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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)
Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2019
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 Single-Day Tours
IF YOU BUILT IT, WE WILL COME L.A. Architectural Tour With Step-On Guide Curt - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, who is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of Los Angeles, and is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. Journey into L.A.’s past with this tour highlighting the old, new and most unique buildings that make this city’s architecture so iconic. If there’s a place in Los Angeles where you can hear the past, it’s the historic Union Station. Follow Curt through the last major train station built in this country to see its gorgeous Spanish revival and art deco style which is a true reflection of the rich Los Angeles culture that surrounds it. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and its unexpectedly ultra-modern construction. In stark contrast is the architectural triumphs of the 1893 Bradbury Building with its staggeringly complex iron work illuminated by the beautiful skylights. Visit the brilliantly constructed Walt Disney Concert Hall with 22 million tons of steel in sweeping, graceful curves that mimic the music played inside its walls. We’ll go back in time as Curt highlights the beautiful buildings and homes in and around downtown that embody turn-of-the-century charm. Enjoy a docent-guided tour at Heritage Square, a living history museum reflecting the development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century. The eight historic structures located here were all constructed during the Victorian Era and were witnesses to the everyday lives of Angelinos during the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. See one of the oldest neighborhoods in L.A. on Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights. It consists of Victorian-era houses and has served as the backdrop for countless movies from the earliest days of cinema to the present. We’ll take a ride on historic Angels Flight, the shortest railway in the world, that was built in 1901 to transport people to the top of Bunker Hill. Enjoy time for lunch on your own at Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917, it brings together the eclectic cuisines and cultures of L.A. Suggested: walking shoes. Member Price: $76. Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:15 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.
WISTARIA VINE FESTIVAL & OLD TOWN PASADENA - Sunday, March 17, 2019
Here’s your opportunity to see this enormous wisteria vine, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Blossoming Plant.” Holding over one million blooms at its peak and weighing over 250 tons, people from all over the world come to Sierra Madre on this day to see the vine and attend the festival. Sierra Madre’s Wistaria Festival has a well-earned reputation as a world-class event, featuring works by nearly 150 artisans and craftsmen, dynamite music along with fabulous food and drink. The charming downtown village becomes an art faire where you’ll find hundreds of hand-crafted items by the very best artists and craft makers. Browse amongst 150 booths featuring original work in clothing, jewelry, paintings, wood objects, fiber arts, garden art and other gift items. Also, enjoy some time for browsing and lunch on your own at the shops and eateries in Old Town Pasadena. The intensity and duration of the Wisteria Vine bloom varies from year to year and blooms are never certain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed as we cannot control Mother Nature! Member Price: $56; Non-Member Price: $66. Depart: 8:45 a.m. Return: 4:45 p.m.
POPPIES & PUSSYCATS Poppy Reserve & Feline Conservation Center With Included Boxed Lunch Picnic - Saturday, March 30, 2019
Join us as we venture to the Antelope Valley in search of nature’s beauty…bountiful wildflowers and some of the biggest cats on Earth! First, a visit to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve – a protected California State Natural Reserve established to protect California's most consistent poppy-bearing land. Each spring the Reserve comes alive with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color and fragrance. In addition to poppies, we may see owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few. The intensity and duration of the wildflower bloom varies from year to year and blooms are never certain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed as we cannot control Mother Nature! Enjoy an included boxed lunch along with time at leisure in the Reserve to explore the Interpretive Center and nature trails. This afternoon enjoy a docent-guided tour of the Feline Conservation Center, better known as “The Cat House” – dedicated to the protection and preservation of the world’s most endangered felines. This breeding zoo and research facility is home to 18 different species: tiger, leopard, jaguar, bobcat, snow leopard, fishing cat, serval, ocelot, Eurasian lynx, Canada lynx and others. You’ll see many of these cats and learn about the efforts made here to preserve these species. Member Price: $76. Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m.
