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And Away We Go... Day Tour Calendar
With Step-On Guide Curt
& Optional Lunch at Pacific Dining Car

Departing: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1 Day Package
New Itinerary

Price: $69 Per Person
Or $112 with optional lunch


Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, who is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of Los Angeles, and is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. This new tour explores the various ways that transportation has played a role in the development of L.A. – by way of feet, wheels, roads and rails! Our adventure begins with a guided walking tour of historic Olvera Street – known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles,” this is where the city began in 1781. We’ll follow in the footsteps of the early Mexican settlers as we explore this wonderful Mexican marketplace that recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with its narrow, tree-shaded, pedestrian walkway lined with historic old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, and cafés. Visit the Avila Adobe, a museum furnished in the style of a 1840s rancho. Constructed in 1818 by a prominent ranchero, this former home has the distinction of being the oldest surviving house in L.A. Here we will enjoy an included fresh-baked churro under the grape arbor in the patio and learn the history of the adobe and Olvera Street. We continue to the Wells Fargo History Museum to explore exhibits that focus on the bank’s 165-year history and the six-horse stagecoach, loaded with gold, thundering across the American West. Enjoy lunch on your own at Grand Central Market, or re-live the heyday of Henry Huntington’s Pacific Electric Railway with an optional lunch with choice of entrée (Caesar salad with salmon, chicken Dijon, Reuben sandwich or top sirloin) and dessert at the upscale and historic Pacific Dining Car. This iconic steakhouse got its start in 1921 and takes pride in beautifully capturing the look and feel of the railway’s “red dining car”. We continue to L.A.’s historic Union Station, the last great railway station built in America and a reflection of the grandeur that is Los Angeles – it still serves over 100,000 passengers a day! A walking tour will allow us to rediscover the art, architecture, and social history of this L.A. icon that recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. We’ll also visit the new $300 million Gateway Transit Center that was designed to be the city’s future transportation hub. We’ll see the various artwork by distinguished artists before we board the Gold Line subway for a fun round-trip ride to Pasadena! Suggested: walking shoes.  
Depart: LHS 8:00 a.m., FV 8:30, VS 9:00. Return: 6:30 p.m.

Only the departure points listed above are included on this tour departure. Find out what these abbreviations mean here.
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