September

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Postcards from Puget Sound

4 Days, September 11th - 14th Sold Out / Waitlist

Take in the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest by land, air, and sea! Idyllic coastal towns, artist enclaves, boutique shopping and upscale cuisine showcase the best of the San Juan Islands.

$2,390
$2,135
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Santa Cruzin’ at
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3 Days, September 12th - 14th Sold Out / Waitlist

Come with us down to the beach for two blissful nights at the beloved Dream Inn on the historic Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. Awake each morning in your ocean view room overlooking the Santa Cruz wharf… isn’t that what you’ve always dreamed about???

The Santa Cruz Follies has been entertaining us for over sixty years. This year the cast (all over 50 years of age) will present Broadway, Then and Now. Also included is lunch at Sports Leisure favorites Porter’s Restaurant at the Poppy Ridge Golf Club in Livermore and The Crow’s Nest in Santa Cruz with dinner at a local restaurant.

We’ll get a tour of Santa Cruz by a local guide, head to Bear Mountain and Roaring Camp Railroad for a train ride into the redwoods, have time for shopping in nearby Capitola, and perhaps feel like a kid again riding the carousel on the Beach Boardwalk.

$1,299
$1,099
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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.

$265
$225
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Chicago: Your Kind of Town

5 Days, September 21st - 25th Sold Out / Waitlist

Chris Galloway is the latest Sports Leisure staff member to fall in love with The Windy City. Join him on this “city adventure.” Stay 4 nights at the Embassy Suites, just off The Magnificent Mile downtown. From the views atop the Hancock Building to the Polish Museum and the Polish dinner that goes with it, to the magnificent collection at the Art Institute and the 32,000 “friends in residence” at Shedd Aquarium, you won’t run out of great things to do. (Plus, Chris knows all the important secrets, like where the Magnolia Bakery is and how to get that famous Garrett’s Popcorn).

$2,940
$2,565
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Land Without Limits: British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin

7 Days, September 22nd - 28th

Featuring the best of BC’s Interior

$4,330
$3,990
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Canada Coast to Coast by Rail

9 Days, September 22nd - 30th Sold Out / Waitlist

Featuring three rail experiences across Canada on board VIA Rail

$6,175
$5,850
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October

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Catalina Island Getaway

4 Days, October 1st - 4th Sold Out / Waitlist

Catalina Island isn’t a destination; it’s a state of mind. And October is the perfect time to visit, with mild temperatures and long after the summer crowds are gone. Our annual escape to the island “26 miles across the sea” features three nights at the Pavilion Lodge, in the heart of Avalon, right on the harbor and within walking distance of countless shops and restaurants. Begin with a short flight to Southern California. Enjoy a tour and spectacular Sunday Brunch aboard the Queen Mary, moored in Long Beach Harbor. Travel aboard the high-speed Catalina Express ferry to the island. At your hotel, enjoy a wine reception each night and a continental breakfast each morning.

The itinerary includes several adventures on the island as well as plenty of free time to enjoy additional activities or time to relax on your own. Included in the package is a behind-the-scenes tour of Catalina’s famous ballroom and Casino Building. Catch a glimpse of the underwater world surrounding the island on board a semi-submersible vehicle. Additionally, view Avalon and its beautiful harbor from high above on the Inland Motor Tour; the tour follows the island’s original stagecoach route aboard a specially designed bus and visits the Native Plant Nursery, the Bald Eagle Habitat, the Airport in the Sky, and Conservancy Nature Center. A final night dinner is just steps from your hotel. A mid-morning return to the mainland by ferry allows you time for lunch in Long Beach at Parker’s Lighthouse prior to your late afternoon flight home.

$1,990
$1,740
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Canyons and Monuments

7 Days, October 3rd - 9th Sold Out / Waitlist

Featuring Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and Lake Powell

$3,585
$3,205
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British Columbia Bear Experience

6 Days, October 4th - 9th Sold Out / Waitlist

Please click here for a brief informational video about this unique tour.

This is truly an incredible opportunity and a must on your bucket list if you are a nature enthusiast! Featuring the Knight Inlet Lodge and Grizzly Bear viewing.

