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    VIP Wine Tasting with Gourmet Lunch

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    OVERVIEW
    Enjoy an inspired wine tasting and gourmet lunch at a winery restaurant in the Guadalupe Valley, a fertile area known as the Napa of Mexico, in part because the vast majority of Mexico’s wines are produced there. During the drive inland, you will notice the terrain becoming hillier with an abundance of sprawling farms and idyllic valleys such as Guadalupe. Its microclimate is similar to that in the Mediterranean as the summers are relatively cool with constant ocean breezes. Red wine grapes in particular flourish there, and over the past three decades or so, more than 150 wineries have become established along the valley’s wine route. Your introduction to one of the premier wineries will begin with an enlightening, behind-the-scenes tour. Afterwards, you will sample a wide selection of characteristic wines that beautifully represent the Guadalupe Valley. They will be paired with cheeses, chocolates and marmalades, which will perfectly complement the fabulous 3-course lunch that follows.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Enjoy a spectacular scenic drive through the Guadalupe Valley, the Napa of Mexico.
    • Gain an understanding of the valley’s terroir by touring a premier winery.
    • Sample several representative Guadalupe Valley wines and enjoy a gourmet 3-course lunch.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcohol.
    • Adult from: $212.86 NZD
    • Child from: $212.86 NZD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Age
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    La Bufadora Adventure & City Highlights

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    Learn about the history of the area from your guide while you’ll pass by the city’s highlights. You’ll stop at the Plaza Civica to view the sculptures of Mexico’s greatest heroes and the elegant Riviera del Pacifico, a once dazzling beach resort and casino. The highlight of your tour will be the 25-mile drive to the south for approximately one hour, along the Baja California countryside to scenic Punta Banda.


    This area is known for an impressive blowhole called La Bufadora, a natural sea spout that shoots water from 60 to 100 feet into the air, depending on the tide. You’ll have free time to experience the flavors of Mexico at the open air market, with a wide selection of national art. You’ll also visit Ensenada’s main shopping district, offering everything from Mexican handicrafts to imported items. You may return to the ship with your guide or remain and return on your own.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking is at your discretion. You’ll find from 10 to 15 steps to negotiate during this tour, some at the Riviera del Pacifico, some at La Bufadora viewpoint.
    • Adult from: $64.29 NZD
    • Child from: $48.57 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Guadalupe Valley ATV Adventure

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    OVERVIEW
    Take the wheel of an ATV and tear off into the hinterlands of the Guadalupe Valley, one of the most hauntingly beautiful areas in Baja California. As you race through the rugged terrain in a caravan of vehicles, you will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and indigenous pine forests. Incredibly, almost all of Mexico’s wines are produced in this valley, a land with a microclimate that is similar to but drier than that of the Bordeaux region in France. More than 150 wineries are now located in the valley and in a way they are simply following a tradition, as Jesuit priests first cultivated vines here in the 18th century. Once you return to the ATV base camp, you will enjoy a tasting of wines from the Guadalupe Valley, which has become known as the Napa of Mexico. Regional cheeses and fresh-baked artisan bread will also be served.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Watch a performance of traditional songs and dances in Ensenada’s cultural center.. • Spend free time exploring the venue, a former hotel and casino from the 1930s. • Enjoy a margarita, shop for handicrafts and discover the property’s notorious history.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing. • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: There will be uneven terrain. Safety equipment is provided and mandatory (helmets, googles, reflective vest). Guests should be able to walk on their own with no history of neck or back injuries. Not recommended for pregnant women.
    • Adult from: $155.71 NZD
    • Child from: $155.71 NZD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Horseback Riding

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 3 hrs

    You’ll be taking an approximately 30-minute drive to the ranch. Upon arrival, you’ll be given a safety briefing and helmet and assigned to your horse. During your one and a half hour horseback ride, you’ll enjoy magnificent view of Salsipuedes Bay, Todos Santos Island and the Gold Coast. Your leisurely trail ride will take you through the beautiful hills of San Miguel. You’ll be treated to a snack before taking the trail back to San Miguel.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age, weigh no more than 225 lbs. and be at least 4 feet, 7 inches tall. The horseback ride is on uneven ground and is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with disabilities, a heart condition or back problems. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.
    • Adult from: $127.14 NZD
    • Child from: $97.14 NZD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Age
    • Weight
    • Height
    • Snack
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    Ensenada Highlights & Mexican Fiesta

