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Magnificent Culinary Journey in La Jolla

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$1,198 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Fabulous Foodie Fun
in Beautiful Southern California

Known as "America's Finest City," San Diego combines the art and culture of a major metropolis with a relaxed, small-town feel. With 70 miles of pristine beaches and ideal temperatures, it is a popular year-round destination. Not only is the area immersed in the cultural melting pot of Southern California and close in proximity to the Pacific and Mexico, San Diego County is bursting with the most family farms in the state with abundant farmers markets selling fresh, delicious produce. Take some time to explore picturesque La Jolla where you can also experience world-class restaurants, fantastic shopping, high-end galleries, coastal views and many other attractions. La Jolla is known as “The Jewel” of San Diego and has been a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Boasting Southern California’s most beautiful coastline and the finest weather. La Jolla serves as the backdrop for a fabulous culinary journey, where you'll experience an unparalleled culinary experience with your private hands-on cooking class…and dining on gourmet Californian cuisine while overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

Magnificent Culinary Journey in La Jolla

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
Guided La Jolla Foodie Tour
Hands-On Cooking Class with Dinner
4-Course Chef’s Tasting Dinner
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year-Round, Based on Your Schedule
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Surrounded by ten acres of native California flora, Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa displays ranch-style ambience reminiscent of southern California's Spanish heritage. Onsite, Adobe El Restaurante blends locally grown spices and produce to create distinctive rancho-style cuisine and the Bodega Wine Bar offers wine tastings hosted by the Chef de Libations. Thoughtfully designed and impeccably furnished, each guestroom offers an invitation to stimulate the senses.
Four Course Chef's Tasting Menu With its signature 4-course tasting menu, you choose each course from a series of dishes. Each course offering includes vegetarian selections so you can create a vegetarian tasting menu if you are so inclined. Menus are seasonal, but could include Fish Tacos or Corn Pudding, Local Octopus or Carrot-Ricotta Ravioli, Local Yellowtail Tuna or California Lamb…and don't forget to dessert! Very simply, George's at the Cove is for people who believe in enjoying the San Diego lifestyle to its fullest. And that includes a great meal. For a fine dining experience unlike any other, a special evening awaits at California Modern, featuring unique tasting menus from one of San Diego's most admired chefs, Trey Foshee.
Day 2
La Jolla Walking Foodie Tour The La Jolla tour begins in the center of La Jolla, perhaps one of San Diego's finest neighborhoods for eats and treats. Spot kayakers, surfers, or even hang gliders as you meander under the palm trees through this piece of paradise, all while enjoying scrumptious bites from the area's most acclaimed restaurants. Delight yourself (and tummy) with artisan pizza, delectable scones, authentic BBQ, ethnic cuisine, and more as you realize why the Spanish named this area "the Jewel." Your friendly guide will also share how Theodor Geisel (more famously known as Dr. Seuss) made La Jolla his home, why the native Indians first called La Jolla "the hole in the mountain," and that an acre in La Jolla once cost $1.25. Today, La Jolla remains one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the nation. Luckily, you can affordably eat your way through this town, one bite at a time.
Gourmet Cooking Class & Dining Experience
Day 3
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Should you desire an extended stay, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Estancia La Jolla Hotel
Surrounded by ten acres of native California flora, Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa displays ranch-style ambience reminiscent of southern California's Spanish heritage. Onsite, Adobe El Restaurante blends locally grown spices and produce to create distinctive rancho-style cuisine and the Bodega Wine Bar offers wine tastings hosted by the Chef de Libations. Thoughtfully designed and impeccably furnished, each guestroom offers an invitation to stimulate the senses. Accommodations include fine linens and complimentary high-speed internet access and many have a balcony or patio with a garden or courtyard view. Also onsite is an outdoor splash pool featuring a seasonal bar, health club and spa. Treatments and activities include the Sunrise Yoga Class, signature massages and scrubs and night swims.
La Jolla, California
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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