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Elegant Palm Springs

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Trip Length: 12 Days/ 11 Nights

Prices from: $1,995 pp/do*

Single Price: $3,895 pp

2016 Dates: Nov 1st-12th

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Notes: Port fees $189 per person.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Join us on this unique trip.  Start by spending four days in the ultimate desert playground, Palm Springs, California, at the Palm Mountain Resort.  From there, take a short, scenic ride to San Diego where your boat awaits.  On-board, there are special parties and events for guests and in a way, our ports in Mexico are almost incidental to the fun and relaxation of being on this beautiful ship. Many guests do not even disembark in port! For those that do disembark, a range of shore tours are available for purchase and one of our favorites is Mismayola Beach in Puerto Vallarta, where the film ‘Night of the Iguana’ was made. Of course, ruggedly beautiful Cabo San Lucas, at the very tip of Baja California never fails to impress.  Enjoy this elegant, warm weather escape!

Trip highlights:

Free round-trip train travel from any California point and reduced rate train or air travel with special fares from any US city outside of California.

Fully hosted from start to finish by professional tour manager.

Four nights in magical Palm Springs with fine hotel accommodations, complete sightseeing, wonderful dining and plenty of free time to enjoy this desert oasis. We have included something fun and a special dining experience each day while leaving plenty of time for swimming, tennis, golf, riding, hiking or whatever most intrigues you, all combined with the luxury of a four-night stay in the heart of Palm Springs ‘village’ within easy walking distance of everything.

Transfers including to the ship on sailing day.

Seven night round-trip voyage from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera aboard the intimate ms Veendam of Holland America Line with port calls in beautiful Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Baja California, historic Mazatlan and wonderful Puerto Vallarta.

Special amenities aboard ms Veendam including cocktail parties for our group and dinner one evening in the chic Pinnacle Grill.


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Day One – Palm Springs

With 350 days of sunshine a year, Southern Pacific Railroad knew what they were doing promoting tourism to this desert oasis starting in the 1920’s. Since hotels should always be well-located, ours is in the heart of downtown, just a few minutes walk from hundreds of stores, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightclubs. And tonight is our casual welcome dinner at a long-time desert favorite, Las Casuelas Terraza, a nice way to meet your fellow travelers. D

Day Two – Palm Springs

This morning features a city tour showing not only the astonishing range of mid-Century architecture in this city but homes of some of the famous residents that have lived here. We enjoy lunch in a stylish downtown bistro while leaving all afternoon and evening at leisure for you to enjoy as you wish: biking, golfing, swimming, tennis or shopping. BL

Day Three – Palm Springs

This morning is a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum with award-winning areas devoted to modernist architecture and design, western art, photography and glassware including Dale Chihuly. We have left the afternoon free for soaking up the sun by the pool but later today is a special treat, the aerial tram ride up 8500 foot high Mt San Jacinto, a two and a half mile trip to the summit. After time exploring, and this tram ride is the equivalent to driving from Baja California to theYukon in terms of geographical changes, we enjoy dinner at Peaks Restaurant with a memorable view. BD

Day Four – Palm Springs

This morning we visit the extraordinary Living Desert Reserve, a remarkable 1200 acre botanical garden and zoo showing the full spectrum of life in the Colorado Desert. We have left the afternoon free and tonight is a special treat, dinner at Lyons English Grill. Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and Cary Grant all enjoyed Lyon’s and you will too, with its rich interior, expert waiters and delicious menu. The Prime Rib is especially recommended. The perfect end to our stay in Palm Springs.BD

Day Five – Set Sail

All morning to sleep in since we do not leave the hotel until 10am for the short scenic drive south to San Diego and ms Veendam. At 4pm, we set sail, departing San Diego’s beautiful harbor, bound for the Mexican Riviera. Tonight is your first taste of Holland America’s justly acclaimed cuisine and service. A favorite spot of ours for before dinner drinks is the Crows Nest Bar, looking forward over the bow. BLD

Day Six – At Sea

All day at sea to enjoy ocean travel at its best with time for lunch on deck, a movie, a visit to the spa or simply relaxing in a deck chair with a good book. Tonight is our welcome aboard cocktail party followed by dinner in a choice of restaurants. BLD

Day Seven – Cabo San Lucas

Ruggedly beautiful Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of Baja California welcomes us this morning and there are a choice of excellent shore tours ashore to choose from. Another relaxing evening to enjoy the many delights of the Veendam with a favorite of ours being the opulent Explorers Lounge for after dinner drinks and dessert where a string quartet performs. BLD

Day Eight – Mazatlan

Historic Mazatlan with its colorful Zocalo in the ancient center of town is our port of call today and here too, a nice variety of optional tours are available including two favorite, a bird watching tour through mangroves by boat and another to a sanctuary for the rare gulf turtles.

Day Nine – Puerto Vallarta

Quaint Puerto Vallarta, best known for the film ‘Night of the Iguana’ is a treat today, with our favorite being an excursion to Las Caletas, the former home of John Huston, the film director. There is also a wonderful Dolphin encounter program that our guests rave about. BLD

Day Ten – At Sea

After three ports in a row it is a nice to have a day at sea to relax and do nothing more than swim, relax and enjoy all that ship travel has to offer. Tonight is a splendid time to enjoy dinner in the stylish Pinnacle Grill followed by a show or visit to the Casino. BLD

Day Eleven – At Sea

A final day at sea to sleep in, perhaps with breakfast in bed, to enjoy a lazy lunch by the pool or to finish off that book or to say goodbye to newfound friends. We travel up the coast of Baja today, within sight of land normally and whale sightings are not uncommon. BLD

Day Twelve – Welcome Home

After breakfast, we disembark in San Diego and guests may extend their stay in this lovely city or travel home by train or air.

Photo Credit: Uncommon Journeys