Gadabout Vacations offers day tours originating from the Coachella Valley. See pickup points below.

 

November 2018  

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.

 

Nixon Library
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.

 

December 2018

Huntington Library

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.

 

Coronado
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 time  to 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.

January 2019

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.

 

The Getty Center
Saturday, January 12, $58 per person

Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Explore the art, architecture and gardens. No-host lunch on site. 

 

The Grove & Farmers Market
Sunday, January 13, $49 per person

Live like an Angeleno! Whether shopping, lunching, or people-watching, the day is yours to enjoy as you explore the Farmers Market and The Grove outdoor shopping center. No-host lunch and no escort.

 
Nixon Library
Tuesday, January 15, $96 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 career, as well as that of Pat Nixon. Lunch included at a local restaurant.

 

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.

 

Space Shuttle Endeavour
Tuesday, January 22, $61 per person

Travel to the fascinating California Science Center in LA. Explore "Endeavour: The California Story," featuring images and artifacts related to the shuttle program in California. See the actual Endeavour and enjoy a no-host lunch at the Grove & Farmer's Market following your visit.

 
Los Algodones Turnaround
Tuesday, January 29, $44 per person

Head South of the Border for a day! You'll have plenty of time to do shopping, make any medical visits, or just soak up the local culture. No escort.

 

USS Iowa
Thursday, January 31, $70 per person

Visit one of the great American battleships, which saw action in World War II and the Korean War. You'll tour the ship and see its famous 16-inch guns up close, as you learn about its epic history. (Tour involves walking and navigating enclosed spaces, and may not be appropriate for people with mobility issues.) No-host lunch.

 

February 2019

Quartzsite Craft Fair
Saturday, February 2, $50 per person

Journey to Quartzsite, Arizona, to experience the popular open-air arts and crafts show. Spend the day browsing exhibitor displays of gems, rocks, minerals, arts, crafts, jewelry, precious metals, coins and lapidary supplies. No-host lunch on site.

 

Griffith Observatory
Tuesday, February 5, $57 per person

Head to the Observatory in Griffith Park and explore 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 discovery. No-host lunch on site.

 

Temecula Wine Country
Saturday, February 9, $74 per person

Escape to the rolling vineyards of Temecula Wine Country. Enjoy a tasting at a local winery, and enjoy time on your own to explore the historic downtown. No-host lunch.

 

Fillmore Railroad
Monday, February 11, $115 per person

Travel to the heart of California's Heritage Valley for a day aboard a vintage 1930s passenger train. Enjoy a three-course lunch in the restored Parlor Car, and stop along the way for the shopping and sightseeing.

 

Reagan Library & Pompeii Exhibit
Saturday, February 16, $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 is Air Force One, a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, plus many exhibits and films related to Ronald Reagan's life and times. No-host lunch on site.

 

Autry Museuem
Tuesday, February 19, $57 per person

Step back in time at the Autry Museum, dedicated to the history and cultures of the American West. Explore more than 50,000 pieces of art and artifacts, including the wonderful American Indian Collection, which is known as one of the most significant in the country. 

 

Getty Villa
Saturday, February 23, $58 per person

Travel to the breathtaking Getty Villa on the incomparable Malibu coast. Built in the style of a first-century Roman villa, the building itself is almost worth the trip. Inside, you'll find an incredible collection of Greek and Roman art and artifacts, as well as the current special exhibits: "Underworld: Examining the Afterlife," and "Palmyra: Loss & Remembrance." 

 

Downtown L.A.
Tuesday, March 5, $58 per person

Experience the renaissance of creative, incomparable, Downtown LA. Begin with a driving tour of local sights of note, including the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall. Browse the never-ending stacks at the funky Last Bookstore, before lunch on your own at the bustling Grand Central Market, a foodie's dream. 

 

Santa Anita Races
Saturday, March 9, $85 per person

Enjoy a day at the races at beautiful, historic Santa Anita Park. Lunch included.

 

Santa Monica Farmers Market
Wednesday, March 13, $50 per person

Experience the largest grower-only certified farmers market in Southern California! Whether you're looking to stock up on basic ingredients or searching for something more exotic, you're sure to find it among the many bright and fragrant stalls. Or, if you'd rather not shop 'til you drop, explore the nearby beach and famous Route 66 sign.

 

Luck of the Irish
Saturday, March 16, $129 per person

Travel to Almansor Court for the annual St. Patrick's Day revue from the Colorful Songs group. Enjoy the performance of classic Irish songs, and lunch.

 

Eataly
Wednesday, March 20, $50 per person

Pasta, gelato, salami? This Italian food hall will satisfy your cravings for la dolce vita! Browse the many cafes, vendor counters, and restaurants, or simply sit with a glass of vino and enjoy the people-watching. 

 

Huntington Library & Gardens
Saturday, March 23, $82 per person

There's so much to see at this Southern California gem. Browse the galleries of European and American masterpieces from Edward Hopper, Mary Cassat, Andy Warhol and more. Or, stay outside and wander the lush gardens, such as the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, or Desert Garden. A handy shuttle can help you navigate the grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Day Tour Pickup Points

Palm Desert

Kohl's on Monterey & Dick Kelley

 

Palm Springs

Dollar Tree Store, at Vista Chino & Sunrise

 

Banning

Sun Lakes Shopping Center Near Carl's Junior

 

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