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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.


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


Thursday, July 10, 2014

A cruise along the Napa River is like a voyage into the past. You’ll discover the historic Vallejo and Mare Island waterfronts. Then enter a different world of vineyards, backwater homes and marinas on your way to some of the largest contiguous marshes in California. You’ll learn about riverside habitats and marsh environments, as well as their importance to the health of the San Francisco Bay. But mostly this day will just be fun, with a delightful onboard docent and snacks to hold you over until our late lunch at the highly recommended Dead Fish Restaurant in Crockett. Your entrée choices will be: A) Crab Enchilada, B) Braised Boneless Short Rib, or C) Chicken Breast with garlic lemon caper sauce and mashed potatoes. All meals are served with a green salad, include tiramisu for dessert and your choice of coffee, tea, or soft drinks. Please wear soft-soled shoes and dress in layers.

TRIP#:  156800.S1
TIME:  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. COST: $137 R /$171 NR


Friday, July 18, 2014

Our day begins with a docent led tour of The Cathedral of Christ the Light, one of the most beautiful and interesting new buildings in Oakland. You’ll learn about the magnificent architecture and history of this inspiring house of worship and symbolism incorporated into its design. You’ll also get to see the impressive Conroy Memorial Organ with its 5,298 pipes. Then it’s off to one of the most talked-about and raved-about restaurants in the East Bay, Mua. It’s edgy, noisy, arty, hard-to-find, and a mandatory stop for foodies all over the Bay Area. Our entrée choices will be: A) Grilled Salmon, B) Vegetable Ragout (vegetarian), or C) Chicken Milanese. All meals begin with a quinoa salad and end with flourless chocolate cake. Included drink choices are fountain sodas and iced tea only. Our last treat of the day will be a visit to the Gardens at Lake Merritt, a hidden jewel in the City of Oakland, with its seven-acre collection of themed gardens. 

TRIP#:  156800.S2
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. COST: $95R/$119NR


Saturday, July 26, 2014

If you’ve never visited this man-made island in San Francisco Bay, built for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, this is your opportunity to be dazzled by some of the best views of San Francisco anywhere. You’ll be able to admire the skyline while shopping for high end crafts, vintage treasures or one-of-a-kind goodies at the Treasure Island Flea Market. Lunch is on your own, but with more than 20 gourmet food trucks at the Flea Market, you’re bound to find something to your taste. In the afternoon, we’ll stop at the Treasure Island Vineyard to taste several of their current offerings before coming home. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers, as it is sometimes quite cool by the water.

TRIP#:  156800.S3
TIME:  9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. COST: $57R/$71NR


Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Want to visit the beautiful Pacific Islands? Watch Polynesian dancers sway to Hawaiian melodies? Feast on tropical delicacies, and shop for ethnic arts and crafts? We can’t take you all the way to the islands and back in one day, but we can take you to San Mateo where the Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association will be holding its annual Aloha Festival. You’ll have several hours free time to be mentally transported to exotic faraway places. It’s your choice of how to spend your day. You can visit educational exhibits and workshops, shop, or spend your time eating like a Hawaiian. But no matter what you choose, let the gentle spirit of the islands make this a very special day. Expect a few little pleasant surprises to help you get in the mood for this mini-vacation. Lunch is on your own.

TRIP#:  156800.S4
TIME:  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. COST:$49R/$61NR 


Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Tired of sitting at home watching TV with a frozen dinner on Friday nights? If so, we have an alternative  we think you’ll like. Join us for a 3-course gourmet meal at Bella Mia in San Jose and see if you can figure out who "dunit" as a perplexingly lethal mystery is acted out right in front of you. The menu isn’t set yet, but with consistently excellent reviews, we’re pretty sure this will be a truly delicious experience. 

TRIP#:  156800.S5
TIME:  6:30 – 10:30 p.m. COST: $108R/$135NR


Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Our first stop (after picking up Gary Holloway, our favorite step-on guide) will be the San Francisco Flower Mart. Described as “the best flower market in the country” by Martha Stewart, it features more than 50 vendors catering to all your floral needs – potted plants, cut flowers, supplies and more.  Then it’s time for lunch at the Flower Mart Café where your choices will be: A) Chinese Chicken Salad, grilled chicken, shredded lettuce and Chinese cabbage, chopped roasted peanuts, crispy wontons, julienne carrots, scallions and cilantro tossed with sesame dressing; B) Cheeseburger, 1/3 lb. Black Angus beef patty served with lettuce, tomato and Bermuda onion, on a sesame seed bun; C) Pesto Chicken Sandwich, marinated chicken breast, creamy pesto, dried cranberries, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce and tomato on grilled focaccia bread; or D) Flower Market Club, triple-decker with grilled bacon, turkey, and Swiss cheese. All meals include an individual cheesecake for dessert and your choice of iced tea, coffee or soft drinks. All meals, except the Chinese Chicken Salad, also come with French fries.  After lunch we’ll visit the Haight-Ashbury district, the original home of the Flower Children, and the Flora Grubb Gardens Nursery, where you’ll have another opportunity to fall in love with rare plants and get a must-have addition to your garden. Flora Grubb was honored in the first annual American Made Awards by Martha Stewart, and her creation could well be the most beautiful garden store you’ll ever see. Please wear low-heeled comfortable shoes. 

TRIP#:  156800.S6
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. COST: $89R/$111NR


Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Do you love the fall colors? Gourmet dining? Elegant trains from a bygone era? If so, this is the perfect trip for you. We travel to Napa and board beautifully restored Pullman cars from the early 1900s for the Gourmet Express.  Lunches—prepared in a specially fabricated kitchen car located immediately adjacent to each dining area—are served as you travel northward through wine country to St. Helena. The gourmet lunch is still in the planning stages, but all the meals are freshly prepared on the train using quality ingredients, humanely raised hormone-free meats and fresh line-caught fish. Guests will dine on fresh soup or salad, and their choice of entree, in the dining car while traveling up the valley, and will be served dessert with complimentary coffee or tea in one of the lounge cars on the return trip. The lounge cars are luxuriously furnished and equipped with picture windows to maximize the view. All the rail cars are expertly finished with Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions and brass accents. You  are invited to explore the train, visiting the kitchen car to see our chefs in action, our wine tasting bar, where our wine expert can help you discover a favorite new wine, or the observation deck to enjoy an unobstructed view of the valley. Let your eyes feast on the fall colors in wine country as you get a taste of the splendor of a bygone time. 

TRIP#:  156800.S7
TIME:  7:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. COST: $194R/$243NR

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

If you love the movies and want to see exactly where some of your favorites were filmed, this is a must-do trip. We’ll board the San Francisco Movie Tour’s specially equipped bus here and travel to San Francisco. While the driver navigates from site to site and your guide narrates, you’ll see over 70 selected movie clips from more than 50 movies and verify that, yes, indeed, you are there – right where the scene was shot. We’ll break for lunch at Mel’s Drive-in, where the American Graffiti gang hung out and a scene from Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was filmed. You’ll be able to order anything you like off the lunch menu, but remember to bring cash or a credit card as lunch is not included in the price for this trip.  After lunch the tour continues. There will be a number of stops where you can get off the bus to take pictures or go inside public buildings to see interior film locales. Space is especially limited for this trip, so please sign up early!

TRIP#:  156800.S8
TIME:  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. COST: $87R/$109NR

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.


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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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