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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


Registration begins Monday, September 10, 2018 for Placentia Residents
**Registration for Non-Residents begins Monday, September 17, 2018

JULIAN GOLD & APPLES (FULL)                                                             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 onboard, 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:          $64 or $74 with the optional mine tour

HAUNTED SAN DIEGO BY RAIL                                                              Code:  5251
Ghost Tour with Step-On Guide & Old Town San Diego

Get in the Halloween spirit as we head to San Diego to embark on a popular "fright-seeing" tour to discover fascinating historic sites that are documented as haunted. First, we motorcoach to Anaheim to board an Amtrak train for a coastal ride to Old Town San Diego. The ocean views along this protected stretch of coastline are spectacular! After time at leisure for an early dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in historic Old Town, a theatrical storyteller will board our coach as we embark on a two-hour adventure that has the perfect blend of suspenseful tales, rich San Diego history, and spooky fun...sure to 'raise your spirits'. During the driving tour your guide will recount ghostly happenings of the past...and of the present...as we disembark at several sites and learn about the people who lived there, who died there, and who haunts there today! See the Victorian mansion of Villa Montezuma, enter the Horton Grand Hotel, visit the historic cemetery in Old Town and see the Whaley House, considered by the Travel Channel as "America's Most Haunted" house! We'll go inside the William Heath Davis House, the oldest house in the Gaslamp District and one of the most haunted. This ghostly adventure will be so fun and entertaining, you'll be dying for more! We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver's license or other government-issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. Suggested: walking shoes and a jacket or sweater. 

Monday, October 29, 2018
Depart:       12:15 p.m.
Return:        9:45 p.m. 
Price:          $104 (Includes Tour Director and Driver Gratuity) 

BEVERLY HILLS                                                                                       Code:  5252
GREYSTONE MANSION 
During this unique and limited-time opportunity, the legendary Greystone Mansion opens its doors for you to discover its historic, mysterious and haunted past. While this treasure is normally closed to the public, every now and then its doors are opened for us to enter. The fortress-like Tudor-style mansion with distinctive formal English gardens was built by famed oil tycoon Edward Doheny for his son. With 55 rooms and over 46,000 square feet of living space, it cost more than $4 million to build in 1928! The largest home in Beverly Hills, it's often considered the grandest mansion on the West Coast, second only to Hearst Castle. Enjoy time at leisure for a self-guided tour of the unfinished interior and gardens to discover its architecture, grandeur and charmed past. See the filming locations from movies and television shows that have been filmed here including The Bodyguard, Batman & Robin, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Social Network, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, There Will Be Blood, and The Big Lebowski. The Friends of Greystone gift shop will be open and available. Enjoy lunch on your own prior at The Original Farmers Market or The Grove. Because Greystone is a national historic site, it does not conform to ADA laws and has numerous stairs and uneven walking surfaces. Flat walking shoes are recommended so that you fully enjoy this unique opportunity. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Depart:     9:00 a.m. 
Return:     4:30 p.m.
Price:        $84 (Includes Tour Guide and Driver Gratuity)

KING TUT & THE MYSTERIES OF EGYPT                                              Code:  5253
Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit  
& Mysteries of Egypt 3D IMAX 
 
Don't miss the limited time opportunity to attend the world premiere of the special exhibit, King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut's tomb, this exhibition is the largest King Tut exhibition that has ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut's celebrated tomb - 60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. A dramatic presentation of dazzling multimedia complemented by rare artifacts will take you on immersive journey of the pharaoh's quest for immortality. Examine exquisite rings found in King Tut's fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut's 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, and how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in new ways never before imagined. Enjoy approximately 5 hours at leisure to explore the King Tut exhibit, the Science Center's permanent exhibits (including the Space Shuttle Endeavour) and enjoy lunch on your own at the Science Center eateries. Also included is the IMAX movie, Mysteries of Egypt, which brings to life this remarkable civilization on the 7-story IMAX screen. Explore a fascinating empire and discover why Egypt's unique treasures have captivated the world for over 5,000 years. Accompany the National Geographic team as they uncover the secrets of the pharaohs' tomb and the pyramids. Soar over the great pyramids of Giza, rush over the Nile, cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings, and descend into the shadowy chambers of the sacred tomb of King Tutankhamun. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Depart: 8:30 a.m.
Return: 5:00 p.m.
Price: $94 (Includes tour director and driver gratuity

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL                                                                         Code:  5254
L.A. MASTERS CHORALE'S FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
Ring in the Christmas season at the Disney Concert Hall with a traditional concert of your favorite carols sung by one of the greatest choirs in the world! The fantastic 115-member Los Angeles Master Chorale will be joined by the Disney Hall's mighty pipe organ for a festive concert featuring traditional favorites sprinkled with new arrangements as well as a few audience sing-a-longs. Hear first-hand why the Chorale has gained international prominence over the past decade. Designed by architect Frank Gehry 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. Terrace-level seating. Prior to the matinee show, enjoy lunch on your own at Olvera Street, or at Philippe The Original, famous as the originator of the French Dip.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Depart: 10:15 a.m. 
Return: 5:30 p.m.
Price: $104 (Includes tour director and driver gratuity)

SPARKLES & TREASURES (WAITLIST)                                                  Code:  5255
Mission Inn Festival of Lights 
With Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner 

Join us on this holiday classic as we travel to Riverside to admire the Mission Inn during its nationally-recognized annual Festival of Lights. The Inn is adorned in thousands of beautiful holiday lights and draped in holiday splendor including intricate animated displays. Built in 1903, it has recently been restored to its original splendor. On an extensive docent-guided walking tour you'll see the famed Court of Birds, President Lounge, Glenwood Tavern, the Rotunda, St. Francis' Chapel's Tiffany glass and more. Next, enjoy an included dinner with choice of entree and dessert at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Later, we'll drive through a highly decorated Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood that goes all out during the holiday season, and is recognized as one of the prize locations in southern California to enjoy outdoor holiday lights! Suggested: walking shoes 

