All day trips include: escort(s), round-trip transportation from Sunnyvale Senior Center, free parking and gratuity for the bus driver.
PORGY AND BESS
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
With some of the most memorable music of the 20th century, it’s no wonder that the Broadway revival of the Gershwins’ iconic play, Porgy and Bess, is expected to sell out quickly at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. Set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy.
Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories. Featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," Porgy and Bess is a must-see musical event!
TRIP #: 356800.F6
TIME: 12:15 pm – 6:30 pm COST: $117R/$146NR
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Your day begins with a visit to the McConaghy House in Hayward. Built in 1886, this 12-room farmhouse offers visitors a fun and informative look at what life was like for farming families during the Victorian era. You’ll really get a sense of how different everyday life was 125 years ago. For a special treat, the house will be decked for the holidays. Each year the decorations have a special theme. We don’t know yet what this year’s theme will be, but we’re pretty sure it will true to the period and spectacular. Then it’s off to lunch at Paradiso in San Leandro where your entrée choices will be: A) Pan Seared Tilapia, Panko bread crumbs, mashed potatoes and vegetables; B) Penne Pasta with Filet Mignon, Crimini mushrooms, fresh herbs, and Marsala cream sauce; or
C) Chicken Piccata, garlic butter penne pasta and vegetables. All meals will start with the soup of the day, include vanilla bean crème brulee, and your choice of non-alcoholic drinks. After lunch, it’s off to Meyers House & Garden in Alameda. Built by county architect Henry Meyers in 1897, it’s a wonderful example of the Colonial Revival style that was popular around the turn of the century. Furnished with antiques from the Alameda Museum, donations from the community, and some items from the family, this is one beautiful house. Spread out over three city lots, the house, out buildings, and carefully tended grounds transport you to another time. Neither house has elevators, so please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a lot of walking and flights of stairs at both.
TRIP #: 356800.F7
TIME: 9:45 am – 5:15 pm COST: $102R/$128NR
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
There’s nothing quite so special as holiday lights in the city. On this trip, we’ll have an early dinner at Palomino’s with a view of the ever-changing Bay Bridge light show and then travel to various sites around San Francisco to see fabulously decorated trees, window displays, and neighborhoods that go all out to spread holiday cheer to one and all! Your dinner entrée choices will be: A) Grilled Fresh Salmon, local seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes; B) Rigatoni Bolognese, spicy Italian sausage, pear tomato, crushed garlic, oregano, roasted red peppers, cream; C) Chicken Marsala, garlic and olive oil cappellini; or D) Rotisserie Pork Loin, grilled asparagus, creamy rosemary parmesan potatoes. All meals include your choice of non-alcoholic drinks, a starter of portabella mushroom soup and tiramisu for dessert.
TRIP #: 356800.F8
TIME: 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm COST: $98R/$123NR
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring show creation, is coming to San Jose in January and we’ve got tickets! Set on a mysterious island governed by Goddesses, Amaluna tells the tale of a young woman’s coming-of-age ceremony honoring femininity, renewal, rebirth, and balance, as well as an epic love story. The young woman and her suitor must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, the music, costumes, and acrobatic performances must be seen to be believed. But before we settle into our seats for the show, it’s dinnertime at the Los Gatos Brewing Company in San Pedro Square. Your entrée choices will be: A) Tunisian Chickpea Stew, butternut squash, quinoa, currants, and pinenuts; B) Flat Iron Steak, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; or C) Breast of Chicken, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. All meals include chocolate mousse cake for dessert and your choice of soda, coffee, or tea. We need to purchase our tickets very early, so please sign up now!
TRIP #: 456800.W2
TIME: 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm COST: $147R/$184NR
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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.
Sat., Feb 1, 2014 – Mon., Feb 10, 2014
Up to $100 pp discount if you attend the slide show presentation on June 4 and $75 pp Military veterans discount. Highlights of this trip: Tortuguero National Park, arrive via river boat in search of wildlife, visit Tortuguero Village; visit Sarapiqui Rain Forest and pre-Columbian ruins at Alma Ata Archaeological Park; Arenal Volcano; Tabacon Hot Springs; Monteverde Cloud Forest, with a guided walk through the reserve including Sky Walk—a chain of suspension bridges high above the Cloud Forest; Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort on the Pacific Ocean; and Guanacaste.
The price for this ten-day trip is $3,295(R) pp double occupancy and $3,793(R) single occupancy. Deposit is $650 pp, with balance due Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Trip includes 19 meals (nine full breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners).
The pre-trip meeting is TBD.
Itinerary and Reservation Form
PALM SPRINGS DESERT FUN
Tue., March 11, 2014 – Fri., March 14, 2014
Highlights of this trip include: the Air Museum; an Art Museum; Shield’s Date Garden and Gift Shops, including date milkshakes, an educational video on the unique growing process of dates, and lots of yummy samples; plus the Living Desert, a collection of animals and plants indigenous to the area. We’ll have a City tour including viewing stars’ homes; go to a matinee of the Palm Springs Follies, and then browse the Villagefest Street Fair, with sidewalk performers, musicians, a farmer's market, gifts and lots of food.
The price for this four-day trip is $1,354(R) pp double occupancy and $1,628(R) single occupancy. Deposit is $200 pp, with balance due Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Trip includes four meals (three breakfasts and one dinner) and three nights at the Hilton Spa Hotel or similar accomodations.
The pre-trip meeting is TBD.
Wed., April 23, 2014 – Tue., April 29, 2014
On this trip we’ll visit: the U.S. Capitol Building; the White House Visitor Center; the World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans War Memorials; Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home; the Arlington National Cemetery; the Smithsonian Institution; Baltimore, the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis; the Washington National Cathedral; and Ford’s Theatre. Plus, we’ll have time on our own to explore the Smithsonian.
The price for this seven-day trip is $2,729(R) pp double occupancy and $3,329(R) single occupancy. Deposit is $425 pp (includes insurance), with balance due Thur., Feb. 20, 2014. Trip includes eight meals (five breakfasts and three dinners). There’s a $100 early booking discount off final payment if your deposit is made by October 22, 2013.
NEW YORK CITY
Thur., June 5, 2014 – Mon., June 9, 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). There’s a $100 early booking discount off final payment if your deposit is made by December 4, 2013.
BLACK SEA VOYAGE
Thurs., July 31, 2014 – Tue., Aug 12, 2014
Earn a $100 Early Booking Discount if you sign up by July 15, 2013.
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. Because these cruises are sold by the cruiseline on a first come basis to the public as well as the Senior Center, we are offering an Early Booking Discount of $100 off final payment if you make your deposit by July 15. After that date there could likely be only expensive cabins left.
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).
Thur., September 18, 2014 – Fri., September 26, 2014
EXTENDED TRIP SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATIONS
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). There’s a $100 early booking discount off final payment if you make your deposit by September 13, 2013.
Upcoming Trip Slide Shows (10 am-Noon, Senior Center, Laurel Room)
9/10: Costa Rica Eco Adventure, Black Sea Voyage and American Canyonlands*.
9/12: Washington DC, New York City, Holiday Shows in Branson and Palm Springs Desert Fun.
Note: $100 Early Booking Discounts (EBD) available on some trips. Come to the slide shows for details. See you there! *Canyonlands EBD for deposits made by Sept. 13, 2013.
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