Excursions

The City of Placentia is happy to expand on the tours that are being offered through Good Times Travel. All tours depart/return from Placentia City Hall parking lot. All return times are approximate and seat assignments are subject to change. Full payment for Single-Day tours is required at the time of registration. For Multi-Day tours your initial payment at the time of registration will consist of the deposit; you will be billed for the remainder of the multi-day tour fees by Good Times Travel. Advance reservations are highly recommended, as these tours fill up quickly. There is an optional travel protection/cancellation insurance plan that is available and also highly recommended through Good Times Travel. All passengers will park and board the motor coach on All America Way/Chapman Ave.

Register for tours in person or online at www.placentia.org/classes (additional fees are incurred when registering online). For further information. please call (714) 993-8232

Single-Day Tours

THE BEACH HOUSE & BUTTERFLIES                                                                                                          Code: 5711

Marion Davies Bach Guest House & Butterfly Pavilion                                                       
We begin our whimsical day in Santa Monica with a docent-guided tour of the Marion Davies Beach Guest House - the last remaining original structure from the property that was developed in the 1920's by William Randolph Hearst for his girlfriend, actress Marion Davies (the structure that was her actual home was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake). The Guest House was a hot spot when Hearst and Davies entertained Hollywood's biggest stars on the property. The original tile and beautiful moldings along with the estate's original swimming pool give a glimpse into the home's glamorous past. After time at leisure for lunch on your own in downtown Santa Monica at Santa Monica Place or Third Street Promenade, we'll venture to Exposition Park and "flutter" over to the Butterfly Pavilion, a favorite seasonal exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Located on the outside of the Museum, the newly refurbished exhibit space features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light for the free-flying butterflies inside. As you explore this space at your own pace, more than 30 butterfly species native to North America and moths will be up-close and personal. Enjoy time at leisure to browse the museum's permanent exhibits, including the renowned Dinosaur Hall - one of the most extraordinary exhibits of its kind in the world. Suggested: walking shoes as there is considerable walking and stairs on this tour. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Depart:  8:30 a.m.
Return:  7:00 p.m.
Price:  $84 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

L.A. MURDER, MYSTERY & SCANDAL                                                                                                          Code: 5712

With Step-On Guide, Curt                                                       
Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of L.A., who is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. On this fascinating guided L.A. tour, the old ghosts and memories that cling to the streets and structures of Los Angeles will come to life. From the founding of the city through the 1940's, Downtown L.A. was a lively and sometimes dangerous place, a so-called urban "wild west." We'll explore almost 100 years of murder, mystery and scandal and the influence that organized crime had on this city. We'll visit fascinating neighborhoods as you are entertained by sordid tales of intrigue and tragedy related to The Los Angeles Times Bombing, the Chinese Massacre, the Black Dahlia, Mickey Cohen, Bugsy Siegel and more. See the locations where the most famous and the most mysterious murders, suicides and cover-ups took place. Visit Olvera Street, the Biltmore Hotel, the Bradbury Building and a cemetery that is the final resting place of both the famous and the infamous. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at L.A.'s famous and eclectic Grand Central Market. Suggested: walking shoes. All visits subject to change. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Depart: 8:00 a.m.
Return: 6:30 p.m.
Price:  $90 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

BASEBALL, BILLY CLUBS & BOTTLE CAPS                                                                                               Code: 5713

Dodger Stadium Tour, Soda Pop Shop & Lunch at the Police Academy Café 
On this behind-the-scenes tour of Dodger Stadium, you'll get a whole new perspective of one of our nation's most historic ballparks and home to the 2017 National League Champions! This Los Angeles icon which offers perhaps the best view of the downtown skyline, opened for baseball on April 10, 1962 and is now the third oldest ballpark in the U.S. On a docent-guided tour, we'll visit restricted areas included the Tommy Lasorda training center, the Vin Scully press box, a luxury suite, the umpire tunnel and more. Take a walk on the field and sit in the Dodger Dungeon! See the World Series trophies, Gold Gloves, Silver Slugger bats and other memorabilia earned by some of the greatest players in the game. All visits on the tour subject to change. We continue to the Los Angeles Police Academy to explore the charming, rocky garden where the babbling of the waterfall may be interrupted by the sounds of a little gunfire! Enjoy an included lunch at the Los Angeles Police Academy Café. Then, you're in for a real nostalgic treat as we visit Galco's Soda Pop Shop - it has been featured on Huell Howser and boasts hundreds of vintage soda pop and candy brands! Suggested: comfortable walking shoes (as there is considerable walking, standing and some stairs on the stadium tour). 

Wednesday, September 24, 2019
Depart:  9:00 a.m.
Return:  7:00 p.m.
Price:  $94 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE                                                                                                                              Code: 5714

Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary With Cracker Barrel & Ice Cream Parlor

Take a walk on the wild side at the inspiring and engaging Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. After co-founders Joel and Chemaine realized that thousands of exotic animals were being put to sleep after being abandoned, abused or illegally obtained, they wanted to make a difference and provide them a home and a chance to live a healthy life. Forever Wild was born out of the hope to provide the animals with resources to rehabilitate while also providing education to the Southern California population on what we can do to protect these animals' lands and lives from becoming extinct. On this educational, guided tour, you'll see a wide range of wildlife including reptiles, birds, monkeys, lions, tigers, alligators, bear and a black panther - with the added bonus of watch a feeding demonstration. Enjoy lunch on your own at the new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store that recently opened. This highway-iconic chain's Victorville location is the only California location. An included sweet treat awaits at an authentic old-fashioned ice cream parlor before we head home.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Depart:  7:45 a.m.
Return:  6:00 p.m.
Price:  $84 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

Multi-Day Tours

BLACK HILLS & BADLANDS (WAITLIST)                                                                                                    Code: 5718

Featuring Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park & Single-Hotel Stay                                                                    
Embark on a journey highlighting some of the West's most famous sites and monuments. Wonder at the magnificent Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials. Enjoy the Wild West atmosphere of Deadwood, and marvel at the spectacular landscape at Badlands National Park. All-the-while, unpack once and enjoy a single-hotel stay in the heart of Rapid City.

