Start your adventure with an evening in Istanbul on your own, followed by two days of comprehensive tours of this city and its Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments. Then, motorcoach through the Bulgarian countryside to Plovdiv for a city tour, to Veliko Tarnovo for a tour and lunch in Arbanasi and to Rousse where we'll embark on our seven-day cruise on the Danube, from Bulgaria to Hungary, aboard AmaWaterway’s river cruise ship, AmaPrima—debuting in 2013. Some ports of call are: Giurgiu, Romania, to visit the Palace of Parliament; Vidin for a City tour; and a Belogradchik excursion and visit to Baba Vida fortress. You’ll traverse the narrow gorges of the Iron Gates dividing the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains and cruise the boundary between Serbia and Croatia before we fly home from Budapest, Hungary. Your voyage includes a wide variety of complimentary shore excursions, all with personal headsets to hear your guide. You can also choose to extend your stay and tour Vienna.
The price for this 13-day trip depends on the cabin you choose—please pick up the trip flyer for more details. Deposit is $1300pp, with balance due Thursday, April 24, 2014. Trip includes all meals onboard the cruise ship (three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner on the land portion). Final payment due Thursday, April 24, 2014. Pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, July 6, from 10:30 - noon in the Laurel Room at the Senior Center.
Highlights of this trip: Three National Parks (Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyons), Scottsdale, Zion Park Tram Tour, Sedona Trolley Tour, Oak Creek Canyon, Cameron Trading Post, Lake Powell Cruise, Monument Valley and scenic drive, two nights each in Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Las Vegas.
The price for this nine-day trip is $2,821(R) pp double occupancy and $3,571(R) single occupancy. Deposit is $490 pp, with balance due Wed., Jul. 2, 2014. Trip includes 14 meals (eight breakfasts, one lunch and five dinners). Final payment due Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, September 3, from 10:30 - noon in the Sequoia Room at the Senior Center.
RAILS OF NEW ENGLAND
Fri., October 10, 2014 – Fri., October 17, 2014
Highlights of this trip: Three rail journeys—Conway Scenic Railroad, Mount Washington Cog Railway and the Essex Steam Train; Boston City tour, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market; Minute Man National Historic Park in Lexington & Concord; Lobster Dinner, Portland, Maine; Casco Bay Cruise; scenic Kancamagus Highway, Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock and Quechee Gorge; Green Mountain Sugar House and Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino and Mystic Seaport, a replica of a 19th century New England fishing village.
The price for this eight-day trip is $3,063(R) pp double occupancy and $3,888(R) single occupancy. Deposit of $490 per person is due April 14. Balance due Friday, July 25. Trip includes 11 meals (seven breakfasts, four dinners).
The pre-trip meeting will be Wed., Oct. 1, from 10:30 am – Noon in the Sequoia Rm. at the Senior Center
Panama Canal Cruise
Mon., December 8, 2014 — Mon. December 22, 2014
Celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Panama Canal by transiting through all the locks from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea on Holland America’s beautiful H/S Amsterdam. We fly to San Diego, where our 14 night cruise begins. We’ll cruise to Puerto Vallarta & Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; and Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. Then we navigate through each lock and onto Cartegena, Columbia, arriving in Ft. Lauderdale in time to fly back and still enjoy the full Christmas Holidays at home. You can do your holiday shopping, especially hand-crafted items at bargain prices on this trip, which starts and finishes at the Sunnyvale Senior Center.
The price for this 14 night trip depends on the cabin you choose—see flyer. $600 deposit is required to sign up for this trip. There is a Feb. 28, 2014 deposit deadline to earn the following generous shipboard credit: $87 pp for inside cabin, $137 pp for outside cabin, $187 pp for veranda suites. There are also significant savings for 3rd and 4th person(s) in a cabin. Note cabins are available on a first come first served basis. Final payment is due August 25, 2014.
Trip includes round trip transport to airport from Senior Center, round trip airfare, trip insurance, some baggage handling, activities and entertainment on the ship and 42 meals. Slide show 2/25/14 see below.
Colonial Cities of Cuba
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
You’re in luck! Since our 2012 Cuban Adventure sold out so early, and people are asking to go back to Cuba, we’re offering a similiar Cuba trip, flying to Florida for an overnight before the short hop to Camaguey. This 9-day trip includes a lot of interactions with the local people. You’ll meet artists, potters, ranchers, school kids, librarians and dancers at the Camaguey Ballet. We’ll tour the Sugar Mills in Trinidad, founded in 1514, the Bay of Pigs Museum and a cigar factory in Cienfuegos, before our 3-day stay in Cuba’s vibrant capital, Havana. You’ll attend musical performances, enjoy guided tours of three of Cuba’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, shop at the San Jose Craft Market and Art Center, tour the Museum of the Revolution and so much more.
