Gadabout Vacations offers day tours originating from the Coachella Valley. See pickup points below.
Thursday, September 6, $57 per person
Explore the wonders of the night sky at the Observatory in Griffith Park. Tour exhibits including The Hall of the Eye and the Hall of the Sky. Also view the Planetarium show “Centered in the Universe,”which will take you on a journey of cosmic exploration and discovery. No-host lunch.
Petersen Car Museum
Tuesday, September 11, $77 per person
Head to Los Angeles for a highlights tour of the Peterson Museum, which will provide an overview of all three floors of the wonderful historic automobiles. After your visit, head to the Grove and Farmers Market for a no-host lunch.
Nethercutt Collection & Museum
Thursday, September 13, $58 per person
Travel to Sylmar for a guided tour of the Nethercutt Collection’s assortment of antique automobiles, antique furniture, clocks & mechanical musical instruments. Also visit the Nethercutt Museum, featuring cars once owned by the rich & famous. Lunch included.
Saturday, September 15, $59 per person
Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and browse the art, gardens and architecture. Special exhibits include “In Focus: Expressions,” and “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography.”No host lunch on site.
San Diego by Land & Sea
Monday, September 17, $96 per person
Tour San Diego on a“boat with wheels.” The 90-minute narrated journey on the Seal vehicle begins on the streets of San Diego before driving into the San Diego Bay for a leisurely cruise. Have time on your own for a no-host lunch and shopping at Seaport Village.
Warner Brothers Tour
Wednesday, September 19, $121 per person
Travel to Burbank to board a cart with your knowledgeable tour guide as you learn where some of the memorable moments in film & television history are created. Visit the new“Stage 48: Script to Screen,”to explore the film and television production process. No-host lunch on site.
"Roaring 20's Murder Mystery"
Thursday, September 27, $129 per person
Head to Almansor for lunch. Then enjoy a special Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery with the Colorful Songs cast. Lunch included.
Laguna Beach Getaway
Saturday, September 29, $49 per person
Spend a cool day away in Laguna Beach. You are on your own to explore the unique galleries, the Sawdust Festival, specialty stores & restaurants, or enjoy the beach. No-host lunch.
Julian Apple Pie Day
Tuesday, October 2, $72 per person
Head to the charming town of Julian during apple harvest time. Explore the shops and enjoy a no-host lunch. Before heading home, make a stop at the popular Dudley Bakery in Santa Isabel. Tour price includes a tasty apple pie to bring home.
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Tuesday, October 9, $65 per person
Travel back to prehistoric times in Hancock Park. See dinosaurs come to life in the 3-D film “Titans of the Ice Age” and learn more about the tar pits in fascinating exhibits. No-host lunch at the Grove & Farmer’s Market following your visit.
Fillmore Railroad & Lunch
Thursday, October 11, $115 per person
Journey to the heart of California’s Heritage Valley and board a vintage passenger train for a ride through century-old citrus and avocado groves. Enjoy a three-course lunch in the 1928 Parlor Car.
Tuesday, October 16, $20 per person
Head to the Tropicana for eight hours of gambling fun. Tour price includes $5 in Free Slot Play when you register with the Trop Advantage Player’s Club. No-host lunch. Valid ID required. No escort.
Wednesday, October 17, $123 per person
Head to L.A. to join popular guide Curt Tucker on this new tour of the delights of Westside L.A. Visit iconic sites like Rodeo Drive, outdoor art at LACMA, and many hidden gems. Enjoy an early lunch at HMS Bounty, where the nautical decor often attracts celebrities. Also visit the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Hammer Museum, and the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.
Sunday, October 21, $59 per person
Explore the newly renovated Getty Villa, in Pacific Palisades, near Malibu. The new presentation of the antiquities focuses on the development of art among the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. The special exhibit is “Palmyra: Loss & Remembrance.” No-host lunch on site.
Tuesday, October 23, $50 per person
Head to Oak Tree Village in beautiful Oak Glen. Have time to explore the shops and enjoy a no-host lunch as you take in the fall foliage and crisp autumnal atmosphere.
Santa Anita Races
Thursday, October 25, $84 per person
Enjoy the thrill of thoroughbred racing at historic Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, considered the world's most beautiful race track. Price includes admission, a buffet lunch and a racing program.
