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Program #20120RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 30, 2012

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The waterfront Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport hotel at Liberty Station is nestled along the water and located just minutes from SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the historic Gaslamp district. The hotel is nestled along the waterfront in the heart of Liberty Station, an urban re-development of the historic Naval Training Center. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, spa facilities and museums, the hotel is also adjacent to a beautiful 46-acre waterfront park that offers bike & kayak rentals. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar and delicatessen. There are 5,000 sq ft of meeting space and 200 guest rooms.

Contact info:
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106 USA
phone: 619-221-1900
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanal-courtyard-san-diego-airport-liberty-station/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed and include free high-speed Internet access (wired and wireless); cotton-rich linens; iHome docking stations and 32" HDTVs. In addition to the general amenities, guest rooms are also furnished with a hair dryer, iron/ironing board, mini-fridge, and coffee maker.

Facility amenities: This four-story hotel provides stunning waterfront views of downtown San Diego; complimentary on-site parking and airport shuttle service for its guests; an on-site Fitness Center; wireless Internet access in public areas and guest rooms; a Business Center; coffee in the Lobby; outdoor swimming pool with a waterside deli and fire pit; and safe deposit boxes. Guests may relax at one of the hotel's stylish on-site restaurants, bars or waterside deli, and choose between indoor or outdoor seating.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call the hotel directly for early arrival availability and rates, which will be based upon room availability. Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station is starting point for the On The Road moving program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, October 20 - Independent Arrivals
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the hotel after 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

NOTE FOR ALL MEALS: Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

Since meals are served in a group setting, it is difficult to adjust to individual dietary requests. If you are unable to eat what is on the regular menu, a vegetarian alternative is available, if not already part of the menu. Since alternative meal arrangements have to be made in advance, please indicate your need for a vegetarian entree on the enclosed Health & Safety Form. If you have other dietary concerns, you can order (at your own expense) from a different menu.

Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The waterfront Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport hotel at Liberty Station is nestled along the water and located just minutes from SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the historic Gaslamp district. The hotel is nestled along the waterfront in the heart of Liberty Station, an urban re-development of the historic Naval Training Center. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, spa facilities and museums, the hotel is also adjacent to a beautiful 46-acre waterfront park that offers bike & kayak rentals. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar and delicatessen. There are 5,000 sq ft of meeting space and 200 guest rooms.

Contact info:
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106 USA
phone: 619-221-1900
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanal-courtyard-san-diego-airport-liberty-station/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed and include free high-speed Internet access (wired and wireless); cotton-rich linens; iHome docking stations and 32" HDTVs. In addition to the general amenities, guest rooms are also furnished with a hair dryer, iron/ironing board, mini-fridge, and coffee maker.

Facility amenities: This four-story hotel provides stunning waterfront views of downtown San Diego; complimentary on-site parking and airport shuttle service for its guests; an on-site Fitness Center; wireless Internet access in public areas and guest rooms; a Business Center; coffee in the Lobby; outdoor swimming pool with a waterside deli and fire pit; and safe deposit boxes. Guests may relax at one of the hotel's stylish on-site restaurants, bars or waterside deli, and choose between indoor or outdoor seating.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call the hotel directly for early arrival availability and rates, which will be based upon room availability. Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station is starting point for the On The Road moving program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, October 21 - San Diego
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: All day bus trip, with step-on guide, exploring San Diego's history, different communities, and attractions including Coronado Island, Hotel Coronado, Balboa Park, Old Town and Cabrillo National Monument

Lunch: Lunch at Casa Guadalajara

Enjoy an award-winning cuisine reflecting dishes of the regional villages of Mexico. Guests are served in a festive indoor dining room or colorful outdoor patio enhanced by enchanting gardens, tile fountains, strolling mariachis and, of course, giant frothy margaritas and handmade tortillas.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: CLASS: The Historic US Highway 101

Lodging: Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship. A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, award-winning onboard restaurants and dining, a wedding chapel, 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com

Room amenities: The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level. No two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. All staterooms are air-conditioned and larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Each room is equipped with a telephone, iPod docking station and alarm clock; 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattress; and Crabtree Evelyn bath products. Room service is available. Bed Configuration: The variety of bed configurations includes 1 king, 1 queen, 1 full or 2 twins.

Facility amenities: Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable portholes, there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30's, 40’s and 50’s. From historic shipwalk tours and an onboard Art Gallery to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and fitness room, and various events, there is a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. The Queen Mary is a 100% non-smoking hotel. Wi-Fi and Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available on board the Queen Mary in all rooms for a fee per computer of $5.99 for 60 minutes, or $9.99 for 24 hours. You can set up your WiFi access at the hotel front desk. A credit card is required.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, October 22 - Oceanside/Laguna Beach/Queen Mary
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Motorcoach departs the hotel for our trip north on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)--one of the most beautiful road trips in the world.

