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BAO Travel Adventures

BAO activities include group travel around the world with our partner, Collette. We chose Collette as our travel partner because of their long history of high-quality service and reliability. Most importantly, we trust Collette will take the utmost care of our travelers. Collette's CSOT number is 2006766-20. Bay Area Older Adults' CSOT number is 2120658-40.
Special for BAO travelers – Everyone who travels with BAO is invited to a

  • Pre-trip meeting to get you ready and meet your fellow travelers (typically lunch is included)
  • Post-trip gathering with your group to share photos
  • End of year travel party where you can meet other BAO travelers and share photos and experiences.

North American Trips

America's Music Cities
Canadian Rockies by Train
The Best of Eastern Canada
Maritime Coastal Wonders

Central and South American Trips

Costa Rica's World of Nature
Highlights of South America

European Trips

Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains of Switzerland & Italy
Christmas on the Danube
Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
Italy's Treasures
Switzerland's Hidden Trails & Majestic Peaks by Train

Trips to Africa

Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

Trips to the Far East

Cultural Treasures of Japan

America's Music Cities
October 2018

Take an 8-day tour of the rich musical heritage of the United States. Explore the history and lore of Nashville with a show and backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, an up-close look at the oldest remaining record studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride recorded their classic songs and visit the largest museum of popular music in the world. Visit Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock n Roll and Soul and home to the best ever BBQ. Absorb the city’s musical heritage including a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Land in New Orleans, the Jazz Capital of the World, just in time for Halloween and revel in soulful music, savor its rich cuisine, discover its French and Colonial past and experience the fascinating ecosystem of the Louisiana bayous.

Days 1, 2: Arrive in Nashville, the Music Capital of the World. Your two-night stay is at 4-star Gaylord Opryland Hotel within an atrium surrounded by the Cumberland River and with a river running through it. The atrium hosts 17 restaurants and is nearby local parks.

Start off with with a tour of the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville's oldest remaining recording studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded their classic hits! Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music and you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit. RCA Studio

Next, a local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour where you will view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon - a full replica of the Athenian original. Later, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colorful histories of country music and its artists. This evening, take in a show at the renowned Grand Ole Opry, an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. Music Row and Country Music Hall of Fame

This evening, take in a show at the renowned Grand Ole Opry, an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. Grand Ole Opry

Day 3: Begin the next day with a visit to the old Ryman Auditorium with a newly renovated stage. This venue has hosted a variety of musical concerts since it opened in 1892, and has been called the Carnegie Hall of the South. Ryman Auditorium

Next, step back in time and take a tour of the sprawling Belle Meade Plantation and indulge in a local wine tasting. Later, travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock n Roll and Soul. Your two night stay is at the 4-star Sheraton Memphis, where you can easily explore more culture on your free time. The hotel is located within walking distance to famous museums such as the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Recording Studio, Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi River, famous Beale Street that is home to blues clubs and Mud Island River Park where you can stroll by the river. Upon arrival, savor true Memphis cuisine and live music during dinner. Belle Meade Plantation

Day 4: In the morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights. Next, visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Tour his home, including unique family rooms, the original business office, trophy building and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the city’s vast musical offerings on your own including lively Beale Street. Graceland – home of Elvis Presley

Beale Street - Home to the Blues, Memphis

Days 5, 6: Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana and spend three nights at the 4-star Sheraton New Orleans located less than one mile from the Mississippi River, the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium of Americas, the National WWII Museum and the Streetcar line. New Orleans is the Jazz Capital of the World. This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and lots of home town music. The streets of New Orleans and jazz music of the French Quarter

Today it is your choice of a French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans. The walking tour of the famous French Quarter takes you to the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, then to the bustling French Marketplace where you will explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba.

The other option is a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Begin along historic Esplanade Avenue to see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities.

Whichever you choose, stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite, beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and discover more of New Orleans on your own. Live street jazz and St. Charles Avenue mansions

Day 7: Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a boat cruise. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. See houses (accessible only by boat) of the local Cajuns who have made their homes here in the bayous. Louisiana Swamp Cruise

Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style with a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Following dinner, enjoy a jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club. Cajun cooking demonstration

Day 8: Return home with a wealth of memories that will have you humming a new tune.

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Canadian Rockies by Train

On this 9-day journey, climb aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian that takes you between Vancouver and Jasper in a once-in-a-lifetime overnight train journey. Relax in the dome car and experience panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. In Jasper, see the dramatic Maligne Canyon and its picture-perfect lake, where you enjoy breakfast with a view! Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and stop at Columbia Icefield. You will have a choice between taking a fun ride across this massive glacier ice or a walk on the Glacier Skywalk. Feel like royalty while overnighting in the region’s most elegant hotels and resorts. Discover the natural beauty of Moraine Lake, the powerful Bow Falls and impressive Hoodoos. Experience a day on a ranch in the Alberta plains, complete with a wagon ride in search of buffalo and a BBQ lunch in the great outdoors.

