What we're about

Come out and Discover Long Beach. This group is open to new and old friends. If you are new to town or just looking to rediscover Downtown Long Beach, this group is for you. Single, in a relationship or married, we welcome everyone.

Chris Baroni started this group in 2011 to highlight the Great city of Long Beach. The perfect place to live and work.

What do you enjoy most about Downtown Long Beach?? What outdoor activity to you enjoy most? What is your favorite Happy Hour?

We are looking for suggestions for Meetups. Discover Long Beach is designed for you and fellow Long Beachers. There are no group fees.

Wine Tastings, Beer Tastings, Happy Hour, Food Specials.

Monthly wine club (Wine Tastings, Beer Tastings, Spirits and Food Enthusiasts)

Weekly or monthly outdoor activity (hiking, running, biking, kayaking, surfing, yoga or just go outside and drink wine or beer... hehe)

Monthly museum or theater outing at one of the local theaters (Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach Museum of Art).

Local music or concerts.

Please join and attend our next meetup. Also, invite other friends who have any of the following interests:

Meeting New People (Business Networking, Social Networking, shopping spots)

New in Town (Looking for local restaurants, art, concerts, live music, happy hours)

Happy Hour (Wine Tastings, Happy Hour Food, Happy Hour Games)

Single or Married (or in a relationship)

Networking - Business Networking or Social Networking

Wine Tastings or Restaurants -

Late night Happy Hour

Outdoor Activities

Exercise and Fun

Art Galleries

Holiday Events (Festival of Lights, Christmas Tree Lighting, New Years Eve Party)

Free events around town (biking, hiking, concerts in the park, free street fairs and farmers markets)

Come out and have some fun in Downtown Long Beach!!

Upcoming events (4)

Everest Base Camp!!!! Nepal Trip!!! OMG your bucket list fulfilled!

Los Angeles International Airport

This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability.

This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places.

First of all. . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'.
With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, you will be OK!
Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera.

But I don't have the needed gear?!
Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase.

Does this include food?
Yes. All meals are included.

What is lodging like?
We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody.

How dangerous is this? What if I get sick or hurt?
This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed.

Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and we will be along the entire way too.

How much does this cost?

INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is:
18 days for ONLY $3,780

If you want a breakdown to try and find a better flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight, OR you are not flying out of LA

Everest Base Camp Trip $2,390 (15 Day, land only)
The (group) air portion $1,390 (departure LA)

A Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your space. Balance due by Feb 18, 2022.
Here is a secure link for deposit: https://py.pl/BQ6wm

More is available upon request. Please call 8I[masked], or RSVP, or PM or post a comment.

Apr 16: Depart 6:30PM
Apr 17: Flight time across time zones
Apr 18: Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel
Apr 19: Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi
Apr 20: Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 21: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575')
Apr 22: Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 23: Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi)
Apr 24: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs)
Apr 25: Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi)
Apr 26: Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 27: Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 28: Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 29: Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi)
Apr 30: Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping
May 1: Contingency Day
May 2: Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home.
May 3: Arrive LAX Approx 5PM

This is the adventure of a lifetime.
It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises.
For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments.

Note: correct end date May 3rd, not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max

Important links:
Deposit Link https://py.pl/BQ6wm
Our Website https://www.ismyoyster.com/events/everestbasecamp

Sep 10 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris Venice Prague Vienna Budapest Istanbul

Los Angeles International Airport

The world is re-opening. We had our reservations in place before. Now is THE time to go!

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!

This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express

Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris for full two days. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 3/4 days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and two full days in Istanbul. Included: guided tours in each city, at least one meal a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!

In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for two full days.
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for a full day
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for two full days
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for a full day
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for two (almost full) days
* Late flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for two full days.
* Hotel nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul

The Orient Express began in 1883. Original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. It became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. In 2009 service stopped and The real Orient Express is but a memory.

With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.

Includes:
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 6 nights in great hotels in prime central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

We have TWO departures to chose from
Sep[masked]https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927768/
Sep 21-Oct 2 https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927777/

$3,490 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total. Only 4 openings left.

The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before
Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1imcPZ
You can use any credit or debit card.

Questions? Ask at our Zoom this Thurs at 7PM
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278630121/

To join in on the other fun events we do
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events/

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

Wineries, ATV's, ZipLines and more! Ensenada Weekend Cruise: Fri May 13 to 16

ENSENADA MAY CRUISE: May 13th to May 16th

This is the third annual cruise on this group. And as the previous two, it will be EPIC.

I will start off by saying there are PLENTY of cruise thingies on Meetup. Especially the Booze Cruise to Ensenada. . . Ours will be decidedly different and not like the others.

YES. This DOES start in Long Beach and NOT in San Diego

First of all, . . . our price. Let's get to that first. The base cabin is $390.52 per person, double occupancy for an interior cabin. All taxes and port charges included!!! This is one of the lowest prices you will ever see for this super fun cruise!

There are upgrades to ocean view cabins or single occupancy but that's all incremental increases depending upon your needs. Get a friend to come with or we will match you with a roommate.

What really makes our trip unique is our special treatment.

We will have an open bar Cocktail Party Mixer hosted by the ship for our group (unlimited drinks)

We will get reserved seating together for the formal dining room at our own tables.

We will be doing our own activities on board, such as a scavenger hunt and other fun games.

Best of all - a great group of like-minded people from our Meetup, ready for play and have fun!

But that's not the best part.

The BEST part are OUR shore excursions in Mexico.

