JOIN ME ON THESE DELICIOUS ADVENTURES!!

All tours are carefully hand-selected by myself and offer travelers a unique and fun experience. 

Convenient boarding locations are offered and special pickup arrangements can be made for groups. 

Please contact me for more information and to make reservations! All tours listed here will be escorted by myself and I would love to have you join me!

SPECIAL FOOD-FOCUSED TOURS FOR GROUPS!

I specialize in planning, organizing and escorting customized food-focused group tours.

I put a ton of creativity and care into each and every tour! I am very "hands on" and take great pride in the attention to detail that is so important to the success of a tour. I personally escort each tour, and it is my privilege and pleasure to create a fun adventure for your group!

TOUR SCHEDULE

 

BORREGO SPRINGS WILDFLOWERS & DESERT SCULPTURES Thursday, March 5, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Embark on a day trip that takes you from the refreshing pine forests and brilliant lavender lilacs in the mountains of Julian to the colorful wildflower blossoms and incredible giant metal sculptures on the low desert floor of Borrego Springs.

Your tour begins with a stop at the famous Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel for an opportunity to purchase fresh baked specialties and browse their wonderful gift shop. Then, it’s on to the quaint former gold mining town of Julian, where you’ll have time on your own for lunch, shopping and a slice of famous Julian apple pie. Next, we descend into Borrego Springs to seek out the most colorful wildflower blossoms and visit some of artist Ricardo Breceda’s fascinating giant metal sculptures of prehistoric creatures. We’ll also stop at the Borrego Springs Visitor Center and Museum and more.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $119 per person.

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TEMPLES OF L.A.: HINDU MANDIR & HSI LAI BUDDHIST MONASTERY - Saturday, March 7, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Gain enlightenment as you explore some hidden gems of L.A. when we visit two unique architectural landmarks. First, immerse yourself in the glorious culture and faith of India when we enter a traditional Hindu place of worship, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills. You’ll take a docent-guided tour of the spectacular Mandir, which embraces the quintessence of Hindu divinity and Indian architectural excellence.

Next, enjoy an included lunch at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse. After lunch, explore the Hsi Lai Temple and gardens, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Western Hemisphere. Located in Hacienda Heights, the very size and majesty of Hsi Lai Temple is awe-inspiring. You’ll tour beautiful themed gardens, shrines and a museum exhibiting a collection of fascinating Buddhist artifacts from different countries around the world.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $135 per person.

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DESCANSO GARDENS & NORTON SIMON MUSEUM     Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Visit North America’s largest camellia collection during its peak blooming season on this delightful tour to the Camellia Forest at Descanso Gardens. You’ll enjoy these blooming beauties via a docent-guided walking tour through the forest which boasts over 34,000 rare and familiar camellias, many of which are more than 20 feet in height.

Next, we’ll travel to the popular Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, which houses one of the world’s finest art collections. The museum is rich in Rembrandts, Goyas, Degas and Picassos as well as Southeast Asian artworks dated 100 BC. Spend extra time at the museum enjoying lunch on your own at their casual open-air cafe, or take our optional free side trip to Old Pasadena for more lunch options.re.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $865 per person.

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PAGEANT OF OUR LORD LIVING ART SHOW WITH 80-VOICE CHOIR - Saturday, March 21, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Experience the magic of the magnificent 35th Annual Pageant of Our Lord this spring in Rolling Hills. Modeled after the world-renowned Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, this theatrical masterpiece features life-size paintings and sculptures on stage – utilizing live models within the art – to depict the Biblical history of the Old and New Testaments, as told through great works of classical art.

Presented annually at Easter time by the Rolling Hills Covenant Church, this 2-hour performance is accompanied by original narration along with an 80-voice choir and a full live orchestra. More than 15,000 people attend the pageant each season to experience its inspiring message, beautiful music and breathtaking stage wizardry.

Your trip includes reserved theater seating for the pageant and a pre-show lunch at Souplantation in Torrance. Don’t miss this beautiful blending of art, drama and music.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $135 per person.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE AT THE MICROSOFT THEATER Sunday, March 29, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Sizzling salsa, tantalizing tango, fabulous freestyle… you’ll get to see it all in this exciting tour to see Dancing with the Stars, Live! This incredible evening performance will feature a cast of the television show’s most popular competitors, treating you to fabulous group numbers, steamy duets and over-the-top original pieces. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph never-before-seen dances and recreate some of the show’s most memorable moments.

