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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)

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Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2018

Trip registration is available Monday—Friday 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park. Unless otherwise noted trips depart form the
HB Sports Complex parking lot on Goldenwest and Talbert next to the Central Library. You will be provided with a free parking pass for the day of your trip.
For any trip related questions please contact the resource room at (714) 374-1572

2018 Single-Day Tours

ALL ABOARD FOR AVOCADOS! - California Avocado Festival With Coastal Train Ride - Sunday, October 7, 2018

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Holy Guacamole! Santa Barbara County is the third largest producer of avocados in North America, so it’s no surprise we’re headed to downtown Carpinteria for the 31st annual California Avocado Festival. First, we’ll motorcoach to L.A.’s Union Station to board the deluxe Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast to Santa Barbara, known as “America’s Riviera.” The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train offering an observation car for spectacular ocean views! Upon arrival in Santa Barbara, our motorcoach will transport us to Carpinteria for the festival which boasts a commercial marketplace, an arts & crafts venue, four entertainment stages and a food venue with creative avocado and guacamole dishes. Don’t miss the Largest Avocado contest and the World’s Largest Vat of Guacamole! Enjoy lunch on your own and ample time at leisure to explore the festival in downtown Carpinteria which also offers numerous boutiques. We will motorcoach home. Suggested: walking shoes. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return: 7:00 p.m. 

BRAZILIAN, BOOKS & THE BROAD - Thursday, October 25, 2018

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This new tour pairs two of downtown L.A.’s newest destinations – featuring eclectic art and an elegant lunch – a true feast for your eyes and your belly! It was in the works for years…it’s complicated architecture created construction delays after delays…but when it debuted in 2015, The Broad blew away all expectations and not only changed the landscape of downtown L.A. but changed the way museum’s display art. The $140 million contemporary art museum financed by billionaire philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad is the repository for some of the most expensive artwork on the planet – most of it from the Broads’ personal collection of over 2,000 pieces – it is one of the most prominent holdings of contemporary art worldwide. With only 250 pieces on display at any one time, each visit here presents new opportunities to question, debate and appreciate. Enjoy approximately 90 minutes at leisure to explore on a self Guided visit with a VIP (no waiting) entrance. This afternoon we enjoy an included lunch at Fogo de Chão, the authentic Brazilian Steakhouse that opened in this downtown location in 2015. The Brazilian steakhouse tradition begins at the Market Table where you can return as many times as you like for fresh seasonal salads, exotic vegetables, imported cheeses, smoked salmon, cured meats, seasonal soup and more. Once you’re seated, the authentic Brazilian side dishes arrive – warm pão de queijo (cheese bread), crispy polenta, mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas. Set your dining card to green and you’re in the rodizio – continuous tableside service of signature cuts of meat prepared, fire-roasted and served by the gaucho chefs. The variety of meats include top and bottom sirloin, chicken (breast, bacon-wrapped breast and legs) and the slow roasted and savory pork sausage. In Brazilian culture, this is all part of the grilled-meat feasts from the street to churrascarias like Fogo de Chão, where they honor gaucho tradition, one carved slice at a time. Be sure to leave room for dessert – family-style platters with bite size New York cheesecake, Key lime pie, chocolate mousse cake and turtle cheesecake. Enjoy time at leisure at the Last Bookstore, the iconic L.A. bookstore housed in the grand atrium of what was once a bank. The bookstore specializes in reasonably priced used books, and takes great pride in offering a selection of well-kept vintage books as well. Anyone who has ever loved a vintage book will know exactly what that means for the musty, decadent smell that hangs in the air in this seemingly sacred place. There is a section of hardbacks arranged by color. Most of the fiction is purposefully unarranged, meant to inspire treasure hunts among shoppers. Every book in the upstairs section is $1. In short, every inch of the place is designed to make book lovers fall in love with it, and it succeeds! All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $92; Non-Member Price: $102. Depart: 10:00 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.

CEREAL BARON'S ESTATE TOUR with Arabian Horse Show & Included Buffet Lunch -Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Nestled among a lush landscape and blanketed by walnut trees, the home of cereal baron W.K. Kellogg is a spacious ranch-style home originally built in 1926. A guided tour of his home which sits on a hill overlooking the Cal Poly Pomona campus, will showcase the mixture of architectural styles that creates a very charming, yet historic feel. See the outside garden terraces and courtyards, the Grand Room, the main dining room, and the kitchen. Then enjoy an included buffet lunch at the campus’ Kellogg West restaurant, before we take our seats for the Arabian Horse Show at the W.K. Kellogg 

Arabian Horse Center. This long standing tradition, started by Kellogg himself in 1926, continues to showcase the versatility, beauty, and intelligence of the Arabian breed under both English and western tack. In inclement weather, a tour of the Horse Center to see the horses will replace the horse show. We’ll also visit the campus farm store with the opportunity to purchase fresh produce. Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86 . Depart: 9:15 a.m. . Re-turn: 4:15 p.m. 

