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For over twenty years, the City of Sacramento has offered a highly successful recreation adult travel program.  Trips vary from affordable day trips to 10 day excursions. Whether you set your sights near or far, there’s bound to be a trip on the City of Sacramento’s itinerary that will interest you. Enjoy site-seeing, shopping, dining and entertainment with us. Transportation and accommodation fees are included in the trip cost. Bring friends, family, or just hit the road on your own and make new friends.

REGISTRATION

  1. Information on our trips located on this page. Also see the Trips and Tour Trip Calendar

  2. Download our Registration Form or call 916-808-8687 for information on registration or to discuss any of the, below, trips.

  3. Send or bring your registration form(s) to:

  4. Trips & Tours, City of Sacramento, Parks and Recreation
    Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
    4623 T Street, Suite B, Sac, CA 95819 Phone: (916) 808-TOUR (8687)

  5. You will receive an itinerary, via U.S. Mail, 7 to 10 days prior to your trip

  6. There are 2 pick-up locations for each trip (listed below and included on your itinerary)

Pick-up Locations:

  • Arden Way: Across from Arden Fair Mall, Arden Way & Challenge Way behind Black Bear Diner. Please do not park in Petco's parking spaces.
  • Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 S Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822

What happens if I must cancel my reservation? We will issue you a refund of fees paid up to that point less $10 per person reservation, as long as we receive the City Excursions Revision/Request Form prior to the Deadline for Reservation Date. After that date, refunds will not be issued.


Our Trips

Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the cow palace

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Enter the world of Charles Dickens’ Victorian London on a magical Christmas Eve, and discover the heart of the holidays! Resounding laughter, mirth and merriment abound. You are invited to join the dance, mingle with over 750 joyous performers, and revel in hearty food and drink this year’s Great Dickens Christmas Fair. A Bay area tradition since 1970, come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles on the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll. The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursions in Christmas Past. Entertainment is presented all around you on six stages. Music, dance and food fill the streets. Discover the characters of Dickens London such as Marley, Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Oliver to name just a few. So come along and enjoy a fascinating trip to Victorian London.
Cost: $69.00         Course Code: 171825
Registration Deadline: August 28, 2017

Christmas Shopping Trip to San Francisco

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Shopping or Browsing - Come along to San Francisco, a city filled with Christmas Spirit this time of year. Decorations and Christmas trees fill the windows and the light posts. So you can shop until you drop for the special gift for family and friends or enjoy strolling on Pier 39. There will only be two stops - Pier 39 and Union Square. Lunch is on your own today.
Cost: $55.00        Course Code: 171826
Registration Deadline: November 9, 2017

Chinese new year parade

Saturday February 10, 2018

Come along and see the lion dancers, giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, drummers and dancers! Experience what the original Chinese New Year Parade was like 150 years ago. Sneak a peek at what the larger Lunar New Year Parade will bring in the following week. The procession begins at historic St. Mary's and ends at the Flower Market Fair's main stage.

After the Parade, shop the Rower Market for flowers, fruits and candies. The Chinese firmly believe that without flowers, there would be no formation of any fruits to bear seeds for the next generation. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to have flowers and floral decorations in the home to begin a new year. Oranges and tangerines are symbols for abundant happiness. Sweets are served to family and friends visiting a celebrant's home during Chinese New Year.

Our favorite step-on guide, Don Stace, will be with us today to explain many aspects of this special day. Lunch will be included at the Oriental Pearl Restaurant. After lunch, visit the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum. This landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building is home to the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the contributions and legacy of the Chinese in America through its exhibitions, publications, as well as educational and public programs.

This tour is limited to 34 passengers sign up early!
Cost: $95      Course Code: 176123
Deadline: January 2, 2018

Eleven Roses Ranch

Saturday April 21, 2018

Wine, Music, Wagon Ride, Chuckwagon BBQ

Visit a historic family ranch and take a step back to the 1800's. Sample some of Lake County's award- winning wines while listening to delightful music.
Enjoy a narrated wagon ride drawn by the Ranch's celebrity mules, Belle and Blue, through the ranch’s fields of breathtaking wildflowers. Ann, the owner, will enchant you with stories of the history of the Ranch and tell you all about the flora and the fauna of springtime on the Ranch. The explosion of color here in April brings visitors from all over the world.
Settled in 1883, the ranch is nestled in beautiful Long Valley, Lake County. Following the wagon ride you will feast on an authentic chuck wagon barbecue, complete with Dutch Oven cobbler cooked over coals and more Lake County wine. Take a step back to the 1800's and visit a historic family ranch. Sample some of Lake County's award-winning wines while listening to delightful music.
Cost: $105      Course Code: 176207
Deadline: March 15, 2018

Ferry over the Bay and Lunch Voucher for Boudin’s at Pier 39

SATURDAY, MAY 19 

Another favorite trip returns. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible views of San Francisco Bay towns and landscapes while leisurely traveling from Vallejo to Pier 41 in an enclosed catamaran ferry.

Spend a refreshing day—doing what you choose—on the waterfront of San Francisco Bay. Each traveler will receive a food voucher for lunch at Boudin's Bakery Cafe on Pier 39. Board the motor coach late afternoon at Pier 39 to return to Sacramento

The food voucher will include choice of two: 112 Classic Boudin Sandwich, Bowl of Soup, Side Salad (Caesar or Spring), a Cookie, and a Soft Drink.
Cost: $73      Course Code: 176223
Deadline: April 20, 2018

CLYDESDALES, FRIESIANS, AND MUSTANGS

June 2018 (Exact date to be determined December 2017)

The Horses are waiting to Welcome You!

