June

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Awesome Ospreys and the Napa River

Mon, June 12th Sold Out / Waitlist

You’ve driven over it and alongside it so now it is time to cruise on it! Join Barbara aboard the m/s Dolphin for a 3-hour cruise up the Napa River, returning to view osprey nests on Mare Island and the Carquinez Bridges from below. This is a great trip for nature lovers, and those who love to explore familiar areas in new ways! A boxed lunch will be served during the cruise.

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View From The Top

Tue, June 13th

Permits for all new buildings in San Francisco mandate areas that are open and free to the public. When space next to the building is available, colorful little “parks” have been planted, and if no space is adjacent, a garden on the rooftop offers beautiful “views from the top.” With Craig Smith as our guide, this popular tour explores a variety of small public parks and rooftop gardens not frequently visited or easily noticed. This walking tour visits several buildings and locations in the downtown, financial, and Embarcadero Center and requires use of elevators and escalators. Enjoy an included lunch mid-day at Swiss Louis Restaurant on Pier 39

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Mystery

A Magical Mystery Tour

Thu, June 15th Sold Out / Waitlist

Have you ever wondered about taking a mystery trip but didn’t want to commit to a multi-day vacation? This is a great first-time mystery daytrip. We can’t give you too many clues so we’ll just say that a magical luncheon is included along with a matinee performance that is sure to leave you mystified and laughing.

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Thu, June 22nd
Sold Out / Waitlist
Thu, August 24th
Sold Out / Waitlist
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“Summer of Love”

Tue, June 20th Sold Out / Waitlist

In commemoration of what is now known as “The Summer of Love,” the city of San Francisco celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this memorable period with a variety of exhibits and remembrances. Join our resident SF guide Craig Smith as we revisit the cultural sites and events that led up to this transformative moment in California history. Included is a tour of the Haight-Ashbury district, including painted apartments buildings, the Grateful Dead Victorian, Golden Gate Park, the Jefferson Airplane Mansion, the Janis Joplin apartment, Buena Vista Park, and a special photographic exhibit at the California Historical Society. Lunch is included at the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park. Wearing tie-dye clothing, love beads, and daisies in your hair are optional!

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Thu, August 10th
Sold Out / Waitlist
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Mystery

A Magical Mystery Tour

Thu, June 22nd Sold Out / Waitlist

Have you ever wondered about taking a mystery trip but didn’t want to commit to a multi-day vacation? This is a great first-time mystery daytrip. We can’t give you too many clues so we’ll just say that a magical luncheon is included along with a matinee performance that is sure to leave you mystified and laughing.

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Thu, June 15th
Sold Out / Waitlist
Thu, August 24th
Sold Out / Waitlist
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Wright on the Bay

Tue, June 27th

A fun day of exploration in Marin as we visit the community of floating houseboats in Sausalito and the Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Begin with a private tour of several of the “Floating Homes” moored permanently in Sausalito with residents of the community who can share and answer questions about their unique way of living. With no two the same, each is customized for the families who choose to live on the water. In the afternoon enjoy another private tour of the Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. With the majority of his homes and buildings located in the eastern U.S., this is a rare opportunity to experience the genius and creativity of America’s most renowned architect. In between tours, free time is included mid-day in Sausalito for lunch and browsing on your own.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Wed, June 28th Sold Out / Waitlist

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time is now on its first North American tour! The story takes place in Swinton, London, where fifteen-year-old Christopher lives. Christopher has an extraordinary brain and is exceptionally intelligent. His neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is found dead in the garden and Christopher decides to investigate. Wednesday trips include a box lunch on board the coach, orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee, dinner on your own at Pier 39 or Fisherman’s Wharf after the show and a return to Sacramento following dinner. The Saturday trip includes lunch on your own in Union Square, and orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee. Return to Sacramento after the show.

