Daytripping Destinations

Tours

We are so pleased to announce the day we have been waiting for is here! It has been a long time coming but on August 29 the Daytripping bus will be back on the road for our first post-pandemic trip. The office is not yet staffed – to reserve a tour please leave a message and we will return your call as quickly as possible. Can’t wait to see you onboard!

 


Union Hotel Lunch & West County

September 23, 2022 & October 14, 2022
$132
Join Bill Montgomery for a last of the summer driving tour of our own backyard featuring the lore and the history of Sonoma County’s West Country. On this tour you will visit a treasure trove of tiny towns, historic buildings, and hidden gems, all while driving along enticing two-lane country roads that offer something surprising just around the bend. Lunch at the famous Union Hotel Restaurant, home of Italian dining in Occidental since 1879. After lunch – Bodega Bay and filming sites from Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller – The Birds.

 


Oktoberfest – Yodel Lay He Ho!

October 2, 2022
$95

Celebrate Oktoberfest “Munich Style” in historic downtown Clayton. Set under beautiful Mt. Diablo, it evokes a feeling of Bavaria! Enjoy the sounds and tastes of a fabulous traditional Oktoberfest featuring an authentic German biergarten. German bands, Bavarian delicacies, bratwurst, German beer, strudel, wienerschnitzel and brats plus arts and crafts shopping. Yodel Lay He Ho!

 


Fabulous Fall in the Eastern Sierra

October 3 – 6, 2022
$1525 Sgl / $1110 ppdbl
Embark on a spectacular adventure to discover the majesty of the Sierra Nevada and some of nature’s most glorious works! Majestic in scale and awesome in its natural beauty Mammoth is one of those rare places that you have to see to still not totally believe. The name speaks to the size of the mountains, the expanse of the valleys, the incredible number of crystal clean mountain lakes and surreal storybook scenes that spark the imagination. From the strange tufa towers at Mono Lake, to the glacier-formed June Lake Loop, this tour features Mother Nature at her finest – all the while, enjoying a 3 night stay at the upscale Village Lodge in the heart of Mammoth Lakes. A short getaway but no small adventure.


Fleet Week Blue Angels Cruise

October 9, 2022
$198
Take in the excitement of Fleet Week and the experience of a lifetime on-board Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Annual Blue Angels Air Show Cruise on San Francisco Bay. Onboard enjoy a delicious Boxed Lunch and the amazing aerobatics of the Blue Angels as they soar overhead! Look! Up in the sky! It’s the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Join us for this not-to-missed event.


Sacred Places

October 11, 2022
$149
Join guide Craig Smith on a tour of San Francisco’s Sacred Places of Worship. During your tour, you will visit the beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral, the remarkable Swedenborgian Church designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1895, St. Peter and Paul Church dating back to 1922, and the grand neo-Gothic Church Grace Cathedral, the largest Episcopal Church on the West Coast of North America. The main doors of Grace Cathedral are replicas of the famous doors by the Florentine Renaissance master Lorenzo Ghiberti. Mid-day, enjoy a delicious lunch.


Clydesdale Farm Tour

October 12, 2022
$145
Today is your chance to experience Clydesdale horse magic firsthand and learn about their lives on the farm. Clydesdales are the workhorse of the world and one of the most famous breeds of horses. Our day at the Sargent Equestrian Center in Lodi includes a wagon ride, a guided tour of this pristine facility, and a look at the majestic Clydesdale horse and their day-to-day lives on the farm. Enjoy a BBQ lunch on the property and come away remembering why few sounds can elicit the wonder and excitement of the clip- clopping of a horse’s feet. You will fall in love with these gentle giants.


Around Alameda Cruise

October 13, 2022
$179
Join us for a narrated tour about and around the Oakland Estuary and Alameda Island. We’ve all driven over the bridges from Oakland to Alameda, but how many have cruised under the Bay Bridge, entered the estuary, and continued down the east side of Alameda? This is truly a “back door view” of both the Port of Oakland and Alameda, and gives a good sense of the history as well current usage of the estuary and Bay sides of this island. We have four bridges open for us as we cruise down the estuary before/during lunch. After passing through the last bridge we pop out into San Francisco Bay and head towards San Francisco before starting our journey home. There may be time to look at the ‘City’ front, Yerba Buena and its lighthouses as we cruise back to the Berkeley Marina. Box Lunch onboard included.


