COVID-19 UPDATE

In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many of the tours that I was scheduled to lead have been cancelled.  I am still hopeful that my late summer and fall tours will happen.  

In the meantime, I am currently offering a series of weekly LIVE VIRTUAL ONLINE TOURS on FACEBOOK LIVE. Please read below for more information and I hope to see you online enjoying a tour from the comfort of your home!

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR SCHEDULE:

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July 1 - The Legends of La Jolla

July 8 - Gossip, Ghosts & Guacamole - Old Town San Diego

July 15 - Coronado & the Hotel Del

July 22 - North Dakota's Badlands

July 29 - Funky Ocean Beach

August 2 - East Village

August 5 - Gaslamp Quarter

August 12 - San Diego's North Park

August 19 - Monterrey, Mexico

August 26 - Barrio Logan & Chicano Park Murals

 

All tour dates and destinations subject to change due to Covid-19 situation.  Your Suggestions welcome!

GRATUITIES ACCEPTED!  THANK YOU!!  

Gratuities are accepted and appreciated!                                                          You may leave a tip using: Paypal: PAYPAL or VENMO (Venmo: Mark Jacobson-32)

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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!

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

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 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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L.A. FOOD TOUR SERIES: KOREATOWN,       THAI TOWN, LITTLE ARMENIA                        Saturday, October 17, 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 K-BBQ 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 into 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.

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, $155 per person.

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HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL AT PANTAGES THEATER                               Saturday, October 10, 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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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 TOURSPRICE: 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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