We'll stop first at Oceanside to visit the California Surf Museum for a look at the history and culture of surfing in California.

Lunch: Lunch at the historic, ocean-front Hotel Laguna.

CLASS: During lunch, listen to a brief history of the Laguna Beach Art Colony.

After lunch, take time to explore downtown Laguna Beach where you'll find a casual walking environment in which you can explore galleries and one-of-a-kind shops along Forest and Ocean Aves.

Afternoon: Continue north by motorcoach to Long Beach and the Queen Mary.

FIELD TRIP: After checking into your stateroom, join our Behind-the-Scenes Guided Walk which offers a deeper look into the ship's history, from her construction and launch to her days as a passenger vessel and troopship.

Dinner: Dinner at George's Greek Cafe

Father and son proprietors George and Demitri Loizides welcome you to a little piece of Greece in Southern California. George's experience encompasses 48 years in the deli and market area while son Demitri has spent over 28 years in the restaurant business--a winning combination.

Evening: Brief introduction to boat trip to Avalon on Catalina Island

Lodging: The Queen Mary Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship. A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, award-winning onboard restaurants and dining, a wedding chapel, 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com

Room amenities: The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level. No two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. All staterooms are air-conditioned and larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Each room is equipped with a telephone, iPod docking station and alarm clock; 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattress; and Crabtree Evelyn bath products. Room service is available. Bed Configuration: The variety of bed configurations includes 1 king, 1 queen, 1 full or 2 twins.

Facility amenities: Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable portholes, there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30's, 40’s and 50’s. From historic shipwalk tours and an onboard Art Gallery to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and fitness room, and various events, there is a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. The Queen Mary is a 100% non-smoking hotel. Wi-Fi and Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available on board the Queen Mary in all rooms for a fee per computer of $5.99 for 60 minutes, or $9.99 for 24 hours. You can set up your WiFi access at the hotel front desk. A credit card is required.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, October 23 - Catalina Island
Breakfast: Breakfast in Promenade Cafe onboard Queen Mary

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Catalina Express boat to Avalon

After arriving in Avalon, board the bus for an introduction to the town of Avalon. Discover the enchantment of Avalon everywhere you turn on this delightful 7-1/2 mile journey along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of town. See postcard-perfect views and colorful local spots as our guide provides interesting Catalina Island highlights and history.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many eating establishments along Crescent Ave.

Afternoon: After lunch, explore Avalon on your own before returning by Catalina Express boat to Long Beach.

Dinner: Dinner in the Promenade Cafe onboard the Queen Mary

The Promenade Cafe offers American favorites in a casual dining experience.

Evening: CLASS: An Introduction to the Getty Villa

The instructor presents highlights of J.Paul Getty's antiquities collection at the Getty Villa.

Lodging: The Queen Mary Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Harbor View Inn is a family friendly, resort-style hotel that provides an ideal location for those wishing to experience the best that Santa Barbara has to offer---from the beautiful Pacific coastline (the Inn sits right across the street from the ocean and a white sandy beach) to the charming shops and restaurants along State Street.

Contact info:
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 800-755-0222
web: www.harborviewinnsb.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include a private patio or balcony and added amenities like terry cloth robes, coffeemaker, CD player, personal safe, iron and board, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe and a daily newspaper delivered to your door. Your remote-control flat screen TV has cable service with free HBO and pay per-view movies and games.

Facility amenities: This boutique resort hotel include 102 spacious, well-appointed guest rooms and many amenities. The Harbor View Inn's ocean-view pool is a spectacular place to relax amid blooming colors and tropical palm trees. Or you can soak in the jacuzzi and watch the sunset. The adults-only fitness center features treadmill, elliptical trainers, stationary bike, universal gym and free weights. The gift shop serves as a convenient place to purchase toiletries and other swim/sun essentials. The business center offers 24-hour access to the internet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, October 24 - Getty Villa/Santa Barbara
Breakfast: Breakfast in Promenade Cafe onboard Queen Mary

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel by motor coach to the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.

Oil magnate J. Paul Getty used some of his vast wealth to amass an incredible art and antiquities collection, first displayed in his ranch house on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. In the early 70s, he had a Romanesque villa constructed next to his house to be a permanent museum for his collection. The Malibu Villa, modeled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy, became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974.

In 1997 the Getty Villa was closed and the collection was relocated to the new hill-top Getty Center in Brentwood (Los Angeles). After a nine-year, $275 million renovation and expansion, the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa re-opened as a home to the Museum's Antiquities Collection. The Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities are arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War, housed within Roman-inspired architecture and surrounded by Roman-style gardens.

Includes a 45-minute private, guided walk of the Architecture and Gardens of the Getty Villa.