You’ll see some of your favorite stars and pros from the most recent season, including Val Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and more. Your tour includes reserved orchestra seating at the spectacular Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, along with time on your own for dinner at L.A. Live.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $155 per person.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SPRING PICNIC & WILDFLOWERS - Saturday, April 4, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Journey with us to an enchanted land high in the Mojave Desert north of Palm Springs – a fascinating region where bizarre rock formations, surreal landscapes and ancient twisting Joshua trees interact with springtime wildflowers to form a pattern of stark beauty and ever-changing complexity. This sightseeing excursion includes visits to several points of interest within the National Park.

You’ll enjoy an included picnic lunch at Hidden Valley, where daring rock climbers are usually seen scaling the granite monoliths that ring the valley. Marvel at the vista that extends over the Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea and beyond to Mexico from Key’s View Lookout, and learn of the region’s unusual plant life and wildflowers when you join your Tour Manager for an easy nature walk at Cap Rock. Plus, we’ll stop at the park’s Visitor Center for an interpretive look at the area’s rich natural and cultural history.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $129 per person.

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HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL AT PANTAGES THEATER Saturday, April 11, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Travel with us to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a matinee performance of Hamilton, the smash hit Broadway musical biography of Alexander Hamilton that has received worldwide critical acclaim and set unprecedented Broadway box office sales.

From bastard orphan to George Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.

Tour fare includes reserved seating (upgrades may be available) and time for lunch on your own at L.A.’s Farmers Market and The Grove shopping complex.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $225 per person.

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BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL AT KNOTT'S BERRY FARM      Thursday, April 16, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the boysenberry, and each spring Knott’s celebrates this flavorful berry and its historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.

Join us when we travel to Buena Park to experience this unique festival, featuring over 75 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, foot-stompin’ entertainment, a Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and plenty of good old-fashioned fun! There are vendors offering exclusive specialty items, from boysenberry chocolate, jerky, soda, candy, and coffee to a complete bath and body line. You can even purchase a boysenberry plant to take home and grow your own berries.

Your tour fare includes admission to the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park and Boysenberry Festival, as well as four tickets for servings of several of the most popular boysenberry dishes at the festival, such as boysenberry pot roast, jerk chicken wings or pulled pork, then top it off with boysenberry ice cream.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $165 per person.

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LA FOOD TOUR SERIES: Koreatown, Thai Town, Little Armenia Saturday, April 18, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Due to overwhelming popularity, we’re bringing back this fabulous installment in our delectable Foodie Tour Series with Tour Manager Mark Jacobson.

Begin your day in Koreatown (K-Town), which encompasses more than two square miles just west of downtown Los Angeles. Koreatown is the most densely populated and ethnically diverse neighborhood in all of Los Angeles. Nibble on delightful appetizers at Park’s BBQ, one of the best KBBQ restaurants in L.A. Let your food settle on a casual walking tour as you learn fascinating details about the origins of K-Town, as well as the customs, etiquette, and culinary traditions of Korea.

Then it’s on to Little Armenia, home to one of the world’s largest populations of Armenians outside their home country. Here you’ll enjoy appetizers served family-style at Lux Restaurant.

It’s just a short walk to our final destination in Thai Town, the only established Thai settlement anywhere in the world. Dig in to several different dishes at Thai Patio with a sweet treat at the end. Savor the flavors of the corners of Asia on this wondrous, delicious adventure.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $155 per person.

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CALIFORNIA'S REDWOODS, RAILS & WINERIES                          8 beautiful days!  May 17-24, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

California’s Redwoods, Rails & Wineries Heritage railways, historic sites, beautiful cities, some of the country’s best wine and even a national park are on full display as we set out on this 8-day showcase of the beautiful state of California. California is a land of possibilities, and this unforgettable tour gives you 8 days to explore them all. Our journey begins in San Francisco, where we explore both the modern and historic sides of the city through guided tours and memorable excursions. From San Francisco it is on to Yosemite - but not before embarking on the first of three railway journeys this trip provides, the Roaring Camp Railroad’s Redwood Forest Steam Train.

In Yosemite, a guided tour of the park allows us to experience the grandeur of nature, and the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad gives us yet another perspective. It is after Yosemite that we begin the culinary portion of our journey - one that kicks off with a visit to a winery that has been in operation for four generations. Napa, Sonoma and Healdsburg are all on the itinerary, and in each destination, we savor the spectacular food and wine. Our ride through the vineyards of Napa aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train makes this journey even more memorable. Whether you seek gastronomic delights or deep history, this California adventure is one not to miss.