For only $30 per person we will have our own vans and drivers, exclusive and private for our group to our own shore excursion.
On shore we will have
Zip Line Canopy Tour $22
ATV $30
Horseback Riding $30
They are broken up so you can pick and choose and only pay for what you do. To see more about Las Canadas Resort http://www.lascanadas.com/en/ http://www.lascanadas.com/en/Air_CanopyTour.php
Since we are organizing it, NONE of this is at tourist prices, and no tour operator markups either.

But wait!!! How about a wine tasting and visiting the renown Wineries and having a Winery tour and tasting? An olive oil tasting too? Sure!!!

Since we have our own drivers we will do that as well!
http://santo-tomas.com/ for example.

Our drivers will drop us in town if you wish and you can do shopping

So it's all around a great meetup. This is NOT like the other meetup cruises you see. Care to join?

CRUISE ITINERARY

Fri: Depart 05:30 pm
Sat: Fun Day At Sea
Sun: Ensenada 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Mon: Arrive at 07:00 am

Let's look at the "Day at Sea" part first:

The ship has all the things that make a cruise fun: 9-hole mini golf course, WaterWorks (waterslide park), a tropical resort-style pool - and when you need some pampering and quiet time - a Serenity Retreat area. It also has casino, comedy shows, stage shows, bars, nightclubs, dancing, live music, spa type services, and more.

And, as always...the delicious dining, entertainment, friendly service

Quick FAQ:

Do I need to pay for this now? A deposit of $100 will be needed hold your space. Balance due on March 10, 2022
You $ 100 refundable until March 10, 2022

All prices and information subject to change and availability.

Is this for Singles? Or Couples? This is for everybody! It's about people, not your relationship status, or even your sexual preference, age or your whatever. All are welcome on this, be it singles or families with children. We will have a little bit for everybody and everybody will have fun. We will be a good size bunch so you will find folks you would hang with.

Do I need to know Spanish for the Mexico part? No. I am fluent, as are plenty of others. And they speak English pretty well there too.

Do I need a passport? Yes, you will need a valid passport or copies of any travel document or permits (green card etc). A driver's license will not get you on the boat. If you don't have a passport . . . start that now.

Did I read that right, . . . we are going to somewhere not the regular tourist route? Yes. You will get to do our own thing and have more fun and see more.

RSVP for here or on https://www.tr.im/MoreToExplore for more info.

St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow Wieliczka: Epic Eastern Train Adventure!!!

Los Angeles International Airport

Let's make a plan to get out of town and Meetup!!

This trip is an AMAZING Eastern European journey.

It has all the best elements.

The basic thumbnails are St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow and Wieliczka.

We will be visiting at the top of summer - a time called "White Nights" The sun never really sets. It's amazing!!!

Add to this:
We will be taking Night Trains from St Petersburg to Moscow and then from Moscow to Warsaw. This brings in the romance train travel of a bygone era.

We start in St Petersburg. A city dripping with history.
First of all . . .there is the Hermitage. And there is the rest of the amazing city too (rsvp or message us to find out city options)

After our time in St Petersburg we travel by night train to Moscow.
In Moscow we will have two full days to soak in the city with guided tours. (rsvp or message us to find out city specifics)

After our fill of Moscow we make our way by Night Train to Warsaw. If you don't know much about Warsaw . . . you will, after we get there.
It is truly a historic city. (rsvp or message us to find out city options)

We continue to Krakow. This may very well be the gem of the entire trip.
From Krakow we do take a day trip to Wieliczka. This is NOT to be missed.

Here are links that give a small taste of each place
"White Nights https://tr.im/WhiteNightsVid
St Petersburg https://tr.im/StPetersburgVid
Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowVid (this underplays what is there)
Karkow https://tr.im/KrakowVid1 and https://tr.im/KrakowVid2
Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawVid
Wieliczka https://tr.im/WieliczkaVid

Itinerary
Day 0 Jun 15
Departure to St Petersburg

Day 1 Jun 16
Arrival. Sit down kickoff dinner (included) Hotel Petro Palace

Day 2 Jun 17
First day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Lunch Included in tour. Hotel Petro Palace

Day 3 Jun 18
Second day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Night Train St Pete/Moscow

Day 4 Jun 19
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Metropol Moscow

Day 5 Jun 20
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Night Train Moscow/Warsaw

Day 6 Jun 21
Warsaw Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Bellotto

Day 7 Jun 22
Day at leisure to explore (night in) Hotel Bellotto

Day 8 Jun 23
Warsaw to Krakow with sightseeing on the way. Extra stop Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, home to the Black Madonna painting. Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 9, Jun 24
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow (Lunch included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 10 Jun 25
Farewell Dinner (included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 11 Jun 26
Flight Home

Add to all of this . . . we will be staying in 5 star hotels that are in the heart of the city and in the center of all the sights and culture.

Hotels
St Petersbug https://tr.im/StPetersburgHotel
Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowHotel
Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawHotel1 or https://tr.im/WarsawHotel2
Krakow https://tr.im/KrakowHotel

This event is cross-posted to several like-minded groups.
The main group coordinating is
https://tr.im/MoreToExplore

Total cost is $2,990.
Per person, Double Occupancy.
We will provide roommate matching.

Solo Room supplement is $1,100 (if you want the hotel room and train cabin to yourself)

Round trip air is not included. This is the "land" portion cost.

Deposit of $500.00 to secure your place ASAP.

Deposit refundable up to 90 days prior to departure.
Balance due no later than April 17, 2022

We will walk you thru obtaining a Russian Visa. There is an additional cost.

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