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Upcoming Airbus Daytrips and Adventures

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October 16, 2014 (Thursday) - $79

Explore 30 years of California Gold at the new exhibit at Chapman University! . The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a new permanent exhibit, sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, housed in Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries. Before getting to the exhibit, we will stop for lunch at Ruby's at the Train Station at the Historic Santa Fe Depot. Lunch is included, and we'll need you to make a menu selection when you book. Please see the full itinerary and let us know which option you would like.


October 19, 2014 (Sunday) - $78

The Alpine Village celebrates Oktoberfest each and every year as it has since 1968. They recreate the great festival for 8 weeks during September and October complete with oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland, German bier, and authentic, homemade Bratwurst and Polish sausages. Each year tens of thousands come to revel! We'll get down to Alpine Village at about 11am for brunch. Brunch is included! After brunch you'll be on your own to explore the village and enjoy Oktoberfest! Prost!

October 26, 2014 (Sunday) - $135

2013 Tony Award Winner – Best Musical Revival!
Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.” The original production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director; December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” We'll stop at the LA Farmers Market / Grove for an on-your-own lunch.


October 29, 2014 (Wednesday) - $55

Hop on the bus as we head down to 2 world-class museums. The Getty Center is the flagship destination of the J. Paul Getty Trust and home to the central garden and Getty’s collection of western art from the middle ages to present. LACMA is a 7-building complex with more than 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to present. Admission to LACMA is on your own. Lunch is on your own at either museum. This is an either or trip.


November 2, 2014 (Sunday) - $59

Discover the facts and fiction of the Mother Road through more than 200 extraordinary artifacts that trace the history of the route and its impact on American popular culture. See the oldest existing Route 66 shield alongside vintage gas pumps and neon art. Read from the pages of John Steinbeck’s original handwritten manuscript for The Grapes of Wrath and Jack Kerouac’s typewriter scroll of On the Road. Be moved by Dorothea Lange’s powerful photographs and Woody Guthrie’s Martin guitar, along with countless objects adorned with the Route 66 moniker or acquired along the route. Lunch is on your own at the Crossroads West Cafe at the Autry.


November 12-13, 2014 (Wed-Thurs) - $265 Double / $308 Single

On May 6, 1941, just 3 months after the USO was founded, Bob Hope lead a group of celebrities to perform for airmen stationed at March Field (now March AFB). This was the beginning of a great tradition. Join us for a lighthearted musical tribute to those wonderful USO Shows that lifted the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Our Palm Springs USO Show is a unique tribute to the USO Shows of Korea and Vietnam, starring our Comedian Bill Johnson as Bob Hope and the beautiful girls of “Company B” performing their tribute. It’s a wonderful show produced at the Palm Springs Air Museum which gives you a second feature attraction to go with your show ticket. Our trip includes 1 night at the Comfort Inn in Palm Springs and dinner at the world-renowned restaurant Melvyn's. Melvyn’s Restaurant was voted “One of The 10 Best…” according to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous! Dine in the place where the Frank Sinatra used to go!


November 16, 2014 (Sunday) - $99

Join us as we journey south to explore the history of Pasadena! We'll first tour the Gamble House. The Gamble House was designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene. It was commissioned by David and Mary Gamble, of Cincinnati, Ohio, as a retirement residence. David Berry Gamble, a second generation member of the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, had retired from active work in 1895, and with his wife, Mary Huggins Gamble, began to spend winters in Pasadena, residing in the area’s resort hotels. By 1907, the couple had decided to build a permanent home in Pasadena. In June of that year, they bought a lot on the short, private street, Westmoreland Place, passing up the more fashionable address, South Orange Grove, known at that time as “Millionaires’ Row.” We'll then visit the Pasadena Museum of History for a tour of the landmark 1906 Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Art Museum, and to view the fine art exhibition. The Fenyes Mansion on Pasadena’s famed “Millionaire’s Row,” once home to Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes, holds a special place among Pasadena Museum of History’s many treasures. Original period furnishings, family heirlooms, and a unique California plein air art collection enhance this 1906 Beaux Arts-style architectural jewel. We'll stop for an included lunch at Smitty's Grill. Please see the full itinerary and make your lunch selection at the time of your reservation.


November 19, 2014 (Wednesday) - $83

Titanic The Experience opened August 1, 2013 and features over 250 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck site of Titanic, 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface. Using extensive recreations of some of Titanic’s most famous rooms as well as actors dressed in period clothing portraying notable passengers and crew members, visitors will be transported back in time to 1912 and will experience the story of Titanic like never before.


