2017 – 2018 Travel PLANS

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More information to follow as trips are planned

 

This months featured Trip(s)

 

WALKABOUT ANNOUNCES A UNIQUE TRAVEL PROGRAM FOR 2018

During 2018 our chief tour leader, Dan Haslam, will be on sabbatical leave from Walkabout so he can travel around the world. The good news is that Dan is opening segments of his trip to Walkabouters who would like to join him as individuals or in small groups. Here’s how it will work: get on the interest list for Dan’s detailed itinerary by contacting the office with your email address. All reservations/confirmations, etc. will be handled by Dan via email. All payments will, as always, go through the Walkabout office. Peruse the itinerary for a segment of the world tour that interests you. You can provide your own airfare and “tack on” the segment to your independent itinerary, or your airline ticket can be purchased for you. Your segment price will be quoted to you in advance of your making any initial payments and will include being met at the airport or other point of arrival, your accommodations, and Dan’s services as your walk guide. Trip/travel insurance is a “must,” and all food and beverage charges (except those specifically included in your itinerary) are not included. Some ground transportation may be included, especially where there is small group involved.

Here’s an example of how this will work: you want to visit Barcelona and environs for a week and then walk along the Camino (religious pilgrimage walk) with Dan, staying in pensions along the way for another week. Dan meets you in Barcelona, tours you around the city and area and travels with you for the week along the Camino. That is your 2-week segment. Perhaps you want to add on another segment in Madrid. You’ll know in advance when the Barcelona trip begins and when the segment will end.

There are two more components to our Travels in 2018: you can book a summer vacation with Dan on Cape Cod, MA for one, two, or more weeks. You’ll fly to Boston, then a bus to Hyannis where Dan will meet you. You may stay in a vacation condo which he owns, or a hotel, and your tour will include trips around the Cape, a boat to either Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket (or both), and sunny weather and sand on the Atlantic Ocean.

By early October Dan leaves the Cape for a road trip across the U.S. with stops at national parks along the way, and walks in each. His schedule will include which parks and when, and you can fly in and join him for an in-depth exploration of your park(s) of choice. He’ll meet you at the local airport, and everything will be taken care of for you, just as we do on regular Walkabout tours.

Details are still being worked out at press time concerning the specific itinerary for the world tour. The “bucket list” includes travel from San Diego west around the world, with the final international stop in Ireland. Here are some of the countries to be visited: Australia, New Zealand (Jan into Feb); Vietnam, possibly China; Turkey, Greece, Italy (Venice & Rome); possibly S. Africa, St. Petersburg, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Madrid, Barcelona (Camino). These travels will occur over a 4-month period (Jan. through April, or into early May). Then Cape Cod May to October, then U.S. National Parks from Oct. into November.

If you love to travel, but hate to do the planning, this is the trip for you. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the walk! You’ll have access to Dan’s international cell phone number, and he will have computer access should you need that. You’ll have packing instructions and you can indicate the types of accommodations you prefer (e.g. hostel dorm rooms with shared baths, European hotels/pensions with hall baths, or the American model of private room with en suite baths). We may include a partial meal plan as part of your accommodations (e.g. bed and breakfast). Your trip segment price will include ground transportation (price subject to change if costs fluctuate). Sign up for details at the Walkabout office today!

 

Days of Wine and Whales
February 17 – 23, 2018

Come along with us to spend a few magical days in Baja California.  You will be transported via deluxe motor coach right from downtown San Diego to Scammon’s Lagoon for three Whale watching excursions. The return trip includes two days enjoying the Guadalupe valley’s beautiful landscapes, museums, vineyards and Mexican viniculture interlaced with gourmet foods, wine tastings and glorious pacific sunset views from our hotel in Ensenada before returning to San Diego.

The trip price includes:  7 days and 6 nights’ accommodation, most meals with one drink each. Meals are chosen according to local specialty, snacks and drinking water, all visits and excursions mentioned in the itinerary, THREE whale-watching excursions in Scammon’s Lagoon, services of experienced local travel guides, along with taxes and tips of included meals and hotels. The cost is $1550/person, double occupancy, with an additional $300 single supplement. Select Whale Trip to find a complete description, but hurry as the trip is almost sold out.

 

 

Bus trip to Riverside County
Saturday, December 9 Cancelled

Saturday January 6 2018 Contact Office to Reschedule

Our first stop will be at the Old Town Farmers Market in Temecula. Our next adventure takes us to Tio Tacos – a traditional taco shop with funky, eclectic, folk art behind the building. All of the art material is either found or recycled.

Then to a docent led tour of the famous Mission Inn which is comparable to the Hotel Del in Coronado. Lastly, we will experience the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn at dusk. Millions of lights will create a magical experience. Details to follow in future newsletters.

