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Day Trips

Bus trips leave from and return to the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled time to pick up your parking pass and check in for the trip. Participants must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

For more information about these trips call 831-420-6180. To register, visit santacruzparksandrec.com or call 831-420-5270.

Pinnacle National Park #459832 - CANCELED
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Get ready to explore Pinnacles National Park! Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed and slid to form the unique landscape of Pinnacles National Park. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands and canyon bottoms. We will enjoy the park with docents and rangers on a 2-3 hour led hike (easy to moderate) into the rare talus caves with bats and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life: prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles and the inspiring California condor. We will also have time to visit the nature center and eat lunch on your own. Please come prepared for the outdoor wonders of Pinnacles National Park with comfortable shoes, walking sticks (if desired), sun protection, plenty of water, flashlight for the caves and your own lunch. Price includes travel on a luxury coach bus to our destination, as well as admission to the park. 

 

  $33 (Senior Resident)/ $44 (Resident)/ $56 (Non Resident)

 

 

Oakland Zoo #459833 - CANCELED
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

 

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Explore the wild beauty of the Oakland Zoo with a full day of adventure. The Oakland Zoo is home to more than 750 native and exotic animals. Learn about wildlife conservation, see amazing animals, or attend one of the many interactive and educational programs, including 10 scheduled animal feeds. There are rides, a petting yard and gift shop as well. Grab a bite at one of the several cafes and have lunch in the meadow while enjoying the sounds of nature. End your day with a relaxing ride on the Sky Ride with a spectacular view. Please be aware, this trip will require a good deal of walking. Please come prepared with comfortable walking shoes. Price includes travel on a luxury coach bus to our destination as well as admission to the zoo. 

 

 

$40 (Senior Resident)/ $54 (Resident)/ $70 (Non Resident)

 Overnight Trips with Collette Travel

For inquiries about our upcoming trips or for reservations, contact: Kelly Mercer-Lebov, 831-420-6180.

Learn more about our upcoming trips by attending an informative slide show on Wednesday, February 19 at 1 pm, or June 17 at 1pm. 

Discover Croatia, Slovenia & the Adriatic Coast  - CANCELED
12 Days starting 3/26/2020

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Medieval architecture, tranquil lakes, local villages and Croatian charm will delight you on this tour featuring Dubrovnik, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, and the pearls of the stunning Dalmatian coast. Begin your exploration with two nights in Opatija, the “Riviera of Croatia” and an Istrian gem. Explore Plitvice National Park by foot and by boat, a place where waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs connecting sixteen pristine lakes on this 12-Day Adventure. Price: $3,999 including roundtrip airfare from SJC.

Discover America's Music Cities
8 Days starting 9/4/2020

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Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville as you revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country and good old rock ‘n’ roll. Experience the unique city of New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu. Spend two nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues," and tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Price: $2,999 including roundtrip airfare from SJC.

 Discover Greece and Its Islands
 15 Days starting 04/08/2021
 BlueChapelSantorini_CVO_15331Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean settings. This comprehensive journey explores Greece's most important ancient monuments, like the famed Temple of Zeus, archeological site of Olympia and ancient artifacts of Delphi. Explore Athens your way – choose a tour of the incredible Acropolis, or embark on a walking tour of some of the city’s hidden gems. Visit a local farm in the countryside to see how olive oil and wine are produced. Learn how to cook traditional Mediterranean cuisine during a cooking demonstration. Wander the winding streets, vineyards, marketplaces and beaches of 7 Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the excavations of the ancient city at Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. In Athens, enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and entertainment at a family-owned taverna in the lively Plaka district. Learn the history of this fascinating country from local experts on guided tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi, and Olympia. Price $4,999 including roundtrip airfare from SJC.
 Southern Charm
 7 Days starting Fall 2021

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Experience the history, charm and singular hospitality of the Low Country in Georgia and South Carolina. Overnight at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Discover the history of Savannah and antebellum Charleston with 2-night stays in each city. You will uncover a magic that you can only find in America’s friendly South. Price TBD.