Guided Daytrips, Scheduled Tours & Cruises

Our scheduled departures include day trips and short regional getaways by motorcoach as well as longer domestic, international, and cruise vacations offered by trusted professional tour partners. See below for our current schedule. Day trips & regional tours are currently on hold.


In the event a day trip or tour is sold out, please consider placing your name on the Short List and you will be contacted if space becomes available! Our Short List is also used for day trips and tours not yet available for reservations. Add your name and you will be among the first contacted.


Our scheduled day trips and tours are for active adults. If you have questions about the physical requirements for any day trip or tour, please contact us prior to registering. Consultation with your physician is also recommended. 


For international tours, a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months AFTER the last day of the tour is STRONGLY recommended. If you have any questions regarding the current political conditions of any country on these tours, you are encouraged to visit the travel advisory web page of the U.S. Department of State website. For questions regarding health conditions in any of the countries on these tours, or recommended inoculations, you are encouraged to visit the travel advisory web page of the U.S. Center for Disease Control


For private groups of all sizes in search of exclusive and unique travel experiences, please contact us directly or consult our Welcome West! Receptive or Unique Tours & Events pages for several one-of-a-kind itineraries.

Our day trips and tours provide ample time to enjoy activities important to you at your own pace...

Our day trips and tours provide ample time to enjoy activities important to you at your own pace...

Domestic Cruises & Escorted Vacations

Historic Trains of Colorado

Steamboatin' on Mark Twain's Mississippi

Steamboatin' on Mark Twain's Mississippi

colorado train leadville durango silverton rockies cumbres toltec royal gorge mesa verde academy

 9 Days * August 7-15, 2020

Offered by Mayflower Tours

  • Travel along the Arkansas River aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad
  • Board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, voted one of the ten best rail journeys in the world
  • Ride through the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
  • Explore the Royal Gorge Railroad across the famous Hanging Bridge
  • Relive the gold mining day aboard the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Two night stays at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio and the Radisson Hotel in Colorado Springs
  • Tour Mesa Verde and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks
  • Visit the US Air Force Academy & the Garden of the Gods
  • Overnight accommodations in Denver, Dillon, Montrose and Alamosa
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento incl. (available from additional cities)
  • Airport transfers included
  • 14 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$3,289 p.p./dbl.occ., $4,268 single  

Steamboatin' on Mark Twain's Mississippi

Steamboatin' on Mark Twain's Mississippi

Steamboatin' on Mark Twain's Mississippi

delta queen american countess river cruise minneapolis louis dubuque hannibal quad paul group travel

 9 Days * September 5-13, 2020

Offered by Talbot Tours

  • Sail aboard the NEW star of the American Queen Steamboat Company, the American Countess, launching in early 2020 and accommodating less than 250 passengers
  • Overnight in Minneapolis at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the stunning Mall of America
  • Board your steamboat in Red Wing near Minneapolis and follow the headwaters of the Mississippi River south through its most scenic areas
  • Explore the river towns of the Upper Mississippi River with INCLUDED shore excursions: Winona (MN), La Crosse (WI), Dubuque (IA), Bettendorf/Quad Cities (IA), Hannibal (MO), Alton/St. Louis (MO)
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento to Minneapolis/St Paul, from St. Louis incl. (available from additional cities)
  • Airport transfers included
  • 4 Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Fully escorted

Double occ. prices starting at...


$2,995 p.p. (Inside), $5,125 p.p.(Outside Open Veranda), $5,595 p.p. (Outside Private Veranda)  

Spotlight on South Dakota

Steamboatin' on Mark Twain's Mississippi

Spotlight on South Dakota

south dakota crazy horse badlands devile tower national park rushmore custer buffalo deadwood sheep

7 Days * September 11-17, 2020

Offered by Collette Vacations


  • Unpack once with a 5 night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City
  • Visit Crazy Horse National Monument, Badlands National Park and Devils Tower National Monument with your choice of a walking trail hike or time at the visitors center
  • Discover Mt. Rushmore  during the day and return for the amazing evening lighting ceremony
  • Go looking for buffalo, big horn sheep and elk  at Custer State Park
  • Follow in the footsteps of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in Deadwood and visit Kevin Costner's Tatanka: Story of  the Bison
  • Watch expert jewelers craft gold and diamonds at Riddle's Black Hills Gold & Diamond Factory 
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento incl. (available from other cities) 
  • Airport transfers included
  • 9 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$2,849 p.p./dbl.occ., $3,499 single