GARDEN, GRANDEUR & GRUB Mission Inn & UCR Botanical Garden - Tuesday, April 9, 2019
For over a century, the grandeur of the Mission Inn has drawn everyone from U.S. Presidents to Hollywood royalty to experience the timeless beauty of this National Historic Landmark. The stunning Spanish Mission-style architecture of this veritable castle features flying buttresses, magnificent archways, secluded garden oases and soaring towers. Now, available for the first time, two new extended and specialized tours of the majestic Mission Inn. Rather than the standard historical tour, you’ll have the opportunity to choose either a guided art or photography tour. Those that choose the Art Tour will join an art docent for a tour through various closed-to-the-public rooms to view highlights of the impressive 6,000-piece art collection. Those that choose the Photography Tour will join a docent for a tour of the hotel with time to set up at the most photogenic spots – this is your rare opportunity to photograph the hotel, as this is usually not permitted on other tours. We continue to the Riverside Food Lab, the Inland Empire's first food hall. Featuring 10 eclectic restaurants, a juice joint and brewery in the heart of downtown, the Lab brings a unique mix to the neighborhood. This afternoon we visit the the UCR Botanic Gardens. This 40-acre living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of specimens from around the world, focuses on plants that prosper in a Mediterranean climate and arid lands similar to California. As a part of the UC Riverside campus, the Botanic Gardens is utilized for teaching, research, and demonstration purposes, as well as for enjoyment and appreciation of nature. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the collection and gardens, wonder the scenic trails, or just relax on a bench and enjoy the beauty and vistas. Member Price: $86; Non-Member Price: $96 Depart: 8:45 a.m. Return: 5:30 p.m.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary with Cracker Barrel & Ice Cream Parlor! - Monday, April 22, 2019
Take a walk on the wild side at the inspiring and engaging Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. After co-founders Joel and Chemaine realized that thousands of exotic animals were being put to sleep after being abandoned, abused or illegally obtained, they wanted to make a difference and provide them a home and a chance to live a healthy life. Forever Wild was born out of the hope to
provide the animals with resources to rehabilitate while also providing education to the Southern California population on what we can do to protect these animals’ lands and lives from becoming extinct. On this educational, guided tour, you’ll see a wide range of wildlife including reptiles, birds, monkeys, lions, tigers, alligators, bear and a black panther – with the added bonus of watching a feeding demonstration. Enjoy lunch on your own at the new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store that recently opened. This highway-iconic chain’s Victorville location is the only California location. An included sweet treat awaits at an authentic old-fashioned ice parlor before we head home! Member Price: $66; Non-Member Price: $76 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 4:30 p.m.
THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY & GARDENS with Project Blue Boy Exhibit - Monday, May 13, 2019
Visit the Huntington Library, Art Gallery, and Gardens at a spectacular time of year – when the gardens are generally in full bloom. The Huntington’s botanical gardens feature over 15,000 kinds of plants from around the world, many landscaped into a series of themed gardens including the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden. The main art gallery is on display in Henry Huntington’s Beaux-Arts mansion – one of the great Gilded Age residences of America. One of the most comprehensive collections in the U.S. of British and French art of the 18th and 19th centuries, it includes the landmark works, “The Blue Boy,” and “Pinkie.” On display for a limited time is Project Blue Boy, the first major technical examination and conservation treatment in public view of this famous masterpiece. The Huntington Library displays a magnificent collection of rare books and manuscripts including a Gutenberg Bible, an illuminated manuscript of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and a First Folio edition of Shakespeare. Enjoy approximately five hours at your leisure to explore the gardens, art galleries and their wonderful new gift shop and visitor center. Enjoy lunch on your own at the various eateries located at The Huntington. Suggested: walking shoes. Member Price: $66; Non-Member Price: $76 Depart: 9:45 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.
