The Friends offers a variety of tours for the enjoyment and education of our members. Local trips include theater performances, museums, wine tours, and gardens. Trips throughout the United States and Canada are available during the year. Overseas tours to Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and Asia are also offered. Trip brochures can be found in the Friends bookstore. Some of the advantages of Friends tours are:
A tour director and local guide are provided for each tour.
Friends members receive a monthly Amigos newsletter with details on future tours.
Friends members receive a discount.
Transportation is provided from the Camarillo Library for each trip.
Chance to meet new friends, especially if you are new to the area.
Great for people who are single.
For more information about local tours, please contact Helen Andrews between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm at (805) 482-5269.
For more information about our extended tours, please contact Ginny Wooten at (805) 889-9752 or Carol Yung at (805) 987-5952.
2019 Local Tours
Dec 14: "Tibbies"
Christmas Flyer Tickets Available
2020 Local Tours
Jan 5: Nixon Library Flyer
Jan 23: Comfort Food Flyer
Feb 6: Granada Theater -
Carole King Flyer
Mar 12: Take a 2nd Bite out
of LA Flyer
May 8: Disney Concert -
Sondheim 90th Bday
May 31: Tibbies
Jun 11: Inventing Los Angeles
Jun 25: Norton Simon Museum
& Gene Autry Museum
Jun 28: Hamilton Flyer
Jul 22: Lotusland
Aug 9: Queen Mary - Sunday
Aug TBA: Hollywood Bowl
Sep 26: Glendale Theatre -
Oct 14-17: Wonder Valley - 3
Oct 22: Mystery Tour
Nov 19: East Meets West
Dec 3: Holiday Moonlight
Dec 13: "Tibbies"
2019 Extended Tours
Dec 1-5: San Antonio
2020 Extended Tours
Feb 19 - Mar 2: Treasures of
Apr 26 - May 2: Southern
Charm - Savannah and
May 18-28: Classic Danube River
Cruise with Oberammergau
Jul 24 - Aug 1: French Canada
Oct 2-9: Upstate New York
Nov 4-17: Spain & Portugal
2021 Extended Tours
Feb 24 - Mar 17: New Zealand
Additional details for upcoming tours are listed below. Dates for slide presentations and trip document distributions (for extended trips) are also shown. More information is added as it becomes available.
Complete itineraries are posted on the bulletin board in the Bookstore prior to trip.
Flyers are available in the Bookstore.
SKYSPACE & DEKKADANCE
Thursday, November 14, 2019
$126 members, $141 non-members
Board at 9:30 a.m.; Depart at 9:45 a.m.; Return 5:30 p.m.
On Top of The World
Los Angeles’ ever growing skylines is not just something to be
admired from below. Today we will catch an elevator high above
the clouds to the 69th floor for a wonderful meal at the
InterContinental’s Dekkadance restaurant. This unique for a farm-to-fork international dining experience that features globally inspired entrées as well as carving stations, seafood, brick oven-fired pizzas, cheese & charcuterie, house-made desserts, and more.
This afternoon we visit the U.S. Bank Building, affectionately
known to Angelinos as Library Tower, for an experience that may
literally take your breath away. We’ll take the express elevator 70
floors up to Skyspace L.A. located 1,000 feet above street level.
Your experience here begins with multiple interactive technology
exhibits, a 360-degree virtual topography wall featuring L.A.’s
points of interest and an infinity mirror that seems to provide a look
through the building core. Then proceed to indoor and outdoor
viewing areas for sweeping views of Los Angeles – from the
mountains to the ocean and its many iconic landmarks. If you
dare, you may slide down the 45-foot glass slide on the exterior of
the building ($8 additional per person payable on site).
DEADLINE: October 14, 2019
CANDLELIGHT PAVILION'S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Friday, December 6, 2019
$140 members, $155 non-members
Board at 9:00 a.m.; Depart at 9:15 a.m.; Return 5:30 p.m.
This Christmas Spectacular at the Candlelight Pavilion Theater in Claremont is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Make your reservations early, as seats for this performance fly faster than Rudolph!
