Perfect Pairings: San Diego & Palm Springs

United States of America
5 nights private tour from $11,700
perfect pairing badge
Perfect Pairings San Diego and Palm Springs
At a glance
  • Peddle and paddle your way through San Diego's La Jolla neighborhood and its wildlife rich coast

  • Lose yourself in the heart of the Temecula Valley’s historic old town with a divine olive oil tasting

  • Bespoke off-the-beaten-path hiking tour through the iconic Joshua Tree National Park

  • Gourmet picnic lunches and private hiking tours take this sensational itinerary to the next level

Journey highlights
  • Peddle and paddle your way through San Diego's La Jolla neighborhood and its wildlife rich coast

  • Lose yourself in the heart of the Temecula Valley’s historic old town with a divine olive oil tasting

  • Bespoke off-the-beaten-path hiking tour through the iconic Joshua Tree National Park

  • Gourmet picnic lunches and private hiking tours take this sensational itinerary to the next level

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

San Diego has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is at its hottest and the city can be over crowded. If you are visiting in May or June watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.

Palm Springs weather is best in the winter. Summers can be extraordinarily hot, temperatures may easily climb above 100ºF/38ºC from mid-April through mid-October. As a green oasis, its easy to forget that Rancho Mirage is a desert resort. High season for the resort is during our winter months from November to March when weather is cooler. During the summer months it is hot in the desert but staying here then becomes incredibly good value and there are plenty of pools to cool down in after a day exploring.

Your Itinerary

Let your hair blow free as you explore the West Coast indulging in a euphoric mix of perfect pairings curated just for you. Submerge in the breath-taking panorama of the Palm Springs desert landscape, the rich coastal wildlife of San Diego and the vast Coachella Valley, with a sprinkling of unique surprise delights along the way. All whilst losing yourself in two sublime boutique retreats with wellness and rejuvenation oozing from their core. Your bespoke epic adventure is raring to go.

Kayak

Your Itinerary

Lean into this bespoke wellness break from the off as you arrive at Rancho Valencia, a Relais & Chateaux property, oozing hacienda chic among lush sprawling grounds with citrus and olive groves. A warm and relaxing ambience along with a pro-studded tennis program, yoga, Pilates, TRX, and spin classes that end with fresh-pressed juice and protein smoothies, this is wellness and rejuvenation at its best. 

After your first delicious breakfast here your exciting adventure awaits. Get set to peddle and paddle your way through La Jolla, one of San Diego's friendliest neighborhoods and wildlife-rich coast on a bike and kayak tour. Be blown away by the controversial history of Mt. Soledad Cross and its historic sites, soaking up the views of the city backdrop whilst you cycle your way down and alongside San Diego's beachfront communities, admiring the beautiful oceanfront homes perched on the cliffs as you go. Next hit the water and paddle alongside the amazing marine life here including dolphins! Head back to the ranch for another exquisite night of sublime food and wellness treats. 

En route to Palm Springs the following day, you'll get to journey deep into the heart of the Temecula Valley’s historic old town. You will be spoiled with a special tasting at the renowned Temecula Olive Oil Company, tasting a range of their delicious oils. Once you have had your fill, hit the road with a bottle of your favorite oil or vinegar variety in hand. Head to a tucked-away scenic locale, where a packed picnic basket accompanied by an elegant spread will be waiting for you to enjoy. Bliss! Relax and admire the sprawling desert as you continue your journey to the luxury of the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

Joshua Tree National Park

Your Itinerary

Sink into tranquillity as you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, a sensational desert retreat nestled in the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains. Soak up the fabulous views of the Coachella Valley from its stunning elevated position, sip a local beer by the firepit and watch the twinkling lights in the valley. After your journey here lose yourself in a beautiful slice of paradise as you experience a Hatha style yoga or Pilates session, to stretch out those tired muscles. There is an impressive spa with fifteen treatment rooms, swimming pools and hiking trails straight from the grounds. Enjoy a sublime evening of exquisite food and sensational views. 

The following day head into nearby Joshua Tree National Park to meet your naturalist guide for an off-the-beaten-path hiking tour of this stunning natural area. Be wowed by the otherworldly rock gardens, sandy washes and admire the namesake Joshua trees. Afterwards either roam free, relax at your hotel, or pre-book another activity. We recommend a visit to the unique 'Integraton', an otherworldly structure constructed by an eccentric UFO-ologist. Head inside for an unforgettable private sound bath experience, ready to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Returning to the hotel for the evening with its gorgeous bars and restaurants.

As the day’s heat begins to set in embark on an epic private hiking tour in Mount San Jacinto State Park. You will ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of the mountain for a striking hike through this magnificent terrain, with mesmerising 360-degree views of the cliffs, gorges, and valley floors of Chino Canyon. After another beautiful day in the abundance of this landscape return to your desert retreat for one more delicious meal relishing in the memories this bespoke itinerary has brought you.

