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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 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 high recommended through Good Times Travel.

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


LAVENDER & LINCOLN                                                                                Code: 5156
Lavender Festival & Lincoln Memorial Shrine
We begin our day enjoying the delightful sights, scents and tastes of aromatic lavender during the annual Lavender Festival at the Historic Springs Ranch & Inn. Established in 1884 in Cherry Valley, this ranch sits in a lovely country setting that boasts sprawling olive groves, towering trees and 220 acres of organic lavender fields. This historic ranch has been visited by the likes of Wyatt Earp Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, Bob Hope and Elizabeth Taylor! Even after all these years, the ranch has preserved its history and retained the charm that has made it a destination for over 100 years! Enjoy your time at leisure to stroll through the lavender fields (California's largest organic lavender farm), view the sample garden (home of more than 90 varieties of lavender) and attend a distillation demonstration to learn how lavender oil is made and why it is such a remarkable herb. Enjoy live musical entertainment and delicious cuisine available for purchase from the ranch's own steakhouse restaurant. Enjoy your lunch and sip an iced lavender green tea or lavender latte under the tall pines of the shady park-like setting. The quaint artisan shops housed in the ranch's historic buildings boast wonderful local and organic farm products- everything from lavender and tea to honey and olives. After the festival, enjoy a visit to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands. Originally designed in 1932, the shrine contains some of the finest manuscripts and artifacts of Lincoln's time, not to mention the largest collection of Lincoln artifacts and Civil War material west of the Mississippi.

Friday, June 8, 2018
Depart:      8:00 a.m.
Return:      5:30 p.m.
Price:         $69 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

L.A.'S HIDDEN GARDENS                                                                              Code: 4701
With Step-on Guide, Curt & Lunch at the Police Academy              
We will be joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, who is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of Los Angeles, and is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. Curt will lead the way as we explore a number of "hidden" gardens in and around Los Angeles Arlington Garden, Pasadena's only dedicated public garden, and the Los Angeles Police Academy to explore the charming, rocky garden where the babbling of the waterfall may be interrupted by the sound of a little gunfire! Enjoy an included buffet lunch at the kitschy 1950's diner-style Police Academy Café, recently re-opened after a major renovation.

At the Cathedral Our Lady of the Angeles we'll visit the hidden Olive Garden that was conceived as a play area and is now lovingly known as the "Children's Garden." With a visit to the "Blue Ribbon Gardens" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, admire the romanticism of this hidden rooftop gem that is in stark contrast to the vaulting and 3 waterfalls. At the James Irvine Japanese Garden, we'll explore this intimate and unexpected paradise that was designed in the Zen tradition of the famous gardens of Kyoto; known as the "Garden of the Clear Stream." Suggested: walking shoes as there is extensive walking and uneven walkways in the gardens.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Depart:      7:30 a.m.
Return:      6:00 p.m.
Price:         $99 (includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)


RAILWAY TO THE MIDWAY                                                                              Code: 5157
Coastal Train Ride & USS Midway
This fine tour to "America's Finest City" begins with a ride aboard the motorcoach to Anaheim to board an Amtrak train for a coastal ride. The ocean views along the protected stretch of coastline enroute to San Diego are spectacular! Out motorcoach will meet us at San Diego's downtown Santa Fe Station and transport us to the waterfront shops and restaurants at Seaport Village and the "Headquarters," with time at leisure for lunch on your own. This afternoon step aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier and enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors as you relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard America's longest-serving aircraft carrier. Enjoy approximately two hours at leisure to explore the ship with an included audio tour narrated by Midway sailors. Experience life at sea as you explore the crew's sleeping quarters, the massive galley, engine room, jail, officer's quarters, post office, machine shops, the pilot's ready rooms, and the bridge located high in the island overlooking the flight deck. Walk the flight deck among the collection of 29 restored aircraft and take in spectacular views of the downtown skyline, Coronado Bay Bridge and active U.S. Navy Ships! We will motorcoach home. Note that due to the historic nature of this ship, not all areas are easily accessible by guests with mobility issues. Suggested: walking shoes. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver's license or other government-issued identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour.
 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Depart:      8:00 a.m. 
Return:      7:00 p.m.
Price:         $99 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