Fillmore & Wester Railway MURDER MYSTERY TRAIN with Included Train Lunch - Saturday, November 17, 2018

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All aboard! Step back into a bygone era aboard a vintage passenger train as we travel on a 3-hour round-trip excursion through century-old citrus and avocado groves in the beautiful Heritage Valley. In Fillmore we’ll board the historic 1930s passenger cars of The Fillmore & Western Railway. This train has been known as the “Hollywood Movie Train” ever since it was owned by three major studios. The railway has been featured in over 300 television shows and movies including Criminal Minds, CSI, Seabiscuit and Inception. As we travel along the tracks, enjoy a hilarious, murder mystery comedy, “Viva Lost Vegas.” Hearty laughs, some less-than-serious sleuthing, and a three-course lunch, complete with green salad, orange-glazed chicken breast, rice pilaf, vegetables and dessert, will be served while actors commit mirth and murder aboard the only Murder Mystery Train in Southern California. Don’t miss this fun, vintage rail adventure! Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 . Depart: 9:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m. 

SPARKLES & TREASURES Mission Inn Festival of Lights with Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Join us on this holiday classic as we travel to Riverside to admire the Mission Inn during its nationally-recognized annual Festival of Lights. The Inn is adorned in thousands of beautiful holiday lights and draped in holiday splendor including intricate animated displays. Built in 1903, it has recently been restored to its original splendor. On an extensive docent-guided walking tour you’ll see the famed Court of Birds, President Lounge, Glenwood Tavern, the Rotunda, St. Francis’ Chapel’s Tiffany glass and more. Next, enjoy an included dinner with choice of entrée and dessert at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Later, we’ll see a highly decorated Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood that goes all out during the holiday season, and is recognized as one of the prize locations in southern California to enjoy outdoor holiday lights! Suggested: walking shoes. Member Price: $86; Non-Member Price: $96 Depart 2:15 p.m. Return: 10:45 p.m. 

Walt Disney Concert Hall L.A. MASTER CHORALE'S FESTIVAL OF CAROLS - Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Ring in the Christmas season at the Disney Concert Hall with a traditional concert of your favorite carols sung by one of the greatest choirs in the world! The fantastic 115-member Los Angeles Master Chorale will be joined by the Disney Hall’s mighty pipe organ for a festive concert featuring traditional favorites sprinkled with new arrangements as well as a few audience sing-a-longs. Hear first-hand why the Chorale has gained international prominence over the past decade. Designed by architect Frank Gehry to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, being inside the Disney Concert Hall is an experience unto itself providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Terrace-level seating. Prior to the matinee show, enjoy lunch on your own at Olvera Street, or at Philippe The Original, famous as the originator of the French dip. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 Depart: 10:45 a.m. Return: 5:45 p.m. 

2018 Multi-Day Tours

YOSEMITE, MAMMOTH & THE SIERRA - September 3-7, 2018 (5 DAY TOUR) Per Person Price: Double $1,099 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

Embark on a unique adventure to discover the majesty of the Sierra Nevada. Born of re and ice, the granite peaks, val-leys and lakes of the High Sierra have been sculpted by glaciers, wind and weather into some of nature’s most glorious works. From the eroded rocks of the Alabama Hills, to the glacier-formed June Lake Loop, to the incredible beauty of Yosemite National Park, this tour features Mother Nature at her best and a single-villa stay in a four-diamond hotel in the heart of the Village at Mammoth.

CENTRAL COAST LIGHTHOUSES, REDWOODS & RAIL - September 9-13, 2018 (5 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $1,199 / Single $1,599 / Deposit $200

Join us on this unique journey along California’s Central Coast traveling by train along the back roads and on the spec-tacular Pacific Coast Highway. For centuries artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty of the California Coast. The crashing surf...the towering redwoods...the unspoiled wildlife...the historic light-houses...the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit. We’ll experience it all as we enjoy stays at waterfront hotels, tours of historic lighthouses and relaxing walks on the beaches – providing a true sense of timelessness and re-connection.