Departs from SAN FRANCISCO with VACATIONS BY RAIL, $2949 per person based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare.

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ROARING '20s HISTORY, CULTURE & ARCHITECTURE   Thursday, May 28, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Travel back in time with us to the Los Angeles of yesteryear on this nostalgic new adventure narrated by our special step-on guide Curt Tucker, a local historian and L.A. cultural expert. The Roaring ’20s was an incredibly revolutionary time across the entire United States, but L.A. especially underwent extensive modernization during this period – transforming from a fairly ordinary metropolitan borough into being called “The Emerald City.”

On this downtown L.A. adventure, you’ll get a glimpse into the history and panache of this era with visits and behind-the-scenes tours of a number of memorable and iconic sites including the 1923 Angelus Temple, the 1926 Central Library, 1928 L.A. City Hall and the 1923 Biltmore Hotel, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch at the hotel’s Smeraldi’s Italian Restaurant. As we take our first steps into the “twenties” of the 21st century, this tour reminds us of how far we’ve come and will hopefully inspire a new generation to strive for the same greatness.

Departs San Diego and points en route. Tour Fare: $160 per person.

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MEXICO WINE TASTING & LUNCH GUADALUPE VALLEY Saturday, May 30, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Taste the flavor of Mexico when you travel with us to Baja’s wine country, a beautiful region of Mexico located in the hidden Guadalupe Valley northeast of Ensenada. You’ll sip wine during tastings at two delightfully different wineries – one a large operation and the other a small organic winery – each with its own unique atmosphere.

The family-owned boutique winery, La Casa de Doña Lupe, specializes in organic red wines and delicious homemade products like jams, hot sauces, olive oils and cheeses. At the larger winery, L.A. Cetto, you’ll enjoy a catered luncheon of grilled chicken and carne asada served with wine on the hillside terrace overlooking the beautiful valley. Note: A valid passport is required on this tour.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $139 per person.

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SAN PEDRO FILM LOCATIONS TOUR WITH PICNIC LUNCH Thursday, June 4, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

The San Pedro Harbor and surrounding community are collectively one of the most popular film and television shooting locations in southern California. Join us for this fascinating new tour led by our special step-on guide Angela Romero – a local writer, historian, fourth-generation San Pedran and founder of the San Pedro Heritage Museum.

You’ll be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes storytelling as we make our way past filming locations from blockbuster movies like Pearl Harbor and The Big Lebowski as well as hit TV shows like This is Us, NCIS, Mad Men, Dexter and more. Some of the locations you will see include Angels Gate Park and the Korean Friendship Bell, site of several notable scenes in The Usual Suspects, along with the SS Lane Victory and USS Iowa, two retired ships that have each racked up a long list of film credits.

The tour fare includes a boxed picnic lunch at beautiful Point Fermin Park overlooking the Pacific. Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $119 per person.

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CATALINA ISLAND DAYCATION GETAWAY                      Saturday, June 6, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Discover the romance and enchantment of a Mediterranean island when you cruise with us to Santa Catalina’s charming village of Avalon. With its unspoiled natural beauty and relaxed island charm, Catalina is truly a Pacific island paradise. Travel by motor coach to Newport Beach and board a 75-minute cruise to the island. En route to Catalina, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase optional tours, such as a scenic tour of Avalon, a glass-bottom boat tour, an inland tour to see roaming wild American bison, and many others.

Once on the island, you’ll have five hours to enjoy lunch on your own and experience a variety of what Catalina has to offer, all within walking distance from the dock. Explore the quaint village boutiques, enjoy a famous buffalo burger on the pier, or simply relax with a cool Mai Tai and a good book amid the scenic island beauty.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $149 per person.

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COLORADO RAIL ADVENTURE                                                         8 Days, TWO DATES: June 12-19 and September 4-11, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Quite possibly the most "classic" train tour is this in-depth exploration of the Colorado Rockies aboard both standard and narrow gauge railways to summits of more than 14,000 feet.

Teddy Roosevelt described a train journey through Colorado as "the trip that bankrupts the English language." Find out for yourself! Beginning and ending in Denver, this extraordinary itinerary makes a great circle of the Rockies and includes six remarkable train rides that fully justify President Roosevelt's enthusiasm. Due to an early start on Day 1 of the tour, a pre-tour hotel night in Denver is strongly recommended. Vacations By Rail can arrange for a pre-tour hotel stay. Vacations By Rail can also arrange Amtrak transportation to Denver aboard the legendary California Zephyr, which brings travelers to Denver the morning your tour begins.