SAN DIEGO RAIL N' SAIL                                                                               Code:   4812
Coastal Train Ride & Harbor Cruise

On our rail n' sail adventure, we'll motorcoach to Anaheim to board an Amtrak train for a coastal ride to San Diego. The ocean views along this protected stretch of coastline are spectacular! Our motorcoach will transport us to the waterfront shops and restaurants at Seaport Village and the "Headquarters," with time at leisure for lunch on your own. On a two-hour, narrated cruise covering both the northern and southern ends of San Diego Harbor you'll get up-close access to scenic waterfront architecture, military ships, historic landmarks and natural sea life. The large and comfortable yacht features 360-degree views, restrooms, and an onboard snack bar serving snacks, sodas, beer and wine. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver's license or other government-issued identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. Suggested: sunscreen, hat, and sweater or jacket
as it can be cool on the water.  

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Depart:      8:00 a.m.
Return:      7:00 p.m.
Price:         $114 (includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

HOLLYWOOD BOWL                                                                                         Code: 5159
Patriotic Concert & Fireworks
Join in on the tradition of celebrating Independence Day at the legendary Hollywood Bowl for a spectacular evening of music, thrilling fireworks and patriotism! This memorable evening under the stars will feature both popular and patriotic music along with the Bowl's famous fireworks spectacular. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will perform patriotic classics such as John Phillip Sousa's rousing marches while the two-time Grammy-winning group, The Go-Go's will perform their hits, like "Our Lips are Sealed," and "We Got the Beat." M & N section bench seating (with backs) and an included seat cushion. Buy dinner at the Bowl or bring a picnic dinner (all items including wine bottles and glasses are permitted however large containers, baskets, or coolers bigger than 15" wide, 15" high, or 22" long are not permitted). Suggested: walking shoes, sweater or jacket.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Depart:       4:00 p.m.
Return:       12:00 a.m.
Price:          $99 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

CORONADO ENCHANTMENT BY RAIL                                                              Code: 5166
Coastal Train Ride, Hotel del Coronado & Included Lunch on Coronado Island
On this new adventure to Coronado, we motorcoach to San Juan Capistrano to board an Amtrak train for a coastal ride to San Diego. The ocean views along this protected stretch of coastline are spectacular! Our motorcoach will meet us at San Diego's Santa Fe Station and transport us across the Coronado Bridge to beautiful Coronado Island, nicknamed The Crown City since Coronado is Spanish for "crowned one." In a building originally built in 1887, The Bluewater Boathouse Grill is located over the water in the historic former boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado. It has been serving the locals' "best seafood" for over 20 years! Here you'll enjoy a choice of entrée and dessert in its charming harborside setting. Next, we'll visit the legendary Hotel del Coronado to admire it's beauty, with time at leisure to explore this iconic hotel's charmed location, blissful oceanfront setting, historic architecture and its unique shops. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears o your driver's license or other government issued identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Depart:       8:00 a.m.
Return:       6:00 p.m.
Price:          $119 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity) 

