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.
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 County Spring Flower Tour!
March 31st thru April 3rd, 2014 Monday –Thursday
$679 (Double Occupancy) $150 (Single Supplement)
Our August, 2013 tour to San Diego—with a three-night stay at the Viejas Casino Resort, was so fabulous that we decided to head back. With so much to explore in San Diego County, we planned a Spring Flower Tour that takes us from the Pacific Ocean to see the famous Flower Fields of Carlsbad; all the way to magnificent Anza Borrego—for the ultimate desert wildflower tour!
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to Yuma, where we’ll have a quick lunch on self, saving room for the incredible dinner we’ll enjoy later that evening. After lunch, we’ll head for Alpine, California where we’ll check into the gorgeous new Viejas Casino Resort! We’ll have plenty of time to refresh before gathering to enjoy dinner, included, at the Viejas Buffet—San Diego’s premier casino buffet! After dinner we’ll enjoy a free evening and $25 in gambling bucks provided by the casino!
Day Two: Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the Casino, using the $10 in food bucks they’ve provided for everyone! After breakfast we’ll jump back on the bus and head for Carlsbad, home to the world-famous Flower Fields! We’ll tour more than 50 acres of breathtaking Giant Ranunculous flowers, via an open-air wagon ride, drawn by an antique tractor—with a stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean! We’ve planned our tour of the only working ranunculus farm in the world at the very peak of the blooming season, a small window lasting from late March to late April. This dazzling expanse of natural beauty also offers a fragrant sweet pea maze and a historic poinsettia display—viewed by strolling through a 1,500 square foot greenhouse offering hundreds of poinsettias in over twenty varieties. Later we’ll enjoy lunch, on self, before heading over to the Gemological Institute of America, for a very private and very remarkable tour! Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry. Gemologists trained at the GIA go on to sell diamonds in Manhattan’s Diamond District, negotiate deals with jewelry executives in Hong Kong, chart sapphire mining trends in Tanzania...and so much more! Most importantly, we’ll have an opportunity to explore the GIA’s Museum, offering visitors an introduction to the vast and vibrant world of gems and jewelry. Exhibits showcase the science and beauty of gems and minerals, along with expertly designed and crafted jewelry. We’ll be there for “More is More,” the Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry Exhibit. Tony Duquette, a multifaceted movie and interior designer, also created bold and theatrical jewelry pieces with Hutton Wilkinson, his business partner and design collaborator for more than 30 years. Their designs were inspired by Duquette’s notable work as a costume and set designer during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The Duchess of Windsor was so taken with Duquette’s jewelry when his collection was displayed in 1951 at the Louvre in Paris, she commissioned him to make a necklace for her. Although Duquette passed away in 1999, Wilkinson continues to create jewelry and interior designs in the aesthetic he developed with him. “If it’s not fabulous, it’s meaningless,” he says. Even if incredible gemstones are not your cup of tea, the collection housed at the GIA Museum is nothing short of jaw dropping! And not to be missed! Later we’ll visit Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the “King of the Missions.” This National Historic Landmark was established in 1798, and is the largest of all of the California missions. It is also home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. This tranquil mission, nestled in the coastal foothills, houses exhibits relating to the colorful history of Mission San Luis Rey de Anza. Its collections include artifacts from Native American, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization and American Military periods—all leading up to an incredible tour. Later we’ll all jump back on the bus to enjoy a driving tour of luxurious La Jolla, the jewel of Southern California—home to world-class shopping and dining and shimmering ocean views. Later still we’ll make our way to the Harbor House to enjoy a fabulous dinner and a glass of wine, included. This lovely restaurant, overlooking the ocean, offers not only incredible seafood dishes, but also steaks, pork chops, great salads and more. After dinner we’ll head back to our hotel and enjoy a free evening and $25 in gambling bucks, provided by the casino!
Day Three: Once again, we’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast on the Casino, using the $10 in food bucks they’ve provided for everyone! After breakfast, it’s back on the bus for a remarkable driving tour of the east side of San Diego County. We’ll travel north from Alpine on Highway 79; a scenic byway, full of hairpin turns that takes us into the Laguna Mountains and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. This 26,000 acre park features oak and pine forests, rolling meadows and rushing streams, and abundant wildlife—including a large population of mountain lions. Later we’ll travel to the eastern corner of San Diego County and Anza Borrego State Park. Anza Borrego encompasses 938 square miles, with the Peninsular Mountain Ranges bordering its western edge. Although it is almost impossible to predict how desert plants will respond to the timing and amounts of rainfall and the fluctuations of temperatures—Anza Borrego is famous for its dramatic springtime wildflowers. Varieties of cactus bloom at all elevations but at different times, and for wildflower buffs they are the real prize. They tend to be "specimen" blossoms in colors ranging from red to yellow, and green. Other plants, such as the red chuparosa and the yellow brittlebush, show themselves as a mass of tiny flowers covering the surface of a shrub, or even a field of shrubs, or, in a good year, a broad expanse of pink sand verbena. We’ll head into 1870’s gold rush town of Julian, beautifully dressed out in the springtime with an abundance of flowers, especially daffodils. We’ll take some time to explore Julian’s streets, lined with charming shops and galleries and fun little restaurants, where we can enjoy lunch on self. After lunch we’ll continue our scenic driving tour to pretty little Lake Henshaw at the base of Palomar Mountain, on our way to Warner Springs. This area is historically rich and perfect for a little “Club Style” adventure. Later we’ll return to the hotel for the fabulous buffet dinner, included, and then a free evening.
Day Four: We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel on self, and then it’s bags out and we’re headed for home, with plenty of great stops along the way. Don’t miss out on this remarkable tour, offering so much and at such a great price! Call in your reservations!