Please call our office (619) 231-7463 for details or to be placed on the Interest list


 

 

 

Overnight Trips
San Antonio Riverwalk Early December

2017 Trip Re-Cap

Texas /New Mexico Trip

Eleven Walkabouters flew from San Diego to El Paso, TX for a weeklong excursion touring above and below ground in southeastern New Mexico. We did a short hike in the Guadeloupe Mountains in Texas, which is the highest point in the Lone Star State. Then off for a day at Carlsbad Caverns, a national park of tremendous beauty. We spent the whole day spelunking and enjoyed one of many picnics. Then off to Artesia, with an early bird walk in this oil-rich town. In Roswell, we visited the UFO museum and were welcomed by a flying saucer billboard on the edge of town. Even the McDonald’s restaurant is built in the shape of a flying saucer! From here, we drove to Alamogordo and toured the White Sands National Monument and the NM Space Museum. Then off to venerable Truth or Consequences, named for a radio game show, where we stayed in eclectic accommodations featuring a hot mineral springs bath as part of the room rent. Next was Silver City, NM and rural Gila Indian Cliff Dwellings, where we climbed and climbed to see where 12th Century native Americans had their home. We ate well, played well together, and enjoyed our trip filled with sunshine and good exercise.

 
GOLD RUSH COUNTRY!
April 4 – April 11, 2017
 
Gold Country
Gold Country

Eleven Walkabouters traveled by van to Sacramento and California Gold Rush country in early April to ride along Route 49 and visit gold sites. The group learned about mining methods and spent a couple of days in Lake Tahoe, nearly getting snowed in. They escaped in their van by climbing the Donner Pass, only to find out that their newly purchased snow chains were too small, so new ones were purchased and installed on the spot. They toured Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and Sutter’s Mill along the American River where gold was discovered. They took a train ride at Railtown in Jamestown, and ate twice at Mel’s Diner because it was so good. There were cocktail and pizza parties, and in Auburn the group posed for a picture mimicking a Native American on the hunt. On the last full day of the tour our group was scheduled to spend the day at Yosemite National Park, avoiding a landslide due to heavy snows this year.  Our group spent an afternoon at Columbia State Park touring old mining-era buildings and some enjoyed a stagecoach ride. Travelers were: Dan Haslam (leader), Jim Miller (co-leader), Ginger Thaler, Bev Stebbins, Charlotte Sedgwick, Marianne Goldberg, Regina Bartolini, Margot and Walter Linback, and newbies Jimmy and Fariba Talebi.

Bermuda Cruise
May 

Under Bermuda’s Moon Gate

 

WALKABOUT SWISS TRIP A ROVING SUCCESS
June 25 – July 9, 2017

by Dan Haslam

Sixteen ambitious Walkabouters met up in Zurich, Switzerland late in June for two weeks of hiking throughout this alpine country, with a little city walking, too, thrown in for good measure. This year’s Swiss trip was again conceived and planned by Larry Forman, but due to illness he was unable to lead the tour. Larry selected three and four star hotels for the group to enjoy, complete with full breakfasts and sumptuous multiple course dinners. The villages he selected were all reachable via the Swiss travel pass, which was included with the tour. To reach the group hotel on Lake Lucerne, for example, we boarded a 20th century paddlewheel boat and got off at the third stop. Typically our hotel had a van waiting to haul luggage, and our walking group strolled to the hotel. This is living! Our group used the very accurate Swiss rail system throughout the trip, with many fast transfers and even a trip into northern Italy.

Each morning our group enjoyed a before-breakfast early bird walk, then an extravagant buffet breakfast before setting off for the day’s hike. Typically the group would take a gondola up an alp, then hike for several hours traversing alps enroute to the bottom. Once, a public bus being used to climb the steep hills made a stop so the passengers could get out and take pictures of a waterfall. Just try to get a bus driver to do that anywhere else! Often the group would encounter herds of Swiss cows munching on hillsides, and would have to push their way through the ladies to continue their journey. Farm stands made for convenient rest stops, and always the beautiful scenery of…alps! This year’s tour was led by last-minute substitute Dan Haslam and Walter Konopka, both veterans of prior Swiss excursions. Walter happily led the hikers seeking longer walks, and Dan was content with getting to the bottom as soon as possible.

Our group enjoyed museum days in Lucerne and Chur, and back country experiences in central areas of the country, including squirrel walks, boating excursions, gondolas and many, many trails. Dinners were 2-3 hours in duration and occupied most evenings. Fireworks delighted the group at Lake Lucerne on July 2, and July 4 was celebrated with the group wearing red, white and blue headgear and singing the national anthem at dinner –by request –to a tour group from Switzerland at the hotel dinner. The tour ended in Zermatt, home of the famous Matterhorn, which involved extensive hiking and gondola trips to neighboring mountains for photo ops, a trip to a glacier and ice sculptures and a cog railway. The group kept a daily journal of each day’s activities, which was to be presented to Larry upon return to CA.