November 10th-13th, 2019 Sunday-Wednesday
$999 (Based Upon Double Occupancy)
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies, on our way to Blythe, where we’ll enjoy lunch on self. After lunch we’ll jump back on the bus and sightsee our way to Long Beach, California, where we’ll spend our first night. After checking into our hotel, we’ll take some time to refresh and then we’ll head out for dinner on self, at charming Shoreline Village, where we’ll find a variety of wonderful restaurants, offering great food at affordable prices and views overlooking the ocean.
Day Two: We’ll enjoy breakfast, included, at the hotel and then it’s bags out and we’ll head for the pier. We’ll board a sleek catamaran style vessel with indoor & outdoor seating and plenty of big windows, offering an exciting one hour journey to Catalina Island. Upon arrival our bags will be whisked off to the gorgeous Pavilion Hotel, known for its relaxed atmosphere and personalized service. Just steps from the beach, the Pavilion Hotel offers a central courtyard and cozy fire ring where guests gather for complementary wine & cheese socials every evening before dinner. Meanwhile, we’ll head out to enjoy a lovely lunch on self at one of Catalina Island’s fantastic restaurants. Later we’ll gather to begin the “Behind the Scenes, Casino Tour.” This attraction takes guests back to a time when hundreds of people would sail to the Island to see and hear Big Bands, the likes of Benny Goodman, Gene Autry and other greats—on one of the biggest dance floors the world had ever known. Later we’ll visit the opulent Avalon Theatre, with its classic 1929 pipe organ, Art Deco murals and the fascinating Catalina Island Museum. Late afternoon we’ll arrive at our hotel and after a refresh we’ll gather for our wine & cheese social and later dinner on self and a free evening.
Day Three: We’ll enjoy a fabulous hot breakfast buffet, included, on the patio of our hotel. After breakfast we’ll head out to discover the charming town of Avalon. We’ll journey along the beachfront, up the hillsides and through the heart of this historic town. We’ll see and learn about colorful local attractions, as our guide shares interesting Catalina Island history and folklore from the comfort of our open-air passenger vehicle. Don’t forget your camera! Later we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the restaurant of your choice and a free afternoon. Early evening finds us back at our hotel for another wine & cheese social. Later we’ll enjoy dinner on self and a free evening.
Day Four: Breakfast is included at the hotel, then it’s bags out and we’ll gather at the dock for our return to the mainland. Our own bus will meet us in Long Beach and we’ll head for Palm Springs where we’ll enjoy lunch on self. After lunch we’ll head for home with some interesting stops along the way. This is a fantastic tour and we hope you’ll join us!