Visit the beautiful Sargent Equestrian Center located on 200 acres of oak-studded farmland. The majestic Laurelvale Clydesdales live here along with draft horses, quarter horses, and mustangs. Learn about the different horse breeds on a docent-led tour of the barns. There will be a Friesian Horse Demonstration just for our group. Friesian means “sport horse”, specifically bred to excel in sport horse disciplines. Their beauty will astound you. The Center features boarding, breeding and shows of the magnificent horses. Afterward, enjoy a BBQ lunch on the property. Lunch includes BBQ Chicken, tossed green salad, cowboy beans, roll and butter. Please dress accordingly as you will be indoors and outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes. Enjoy the day in the country.
Cost: $67      Course: 176873
Deadline: May 2018

Gilded Age in San Francisco

July 21, 2018

Please join us for a journey through San Francisco’s glorious architectural past. We will start our day walking through one of the city’s richest Victorian neighborhoods, Alamo Square. The homes here are among the finest examples of Italianate and Queen Anne Victorians to be found in San Francisco. 144 of these beautifully restored homes have had their histories researched back to the original owners, and your professional guide will be sharing the best of these stories with you. Our walk will finish with a house tour of the Fisk Mansion. This grand old home was lovingly restored by owners Jim Warshell and Gail Baugh, who will be conducting the tour. Their home is filled with an eclectic collection of fine antiques and furnishings. We will see the main floor parlors, finely tiled fireplaces, dining room, offices, and kitchen, followed by the second-floor bedrooms and “fainting room”, and finally the third floor ballroom, rooftop garden, and conservatory.


After touring Alamo Square, we will have lunch at Max’s Opera Café before moving on to our next tour, San Francisco City Hall. San Francisco’s Civic Center contains a very impressive collection of “Beau Arts”, or Greek revival government buildings. The crowning achievement of this collection is city hall, or as it is more affectionately known, “the granite lady”. It is one of the grandest buildings on the west coast, and is larger than most state capitol buildings. Built in 1915 to replace the city hall destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, no expense was spared in her construction. Many of the exterior details are adorned with 23.5 carat gold leaf, and the rotunda was styled after St Peters basilica. The interior is a masterpiece of marble, metalwork, and sculpture. Your guide will walk you through this government palace and share its history, secrets, and the amazing details of its recent seismic retrofit.

We sincerely hope you will join us on this special San Francisco excursion.
Cost: $TBD      Course: 176229
Deadline: TBD

Champagne Brunch at the San Francisco Cliff House

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Book early; this annual trip sells out quickly!

Treat yourself to a San Francisco tradition with the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet and enjoy an amazing view of Seal Rock, OceanBeach, and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy live harp music and free-flowing champagne as you choose from a wide selection of seasonal fresh brunch items. Poached salmon and prawns, steak with mushrooms, and pasta carbonara are just a few of the main course items you can choose from. Assorted seasonal salads like heirloom tomato, green asparagus, and orzo pasta abound. Cheese and fruit platters, smoked salmon with bagels, assorted homemade pastries, muffins, and scones are a perfect complement to traditional breakfast items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and of course the famous Cliff House popovers. Delectable desserts including cakes, tortes, tarts, chocolate mousse, and chocolate-dipped strawberries are the perfect ending to your meal. Sunday brunch in the Terrace Room is a San Francisco experience that should not be missed! After the delicious brunch, stretch your legs on Pier 39.
A beautiful way to spend a Sunday in San Francisco.
Cost: $119      Course: 176206
Deadline: July 16 (2018) or when sold out!

Celebrate Autumn - Visit and Dine at Apple Hill

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Celebrate autumn with a visit to the Apple Hill ranches for a day filled with old-fashioned fun as our coach winds down country roads filled with a beautiful scenery and fruit-filled
orchards. Enjoy a guided tour of the ranches, stopping to browse the crafts and produce. Delight in a BBQ chicken luncheon and dessert of homemade apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream at High Hill Ranch. As you depart High Hill Ranch, you will be given a delicious Apple Fritter to take home.
Cost: TBD      Course: 176224
Deadline: August 24

Chrysanthemum at Ironstone Vineyards

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This tour sells out quickly!

We return to Ironstone in the Fall when chrysanthemum are in bloom. Enjoy an exclusive private tour of Ironstone, Included: Heritage Museum displaying a 44-pound crystalline gold nugget; outdoor amphitheater, which hosts a summer concert series; Lakeside Park; a 400-foot long arbor and covered bridge; wine caves and breezeway; the Culinary Center; Music Room housing the Alhambra Theatre Organ, as well as a private wine and canape tasting. Afterward you will visit the Culinary Center/Music Room for a private wine tasting of seven varietals. A canape will be paired with each wine. Finally, enjoy a gourmet lunch and free time to visit the gift shop, wine shop, pan for gold, or take in the flowers.
Cost: $108      Course: 176225
Deadline: September 27 or when sold out!

Holiday Shopping in San Francisco - Let’s go!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Shopping or Browsing - Come along to San Francisco, a city filled with Holiday Spirit. Decorations and Christmas trees fill the windows and the light posts. Shop until you drop for the special gift for family and friends or enjoy just strolling on Pier 39 (or along the Embarcadero). There will only be two stops - Pier 39 and Union Square. Lunch is on your own today.

Cost: $59      Course: 176226
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Victorian Christmas in Historic Nevada City Sunday

December 16, 2018

Each year, Downtown Nevada City is a Dickens Christmas scene come to life. Enjoy streets lined with twinkling lights and gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian clothing, A Walking Christmas Tree spreads holiday cheer and shares good tidings. Also available are a living Nativity scene, roasted chestnuts, and horse drawn carriage rides. Vendors fill the streets with items that make wonderful Christmas gifts. A delicious box lunch is included as you travel to Nevada City. And there are lots of food venders and restaurants available as you stroll the afternoon.
Cost: $49      Course: 176228
Deadline:November 19, 2018