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.
September 19 — September 29, 2019 (11 Days)
Paris, Eiffel Tower Dinner, Choice on Tour, Versailles, Giverny, TGV Train, Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne’s Workshop, Gordes, Wine & Olive Oil Tasting, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Sep 19, 2019: Overnight Flight
Sep 20, 2019: Paris, France - Tour Begins
Sep 21, 2019: Paris
Sep 22, 2019: Paris - Versailles - Giverny - Paris
Sep 23, 2019: Paris - TGV Train - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence
Sep 24, 2019: Aix-en-Provence
Sep 25, 2019: Aix-en-Provence - Luberon - Gordes - Aix-en-Provence
Sep 26, 2019: Aix-en-Provence - Cannes - Nice
Sep 27, 2019: Nice - Eze - Monaco - Monte Carlo - Nice
Sep 28, 2019: Nice - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Nice
Sep 29, 2019: Nice - Tour Ends
New York City
October 10 — October 16, 2019 (7 Days)
Motorcoach transportation, two guided tours of New York City, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty
October 10, 2019:
Board your spacious, video and restroom equipped Motorcoach and set off for the bright lights of
"The Big Apple" - New York City! This evening, you will relax at an en route hotel.
October 11, 2019:
After enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you will continue on your journey towards New York City.
This evening, sit down to a nice Dinner before checking into a comfortable New York City area hotel to rest
up for an exciting day ahead!
October 12, 2019:
After enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you'll explore "The City That Never Sleeps." A Guided Tour o
Manhattan will take you to such famous sites as Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Wall Street,
the 9/11 Memorial, and so much more! Later, you'll dine at a New York City restaurant and spend a little
free time in the city before returning to your hotel.
October 13, 2019:
Today, after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, your "Big Apple" adventure continues where you left
off yesterday with your Guided Tour. Later today with your Guide, you will head to the NEW National 9/11
Museum, located at the World Trade Center site. Explore the museum’s collection of diverse materials
which include artifacts, photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects, and memorabilia. This
evening, enjoy a Dinner Party with Entertainment before returning to your hotel. a
October 14, 2019:
Start your day with a Continental Breakfast, and then head with your Guide to one of New York City’
premier destinations: Ellis Island and Liberty Island - home of the Statue of Liberty! A short ferry ride
brings you an up-close view of Lady Liberty, and you can exit the ferry to set foot on Liberty Island itself.
Then, continue on to Ellis Island —- gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants who came
seeking a new life. You will follow in their footsteps for an eye-opening glimpse into history. Tonight,
enjoy Dinner before returning to your hotel.
October 15, 2019:
Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before leaving for the Plaza Centre Antique Gallery. This evening,
relax at your en route hotel.
October 16, 2019:
Today, after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you will depart for home... a perfect time to chat with
your friends about all the fun things you've done, the great sights you've seen, and where your next group
trip will take you!
La Belle Seine
October 29 — November 06, 2019 (9 Days)
7-Night River Cruise featuring Paris and Normandy, Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen, Honfleur, Château Gaillard, Giverny
Oct 29, 2019: Overnight Flight
Depart for Paris, France to start your journey through the Normandy region. Bask in the rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.
Oct 30, 2019: Paris, France - Board Ship - Tour Begins
Your journey opens in Paris. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Your beautiful vessel offers the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, delicious cuisine including regional wines with every dinner, and outstanding service. Tonight, a cocktail is served in the Panorama Bar where you will meet your fellow travelers before a lovely welcome dinner.
Oct 31, 2019: Conflans - Auvers-sur-Oise
This morning, arrive in Conflans, situated at the confluence of the Oise and Seine rivers. Visit the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, once home to several 19th-century painters including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissaro, and perhaps most famously, Vincent Van Gogh. Embark on a tour of Auvers-sur-Oise that retraces Van Gogh’s time here, including Auberge Ravoux where he rented his room, the idyllic fields that inspired his last masterpiece, and his final resting place. This afternoon, cruise past lovely French countryside scenery as your journey continues.
Nov 01, 2019: Rouen
Today your ship docks in Rouen, the historical capital of Normandy. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the medieval city, highlighting its many monuments and architectural treasures. Visit the cathedral and the Church of Joan of Arc before viewing the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. Spend time at leisure to continue exploring the city, perhaps with a visit to Place du Vieux Marché, the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the 15th century. This afternoon, you may take an optional excursion with a local expert along the “Abbey Trail” to the ruins of both St. Wandrille Abbey and Jumièges. Learn about the rich history of the churches, castles and abbeys that once populated this region.