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Sat, July 15th
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July

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La Boheme

Sun, July 2nd Sold Out / Waitlist

Puccini’s timeless story of love, heartbreak, and the fragility of life returns to San Francisco Opera by popular demand. With its rich and memorable melodies, this favorite of operas continues to warm and enrich audiences with heartfelt harmonies and story of joy and sorrow of struggling artists in 19th Century Paris. Your choice of seating is in the side sections of the Orchestra or Dress Circle of the first balcony for the 2pm matinee. Be advised that Dress Circle requires use of steep stairs with no availability of handrails. A stop is included in Union Square for a no-host lunch prior to the 2pm matinee.

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Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade and the Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, Rock & Roll

Thu, July 13th Sold Out / Waitlist

Enjoy an interesting day of contrasting exhibits beginning in the morning at The Legion of Honor for Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade. Featuring 60 paintings and pastels by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassett, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, plus 40 exquisite period hats, many of these works have never before been exhibited in the U.S. An accompanying audio guide is included for your enjoyment of this exhibit. In the afternoon we move to the nearby de Young Museum for Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of San Francisco’s counterculture that blossomed in 1967, the exhibit presents a wide array of iconic rock posters, clothing, photographs, and music and light shows. Wearing a French chapeau, love beads, tie-dye, fringe, or daisies is optional! Lunch is on your own at either museum.

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Tue, July 18th
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Sat, July 15th

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time is now on its first North American tour! The story takes place in Swinton, London, where fifteen-year-old Christopher lives. Christopher has an extraordinary brain and is exceptionally intelligent. His neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is found dead in the garden and Christopher decides to investigate. Wednesday trips include a box lunch on board the coach, orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee, dinner on your own at Pier 39 or Fisherman’s Wharf after the show and a return to Sacramento following dinner. The Saturday trip includes lunch on your own in Union Square, and orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee. Return to Sacramento after the show.

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Wed, June 28th
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Beach Blanket Babylon

Sun, July 16th

There’s nothing quite like Beach Blanket Babylon. San Francisco’s longest-running staged comedy show pokes fun at everyone – politicians, celebrities and other folks in the public eye. The songs are hilarious, the dancing wonderful, and the hats are really, really big! Reserved seats are upstairs (no elevator) in this historic theatre in the center balcony. Enjoy an included lunch at Trattoria Pinocchio.

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Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade and the Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, Rock & Roll

Tue, July 18th Sold Out / Waitlist

Enjoy an interesting day of contrasting exhibits beginning in the morning at The Legion of Honor for Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade. Featuring 60 paintings and pastels by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassett, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, plus 40 exquisite period hats, many of these works have never before been exhibited in the U.S. An accompanying audio guide is included for your enjoyment of this exhibit. In the afternoon we move to the nearby de Young Museum for Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of San Francisco’s counterculture that blossomed in 1967, the exhibit presents a wide array of iconic rock posters, clothing, photographs, and music and light shows. Wearing a French chapeau, love beads, tie-dye, fringe, or daisies is optional! Lunch is on your own at either museum.

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Thu, July 13th
Sold Out / Waitlist
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Gilroy Garlic Festival

Fri, July 28th

Our daytrips to Gilroy for its annual Garlic Festival continue to sell out! Here’s your next opportunity to try everything under the sun made with garlic, even ice cream! Arrive when the gates open at 10am (7am departure from Sacramento) to beat the summer heat. We’ll also stop at famous Casa de Fruta to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables on our way home, arriving back in Sacramento around 4pm.

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August

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“Summer of Love”

Thu, August 10th Sold Out / Waitlist

In commemoration of what is now known as “The Summer of Love,” the city of San Francisco celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this memorable period with a variety of exhibits and remembrances. Join our resident SF guide Craig Smith as we revisit the cultural sites and events that led up to this transformative moment in California history. Included is a tour of the Haight-Ashbury district, including painted apartments buildings, the Grateful Dead Victorian, Golden Gate Park, the Jefferson Airplane Mansion, the Janis Joplin apartment, Buena Vista Park, and a special photographic exhibit at the California Historical Society. Lunch is included at the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park. Wearing tie-dye clothing, love beads, and daisies in your hair are optional!

