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Steppin' Out Trip Program

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Please see Extended Trips below for their Itineraries and Reservation Forms

Trip Descriptions

bus Day Trips

All day trips include: escort(s), round-trip transportation from Sunnyvale Senior Center, free parking and gratuity for the bus driver.

BRUNCH AT CHAMINADE AND HALF MOON BAY

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This relaxing and indulgent day begins with an award winning Sunday brunch at the Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz. High on a hill, the restaurant features not only excellent food, but ocean views as well. The buffet includes dishes such as mosaic raviolis, smoked salmon, roasted potatoes, eggs benedict, sliced bacon, breakfast sausage links, and a carving station with prime rib and other savory items. Alternatively, you could be your own chef and create a fanciful dish at the omelet and waffle station. After brunch, it’s off to one of the quaintest cities along the San Mateo coast, Half Moon Bay. You’ll have time to shop in any of the eclectic mix of stores on Main Street or just relax and enjoy the free time. Weather is always unpredictable along the coast, so please dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.

TRIP #: 556800.S2
TIME:  9:15 am – 4:00 pm COST: $93R/$116NR

Georgia O’Keeffe

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

If you love art, but have never seen Georgia O’Keeffe’s original flower paintings, please join us for this trip to San Francisco’s Art Museums. Our day starts at the deYoung with an early entry to Modern Nature, Georgia O’Keeffe  and Lake George. Experience the incredible luminosity of her magnified botanical compositions, and be delighted by her panoramic landscapes. This exhibit offers a deeper understanding of the spirit of place that was essential to O'Keeffe's artistic evolution. Afterwards you’ll have time to visit other exhibits at the deYoung, such as Shaping Abstraction, and The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress 1933-1936, before heading over to the Legion of Honor, where they are hosting a collection of 70 impressionist paintings from the National Gallery of Art. Lunch is on your own – brown bag it or visit the deYoung’s café – it’s your choice.

TRIP #: 556800.S3
TIME: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm COST: $75R/$94NR

SEA CHANTEYS

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Let your inner pirate out and join us for a sea chantey sing-along on the Balclutha at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Led by a Maritime National Historical Park ranger, this evening event features authentic sailing songs from the days of the tall-masted sailing ships and just a bit of history about that era. You’ll enjoy an on-board break with hot apple cider, hot chocolate or coffee before heading home. But your evening begins with dinner at Delancy Street where your entrée choices will be: A) Serious Soulfood Gumbo, with crab, chicken, shrimp, sausage, and rice (spicy); B) Blackened Meatloaf, served with garlic mashed potatoes and glazed carrots; C) Rotisseried Rosemary and Garlic Chicken, served with sautéed vegetables, or D) Latin Scallop Ceviche. All meals also include chips and salsa, onion rings, and an organic field greens salad for starters, chocolate mousse for dessert, and your choice of non-alcoholic beverages.  It's almost a quarter-mile walk out to the ship, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring warm jacket and dress in layers for the night chill. 

TRIP #: 556800.S4
TIME:  3:45 pm – 11:30 pm COST: $84R/$105NR

CSI IN SAN JOSE

Friday, May 9, 2014

Once again, Dr. Steven Lee, of the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University, has invited us to spend some time with him and his students learning the truth about Forensic Studies and Crime Scene Investigations. You’ll get a chance to investigate a mock crime, order tests and request analysis of evidence as you separate fact from fiction. This is your chance to learn first-hand how accurate or inaccurate TV’s presentation of crime scene analysis really is. But our day starts with lunch at the Sonoma Chicken Coop with a simple buffet style lunch with chicken and salmon entrees, salad, sides, and your choice of non-alcoholic drinks. After lunch, Dr. Lee will lead you through some hands-on demos in addition to the forensic analysis. You’ll break in the afternoon for dessert, and form teams to share your ideas about the crime, and brain storm possible solutions. This is going to be one incredibly fun day. Please sign up early if you don’t want to miss out!