$6,985
$5,750
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Oktoberfest, Canadian Thanksgiving and Niagara Falls

6 Days, October 6th - 11th Sold Out / Waitlist

Celebrations of Canada with natural beauty

$3,105
$2,730
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New England Fall Foliage Spectacular

8 Days, October 8th - 15th Sold Out / Waitlist

Leaf peeping in Vermont, New Hampshire and along the coast of Maine

$3,999
$3,635
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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

4 Days, October 11th - 14th Sold Out / Waitlist

The most photographed special event in the world featuring reserved upgraded seating in the Chasers Lounge!

Please click here for a short video about this tour.

$2,235
$1,960
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An American Portrait – A Fall Colors Mystery Tour

6 Days, October 12th - 17th Sold Out / Waitlist

This was an easy trip to name, because as the itinerary came together, there was this wonderful canvas of important historical figures; people who in some cases we have overlooked in our studies and our travels. People who did significant things in these United States.

You’ll marvel at an engineering feat that was ahead of its time, and see so many great attractions and have so much fun, you’ll probably think to yourself, “It’s a Wonderful Life!” Ladies who like history will find this trip of particular interest, as will those who enjoy ice cream. Look here, don’t point your finger that direction: If you want to find what you are looking for, point west towards the lakes, because “that must be the place.”
Many years ago, people came to one of our destinations to discover something about themselves. Wonder how they feel about that adventure now? Oh, and “Please remember not to put anything in the water that could kill the fish,” in the words of the late explorer Henry Hudson. By the way, is that a river or a ledge? Or maybe it’s both.
OK, we’ve practically given it away with all of those obvious clues. Now all that’s left is for you to call and sign up. Mark will be your Tour Director as you head into the wilderness.

$2,985
$2,655
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Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park

5 Days, October 22nd - 26th Sold Out / Waitlist

Featuring a visit to Bearizona Wildlife Park

$2,670
$2,325
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Autumn in Appalachia, Asheville to Nashville

8 Days, October 23rd - 30th

The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains in Fall majesty

$4,370
$3,960
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November

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All Around California by Rail

6 Days, November 7th - 12th

Featuring five scenic Amtrak routes through the Golden State

$2,545
$2,240
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“Hello, Dolly!” It’s Thanksgiving in New York

6 Days, November 19th - 24th Sold Out / Waitlist

New itinerary! New experiences! Isn’t it time to visit again?

$4,665
$4,080
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Thanksgiving at the National Hotel in Jackson

2 Days, November 23rd - 24th

Enjoy a holiday dinner at the historic National Hotel in Jackson. The following day, the town has a special Christmas celebration we will be a part of. Explore the shops of Jackson and Sutter Creek, in search of the perfect gift. The package includes Thanksgiving Dinner, breakfast and a special entertainment surprise. Leave mid-day on Thanksgiving, return at 4pm the next afternoon.

Note: The National Hotel offers only rooms with one queen bed. Those wishing two-bedded rooms will be accommodated at the Best Western Amador Inn, two blocks away. Transportation will be provided. The National Hotel is haunted. Big time. Single guests wishing to avoid the ghosts may also stay at the BW.

$395
$345
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Puttin’ on The Ritz for Christmas

3 Days, November 26th - 28th

Featuring two nights at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

$1,440
$1,195
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December

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Christmas in Leavenworth & Spokane

5 Days, December 2nd - 6th Sold Out / Waitlist

Many of you have traveled with us to the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle, in the summer months. Some have stayed in the elegant Davenport Hotel in Spokane. Now, we offer you the opportunity to return and see the town and the hotel in all its Christmas grandeur. Fly to Spokane via Seattle, arriving in time for a late lunch at a beautiful spot, overlooking the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The Davenport Hotel is your home for two nights. Recently added to the Marriott Autograph Collection of Classic Hotels, the Davenport is one of the most historic and to this day, finest accommodations in the Pacific Northwest. The Davenport hosts a magnificent display of Christmas Tree Elegance, something that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. We’ve also included a guided historical tour of the property; so many wonderful nooks and crannies, all over the hotel. You’ll enjoy beautiful accommodations, with a treat on your pillow at night. Sunday Brunch at the Davenport is a special occasion and it is part of our itinerary. During our full day in the Spokane area, we’ll visit a Christmas festival and nearby Green Bluff (similar to our Apple Hill) for some seasonal treats. Also on the agenda: A horse and carriage ride through downtown Spokane. Those registering early have an option to include a performance of The Nutcracker (additional charge of $56).

