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Tours & Trips

The Friends offer a variety of Local, National and International/Overseas tours for the enjoyment and education of our members. Upcoming Trip brochures can be found in the Friends bookstore.

Travelling in America

The Friends offer a variety of tours for the enjoyment and education of our members.

 

Local trips include, but are not limited to 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.

 

Some of the advantages of Friends tours are:​

  • Tour Director & Local Guide on every tour.

  • Members receive a monthly Amigos Newsletter with details on future tours.

  • Friends Members receive a discount on each tour.

  • 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!

PROOF OF VACCINATION CARD WITH BOOSTER AND MASKS REQUIRED ON ALL TRIPS.

OR PROOF OF NEGATIVE COVID TEST WITHIN 72 HOURS OF TRIP.

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For more information about

Local Tours

Helen Andrews at (805) 482-5269

between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

or email at tours@focl.com

For more information about our

Extended Tours

(National/International)

 

Carol Yung

(805) 987-5952

yungcyung@aol.com

Doris Young

(805) 640-7158

vetyoung21@yahoo.com

Always include your name, phone number, and the date of the tour that you are calling about.

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National & International Tours & Trips

 

Spotlight on Tuscany

March 2nd - March 10th, 2022

Danube Cruise & Oberammergau

May 16th - May 26th, 2022

Alaska

July 21st - July 29th, 2022

Colorado Rockies

September 9th - September 17th, 2022

New York City Holiday

December 5th - December 9th, 2022

Colors of Morocco

January 26th - February 9th, 2023

Spotlight on Washington DC

April 26th - May 1st, 2023

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2022 Local Tours & Trips

 

PROOF OF VACCINATION CARD WITH BOOSTER AND MASKS REQUIRED ON ALL TRIPS.

OR PROOF OF NEGATIVE COVID TEST WITHIN 72 HOURS OF TRIP.

Chocolate Tour through Los Angeles

Thursday February 17th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$100 Members

$115 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up 1/17.

 

Board: 8:45 am 

Depart: 9:00 am 

Return: 5:00pm

Today you will gain a new found appreciation for the history and creation of this magical dessert on this chocolate themed tour of Los Angeles. Our journey begins with a perfectly brewed cafémocha and a gourmet cupcake. Next, we will visit a chocolate maker who offers the most original flavors you have ever imagined – indulge in chocolate that might include ginger, chili pepper, infused sea salts and more. Another stop will be an Armenian bakery in Glendale, where we will enjoy delicious chocolate drizzled Baklava. We will stop for lunch on your own at San Antonio Winery, an historic winery in downtown Los Angeles. Your journey ends at Olvera Street, the "Birthplace of Los Angeles," and one of the oldest streets in the city for a mouthwatering chocolate-filled churro.

That's Entertainment! Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

Thursday March 31st, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

SOLD OUT

Sip, Swirl & Savor in Santa Ynez

Thursday April 7th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$154 Members

$169 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up 3/7.

 

Board: 9:15 am 

Depart: 9:30 am 

Return: 6:00pm

Escape for the day to the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley and savor the fruits of its bounty. Known for its Mediterranean climate, this Valley has long possessed the perfect combination of temperature and soil to grow the grapes harvested for world-class wines. But it’s more than just wines that this region is now known for. We will learn this firsthand during a visit to a craft brewery with origins as a small-batch craft beer brewery in California’s Central Coast wine country. Since its founding in 1996, this brewery has grown into one of the biggest and most respected craft breweries in the country, scooping up piles of awards and accolades along the way. We will taste a variety of their award-winning beers before enjoying an included lunch with choice of entrée at their charming restaurant. Note: Extensive walking & standing involved.

Route 66 End of the Road Tour

Wednesday April 13th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$94 Members

$109 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up 3/20.

 

Board: 8:45 am 

Depart: 9:00 am 

Return: 5:00pm

Today’s adventure will begin with a complimentary churro at the Mother Road’s original Western boundary in the theater district of downtown Los Angeles and conclude at the recently designated End of The Road, The Santa Monica Pier. Along the way we will pass through Broadway and the Los Angeles theater district, drive by the Hollywood Forever cemetery where luminaries of Los Angeles history and stars of the golden screen have found permanent residence, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby and Chinese Theater, the Formosa café, and the Pacific Design center. We will stop at the world-famous Farmers Market for lunch on your own. With over 30 international specialty restaurants to choose from, your taste buds can travel the world in the comfortable patio style setting. Resuming our journey after lunch, we will stop at the Beverly Hills Sculpture Park which features Ringo Star’s 800 pound chrome icon, Peace and Love amongst other fabulous 3-dimensional creations. Arriving at the Santa Monica Pier, we will sample the hand “smashed” lemonade from the original Hot Dog Stick stand that dates back to 1946. After leisurely strolling the pier’s midway, we will conclude our journey at the farthest reaches of the pier, The Route 66 Last Stop Shop, a fabulous collection of the Route’s memorabilia and the Robert Waldmire Memorial. Our drive home will be via PCH.

That's Entertainment! Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

Thursday April 21st, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

SOLD OUT

Los Angeles Now and Then Stadium Tours

Thursday May 5th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$116 Members

$131 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up 4/5.