Itinerary

Day 1-3

California

Lean into this bespoke wellness break from the off as you arrive at Rancho Valencia, a Relais & Chateaux property, oozing hacienda chic among lush sprawling grounds with citrus and olive groves. A warm and relaxing ambience along with a pro-studded tennis program, yoga, Pilates, TRX, and spin classes that end with fresh-pressed juice and protein smoothies, this is wellness and rejuvenation at its best. 

After your first delicious breakfast here your exciting adventure awaits. Get set to peddle and paddle your way through La Jolla, one of San Diego's friendliest neighborhoods and wildlife-rich coast on a bike and kayak tour. Be blown away by the controversial history of Mt. Soledad Cross and its historic sites, soaking up the views of the city backdrop whilst you cycle your way down and alongside San Diego's beachfront communities, admiring the beautiful oceanfront homes perched on the cliffs as you go. Next hit the water and paddle alongside the amazing marine life here including dolphins! Head back to the ranch for another exquisite night of sublime food and wellness treats. 

En route to Palm Springs the following day, you'll get to journey deep into the heart of the Temecula Valley’s historic old town. You will be spoiled with a special tasting at the renowned Temecula Olive Oil Company, tasting a range of their delicious oils. Once you have had your fill, hit the road with a bottle of your favorite oil or vinegar variety in hand. Head to a tucked-away scenic locale, where a packed picnic basket accompanied by an elegant spread will be waiting for you to enjoy. Bliss! Relax and admire the sprawling desert as you continue your journey to the luxury of the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

Accommodation: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

California

Sink into tranquillity as you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, a sensational desert retreat nestled in the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains. Soak up the fabulous views of the Coachella Valley from its stunning elevated position, sip a local beer by the firepit and watch the twinkling lights in the valley. After your journey here lose yourself in a beautiful slice of paradise as you experience a Hatha style yoga or Pilates session, to stretch out those tired muscles. There is an impressive spa with fifteen treatment rooms, swimming pools and hiking trails straight from the grounds. Enjoy a sublime evening of exquisite food and sensational views. 

The following day head into nearby Joshua Tree National Park to meet your naturalist guide for an off-the-beaten-path hiking tour of this stunning natural area. Be wowed by the otherworldly rock gardens, sandy washes and admire the namesake Joshua trees. Afterwards either roam free, relax at your hotel, or pre-book another activity. We recommend a visit to the unique 'Integraton', an otherworldly structure constructed by an eccentric UFO-ologist. Head inside for an unforgettable private sound bath experience, ready to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Returning to the hotel for the evening with its gorgeous bars and restaurants.

As the day’s heat begins to set in embark on an epic private hiking tour in Mount San Jacinto State Park. You will ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of the mountain for a striking hike through this magnificent terrain, with mesmerising 360-degree views of the cliffs, gorges, and valley floors of Chino Canyon. After another beautiful day in the abundance of this landscape return to your desert retreat for one more delicious meal relishing in the memories this bespoke itinerary has brought you.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage ( 3 nights )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Experiences included in this itinerary


Your Hotels


When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

San Diego has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is at its hottest and the city can be over crowded. If you are visiting in May or June watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.

Palm Springs weather is best in the winter. Summers can be extraordinarily hot, temperatures may easily climb above 100ºF/38ºC from mid-April through mid-October. As a green oasis, its easy to forget that Rancho Mirage is a desert resort. High season for the resort is during our winter months from November to March when weather is cooler. During the summer months it is hot in the desert but staying here then becomes incredibly good value and there are plenty of pools to cool down in after a day exploring.

Perfect Pairings: San Diego & Palm Springs
Perfect Pairings: San Diego & Palm Springs

Let's get this Perfect Pairing booked for you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your trip.

Book This Perfect Pairing

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

Plan your trip

Please tell us a few details about your vacation plans and provide your phone number so we can call you back..
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

When would you like to go?

Select your budget per person Enter your departure date
Select your budget per person Year

Where would you like to go?

Please select your interest Select your interest

How many nights?

How many nights? Drag the slider to select nights
0 21 nights +

Guests

Number of adults (aged 12+). Minimum 1 adult  
Adults (age 15+)
Children (age 0-15)
Rooms

Select your budget per person

Select your budget per person  

Contact details

Your First name First name*
Your Last name Last name*
Your email address Email address*
Your phone number Phone number
+1
State is required State
Tell us about your trip
Let us know if you have fixed dates, who you’re traveling with or if it’s for a special ocassion
Please tick this box to continue  

Unable to submit your request

Unfortunately, we were unable to submit your request. Please try again later or contact us.