Departs from DENVER with VACATIONS BY RAIL, from $2295 per person based on double occupancy.

LA FOOD TOUR SERIES: CULINARY CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION GREEK - JEWISH - ETHIOPIAN  Saturday, July 11, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Join us for a journey through the culinary cradle of civilization taking you from the shores of the Mediterranean to the ancient hills of Ethiopia during this installment of our Foodie Tour series with Tour Manager Mark Jacobson. Your day begins with a visit to the Holocaust Museum in L.A. before continuing onward to Canter’s Deli for a traditional Jewish deli experience.

Our main course is at Papa Cristo’s Greek Grill where you’ll enjoy authentic Greek cuisine made solely with traditional meats, seasonings, cheeses, olive oils, and other culturally true ingredients. Stroll around Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral before we make our way to Rosalind’s Ethiopian Restaurant for a small taste of Ethiopia’s vibrant and rich fare. Last but not least we stop at Katella’s Bakery to enjoy hamentaschen, a classic Jewish cookie.

iDeparts from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $169 per person.

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ALASKA THE GREATLAND                                                                9 DAYS, 3 DATES: July 1-9, Aug. 5-13 and Aug.19-27, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Nine days: That is all you need to gain an insider's perspective of Alaska on this escorted tour. Your time in The Last Frontier begins in Fairbanks, where a riverboat tour acquaints you with the local waterways, and a trip to Trail Breaker Kennel allows you to experience one of Alaska's favorite pastimes, dog sledding.

It is also from Fairbanks that we board the storied rails of the Alaskan Railroad for a ride aboard the Denali Star. The train will take us right into the heart of Denali National Park, where great adventure meets wildlife spotting and breathtaking scenery.

Continuing on the Denali Star, we move through the vast open terrain as we make our way to Talkeetna. The view along the way is truly inspiring - keep your camera within reach. An overnight stay allows you to soak in the charm of this destination before we continue southbound to Anchorage, down the Turnagain Arm and finally down through the Kenai Peninsula before arriving in Seward.

It is in Seward that we have a gateway to one of the most majestic places in southern Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park. As we wrap up our grand Alaskan journey, we spend some time in Whittier, journey out to Prince William Sound by boat and even take one last ride on the Alaskan Railroad, this time aboard the Glacier Discovery. If it is adventure that calls you, the great land of Alaska is the answer.

Departs from FAIRBANKS with VACATIONS BY RAIL, from $3825 per person, based on double occupancy.  Price does not include airfare or airport transfers.

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LAGUNA BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS  Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Prepare to be awed by the works of extraordinary artists that have withstood the test of time at the 87th annual Pageant of the Masters. This unique theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants – “living pictures” – features real people creating incredible 2D illusions onstage by posing to look exactly like their counterparts in famous works of art. This year’s theme, Made in America, pays homage to the artists – revolutionaries, innovators, dreamers – who not only made this country their home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which this nation was founded. Some of the masters of American art this year’s pageant will recognize include N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell, Daniel Chester French, Luis Jimenez and John Nieto.

Your package includes time in the artist community of Laguna Beach for dinner on your own, admission to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts – which hosts one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows – and excellent reserved Main Tier seating for the performance. You won’t want to miss this unrivaled event!

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS, $149 per person.

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COLORADO RAIL ADVENTURE                                                         8 Days, September 4-11, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Quite possibly the most "classic" train tour is this in-depth exploration of the Colorado Rockies aboard both standard and narrow gauge railways to summits of more than 14,000 feet.

Teddy Roosevelt described a train journey through Colorado as "the trip that bankrupts the English language." Find out for yourself! Beginning and ending in Denver, this extraordinary itinerary makes a great circle of the Rockies and includes six remarkable train rides that fully justify President Roosevelt's enthusiasm. Due to an early start on Day 1 of the tour, a pre-tour hotel night in Denver is strongly recommended. Vacations By Rail can arrange for a pre-tour hotel stay. Vacations By Rail can also arrange Amtrak transportation to Denver aboard the legendary California Zephyr, which brings travelers to Denver the morning your tour begins.

Departs from DENVER with VACATIONS BY RAIL, from $2295 per person based on double occupancy.

