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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
The Best of Eastern Canada
Maritime Coastal Wonders
Exclusive Great Smoky Mountains
America's National Parks

European Trips

Christmas on the Danube
Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
Italy's Treasures

Trips to Africa

Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

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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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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Exclusive Great Smoky Mountains Tour
October 2018

Enjoy a nine-day tour of the south featuring Atlanta, Georgia, Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Asheville North Carolina. This tour is only offered to three select groups and BAO is one of them. Stay three nights in the vibrant city of Atlanta including a visit to Coca Cola world, CNN Headquarters, a gondola ride up Stone Mountain and a choice of the Civil Rights Museum or the Jimmy Carter Museum. Civil Rights Museum, Atlanta

Next, stay three nights in Gatlinburg, Tennesseee where you will take in a train ride deep into the Smoky Mountain National Park, the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show and Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood! The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Then you are off to Asheville, North Carolina with a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a visit to the fabulous Biltmore Estate. Biltmore Estate, Asheville North Carolina

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America's National Parks
June 2018

Embark on a 12-day tour that takes you to five national parks, Lake Powell, the Great Salt Lake, Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial to view majestic red and white sandstone formations, canyons, mesas and cliffs as well as stunning vistas of lakes, rivers, forests and valleys.

Days 1, 2: Arrive in Scottsdale, Arizona "The West's Most Western Town", where you will enjoy a stay in this world-famous resort town. Your hotel is located within walking distance to the art gallery walk and the waterfront walkway. In the evening, join your fellow BAO members for a western-style dinner.

Sedona is known for its colorful, surreal red rock formations, the cliff dwellings and petroglyphs left by the Sinagua Indians and as a center for the arts. Begin the day with a visit to Sedona and its artists' colony to see traditional and contemporary art. You will see spectacular red buttes and monoliths surrounding the city. The Red Rock Formations of Sedona, Arizona

Later this afternoon, travel to Lake Powell. Your resort hotel is perfectly situated on Lake Powell so you can take an evening walk along the lake or swim at the beach or in a pool with views of the red rocks.

Day 3: Begin your morning with a breakfast cruise on scenic Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River which straddles the border between Utah and Arizona with dreamy blue waters and red rocks. Wind through narrow, red and burnt orange Navajo Sandstone walls while learning about the lake’s history and geology. The lake has 2000 miles of shoreline and 96 major canyons. Next, travel to Carl Hayden Visitor Center where Glen Canyon Dam tames the Colorado River to create Lake Powell. Look over the dam onto the massive waterway. Visit the museum exhibits covering the geology and human and natural history of Glen Canyon. View the ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and pioneer artifacts and a life-size model of a slot canyon. Red Rocks and Blue Waters of Lake Powell, Utah

Afterwards, travel through Marble Canyon before arriving at the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Upon arrival, take in views of the immense and colorful canyon that was carved by 17 million years of erosion by the Colorado River and is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of more than 6,000 feet. The Pueblo Native Americans considered the Grand Canyon a holy site. Dinner this evening is at the historic Grand Canyon Lodge overlooking the rim of the canyon, offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere and magnificent views. Marble Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Your accommodations tonight are literally overlooking the Grand Canyon where you can step out the door and take the trail to Bright Angel Point with more spectacular views or learn more with a five minute walk to the Visitor Center.

Day 4: Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park with its sprinkling of enchanted Hoodoos, orange and red rock formations created from wind and water erosion and oxidized iron. The rim at Bryce Canyon varies in height from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. The area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Spend the rest of the afternoon traveling on the Zion - Mount Carmel Highway which passes through a one mile tunnel cut through the rock in the early 1900’s and soak up colorful displays of orange, brown and white slickrock like the Checkerboard Mesa and East Temple. Once we reach Zion National Park, it is your choice - (1) take a ride in the open-air tram to experience dramatic views of majestic mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons and natural arches as you wind alongside the Virgin River through 2400-foot deep, one half mile wide Zion Canyon, Utah’s first national park. Stop at all the major viewing points in the canyon including the Temple of Sinawava, the Coyote God of the Paiute Indians OR (2) embark on a leisurely hike with your tour manager along the Lower Emerald Pool Trail to see the lower pool and waterfalls. Zion National Park, Utah