HERSTORY - THE WOMEN OF LA with Step-On Guide Curt & Including Lunch at San Antonio Winery - Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
Today we are joined by professional step-on guide Curt, a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of L.A., and is especially loved by our passengers for his charismatic personality and fun stories. While Los Angeles history is filled with men of great achievement…what about the pioneering women? While we celebrate the women in our own lives during this Mother’s Day month, we’ll also pay tribute to the accomplishments of great women who had a positive impact on Los Angeles on this new L.A. tour. On this exploration of Los Angeles’ “feminine side,” Curt will lead us to sites associated with the well-known, and often overlooked women of L.A. – places where they left their mark in engineering, journalism, politics, education, law, architecture, aviation, performing arts and more! From Julia Morgan – the first female architect licensed in California who designed William Randolph Heart’s iconic Heart Castle, to the inspirational “Biddy” Mason and her journey from slavery to establishment of the first AME Church. Learn about the history and influence of wom-en and the iconic L.A. landmarks and businesses they inspired – the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mary Pickford and the (United Artists) Theatre at the Ace Hotel, the Herald Examiner, the Woman’s Building and more! Enjoy an included wine tasting and lunch with choice of entrée at the historic San Antonio Winery’s Maddalena’s Restaurant – named after the woman who helped make this beloved historic landmark what it is today. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 Depart: 8:15 a.m. Return: 5:30 p.m.
"FIRST LADY" TEA & TOUR Tea Lunch at the Reagan Library - Thursday, June 6, 2019
You are cordially invited to a very special and exceptional experience at the Reagan Presidential Library! The “First Lady’s Tea and Tour” is a one-day-a-year event that includes a guided tour of the museum and a traditional tea lunch featuring fresh baked English scones, petite finger sandwiches, delectable tea cakes and a selection of teas. This elegant event comes complete with linen and china service, fresh floral centerpieces on your table, a professional wait staff, and a live musical performance in the Presidential Learning Center – a large, indoor venue that boasts enormous picture windows with breathtaking views of the hills that surround. Following the tea, enjoy a docent-led tour of the state-of-the-art Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum which features 18 galleries of artifacts that pay tribute to America’s 40th president. The amazing Air Force One Pavilion features a presidential limousine, Secret Service suburban, a Marine One helicopter and the Air Force One airplane that served seven U.S. Presidents. Enjoy time at leisure to visit a full-scale replica of Reagan’s Oval Office, see a piece of the Berlin Wall, explore the interactive exhibits, read letters that provide a glimpse into Ronald and Nancy’s devoted marriage and pay your respects at their final resting place with spectacular views of the Conejo Valley. Suggested: casual attire and walking shoes. Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 Depart: 9:45 a.m. Return: 7:00 p.m
LAWRY'S & THE GETTY Lawry's The Prime Rib & The Getty Center - Sunday, June 23, 2019
A truly wonderful way to spend a Sunday! High atop a hill on 110 acres amongst the Santa Monica Mountains and overlooking Los Angeles is the Getty Center – still as incredible as it was the day it opened over 20 years ago. The $1.3 billion Getty Center presents the Getty’s collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present – against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views from downtown L.A. to the ocean. Enjoy approximately three hours at leisure exploring the galleries and gardens with free docent-guided architectural and garden tours available. In addition to the Getty’s fine permanent collection of European and American art, there will be other special exhibits on display. Prior to our arrival at the Getty, enjoy an included early lunch at one of our favorites – Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. This is a place of grand style, where classic elegance and luxurious comfort make you feel like an honored guest. Here you’ll find the award-winning food and exceptional service that has made Lawry’s a dining legend. Your choice of prime rib, chicken or salmon, along with sides and their famous spinning bowl salad and dessert. Member Price: $106; Non-Member Price: $116 Depart: 10:00 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.
CORONADO ENCHANTMENT BY RAIL Coastal Train Ride, Hotel del Coronado & Included Lunch on Coronado Island Saturday - July 13, 2019
On this unique adventure to Coronado, we motorcoach to San Juan Capistrano to board an Amtrak train for a coastal ride to San Diego. The ocean views along this protected stretch of coastline are spectacular! Our motorcoach will meet us at San Diego’s Santa Fe Station and transport us across the Coronado Bridge to beautiful Coronado Island, nicknamed The Crown City since Coronado is Spanish for “crowned one.” Situated across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is the perfect summer getaway. In a building originally built in 1887, The Bluewater Boathouse Grill is located over the water in the historic former boathouse
and dessert in its charming harborside setting. Next, we’ll visit the legendary Hotel Del Coronado to admire its beauty, with time at leisure to explore this iconic hotel’s charmed location, blissful oceanfront setting, historic architecture and its unique shops. We will motorcoach home. 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. Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 Depart: 8:15 a.m. Return: 5:30 p.m.
PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS - Monday, July 29, 2019
This popular summer event in Laguna Beach – now in its 86th year – is acclaimed for its awe-inspiring theatrical celebration of tableaux vivants – “living pictures.” One of the most unique productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters re-creates magnificent works of art, both classical and contemporary, that come to life as real people pose to resemble their counterparts in the original pieces of art, along with full orchestra and live narration. Each year the show earns recognition as the best presentation of its kind anywhere. The 2019 show titled, “The Time Machine,” will take you around the globe and into the past, present and future in search of great art and amazing stories. Taking its cues from science fiction and steampunk fantasies, “The Time Machine” will be your ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music and extraordinary living art under the stars. Main-tier section seats. Eat prior to departure, bring a picnic or purchase food available on the Pageant grounds. Suggested: sweater, seat cushion and binoculars to see details. Member Price: $92; Non-Member Price: $102 Depart: 6:00 p.m. Return: 11:30 a.m.
2019 Multi-Day Tours
CENTRAL COAST WHALES, RAILS & DUNES Featuring Morro Bay Hotel, Guadalupe Dunes, Whale Watching & Coast Starlight Train March 6 – 8, 2019 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $699 / Deposit: $100
This three-day getaway showcases the wildlife and geologic treasures along California’s Central Coast at a delight-ful time of year. Explore the historic and geologically unique Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, embark on a whale watch-ing cruise from Morro Bay and enjoy a memorable coastal train ride. All the while, we’ll enjoy a relaxing stay at an upscale water-front inn overlooking Morro Bay and surrounded by 4,000 acres of rugged woodlands.
JOSHUA TREE & PALM SPRINGS Featuring Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Geographer Guide March 31 – April 1, 2019 (2 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $299 / Single $369 / Deposit: $75
On this overnight mountain and desert escape, a geographer-guide will bring the dramatic landscape to life while we enjoy a stay at a resort casino. From the strange rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park to the San Jacinto Mountains and the massive San Andreas Fault, the geologic and geographic phenomena in this area are as unique as they are diverse.
SOUTHERN CHARM Featuring Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Hilton Head, Plantations, Fort Sumter & Beaufort April 7 – 13, 2019 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1999 / Single $2799 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $795 p.p.
Embark on a journey to America’s Old South in South Carolina and Georgia. Discover the southern hospitality, rich history, and magnificent food that this region is known for. From American Civil War history and Antebellum homes to 17th century rice plantations and gardens in bloom, to a stay at “the richest, most exclusive club in the world,” this tour features the best of America’s “Lowcountry,” and true “Southern Charm.”
YOSEMITE SPRING FLING Featuring Yosemite National Park, a Tenaya Lodge Stay, Sugar Pine Railroad & Basque Lunch April 9 – 11, 2019 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $799 / Deposit: $100
Yosemite is magnificent in the Spring! Renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, water-falls and giant trees, Yosemite National Park is a national treasure. This 3-day getaway offers a truly wonderful com-bination of natural wonders, rushing waterfalls, rustic elegance and two nights at the secluded, 4-star Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
CATALINA ISLAND ESCAPE Featuring an Ocean-Front Deluxe Hotel & Optional Tours of Avalon or Catalina's Interior April 14 – 15, 2019 (2 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $359 / Single $499 / Deposit: $75
“Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me, Santa Catalina, the island of romance…” So goes the 1957 Larson and Belland song that immortalized this small island less than 30 miles off our coast. Catalina Island is a place where the gentle rhythm of the waves makes time slow down. And it’s a place of many secrets – such as the quiet beauty of its incredible outback, the wealth of geologic phenomena and an amazing history. On this spectacular two-day journey we will uncover these secrets and allow you to discover the real Catalina!
SWEET, SAVORY & S.L.O Featuring the Apple Farm Inn Stay, Coast Starlight Train, Edible Sightseeing & Solvang April 17 – 19, 2019 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $759 / Deposit: $100
On this unique rail journey to the Central Coast, we’re in search of the tastiest treats – from cookies, pastries and chocolate to wine and Santa Maria-style barbecue. The edible sightseeing will showcase the unique flavors amongst the small towns of California’s Central Coast. Unpack once at the charming Apple Farm Inn with cozy fireplaces and a nightly wine tasting reception for a truly tasty tour.