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    OVERVIEW
    Watch a fascinating performance of traditional Mexican songs and dances in a once flamboyant hotel that now serves as Ensenada’s premier cultural center. While driving through town, you will see many of its highlights, but none is quite so historical and prestigious as the former Hotel Riviera del Pacifico. This rambling Spanish-style resort was built in 1930 and originally held a casino that Al Capone supposedly frequented. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by a mariachi band dressed in colorful costumes that will serenade you with songs that reflect the region’s roots. As an accompaniment, you will be served a margarita, an iconic Mexican beverage that is said to have been invented at the hotel. In time, you will settle in for an authentic folkloric performance that is sure to be memorable. Free time follows, during which you may take pictures with the band, shop for handicrafts and see the ballroom where Bing Crosby and Xavier Cugat once performed.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Watch a performance of traditional songs and dances in Ensenada’s cultural center.
    • pend free time exploring the venue, a former hotel and casino from the 1930s.
    • Enjoy a margarita, shop for handicrafts and discover the property’s notorious history.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Guests should be able to walk on their own.
    • Adult from: $141.43 NZD
    • Child from: $127.14 NZD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Butchart Gardens & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 hrs

    This tour provides you an in-depth look into some of the best sights that Victoria has to offer, plus visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Your tour sets out through James Bay through the city's beautiful Beacon Hill Park, home of the world's tallest freestanding totem pole, then a fully narrated tour to the world famous Butchart Gardens. A National Historic Site and spread over 55 acres, there are walking trails that connect lavish floral gardens, cascading fountains, ponds and rock gardens. Here, amidst an enchanting floral aroma, you can enjoy a 2- hour self-guided tour through many themed gardens, including The Rose Garden, The Japanese Garden, The Italian Garden and Butchart’s famous Sunken Garden.


    After taking in this impressive attraction, continue to Victoria’s Inner Harbor to view the iconic Empress Hotel and BC Legislative Buildings, passing through the “Gates of Harmonious Interest” to see historic Chinatown, the second oldest in North America. You’ll travel past Old Town making your way back to the cruise terminal, or use the optional drop downtown to make your own way back to the ship, if time in port permits.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour may operate in reverse order. There are paths and benches throughout the Gardens. Walking time and distance is at guest’s discretion, approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and up to 150 steps. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked accessible. Wear walking shoes and bring a light jacket on cooler days.
    • Adult from: $198.57 NZD
    • Child from: $121.43 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Blowhole & Winery Tour

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    Sit back and enjoy the city highlights as you listen to your guide’s narration of the area’s history. You’ll stop at the Plaza Civica to view the sculptures of Mexico’s greatest heroes. Another stop will be made at Baja Califonia’s oldest winery founded in 1888 – Bodegas Santo Tomas – for a complimentary wine tasting.


    The highlight of your tour will be the 25-mile drive to the south for approximately one hour, along the Baja California countryside to scenic Punta Banda. This area is famous for the spectacular blowhole called La Bufadora, a natural sea spout that shoots water from 60 to 100 feet into the air, depending on the tide. You’ll have free time to experience the flavors of Mexico at the open air market, with a wide selection of national art. You’ll also visit Ensenada’s main shopping district, offering everything from Mexican handicrafts to imported items. You may return to the ship with your guide or remain and return on your own.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 18 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages and to be permitted in the wine tasting room. Walking is at your discretion. There are 10 to 15 steps to negotiate throughout the tour.
    • Adult from: $64.29 NZD
    • Child from: $50.00 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Butchart & Butterfly Gardens

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 hrs

    A visit to Victoria would not be complete without a trip to Butchart Gardens and you’ve not seen anything like the Victoria Butterfly Garden’s lush tropical world. Enjoy the city sights as you make your way out to the rural home of both these beautiful gardens. The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site with a 55- acre wonderland of flowers, rare trees, winding paths and cascading fountains. Explore the many themed gardens; the Italian Garden, Sunken Garden, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden.


    The other main attraction on this tour is Victoria Butterfly Gardens. This beautiful warm tropical garden has thousands of exotic, free flying butterflies, as well as an impressive insectarium, flamingos, dozens of other tropical birds and reptiles, and Koi swimming in the stream and pond. A 12,000 sq. ft. enclosure, the Gardens features 200 species of orchids and thousands of tropical plants including Foods of the World and Carnivorous Plant displays. Reboard your coach to see the highlights of Victoria, including North America's second oldest Chinatown, historic Old Town, and the Inner Harbor, home to the iconic BC Legislative Buildings and the Empress Hotel.