August 17-22, 2019 (6 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $1,599 / Single $2,099 / Deposit $200
Roundtrip group airfare available from $695 p.p.

YELLOWSTONE, GLACIER & GRAND TETON (WAITLIST)                                                                    Code: 5719

Featuring Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Canyon Teton National Parks & National Park Lodge Stays        
Embark on a spectacular journey to discover three of our nation's most spectacular National Parks. From majestic glacier-formed lake and rivers beneath snow capped mountains, to the incredible bubbling mud pots and explosive geysers of Yellowstone National Park, this exploration of Montana and Wyoming provides spectacular scenery every day! In addition to the incredible sights, this unique itinerary also features spectacular lodge stays to maximize our time in the Parks.

August 28-September 4, 2019 (8 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $2,399 / Single $3,499 / Deposit $250
Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.

VANCOUVER, VICTORIA & SEATTLE (WAITLIST)                                                                                    Code: 5720

Featuring Premier Downtown Hotels, Butchart Gardens, Chihuly Gardens and Glass and Museum of Flight

On this two-nation exploration of the Pacific Northwest we'll experience the best of Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle while traveling by ferry between each city. Each of these cities is unique in its own way but each is culturally enriching, charming and remarkably beautiful. While enjoying multiple night stays in upscale downtown hotels in each city, we'll join local guides for in-depth sightseeing and enjoy adequate time at leisure for individual exploration. 

September 4-10, 2019 (7 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $2,299 / Single $2,899 / Deposit $250
Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p./ A valid passport is required for this tour

NEW MEXICO ENCHANTMENT (WAITLIST)                                                                                             Code: 5721

Featuring Albuquerque Balloon FIesta, Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier National Monument & Los Alamos

Embark on spectacular journey following the colorful trails of the Southwest. Inside New Mexico's border you'll find ancient cultures, world-famous Southwestern cuisine, diverse landscapes, renowned museums, and a hot air balloon festival like no other on Earth. From Albuquerque to Santa Fe and Taos, this journey will allow you to see first-hand why it's called the "Land of Enchantment."

October 10-16, 2019 (7 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $1,899 / Single $2,599 / Deposit $250
Roundtrip group airfare available from $445 p.p.

A CAPITAL "CHRISTMAS"                                                                                                                                Code: 5725

Washington, D.C., Gaylord National Resort Stay, Williamsburg, Jamestown

Join a local guide for a tour of a holiday-decorated Washington, D.C. including visits to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Hillwood - Marjorie Merriweather Post's estate. Two night stay at the Gaylord National Resort to experience a "Christmas on the Potomac"  - this winter wonderland has 2 million Christmas lights and ICE! - the holiday attraction with 2 million pounds of ice sculptures. Enjoy a live performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre, tour George Washington's plantation home with an included lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn. Embark on guided tours of the Jamestown Settlement - the first permanent English settlement, and Yorktown - the site of the final Revolutionary Battle. Three night stay in Colonia Williamsburg with a ghost tour, tavern dinners and attend the one-day-per-year-event, "Grand Illumination". Experience "Christmas in Old Virginia" while in Alexandria and Richmond with an included tour of a historic house museum. 

December 4-9, 2019 (6 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $1,999 / Single $2,599 / Deposit $250
Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.

YULETIDE IN YOSEMITE (WAITLIST)                                                                                                           Code: 5726

Featuring Yosemite National Park with Local Guide, Tenaya Lodge Stay, Kearney Mansion & Basque Lunch

Yosemite is magnificent in winter and this tour will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit! While renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, and giant sequoias, Yosemite National Park is a whole other world in the winter time. This three-day getaway offers a truly wonderful combination of natural wonders, winter scenes, and rustic elegance with two nights at the Tenaya Lodge.

December 8-10, 2019 (73Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $599 / Single $779 / Deposit $100

SAN ANTONIO "CHRISTMAS"                                                                                                                        Code: 5727

Featuring a Single Hotel Stay, River Walk Festivities, The Alamo, Austin & LBJ Library and Ranch

On this journey through Southern Texas, the flavors of Native Americas, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, and the Deep South mingle and merge. And this time of year is a perfect time to visit San Antonio, with its festive holiday decorations and its magnificently lit River Walk. Join us on this five-day journey featuring a single-hotel stay in the heart of the River Walk and the best sightseeing in Texas' Hill country and capital city. 

December 10-14, 2019 (5 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $1,199 / Single $1,649 / Deposit $200
Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p.

MONTEREY & CARMEL "CHRISTMAS"                                                                                                        Code: 5729

Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay in Monterey, Coast Starlight Train, 17-Mile Drive & Steinbeck Home

The Monterey Peninsula has been described "the greatest meeting of land and sea..." For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty here; from the crashing surf to the towering redwoods and unspoiled wildlife. The Monterey Peninsula is the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit, and when it's charmingly decorated for the holidays, these exceptional qualities join together, delivering a sense of timelessness and re-connection. We invite you on this unique and festive coastal escape to California's Central Coast to explore with us the cypress groves, historic towns, world-renowned aquarium and exceptional stories that make the Monterey Peninsula so special. 

December 15-18, 2019 (4 Day Tour)
Per Person Land Price: Double $899 / Single $1,159 / Deposit $100