Day 5: We drive north to Salt Lake City, the “City of the Saints,” for a two-night stay in downtown Salt Lake City. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own to explore the city. The hotel is within a five-minute walk of parks, the Clark Planetarium, University of Utah, Natural History Museum, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum and Temple Square. Temple Square is a beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City is one of Utah's most visited attractions. The centerpiece of the square is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing edifice is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the great Tabernacle organ. Salt Lake City Skyline

Day 6: Start your day with a tour of Salt Lake City featuring the Great Salt Lake, the State Capitol and the residential district. Take the rest of the day to relax or independently explore. Did you know that Salt Lake City has been called the “the Genealogy Capitol of the World”? If you are interested in learning more about your family history, visit the Family History Library and Family Search Center that are within walking distance from your hotel. Great Salt Lake, Utah

Days, 7, 8: Travel to the cowboy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming passing by multitudes of mountain ranges on both sides of the road, as well as Blackfoot and Palisades Reservoir, Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Caribou National Forest. Jackson Hole is surrounded by the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges and was originally inhabited by Native American tribes including the Shoshoni, Crow, Blackfeet, Bannock, and Gros Ventre. Arrive at The Lodge at Jackson Hole, a luxury hotel and spa within walking distance to Snow King Mountain hiking trails.

The next day is yours to discover Jackson Hole with the help of your Tour Manager if desired. There are many places to visit that are within reach of the free hotel shuttle including National Elk Refuge Visitor Center, Jackson Hole Historical Society Museum and the Jackson Hole Rodeo Grounds. A few miles away, there is Teton Raptor Center, Jackson Hole Llamas, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole Aerial Tram Ride or Granite Hotsprings. If you are up for a hike, Grand Teton National Park is only 12 miles away. This evening experience a fun-filled chuck wagon dinner! Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Day 9: The next day, we travel through Grand Teton National Park on our way to Yellowstone National Park. The Grand Tetons have 12 peaks that tower above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The park has some of the most ancient rocks found in any U.S. National Park. The oldest rocks dated so far are about 2,680 million years old. The same species of flora and fauna that have existed since prehistoric times can still be found in the park. We stop for photo opportunities along the way. Later, arrive at the home of world’s largest collection of geysers, Yellowstone National Park, for an overnight stay at your lodge nestled in the heart of this magnificent park. The lodge is only a few hundred feet from the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, a fountain of steam that rises more than 60 feet in the air, and walking trails where you can find mudpots (pool of bubbling mud) and more hotsprings. Explore the incredible sights of Yellowstone with a local expert. Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, Grazing Bison and Mudpots at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Day 10: A delightful day of sightseeing begins with a trip along Lake Yellowstone and over Sylvan Pass. You may see American bison, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, elk and moose along the way. From the mountains in Shoshone National Forest to the prairies, the scenery is simply amazing. We make a stop in Cody to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum that hosts exhibits of the history, nature and culture of the area including the history of Buffalo Bill Cody and the American cowboy. We continue our journey through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and the territory of the Great Sioux Nation before we reach Sheridan where we spend the night. The accommodations are nearby historic sites and museums. Buffalo Bill Cody and Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming

Day 11: Today we head to South Dakota where we visit one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, whose four figures carved in stone represent the first 150 years of American history. Next, we visit another stone carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, located in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. This monument is dedicated to the Native Americans of this great land. Once finished, this will be the world's largest sculpture. We will visit the Native American Cultural Center to learn about their culture and customs. We stay overnight at the landmark 1920’s Alex Johnson Hotel in historic downtown Rapid City, South Dakota within walking distance to Art Alley, Main Street Square, local parks and restaurants. At tonight’s farewell dinner, meet a local Lakota Native American and learn all about their fascinating way of life, past and present. Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, South Dakota

Day 12: Depart for your return home.

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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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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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