VIVA LAS VEGAS! April 22-24, 2019 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $299 / Single $399/ Deposit $75
Enjoy two nights at the elegant AAA four-diamond, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino (TI), located in the heart of the Las Vegas “Strip” connected to the Mirage by tram and the Venetian, Palazzo and Fashion Show Mall by a pedestri-an walkway. Luggage handling is included, and optional excursion to downtown Las Vegas on the second day.
COLOR COUNTRY ESCAPE Featuring Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Valley of Fire & Single-Hotel Stay in Mesquite April 24 – 27, 2019 (4 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $799 / Deposit: $100
Embark on a unique journey to discover the colorful canyonlands of southern Utah, while enjoying a single resort hotel stay. Known as “Color Country,” the hues of red, orange and brown amongst a wealth of geologic phenomena are truly spectacular! As you travel within Zion and Bryce National Parks, your onboard local guide will provide an in-depth account of the region’s legendary and historical figures and the geologic forces that created this incredible landscape of colorful canyons, mesas and whimsical shapes.
CALIFORNIA VINES, RAILS & REDWOODS Featuring Napa Valley Wine Train, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Redwoods & Coast Starlight Train April 28 – May 3, 2019 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1459 / Single $1859 / Deposit: $200
Embark on a journey that covers four of the most beautiful and bountiful regions of California – the Central Coast, the Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley and the Central Valley. We’ll not only explore these incredibly beautiful re-gions on two memorable train journeys, but we’ll take pleasure in the “fruit of the vine” and explore the spectacular sights they feature including majestic old growth redwoods, the winding Russian River Valley, the Napa Valley Wine Train and San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
SAN FRANCISCO…BY THE BAY Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay in Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island & Napa Valley Optional May 27 – 31, 2019 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1199 / Single $1699 / Deposit: $200
Experience the charm of San Francisco and the beauty of the Napa Valley while enjoying four nights at a stylish, 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. See the best that San Francisco has to offer – including its most iconic and endearing sites. Journey to Alcatraz Island and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Visit the city’s world-renowned museums and savor its award-winning cuisine. You will most definitely leave your heart in San Francisco and the experiences and memories will be spectacular.
BOSTON, CAPE COD & NEWPORT Featuring Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, Plymouth, JFK Library, Boston Pops & Newport, Rhode Island June 7 – 13, 2019 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1999 / Single $2599 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
From the Freedom Trail, JFK Library and a Boston Pops performance in Boston, to the historic sites in Plymouth, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard this week-long journey features the best of Boston, New England’s coast and its islands.
HISTORIC CITIES OF EASTERN CANADA Featuring Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, St. Lawrence River Cruise, Beaupre & Isle D’Orleans July 12 – 18, 2019 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1999 / Single $2899 / Deposit: $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $695 p.p. / A valid passport is required for this tour
From the European-styled, old world elegance of Montréal and Québec City to the thundering magnificence of Montmorency Falls, this seven-day tour features the best of Eastern Canada. Local guides join us to bring the his-tory, sights and stories alive as we tour three distinctly different cities in eastern Canada – Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City – each offering its own unique personality and cultural background. Watch the busy St. Lawrence River from high atop Montreal’s Mount Royal. Ride the rails to Ottawa to see the Changing of the Guards in front of Parliament. Enjoy an included lunch at the stately Le Château Frontenac in Old Québec. From the picturesque countryside to the narrow cobblestone streets, a truly unforgettable cultural and historical experience awaits you in the historic cities of Eastern Canada.
SUMMER BREEZES & STINKING ROSES BY RAIL Featuring a Beachfront Hotel, Coast Starlight Train, Santa Cruz Beach Train & Gilroy Garlic Festival July 24 – 27, 2019 (4 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $899 / Single $1199 / Deposit: $150
Embark on an eclectic adventure that combines two spectacular train rides with a culinary spectacle. Enjoy the view as you ride along the beautiful California Coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train. Then ride the rails from trees to shining seas as you travel through California redwoods to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Join in the celebration of all things garlic at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. All the while, enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay on the Monterey Peninsula at a deluxe beachfront hotel.