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

 

 

December 2018

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.

 

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.

 

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

**SOLD OUT** 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. 

 

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. (Eataly involves navigating tight spaces, escalators, and elevators, and may not be appropriate for customers with mobility issues.)

 

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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