season of Mexico while making the most of San Diego's quieter season.

Fly from London to Mexico City

Transfer from Mexico City Airport to Las Alcobas

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Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City

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Spend two nights in Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and relax in this sumptuous boutique hotel, boasting a tucked-away spa offering an indulgent treatment menu and two fine-dining restaurants. Spend a day discovering the range of shops and galleries before starting off your adventure with a private tour of Teotihuacán, one of the most important Mesoamerican sites in the Americas. Here, you will discover an awe-inspiring network of ancient pyramids and archaeological sites. Next, it’s time to take a short flight to Mazatlan, where you will join your Silversea Cruise.

Transfer to Mexico City International Airport

Fly from Mexico City to Mazatlán International Airport

Transfer from Mazatlan Airport to Mazatlan Dock

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Embark your Silversea Cruise

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Explore the Gulf of California with a Silversea cruise along Baja California, where you will find canyons, rugged coastline, jungle and UNESCO-protected biospheres. With a highly qualified expedition team on board, you are sure to make the most of your journey and discover the beauty of this scenically rich part of Mexico. Excursions include explorations by Zodiac and complimentary expedition gear, while guests can also benefit from the largest expedition suites at sea, complete with butler service, inclusive room service and wi-fi (one hour complimentary wi-fi for all guests and unlimited for guests staying in certain suite categories).

Day 1 – Mazatlan, Mexico
Embark Silver Explorer and get to know your home for the next eleven days.

Day 2 - Los Isolotes and Espiritu Santo, Mexico
After breakfast, join a lecture to learn more about the wonderful Sea of Cortez before arriving at your first destination. An important biological reserve, take to the ship’s Zodiac to get up-close to the animals residing along the unique rock formations and enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel among the sea lions.

Day 3 – Isla San Pedro, Mexico
Having headed further north into the Gulf of California, spend the afternoon cruising in a Zodiac around the island, spotting the birds that reside there year-round, including Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, pelicans and cormorants and Frigatebirds. For the protection of their nesting sites, landing is prohibited, though Bottlenose Dolphins and Sperm Whales can also be spotted, along with the third-largest colony of sea lions in the gulf.

Day 4 – Isla Partida and Isla San Esteban, Mexico
Explore two further islands and go ashore to search for desert birds and lizards, and examine the remains left by the early Seri native people to learn more about the area’s human history.

Day 5 – Isla Santa Catalina, Mexico
This afternoon, go ashore at Isla Santa Catalina, and see the array of Manta Rays, dolphins and whales that often frolic in the surrounding waters. Once you have landed, hike into the Cardon cactus forest and look for birds and reptiles that make their home there.

Day 6 – Isla San Jose and Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Anchor off the coast of the 170 square-kilometre Isla San Jose and explore the mangroves, take a Zodiac into the lagoon and settle on the beach for excellent snorkelling opportunities. If you fancy a walk, take a hike to appreciate the diverse plants and flowers.

Days 7-8 – Topolobampo, Mexico
Drive to El Fuerte where you will have two options of how to spend your next day:

Option 1 – Copper Canyon
From El Fuerte, board the privately chartered train on the Chihuahua Pacifico Railway. Enjoy leisurely breakfast as you traverse the Sierra Madre Mountains before reaching the Copper Canyon – four times larger than the Grand Canyon and only accessible by rail, this magnificent natural wonder will blow you away. Taking approximately six hours, your journey will take you over 1,475 feet above ground and through tunnels below. That night, stay at the Mirador Hotel, boasting stunning views of the canyon, where you will have the chance to see a dance by the reclusive Tarahumara tribe.

Option 2 – El Fuerte, Mexico
Should you prefer to not venture so far and enjoy a night on the ship, spend the day in El Fuerte, home of the fictional outlaw, El Zorro. Learn about the culture of the Mayo Indians, and see a colourful folk dance, before enjoying lunch at the Posada del Hidalgo Hotel, believed to have been the original home of Don Diego de la Vega, Zorro’s true identity. After lunch, take a walking tour of the old colonial town. The next day, head north of Topolobampo to the area’s farming region, where you will find sugarcane, rice and flower fields along with the Los Mochis’ Regional Museum. Tour the mango plantation at La Carambola Hacienda and sample some sweet treats before trying your hand at cooking traditional Mexican dishes.

Day 9 – Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
At the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, enjoy a scenic catamaran cruise featuring complimentary snacks and open bar, during which you can snorkel over the reef with colourful marine life. Alternatively, take a visit to a sea-side ranch for a leisurely ride along the beach or be driven north to San Jose del Cabo, through the desert, palm trees and sand coves, to visit a local mission church and old town. Kayaking can also be arranged up to Lover's Beach, or for those who wish to explore the area further, a motorised catamaran can offer a coastal cruise along the Sea of Cortez, where you can admire the pristine beaches, secluded coves and famous Land’s End arch.

Day 10-11 – At sea
Silver Explorer will depart Cabo San Lucas and cruise the west coast of Baja California, allowing time to spot sea birds, attend a lecture on the area, enjoy a cooking demonstration or wine tasting and simply savour the time relaxing on the sun decks.

The on-board videographer will also present the voyage DVD and all guests will be invited to the Farewell Cocktail Party and dinner.

Day 12 – San Diego, USA
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer in San Diego, California.

Transfer from San Diego Port to Hotel del Coronado

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San Diego, United States of America

Staying at

Hotel Del Coronado

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San Diego is southern California’s most essential stop. Known for both its sunny disposition and weather, this energetic city by the sea offers plenty of fun for all ages. For families and the young-at-heart, there is San Diego Zoo and LEGOLAND California, plus the picturesque Balboa Park, where there are over seventeen museums to enjoy alongside leisurely garden strolls. Night owls will love the lively Gaslamp Quarter, where you can find a cocktail of lounges, bars, clubs and restaurants to spend the evening, though make sure you don’t overlook the Victorian-era buildings come daylight. Of course, there are plenty of beaches too – more than sixty in the area! Pick one, and make the most of the fantastic Pacific location with stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and a spot of surfing before taking a hike along one of the scenic walking trails. With each district taking on a different personality, be sure to spend some time getting to know this fantastic Californian wonderland.

Staying at

Hotel Del Coronado

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Live the carefree SoCal coastal lifestyle at Hotel Del Coronado. Located on the glittering beachfront, just minutes away from the sunny city of San Diego, this legendary resort is something of a seaside playground, offering an array of experiences and events to make your stay memorable. There’s fitness classes, yoga, beach spin, bike rentals, boat rentals and, from Thanksgiving through winter, even Skating by the Sea, offering the unique experience of dancing on ice while the sand lays out before you!

Hotel Del Coronado also boasts its own upscale restaurants serving fresh coastal cuisine plus a fantastic spa and salon for you to achieve that authentic California glow! Perfect for both couple’s or friends’ getaway, or for families, children can have fun at the DelVentures activity centre while adults enjoy all this wonderful beach paradise has to offer.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Legendary SoCal beachfront getaway
  • Feature:An array of activities to enjoy down on the sand
  • Rooms:757 rooms and suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:San Diego International
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