June 2017

Angel Island (San Francisco Bay)

Date: June 21 (Wed)    Price: $115

We’ll ride the ferry from Tiburon out to Angel Island State Park where we ‘ll enjoy amazing view of the SF Skyline, Alacatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We’ll have time to explore the island on our own and enjoy the islands Tram Tour. On the open-air Tram, we’ll circle around the island, while enjoying an audio recording describing fascinating historical and current day information about various sites on Angel Island. Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a    Nov @ 9:45a      Return: 5:30p

Thunder Valley Casino (Rocklin)

Date: June 28 (Wed)    Price: $64

Today, we’ll have 4 hours to enjoy the casino floor and a few of the 14 unbelievable restaurants at Thunder Valley.  You will receive a $15 free play and $5 towards food. Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a         Return: 6:00p

“Upcoming Trips Presentation” (Sacramento)

Date: June 29 (Thur)    10:30a to 2:00p

(Spring Hills Community Church 3700 Fulton Rd. – go to “The Warehouse” at the back of property)

Come and meet the owners of Trips 4U. In the morning, our Collette Tours Rep will present details on our International Trips and after lunch, Paula will share about our Alaska Princess Cruise and Bruce will share about our upcoming Day-Outings and Short Getaway Trips. A light lunch will be provided.

July 2017

State Capital Tour + Leland Stanford House (Sacramento)

Date: July 7 (Fri)    Price: $119

Visiting California’s seat of government will be enhanced by a guided tour of the historic State Capitol. Our tour will include information on the historic offices, legislative chambers, and artwork in addition to the Capitol’s unique history and architecture. We will also visit recently remodeled Leland Stanford Mansion. Gilded mirrors, French-polished wooden panels and crystal chandeliers are just some of the decorative elements you’ll see within the 19,000-square foot house. Leland Stanford was one of California’s governors, was responsible for bringing the railroads to the state, as well as for founding Stanford University. Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a        Return: 6:00p

SF Giants vs. Miami Marlins @ AT&T Park

Date: July 9 (Sun)    Price: $159

Game starts at 1:05p…

Depart: SR @ 10:30a   RP @ 10:45a   Pet @ 11:00a   Nov @ 11:15a    Return: 6:30p

Roaring Camp Train Ride to Beach Boardwalk + Chuck Wagon BBQ (Santa Cruz)

Date: July 26 (Wed)    Price: $145

Come explore vintage structures and old-fashioned general store and enjoy authentic western cooking from the Chuck-Wagon BBQ. Then enjoy a wonderful train ride departing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, travel through Henry Cowell Redwood Park down a scenic river gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:30a   RP @ 9:45a   Pet @ 10:00a   Nov @ 10:15a    Return: 7:30p

Gilroy Garlic Festival 

Date: July 28(Fri)    Price: $99

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is “The World’s Greatest Summer Food Festival” of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and cooking competitions. Founded in 1979, this event is hosted by thousands of community volunteers who have raised millions of dollars for local schools, charities, and non-profit organizations.  Lunch on Your Own.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a   RP @ 9:15a   Pet @ 9:30a   Nov @ 9:45a    Return: 6:00p

August 2017

Oakland A’s vs. SF Giants @ Oakland Coliseum

Date: August 1 (Tue)    Price: $125

Night Game starts at 7:05p…

Depart: SR @ 4:00p   RP @ 4:15p   Pet @ 4:30p   Nov @ 4:45p    Return: 11:30p

USS Potomac – “Bridges of the Bay” Cruise + Rosie the Riveter

Date: August 3 (Thur)    Price: $149

The Potomac operates live-narrated San Francisco Bay public cruises. Emphasis is placed on the history of the Bay Area & surrounding landmarks and the effect FDR’s administration had upon the Bay Area. This cruise will feature the Golden Gate, Richmond/San Rafael and Bay Bridges with their unique History, construction and points of interest on this 3-hour cruise on board the USS Potomac, the “Floating White House” of Franklin Roosevelt. On the way home, we’ll visit the Rosie WWII Home Front Visitor Center in the Richmond Shipyards. Gourmet Box Lunch on the USS Potomac is Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:30a    RP @ 8:45a    Pet @ 9:00a    Nov @ 9:15a      Return: 5:00p

Marine Mammal Center + Nike Missile Site + Marin Headlands Visitor Center

Date: August 5 (Sat)    Price: $99

We will enjoy a docent tour of The Marine Mammal Center which is dedicated to the rescue and rehab of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions. We will also visit the Nike Missile Site which was built by the US Army in the 1950s, and the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Picnic Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:45a   RP @ 9:00a   Pet @ 9:15a   Nov @ 9:30a    Return: 5:00p

