EXPERIENCES - a TJ's Travel Club for Seniors
Promoting Friendship & Memorable Life Experiences through Travel
TJ's Travel Club for Seniors was founded in 1984, by Jeff Reed, a retired Gerontologist. Jeff has traveled more than one million miles on escorted tours with senior citizens since then. We have chapters throughout the State of Arizona.
We offer hundreds of one, two and three day tours throughout the Southwest, and several Extended Tours and Cruises every year. The Travel Club has chapters in the Phoenix area, the East Valley and the Sun City area. If you would like to know more about our shorter tours, click on "Newsletter" in the banner at the top of the page. You can download the latest E edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter.
If you would like, you can download the latest E Edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter by clicking on the tab "Newsletter" at the top of this web page. You will be directed to a PDF file download of the latest E copy. Once downloaded, you can print the newsletter, or you can send it to friends and family.
In addition to providing various trips and tours for our club members, we also customize tours to Arizona and the Southwest for senior groups from around the world.
TJ's Travel Club offers 1, 2 and 3-day tours throughout the Southwest.
We travel, on average, 12 to 14 days each month, visiting interesting destinations throughout Arizona and neighboring States. The Travel Club also sponsors several Extended Tours and Cruises every year to destinations worldwide.
You can download the latest E-issue of the monthly newsletter "Experiences" at the top of this page. Just click on the banner "Newsletter" You can download or email the newsletter to friends!
Why not join us, learning first hand why "we are off our rockers and traveling the world!"
It's easy. Call us at (480) 497-2478. You can also email us at the address on the home page of this web site.
San Diego Summertime Getaway
August 25th-28th, Monday thru Thursday
$699 (Based upon Double Occupancy)
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley, with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to enjoy lunch on self in Yuma, Arizona. After lunch we’ll sightsee our way to Alpine, California—just 40 miles outside of San Diego. Alpine is home to the beautiful Viejas Casino Resort, where we’ll make our headquarters for the next three nights. This gorgeous new hotel is a great step up for Viejas Casino, offering a handcrafted, boutique feel. Clubbies will be offered for the first two nights: $25 in gambling bucks and a $10 coupon towards any of the six restaurants at Viejas Casino Resort. We’ll check into our hotel and after a refresh, we’ll gather at the brand-new Viejas Buffet, where the menu includes: braised beef short ribs, chimichurri shrimp, mustard & pepper crusted strip loin, stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush, blackened salmon with pineapple salsa, an amazing fresh salad bar, artisan breads & cheese and so much more! If that’s not enough; dinner’s included! Later we’ll enjoy a free evening and an opportunity to use your complimentary gambling bucks!
Day Two: Breakfast is on self at the hotel and here’s your opportunity to cash in your $10 towards the Viejas food
outlets. After breakfast it’s back on the bus and we’re headed for Old Town San Diego. Here we’ll hop aboard one of the Old Town Trolleys; an amazing way to experience San Diego’s most exciting attractions. We’ll do the loop together past Hotel del Coronado, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, the Whaley House, Star of India and so much more! We’ll enjoy lunch on self, and after lunch you’ll have an opportunity to explore the 11 stops and over 100 points of interest again, hopping on and off as you like. Later that evening we’ll head for Seaport Village to enjoy dinner,
included at The Harbor House, where menu offers incredible seafood selections such as fresh grilled mahi mahi,
charbroiled swordfish and asiago crusted fresh sea bass. If fresh seafood is not to your liking, the menu also includes a New York strip steak, teriyaki chicken, fabulous pasta and risotto dishes and so much more. We’ve included a glass of house red or white wine. Later we’ll stroll the sidewalks of Seaport Village for a little ice cream on self, and later still we’ll head back to our hotel for a free evening and twenty five more gambling bucks!
Day Three: Breakfast is on self at the hotel, and we’ll again have $10 towards Viejas food outlets. After breakfast we’ll jump back on the bus to head out to explore historic Highway 101. When Father Junipero Serra began building his string of missions up the California coastline in the late 1700’s, he needed a wagon road to connect them, so he constructed California’s first highway. He called it El Camino Real, a term used at the time to describe primitive wagon roads, which translates to “King’s Highway.” For nearly two centuries this road, later known as U.S. Highway 101, was the principal north/south route in California. With the construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960’s, most of Highway 101 was bypassed and barely affected by California’s explosive growth. Nowadays historic Highway 101 gives us a look back at California in it’s early days, and the entire 935-mile route has been given historic designation by the state of California. We’ll journey north on Highway 101, stopping to explore Del Mar, the destination of choice for movie stars and horse racing fans; offering beautiful beaches and a charming downtown. We’ll continue our journey north to Solano Beach, a small coastal community known for it’s unique shops and galleries. Public art is a passion in Solano Beach and we’ll enjoy the murals and architecture. From here we’ll make our way to Encinitas, known as the surf and flower capital of the world; then on to Carlsbad, home to beautiful sandy beaches and three really unique lagoons. Our next stop is Oceanside, where we’ll visit the Oceanside Pier, the longest over-the-water pier on the West Coast. We’ll enjoy a 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and coastline to the north and south. We’ll continue our journey north on
historic Highway 101, sightseeing as we go, until we reach our final destination of San Juan Capistrano, where we’ll explore California’s most famous mission. Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in November 1776 by Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest who was over 50 years old when he travelled from New Spain, now Mexico, to Alta, California to establish the California missions. Today Mission San Juan Capistrano is renowned as the “Jewel of the Missions,” a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing Native American, Spanish, Mexican, European and American heritage. The key building of the Mission is Serra Chapel, which was constructed by Native Americans. Father Serra celebrated mass in the chapel in 1783. By 1811, more than 1,200 people lived and worked at the mission as a thriving community of tradesmen, farmers and clergy. Mission San Juan Capistrano is a place of legend and folklore, famous for the “Miracle of the Swallows of Capistrano.” In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II decreed that the mission was to be honored with the title of “Basilica.” Today the mission, with it’s beautifully landscaped grounds and with its ruins of the Great Stone Church and adjacent bell wall, is one of the most picturesque sites in California, making for a remarkable tour. Later we’ll travel back to our hotel, and after a refresh, we’ll gather again for the fabulous buffet dinner, included.
Day Four: Breakfast is on self at the hotel, and after breakfast it’s bags out and we’re headed for home. We’ll enjoy plenty of great sightseeing stops and lunch on self along the way. Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enjoy San Diego County in the month of August, at this unbelievable price! Call in your reservations for this always popular tour!