ESTATES OF FAME & FORTUNE                                                                        Code: 5169
Adamson House & Will Roger's Ranch House
Escape to the beautiful Malibu coast to enjoy several of it's most enchanting sites. Enjoy a docent-guided walking tour of the Adamson House- a beautiful, 1929 Moorish-Spanish Colonial Revival Style residence on the Malibu coast that was built for the Adamson family, who owned most of the Malibu Coast. The lavish use of exquisite ceramic tile, produced by Malibu Potteries, is a hallmark of the house. You'll tour the inside of the house containing the original furnishings, and learn about its history, details of the architecture, and the story of the family who once lived in this distinctive home. The house and grounds share one of the most beautiful beach locations in Southern California. Also, visit the on-site Malibu Lagoon Museum which contains a collection of artifacts and rare photographs depicting the colorful history of Malibu. Following, enjoy lunch on your own at the Malibu Country Mart- a pleasantly informal, yet trendy, outdoor shopping and dining complex where the celebrities often dine. This afternoon we'll embark on a docent-guided tour of the private ranch house of the world-famous movie star, radio personality, columnist, philosopher, and American Cowboy, Will Rogers. In 1944, to honor his life-long spirit of generosity, Will Rogers' wife deeded the family's 186-acre ranch to the State of California. Overlooking the ocean in Pacific Palisades, this 31-room home- filled with wonderful memorabilia of this great man's life- is the centerpiece of Will Rogers State Historic Park and is indicative of a California ranch lifestyle that was casual, comfortable, and gracefully social. Suggested: walking shoes as there is considerable walking and uneven walkways on this tour. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Depart:       7:00 a.m.
Return:       6:30 p.m.
Price:          $79 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity

DISNEY CONCERT HALL: CALIFORNIA PHILHARMONIC CONCERT                Code: 5171
John Williams & Friends
Unforgettable music music in a phenomenal venue! The California Philharmonic's world-renowned musicians will once again delight, amaze and entertain us with an awe-inspiring concert performing songs of John Williams scores at the incomparable Walt Disney Concert Hall. You'll appreciate the way the Cal Phil reinvents the concert for today's listener by bringing the music into a contemporary context and illuminates the connections between diverse musical genres. Designed by architect Frank Ghery to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, being inside the Disney Concert Hall is an experience unto itself providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Like its silver panel, your spirits will swoop, soar and sparkle as the music resounds around and within you. Terrace level seating with great views of the performers. We'll arrive in time for you to attend the lively and revealing pre-concert "Talk with the Maestro" with conductor Victor Vener. Enjoy lunch on your own prior to the matinee show at Olvera Street or Philippe The Original, the L.A. icon famous as the originator of the French dip. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Depart:      10:15 a.m.
Return:       5:30 p.m. 
Price:         $99 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity)

THE GETTY CENTER                                                                                          Code: 5173
A truly wonderful way to spend a Saturday! High atop a hill on 110 acres amongst the Santa Monica Mountains and overlooking Los Angeles in the Getty Center- still as incredible as it was the day it opened 20 years ago. The $1.3 billion Getty Center presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present- against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views from downtown L.A. to the ocean. Spend approximately five hours at leisure exploring the galleries and gardens with free docent-guided architectural and garden tours available. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Getty's café or restaurant. Scheduled to be on display is the special exhibit, A Queen's treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer. These intricate, golden lacquer boxes were some of the most prized possession of the French queen and are a beautiful example of the 17th and 18th century lacquer artists delicate craft. Also scheduled to be on display is a collection of Greek and Roman Sculptures on loan from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. While the Santa Barbara Museum is being renovated, we have the unique opportunity to see these Roman copies of famous Greek originals in marble and bronze. See these iconic portrayals of gods and goddesses, including a marble torso of Dionysus and an over-life-size Roman statue of Mercury that the Getty Villa has completed extensive restoration work on.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Depart:       9:30 a.m. 
Return:       5:30 p.m.
Price:          $55 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity) 