TRIP #: 556800.S5
TIME: 11:00 am – 6:15 pm COST: $117R/$146NR 

TENTACLES AT THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM

Thursday, May 22, 2014 

Be among the first to see Tentacles, the newest exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Costing in excess of $3 million, it features seldom seen squid, octopuses, and chambered nautiluses, many of whom have never before been exhibited at any aquarium. If all goes as planned, you’ll see a school of foot-long bigfin reef squid, giant Pacific octopuses, the mimic octopus, and the world’s smallest squid. Don’t miss this chance to see these very alien, but highly intelligent animals. Lunch is on your own, but with a self-service café and a full service restaurant onsite as well as dozens of eateries in town, you’re sure to find a great lunch! After lunch, you’ll get a very special one-hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Aquarium. You'll learn about exciting research projects and how they prepare food for over 10,000 animals. You'll also get a glimpse of the exhibits—from the other side of the window!
TRIP #: 556800.S6
TIME:  9:00 am – 5:30 pm COST: $108R/$135NR

ART DECO IN SAN FRANCISCO

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You’ll get a new in-depth appreciation of Art Deco art and architecture on this driving and walking tour from our step-on guides provided by the Art Deco Society of California. You’ll visit the Old Rincon Post Office with its 27 murals, and stop at the Aquatic Park Bathhouse/Maritime Museum. Your guides will discuss both the historical and design significance of the 1930’s and 1940’s when many of these masterpieces were created. We'll break for lunch in the middle of the day at the delightful Beach Chalet with its early 1930’s murals and its beautiful ocean views. Entrée choices will be: A) VFW Beer Battered Fish and Chips, served with housemade tartar sauce, French fries and cole slaw; B) Chalet Cheeseburger, with cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, and French fries; or C) Arugula and Chicken Salad, with shredded chicken, strawberries, avocado, snow peas, preserved lemon vinaigrette, and almonds. Lunch will also include a cup of New England style clam chowder as a starter, New York cheesecake with berry compote for dessert, and your choice of coffee, iced tea, or soft drinks. 

TRIP #: 556800.S7
TIME:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm COST: $101R/$126NR

A DAY IN THE REDWOODS

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our day begins with a leisurely tour of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park led by Ranger Dan, a California State Parks Interpretive Ranger. This walk through the magnificent coastal redwoods in Felton is on level ground on a recently refurbished trail that is wheelchair accessible. Afterwards, it’s off to Casa Nostra Italian Restaurant for lunch, where your meal choices will be: A) Tilapia Alla Putanesca, fresh tilapia filet with green olives, black olives, capers, tomato, and garlic; B) Short Ribs, boneless short ribs with carrots, celery, onions, Italian herbs in red wine reduction; C) Cannelloni di Pollo, homemade chicken cannelloni in aurora sauce; or D) Melanzana Alla Parmigiana, classic eggplant parmigiana. All meals start with a salad, include sauted vegetables and roasted potatoes with the entrée, a homemade cannoli for dessert and your choice of non-alcoholic drinks. After lunch just sit back and enjoy the ride home as we travel through the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains on scenic Highway 9 through Boulder Creek and into Saratoga before returning home.

TRIP #: 556800.S8
TIME:  9:00 am – 4:45 pm COST: $94R/$118NR

PIPPIN
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Direct from Broadway to the Golden Gate Theatre, Pippin, the Musical, is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics. Join us for a magical, unforgettable new Pippin! Show only, lunch is not included.

TRIP #: 356800.F1
TIME: 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm COST: $124R/$155NR

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suitcase Extended Trips

All extended trips include: one escort, round-trip transportation from Sunnyvale Senior Center to the airport (if flying), free parking, baggage handling when available, gratuities for listed services including the bus driver, tour director, baggage handlers, trip cancellation insurance for most trips outside of California and a pre-trip meeting to hand out travel documents (when applicable) and to go over the details of the trip.

For more details and registration information, please see the Steppin’ Out Messenger newsletter, come to the Senior Center and pick up a flyer, or call (408) 730-7360.

WASHINGTON DC - Sold out!
Wed., April 23, 2014 – Tue., April 29, 2014 

Pre-trip meeting is Thursday, April 10, from 10:30 - noon in the Laurel Room at the Senior Center.

NEW YORK CITY
Thur., June 12, 2014 – Mon., June 16, 2014 

Highlights of this trip: Two Broadways Shows, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Ground Zero—9/11 Memorial, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty and free time to explore on your own.

The price for this five-day trip is $2,979(R) pp double occupancy and $3,779(R) single occupancy. Deposit is $600 pp, with balance due Thur., Apr. 3, 2014. Trip includes five meals (three breakfasts and two dinners). Final payment due Tuesday, April 6, 2014. Pre-trip meeting is Thursday, May 22, from 10:30 - noon in the Neighborhood Room at the Community Center.

BLACK SEA VOYAGE

Thurs., July 31, 2014 – Tue., Aug 12, 2014 

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.


Itinerary
Reservation Form

AMERICAN CANYONLANDS
Thur., September 18, 2014 – Fri., September 26, 2014 

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.


Itinerary
Reservation Form


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

Itinerary
Reservation Form

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.

Itinerary
Reservation Form


EXTENDED TRIP SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATIONS
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.

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