Travel by coach to Leavenworth on Day 3. It’s a 4-hour ride, with a stop for lunch at Moses Lake, arriving at the Bavarian Village in mid-afternoon. Stay two nights at the Bavarian Inn and take in the sights, lights and sounds of Christmas. At night, the entire town turns into a holiday wonderland, with over a half million lights. During the day, we’ll take you to a very special candy store where Applets and Cotlets are made, and give you the chance to learn more about Leavenworth, and of course, time to explore the shops.

$1,990
$1,740
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An Apple Farm Christmas

3 Days, December 6th - 8th Sold Out / Waitlist

Featuring Hearst Castle all decked out for Christmas

$1,070
$920
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A Coos Bay Christmas

5 Days, December 23rd - 27th Sold Out / Waitlist

First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.

This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.

The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.

Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.

The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.

$1,670
$1,475
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January 2018

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U.S. Figure Skating Championships

5 Days, January 4th - 8th

Only Sports Leisure has exclusive access to ticket locations to offer you right now! This is the event at which the U.S. Olympic Team will be chosen. Your ticket allows you to see not only the evening programs, but the daily skating events at the SAP Center in San Jose. Friday morning you’ll have the opportunity to visit one of San Jose’s museums, including the Tech Museum of Innovation or the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. We will provide a sightseeing tour of Silicon Valley on Saturday morning, and enjoy a great brunch on Sunday. In the afternoons and evenings, you can enjoy the country’s best skaters in action.
Your accommodations are at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Milpitas, where you will enjoy a full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and complimentary cocktails if you are onsite in the evenings. Shuttle transportation to/from the arena will be provided on a daily basis. There will also be a guest skating speaker one morning at the hotel, to give you an insider’s look.

$2,679
$2,449
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Ice Magic Festival in the Canadian Rockies

6 Days, January 18th - 23rd Sold Out / Waitlist

Featuring Lake Louise and Banff Nat’l Park

$3,105
$2,885
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Key West, Miami & The Everglades

7 Days, January 20th - 26th Sold Out / Waitlist

Key West has become one of our most popular destinations with our annual tour selling out every year, months ahead of departure. Key West is a pedestrian-friendly destination, and because of that we walk to many attractions. During your extended stay in Key West, your accommodations are in the very best location in town, at the historic La Concha Crowne Plaza. The hotel is a landmark building and it’s right in the middle of famous Duval Street, allowing you to make the most of your free time in town, because you can walk to just about everything. Restaurants and shops are close and best of all, your breakfast is included every morning! We do not recommend this tour for travelers with serious mobility issues.

Please click here for a short video about this tour.

$4,450
$3,895
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Eagles, Owls & Agriculture

3 Days, January 26th - 28th

Unique birds of prey viewing and agricultural education experience

$990
$875
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February 2018

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Cruising the (NEW) Panama Canal

17 Days, February 3rd - 19th

Sail from Florida to California on one of Holland America’s best-known ships, the m/v Westerdam. Spend one night in Fort Lauderdale before boarding the ship. Sailing from east to west provides you the advantage of getting the long, cross-country flight out of the way first, leaving just a short hop home from San Diego at the end of the cruise.

The 15-night cruise stops at Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay, and Cartagena, Columbia before its full transit of the Panama Canal, called by some the Eighth Wonder of the World. Workers in Panama recently completed a nearly 10-year expansion project that doubled the canal’s maritime traffic. Additional port calls include Puerto Caldera/Puntarenas (Costa Rica), where you can experience a tropical rainforest, Corinto (Nicaragua), Puerto Quetzal (Guatamala), and Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas (Mexico).

We continue to partner with Holland America Line for this adventure because of its commitment to service and because we know and believe in the quality of its ships, programs and shore excursions. The m/v Westerdam is a midsize ship which carries passengers with style and grace – it’s large enough to offer a host of exciting amenities but more personal and intimate than the “floating cities” of other cruise lines.

$5,610
$4,095
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Winter at the Majestic Ahwahnee

2 Days, February 11th - 12th Sold Out / Waitlist

This trip is a Sports Leisure Vacations’ favorite! And the focus is all about the Ahwahnee Hotel… recently re-named The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. But for this writer, and many others, it will always be the Ahwahnee!

$870
$695
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March 2018

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Take the Sunset Limited to New Orleans

4 Days, March 9th - 12th

Skipping across the Southwest by rail

$3,415
$3,070
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The Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland

3 Days, March 9th - 11th

The return of The Sweetest Weekend Ever!

$1,070
$950
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