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Tour: Missions and Presidios of Southern California – SOLD OUT

July 25, 2022 @ 8:00 am - July 31, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Missions and Presidios of Southern California Tour
July 25-31, 2022 – SOLD OUT – Email AlexL@TucsonPresidio.com to be added to the waitlist.

The story of Tucson’s founding and the development of the Spanish settlements of California are entwined. Part of the viceroyalty’s vision for a land route connecting New Spain to Alta California and realized by Juan Bautista de Anza’s expedition, Tucson represented a key link in the chain of that aspired reality of northern expansion. (Image is of Mission San Diego de Alcalá)

To better understand this history, we’ll explore this connection and others on this heritage itinerary by getting to know the missions and presidios of southern California up close and in person. Following El Camino Real, the distinct missions of the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego areas are the focus of the trip as well as two of the four California presidios. This broader geographic panorama of history will let us consider the perspectives of the indigenous peoples, the religious, and the military as well as provide the opportunity to compare and contrast the Spanish colonial and Mexican history eras of Arizona to California.

Guests will also have a chance to experience interpretative centers of other presidios. We will get to know el Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park operated by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation as well as the San Diego Presidio/Serra Museum.On the return from San Diego, travel companions visit one of the sites of the often forgotten California missions along the Colorado River where this land route strategy of incorporating Alta California into New Spain came to a bloody end in the Massacre at the Yuma Crossing in 1781. (Image is of Mission Santa Barbara.)

Trip registration includes chartered bus transportation with a professional driver and guide services as well as admission fees to California mission and presidio sites on the itinerary. All breakfasts (6) and dinners (6) are  included (lunches are on the guest’s own tab for freedom and flexibility from group activities).


Single Occupancy:
Members: $2,200, Non-Members $2,400

Double Occupancy (per person):
Members: $2,000, Non-Members $2,200

(Memberships start at $30.  It may be worth becoming a member before registering. Click here to become a member.)

Click here for more information and itinerary


For trip cancellation, please contact us as quickly as possible. Cancellations that arise prior to June 13, 2022 will be subject to a $100 (per person) cancellation fee.

After this date, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable, unless there is a waiting list and your trip registration can be transferred. In this case, the $100 (per person) cancellation fee will still apply.

There are many factors to consider when planning a trip right now and situations around the world
are changing almost every day, we therefore strongly encourage travel insurance. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance company, however, Allianz Travel Insurance is our preferred company and they include a Cancel for Any Reason policy, which covers Covid-19. Should you present positive for Covid immediately prior to or during a trip, insurance can cover your costs for isolation/cancellation. Please visit
their website to review policies that are available at www.allianztravelinsurance.com. Should you sign up with them, please use South of the Border’s ACCAM number which will be required. The number is F029755.


As per the language on the trip brochure the Presidio Museum will require vaccination cards from all travelers before departure, either by email or at the bus.  If a vaccination card is unavailable, a Rapid PCR test result will be required that was taken less than 24hrs from departure. Please see this link for current Covid statistics in California.  https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/#county-statewide

Any mask protocols required at individual sites will also be followed.


July 25, 2022 @ 8:00 am
July 31, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum
196 N. Court Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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