DeYoung Museum Exhibit – Ramses the Great

October 20, 2022
$123
Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, was the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom in Egypt’s Golden Age. Believed to be a god on Earth, he ruled for 67 years in the 19th Dynasty, erecting enormous temples, obelisks and statues, and greatly expanding Egypt’s empire. This state-of-the-art exhibition features the greatest collection of Ramses II objects and Egyptian jewelry ever to travel to the United States. Along with the pharaoh’s colossal royal sculpture, the exhibition highlights recently discovered animal mummies and treasures from the royal tombs of Dahshur and Tanis. Lunch on your own at the de Young Café.

 


Catalina Island

October 24 – 29, 2022
$2565Sgl / $1863Dbl
“Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me, Santa Catalina, the island of romance…” So goes the 1957 song that immortalized this small island less than 30 miles off the California coast. On our fall escape to the island, you’ll stay at the Pavilion Hotel in the charming island village of Avalon and enjoy the opportunity to relax and enjoy the gentle rhythm of the waves that seem to make time slow down. Travel to Santa Clarita overnight before taking the Catalina Island Express Ferry out to Catalina Island. Spend three days on the island and one night in Oxnard on the return with a stop in Solvang for lunch and shopping on your own on the final day of this getaway. Tour the famed Casino, take an Avalon scenic driving tour, and enjoy the gentle rhythm of the waves that seem to make time slow down on Catalina Island.


San Francisco Movie Tour

November 4, 2022
$146
Join Craig Smith for a comprehensive and fun driving tour of the movies made in and about San Francisco. San Francisco has always had a love affair with the movies, and it began when they
were silent. Many of the greatest names in movie history made movies in The City:
The tour begins at the St. Francis Hotel, with the first talking picture-The Jazz Singer
Buster Keaton created films here and we see him in Daydreams 1922-flying off the
back of a cable car. In the opening scene of The Birds, Tipi Hedrin walks into a pet
shop off Union Square, as Hitchcock, passes her with his own two small dogs.
We’ll see legendary stars; Greta Garbo, Mae West, Valentino, Bogart, Fred Astaire,
William Powell, Myrna Loy and countless others in many of the best films ever made. Lunch at Swiss Louis Italian and Seafood Restaurant Pier 39 and before heading home we will stop at Mels Drive In for a sundae or a shake.


Grand Island Mansion Champagne Brunch

Nov 6, 2022
$149
Sunday Brunch with a touch of Italy at the historic Grand Island Mansion. The unique Italian Renaissance villa was built in 1917 for Louis Meyers and his wife Audrey, daughter of Lubin of the Weinstocks department stores. The mansion was built by European craftsmen. The architecture and grounds are a feast for the eyes – the food is great but the dining setting – a striking two-story banquet hall – is equally impressive . The drive through the Delta to reach the Grand Island Mansion is a pleasant and perfect fall Sunday outing.


Napa Valley Fall Driving Tour

Napa Valley Fall Driving Tour

Nov 9, 2022
$98
Join Bill Montgomery for a leisurely autumn driving tour. Crisp air, colorful leaves, showstopping fall foliage and the sweet smell of crushed grapes wafting through the vineyards – fall is a magical time in the Napa Valley. Our route will take us over the hill and along the scenic Silverado Trail, passing extraordinary scenery, world-renowned vineyard estates and through historic downtowns – the pretty hamlet of St. Helena – known as Napa Valley’s Main Street, “foodie” Yountville – think French Laundry, Bouchon, Ciccio and cosmopolitan Napa. Lunch on your own at Oxbow Market. Who can resist the magic of the Napa Valley in the fall?


Book of Mormon – The Musical

November 10, 2022
$198

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. Performance at Broadway Sacramento. Lunch at Rio City Café.

 


Veteran’s Day on USS Potomac

November 11, 2022
$205

For Veteran’s Day enjoy a special three-hour narrated history cruise on San Francisco Bay aboard the USS Potomac. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Floating Whitehouse” and personal retreat. The Presidential Yacht Potomac is a National Historic Landmark and one-of-a-kind memorial to FDR and the momentous time through which he led our Nation. Learn about SF Bay and FDR’s role in its development. Experience the excitement of living history while on board this beautifully restored ship. Box lunches and beautiful views. Please note: The UUS Potomac requires all guests to be fully vaccinated and boosted – proof of all 3 vaccination will be checked at the gate – no exceptions.