Nov 02, 2019: Le Havre - Honfleur - Le Havre
This morning we dock in Le Havre, a city located on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine River. Perhaps you will join an optional morning sightseeing tour to Étretat, a town situated on the Normandy coast with stunning clifftop views and a charming fishing village where a guided walking tour highlights the various artists who have visited and painted there through the years. This afternoon, enjoy an included excursion to Honfleur, a remarkable maritime city. Explore the narrow streets and the old port with a local guide. View the Lieutenancy, the Old Salt Stores and St. Catherine’s Church before enjoying time to shop or explore independently.
Nov 03, 2019: Le Havre - Normandy Excursion - Caudebec-en-Caux
A full day of remembrance awaits, as we travel through Normandy to visit some of the significant D-Day Landing sites of World War II. Begin at Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. View Omaha Beach, one of the U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy. Next, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and visitor’s center. Enjoy an included lunch locally before traveling on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. This evening, we rejoin the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux.
Nov 04, 2019: Les Andelys - Château Gaillard and Giverny
Begin your morning with a stop in Les Andelys to visit Château Gaillard, constructed in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart. Admire the striking views of French countryside from the château’s vantage point on a promontory along the Seine. Next, continue to Giverny, where tranquil gardens combining flora and water elements inspired Monet’s greatest works. A guide will share stories of Monet’s time here as you tour his home and its surrounding gardens. This afternoon, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles,* the largest palace in Europe; visit the grand private apartments and the Hall of Mirrors on a guided tour of the palace; stroll the magnificent gardens which are amongst some of the world’s most famous and took over 40 years to complete. Tonight, the captain welcomes you to the elegant Captain’s Gala dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing.
Nov 05, 2019: Paris
This morning, take a splendid panoramic coach tour that features views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum, the famous Champs-Elysées and the Jardin des Tuileries. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to continue exploring this great city, or join an optional guided walking tour of the Montmartre district highlighting its narrow winding streets that have drawn artists to them for hundreds of years. Your day concludes with a farewell dinner where you will bid adieu to the illuminated “City of Lights.”
Nov 06, 2019: Paris - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.
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
Dec 07, 2019: Overnight Flight
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.
Dec 08, 2019: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tour Begins
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.
Dec 09, 2019: Fly to Ushuaia - Embark Ship - At Sea
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.
Dec 10, 2019: The Drake Passage - At Sea
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.
Dec 11, 2019: Antarctica
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.
Dec 12, 2019: Antarctica
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.
Dec 13, 2019: Antarctica
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.
Dec 14, 2019: Antarctica
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.
Dec 15, 2019: Antarctica
Learn from the experts how to identify different penguin species and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins.
Dec 16, 2019: Antarctica
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.
Dec 17, 2019: At Sea
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.
Dec 18, 2019: At Sea
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.
Dec 19, 2019: Ushuaia - Disembark Ship - Fly to Buenos Aires
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.
Dec 20, 2019: Buenos Aires - Tour Ends
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
Dec 29, 2019: Los Angeles, California - Tour Begins
Ring in the New Year in style with this ever-popular tour, featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Dec 30, 2019: Float Viewing - Bandfest
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.
Dec 31, 2019: Day at Leisure - New Year’s Eve Party
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!
Jan 01, 2020: Pasadena - Tournament of Roses Parade
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.
Jan 02, 2020: Los Angeles - Tour Ends
Depart California with many memories of your incredible New Year's tour.
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
Oct 09, 2020: Scottsdale, Arizona - Tour Begins
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.
Oct 10, 2020: Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon
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.
Oct 11, 2020: Grand Canyon - Lake Powell
"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.
Oct 12, 2020: Lake Powell - Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park or Canyon Cruise
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.
Oct 13, 2020: Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon National Park - Springdale, UT (Zion)
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.
Oct 14, 2020: Zion National Park
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.
Oct 15, 2020: Springdale - Las Vegas, Nevada
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.
Oct 16, 2020: Las Vegas - Tour Ends
Depart for home with amazing memories of your journey.