Red Hawk Casino

New Date: August 8 (Tue)    Price: $64

Voted Best Casino 5 years in a row, Red Hawk features over 2400 slot machines, 60 table games and five restaurants. We will receive $10 for Slot play and $5 towards food.  Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a      Return: 6:00p

Fenton’s + Flowers

Date: August 16 (Wed)    Price: $129

Our day starts at Fenton’s Creamery, a landmark institution that has served generations its famous handcrafted signature ice creams and sauces. Here, we’ll have a tour of their ice cream factory and then enjoy a lunch highlighted by an ice cream dessert. In the afternoon, we will have a docent-led walk through the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens. Lunch @ Fenton’s Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:15a   RP @ 9:30a   Pet @ 9:45a   Nov @ 10:00a    Return: 6:00p

Transcendence Theater:  Broadway Under the Stars @ Jack London State Park (Glen Ellen)

(Small Group Tour)

Date: August 18 (Fri)    Price: $175

Are you ready to have “The Best Night Ever?” Come enjoy the award-winning concert featuring incredible talent from the New York and Hollywood stages and screen. Get ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and Broadway songs that celebrate the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life. Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. To top it off, the night begins with a picnic under the oaks, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Here you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and local wines. The venue is outdoors, so bring coats as the evening can become cool. Picnic Dinner Included.

Depart: Pet @ 4:15p    RP @ 4:30p    SR @ 4:45p    Oakmont @ 5:00p      Return: 10:30p

SF Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ AT&T Park

Date: August 23 (Wed)    Price: $149

Game starts at 12:45p…

Depart: SR @ 9:30a   RP @ 9:45a   Pet @ 10:00a   Nov @ 10:15a      Return: 6:00p

Theater-In-The-Round:  Sister Act @ Music Circus (Sacramento)

Date: August 26 (Sat)    Price: $165

This brilliant play centers around a woman hiding in a convent helping her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has brought audiences to their feet for years. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:30a    RP @ 9:45a    Pet @ 10:00a    Nov @ 10:15a      Return: 7:00p

Reno’s Rib Cook-Off + Virginia City + Donner Museum

Date: Aug. 30 (Wed) to Sept. 1 (Fri)    Price: $329 pp (Double)    Singles add $65

On our journey to Reno we will visit the Donner Memorial Museum. When we arrive in Reno, we will enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Party, buffet at the El Dorado, the Nugget Rib Cook-Off and we will be lodging at the Silver Legacy. On day 2, we will journey south to Virginia City where we will enjoy a trolley city tour and a Silver Mine tour. On Day 3, we journey over the Sierras and back home.

Depart (Wed): SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a    Nov @ 8:45a        Return (Fri): 6:00p

September 2017

Castello de Amoroso + Gott’s Roadside (Napa Valley)

New Date: September 7 (Thur)    Price: $139

Our visit to Napa Valley will feature a tour and wine tasting at Castello de Amoroso winery. This winery is an authentically-built, 13th century inspired Tuscan castle and winery.  We will explore multiple levels of the castle and enjoy a tasting of their wines. For lunch, we will enjoy delicious, high quality fare at Gott’s Roadside Burgers in St. Helena. Zagat has rated Gott’s Roadside as one of 12 essential restaurants to visit in Napa Valley and Gott’s has been ranked in the top 100 Burger joints in the US. Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a      Return: 4:30p

Napa Wine Train + Gourmet 3-Course Lunch (Napa Valley)

Date: September 7 (Thur)    Price: $229

The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a 3-hour, 36-mile round trip journey from Napa to St. Helena and back, as it travels past famous and historic wineries in the heart of Napa Valley. The Train is one of the most distinctive Napa restaurants, offering an authentic, memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, a 3-course meal, a welcome taste of wine and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored vintage rail cars. Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a      Return: 4:30p

Exploratorium @ Pier 15 + Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (Optional)

New Date: Sept. 12 (Tue)    Price: $109

The New Exploratorium is an exploration of science, art and human perception. We’ll have time to ponder social behavior in the West Gallery, enjoy the glorious view from the Bay Observatory Gallery while learning about our local environment, or explore the living world in the East Gallery. As we leave SF, we’ll have the option to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, an experience many of us have longed to do, but needed friends to experience it together. Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a    Nov @ 9:45a      Return: 4:30p

Walking Tour of North Beach / Little Italy + Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (Optional)

Date: Sept. 12 (Tue)    Price: $109

During our 2-hour walking tour through North Beach, you will hear about the Italians that built this area. From the early fishermen and bankers from Genoa to the grocers of Sicily, you’ll learn how the Little Italy of the Pacific brought food, song, and romance to San Francisco. Italy is the land of art, food, colorful history and culture all intersect in this Italian “urban village”. Come and discover why Italian-American Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a    Nov @ 9:45a      Return: 4:30p

Safari West + BBQ Lunch (Sonoma County)

Date: Sept. 15 (Fri)    Price: $139

Enjoy a fascinating 1.5-hour trek (ride + walk) in Safari West’s 400+ acre preserve. On the safari drive, you’ll encounter giraffes, gazelles, zebras, antelopes, cape buffalo, wildebeests and many other animals. On the walk, you’ll observe the resplendently-colored birds in the open-air aviary, check out cheetahs up close and personal, and laugh at the antics of the residents on Lemur Island and various other glorious primates. Safari Ranch Style Lunch Included.