For your self-exploration, pick up a copy of 'Today at the Getty Villa', which lists the day's programs, in the Entry Pavilion. Enhance your gallery experience with a Getty Guide audio player, available for $5 at the Pick-Up Desk on Floor 1 of the Museum. The player features commentary from curators and conservators on over 150 works from the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa.

Lunch: To give you greater flexibility in viewing the Villa collection at your leisure, Sunday lunch will be on your own.

The Cafe at the Getty Villa serves casual Mediterranean fare and has indoor and outdoor seating. Menu choices include salads, soups, panini, pizzas, pastas, vegetables, and desserts.

The Espresso Cart near the Cafe entrance offers coffee and espresso drinks and bottled beverages, as well as homemade soup, hot and cold sandwiches, to-go salads, and a selection of baked goods and desserts.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Private guided walk through Santa Barbara Mission.

The "Queen of the Missions" was founded by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1786. The 10th of California's 21 missions, this is the only one to be continuously occupied and used since its founding. Explore eight restored rooms, cloister gardens, chapel, historic cemetary and beautiful Moorish fountains and courtyard.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in Santa Barbara

Lodging: Harbor View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This 55-room hotel is nestled along the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean and rolling hills of California's central coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The property is located just minutes from the spectacular edifice and grounds of Hearst Castle, the quaint town of Cambria with its unique shopping and dining, the premier wine-tasting area of Paso Robles and the Elephant Seal Rookery where you can see the rare elephant seals in the natural habitat amidst the stunning, rocky beauty of Morro Bay.

Contact info:
9135 Hearst Drive
San Simeon, CA 93452 USA
phone: 800-551-2409
web: www.hotel-morgan.com/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are furnished with cable/satellite TV, direct-dial phone, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, private bathroom with shower/tub combination, blackout drapes/curtains, clock radio, wake-up calls and coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: In addition to its beautiful surroundings, the Morgan Hotel offers many rooms with fireplaces and four-posted king beds, jacuzzi tubs and partial views of the Pacific Ocean. The amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, complimentary wireless Internet access in public areas of the hotel, concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, a lounge for hotel guests with a full bar, open in the evenings and featuring wine from local vineyards, and an Italian restaurant just steps from the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Thursday, October 25 - Santa Ynez Wine Country/San Simeon
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Half day bus tour of Santa Ynez Valley

Our guide is a local wine expert who has participated in every step of the winegrowing/winemaking process from pruning through picking, de-stemming, crushing, pressing, fermenting, maturing, racking, bottling and, of course, drinking.

Our first stop, Los Olivos, is a charming historic town of 1,000 residents noted for its eclectic art galleries, wine tasting, unique shopping, epicurean restaurant opportunities, and antiques.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: At Global Gardens, Theo Stephen, proprietess will educate us on the many nuances of Extra Virgin Olive Oil as we taste a variety of olive oil samples.

Lunch: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Enjoy wine tasting and a gourmet box lunch during a tour of a local vineyard and winery.

Afternoon: While traveling to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, view "Hearst Castle-Building the Dream", a 40-minute National Geographic Movie which highlights the castle's rich history and surroundings and the inspirations which led William Randolph Hearst to construct his architectural masterpiece.

FIELD TRIP: Hearst Castle Visitor Center

Exhibits located in the Visitor Center offer guests an insightful look into the Castle, its architect Julia Morgan, and its owner W.R. Hearst.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Lodging: Morgan Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel offers guests the pleasures of a seaside vacation and close proximity to some of the major attractions of the Monterey Bay area such as the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and unique shops and restaurants along Cannery Row. There's a nearby recreation trail, which is great for scenic runs, walks or bike rides.

Contact info:
487 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
phone: 831-373-8000
web: www.victorianinn.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room features a marble gas fireplace, spacious bathroom, armoire and either a private balcony, patio or window seat from which to soak up the sea air. Additional amenities include dual sinks, in-room refrigerators and coffee makers, honor bars, free local calls, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Each guest room is furnished with a 42 inch high-definition TV.

Facility amenities: Distinctive features of this boutique hotel include spacious accommodations, in-room marble fireplaces, private patios, balconies or window seats where guests can soak up ocean breezes, plus free Wi-Fi and an evening wine and cheese reception featuring award-winning Ventana Vineyards wines. Complimentary coffee and tea are available in the parlor. Guests may also enjoy the outdoor hot tub on the property. Dry cleaning service is available. However, there are no laundry facilities on the premises, although the front desk staff will facilitate guests in locating a nearby laundromat.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, October 26 - Hearst Castle/Big Sur
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Morgan Inn

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Guided Walk Through Hearst Castle

On the Grand Rooms Tour, travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at The Enchanted Hill, known today as Hearst Castle, one of California's top attractions.