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Best of Eastern Canada
Featuring Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls & Toronto

On this 8-day tour, you will explore Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Toronto. From the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City to the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls, you’ll love every moment of this tour of Eastern Canada. Enjoy two-night stays in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto, as well as an overnight stay in Ottawa and city tours of each of these elegant cities. Have a breakfast of regional specialties at a local sugar shack and learn about maple syrup making. Board a boat to experience the incredible power of Mother Nature at breathtaking Niagara Falls and discover Niagara-on-the-Lake with quaint local shops and a charming atmosphere. Niagara Falls

Tour Montreal with a view of the busy St. Lawrence River from high atop Montreal’s Mount Royal, see Jacques Cartier Square and McGill University, and a cruise through the spectacular unspoiled 1000 Islands. Walk the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec and take a stroll through Ontario’s bustling Byward Market. From picturesque countryside to glistening skyscrapers, a truly unforgettable cultural and historical experience awaits you in the heart of Eastern Canada. Old Quebec

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Maritimes Coastal Wonders

Join us for an 11-day tour of Northeast Canada and uncover the treasures of the Canadian Maritimes from the rugged Cabot Trail to the amazing Fundy tides, where fun, adventure, a rich history and culinary delights await you. Marvel at the incredible views at Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove. Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

See the four-story high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks and savor a traditional Maritimes lobster feast. Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Visit Prince Edward Island and its Anne of Green Gables Museum and learn about potato farming. Prince Edward Island

Travel along the striking Lighthouse Route, board a fishing boat at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and learn to shuck scallops. Cape Breton Fishing Boats

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Costa Rica's World of Nature
featuring Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio National Park

Join us for an 12-day small group tour of vibrant Costa Rica. Settle in for two nights in Tortuguero National Park which protects 13 of Costa Rica’s endangered species and visit the green turtle research station. Traveling the Waterways of Tortuguero National Park

Wildlife in Tortuguero National Park

Spend two nights in an eco-lodge within the Sarapiquí Rainforest. Taste Costa Rica’s finest during a pineapple plantation visit and a cacao demonstration and tasting. Cacao

Take in the spectacular views of Arenal Volcano during your three night stay at the foot of the volcano. Choose from a thrilling zip-lining experience or hiking the lava fields of Arenal Volcano. Walk among the treetops on a guided tour of Arenal’s hanging bridges. Arenal Volcano

Embark on a jungle crocodile safari and bird watching cruise. Soak up the sweeping view of the Pacific during a resort stay at Manuel Antonio, where you can step outside your door to explore the white sandy beaches of this National Park. Crocodile Safari

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Highlights of South America
featuring Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

Join us for a 10-day tour that takes you from Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires to the Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls, and Brazil’s marvelous Rio de Janeiro, to delve into the vivacious sights and sounds of South America. Spend three nights in fantastic Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America." Discover the best Tango show in Buenos Aires and stroll the famed 9th of July Boulevard as you explore life in this vibrant city. Spend a day in the Argentinian countryside featuring a traditional asado lunch and gaucho horse show at an estancia. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Explore Buenos Aires by bus or on a bicycle with a local guide and visit La Boca and the Puerto Madero neighborhoods. La Boca Neighborhood, Argentina

Behold the power of the Iguazu Falls from both Argentinian and Brazilian vantage points and explore Iguazu National Park. Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Learn how to craft the famous caipriniha cocktail and eat and dance with the locals at a dinner and music show in Rio de Janeiro. Ascend Corcovado by train to Christ the Redeemer, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Next, you choose from a Carnival Experience or a visit with local family in a favela. And finally, indulge in a Brazilian-style barbeque at one of Rio's top churrascaria restaurants. Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains
of Switzerland & Italy

This 10-day tour features the enchanting Alpine cultures and scenery of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountains picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways – the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you from Switzerland to Italy. The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz

Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire. Explore Lucerne, called the Swiss Paradise on the Lake. Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with wine. The 14,692-foot Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Along the way, you will cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine and Italian delicacies. Savor a traditional Italian dinner on the Isola dei Pescatoril, an island on Lake Maggiore. Lake Como, Italy

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Christmas on the Danube
December 2018

Bay Area Older Adults has partnered with Collette to offer a nine day tour featuring Germany and Austria with a six-day cruise down the Danube River. Browse famous Christmas markets along the river, explore Vienna, Regensburg home to the first stone bridge over the Danube, Nuremberg and Wurzburg with local experts, visit the 900-year old Benedictine Melk Abbey, experience the most picturesque region of the Wachau Valley, take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city and indulge in unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard your cruise ship.

Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Church is a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk, Lower Austria, Austria, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, adjoining the Wachau valley.