Spotlight on Santa Fe

America's Music Cities: New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

Spotlight on South Dakota

santa fe new mexico loretto miracle madrid bandelier chimayo art chocolate turquoise trail catholic

6 Days * October 18-23, 2020

Offered by Collette Vacations


  • Stay 5 nights at the Drury Plaza Hotel with nightly "Kick Back" food & beverages
  • Explore Santa Fe Plaza on a historical walking tour followed by an open air tram tour
  • Visit the Loretto Chapel and learn the story of the Miracle Staircase
  • Travel to the village of Madrid and learn about the fascinating history of the Turquoise Trail
  • Explore Bandeleir National Monument and El Santuario de Chimayo, regarded as the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the United States
  • Your choice of a chocolate tour or a spy tour: Yes, there were spies to be found in Santa Fe!
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento incl. (available from additional cities)
  • Airport transfers included
  • 8 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2  lunches, 2 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$2,449 p.p./dbl.occ., $3,049 single


Thanksgiving in New York City & The Macy's Parade

America's Music Cities: New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

America's Music Cities: New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

thanksgiving new york city times square macys parade greenwich village shopping holiday christmas

 5 Days * November 23-27, 2020

Offered by Mayflower Tours

  • Stay 4 nights in the heart of New York City's Times Square at the Crowne Plaza Times Square
  • Narrated tour of New York City including  Central Park, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy and Battery Park
  • Ride 70 stories to the Top of Rockefeller Center
  • Circle Manhattan Island Cruise past the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
  • See the magnificent Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular
  • Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with its marching bands, elaborate floats and giant balloons
  • Special Thanksgiving Day Dinner
  • Available Broadway shows each night (opt. cost)
  • Free time to explore on your own and find the perfect holiday gifts
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento incl. (available from additional cities)
  • Airport transfers included
  • 4 Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$3,219 p.p./dbl.occ., $4,118 single  

America's Music Cities: New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

America's Music Cities: New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

America's Music Cities: New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

new orleans memphis nashville music band opry country blues jazz swamp graceland history tour travel

8 Days * March 14-21, 2021

Offered by Collette Vacations


  • Stay 3 nights in New Orleans at the Sheraton, 2 nights in Memphis at the NEW Guest House at Graceland, and 2 nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
  • Choose from a walking tour of the historic French Quarter or a motorcoach tour of New Orleans. 
  • Experience a swamp cruise to learn about the delicate ecology of the delta
  • Explore Graceland in Memphis and enjoy a tour and dinner at the Memphis Musical History Museum
  • Reserved seating for a performance of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Visit RCA Studio B, recording home of Elvis and Dolly Parton, and the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento incl. (available from additional cities)
  • Airport transfers included
  • 10 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$3,349 p.p./dbl.occ., $4,249 single

Save $100 per person until 9/14/20

Native Arizona: Hopi & Navajo Lands

Native Arizona: Hopi & Navajo Lands

Native Arizona: Hopi & Navajo Lands

native arizona hopi navajo antelope canyon chelly montezuma monument valley oraibi walpi indian

7 Days * March 24-30, 2021 or May 2-8, 2021

Offered by Free Spirit Vacations


  • Discover Arizona's native cultures with visits to the Pueblo Grande Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Interactive Navajo Museum
  • See the stunning scenery of Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
  • Unravel the mystery of Arizona's canyon dwellers at Montezuma's Castle National Monument. 
  • Learn about native arts during a walking tour of Ole Oraibi and Walpi - a living village where homes have been passed down through clan lineage. Meet Kachina doll carvers, basket weavers and potters. 
  • Tour the Navajo Nation Council Chambers and enjoy a lunch at the St. Michael Indian School. 
  • 9 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$1,695 p.p./dbl.occ., $2,125 single

(Land Package Only)

Spotlight on Washington DC

Native Arizona: Hopi & Navajo Lands

Native Arizona: Hopi & Navajo Lands

washington dc memorial monument white house capitol national cathedral group travel tour s

