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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)
Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2019 & 2020
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
2019/2020 Single-Day Tours
Temecula Valley GRAPE EXPECTATIONS & MORE Chocolate, Wine & Exotic Animals Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Although many people think of Temecula as only a place to taste wine, on this new adventure we’ll discover other unique sights which are true hidden gems tucked into this picturesque valley. We begin at an alpaca ranch that is a truly magical place in the heart of Temecula where they celebrate all things alpaca! On a guided tour, you’ll get a chance to meet these inquisitive and friendly creatures that have luxurious fleece, captivating faces and gentle nature – you will fall in love! You'll learn lots of interesting facts and some of the quirky things alpacas do. Your visit includes a bag of alpaca treats to feed them – and since alpacas don't have top front teeth, they don't bite and are eager to eat from your hand. Enjoy time to shop in The Alpaca Shoppe, where you'll find many items made from alpaca fleece such has hats, scarves, and gloves, as well as other alpaca-themed items. Then, imagine a dreamy destination where you can find artisanal chocolates and exotic animals all in one setting. Well, dream no more because we found it at Sugarplum Farm! At this wonderful location, we’ll enjoy time in the petting zoo which is home to friendly, photogenic therapy animals including ducks, goats, pigs, miniature horses, a zebra and Zeus the camel. The exotic animals at this intimate animal sanctuary welcome children with special needs, Wounded Warriors and some even make regular visits to children hospitals. Meanwhile, chocolates here come in wide variety of concoctions including peanut butter and jelly, milk chocolate chili, and even key lime pie. These chocolates are sold to Fortune 500 clients, major hotel chains and private-labeled via other chocolate retailers. But on our guided tour you’ll get the exclusive opportunity to sample and buy these elegant chocolates direct from the chocolatier. Enjoy an included boxed lunch picnic on site and time to shop in the store which features chocolate, hand-made soaps and farm products like honey and farm-fresh eggs. We top off the day with an included wine tasting at an award-winning boutique winery that is surrounded by 109 acres of carefully tended vines. Experience exquisite charm at this upscale winery that elevates the Southern California wine tasting experience to Napa levels and beyond. We’ll make a stop at Tom’s Farms enroute. Suggested: walking shoes as there is uneven terrain on these working farms.
Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m.
WE LOVE LUCY! Paramount Studios & Hollywood Museum Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Today we pay homage to that funny, mischievous redhead whom we all adore! On this fun, celebrity-themed adventure, your guide is Jasmin, a former actress and Old Hollywood aficionado who also leads our tours focused on Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Today we travel to Hollywood and visit the Hollywood Museum – featuring the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. On display are more than 10,000 authentic Hollywood treasures including
one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ cars and personal artifacts. The museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building where Max Factor, Hollywood’s “Make-Up King,” created the looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mae West, Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. A highlight will be the opportunity to stand in the Redheads Only Room, where stars like Lucille Ball and Rita Hayworth became Hollywood’s leading redheads! See Lucy’s personal makeup and accessories, and Rita’s personal vanity set. After time at leisure for lunch on your own at the Hollywood & Highland shopping and dining complex, we will walk in the footsteps of Lucille Ball and other legends at Paramount Studios, while we explore over a century of Hollywood history and witness more in the making at this famed studio. During our visit, a knowledgeable guide will lead us on an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood – where some of the most celebrated motion pictures and TV shows have been made. Paramount absorbed the former Desilu Studios that once produced I Love Lucy, and is still home to “Lucy Park” and Lucille’s Ball’s office and dressing room when she worked at the studio filming The Lucy Show. From the comfort of a shaded tour cart and plenty of time to also get out and stretch your legs, explore sound stages, the backlot, iconic Hollywood landmarks and more on this two-hour tour, as well as time to browse the Studio Store filled with wonderful souvenirs. Also during this unique Hollywood tour, enjoy additional “Lucy” surprises, as well as fun “Lucy” stories and anecdotes. Suggested: walking shoes.
Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 Depart: 7:30 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE TAPINGS Thursday, November 21, 2019
Lights! Camera! Action! Be in the studio audience and see live tapings of Wheel of Fortune at Sony Studios in Culver City. One of the world’s most popular game shows, it has featured Pat Sajak and Vanna White for over 35 years! See all the behind-the-scenes action that goes into taping a game show – from the nervous contestants and eagle-eye producers to what Pat and Vanna do during the commercial breaks. Prior, enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the famous Original Farmer’s Market or the Grove offering a variety of eateries. Suggested: sweater or jacket as the studio is kept cool. All audience members must be at least 18 years of age and have picture identification. Note that all studio tapings usually involve various amounts of standing and/or sitting while waiting for the taping to begin. Member Price: $56; Non-Member Price: $66 Depart: 10:30 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m.