In 1985, the Candlelight Pavilion hosted its first Christmas show, and for more than 30 years they have continued the tradition of writing and producing each of their Christmas shows with a focus on the spirit of the season and bringing family and friends together. We invite you to continue your Christmas traditions with us as we celebrate with an all-new story, The Bells of Christmas.
Presented at the award-winning Candlelight Pavilion Theater in Claremont, featuring a formal wait staff, fine food, and high-caliber theatrical performances. Prior to the matinee show, enjoy an included delicious lunch with choice of Tri-tip, chicken or vegetarian, dessert and beverage.
DEADLINE: November 6, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
$135 members, $150 non-members
Board at 11:30 a.m.; Depart at 11:45 a.m.; Return 7:30 p.m.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! Tibbies’ Great American Cabaret is proud to present Holiday Follies 2019, their most popular song and dance revue. This exciting eye-catching holiday spectacular features modern preparations of holiday classics as well as traditional melodies you can sing along to. It features new arrangements of holiday classics as well as the traditional melodies that we all hold so deeply in our hearts.
Held at Tibbies’ state-of-the-art formal dinner theatre in the historic 1930s Fontana Theater, this is a high-energy holiday show combined with an extravagant dining experience. Come dressed to impress with your friends and start the holiday season with good cheer.
Enjoy an included three-course meal with choice of entrée (prime rib of beef, salmon dill beurre blanc, roasted turkey or vegetable pasta), Tibbies special ice cream dessert with soda, tea or coffee– all served by your professional singing and dancing servers.
DEADLINE: Tickets Available
NIXON LIBRARY & CONCERT
Sunday, January 5, 2020
$140 members, $155 non-members
Board at 9:45 a.m.; Depart at 10:00 a.m.; Return 7:30 p.m.
Today we travel back in history on our docent lead tour of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. We will enjoy the special exhibit Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Museum-goers will take a thrill ride through the Space Race of the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibit’s 360-degree virtual reality experience will transport visitors to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, to see and hear Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.”
Our journey will also take us through Richard Nixon’s life, showing him as a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a U.S. President and one of the most notable figures of the 20th Century.
The Library features nearly 70 major exhibits, including an exact replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office and an extensive exhibit on Nixon’s historic trip to China. It also features 30 unique multi-media experiences, 11 original films, 12 custom digital interactives, 10 curated archival film sequences, more than 600 photographs, 8,000 square feet of wall murals and more than 300 artifacts and more!
We will Stroll the First Lady’s spectacular rose garden, walk through the actual 1912 house where President Nixon was born, explore an entire wing of the museum dedicated to the Watergate scandal and visit the numerous galleries featuring fascinating displays illuminating President Nixon’s life, his rise to power, and his achievements that shaped his legacy as a great diplomat. We will also enjoy a terrific concert that is part of the Sunday Music Series.
Before our trip to the Nixon Library we will have a delicious Sunday Brunch at the El Torito Grill. Rated the best brunch in Orange County, it consists of: CARVING STATION, FRESH SEAFOOD, MADE-TO-ORDER OMELETTES, HOT MEXICAN ENTREES, TACO, BURRITO AND QUESADILLA BAR, SOUPS, SALADS, DESSERTS AND FRESH FRUIT, AGUAS FRESCAS AND CHAMPAGNE.
Return time may vary.
DEADLINE: December 5, 2019
COMFORT FOOD TOUR
Thursday, January 23, 2020
$115 members, $130 non-members
Board at 7:45 a.m.; Depart at 8:00 a.m.; Return 5:30 p.m.
Job interviews, fender benders, break ups or even just driving in rush hour traffic can take a lot out of a person. That's why when it's time for a snack, you don't want something that's just “ok”, you want something to soothe your soul. According to our favorite tour guide, “Sometimes when you're in a stressful situation, the best thing to do is to stay calm and reach for a ridiculously delicious snack.” So today we want you to bring your eyes, and ears to catch the sights and sounds of the city, but we also want you to bring an empty stomach to taste drool worthy junk food that is original, fun and full of flavor.
We have all the bases covered on this well-paced historical & cultural eating adventure.
Our samples include gourmet pancake, Belgian fries, a classic burger that has been the taste of NYC for decades, fancy fried chicken, delicious gourmet sausage, unique donut holes and a mouthwatering milk shake.
