Contrary to media sensationalism, the vast majority of Mexican territory is totally safe for foreign visitors. Safety is a top priority on every one of our tours, and the Valle de Guadalupe itself is so peaceful that never at any time will you question your security. For a more detailed look at the topic of safety in the Valle de Guadalupe, feel free to check out this post on the Baja Winery Tours blog.
Yes, you do need to bring your passport on any of our tours into Mexico.
Historically, going into Mexico has not required a passport. However, recent law now states that a passport is required to enter into Mexico or to get back into the United States! It is required that you bring your passport on the trip in case immigration officers on either side of the border asks for it. As they say, “Better to bring it and not need it , than to need it and not have it!!!” If you decide to come on the trip without a passport and you are not allowed to go into Mexico, then you will have to stay behind and find a return trip back home on your own without any refund for the tour.
Our day trips range from $69 US to $229 depending on the destination. Our most popular all inclusive day trip, Valle de Guadalupe wine tasting tour, is $199 per person for a group tour and $229 for a private tour.
Our public tours depart at 9 am from a central meeting point in San Diego, typically from the Linda Vista Transit Station an all day parking lot where tour guests can park for free. Guests who book a private tour can be picked up at their location in San Diego, Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, or Valle de Guadalupe.
The drive from San Diego, CA to Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe is about one and a half hours each way along beautiful ocean-side Highway 1.
We leave from San Diego at 9 am sharp and typically arrive back to the border crossing around 6 or 7. Our all day inclusive tours can range from 8-12 hours depending on the border wait. Best thing to do is plan on having an all day adventure 🙂
Check out our blog post “A day in the life” for an example of one of our amazing excursions.
The border wait ranges greatly depending on season, political climate, day of the week, special events, and many other factors. Many tour providers will lie and tell you they have access to special “fast passes.” These fast passes are easily attainable and because of ease of access are often actually not faster than the Ready Lane. Currently the best lane to use is what’s known as the “Ready Lane” and everyone with a current and valid passport is able to use it. Border wait times can be as fast as 15 mins or as long as 2 hours.
Simply put, our tours are catered to adults and involve drinking alcohol. For this reason, we ask that only mature adults accompany us on our Valle de Guadalupe winery tours. However, the drinking age in Mexico is 18, not 21 like in the United States. In Mexican culture, it is considered normal and healthy for young adults to engage responsibly in the occasional alcoholic beverage. Therefore, if you or your children are 18 years of age or older and mature enough to responsibly enjoy a bit of fine wine, then you will be a welcome guest on our tours. We can also arrange private tours for families with children in which the adults can imbibe some fine wine while the children are entertained. Check out our blog post about what to do with kids in Valle de Guadalupe!
Unfortunately you are only allowed to bring back one liter of alcohol when returning to the United States. Simply put, we know that this situation seems unfair. If you’d like to complain, please do so to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
We have a 6 person minimum for our tours. Typically we use modern comfortable 15 passenger vans but we can take as many people as want to go. We have taken large 50 person charter buses. The only thing this changes is which wineries we can visit as a lot of the wineries aren’t able to accommodate such large groups.
Our group, or public tours are exactly that. They are open to the public and anyone who loves wine and wants to experience Baja and or Valle de Guadalupe is welcome to book. Our private tours are for people who have a group already. On a private tour its just you and your friends/family. Private trips are also customizeable. You can choose wineries you’ve heard of, throw in some beer tastings, go to Puerto Nuevo for lobster, pretty much whatever you want, within reason 😉
Included in EVERY TOUR, private or public is transportation with a driver/guide, toll road fees taken care of, all reservations made by us, all wine tastings are included, gourmet lunch at the best restaurants in Baja/Valle de Guadalupe, and a good time.
You will get 3-4 generous tastings at each winery we visit along the tour. You are of course welcome to purchase additional tastings or a glass of any particular varietals you like as well.
Our group (public) tours have a set itinerary and we do make a stop at El Mirador (The Viewpoint) for one of the best views in the whole coast. On a private tour you can choose whatever stops you want.
Yes we certainly do overnight/multiday tours. We are working on creating a page on our site just for overnight/multiday tours. But for now just shoot us an email and we’ll get you all setup for overnight tours.
We can do a private tour for 4 people if we don’t have any other tours on our calendar that day. The price for a private tour for 4 people is $269 dollars per person.
If you have a large group and we’re going to charter a 50 passenger bus we can lower the per person rate depending on the exact number of people. Please shoot us an email with your group size and we’ll get it figured out.
Yes we certainly do! If you’d like to purchase one there’s a link on our homepage or just click here.
We typically use 15 passenger vans. If its a smaller group we will use a minivan. If its 30 or more people we will charter a 50 person bus.