    • Adult from: $170.00 NZD
    • Child from: $98.57 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Ocean Wildlife & Orca Exploration

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Victoria is the gateway to Puget Sound, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands and is home to three resident orca pods, transient orcas, humpback whales, Minke and gray whales, as well as a variety of other marine life. You'll have an opportunity to view porpoises, Pacific dolphins, sea otters, Steller and California sea lions and more. This tour is designed to showcase to you as much wildlife as possible, as they explore their natural feeding grounds along the shores of British Columbia's rugged coastline.

    Your journey begins at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal, where you'll be escorted to the whale watching vessel departure point. Our large covered vessels offer onboard washrooms, complimentary hot drinks, marine naturalists, snacks for purchase, and hydrophones to hear the call of the whales if they are vocalizing during the tour. As you travel to the viewing location, be sure to enjoy the majesty of the coastlines and mountains surrounding you!

    Need to Know:

    Note: All efforts will be made to view the whales, but sightings cannot be guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $227.14 NZD
    • Child from: $155.71 NZD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
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    Wine Country

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    Located just a few miles northeast of Ensenada, about 850 feet above sea level lies Calafia Valley, home to the Casa Dona Lupe and L.A. Cetto wineries. This remote region of the Baja Peninsula is recognized as the best suited area in Mexico for growing grapes and for the production of high quality wines. These wineries are pioneers in the development of wine in Mexico, using old world methods. They’ve been around for centuries and are highly respected for the sherry and brandy they produce.


    Enjoy the scenic drive to the valley, while you listen to the narration of your tour guide about the history of Ensenada and the Baja area, as well as the local customs and traditions. Upon arrival to each winery, you’ll have a 20 minute overview of the production process, including the pressing, aging and bottling. At the conclusion,you’ll have an opportunity to taste selected wines, served with assorted cheese and biscuits. You’ll also be able to purchase wines.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 18 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages and to be permitted in the wine tasting room.
    • Adult from: $64.29 NZD
    • Child from: $50.00 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Snack
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    Ensenada Taco Trail, Flavors of Mexico

    Ensenada, Mexico

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    OVERVIEW
    Savor an array of classic Mexican dishes including tacos in some of Ensenada’s most popular venues, beginning with El Fenix. Supposedly the birthplace of Baja California’s famed fish taco, El Fenix is a street stand with a cult-like status. The fried fish there is typically topped with pungent sauces and garden-fresh vegetables. La Guerrerense is another spectacular food stand best known for its seafood tostadas, which run the gamut from flaky fish concoctions to exotic tostadas topped with sea urchin ceviche. Tacos also take center stage in the restaurant Manzanilla, where you will snack for a third time. The seafood there is sourced locally as are the flavorful herbs and spices. Famed husband-and-wife chefs Benito Molina and Solange Muris own Manzanilla and are passionate about the quality of their ingredients. You will see where much of the seafood in Ensenada is sold at a nearby market, where you will enjoy one last taco, most likely with shrimp and cheese.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Dine on seafood-based Mexican dishes at several of Ensenada’s most famous venues.
    • Enjoy tacos at a popular street stand and at a restaurant that has become an institution.
    • Try tostados with freshly caught fish at another street stand.
    • Browse a market where much of the seafood is sourced and enjoy yet another taco.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    • Adult from: $212.86 NZD
    • Child from: $212.86 NZD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    Craigdarroch Castle & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Departing Ogden Point, your driver/guide will point out Beacon Hill Park and other sights en route to Craigdarroch Castle an outstanding landmark in a city steeped in heritage. The castle was built between 1887 and 1890 by Robert Dunsmuir and boasts a unique collection of residential stained and leaded glass, period furnishing, excellent wood paneling and carving. Enjoy your self-guided visit in this stately mansion with docents available to answer any questions you may have.


    After your visit, rejoin your driver/guide passing Thunderbird Park and returning via Chinatown, welcomed by the Gates of Harmonious Interest. Continue to the inner harbor framed by some of Canada's most recognizable landmarks, the majestic Parliament Buildings aglow in 3,333 light bulbs and the ivy-covered Empress Hotel. At the inner harbor and shopping district, you'll be given some free time to take in the local sights and sounds prior to your return journey to the pier and your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests must have good mobility and be able to negotiate a gradual uphill walk to the castle and 87 steps to view all four floors of the castle. Referred to as a 'castle', the building is more a stately mansion with castellated features. Your visit of this unique stately home is self-guided with docents available to answer any questions you may have. Order of sights may vary. Use of selfie sticks are prohibited inside the castle. Wheelchairs, scooters and stiletto heels are not permitted inside the castle.
    • Adult from: $135.71 NZD
    • Child from: $78.57 NZD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 09:43pm