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Commodity Classic offers a number of optional tours designed to help you learn more about the Southern California area—its agriculture, its culture, its unique character, and its fun!

 

Tours are not included with convention registration. Tour prices include all local taxes. Reservations are confirmed on a first-come, space-available basis. All tours include transportation unless stated otherwise. Hello! California is the official tour provider for Commodity Classic.

 

Tour Registration Opens Tuesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. Central

Tours may be reserved online, by mail, or via fax.

 

Deadline to pre-register for tours is February 5, 2018.

No refunds will be issued after February 5, 2018.

 

On-site registration will be accommodated subject to space availability. We encourage you to register early in case tours fill up. Hello! California reserves the right to cancel any tour if the required minimum number of participants is not met by February 5. Refunds for any tour cancelled by Hello! California will be mailed to registrants without penalty.

 

QUESTIONS? For questions pertaining to tours, please contact Hello! California at (619) 785-5828 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Or email: cc2018tours@hello-dmc.com. Tours may not be reserved by telephone.

 

TOURS AT A GLANCE

 

Click a Date for Details on Optional Tours:

Agricultural Tour: Urban Farming Trends & Chocolate Education

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$61 per person

 

Orange County Produce An “urban agriculture” revolution is happening across the nation. Discover more about it as Solutions for Urban Ag takes you on a different kind of farm tour.

 

In Orange County, California, citrus groves have given way to urban/suburban development. Now a resurgence of innovative agriculture is taking place—from edible landscapes to advanced indoor hydroponics to controlled environmental production systems. This is a fascinating look at the emerging urban agriculture trend.

 

Choc XO This 45-minute tour includes samples of the full chocolate making process from the bean to the bar. Learn how chocolate is fermented and dried—and view the entire production process. Sample raw cacao pulp, cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor—and enjoy three tastes of the final product. Lunch not included. Chocolate tasting is provided.

 

Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$154 per person

 

One of nature’s most awesome display occurs along California’s coastline between December and April—the world’s longest marine mammal migration. California gray whales migrate from the Chuckchi Sea in Alaska to the warm lagoons of Baja where they mate and have their young. Dana Point is considered a migration marker for these animals, so you’ll see these magnificent creatures and newborn calves within just

a mile of the harbor.

 

The 50-foot catamaran can accommodate 49 passengers for our 2.5 hour safari. The craft is equipped with underwater camera, underwater viewing pod, research hydrophone to hear the dolphins and much more technology and amenities (including two on-board bathrooms). Snacks are available for purchase before or after the tour. Mrs. Capt.’s legendary Triple Fudge Brownies are served after our excursion.

 

Jewels of the Coast: Laguna Beach & Mission San Juan Capistrano

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$50 per person

 

Founded more than 200 years ago, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County. Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano is considered the “jewel” among California missions. Originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the chapel still stands where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass. Today, it is a monument to California’s multicultural history—and you will have a docent-guided tour of this historic Mission.

Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. While on the motorcoach, your guide will share the highlights and history of this beach town. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the delightful beaches, shopping, art galleries and restaurants of Laguna Beach.

 

Los Angeles City Tour

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$44 per person

 

A great way to see the City of Angels! You may see iconic Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, watch bodybuilders pump iron on Venice Beach, catch a glimpse of the “rock star” lifestyle on the Sunset Strip, and shop (or window shop) along Rodeo Drive, L.A. cityscapes and sights from your favorite movies. The tour will allow time to roam at Hollywood and Highland, the heart of Hollywood with famed shopping areas, the Dolby Theater (home to the Academy Awards), The Walk of Fame (stars on the sidewalk)

and great views of the Hollywood sign on the hill.

 

The Queen Mary: The Haunted Ship

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

$67 per person

 

Explore the Queen Mary’s mysterious and haunted past, from her days as a world-class ocean liner to her duty as a troop ship during World War II. Permanently docked in Long Beach, the Queen Mary has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places by Time magazine. You’ll get a detailed overview of the ship’s most haunted areas and paranormal hotspots. Explore the ship inside and out while hearing stories of her fascinating history. Snacks available for purchase at the facility.

 

Agricultural Tour: Cal Poly Pomona

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$110 per person

 

The College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona owns more than 700 acres of land used for pastures, crops, groves and ornamental plantings.You’ll tour the Kellogg House, a historic estate built in 1926 by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. You’ll visit the Arabian Horse center, the country’s oldest and fifth largest Arabian horse breeding program. You’ll also see the college’s innovative AGRIscapes facility and impressive farm store, located on 40 acres. AGRIscapes showcases farming and urban landscaping practices that are environmentally beneficial, economically viable and technologically sound. Tour includes buffet lunch at the campus Conference Center.