Depart: Pet @ 8:45a    RP @ 9:00a    SR @ 9:15a        Return: 3:30p

Mystery Trip – Celebrate Bruce’s Birthday

Date: Sept. 28 (Thur)    Price: $139

Enjoy a fascinating 1.5-hour trek (ride + walk) in Safari West’s 400+ acre preserve. On the safari drive, you’ll encounter giraffes, gazelles, zebras, antelopes, cape buffalo, wildebeests and many other animals. On the walk, you’ll observe the resplendently-colored birds in the open-air aviary, check out cheetahs up close and personal, and laugh at the antics of the residents on Lemur Island and various other glorious primates. Safari Ranch Style Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:30a    RP @ 8:45a    Pet @ 9:00a    Nov @ 9:15a        Return: 5:30p

October 2017

Alameda Pointe Antiques Faire (Alameda)

Date: October 1 (Sun)    Price: $84

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is one of America’s best flea markets. The Faire boasts over 800 Dealer booths. The faire is the ultimate place to shop for vintage decorations, clothing, jewelry, art, pottery, books & collectibles. Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a    Nov @ 8:45a      Return: 4:30p

Theater:  American in Paris @ Orpheum (SF)

Date: October 4 (Wed)    Price: $179

This is a Tony Award®-winning musical that tells the thrilling story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Featuring a score including the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American in Paris.” Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 9:30a    RP @ 9:45a    Pet @ 10:00a    Nov @ 10:15a      Return: 7:00p

Fleet Week:  Blue Angels + Hornblower Cruise + Champagne Buffet Lunch (SF)

Date: October 7 (Sat)    Price: $179

There is no better vantage point to see the show than sailing on the bay on the iconic San Francisco Belle. Indulge in a delicious lunch buffet, as you sip on free-flowing champagne and enjoy background music from the on-board DJ. Then step onto the outer deck to relax in the sunshine and watch the jaw-dropping precision of famous Navy’s Blue Angel pilots fly overhead! Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 10:45a    RP @ 11:00a    Pet @ 11:15a    Nov @ 11:30a      Return: 7:00p

Monterey (Aquarium or Whale Watching or Elkhorn Slough)

Date: October 11 (Wed) – October 13 (Fri)

Price: $649 pp (Double)     Singles add $200

Our 3-day journey to the Monterey area will include:  a 2-night stay at the boutique Monterey Hotel, the Best Western Plus Victorian Inn located near Cannery Row, where we will enjoy two breakfasts and wine and cheese gatherings each afternoon. Our first evening we’ll enjoy a hosted Dinner together. On Day 2, we will choose either a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Elkhorn Slough or a Whale Watching tour. The remainder of your day will be open for exploring; maybe Fisherman’s Wharf or Cannery Row and where to enjoy dinner. On Day 3, we will cap our journey with a movie tour on the 17-mile drive followed by lunch at the Lodge at Pebble Beach, before we make our journey back home.  Trip Itinerary to follow.

Depart (Wed): SR @ 9:00a    RP @ 9:15a    Pet @ 9:30a    Nov @ 9:45a        Return (Fri): 6:00p

Small Group Tour:  Sturgeon’s Mill + Union Hotel + Occidental

Date: October 15 (Sun)    Price: $109

Today, we enjoy some of our local sites. First, we visit Sebastopol’s Sturgeon’s Mill, one of the world’s last steam-powered sawmills that still uses its original equipment. We’ll enjoy demonstrations of the all the equipment as it turns large redwood logs into usable lumber. Then we’ll journey out to Occidental where we’ll have time for browsing the unique boutique shops of Occidental and an enjoy an Italian lunch at the Union Hotel in Occidental.  Lunch Included.