CATALINA 3-DAY GETAWAY                                                            3 Days - September 13-15, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Discover the charm and enchantment of a Mediterranean Island on this 3-day mini-vacation to Santa Catalina. Marvel at postcard-perfect vistas and colorful local spots as you learn interesting highlights and history of the island during our narrated Avalon scenic tour. Enjoy plenty of free time to immerse yourself in Catalina’s seductive atmosphere. Your waterfront hotel accommodations are just 14 steps from the beach and situated in the heart of Avalon amid quaint boutiques and fine restaurants.

Your getaway also includes luxury motor coach transportation to Long Beach, an easy round-trip hydrofoil cruise to Avalon, and three meals including an all-inclusive welcome lunch in the village. Many optional side tours are available on the island as well, such as the Art Deco ballroom tour, electric bike tour, a glass-bottom boat tour, and an inland motor tour where bald eagles, wild boar and herds of wild American bison, mule deer and goats roam freely on the island’s protected interior.

Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS. Tour Fare: $795 Double | $1,115 Single | $780 Triple

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Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion national Park           8 Days, September 20-27, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Visit picturesque Sedona with its distinctive red rock formations and artists colony and tour Montezuma Castle, site of prehistoric Native American cliff dwellings. Stand in awe at the rim of the Grand Canyon with its mesmerizing beauty.  Also view Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.  You will tour Bryce Canyon, a wondrous land of pines and oddly sculpted formations and discover Zion National Park, where desert rocks mingle with crystal rivers.

Enjoy glittering Las Vegas, with it's non-stop activities and colorful themed hotels.  Also experience breathtaking Hoover Dam, one of the Modern Engineering Wonders. This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day.

Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities.

TOUR INCLUDES: 7 nights accommodations 1 night Scottsdale, 1 night Grand Canyon South Rim, 2 nights Page, AZ, 2 nights Springdale, UT (Zion National Park), 2 nights Las Vegas, hotel taxes, fees & service charges, hotel porterage, 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach, services of English-speaking tour manager throughout, entrance fees per itinerary, comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring.

Departs from LAS VEGAS with GATE 1 TRAVEL, from $1849 per person based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare.

FALL COLORS OF NEW ENGLAND, QUEBEC & MONTREAL            11 Days, Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Scenic rail excursions, superb hotels, and vibrant autumn foliage are the hallmarks of this tour through the gorgeous fall colors in New England and French Canada on this 11-day seasonal tour featuring grand hotel stays and beautiful scenery.

Soak up the HISTORY OF BOSTON, the starting point of your fall foliage adventure, before traveling into New Hampshire for excursions aboard the WINNIPESAUKEE SCENIC RAILROAD, MT. WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY and THE CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD. Travel through VERMONT with stops at renowned local companies en route to MONTREAL for a 2-night stay. Continue by VIA Rail train to QUEBEC CITY, comparing and contrasting Canada's fall colors with those in the USA. After a 2-night stay within the OLD CITY WALLS, cross the US-Canada border in MAINE with visits to ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, PORTLAND, AND CAPE ANN before concluding your trip in SALEM, Massachusetts.

Departs from BOSTON with VACATIONS BY RAIL, from $3398 per person based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare.

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BORREGO BADLANDS, STARGAZING & GEOLOGIC EXPLORATION 3 beautiful days!  November 9-11, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Journey with us on this new celestial voyage to the Borrego Badlands. Enjoy a 2-night stay at the historic Casa Del Zorro Resort in Borrego Springs, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy activities like bocce ball, horseshoes, ping pong, hiking, and more. Bask in the beauty of the stars on a private stargazing tour with a local astronomer.

You’ll also take a guided driving tour to learn about the flora and fauna of the desert with a Naturalist from the Anza-Borrego Visitor Center. Take an off-road adventure through the Badlands on a 2.5-hour tour, where you’ll explore colorful sedimentary formations carved by wind and water erosion into strange shapes, stop under the shade of a palo verde tree for a snack, and even have the chance to explore a mud cave – from afar or up close. On the way home, we’ll stop at the Oasis Camel Dairy to tour their farm, the first of its kind in the United States.

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW. Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS.

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ENCHANTING PUERTO VALLARTA MEXICO                                    5 beautiful days!  November 15-19, 2020

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

Take in the beauty of wondrous Puerto Vallarta on this relaxing journey to Mexico’s premier west coastal vacation destination. Spend four nights at the Puerto Vallarta Hilton, an all-inclusive resort where you’ll enjoy all meals and snacks, limitless domestic and international beverages and cocktails, daytime activities, and nightly entertainment.