The price for this 9-day trip is $4,774 (R) pp double occupancy and $5,374 (R) single occupancy. Deposit of $750 pp is due October 1, 2014, with balance due December 2, 2014. Early booking discount is $100 if booked by September 2, 2014. Trip includes 18 meals (seven breakfasts, seven lunches and four dinners).
The pre-trip meeting is TBD
San Diego, Solvang and Pismo Beach
Monday, March 16, 2015 - Saturday, March 21, 2015
Love to travel, but hate to fly? This is the trip for you! Just hop on the bus here at the Senior Center for a 6-day California adventure. We’ll tour the old Mission in Santa Inés and overnight in the Danish town of Solvang. Then it’s on to beautiful San Diego where we enjoy dinner and shopping in Old Town, and stay at the Embassy Suites, across from Seaport Village. Our itinerary includes your choice of two of the following three venues: San Diego Zoo-with narrated bus tour, Sea World, or a day at Balboa Park visiting your favorites among 13 museums (including natural history, sports, air and space and art). An evening tour of Coronado Island is included. On our return we will sightsee and overnight in Pismo Beach.
The price for this 6-day trip is $1,599 (R) pp double occupancy, $1,999 (R), single occupancy. Deposit of $75 is due Dec. 4, 2014, with balance due Jan. 15, 2015. Early booking discount is $75 off final payment if deposit made by Oct. 1, 2014. Trip includes 7 meals (two continental breakfast, three full breakfasts, two dinners). Optional Insurance see details on flyer.
The pre-trip meeting is TBD
Seattle with FolkLife Festival
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015
Ready for a unique experience we’ve never offered before? Explore Seattle from top to bottom: The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Underground Tour of Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Kubota Gardens, Boeing Factory Tour, Seattle Aquarium, and a cruise through the Chittenden Locks, where trout and salmon jump over a gigantic fish ladder. This five-day trip includes a welcome dinner at Ivar’s famous Salmon House and concludes with your choice of: free time in Seattle on your own or a day and a half at the Seattle Folklife Festival (a hands-on event featuring Americana crafts, music, dance, art, food, and so much more). This amazing festival, which you can enjoy at your own pace, is within easy walking distance of your hotel.
The price for this five-day is $1,899 (R) pp double occupancy and $2,299 (R) single occupancy. Deposit of $200 pp is due Feb. 26, 2015, with balance due Thurs., Mar. 19, 2015. Early booking discount is $75 off final payment if booked by Dec. 1, 2014. Trip includes five meals (four breakfasts, and one dinner).
Canadian Rockies and glacier national park
June 2015 - see flyer for details
See Western Canada like never before. Fly to Calgary and experience breathtaking scenery at Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then relax at the Prince of Wales Hotel. At Glacier National Park, ride a Jammer, an open air touring car, along Going to the Sun Road, which stretches across the Continental Divide. Stay three nights at the “Castle in the Rockies,” the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a destination in itself, with a gondola ride to the summit, stops at the lovely Bow Falls and fascinating Hoodoos, also known as the “Land of Sleeping Giants.” Visit the Columbia Icefields for a special ride (weather permitting) across the glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick.
See flyer for more information. Please leave your name, phone number and email address with the front desk if you’d like us to notify you when the flyer for this trip is available.
The pre-trip meeting is TBD
Natural wonders of Iceland
Saturday, August 15 , 2015 - Sunday, August 23, 2015
Iceland has it all. A first for Sunnyvale, this trip features Europe's largest waterfall, a desert, an active volcano, glaciers galore and the finest fjords in a country that’s enjoyed real democracy since 930. History buffs, whale watchers, birders, sailors, hikers and explorers will love this off-the-beaten-track destination. We travel in high style staying at luxury hotels though this incredible country filled with natural wonders. Our tour starts in Reykjavik and continues on to Iceland’s newest geothermal heat/electric power station in Hellisheidavirjun, the hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. On the southern coast, black basalt-sand beaches and Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, await us. See the dramatic blue icebergs featured in two James Bond films, the sand desert of Modrudal and Godafoss, known as the “Waterfalls of the Gods", before reaching Akureyri, a trading center first established in 1602.
The price of this 9-day trip is $5,795 (R) pp double occupancy, $6,669 (R), Single occupancy. Deposit of $950 is due March 3, 2015 with balance due Fri., April 24, 2015.
Earn the following Early Booking Discounts: $350 pp for full payment if made by Jan. 10, 2015; $150 pp for participants who have traveled on an Insight or Trafalgar Tour in the past five years; plus, $100 pp off for those who make a deposit by June 24, 2014. Note: these are all combinable for a total of $600 off if you meet all requirements.
Upcoming Trip Slide Shows will be held during the first week of June. Date, time and location will be listed in the Summer Steppin’ Out Newsletter that will be mailed mid-May. If you would like to be on the trip newsletter mailing list, fill out the subscription form on the Senior Trips website or stop by the Senior Center to pick up a form.