6 Days * April 21-26, 2021

Offered by Collette Vacations


  • Stay 5 nights at the Marriott Hotel Washington-Georgetown
  • Tour the U.S. Capitol Building, White House Visitors Center, Mount Vernon and the National Cathedral
  • Experience moving visits to the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Choose to visit the National Air & Space Museum or the National Museum of American History
  • Visit poignant Arlington National Cemetery and observe the changing of the guard at the National Tomb of the Unknowns
  • Round-trip airfare incl. from Sacramento (available from other cities)
  • Airport transfers included
  • 8 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$2,799 p.p./dbl.occ., $3,249 single

Save $100 per person until 10/21/20

International Cruises & Escorted Adventures

The Best of Eastern Canada

Exploring Spain & Portugal

The Best of Eastern Canada

Canada parliament tour montreal ottawa quebec niagara falls montmorency sugar shack east

9 Days * August 9-17, 2020

Offered by Collette Vacations


  • Explore four of Eastern Canada's beautiful cities
  • Four 2-night stays including Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal
  • Niagara Falls (ON): cruise to the base of the majestic falls, explore the park setting along the Canadian side, and enjoy a visit to a winery at nearby, quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Ottawa: Canada's Capital City! Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour including the Prime Minister's residence, Parliament, and the National Art Gallery. Free afternoon to explore on your own
  • Quebec City: Explore the walled city's Old Town, experience an included dinner on the Ile d'Orleans, and choose from a walking tour or coach tour of both old and new Quebec City
  • Montreal: A modern French city in the heart of Canada! Enjoy sightseeing around the city including Mount Royal, McGill University and Jacques Cartier Square
  • Learn the time-honored traditions of maple syrup making at an authentic Sugar Shack
  • Discover Montmorency Falls, over 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls! 
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento incl. (available from additional cities)
  • 11 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted


$3,649 p.p./dbl.occ., $4,649 single

Save $50 per person until 2/10/20

This tour requires a valid passport!  

Capitals of Central Europe

Exploring Spain & Portugal

The Best of Eastern Canada

budapest vienna berlin european germany austria hungary poland krakow wittenberg prague czech

16 Days * September 9-24, 2020

 Offered by Image Tours


  • Visit the stunning cities and smaller jewels of Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and theCzech Republic
  • Berlin: 2 night stay with a sightseeing tour including the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie
  • Krakow: 2 night stay with sightseeing including Old Town, Market Square, and Wawel Castle, optional visit to Auschwita-Birkenau and Krakow Salt Mines Dinner (add'l costs)
  • Budapest: 2 night stay with sightseeing including Castle Hill, Vigado, and Gresham Palace
  • Vienna: 2 night stay with sightseeing plus a free afternoon to explore, opt. dinner at Schonbrunn Palace
  • Prague: 2 night stay with sightseeing including Old Town Hall and the Church of St. Nicholas
  • Overnight stays in Eisenach (Martin Luther's Wartburg Castle), Legnica, Franconia, & Rudesheim
  • Visit Leipzig, final resting place of J.S. Bach, and Wittenburg, site of Luther's posting of his 95 Theses
  • Explore Dresden on the Elbe River, including Zwinger Palace
  • Tour Nuremburg, Wurzburg and Rudeshiem
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento to/from Frankfurt incl. (available from additional cities)
  • 22 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Fully escorted

 

$4,990 p.p./dbl.occ., $5,985 single

This tour requires a valid passport!  

Exploring Spain & Portugal

Exploring Spain & Portugal

Mexico's Majestic Copper Canyon

europe lisbon seville algeciras costa del sol madrid baeza spain portugal group travel tour escort

