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California: San Diego Region Photography Tour

Includes Point Loma; cruises in San Diego Bay, and for whale watching; La Jolla; Balboa Park; San Diego Zoo Safari Park; and Coronado island et cetera


  February 22nd to February 27th, 2025

  5 nights/6 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 4 participants

  $2,583 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport: San Diego, California [SAN]
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Monday the 22nd of July, 2024

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Photography Tour Overview:
We specifically designed this short photography tour to complement our other 'winter escape' trips in the southern United States. The San Diego region has much to offer in the way of historic, military, and oceanic subjects, with the latter including many small state parks that are lined up along the west coast's southernmost corner. For those that pursue action shots, surfers, paragliders, and hang gliders are also scheduled. A whale watching trip is also included in our itinerary. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.



Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

Day 1  |  Point Loma and a Pacific sunset
Our San Diego photo tour will get under way at 12 noon when we will meet in the hotel lobby, and take the included lunch together. After a short break we'll venture out for the first time as a group, and spend the remainder of the day photographing on the Point Loma peninsula, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery included, and conclude the day with a Pacific ocean sunset. As the sun sets around 6 pm each day, we'll take dinner after concluding our photography.
Near Old Town San Diego, 5 nights

Days 2, 3, 4 + 5  |  Multiple locations in the greater San Diego region
We'll take in a variety of sunrise locations during the trip, with day 2 given over to the San Diego city skyline. During the ensuing days the photography will include, and starting with San Diego, the historic urban and cultural Balboa Park. We'll also take a cruise up and down San Diego Bay to photograph the variety of ships in the San Diego Naval Base, the islands of Harbor and Shelter, plus the stylish Coronado bridge.
Another day will be set aside for a three hour boat trip to photograph the migrating California Gray Whales, and a trip over to Coronado on Silver Strand for the historic Hotel del Coronado, beach photography and more.
When we visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have your longer lenses on hand - say 100-400mm - for the abundance of wildlife in their 'almost' natural habitat. On the return we'll meet the coast near La Jolla and continue shooting as we move southwards until the sun descends into the ocean. [splash!]
Our last full day will include more coastal vistas, surfers, paragliders, and hang gliders, concluding with one last Pacific ocean sunset. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.

Day 6  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure on this trip, your flight home can be arranged for any time today. Transport to the airport is included unless you’re staying on for a day or more.

Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours



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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'mildly strenuous'

A majority of images are found in close proximity to our vehicle

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous

Do you need a Visa for travel to the United States?
Travelers from all countries can do a quick check of visa requirements here or here
Our international clients may need to contact the embassy of their intended destination in their own country for a visa. Go here or here


Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $2,583 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Three hour whale watching boat trip

  • San Diego Bay cruise

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

  • Other possible rides, admissions or excursions are optional and not included


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