Depart: Pet @ 9:30a    RP @ 9:45a    SR @ 10:00a        Return: 4:00p

Apple Hill Tour + BBQ Lunch

Date: October 19 (Thur)    Price: $109

Today, we enjoy some of our local sites. First, we visit Sebastopol’s Sturgeon’s Mill, one of the world’s last steam-powered sawmills that still uses its original equipment. We’ll enjoy demonstrations of the all the equipment as it turns large redwood logs into usable lumber. Then we’ll journey out to Occidental where we’ll have time for browsing the unique boutique shops of Occidental and an enjoy an Italian lunch at the Union Hotel in Occidental.  Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:30a    RP @ 8:45a    Pet @ 9:00a        Return: 6:30p

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Date: October 24 (Tue)    Price: $119

Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. In existence for more than 100 years (1850-1956), the mine produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. (5.6 million ounces of gold is equivalent to a box seven-feet long, seven feet high, and seven feet deep filled with gold.) We enjoy a docent tour of the Empire Cottage, an English manor home for Mr. William Bourne Jr. (Founder of Filoli Gardens). Near the Cottage are formal gardens and numerous mine shops and exhibits for us to enjoy at your leisure.  Picnic Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a        Return: 6:00p

November 2017

Holiday Shopping @ Ikea + Christmas House @ West End Nursery

Date: November 14 (Tue)    Price: $75

Ikea is a fun place to pick up very unique gifts for you or someone on your shopping list! On our way home, we’ll also visit the famous Christmas House in San Rafael. This Victorian House showcases over 60 lavishly decorated Christmas trees, as well as candles, Santa’s, nutcrackers, angels, and snowmen. This day will get you in the Christmas spirit!  Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 9:30a    RP @ 9:45a    Pet @ 10:00a     Nov @ 10:15a        Return: 6:00p

Sacramento Wildlife Refuge (Willows)

Date: November 16 (Thur)    Price: $119

If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, then join us as we visit the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge! At the Visitor Center, we’ll enjoy their wildlife exhibit and Discovery Room. Then we’ll enjoy a 6-mile, docent narrated bus tour, where we’ll stop at 3 viewing blinds where we’ll learn about the variety of Snow & Ross’s Geese, Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Ruddy Duck and Ring-Necked Ducks which enjoy the marsh lands. Lunch Included @ Granzella’s.

Depart: SR @ 7:30a    RP @ 7:45a    Pet @ 8:00a       Return: 6:00p

Colusa Casino

Date: November 16 (Thur)    Price: $64

Enjoy over 4 hours of play at this casino which features over 1,200 slots; various table games and the highest Bingo payouts around. Numerous dining options at the casino including the Seasons Buffet. Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 7:30a    RP @ 7:45a    Pet @ 8:00a       Return: 6:00p

The Big Game:  Cal vs Stanford @ Stanford (Time TBD)

Date: Nov 18 (Sat)    Price: $75

You buy the seat of your choice. We will handle the transportation, bridge tolls and parking. Wear your colors! Lunch on your own.

 Depart:  Oakmont @ TBD    SR @ TBD    RP @ TBD    Pet @ TBD      Return: TBD

Get Ready for the Holidays – Poinsettias & Cheese

Date: November 20 (Mon)    Price: $139

Today we journey to the “sea of poinsettiasat Duarte Nursery where we’ll enjoy a short tour and time for shopping. Then we will visit Hilmar Cheese Visitor Center where we will enjoy a short tour, lunch and time to make our own gift basket. Lunch Included.

Depart: SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a     Nov @ 8:45a       Return: 6:30p

Shopping @ Livermore Outlets

Date: November 20 (Mon)    Price: $64

Enjoy 6-hours of shopping at the Premium Outlet Stores in Livermore which features 119 stores. Lunch on your own.

Depart: SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a     Nov @ 8:45a       Return: 6:30p

December 2017

Christmas in Solvang + Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo

Date: December 6 (Wed) to December 8 (Fri)  

Price: $599 pp (Double)    Singles add $130

Our 3-day journey to Solvang will include:  a 2-night stay at the boutique Hotel Corque located in the heart of the Danish community Solvang. During our stay we will be able to browse the many boutique stores which will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. Our tour package will include one breakfast and one dinner together. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the way to Solvang and lunch at the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo, on the trip home. A complimentary shuttle service to the Chumash casino will be available from our hotel.  Trip Itinerary to follow.

Depart (Wed): SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a    Nov @ 8:45a        Return (Fri): 6:00p

Snow Train to Reno + Dinner Buffet + Show (TBA)

Date: December 13 (Wed) to December 15 (Fri) 

Price: $359 pp (Double)    Singles add $65

We will bus to Sacramento where those who like will board the Amtrak Train for a scenic ride over the Sierras into Reno. Our Charter bus will shuttle us to the Silver Legacy, where we will stay for two nights. We will enjoy a nice dinner at the El Dorado Buffet and a Show. Guests will have the option to enjoy time at the Nugget, Peppermill or some Christmas shopping at the Meadowood Mall. As we head home, we’ll enjoy some time at the Boomtown Casino. Trip Itinerary to follow.
Depart (Wed): SR @ 8:00a    RP @ 8:15a    Pet @ 8:30a    Nov @ 8:45a        Return (Fri): 6:00p