15 Days * October 13-27, 2020

Offered by Image Tours


  • Explore the Iberian Peninsula with optional excursions to Gibraltar & Morocco
  • Lisbon: Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Mundial, city tour including Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, free afternoon to explore Sao Jorge Castle or the Alfama District
  • Seville: Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Silken Al-Andalus Palace, city tour to include Plaza de Espana, Giralda Tower, and City Hall, with a free afternoon to discover Alcazar Palace and the Flamenco Museum 
  • Algeciras: Stay 2 nights  at the Hotel Globales Reina Cristina, free time to explore Plaza Alta
  • Costa Del Sol: Stay 3 nights at the seaside resort of the Hotel Melia Costa del Sol
  • Madrid: Stay 3 nights at the Novotel Madrid Center, a city tour, exploring the Prado Art Museum, optional visits to the Royal Palace, Old Town, and Reina Sofia Museum.
  • Baeza: overnight at the HOtel Puerta de la Luna Baeza, accessed by open-top tram
  • Visit a sherry bodega in Jerez with an optional viist to the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
  • Visit Granada at the architectural masterpiece, The Alhambra 
  • Round-trip airfare from Sacramento to Lisbon, from Madrid incl. (available from additional cities)
  • 23 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 dinners
  • Fully escorted

 

$4,790 p.p./dbl.occ., $5,955, single

This tour requires a valid passport!  

Mexico's Majestic Copper Canyon

Whales & Wine of Baja California

Mexico's Majestic Copper Canyon

mexico copper canyon fuerte rim train rail tarahumara indian group tour vacation escort paquime

8 Days * October 2020 - May 2021

Multiple Departures Available

Offered by Free Spirit Vacations


  • Two night stays in San Carlos, Posada Barrancas, overnight stays in Alamos, El Fuerte, Nuevi Casas Grandes
  • Visit the cities of Santa Ana, Hermosillo, Creel, and Guerrero
  • Travel along the rim of Copper Canyon by rail
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez looking for dolphins, seals and the great blue heron
  • Discover Guaymas Pearl Farm
  • Learn about the fascinating culture of the Tarahumara Indians
  • Explore Mexico's northernmost archaeological site at Paquime
  • This tour includes all meals!
  • Fully Escorted


$1,595 p.p./dbl.occ., $1,895 single*

(Land Package Price)

This tour requires a valid passport!


*This tour begins and ends in Phoenix, AZ. Pre and post night hotel stays, along with round-trip airfare and transfers are not included but may be arranged for additional costs. 


Whales & Wine of Baja California

Whales & Wine of Baja California

Whales & Wine of Baja California

mexico baja california whales wine cruise boat tour vacation group travel catavina scammon sealife

8 Days * February 14-March 21, 2021

Offered by Free Spirit Vacations


  • Two night stays in Guerro Negro and Ensenada, overnight stays in San Diego, San Quintin, and Catavine
  • Discover the Mercado Hildalgo in Tijuana and the desert cave paintings outside Catavina
  • Enjoy two cruises with local guides on non-intrusive boatson the Ojo de La Liebre, also known as Scammon's Lagoon, the first calving stop for whales coming from the Bering Strait
  • Observe wildlife including dolphins, sea lions,seals and giant osprey
  • Experience a visit to the Guadalupe Valley, Mexico's wine region, with tastings and lunch
  • 17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Fully Escorted

 

$1,875 p.p./dbl.occ., $2,200 single*

(Land Package Price)

This tour requires a valid passport!


*This tour begins and ends in San Diego, CA. Round-trip airfare and transfers are not included but may be arranged for additional costs.

Monarch Butterflies of Mexico

Whales & Wine of Baja California

Whales & Wine of Baja California

monarch butterfly mexico sanctuary toluca rosario sierra chincua group travel escort vacation tour

7 Days * February 19-25, 2021

Offered by Free Spirit Vacations


  • Stay three nights in Mexico City and three nights near Tlalpujahua in the State of Michoacan
  • Explore the charming neighborhoods of Mexicao City, including San Angel and Coyoacan with visits to Bazaar del Sabado and the home of Freda Kahlo
  • Discover the city of Toluca including its lovely botanical garden
  • Discover the winter home of North America's Monarch Butterflies at the El Rosario and Sierra Chincua Sanctuaries
  • Visit the town of Tlalpujahua with its mining history and world-famous Chirstmas ornament industry
  • 14 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Fully Escorted


 

$1,495 p.p./dbl.occ., $1,995 single*

(Land Package Price)

This tour requires a valid passport!


*This tour begins and ends in Mexico City, Mexico. Round-trip airfare and transfers are not included but may be arranged for additional costs.