The Sun Shines Brighter in Southern California

February 8 - 16, 2019 - 9 Days

Warm sunshine, clear blue southwestern skies, swaying palm trees, desert mountains and Pacific Ocean views will greet us on this special extended, nine day trip to the best of Southern California! Experience the energy of Los Angeles's glitz and glamour, relax at the lush green oasis of Palm Springs, and marvel at the beautiful views along San Diego's coastline. Talk about your change of scenery - this trip will truly refresh the soul and rejuvenate the spirit. California, here we come!



Tour Highlights

 - Reagan Presidential Library

 - Nixon Presidential Library

 - Joshua Tree National Park

 - Tour Catalina Island

 - Dinner Aboard Queen Mary

 - Hollywood Walk of Fame

 -  Warner Brother's Studio Tour

 - Mt. San Jacinto Aerial Tram

 - Sea World or San Diego Zoo

 - Palm Springs Renaissance Resort

 - Living Desert Museum

- Scenic Pacific Coast Drive


Day 1

Regularly scheduled flight to Los Angeles, CA. Explore Manhattan Beach on the Pacific Coast. Arrive at the Ayres Inn, Manhattan Beach for 4 nights. Dinner at Ayres Inn.

Day 2

Breakfast at Ayres Inn. Discover how Hollywood was made on the iconic Warner Brothers Studios tram tour. Tour the stunning Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA. Dinner in area.

Day 3

Breakfast at Ayres Inn. All aboard the ferry to the scenic Pacific paradise of Catalina Island. See the colorful local spots of Avalon on a guided tram tour and enjoy time to have lunch and shop. Guided tour of the Queen Mary featuring rarely seen sections of the ship. Fine dining aboard the Queen Mary.

Day 4

Breakfast at Ayres Inn. Discover Los Angeles on a guided tour including: downtown LA, Olvera Street, enjoy a Churro from Churros Bakery, Disney Concert Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Wilshire Boulevard, La Brea Tar Pits, lunch at the Farmer’s Market/Grove stroll iconic Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood & Highlands complex & Dolby Theater. Head for the posh desert resort of Palm Springs, CA, the land of the rich & famous & long time haven to movie stars & millionaires! Check in to the lovely Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel for 2 nights. Dinner at Billy Reeds Restaurant, Palm Springs.

Day 5 

Breakfast at the Renaissance Hotel. Tour of Palm Springs with a local guide highlighting celebrity homes. Hear intriguing stories of the homes & their famous owners. Drive through the exclusive areas of Palm Springs along Frank Sinatra & Bob Hope Blvds and see the estates of the stars of yesteryear and the playgrounds of the elite. Visit to the Living Desert when the desert animals activity is best. Enjoy wildlife shows, tour & lunch. Take the world’s longest double-reversible single span aerial tramway up Mt. San Jacinto. Free time to explore Palm Springs and enjoy amenities at Palm Spring Renaissance Hotel.

Day 6 

Breakfast at Renaissance Hotel. Guided tour of Joshua Tree National Park with lunch included. Dinner at Kaiser Restaurant.

Day 7

Breakfast at Renaissance Hotel. Experience the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California housing the Nixon Presidential Materials, the Nixon White House Tapes, as well as the Museum, Birthplace, & Helicopter. Travel along the Pacific Coast to San Diego. Guided tour of San Diego. Arrive at the Humphreys Half Moon Inn Resort situated on secluded Shelter Island. The lush grounds & tropical vibe provide a memorable 2 night stay.

Day 8 

Breakfast at Humpreys Half Moon Inn. Choose to spend your day at the San Diego Zoo or Sea World. Shuttles provided for your convenience to return to the resort to relax & enjoy the amenities. Dinner at Tom Hamms Lighthouse.

Day 9 

Breakfast at Humpreys Half Moon Inn. Flight to Chicago.


Featuring Two Presidential Libraries

The Reagan Presidential Library

The Reagan Presidential Library is located in beautiful Simi Valley, California. Follow the steps Reagan took to the Presidency from his early years in Dixon, Illinois to his time as an actor in Hollywood to his Governorship in California as your journey through the "Great Communicator's" Presidential Library. 

The Nixon Presidential Library

Take a step back in time into the 1960's and 1970's at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. Learn about Nixon's journey from his humble Quaker beginnings in Southern California to the White House. Relive the ups and downs of Nixon's Presidency at this fascinating Presidential Library.


What's Included?


 - Private group airline check-in.

 - Round trip airfare & 1 compliant bag.

 - Deluxe motorcoach transportation.

 - 8 nights deluxe hotel accommodations.

 - All attractions, tours, and admissions.

 - 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners.

 - All taxes, gratuities (including driver & tour director).

 - Luggage handling.

 - Services of a professional American Classic Tour Director.

 - Optional Travel Guard trip insurance (already included in price below).  

 - Insurance Rates: Double $289; Single $342.



Your plane ticket is purchased, your hotel rooms are reserved, your dinners are arranged, tip and tax are pre-paid, your trip is insured, your tickets to entertainment and attractions are purchased, your escort is ready, 

all that is left.....IS YOU.



$1000.00 deposit per person with reservation. Final payment due 11/1/18. Optional Travel Insurance is already included in price shown above. Refund Policy: Cancellations prior to or on 11/1/18 receive a full refund less a $50 cancel fee. Cancellations after 11/1/18 with insurance purchased, refunds will be processed through Travel Guard Insurance. Cancellations after 11/1/18 without insurance purchased, there is no refund.



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