Pompeii Exhibit at the Reagan Library
Saturday, October 27, $77 per person
Travel to Simi Valley to view this new exhibit, which brings Pompeii to life through frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, jewelry and ancient Roman coins. Also on display as usual is Air Force One, a full scale replica of the Oval Office, and many exhibits and films about the life and legacy of President Ronald Reagan. No-host lunch on site.
Oktoberfest in Big Bear
Sunday, October 28, $89 per person
Head to the Convention Center to experience one of the country’s top-rated Oktoberfest celebrations. Enjoy an authentic German meal, washed down with German beer, wine or soft drink. There will also be live entertainment. Lunch included.
Temecula Wine Country
Thursday, November 1, $74 per person
Travel to nearby Temecula for wine tasting at a local winery. Then, take time for a no-host lunch in Old Town.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Sunday, November 3, $105 per person
Travel to Buena Park to experience the newly redesigned dinner show. Now, it’s the QUEEN who is the ruler of the land – not the king. From ringside seats, discover all the splendor and romance of 11th century Spain. Thrill to magnificent purebred Spanish horses and be entertained by the knights of the realm. Early dinner included.
The Wild Goose & Lunch
Tuesday, November 6, $125 per person
Climb on board the Wild Goose, the private yacht owned by John Wayne. Explore the boat on a self-guided tour. Then, re-board your motorcoach and head to the Harborside Restaurant in Newport Beach for lunch.
Wednesday, November 7, $20 per person
Head to the Tropicana for 8 hours of gambling fun. Includes $5 in Free Slot Play when you register with the Trop Advantage Player’s Club. No-host lunch. Valid ID required. No escort.
Nethercutt Collection & Museum
Thursday, November 8, $80 per person
Travel to Sylmar for a guided tour of the Nethercutt Collection, home to an assortment of antique automobiles, antique furniture, clocks & mechanical musical instruments. Also visit the Nethercutt Museum, with cars once owned by the rich & famous. Lunch included.
Sunday, November 11, $59 per person
Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Explore the art, architecture and gardens. No-host lunch on site.
L.A. Architecture & Heritage Square
Tuesday, November 13, $105 per person
Join Curt on this new tour and explore the unique & fascinating architecture of Los Angeles, including the Civic Center, Theater District, Little Tokyo and much more. A highlight will be a visit to Heritage Square, featuring homes representative of the Civil War to the early 20th century. No-host lunch at the Grand Central Market.
King Tut at the California Science Center
Saturday, November 17, $79 per person
Travel to Los Angeles to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the famous tomb. See the world premiere of “King Tut: Treasure of the Golden Pharoah,” with over 50 authentic artifacts. Also view the special IMAX presentation, Mysteries of Egypt. No-host lunch on site.
Thanksgiving Day Lunch Cruise
Thursday, November 22, $152 per person
Celebrate the holiday with a two-hour cruise on beautiful San Diego Bay. The cruise features unforgettable views of San Diego's skyline, the U.S. Naval fleet, the Coronado Bay Bridge and the Star of India. A delicious plated meal is included as you sail along.
Shopping at Fashion Island
Saturday, November 24, $49 per person
Begin your holiday shopping at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, featuring more than 200 stores and 40 restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom & Bloomingdales. No-host lunch. No escort.
Tuesday, November 27, $95 per person
Travel to the newly renovated Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. View a multi-media presentation that introduces Richard Nixon and his 50-year career. Then explore the various galleries highlighting his life and times, as well as that of Pat Nixon. Lunch included at a local restaurant.
Roger’s Gardens & South Coast Plaza
Thursday, November 29 , $49 per person
Travel to Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar to see both indoor and outdoor ideas for landscaping and decorating your home in this incredible, family-owned store. Then, head to nearby South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa for shopping and a no-host lunch.
Saturday, December 1, $82 per person
Travel to the Huntington Library in San Marino, home to an extensive art collection. There are also special gardens such as the “Japanese Garden,” the “Desert Garden,” and the “Chinese Garden.” Choose to stroll or ride the golf cart to the various buildings. No-host lunch on site.
Mission Inn Lights
Tuesday, December 4, $77 per person
Begin your holiday celebration with an early dinner at a local restaurant. On a walking tour around the exterior of the famous Mission Inn, view the exciting decorations and more than three million lights. Dinner included.