NIXON & THE MOON Nixon Library & Hacienda Lunch & 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing Exhibit Thursday, December 5, 2019
n today’s tour, we’ll discover the presidential-themed gem of Orange County, and view a spectacular limited-time exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! First, enjoy an included southwestern buffet at The Hacienda (same owner as Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach), a charming, historic estate built in 1901 that was once part of an orange and avocado ranch. The whitewashed adobe and charming courtyard exhibit southwest style at its best with garden courtyards, fountains, romantic balconies entwined in ivy, grand staircases and antiques, and decked out in its holiday décor.. This afternoon we arrive at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. The museum commemorated Nixon’s 100th birthday in 2013 with a facelift and new exhibits, including a new $500,000 wing of the museum dedicated to the Watergate scandal. The museum features over 20 galleries of fascinating exhibits including wedding and ball gowns worn by Julie, Tricia and Pat Nixon. Step aboard Army One, the helicopter used by four Presidents that has been extensively restored. Visit the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon, take a stroll through the First Lady's spectacular Rose Garden and visit the actual 1912 house where Nixon was born. Also on display for a limited time is the all-new, interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind. Just minutes after landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins received a call from President Nixon in the Oval Office, with congratulations on behalf of the American people. Three days later, Nixon personally greeted them at the splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean aboard the U.S.S. Hornet. In collaboration with NASA, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and Boeing, this spectacular exhibition features a 360-degree virtual reality experience that will put you on the lunar surface on that momentous day. In addition, it features artifacts and objects related to the “Space Race” as well as the scientific and technological advancements that were developed – many in Southern California – to ensure success and survival on this inspirational mission. Member Price: $89; Non-Member Price: $99 Depart: 11:00 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.
SPARKLES & TREASURES Mission Inn Festival of Lights With Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner Monday, December 16, 2019
Join us on this holiday classic as we travel to Riverside to admire the Mission Inn dur-ing 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 drive through 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: 1:15 p.m. Return: 10:45 p.m.
2019 ROSE PARADE Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Join the Huntington Beach Community Services Department for the spectacular 2020 Rose Parade. Begin the day off bright and early with a motor coach ride up to beautiful downtown Pasadena. The bus parks approximately ½ mile from the parade route. The group will enjoy elevated grandstand seating on Colorado Blvd so you can easily view the parade. Restroom facilities are located directly behind the seating area. There will be time before the parade to enjoy snacks on your own from local vendors near the seating ar-ea. All registrants under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy an included gourmet box lunch on the ride home. Suggested comfy shoes, seat cushion and warm clothing as the parade route can be chilly in the morning. Depart 6 a.m. Return 3 p.m. Price $130.
2019 & 2020 Multi-Day Tours
SAN ANTONIO “CHRISTMAS” Featuring a Single Hotel Stay, River Walk Festivities, The Alamo, Austin & LBJ Library and Ranch December 10 – 14, 2019 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1199 / Single $1649 / Deposit: $200 Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p.
On this journey through Southern Texas, the flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, and the Deep South mingle and merge. And this time of year is a perfect time to visit San Antonio, with its festive holiday decorations and its magnificently lit River Walk. Join us on this five-day journey featuring a single-hotel stay in the heart of the River Walk and the best sightseeing in Texas’ Hill Country and capital city.
MONTEREY & CARMEL “CHRISTMAS” Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay in Monterey, Coast Starlight Train, 17-Mile Drive & Steinbeck Home December 15 – 18, 2019 (4 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $899 / Single $1159 / Deposit: $100
The Monterey Peninsula has been described “the greatest meeting of land and sea...” For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty here; from the crashing surf to the towering redwoods and unspoiled wildlife. The Monterey Peninsula is the embodiment of the quintessential California s pirit, and when it’s charmingly decorated for the holidays, these exceptional qualities join together, delivering a sense of timelessness and re-connection. We invite you on this unique and festive coastal escape to California’s Central Coast to explore with us the cypress groves, historic towns, world-renowned aquarium and exceptional stories that make the Monterey Peninsula so special.
A CAPITAL “CHRISTMAS” Washington, D.C., Gaylord National Resort Stay, Williamsburg, Jamestown December 4-9, 2019 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1999 / Single $2599 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
Join a local guide for a tour of a holiday-decorated Washington, D.C. including visits to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Hillwood – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s estate. Two night stay at the Gaylord National Resort to experience a “Christmas on the Potomac” – this winter wonderland has 2 million Christmas lights and ICE! – the holiday attraction with 2 million pounds of ice sculptures. Enjoy a live performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater, tour George Washington’s plantation home with an included lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn. Embark on guided tours of the Jamestown Settlement – the first permanent English settlement, and Yorktown – site of the final Revolutionary War battle. Three night stay in Colonial Williamsburg with a ghost tour, tavern dinners and attend the one-day-per-year event, “Grand Illumination”. Experience “Christmas in Old Virginia” while in Alexandria and Richmond with an included tour of a historic house museum
COASTAL “SAFARI” BY RAIL Oceanfront Stay in Pismo Beach, Coast Starlight Train, Morro Bay & Cambria February 5 – 7, 2020 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $799 / Deposit: $100
Welcome aboard for a getaway that showcases the wildlife and treasures of California’s Central Coast with a memorable coastal train ride. From Pacific Coast Highway to the back roads of the Santa Ynez Valley, this tour features a variety of animal farms, sanctuaries and ranches. All the while we’ll enjoy a relaxing stay at a charming
oceanfront inn on a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach. Sit back and relax as we embark on a “safari” by rail to see the cuddly critters along the coast.
DESERT BLOOM Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Pala Resort Casino Stay, Temecula Valley Wine Tasting & Julian March 22 – 23, 2020 (2 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $329 / Single $389 / Deposit: $75
Travel over the mountains and into the desert to discover a wide variety of geography and landscape fea- tures – from blossoms and boulders to historic towns and grape vines, this journey to Julian, Anza-Borrego State Park and the Temecula Valley at a delightful time of year will leave you in awe of California’s unique mountain and desert land-scapes.