Additional Departures
Tue, June 20th
Sold Out / Waitlist
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Mystery

A Magical Mystery Tour

Thu, August 24th Sold Out / Waitlist

Have you ever wondered about taking a mystery trip but didn’t want to commit to a multi-day vacation? This is a great first-time mystery daytrip. We can’t give you too many clues so we’ll just say that a magical luncheon is included along with a matinee performance that is sure to leave you mystified and laughing.

Additional Departures
Thu, June 15th
Sold Out / Waitlist
Thu, June 22nd
Sold Out / Waitlist
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September

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Casino Mystery Overnighter

2 Days, September 13th - 14th

It’s been a while since we have offered an overnight mystery tour to a casino. But the requests keep coming so here we are with a visit to a casino which now has an adjacent hotel. Our destination is relatively close (just a couple of hours by motorcoach). We’ll visit a total of three casinos, including one en route to our destination and another on the way home. Casino bonuses will be included, of course.

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An American in Paris

Wed, September 20th

Winner of 4 Tony Awards this new musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and the magic of Paris. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” and “But Not for Me.” Wednesday trips include a snack-sized box lunch, orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee and dinner on your own at Pier 39 after the show. The Saturday trip includes lunch on your own in Union Square before the 2pm matinee and return to Sacramento after the show.

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Wed, September 27th
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Sat, October 7th
Space Available
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Man of La Mancha

Sat, September 23rd

In this Tony Award-winning musical, the character of Cervantes impersonates Don Quixote who dreams impossible dreams, fights windmills with faithful Sancho Panza, and woos the fiery Aldonza. The 2pm matinee offers an afternoon of fun and great music, preceded by lunch at the historic City Hotel in Columbia.

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Turnadot

Sun, September 24th

Puccini’s brilliant score and story of a beautiful princess who challenges her suitors to a deadly game of wits provides another memorable afternoon of grand opera. With one of opera’s most familiar arias “Nessun Dorma” and production by Davis Hockney, be transported to a world of spectacle, myth, and majestic music. Your choice of seating is in side sections of the Orchestra or the first balcony of the Dress Circle. Be advised that Dress Circle seating requires the use of steep stairs with no availability of handrails. Also note group ticketing and price changes by San Francisco Opera this season has provided for a reduced cost of seating. A stop is included in Union Square for a no-host lunch prior to the 2pm matinee.

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An American in Paris

Wed, September 27th Sold Out / Waitlist

Winner of 4 Tony Awards this new musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and the magic of Paris. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” and “But Not for Me.” Wednesday trips include a snack-sized box lunch, orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee and dinner on your own at Pier 39 after the show. The Saturday trip includes lunch on your own in Union Square before the 2pm matinee and return to Sacramento after the show.

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Wed, September 20th
Space Available
Sat, October 7th
Space Available
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Traveling The Lincoln Highway, America’s First Transcontinental Highway

Sat, September 30th

Join Mark and Paul Gilger (a renowned Lincoln Highway expert) for a trip to San Francisco on the old road. We’ll travel through Davis and Vacaville, finding original parts of the Lincoln. We’ll enjoy lunch in San Francisco (included) and stop at the highway’s western terminus, in Lincoln Park in The City. For one day, get off the interstate and travel the old road.

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October

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An American in Paris

Sat, October 7th

Winner of 4 Tony Awards this new musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and the magic of Paris. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” and “But Not for Me.” Wednesday trips include a snack-sized box lunch, orchestra seating for the 2pm matinee and dinner on your own at Pier 39 after the show. The Saturday trip includes lunch on your own in Union Square before the 2pm matinee and return to Sacramento after the show.

Additional Departures
Wed, September 20th
Space Available
Wed, September 27th
Sold Out / Waitlist
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Fleet Day on the Bay

Sun, October 8th Sold Out / Waitlist

Enjoy a sumptuous luncheon buffet and cruise aboard Hornblower’s San Francisco Belle. The two-hour cruise is timed to be on the bay during the performance of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels air acrobatic team. This said, we cannot be responsible for any change in the Fleet Week schedule, including the performance time of the Blue Angles, due to weather or other circumstances. But still, it’s a great day on the bay with free flowing champagne on board the Belle and musical entertainment!

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