Hi Everyone! We've put together a great weekend trip on the California Delta. Hang out with like minded friends to be as we cruise the waters on a 56 ft houseboat
We can only fit 10 guests on the house boat each week so please sign up ASAP before they sell out! We already have 6 guests coming from other similar meetup groups.
See Below for the details and let us know if you have any questions.
Houseboat Delta Discovery Tour: 3 days in a hidden paradise
Dates: Friday, May 30th- Sunday June 1st
This three day adventure exploring the hidden treasures of the famous California Delta offers a cornucopia of excitement and relaxation at a deeply discounted price, including:
• 2 nights/ 3 days all inclusive* houseboat adventure
• Fuel (a large portion of the expense) ($75pp value)
• 56 foot Houseboat rental ($300 pp value)
• Water sports lessons on Hobie Cat and multiple rides. ($150pp value)
• unlimited use of Paddle Board/Kayak including lessons ($75pp value)
• Unlimited beverages ($90pp value)
• Captain ($90pp value)
• Private wine tour and tasting ($40 pp Value)
• Private organic farm tour ($20pp value
Total value if you organized it yourself with friends: $840each.
See below for Meetup group buddy pricing we were able to negotiate.
The California Delta is the best kept secret of Northern California. The Delta has over 1,000 miles of amazing waterways, Secret coves, historic towns, great hikes, charming waterfront bars & restaurants, and so much more to explore.
Come travel with us into a world of years gone by and unwind with a private chef and personal watersports instructor where you will learn to sail, paddle board and windsurf, or just relax on our 50+ foot houseboat!
See the delta where towns are frozen in time from the Gold Rush era when paddlewheel steamboats filled the warm waters of the Delta. As we explore this historic waterway of over 1,300 miles of winding rivers, we will witness Drawbridges yawn open to let us pass. We will see lumbering cable-drawn car ferries. You may even catch the postman deliver mail by boat!
We will have ample time to relax, tour wineries and historic businesses, as well as learn a new sport with included group instruction and use of a Hobie wave 4 person sailboat, a paddleboard, and windsurf/paddle board combo.
*Meals and beverages all inclusive (see itinerary below)
About the guide:
Jud Yaski is a Northern California native and an adventure veteran and water sports instructor with over 20 years of extreme sports, international travel, and corporate hospitality under his belt. His love for Northern California, along with inside knowledge of this magical place are reflected in the extraordinary experience he shares.
Daily Itinerary- 3 Day Houseboat adventure
Day 1 Friday: Departure time: 9AM (B,L,D)
• Bird Watching and coffee/ continental Breakfast
• Swimming and lunch on the river
• Water sports instruction
• Tour of the town and Saloon visit
• Movie night
Bright and early, exchange your Friday commute to work with a surprisingly short 1+ hour drive from the Bay Area to our Delta marina (near Stockton).
Once you settle in, the boat will depart the dock. This is the start of our relaxing back road adventure, where the sites come to us!
You will likely see flocks of migrating birds darkening the sky or gawky great blue herons foraging in open fields. You notice oak trees reflected in water and open fields of quiet farmland. The pace of life slows—you're on Delta time now
If you’re lucky, we will see double-crested cormorants and northern shovelers. If you're very lucky, you may sight a white-faced ibis or a green-backed heron. This is a photographers delight! We will enjoy lunch as we make our way to the charming historic town of Locke. We will stop along the way at Mandeville point, anchor and dive into the welcoming waters of the delta.
Once we arrive at our beautiful, jungle slew, a walk through the forest will deliver us to the historic Chinese worker, turned artist town.
This is one of the most evocative towns along the Delta, built in 1915 by and for Chinese agricultural workers. Known in its heyday for worldly attractions like gambling, hooch, and opium, Locke was also a vibrant Chinese community with its own grocery stores and school.
Have a drink at the not to be missed Al The Wop's Saloon. For those who prefer you can hike in the wooded wonderland, or just relax or kayak in the peaceful cove where we’re anchored.
The day will end with sipping drinks on the top deck, witnessing the colors of sky dance on the water as the sun slips into the west. A delicious meal will be waiting for you, as well as an outdoor movie, top deck, for those interested.
Day 2 Saturday: Wineries and the water (B, L, D)
• Winery tours
• Museum and Art towns
• Farm tours
• Stand up paddle boarding/kayaking
A great breakfast will start our day as we pull out from our beautiful slew. After a morning motor and breakfast, we will land at an organic farm to see how a biodynamic farm operates, sampling fresh off the vine fruits and veggies as we go.
Then we are off to 6 Hands Winery, sampling the hand crafted wines from this small vineyard while getting a personal tour by the great couple who owns it. Take a back seat Napa Valley! You won’t get this kind of treatment there! After an epic picnic lunch, we will head back to the boat for 1 on 1 sailing lessons/rides, swimming, and some R&R
As the evening approaches, we will settle in for dinner and another magical night a million miles from home.
Day 3 Sunday: (B, L)
• Bird watching
• Paddle boarding/kayaking
• Hiking (depending on time)
Early the next morning we will slip out of the mooring and discover more treasures of the Delta. We will enjoy breakfast as the serene banks of this great waterway pass by.
Around noon we will arrive at Bethel Island, just in time to catch some smooth water paddle boarding and swimming. As the wind brushes the water in the early noon hours we will get the sailboat ready and enjoy some smooth sailing across Franks Track: A five mile body of water.
We will slowly motor back, getting in more bird watching and arrive back at the marina in time for an easy drive back to civilization.
Pull out beds, fixed cabin beds, and inflatable beds.
Tips for guides (recommended: $5.00/ day)
Everyone contributes one meal (full kitchen on boat). If you are not a cook, You can pitch in more on the clean up!
Cost: $549 per person
$150 cabin bed supplement: Guarantees you a fixed cabin bed (otherwise first come first serve). Air mattresses will be available on deck as well.
Please mail check to Destination Earth
4001 Fariss Lane
El Sobrante, CA 94803
*If you wish to pay via credit card through paypal let us know and we’ll send you the payment request (3% fee credit card fee)