Thursday, December 13, 2018 
Depart: 2:15 p.m
Return: 10:45 p.m.
Price: $94 (Includes tour director and driver gratuity)

BRAZILLIAN BOOKS AND THE BROAD                                                                                                    Code:  5256
This new tour pairs two of downtown L.A.'s newest destinations - featuring eclectic art and an elegant lunch - a true feast for your eyes and your belly! It was in the works for years...it's complicated architecture created construction delays after delays...but when it debuted in 2015, The Broad blew away all expectations and not only changed the landscape of downtown L.A. but changed the way the museum's display art. The $140 million contemporary art museum financed by billionaire philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad is the repository for some of the most expensive artwork on the planet - most of it from the Broads' personal collection of over 2,000 pieces - it is one of the most prominent holdings of contemporary art worldwide. With only 250 pieces on display at one time, each visit here presents new opportunities to question, debate, and appreciate. Enjoy approximately 90 minutes at leisure to explore on a self-guided visit with a VIP (no waiting) entrance. This afternoon we enjoy an included lunch at Fogo de Chao, the authentic Brazilian Steakhouse that opened in this downtown location in 2015. The Brazilian steakhouse tradition begins at the Market Table where you can return as many times as you like for fresh seasonal salads, exotic vegetables, imported cheeses, smoked salmon, cured meats, seasonal soup, and more. Once you're seated, the authentic Brazilian side dishes arrive - warm pao de queijo (cheese bread), crispy polenta, mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas. Set your dining card to green and you're in the rodizio - continuous tableside service of signature cuts of meat prepared, fire-roasted and served by the gaucho chefs. The tableside service of signature cuts of meat prepared, fire-roasted and served by the gaucho chefs. The variety of meats include top and bottom sirloin, chicken (breast, bacon-wrapped breast and legs) and the slow roasted and savory pork sausage. In Brazilian culture, this is all part of the grilled-meats feasts from the street to churrascarias like Fogo de Chao, where they honor gaucho tradition, one carved slice at a time. Be sure to leave room for dessert - family-style platters with bite size New York cheesecake, Key lime pie, chocolate mousse cake and turtle cheesecake. Enjoy time at leisure at the Last Bookstore, the iconic L.A. bookstore housed in the grand atrium of what was once a bank. The bookstore specializes in reasonably priced used books, and takes great pride in offering a selection of well-kept vintage books as well. Anyone who has ever loved a vintage book will know exactly what that means for the musty, decadent smell that hangs in the air in the seemingly sacred place. There is a section of hardbacks arranged by color. Most of the fiction is purposefully unarranged, meant to inspire treasure hunts among shoppers. Every book in the upstairs section is $1. In short, every inch of the place is designed to make book lovers fall in love with it, and it succeeds!

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Depart: 8:30 a.m.
Return: 5:00 p.m.
Price: $104 (Includes tour director and driver gratuity)

CELEBRITY HOMES & HANG OUTS                                                      Code:  5257
Eataly Italian Marketplace

On this glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, we'll explore where the stars live, shop and hang out! We begin with lunch on your own at Eataly, L.A.'s hot new marketplace, that isn't just a restaurant or market - its a three-story "temple of la dolce vita" to all edible and drinkable things Italian! The L.A. location is the largest Eataly in the U.S, measuring 67,000 square feet. The emporium and various food counters vend all things related to Italian cuisine - from Italian-produced small batch olive oil to wine, craft beer, overwhelming variety of gourmet food stalls and take-out counters, making it a true foodie paradise. Next, we'll motorcoach to Hollywood to take a two-hour entertaining, narrated driving tour aboard an open-air vehicle (for great photos and so that we can explore areas where out large motorcoach can not go) through L.A.'s secluded hills and on Beverly Hills' stately streets. As we "cruise" through some of L.A.'s most glamorous streets, we'll see many celebrity homes, homes of today's superstars and of Hollywood's legends. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the Hollywood & Highland complex, that boasts many shops and Hollywood memorabilia.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Depart: 9:15 a.m.
Return: 5:30 p.m.
Price: $104 (Includes tour director and driver gratuity)


Multi-Day Tours

YELLOWSTONE & TETONS IN WINTER                                                                                                 Code:   5258
The world's first National Park inspires awe any time of the year, but as you'll discover on this very special adventure, visiting Yellowstone during the winter- when bison, elk and wolves wander across snow-covered valleys, and Yellowstone's amazing geologic features are even more spectacular- truly allows you to see the real Yellowstone. Exploring by snowcoach, you'll feel like you pretty much have this incredible place to yourself as you see geysers, waterfalls and steaming hot springs surrounded by frozen landscapes. Combined with Jackson and Grand Teton National Park as well as sightseeing in Park City and Salt Lake City, this is a whole other type of tour and perhaps other-worldly experience.  

January 19-24, 2019 (6 Day Tour)
Per Person Price: Double $1,529 / Single $1,199 / Deposit $255
Roundtrip group airfare available from $295


YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON (WAITLIST)                      Code:  5163
(Summer Registration Only)
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
(Summer Registration Only)
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
(Summer Registration Only)

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
(Summer Registration Only) 
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


SOUTHERN CHARM                                                                        Code:  5259
Featuring Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Hilton Head, Plantations, Fort Sumter, Beaufort

April 7-13,2018 (7 DAY TOUR)
Per Person Price: Double $1,999 / Single $2,799 / Deposit $255
Roundtrip group airfare available from $795



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