Tours

IMPORTANT NOTICE to all travelers going to Hamilton, Wonder Valley, and Candlelight Pavilion: You must submit proof of vaccination before being allowed on the tour. Mail a hard copy image of your vaccination card to Helen Andrews, 104 W. Highland Terrace, Camarillo 93010 ASAP. Also bring your vaccination card and ID to the event. Thank you for your cooperation. DO NOT EMAIL VACCINATION CARD, MAIL ONLY PLEASE. 

2021 Local Tours

Oct 18-21: Wonder Valley       Ranch Resort
Nov 14: Hamilton  Flyer
Dec 16: Candlelight Pavilion
  Christmas Program  
Flyer

2022 Local Tours

Jan 20: Route 66 End of the     Road Tour Flyer
Feb 17: Chocolate Tour  Flyer
March 31: That's   Entertainment!  Flyer

SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATIONS 2021

Join us in the Community Room at the Library

  • August 3 - 1:30 - Tropical Costa Rica, Spotlight on Tuscany, Danube River Cruise & Oberammergau

  • October 5 - 1:00 - Alaska, Colorado Rockies, New York City Holiday, documents for Nashville. At 2:00 pm luggage tags for Wonder Valley will be handed out.

 

2021 Extended Tours
 

Oct 24-28: Nashville

Dec 5-10: Santa Fe
 

2022 
 

Feb 7-15: Tropical Costa Rica

March 2-10: Spotlight on     Tuscany

May 16-26: Danube Cruise & Oberammergau

July - Alaska

September - Colorado Rockies

Dec 5-9: New York City Holiday

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 Carol Yung at (805) 987-5952 or yungcyung@aol.com, or Doris Young at (805) 640-7158 or vetyoung21@yahoo.com.

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

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.
Tour Waiver Information

Sample Waiver Form

Complete itineraries are posted on the bulletin board in the Bookstore prior to trip.
Flyers are available in the Bookstore.

WONDER VALLEY RANCH RESORT
Oct 18 - Oct 21, 2021

Single Occupancy: $1195 Members, $1345 Non Members
Double Occupancy: $955 Members, $1195 Non Members
$100 deposit due on signup. Balance due on or before July 15, 2021

Board: 8:45 am  Depart: 9:00 am  

On our four-day getaway we’ll unpack once and enjoy a leisurely stay at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort – during your stay all your meals are included along with a nightly hosted “happy hour,” nightly original entertainment and a variety of outdoor activities available including canoeing, fishing, table games, horseback riding ( additional fee) and more. Our included day trips feature a visit to the largest trees on Earth at Kings Canyon National Park, as well as a day trip to the Fresno Fruit Trail – a collection of local family farms, orchards and packing houses amongst the fruit-filled countryside in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. On this day we will eat a family-style Basque restaurant for lunch and go on a guided tour of a one-of-a-kind underground gardens.
Tour Highlights:

  • Visit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park to see the largest living things on Earth – the giant sequoias – highlighted by the General Grant Tree.

  • Explore the Fresno County Fruit Trail through California’s agricultural heartland, with visits to local family farms to learn about growing and harvesting, and of course, sampling the fruit.

  • Visit Fresno for a family-style Basque lunch and a guided tour of Forestiere Gardens – the one-of-a-kind underground gardens.

Tour Inclusions:
3 Night deluxe hotel accommodations with portage
8 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Services of a professional Tour Guide
Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide
Admissions per itinerary
Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motor coach.

Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1 – Monday, Oct 18th - Arrive at Wonder Valley Ranch. From the Camarillo Library we will travel by deluxe motor coach into California’s Central Valley. Following a morning rest stop and a stop for lunch on your own. Soon we will arrive at the 75-acre all-inclusive western-style Wonder Valley Ranch Resort.  The resort offers a wide variety of activities including a swimming pool, spa, a lake for fishing and canoeing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, pool tables, horseback riding (additional fee) and much more. Upon our arrival in the late afternoon we will enjoy a historic tour of the ranch followed by a nightly hosted “happy hour.” Following a delicious ranch buffet dinner, we will gather around the campfire with a singing cowboy and enjoy a horse-drawn hayride for spectacular views of the night sky. (Dinner included)
Day 2 – Tuesday, Oct 19th – Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Tour and lunch at General Grant Grove Restaurant Following breakfast this morning we’ll board the motor coach with our local guide for an unforgettable tour of two of our nation’s most spectacular national parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Sequoia National Park is our nation’s second-oldest national park – established in the 1890’s to protect the giant Sequoia Trees. A highlight will surely be the General Grant Tree, which is one of the largest trees in the world. We will take a guided Grant Grove Trail walk where you will find trees that can measure 270 feet tall and 36 feet in diameter, with trunks weighing about 1,400 tons and an estimated age of 2,500 years. We will make a stop at the Visitors Center and gift shop before traveling into Kings Canyon. Enjoy a buffet lunch at General Grant Grove Restaurant. Upon our return to the resort, take time to enjoy the resort amenities before our “happy hour” and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 3 – Wednesday, Oct 20th – Fruit & Farm tour - Forestiere Underground Gardens- Basque Lunch following an included breakfast this morning we will board the motor coach with our resort guide for sightseeing along The Central Valley.  Located in the shadow of the vast Sierra Nevada mountains, the Central Valley has been blessed with the perfect combination of sun, soil, and water to produce an abundance of a variety of crops. We will travel amongst citrus groves, vineyards, plum, peach, nectarine, and walnut orchards. Along the Trail we will make stops at several family farms to learn about the growing, harvesting, production and of course try samples… We will stop in Fresno for a family-style Basque lunch and a highlight of today is a guided tour of Forestiere Gardens – this one-of-a-kind underground garden is a public jewel.  For 40 years Baldasare Forestiere carved the tunnels and crossed the vines and trees to achieve the perfect mix of light and dark, fruit and flowers, and has to be seen to be believed…We return to the resort later this afternoon to relax, enjoy the hosted “happy hour,” included dinner and original entertainment this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 4 - Thursday, Oct 21st - Journey Home. Enjoy an included breakfast this morning before we begin our journey home. As we head south, we will make several surprise sightseeing stops along the way and a stop for lunch on your own. We will arrive back at the Library approximately 6:00 pm. (Breakfast included)

Deadline: Wait List Only

HAMILTON An American Musical

Sunday, November 14, 2021

$175 Members, $190 Non Members

Arrive: 8:30 am  Board: 8:45 am  Depart: 9:00 am  Return 5:30 pm

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 left/right orchestra seating and time for lunch on your own at L.A.’s Farmers Market and The Grove shopping complex.

Deadline: Wait List Only

CANDLELIGHT PAVILION Santa's Wishes

Thursday, December 16, 2021

$140 Members, $155 Non Members

Arrive: 8:45 am  Board: 9:00 am  Depart: 9:15 am  Return 5:30 pm

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, Santa's Wishes. 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.

Deadline: Wait List Only

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