Not only visit the classic religious and historical sites, but venture off the beaten path along the breadth and depth of this fascinating country. Soak up the historical and religious ambiance, and learn about the natural history that makes Israel a critical respite in wildlife migration. Our trip will focus on the unique intertwining of natural and human history of Israel. We will explore the rich bio-diversity of this small country, at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa. This comprehensive, active adventure far surpasses the typical tourist package trip to Israel with an emphasis on activity, education, conservation, and personal attention. Optional all day trip to Petra, Jordan.
[Denali National Park and Airplane, photo by Donna Specht]
See (and Hike) the World with the Angeles Chapter
Our Travel Adventure series offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit special places throughout the world, with trips oriented toward outdoor adventure and environmental awareness and led by our most experienced volunteer leaders. In addition, the proceeds from these trips provide vital support for the work of the Angeles Chapter.
Our 2014 schedule includes trips to the mountains, canyonlands and deserts of Asia, Europe, and North America -- browse our offerings below and let your travel fantasies run wild!
- November 5 - 18, 2014Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, West Los Angeles GroupItamar Ginsburg
- November 7 - 17, 2014Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group
See the Himalayas, the world's highest mountains, wildlife and learn about the religion and culture of the Nepalese. Highlights include Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha; sightseeing in Kathmandu, (visit temples, markets, and other places); the famous Boudhanath temple. Group is limited to 27 participants.
- November 12 - December 1, 2014Sponsored by:West Los Angeles Group
The 20-day trip starts with a hike to Mt. Everest Base camp to see the spectacular mountain as well as glacier and valley views. The trek begins in Lukla with a hike to Namche Bazaar and continues to Thame, Khumjung, Tengboche and other villages. The second hike visits the Langtang Valley to explore an area of the Himalayas near the Tibetan border.
- February 12 - 28, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group
See the magnificent Grand Palace, reclining Buddha in Wat Pho temple, Bangkok canals, Thai Theater performance, National Museum full of Thailand’s treasures, Golden Mountain Temple & much more. Visit the ancient temple complex of Sukhothai -- Thailand’s equivalent of Angor Wat. In depth tour of Ayutthaya (Historic Capital City), including Royal Palaces, Temples with Thailand’s largest Buddha image, and other priceless treasures. Visit two Thai National Parks: Khao Yai National Park (elephants and hornbills) and the largest, Kaeng Krachan, with its rich forest environment. Spend time at a beautiful beach resort, Cha’am. Visit a waterfall area near Burma & some of the ethnic tribes and the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Optional trip to Angkor Wat.
- February 28 - March 7, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Orange County Group
The Interlaken area is a veritable winter wonderland for hikers. More than 60 mi. of trails are tracked in the region and the leaders will show you the very best of them. We'll stay at the centrally located Hotel Carlton-Europe (all rooms with private bathrooms) where, after a busy day on wintry trails, we can enjoy the facilitites of a wellness village with 2 saunas (Finnish and bio), a steamroom, and a Kneipp pool.
- March 7 - 14, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Sierra Sage, Sierra Singles
Highlights include Everglades National Park, many varieties of birds, alligators, turtles, snakes and many other wild creatures. We might even see some manatees and American crocodiles. Visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo to view the reef on a glass bottom boat, swim and or maybe even snorkel. Key West is one of the destinations with opportunities galore to enjoy the shops, museums, and historical places and/or take advantage of the tours, etc available. We will even stop at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key and the History of Diving Museum on upper Matecumbe Key in Islamorada.
- May 22 - 28, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Orange County Sierra Singles
Land pre-tour extension to the Celebrity Millennium Discovery Voyage Alaska May 29 to June 5, 2015. Experience the Call of the Wild on a seven night/eight day fully escorted charter coach trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali National Park and back to Anchorage for a fun slice of urban life, Alaska style. Relaxed pace to enjoy beautiful wilderness lodging, hiking adventures, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
- May 29 - June 8, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Orange County Sierra Singles
Cruise travels South, boarding at Seward, AK and ending in Vancouver, B.C. Explore the Mighty Hubbard Glacier and the Icy Straight where John Muir paddled his canoe along the coast and where we can still see the richness of the Tlingit culture in nearby Hoonah.
- June 5 - 7, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Orange County Sierra Singles
Treat yourself to an unforgettable weekend getaway in Vancouver.Take a gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain and hike the Alpine meadows and enjoy spectacular views. Walk across Capilano Suspension Bridge high above the canyon floor surrounded by coastal rain forest. Next day, take a short bus and ferry ride across to Vancouver Island. Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and Victoria, a lovely seaside city with Old-English Victorian charm. Board the Hop-on Hop-Off Trolley for Vancouver sightseeing and stroll the beautiful Stanley Park.
- July 26 - August 1, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Sierra Sage, Sierra Singles
Wikipedia describes Oregon as: “…diverse, with windswept Pacific beaches, volcano-studded Cascade Mountains, abundant waterfalls, dense evergreen forests, ... and high desert sprawling across much of its east all the way to the Great Basin."Mike Sappingfield
- August 1 - 11, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group
Land and cruise tour of Panama. Spend time on a catamaran cruising through the Panama Canal, stopping at various ports in and around the canal area. Visit Taboga Island, known as the “Island of Flowers,” with its birds of paradise, orchids, and other tropical species. Pass through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, experiencing the thrill of these engineering marvels, then on to the Gaillard Cut and Gatun Lake. Enjoy a nature walk at San Lorenzo National Park to view its diverse flora and fauna and some of its picturesque coastline, Visit old Panama City, the Anton Valley, and the Gamboa area with Soberania National Park.
- October 3 - 11, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Sierra Sage, Sierra Singles
Join us for this 9 day, 8 night fly-drive excursion to the wonders of New England in the fall.
Highlights will be exploring the Freedom Trail in Boston, including visits to Paul Revere's house, Bunker Hill, and visiting key historical sites such as Concord, Lexington, Walden Pond, and Plimoth Plantation. In following days, we will explore the fall colors of New Hampshire and Vermont. Highlights will be covered bridges, walks along wilderness streams, Ben and Jerry's Factory, Mt. Washington via the cog rail, and others. We will finish the trip with a visit to Maine with stops in Freeport to visit the 24 hour flagship LL Bean store, lighthouses and Acadia National Park.Mike Sappingfield
- October 8 - 21, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group
See seldom visited sights in Yunnan, pandas, Shangri La, several UNESCO world heritage sites & scenic areas and ethnic peoples of Southern China. See the town of Dali, and the ancient city of Lijiang.Fred Dong