RIVIERA & REAGAN BY RAIL                                                                            Code: 5174
Coastal Train Ride & Reagan Ranch Center
Our Riviera & Reagan adventure begins as we motorcoach to L.A.'s Union Station to board the deluxe Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast to Santa Barbara, known as "America's Riviera." The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train offering an observation car for spectacular ocean views! In Santa Barbara, our motorcoach will take us to Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara's downtown Mediterranean-style shopping district. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own here and long State Street. This afternoon we'll visit the Reagan Ranch Center, located in downtown Santa Barbara. See a 30-minute introductory film about the Reagan's time at Rancho del Cielo, their ranch located north of Santa Barbara coined "The Western White House." Then embark on a docent-guided tour of the Center which features several unique collections including campaign memorbilia, commemorative items and letters written by Ronald Reagan over a 50-year period. See a massive 5,000 pound section of the Berlin Wall and President Reagan's Jeep that he used on the Ranch. The centerpiece of the gallery is a 28-foot-long "timeline" that allows you to interact with the history of the Ranch and the events that took place during Reagan's Presidency. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver's license or other government issued identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Depart:       7:30 a.m.
Return:       7:00 p.m. 
Price:          $75 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity) 

JULIAN GOLD & APPLES                                                                                  Code: 5172
Tribute to Huell Howser with Optional Gold Mine Tour

On this tribute to Huell Howser and his uncanny ability to uncover amazing hidden secrets in the unlikeliest of places, we'll see clips of California's Gold and Visiting...With Huell Howser on board, and walk in his footsteps when we visit the sights ourselves. Escape for the day to Julian, an early 1900's mining town known for its clean air, fresh apple pie and unique boutiques. Enjoy ample time at leisure to shop and have lunch on your own in this quaint town (elevation 4,200 ft.). We'll make a stop at the famous Dudley's Bakery for their freshly baked bread prior to our arrival in Julian. While in Julian enjoy the entire time at leisure in this quaint town for shopping and lunch on your own. Or, after lunch on your own, you have the optioon of joining an informative guide for an optional 60-minute walking tour deep into a gold mine to learn the history of the mine and how they work (note that you will walk in and out of different tunnels and multiple levels). Suggested if you are taking the optional mine tour: walking shoes (considerable walking and stairs) and sweater or jacket as it can be cool in the mine. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Depart:       8:30 a.m.
Return:       6:30 p.m.
Price:          $59 or $69 with the optional mine tour

Multi-Day Tours

PORTLAND ROSES & OREGON TRAILS                                                           Code:   4818
Single-Hotel Stay in downtown Portland, Rose Festival Parade, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens and Astoria.

June 6-11, 2018 (6 Day Tour)
Per Person Price: Double $1,499 / Single $1,999 / Deposit $205
Roundtrip group airfare available from $395


CANADIAN ROCKIES & CALGARY STAMPEDE                                                 Code: 4819
Featuring The Calgary Stampede, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper & Yoho National Parks & Snow Coach ride on Athabasca Glacier.


July 12-19 (8 Day Tour)
Per Person Price: Double $2,899 / Single $3,999 / Deposit $305
Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

SUMMER BREEZES & STINKING ROSES BY RAIL                                            Code:   4814
Featuring the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Coast Starlight Train, Santa Cruz Beach Train and Monterey

Embark on an eclectic adventure that combines two spectacular train rides with a culinary spectacle. Ride along the California Coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight Train. Then ride the rails from trees to shining seas as you travel through California redwoods to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Join in the celebration of all things garlic at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. All the while, enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay on the Monterey Peninsula at a deluxe oceanfront hotel.

July 25-28, 2018 (4 Day Tour)
Per Person Price: Double $899 / Single $1,199 / Deposit $155
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GLACIERS, LAKES & LODGES                                                                            Code: 4815
Featuring Glacier & Waterton Lakes National Parks, Coeur D'Alene & "Lewis & Clark Country".

August 16-22, 2018 (7 Day Tour)
Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,499 / Deposit $255
Roundtrip group airfare available from $595



GRAND ALASKA                                                                                                Code: 5170
Featuring Denali National Park, Prince William Sound, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage and Fairbanks

Take a moment to imagine this: rugged, glacial landscapes of white, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two or that instant when the silence of a misty fjord is shattered by a pod of giant humpback whales breaching high into the air before crashing back against the sea. This is the essence of Alaska. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation's largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder. 