Monterey Monarchs & Movies

Nov 14 – 16, 2022
$1079 Single /$889pp Dbl

Monterey is the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit –described as “the greatest meeting of land and sea.” For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty here. Come with us on this three-day escape and explore the spectacular wet-lands of Elk Horn Slough on a pontoon safari to view playful sea otters and an astounding array of wildlife. Back on land enjoy lunch at Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery in Moss Landing. Spend two nights at Asilomar Conference Grounds – celebrated as Monterey’s “refuge by the sea” – offering simple comforts and accommodations in a breathtakingly gorgeous beachfront setting. Eating at the warm and welcoming Crocker Dining Hall is an essential part of the Asilomar experience so all meals are included. A Monterey Movie tour will take us through the scenic sights of Monterey as seen in many famous Hollywood films as well as beautiful 17-Mile Drive. Marvel at the spectacle of pine, cypress & eucalyptus trees sheltering thousands of monarch butterflies as they overwinter at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary. Bask in the captivating charm that makes the Monterrey Peninsula so special.


San Francisco Movie Tour

November 18, 2022
$139
The 1906 quake lasted only 45-60 seconds, but is still remembered as one of the most horrific events in the history in US history. With Craig Smith as guide, explore where it began, follow the path of destruction, and see the rebuilding of San Francisco to what today is considered one of the most beautiful, recognizable, and popular cities in the world. Lunch at Swiss Louis Italian and Seafood Restaurant Pier 39.

 

 

 


Holiday Sierra Theater Weekend

November 19 – 20, 2022
$699 double/$613 single
Theater lovers’ weekend holiday shows in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills with the Sierra Repertory Theater. Enjoy a matinee of the heartwarming holiday tale ‘The Christmas Foundling’ at Fallon House Theater in Columbia. An evening performance of the hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy ‘Elf” at the East Sonora Theater. On Sunday a matinee performance of ‘A Christmas Story’ at the historic Woodland Opera House Theater. One night at the Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel in Sonora, CA and all meals included. Let the holiday season begin!


Thanksgiving at Le Chalet Basque

November 24, 2022
$145

Join us and treat yourself to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, at Le Chalet Basque, one of Marin’s oldest and most well-respected restaurants. The chef has not finalized his menu but will offer non-traditional entrée options in addition to turkey. Thanksgiving is for remembering what we are thankful for, spending time together and enjoying our many blessings, like delicious food. Following our feast we will take a drive around China Camp.


Niles Train of Lights

Niles Train of Lights

November 30, 2022
$194
Join us on an enchanting holiday excursion! Your joyous journey starts at the Niles Depot, where a heritage train with vintage cars await you, decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights, garlands, and yuletide decorations. You will enjoy an evening ride through Niles Canyon aboard the spectacular Christmas “Train of Lights”. Your seats in the First Class Parlor are some of the best seats on the train, in car appointed with original Cuban Mahogany interior and include a reserved seat in the Southern Pacific 10040 Dining Car. A fabulously festive evening, filled with music, magic and good cheer. Grand Sparkling Victorian Christmas Tea prior to the “Train of Lights”.


Holidays at Filoli

Holidays at Filoli

December 1, 2022
$129
Deck the Historic Halls! Holidays at Filoli Historic House and Gardens – one of the last country estates reminiscent of the Gilded Age – is the season to bask in the Georgian mansion and beautiful gardens dressed in Christmas finery. Step into the magic of the House adorned in Holiday cheer and explore the winter Garden at the peak of fall color illuminated by twinkling lights and the winter sun. Lunch at the Quails Nest Café – look for holiday cookies and mulled wine. The Clock Tower gift shop is loaded up with old fashioned gifts and one-of-a-kind finds.


Cambria Christmas

December 3-5, 2022
$1491Sgl / $1196 Dbl

Come kick-start your holidays on this getaway to one of those special historic places where the Christmas Spirit still lives. Enjoy a two-night stay at the woodsy-chic Cambria Pines Lodge – magically decked out in its holiday finest. Delight in an authentic German-style Christmas Market, authentic German Christmas Buffet, an evening visit to the dazzling ‘Field of Light at Sensorio ‘ art installation along with a tour of Hearst Castle dressed in full Christmas regalia. Remind yourself why December is the most wonderful time of the year.