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE FOUR CORNERS - September 21-27, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,399 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $495

Featuring Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde National Parks, Durango & The Silverton Train

CALIFORNIA VOLCANOES, REDWOODS & RAILS - September 30-October 6, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,399 / Single $1,859 / Deposit $200 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $295

Featuring Lassen and Redwoods National Parks, Skunk Train, Mendocino, Burney Falls and Eureka

YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON - October 15-19, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,299 / Single $1,849 / Deposit $200

Welcome aboard this unique journey to discover the three majestic national parks within California’s Sierra Nevada at a delightful time of year when fall foliage is on display. Imagine a place where even the earliest creations of Mother Nature have been perfectly preserved...where the scenery can only be described as larger than life...in a setting so peaceful, everyday worries have become virtually extinct. This five-day journey features three iconic parks bringing their ancient story to life. A truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with all four nights in National Park lodges.

NATIONAL PARKS & WESTERN WONDERS - October 22–30, 2018 (9 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,899 / Single $2,449 / Deposit $250

Embark on a spectacular journey to discover a treasure chest of National Parks, Monuments and natural wonders in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. We’ll visit some of the most well known sights as well as some of the least visited and most unique. The incredible sights and wealth of geologic phenomena within this majestic wonderland are breathtaking. The hues of red, orange and brown will amaze you. Spectacular vistas of rock formations that date back millions of years will provide a unique perspective of one’s place in time and space.

YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON October 15-19, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,299 / Single $1,849 / Deposit $200

Welcome aboard this unique journey to discover the three majestic national parks within California’s Sierra Neva-da at a delightful time of year when fall foliage is on display. Imagine a place where even the earliest creations of Mother Nature have been perfectly preserved...where the scenery can only be described as larger than life...in a set-ting so peaceful, everyday worries have become virtually extinct. This five-day journey features three iconic parks bringing their ancient story to life. A truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with all four nights in National Park lodges. 

NATIONAL PARKS & WESTERN WONDERS October 22– 30, 2018 (9 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,899 / Single $2,449 / Deposit $250

Embark on a spectacular journey to discover a treasure chest of National Parks, Monuments and natural wonders in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. We’ll visit some of the most well known sights as well as some of the least visited and most unique. The incredible sights and wealth of geologic phenomena within this majestic wonderland are breathtaking. The hues of red, orange and brown will amaze you. Spectacular vistas of rock formations that date back millions of years will provide a unique perspective of one’s place in time and space. 

CAMBRIA & HEARST CASTLE BY RAIL - November 7-9, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

One of our all-time most popular tours is offered at what is normally a delightful time of year in this region. Embark on a relaxing three-day getaway to explore California’s Central Coast while enjoying a stay at a quaint inn on the beach along Cambria’s Moonstone Beach. We’ll travel by train, explore the backroads and keep a relaxed pace as we explore the region and get a first-hand look at what makes the California Coast so special.

ARIZONA’S VALLEY OF THE SUN - November 11-15, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Double Price: $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay, Saguaro National Park, Pima Air & Space Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

SANTE FE “CHRISTMAS” - November 27-December 1, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,299 / Deposit $150 Roundtrip group airfare available from $395 "WAITLIST!"

Single-hotel stay, Taos, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument

RED ROCKS, CANYONS & RAIL HOLIDAY - December 2-7, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

Join us as we embark on a journey that takes you to some of nature’s most majestic canyons, peaks and valleys at a festive time of year when light displays and holiday decorations abound! Never have you seen colors so brilliant, nature so lustrous, and skies so magnificent as we explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. The heart of Sedona will welcome you with the holiday spirit as the town is spectacularly decorated for the holidays. With a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad to a chuck-wagon dinner, you’ll travel back in time on this magnificent tour that combines the spirit of the holidays with the wonders of nature!

YOSEMITE “CHRISTMAS” - December 9-11, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $769 / Deposit $100

Yosemite is magnificent in the Winter! Renowned for its majestic valley, great granite domes and peaks, water-falls and giant trees, Yosemite National Park is a national treasure. This 3-day holiday getaway offers a truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with two nights at the secluded, 4-star Tenaya Lodge beautifully decorated for the holidays at Yosemite.

APPLE FARM INN “CHRISTMAS” BY RAIL - December 9-11, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $759 / Deposit $100

On this holiday getaway we’ll travel by train to San Luis Obispo and enjoy a two night stay at the charming Apple Farm Inn while we tour the Central Coast. Enjoy lunch and tour at Point San Luis Lighthouse, known as the “Jewel of the Central Coast.” Tour two of California’s missions and visit a decorated Hearst Castle at night to see what Christmas was like here in the 1930s. Travel by train, explore the backroads and see first-hand how spectacular the Central Coast is at Christmas time.