Christmas Trees at the Reagan Library
Thursday, December 6, $77 per person
Travel to Simi Valley to view two exhibits: Pompeii, with frescoes, mosaics, sculptures and jewelry; and the annual Christmas Tree display. In the museum, see Air Force One, a full scale replica of the Oval Office, plus many exhibits and films. No-host lunch on site.
Holiday Gondola Getaway
Tuesday, December 11, $82 per person
Travel to Long Beach, where authentic Venetian gondolas gently cruise the canals and waterways of Naples Island and view homes along the canals that are decorated for the holidays. No-host dinner at Long Beach Harbor. (Gondolas are uncovered. Blankets available, but wear something warm.)
“Christmas with Crosby & Hope”
Thursday, December 13, $129 per person
Head to Almansor Court in Alhambra, south of Pasadena. Following lunch, enjoy a musical revue with songs, comedy and dance starring the Colorful Songs performers. Hear Holiday songs and carols and scenes from White Christmas. Lunch included.
“Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance”
Saturday, December 15, $65 per person
See some of the world’s rarest colorful diamonds, showcasing natural green radiance, at the Natural History Museum. Have time to explore other exhibits, including the Dinosaur Hall and T. Rex. No-host lunch on site.
That's Amore! A Taste of Italy
Monday, December 17, $124 per person
Join Curt on this new tour in search of everything Italian. Explore Eataly, an exciting new Italian marketplace. Lunch is included at Andres Italian Kitchen, serving food for 50 years. Visit the Italian American Museum in historic Little Italy and taste wine at the popular San Antonio Winery.
Petersen Car Museum
Tuesday, December 18, $76 per person
Head to Los Angeles for a docent-led highlights tour, which will provide an overview of some of the interesting automotive exhibits. Have some free time to explore on your own before heading to the Grove and Farmers Market for a no-host lunch.
Thursday, December 20, $55 per person
Pay a visit to the famous Hotel Del, which starred in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot. You’ll have timeto stroll around and see the hotel decorated for the holidays. Then, head to the Coronado Ferry Landing for a no-host lunch.
“The Perfect Christmas” at the Candlelight
Saturday, December 22, $149 per person
Since 1985, the Candlelight theatre has continued the tradition of writing and producing an annual Christmas show with a focus on the spirit of the season. See this year’s, and say hello to Santa and Mama after the performance as they mingle with guests. Lunch included.
Christmas Lunch Cruise
Tuesday, December 25, $149 per person
Celebrate the holiday with a two-hour cruise on beautiful San Diego Bay with unforgettable views of San Diego's skyline, the U.S. Naval fleet, the Coronado Bay Bridge and San Diego's bustling shipyards. A delicious holiday buffet is included as you sail along.
The Grove & Farmers Market
Saturday, December 29,$49 per person
Have a free day for shopping and lunch on your own. The Farmers Market is adjacent to The Grove, an outdoor shopping mall, and there are many restaurants scattered throughout both areas. No-host lunch. No escort.
New Year's Eve Matinee
Monday, December 31, $129 per person
Ring in the New Year at Almansor Court. The musical revue will be performed by the talented Colorful Songs of Broadway cast. After lunch, enjoy the musical revue. There will be noise-makers, a Champagne toast and a countdown to New Year’s in London. Lunch included.
Pasadena Rose Parade
Tuesday, January 1, $149 per person
Arrive early for the 129th annual Pasadena Rose Parade. This year, the theme will be “Melody of Life,” which celebrates music, the universal language. From your bleacher seats, view the magnificent floral floats, equestrians and marching bands. Bring a sack lunch in a small cooler which will fit at your motorcoach seat. Food for purchase is also available on site.
Showcase of Rose Parade Floats
Wednesday, January 2,$79 per person
After the Rose Parade, the floral masterpieces are parked in Pasadena, allowing you to walk within a few feet of the floats to appreciate the workmanship, creativity and detail of the floral displays. This is a great photo opportunity. No-host lunch.
Road to California Quilt Show
Saturday, January 26, $65 per person
Attend the annual quilt show in Ontario featuring superb quilt exhibits and world-class shopping opportunities. No-host lunch on site.
Day Tour Pickup Points
Kohl's on Monterey & Dick Kelley
Dollar Tree Store, at Vista Chino & Sunrise
Sun Lakes Shopping Center Near Carl's Junior
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