August 31- September 9, 2018 (10 DAY TOUR) 
Per Person Price: Double $2,449 / Single $3,229 / Deposit $300
Roundtrip group airfare available from $795

YOSEMITE, MAMMOTH & THE SIERRA                                                            Code: 5168
Featuring a Single Hotel Stay in Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Alabama Hills and Mono Lake

September 3-7 (5 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $1,099 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

CENTRAL COAST LIGHTHOUSES, REDWOODS & RAILS                                  Code: 5167
Join us on this unique journey along California's Central Coast traveling by train along the back roads and on the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway. For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty of the California Coast. The crashing surf...the towering redwoods...the unspoiled wildlife...the historic lighthouses...the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit. We'll experience it all as we enjoy stays at waterfront hotels, tours of historic lighthouses and relaxing walks on the beaches- providing s true sense of timelessness and reconnection. 

September 9-13, 2018 (5 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $1,199 / Single $1,599 / Deposit $200

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE FOUR CORNERS                                                    Code: 5165
Featuring Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde National Parks, Durango & The Silverton Train

September 21-17, 2018 (7 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,399 / Deposit $495
Roundtrip airfare available from $495

CALIFORNIA VOLCANOES, REDWOODS & RAILS                                          Code: 5164
Featuring Lassen and Redwoods National Parks, Skunk Train, Mendocino, Burney Falls and Eureka

September 30- October 6, 2018 (7 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $1,399 / Single $1,859 / Deposit $200
Roundtrip airfare available from $295


YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON                                                        Code: 5163
Welcome aboard this unique journey to discover the three majestic national parks with California's Sierra Nevada at a delightful time of year when fall foliage is on display. Imagine a place where even the earliest creations of Mother Nature have been perfectly preserved...where the scenery can only be described as larger than life...in a setting so peaceful, everyday worries have become virtually extinct. This five-day journey features three iconic parks bringing their ancient story to life. A truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with all four nights in National Park lodges. 

October 15-19, 2018 (5 DAY TOUR) 
Per Person Price: Double $1,299 / Single $1,849 / Deposit $200

NATIONAL PARKS & WESTERN WONDERS                                                      Code: 5162
Embark on a spectacular journey to discover a treasure chest of National Parks, Monuments and natural wonders in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. We'll visit some of the most well known sights as well as some of the least visited and most unique. The incredible sights and wealth of geologic phenomena within this majestic wonderland are breathtaking. The hues of red, orange and brown will amaze you. Spectacular vistas of rock formations that date back millions of years will provide a unique perspective of one's place in time and space. 

October 22-30, 2018 (9 DAY TOUR) 
Per Person Price: Double $1,899 / Single $2,449 / Deposit $250

ARIZONA'S VALLEY OF THE SUN                                                                      Code: 5161
Featuring a Single-Hotel stay, Saguaro National Park, Pima Air & Space Museum, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

November 11-15, 2018 (5 DAY TOUR) 
Per Person Price: Double $1,149 / Single $ 1,299 / Deposit $150
Roundtrip group airfare available from $395

SANTA FE "CHRISTMAS"                                                                                Code: 5160
Featuring a Single-Hotel stay, Taos, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument

November 27- December 1,2018 (5 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,299 / Deposit $150
Roundtrip group airfare available from $395

RED ROCKS, CANYONS & RAIL HOLIDAY                                                        Code: 5158
Join us as we embark on a journey that takes you to some of nature's most majestic canyons, peaks and valleys at a festive time of year when light displays and holiday decorations abound! Never have you seen colors so brilliant, nature so lustrous, and skies so magnificent as we explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. The heart of Sedona will welcome you with the holiday spirit as the town is spectacularly decorated for the holidays. With a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad to a chuck-wagon dinner, you'll travel back in time on this magnificent tour that combines the spirit of the holidays with the wonders of nature. 

December 2-7, 2018 (6 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150




Placentia
401 East Chapman Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 993-8117