DEADLINE: December 23, 2019
GRANADA THEATRE - BEAUTIFUL
Thursday, February 6, 2020
$155 members, $170 non-members
Board at 3:30 p.m.; Depart at 3:45 p.m.; Return 11:00 p.m.
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. It wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann—ultimately becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
The performance is held at the historic Granada Theatre. Since it opened on April 9, 1924 this Mediterranean- style theater has been Santa Barbara’s main performing arts centers, housing everything from a sparkling premiere of “Gone with the Wind” in 1939 to a live performance by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to showcasing today’s top theatrical & musical talent. After undergoing a multi-million-dollar restoration project, this local landmark is now a fully modernized state-of-the-art facility with incredible acoustics and comfort combined with its original 1920’s elegance.
Enjoy dinner on your own before Beautiful at Paseo Nuevo where you’ll find California Pizza Kitchen, Nordstrom Café, California Pasta and many more gourmet eateries.
Tour includes orchestra seat, deluxe motor coach, and guide. Return time may vary.
DEADLINE: January 6, 2020
2019 Sip and Swirl
2019 Dodger Game
2019 San Diego
2019 Mama Mia
2019 LA Now & Then
2019 Athabasca Glacier
2019 LA's Westside
2019 South Africa
2019 Chocolate Tour
TAKE A SECOND BITE OF LA
Thursday, March 12, 2020
$130 members, $145 non-members
Board at 7:45 a.m.; Depart at 8:00 a.m.; Return 5:30 p.m.
Whether or not you’ve taken our original “Taste of L.A.” tour, this new food-themed adventure will excite your taste buds as we explore the history, culture and cuisine of totally different neighborhoods than our original food tour. Today we will hit Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Hollywood Hills, Burbank & North Hollywood with a chance to learn some local history and taste some amazing food along the way. In Pasadena we’ll see the early 1900s-era Arts & Crafts-period homes in Bungalow Heaven as well as the architecturally-significant Pasadena City Hall and Castle Green and millionaires row. In Pasadena we will visit a wonderful bakery where locals line up every day to choose from more than 70 different bread varieties, gourmet pastries, teas & coffees.
With its diverse mix of residents, Eagle Rock is holding onto its quirky blue-collar spirit even as it gets a facelift. The gentrification of this northeast L.A. neighborhood is in full swing, and you’ll see the change unfolding on Colorado Boulevard, where galleries and high-end coffee shops are popping up between the dive bars and taco trucks. Here we’ll visit a family-owned Thai restaurant that has meticulously handed down Thai recipes through multiple generations. Here we’ll try their delicious “Chicken Satay,” marinated Thai spices skewered and grilled, served with peanut sauce and cucumber vinegar sauce as well as their signature “Blanket Shrimp.”
Our journey continues with a stop in the Hollywood hills, here we will see the replica of the Old North Church and the highly-acclaimed Birth of Liberty mosaic that is composed of ten million pieces of Venetian glass and depicts twenty-five scenes from early America. Now we are off to Burbank with a stop at The Smokehouse Restaurant. Built in 1946 adjacent to Warner Bros. Studio, this legendary restaurant that is still frequented by movie stars and epitomizes the unique feel of the “Golden age of Hollywood.” Here we will feast on one of their incredible sandwich options.
A highlight on today’s trip is a stop at the iconic post war coffee shop “Bob’s Big Boy”. Here we will enjoy Bobs Classic Hot Fudge Ice Cream cake. Our last stop of the day will be the fabulous Television Academy in North Hollywood where we will visit the statue garden to see the bronze statues of the Television Hall of Fame inductees.
Lunch choices: French Dip, Reuben Sandwich, Cheese Burger or Veggie Wrap.
DEADLINE: February 12, 2020
HAMILTON An American Musical
Sunday, June 28, 2020
$175 members, $190 non-members
Board at 9:45 a.m.; Depart at 10:00 a.m.; Return 6:30 p.m.
Today we travel to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a matinee performance of Hamilton.
This award-winning musical biography of Alexander Hamilton written by Lin- Manuel Miranda is about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. Join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, King George, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe Aaron Burr as they all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past, told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.
Tour includes orchestra seats and time for lunch on your own at L.A.’s Farmers Market and The Grove shopping complex.