 

Board: 8:15 am 

Depart: 8:30 am 

Return: 5:30pm

On this unique tour, we will see how Los Angeles has transformed from a tiny pueblo into a sprawling metropolis that is still developing at an incredible pace. Between its most historic buildings is a progressing cultural renaissance and building boom – in fact, it is the largest in over a century and has to be seen to be believed! We will be making photo stops along the way except for today’s highlight, SoFi Stadium, where we will get a behind the scenes tour! You will not believe your eyes when we see the fabulous new home to the NFL’s Rams and Chargers. Built at a cost of $5.5 billion, it is the most expensive stadium ever built in the world. During our guided, behind-the-scenes tour of this magnificent NFL stadium, you’ll experience what it’s like to be a VIP fan, broadcaster, player and more – on and off the field. Following our tour, you’ll have time to explore the official team shop offering stadium-exclusive merchandise and gear. This afternoon, we will also see the latest developments in the Civic Center, what is happening around the Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, the historic Los Angeles Coliseum and the Banc of California Stadium. You will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on your own at Philippe the Original – an L.A. icon that is known as the inventor of the French dip sandwich.

That's Entertainment! Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

Wednesday May 11th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$135 Members

$150 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up TBD.

 

Arrive: 8:15 am 

Board: 8:30 am 

Return: 5:30pm

Let us Roll out the Red Carpet on Today’s Tour! Our day will begin at the new ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES. The $388 million project is part of an evolving stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. The Academy Museum’s intention is to create a unique and unparalleled museum experience. Achieving this has required a highly complex construction effort, renovating a 1939 L.A. landmark, building a new spherical structure that includes a 1,500-panel glass dome and joining them together to produce 300,000 square feet of spectacular public and exhibition space. The museum is devoted to the history, science, and cultural impact of the film industry. It will be the first large-scale museum of its kind in the United States. We will dine at Fogo de Chão where our Brazilian dining adventure begins at Fogo’s 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 are seated, the authentic Brazilian side dishes arrive – warm pão de queijo (cheese bread), crispy polenta, mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas. Set your dining card to green and you are in the rodizio – continuous table-side service of signature cuts of meat, prepared fire-roasted and served by the gaucho chefs. The variety of meats include filet mignon, rib eye, picanha, lamb chops, chicken, sausage and more. And do not forget to leave room for dessert! Tour includes: Deluxe Motorcoach with water on board, lunch at Fogo De Chao. Admission into the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and tour guide.

"Come From Away" Broadway Musical at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa

Friday, June 24th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$181 Members

$196 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up 4/14.

 

Board: 1:15 pm 

Depart: 1:30 pm 

Return: 11:00pm

On September 11, 2001, the world stopped. On September 12th, their stories moved us all. Join us when we travel to the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa to see “Come From Away”, a powerful yet lighthearted musical that takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded airline passengers and a small town in Newfoundland that warmly welcomed them following the 9/11 attacks. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust and laughter, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. This portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure is nothing short of inspirational. Will have an early included dinner at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Colorful Songs of Broadway Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

$144 Members

$159 Non-Members

Deadline to Sign Up 6/13.

 

Board: 9:45 am 

Depart: 10:00 am 

Return: 6:00pm

Relive an era of legendary music when we travel to the beautiful Almansor Court near Pasadena for a delectable luncheon and a matinée performance of Walk Like a Man, a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Starring Val Martinez, who performed back-up vocals for Frankie Valli, this exhilarating musical revue is charged with boundless energy, magnificent choreography, engaging humor and classic hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Working My Way Back To You,” and many more from the dynamic songbook of those boys from Jersey. Between the score of instantly recognizable songs, Walk Like a Man delivers informative and often hilarious banter amongst the stellar, high-spirited cast. Featuring additional hits like: December ‘63 (Oh, What a Night!) & Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, this dynamic tribute show captures a real live concert performance from one of America’s living legends, Frankie Valli. You’ll be singing & dancing & reliving all those good times!

Event TBD

August & September 2022

Mystery Tour

Thursday, October 6th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

More information coming soon...

Food Tour

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

More information coming soon...

Tibbies Center Stage Theatre

Thursday, December 1st, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

More information coming soon...

Riverside Mission Inn

Thursday, December 15th, 2022    Meet at the Friends of the Camarillo Library

More information coming soon...

TOUR POLICIES

CANCELLATION POLICY

No refunds will be issued within 30 days of trip unless the spot can be filled from the wait list.  Please advise Helen if someone else is using your ticket. If you are unable to travel on the morning of a day trip, let Helen know before 8:00 a.m. so the tour is not delayed.

TOUR POLICY

Please note: Friends Tours does not discriminate against persons on the basis of disability.  However, Friends Tours regrets that it cannot provide individual assistance to guests in wheelchairs, for walking, dining, or other personal needs.  Persons needing such assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied travel companion.  It is essential that the Tour Manager be notified of any special medical, physical, or other requirements as soon as possible.  Friends Tours reserves the right to decline acceptance of any person as a member of a tour or travel group at any time when such action is determined by the Tour Manager to be in the best interests of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour.

PROOF OF VACCINATION CARD WITH BOOSTER AND MASKS REQUIRED ON ALL TRIPS.

OR PROOF OF NEGATIVE COVID TEST WITHIN 72 HOURS OF TRIP.

Empty Theater

For more information about

Local Tours

Helen Andrews at (805) 482-5269

between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

or email at tours@focl.com

For more information about our

Extended Tours

(National/International)

 

Carol Yung

(805) 987-5952

yungcyung@aol.com

Doris Young

(805) 640-7158

vetyoung21@yahoo.com

Always include your name, phone number, and the date of the tour that you are calling about.

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