December 11, 2014 (Thursday) - $109

Also known as “Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument“, La Cuesta Encantada”, and “The Enchanted Hill”. Christmas was one of William Randolph Hearst’s favorite holidays. San Simeon was an enchanting setting for entertaining on a grand scale, and invitations to the Castle during the holidays were highly coveted. At Christmastime, The Assembly Room, The Refectory, and The Morning Room contain lavish decorations of hand-made garlands, brilliant red poinsettias, and two 18-foot Christmas trees fully decorated with lights and traditional ornaments. We'll depart Goleta at 11am and head to Morro Bay first for a little exploration of the quiet seaside town. We'll then have an included buffet dinner at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center.


December 14, 2014 (Sunday) - $149

Come join us for this wonderful holiday experience! With all the hubbub and craziness the holidays inevitably bring, it’s important to take a moment to stop, relax and let the true spirit of the season surround you. This year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s monumental O Magnum Mysterium, which was given its’ first-ever performance by the Master Chorale in December 1994, along with 62 singers for an A Cappella feast of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous Christmas choral music ever composed. Before the concert, we will have a great included dinner at the Daily Grill! Offering Great American food, the Daily Grill Downtown is the perfect location for dinner before going to our performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall!


January 1, 2015 (Thursday) - $175

Join us as we once again travel to see this iconic parade! This years’ theme is “Inspiring Stories”. We have Grandstand seats at the beginning of the parade, just steps from the bus! Breakfast is provided on the bus, along with a souvenir program. This is an escorted trip. After the parade we will stop at Farmers Market/The Grove for an on-your-own lunch. Book early-this trip sells out!


January 11, 2015 (Sunday) - $159

Back by popular demand! Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon!”. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and 3 Tony awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” – New York Times. We have orchestra seats, towards the rear. These are the best seats we could get for this show. Lunch stop at the Farmers Market before the show.


January 21, 2015 (Wednesday) - $129

Join us for an unforgettable evening with Itzhak Perlman, a Grammy Award- and Emmy Award-winning classical musician, highly revered for his work as a violinist and conductor. Perlman’s influence around the world is virtually immeasurable. We have limited seating, so book early! Before the concert, we will stop and Figueroa and 7th for an on-your-own dinner.


January 29, 2015 (Thursday) - $69

Come play the ponies at Santa Anita Race Track which offers some of the prominent racing events in the United States and is considered by many as the world’s most beautiful race track. We’ll have an included lunch in the Clubhouse, daily racing form and the services of a professional handicapper.


February 8, 2015 (Sunday) - $99

Join us for this celebrated American romantic comedy at the Pasadena Playhouse! Two for the Seesaw was a 1962 romance-drama film directed by Robert Wise and originally stared Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine. Before the play we will stop at the Paseo Colorado for an on-your-own lunch and time for a little shopping! We have limited seats so book early! After the performance, there will be a 20-minute interaction with the cast and crew of the show!


February 15, 2015 (Sunday) - $99

Good news, possums! Tony Award winner Dame Edna — international housewife, therapist, gigastar, fashion icon, guru and swami — will play a limited engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre! Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience! Before the show, we will stop at the Farmers Market/The Grove for an on-your-own lunch.


February 25, 2015 (Wednesday) - $61

The only museum of its’ kind, and Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a human rights laboratory and educational multi-media center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. We’ll stop at Farmers Market/The Grove prior to the museum.


March 1, 2015 (Sunday) - $55

Hop on the bus as we head down to 2 world-class museums. The Getty Center is the flagship destination of the J. Paul Getty Trust and home to the central garden and Getty’s collection of western art from the middle ages to present. LACMA is a 7-building complex with more than 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to present. Admission to LACMA is on your own. Lunch is on your own at either museum. This is an either or trip.


March 12, 2015 (Thursday) - $63

Join us for a trip to the Descanso Gardens to see the blooming tulips, camellias, irises, lilacs, cherry trees, clivia and daffodils. This year-round urban retreat was founded in 1953 by E. Manchester Boddy. 160 acres of gardens, woodlands and chaparral were preserved for future generations. The county has developed the property to include a Rosarium, as well as a Japanese tea house, lilac garden, bird sanctuary, xeriscape, and a gift shop. Lunch is on your own (there is the Descanso Café on site).


March 22, 2015 (Sunday) - $55

Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon at the world-renowned Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, overlooking Los Angeles. Several shows are available in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium as well as the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. You can purchase tickets for these shows the day of (entrance fee not included). Before our visit to the Observatory, we will make a meal stop at CityWalk Universal at Universal Studios for an on-your-own lunch.


March 29, 2015 (Sunday) - $TBD

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.” We will stop at Farmers Market/The Grove prior to the performance for an on-your-own lunch.

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