 


Gamble Garden Holiday Luncheon

December 8, 2022
$145
Discover the magic of Christmas at Elizabeth Gamble Gardens and Historic House. One of Gamble Gardens’ most beloved traditions, Holiday Luncheons are the perfect setting to celebrate the holidays. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch featuring a festive menu served in the historic home, a docent-led tour through the garden, find the perfect present at the Holiday Marketplace, and shop for floral arrangements and plants. Always an oasis of beauty and tranquility Gamble Gardens is truly enchanting at Christmas.


Solvang Christmas Celebration

Dec 9 -11, 2022
$1049pp dbl/1389 Single
The Danish Capital of America,” is already Christmas-y most of the year, but wait until you see it during the holidays when this quaint hamlet is filled with twinkling lights, traditional ornaments, festive treats, and other holiday delights. Spend two nights at the Hotel Corque in downtown and enjoy holiday cheer, special festivities and of course, do some shopping – wander the pristine avenues of half-timbered shops with enchanting window displays. Enjoy the Solvang Nativity Pageant, ‘The Christmas Story’ and a special dinner of traditional Danish Cuisine. On our way to Solvang, we will stop for lunch at Jardine’s de San Juan Spanish eatery in San Juan Bautista with time to stroll the grounds old Mission San Juan Bautista. And visit a long time favorite – Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo for lunch on the way home.


Hallmark Enchant Christmas

December 14, 2022
$129
The Hallmark Channel, has long been a staple of the Christmas season, and is now planning to spread holiday cheer in person with “Enchant Christmas”! Escape to the world’s largest illuminated winter wonderland, an immersive walk-through light maze created from over 4 million sparkling lights, a 100-foot holiday tree, live entertainment, and a holiday shopping marketplace. Explore the village of artisan, vendors, specialty crafts and boutiques with our own private VIP Elf Guide to accompany our group during our visit to ensure the best night of the holiday season. Enjoy delicious holiday treats and Christmas Joy! Dinner on your own at Enchant Christmas. The evening event at Sutter Health Park, Sacramento will put even Scrooge in a festive mood!


San Francisco Holiday Lights

December 16, 2022
$149
Meet our San Francisco guide, Craig Smith at Pier 39 Christmas Tree Lights Show then on to Ghirardelli Square for a little shopping and sampling before driving past the best holiday lights displays and decorations the City has to offer, including Grace Cathedral, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Union Square, Opera House & Symphony Hall, Embarcadero Ice Rink & Bay Bridge Lights. Dinner at Swiss Louis Pier 39 before the tour.


Christmas in Ashland

December 23 – 26, 2022
$1695 / $1374
Have a happy heartwarming Christmas-card perfect Christmas in picturesque Ashland, Oregon. With frost sparkling on rooftops and smoke rising from chimneys this cozy village is a perfect vision of Christmas joy. Stay at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel, suitably dressed for the festive season with holly and ivy and decorated trees. Attend ‘A Christmas Carol’ performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ‘A White Christmas’ Dinner Show at the Oregon Cabaret Dinner Theater. Christmas Day comes with all the trimmings. Rise and shine to hearty breakfast and gift exchange game. Take a Christmas day drive and return to a sumptuous supper at Larks Restaurant, followed by Christmas lights drive-around. It promises to be and enchanting Christmas.


Benbow Inn New Year’s Eve

Dec 30, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023
$1428 / $1077
Raise a glass and see in 2023 among the majestic redwoods at Benbow Historic Inn. As you’d expect from this grande dame hotel, our two-night stay over New Year’s Eve is a stylish affair. A traditional afternoon tea marks the start of our celebration which includes, Dinner, Dancing, a Champagne Toast with fireworks lighting up the sky at midnight!


Blossom Trail

Blossom Trail

February 20 – 24, 2023
$1328pp Dbl / $1419 Single
Fresno Flaunts its Pretty Side… Join us as we celebrate spring and the spring blossoms – the best of the seasons in the San Joaquin Valley. Come ride with us along the Blossom Trail where nature erupts with thousands of fruit and nut trees flaunting fluttering, lacy petals. The air is rich with their sweet scent and the landscape blazes with the pink and white blooms of almond, apple and plum trees and the sun is shining ever so delicately upon us. Loop through miles of this particularly lush region to celebrate agriculture and historical points of interest. This tour will include a visit to Project Survival Cat Haven, an innovative park dedicated to the preservation of wild cats, some of the rarest cats in the world. Spend three nights at Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, nestled in the scenic Sierra foothills and be treated to some good old-fashioned hospitality complete with a horse-drawn wagon ride.