SEASONAL TOURS

These tours cater to the special events that happen in and out of Southern California. Trips are offered only one time a year, don't miss out on all the fun!

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Big Bear Lake

 

Escape the city and join us on our excursion to beautiful Big Bear Lake, a charming mountain community nestled in the Pine forests of the San Bernadino Mountains. This day of spectacular views includes a cruise on the lake and a delicious lunch. This tour is available from late spring to the end of summer.

Highlights of this tour:

  • A narrated boat tour of the lake

  • The history of Big Bear

  • A luncheon overlooking the lake

  • Time for shopping in Big Bear

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Calico Ghost Town

 

Our journey back in time begins at the Route 66 museum in Victorville. Barstow is another historic town and was a major rail stop and a bustling town along famous route 66. Here we will visit one of the last remaining Harvey House resorts. We will stop for lunch and shopping at a true vintage spot, Peggy Sue's 50's Diner. Our next stop is the historical ghost town of Calico. This formar bustling silver mining camp once had over 10,000 people. We will see old west architecture, take a mining train ride, and shop and explore this unique town. Our final stop will be at Charlie Brown Farms. This quirky roadside establishment has been a stop for weary travelers for nearly 50 years en route to Las Vegas from Los Angeles. 

There is excessive walking on this tour. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen.

Highlights of this tour:

  • A narrated history of Calico and Route 66

  • Time for shopping and exploring historic Calico

  • Luncheon at a 50’s diner

  • A stop at an eclectic roadside shop

  • A stop at a Harvey House

 

Christmas Boat Parade
 

We will escort you to one of the most treasured annual events of Newport Beach, the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade! With almost 100 years of history, this holiday boat parade is viewed by over a million people each year. We'll partake in an enchanting dinner, where we will sit harbor side and enjoy exquisite cuisine including entree and dessert. After dinner we'll hop aboard to witness Newport Beach's Christmas card to the world! Homes, yachts, docks, even kayaks and canoes, are transformed into a magical holiday experience of lights and Christmas carols. Don't miss out on what the New York Times has hailed “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation”.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Private charter for the Newport Beach boat parade of lights

  • Dinner and Newport Beach

  • A stop at Rogers gardens Newport Beach (optional)

 

Chinese New Year

 

The Hsi Lai Temple is a hallmark in Western Buddhism.. The week of Chinese New Year is  a spectacle not to be missed. $300 million temple is ornately decorated for one of the biggest events of Chinese Buddhist culture. Our docent-led tour will take you around this iconic temple, as we get up close to some of their intricately detailed architecture and gorgeous gardens.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Extra decoration due to Chinese New Year

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the temple

  • A Chinese luncheon

  • A visit to a Chinese tea and herbal house

 

Annual Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake

 

Who says you have to be in Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest? Considered one of the best German celebrations this side of Munich, here we take you to the beautifully scenic Big Bear Lake, to celebrate their annual Oktoberfest. From activities, to contests, to food, to live entertainment, this celebration will be one to remember. With the stockpiles of American and European beers, this is truly an Oktoberfest to be enjoyed.

Rileys at Los Rios Rancho

 

Giddy up, cowboys and cowgirls, cause this trip is all about enjoying the scenic beauty and crisp mountain air, at one of the oldest and largest ranches in Oak Glen. For lunch, we will be treated to some authentic BBQ with ol' fashioned apple pie for dessert. And Riley's own Mountaineers Band will entertain us with your favorite country tunes. This adventure is not one to be missed!

Highlights of this tour:

  • A tour of the Apple packing facility

  • A barbecue luncheon

  • Live music

  • Time for shopping in Los Rios

  • An apple pastry to take home

 

"Christmas at the Castle"

 

This trip starts with a quick stop in Ventura for lunch. From there will continue on to Cambria, where our charming hotel awaits our arrival. You'll have time to settle in before we depart towards the iconic Hearst Castle. Once we arrive you'll notice the 1930s Christmas theme and be greeted by “The Living History Docents” who not only act, but dress the part of 1920s-30s Xmas theme. After working up an appetite well venture to one of the local's favorite restaurants, capping off the night of an unforgettable Christmas experience. The next morning well be treated to a hot buffet breakfast before departing towards the historic town of Solvang. There will visit the quaint little Danish Village, where you can partake in lunch and shopping at your own leisure!

Highlights of this tour:

  • A docent led behind-the-scenes tour of Hearst Castle

  • Hotel accommodations in Cambria

  • A visit to Solvang

  • Dinner and shopping in Cambria