Tours & Traveling

The Council on Aging provides monthly trips or outings to local points of interest as well as vacation packages to places in other countries. These extended escorted travel trips are offered throughout the year. Any revenue made by these trips, help fund other programs and services. Please call (231) 873-4461 for more information or contact us online.

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

December 07 — December 20, 2019 (14 Days)

Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, The Drake Passage, Authentic Expedition Ship, Zodiac Forays, Penguin Colony Close-Ups, Summit Hike, Kayak Excursions, Photography Guidance, On Board Information Sessions

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In association with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, Collette proudly offers an active, immersive adventure exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style. See more of the legendary landscapes and inhabitants – encounter iconic penguins, leopard seals, and marine mammals; kayak among icebergs and Zodiac cruise past resting leopard seals; and hike on the continent with the best ice team on Earth. Through the efforts of an undersea specialist, you will also experience the seldom-seen Antarctic undersea. Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and the “Paris of South America.” Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the city is a mosaic of European-style architecture and South American spirit. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic city tour highlighting its Beaux-Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening, gather for an informal reception at the hotel.

This morning we fly over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Enjoy lunch while cruising the Beagle Channel. Later, embark the National Geographic Explorer, an authentic expedition ship uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions. With just 81 cabins and a maximum capacity of 148 passengers, the spacious and modern Explorer offers a roster of tools for exploration and a variety of public areas for viewing the incredible passing landscape. In the ship’s spacious lounge you will have informative presentations and a nightly recap of the day’s activities.

Cruise south through the fabled Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake. Set between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, a crossing of the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable - a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history. Warmer waters of the north meet the colder, denser waters of the south here in the Antarctic Convergence, making the area rich in marine life.

The next six days are filled with discovering Antarctica, the last great wilderness stretching across ice-covered desert and mountains for over five million square miles. The ethereal beauty and immense scale of the continent is like nowhere else on the planet.

The voyage keeps a flexible schedule (daily activities are contingent on weather conditions) to take advantage of the unexpected. With nearly 24 hours of daylight, make the most of your days with daily explorations.

You may take a Zodiac foray amongst towering icebergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

Today you could have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the packed ice or step ashore to the cries of thousands of Gentoo penguins.

Learn from the experts how to identify different penguin species and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins.

Onboard, the undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive with rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface. The expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more.

Leave Antarctica and sail back to Ushuaia, crossing the southern waters of the Drake Passage. The ship’s spotters will keep an eye out for marine life, albatross and seabirds that cross the ship’s bow.

You may want to enjoy a wellness treatment, spend time in the gym, catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read, or participate in on board discussions reflecting on all you have seen and learned.

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with time for independent exploration before proceeding to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires* for an overnight stay.

Your tour ends today.

 


California New Year's Getaway

December 29 — January 02, 2020 (5 Days)

Float Viewing, Bandfest, New Year’s Eve Party, Reserved Seats at the Tournament of Roses Parade

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Ring in the New Year in style with this ever-popular tour, featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Get started early as you head to Pasadena for the day. Enjoy the excitement of the season amid the fun-filled activities surrounding the Tournament of Roses. You’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the floats in their final stages of decorating. Next, attend Bandfest which features selected bands from all over the country that will perform in the parade. See these talented musicians, dancers and auxiliary performers in action. Return to Los Angeles where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore independently. Perhaps you will visit The Grove, a large shopping complex with several shops as well as restaurants which offer everything from burgers to sushi. You can even hop aboard the trolley to explore the historic Farmers Market.

The day is yours to relax, explore the area independently, or perhaps set out on an optional excursion. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to help plan your day. Then, get ready for tonight’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance with live entertainment and a champagne toast to help ring in the New Year!

Happy New Year!! Celebrate the New Year at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, a grand tradition since 1890. When the parade debuted, 2,000 citizens were on hand to witness history in the making. Today, nearly one million spectators line the parade route. As our guest, you will join them with reserved seating for prime viewing. After the parade, return to Los Angeles and enjoy time at leisure. Toast the end of a wonderful getaway at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Depart California with many memories of your incredible New Year's tour.


Canyon Country

October 09 — October 16, 2020 (8 Days)

Scottsdale, Oak Creek Canyon, Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Choices on Tour, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas

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Explore the most famous canyons of the American West on a journey featuring three national parks. Begin in colorful Scottsdale where you will join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Stunning Sedona awaits. Soak in the imaginative atmosphere and colorful vistas while browsing the arts and crafts shops of the marketplace. Admire Oak Creek Canyon, where the rock formations seem to change hue with every turn in the road. Later, travel through the spectacular Kaibab National Forest before reaching the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

"Grand” is not a strong enough word for today. This morning, take the time to explore the Grand Canyon. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “This is one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, must see.” Behold those same breathtaking views as we travel along East Rim Drive. Later, a short ride brings you to Cameron Trading Post. For nearly a century, the post has acted as a haven for travelers, traders and explorers. Continue north through mesa-studded desert before arriving at your home for the next two evenings – a lovely hotel overlooking the stunning blue waters of Lake Powell. Later we will enjoy dinner at Lake Powell and some time at leisure.

Begin your day with an invigorating breakfast cruise along lovely Lake Powell. Then, it’s your choice! Travel through the territory of the Navajo nation and arrive in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a sacred Navajo land featuring iconic sandstone spires; enjoy a fascinating tour, narrated by a Navajo tribe member and a stop at a Hogan, a traditional Navajo hut -OR- you may take a canyon adventure cruise through the wondrous geologic formations of the Navajo and Antelope canyons.

Hoodoos! Today, travel to spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, famous for its hoodoos. These rock formations, created over thousands of years by wind and water, carry natural orange and red hues, the product of iron oxidizing within the rock. Enjoy a walk along the Sunset Point to Sunrise Point Rim Trail.

In sheer magnitude and color, few places on earth match the beauty of Zion National Park’s red and white sandstone cliffs. Take a full day to explore Utah’s first national park. Climb aboard Zion’s open-air tram and wind your way alongside the Virgin River and through the 2,400 foot deep, one-half-mile wide Zion Canyon. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Visit the Zion Human History Museum to learn more about the park -OR- continue to enjoy time in the great outdoors exploring the park independently.

Today, trade nature’s beauty for the lights of the Vegas strip. This four-mile stretch of road features neon lit resorts and round-the-clock action.

Depart for home with amazing memories of your journey.