Become acquainted with picturesque Puerto Vallarta and its scenic coastline on a comprehensive city tour. Spend a day exploring San Sebastian, a small town founded by Spaniards in the Sierra Madre amid pines, ash trees, cedars, and coffee. Puerto Vallarta’s white houses with red roofs, cobbled streets, and gardens make it the perfect place for a cultural encounter and total relaxation. Enjoy a VIP package for the magnificent Rhythms of the Night – a cruise, dinner, and show unlike any other – produced by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of Cirque de Soleil.

Your excursion includes round-trip air from San Diego, home pickup and return, 11 meals, deluxe ocean-view hotel accommodations, and more. Tour Fare: $2,199 Double | $2,679 Single. Departs from SAN DIEGO with DAYTRIPPER TOURS.

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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE IN PASADENA                          5 beautiful days!  December 29-January 2, 2020-21

PACIFIC ROSE TOUR - subject to change

Escorted by Mark Jacobson

This tour strikes a perfect balance between the fun and festivities of the Rose Parade and the scenic and relaxing beauty of Long Beach. Tour Warner Brothers Studios, have lunch aboard the Queen Mary, get a behind-the-scenes view of Rose Parade floats under construction, and visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. We’ve even included a Long Beach Harbor Cruise.

On New Year’s Day, celebrate the beauty and pageantry of the Rose Parade. Enjoy the view from grandstand seats near the television cameras. You’ll be amazed at the creativity and beauty of the floats, bands, and equestrians.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Rest each night in the 4-star accommodations of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

Experience the beauty and thrill of the Rose Parade on a tour that actually gives you time to stop and smell the roses. View Rose Parade floats in their final stages of preparation at the Float Construction Barns. Then see them in all their splendor as they pass by your grandstand seats during the Rose Parade. Start each morning with a complimentary full American breakfast buffet. Lunch is also included daily.

Highlights Include: Grandstand seats at the Rose Parade, Float Construction Barns, Evening Shuttle to Belmont Shore, Queen Mary lunch and tour, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Huntington Museum & Gardens, Long Beach Aquarium, Long Beach Harbor Cruise. 4-star hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Complimentary breakfast and lunch daily.

Departs from Los Angeles area with AL BROOKS TOURS PRICE: More information to follow.

Optional Upgrade: Add an extra day of sightseeing to your tour!

Add-A-Day (January 2nd) Highlights: Tour the Post-Parade Showcase of Floats where you can see the detail and beauty of each entry. Take plenty of close-ups to share with family and friends back home. Join us for lunch in LA's Chinatown. Experience the Getty Villa and its vast collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Stay an additional night at your hotel (with original departure itinerary moved to January 3rd.) Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet on January 2nd and 3rd. When booking your reservation, indicate that you would like to Add-A-Day to your tour. Add-A-Day Rates* Rates are based on the location of your original tour. Prices quoted are per person, including all taxes and are in addition to the price of your original tour. Long Beach Guests Hyatt Regency Long Beach. 

Add a Day Upgrade Rate: From $275 per person (extra) based on double occupancy.

Optional Upgrade: Add the Rose Bowl Game!

Add The Rose Bowl Game To Your Tour Rose Bowl StadiumSubject to availability, some of our Tours allow you to upgrade and add the Rose Bowl Game to your package. An extra charge per person applies, but only for those in your party who choose to attend the game. When making your reservations, indicate that you would like to add the Rose Bowl Game to your itinerary. (Note that the Rose Bowl Game replaces some activities on your original tour itinerary for January 1st.) Rose Bowl Game Upgrade Highlights: With the upgrade, you will still enjoy the Tournament of Roses Parade with your original travel party. Following the Parade, join others who are going to the game. Enjoy a deluxe box lunch aboard your motor coach as you travel to the stadium. Attend the Rose Bowl Game, also known as “the granddaddy of them all.” Experience the thrill of one of America’s greatest sporting events in one of its most beloved stadiums. Following the game, your motor coach will transport you back to your hotel. Adding the Rose Bowl Game is subject to availability and an extra charge applies. Rates are quoted per person and include all taxes and are in addition to the price of your tour. 

Rose Bowl Upgrade Rate: More information to follow

 

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