Our 5-Star Luftner Cruise aboard the AMADEUS fleet allows you to relax with a large sun deck and reclining chairs, the Panorama-Bar with an almost uninterrupted 360° view over the passing river landscapes, the viewing deck on the River Terrace, as well as the relaxed Amadeus-Club. The stylish Panorama-Restaurant head chef on your AMADEUS vessel will create new and imaginative menus for you every single day including five-course dinners. Drawing inspiration partly from the regions you travel through as well as the season, our chefs will produce fresh and authentic symphonies of flavor to tempt you away on a culinary voyage of discovery. Of course, you are always free to choose between your classic favorite dishes and sophisticated specialties, vegetarian alternatives and delicious gourmet treats. There are on-board expert lectures, folklore shows, culinary demonstrations and live music. There are complimentary bicycles too! Christmas Market in Rothenberg, Germany

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Iceland's Magical Northern Lights

Take a 7-day small group journey to the land of fire and ice, a place of many wonders, on a search for the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights on an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Northern Lights

Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall – one of the world's most incredible cascades. Explore Skogar Folk Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life. Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. Golden Circle

Journey to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

At the Lava Exhibition Center, learn about Iceland’s volcanic history and its impact on daily life. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool, the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights. Reykjanes Peninsula

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Italy's Treasures
Art, Food & Wine

On this 12-day small group tour, you will travel from Stresa and Lake Orta to the Italian Riviera with a visit to Cinque Terre and Lucca to Tuscany with visits to Florence and Siena to Venice with a visit to Bologna. This tour brings to life the romance and culture of Italy and brings your taste buds to life!

Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most picturesque island on Lake Maggiore, Stresa. The next day, visit a local farm for wine and cheese pairing and attend a cocktail party in the evening. Isola dei Pescatori, Laggo Maggiore

Explore Lake Orta (Milan) by boat, one of Italy’s hidden treasures, and the rugged coast, medieval and remote fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera

Visit the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls, and see all the historic sites on foot or by bicycle, then sample seasonal, local delicacies at specialty food shops. Next, travel to Tuscany where you will spend four relaxing nights in a Tuscan villa and delight your palette with Tuscan cuisine including a cooking demonstration by a local chef. Tuscany Countryside

Get to know Florence with a walking tour of the city’s treasures and monuments and Siena with a tour of it's Romanesque and Gothic architecture and narrow medieval streets. End with two nights in Venice where you will see all the sights and enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island, off the coast of Venice, for a glass-blowing demonstration. Sight-seeing in Venice

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Switzerland's Hidden Trails & Majestic Peaks

On this 10-day small group tour you will journey through Switzerland entirely by Swiss Railway on an up-close-and-personal rendezvous with the Alps and the villages of the Swiss Riviera. Switzerland is the home of the Matterhorn and Lake Geneva, where chocolate is high art and culture is intrinsic. Sample legendary Laderach chocolate as you watch chocolatiers work their confectionary craft. Zermatt's Matterhorn

Nestled between four countries, Switzerland is a land where crystalline lakes sit amidst mountain peaks, and lush green valley’s yield centuries-old vineyards. Veveyu, Lake Geneva

Discover a world of pastoral splendor, where the history of the Belle Epoque is preserved in awe-inspiring architecture of Neuchatel, all set to the grand backdrop of the Alps. View of Gothic Collegiale Church on the Northern Shore of Lake Neuchatel

Use your Swiss Travel Pass, which grants you unlimited access to the country’s transportation network, along with complimentary entrance into all of Switzerland’s 500 museums. Lavaux Wine Region, Lake Geneva

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Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

On this 14-day small group exploration, your complete African travel experience ranges from cosmopolitan Cape Town to the power of Victoria Falls to the remote wilds of Botswana with 7 wildlife safaris for a perfect blend of culture and thrills. Savor traditional African cuisine including a home hosted dinner.

Take a cablecar ride to the top of Table Mountain, a 3550 foot, flat-topped mountain, for a comprehensive view of the city of Cape Town. Cablecar and View from Table Mountain

Explore the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach penguins in Cape Town. Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town

Boulder Beach Penguins, Cape Town

Search out the Big Five safari wildlife along the remote Chobe River, Botswana and marvel at the bio-diversity of the Entabeni Safari Conservancy. Chobe River Cruise, Botswana

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Cultural Treasures of Japan

On this 14-day small group tour, immerse yourself in the ancient and modern cultures of Japan. Experience the electric city of Tokyo, where Yanaka Ginza, the “shitamachi” of the city’s old town, serves as a window to Tokyo’s past and top-of-the-world views from Tokyo Tower give way to cosmopolitan vistas. Tokyo Skyline

Take part in a peaceful and meditative tea ceremony, and stand before the famous Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon in Asakusa. Explore the lakeside resort of Hakone and cruise the waters of Lake Ashi. Akakusa Kannon Temple

Board the Hakone Ropeway for goliath views of Mt. Fuji, and tour Matsumoto Castle, the “Crow Castle.” In the Japanese Alps, enjoy Hida beef and sake at a local brewery, and marvel at the gassho-zukuri-style homes of Shirakawa-go. Matsumoto Castle

Visit Kanazawa’s Omicho market, Kenroku garden and the Samurai district. Partake in a gold leaf class. Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and a marvel to behold. Absorb the beauty of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, whose top two floors are covered with gold leaf. Explore Kyoto’s Nijo Castle, home of the first Shogun. Take a lesson in the art of stenciling.

Board the Shinkansen bullet train to travel to Hiroshima where you’ll visit Miyajima, Shrine Island and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Finally, sit down to a special farewell dinner in Kyoto that features a Geisha show.

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