 

 

Robinson Helicopter Factory

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$53 per person

 

With manufacturing space of 617,000 sq. ft., Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. On this private guided tour of their state-of-the-art factory, you’ll get an in-depth look at welding, high-tech machining, coordinate measuring machines (CMM) assembly, painting and flight testing.  Lunch is not included.

 

Agricultural Tour: Urban Farming Trends & Chocolate Education

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$61 per person

 

Orange County Produce An “urban agriculture” revolution is happening across the nation. Discover more about it as Solutions for Urban Ag takes you on

a different kind of farm tour.

 

In Orange County, California, citrus groves have given way to urban/suburban development. Now a resurgence of innovative agriculture is taking place—from edible landscapes to advanced indoor hydroponics to controlled environmental production systems. This is a fascinating look at the emerging urban agriculture trend.

 

Choc XO This 45-minute tour includes samples of the full chocolate making process from the bean to the bar. Learn how chocolate is fermented and dried—and view the entire production process. Sample raw cacao pulp, cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor—and enjoy three tastes of the final product. Lunch not included. Chocolate tasting is provided.

 

Battleship USS Iowa

12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$59 per person

 

Battleship USS Iowa is the West Coast’s only battleship open to the public. Operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the Iowa opened on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” by sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots. You will be engaged in unique and exciting ways as the ship is brought to life and connects the past with the future. Food options are available nearby at the L.A. Waterfront.

 

Jewels of the Coast: Laguna Beach & Mission San Juan Capistrano

12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$50 per person

 

 Founded more than 200 years ago, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County. Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano is considered the “jewel” among California missions. Originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the chapel still stands where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass. Today, it is a monument to California’s multicultural history—and you will have a docent-guided tour of this historic Mission.

Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. While on the motorcoach, your guide will share the highlights and history of this beach town. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the delightful beaches, shopping, art galleries and restaurants of Laguna Beach.

 

Wings & Wheels: Lyon Air Museum & Marconi Automotive Museum

12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$59 per person

 

The Lyon Air Museum includes authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and memorabilia with emphasis on the defining event of the 20th Century—World War II. Through captivating and thought-provoking exhibits, you’ll gain a better understanding of the important role the United States plays in shaping world history. This is an awe-inspiring museum not to be missed.

 

Then enjoy a visit to the Marconi Automotive Museum where it’s all about style, class and a touch of adrenaline! Wander among a collection of high performance street cars and race cars, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris and American muscle cars—and famous cars driven by famous drivers. The open wheel car collection features cars personally driven by the founder of the museum, Dick Marconi. Snacks are available for purchase at the facility during your visit.

 

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum

12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$60 per person

 

The 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon was born in 1913 in a small farmhouse in Yorba Linda, California and raised in nearby Whittier. The all-new Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum features nearly 70 new major exhibits, 10 curated archival film sequences, more than 600 photographs, 8,000 square feet of murals and more than 300 artifacts. Enjoy a guided tour and get a glimpse of what life in the White House was like for one of our most memorable Presidents. Food available for purchase on-site at the café.

 

 

Deep Sea Fishing Private Charter

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$209 per person

 

Enjoy a six-hour private fishing excursion on the majestic waters of the Pacific off the coast of Newport Beach. Boats are chartered and come equipped with skipper, crew, bait, licenses and all equipment you need to haul in “the big one”. On this half-day fishing charter, try your hand at catching Rockfish, Red Snapper, Whitefish, Sheephead and Ling Cod. The timing is great: the popular Rockfish season for boat-based anglers starts on March 1. Book early to ensure your spot. Food available for purchase on-site in the galley.

 

Los Angeles City Tour

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$44 per person

 

A great way to see the City of Angels! You may see iconic Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, watch bodybuilders pump iron on Venice Beach, catch a glimpse of the “rock star” lifestyle on the Sunset Strip, and shop (or window shop) along Rodeo Drive, L.A. cityscapes and sights from your favorite movies. The tour will allow time to roam at Hollywood and Highland, the heart of Hollywood with famed shopping areas, the Dolby Theater (home to the Academy Awards), The Walk of Fame (stars on the sidewalk)

and great views of the Hollywood sign on the hill.

 

Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$154 per person

 

One of nature’s most awesome display occurs along California’s coastline between December and April—the world’s longest marine mammal migration. California gray whales migrate from the Chuckchi Sea in Alaska to the warm lagoons of Baja where they mate and have their young. Dana Point is considered a migration marker for these animals, so you’ll see these magnificent creatures and newborn calves within just

a mile of the harbor.

 

The 50-foot catamaran can accommodate 49 passengers for our 2.5 hour safari. The craft is equipped with underwater camera, underwater viewing pod, research hydrophone to hear the dolphins and much more technology and amenities (including two on-board bathrooms). Snacks are available for purchase before or after the tour. Mrs. Capt.’s legendary Triple Fudge Brownies are served after our excursion.