In Casa Grande, the main house, four rooms on the ground floor are shown starting with the Assembly Room, largest of the 14 sitting rooms and once the gathering place for Hearst's guests. Next, you will visit the Refectory, the only dining room on the Enchanted Hill and then the Billiard Room, a game room featuring two 1920s era billiard tables and including the Gothic mille fleurs tapestry. The final stop is the Theater, the largest room in Casa Grande.

At the end of the guided porton of your tour, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your lesiure around the Neptune Pool, a Greco-Roman style outdoor pool, and the Roman Pool, an indoor pool lined with blue Venetian glass and gold tiles.

Lunch: Lunch at Ragged Point Restaurant with a coastal ambiance

Afternoon: After lunch, continue driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Big Sur to Monterey on the Monterey Peninsula. This coastal highway winds along some of the most spectacular ocean views in the U.S.

Gael Gallagher, our local guide and naturalist, will meet us and provide a brief introduction to Monterey.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Monterey.

Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel offers guests the pleasures of a seaside vacation and close proximity to some of the major attractions of the Monterey Bay area such as the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and unique shops and restaurants along Cannery Row. There's a nearby recreation trail, which is great for scenic runs, walks or bike rides.

Contact info:
487 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
phone: 831-373-8000
web: www.victorianinn.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room features a marble gas fireplace, spacious bathroom, armoire and either a private balcony, patio or window seat from which to soak up the sea air. Additional amenities include dual sinks, in-room refrigerators and coffee makers, honor bars, free local calls, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Each guest room is furnished with a 42 inch high-definition TV.

Facility amenities: Distinctive features of this boutique hotel include spacious accommodations, in-room marble fireplaces, private patios, balconies or window seats where guests can soak up ocean breezes, plus free Wi-Fi and an evening wine and cheese reception featuring award-winning Ventana Vineyards wines. Complimentary coffee and tea are available in the parlor. Guests may also enjoy the outdoor hot tub on the property. Dry cleaning service is available. However, there are no laundry facilities on the premises, although the front desk staff will facilitate guests in locating a nearby laundromat.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, October 27 - Monterey Aquarium/Monterey Peninsula
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Victorian Inn

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the bay along Monterey's historic Cannery Row, which was immortalized by John Steinbeck. Regularly named one of the nation's top aquariums, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to more than 35,000 plants and animals in 200 different exhibits. Based on your interests, view the exhibits and attend Aquarium programs.

The program schedule is subject to change, so please check with the information desk when you arrive for current show times. Programs are free with Aquarium admission.

Lunch: Enjoy spectacular views of the bay as you relax for lunch at the casual Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe.

The Cafe features pizza, pasta, ethnic specialties made to order and a wide variety of ready-made sandwiches and salad entrees. Vegetarian meals, daily specials and juicy hamburgers are made at the grill. Beverages, beer, wine and desserts are also served.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Gael Gallagher, naturalist and historian, joins us in the afternoon to acquaint us with the Monterey Peninsula, starting with Monterey, the most historic city in California; "New Monterey" or Cannery Row, an area immortalized by John Steinbeck; Pacific Grove, the Butterfly capitol of the world; Pebble Beach's famous 17 Mile Drive; and the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Monterey.

Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Hotel is located on beautiful Fisherman's Wharf overlooking breathtaking San Francisco Bay. You'll find popular San Francisco attractions just steps from the front door, including Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, Ghirardelli Square and the world famous San Francisco cable cars.

Contact info:
250 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-392-6700
web: www.radisson.com/san-francisco-hotel-ca-94133/cafisher

Room amenities: Guest rooms include a 25" TV with pay-per-view movies; clock radio; high-speed, wireless Internet (complimentary); in-room coffee maker; In-room safe; iron/ironing board; the Radisson's Sleep Number bed; executive work desk; and a two-line phone with voicemail.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides its guests with a concierge desk located in the lobby; Fitness Center (open 24 hours); high-speed, wireless Internet access available in all rooms (complimentary); outdoor heated pool open year-round; same-day laundry/dry cleaning service (six days a week); self-service parking ($37 plus tax per night); and a Business Center with desktop, high-speed Internet, fax and copier services (available for nominal fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See Additional Nights Comments
Participants who wish to extend their stay at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, for up to 2 days after the program ends, may get a preferred rate based upon room availability. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (415) 392-6700. It is important to identify yourself as part of the Road Scholar "Coastal California" group.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Sunday, October 28 - San Francisco
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Victorian Inn

Morning: After breakfast, the motorcoach departs Monterey for San Francisco.

Lunch: While on the San Francisco city tour, we'll stop and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Once we arrive in San Francisco, our local San Franciscan guide, Don Stace, will introduce us to the city and the city highlights.



Dinner: In San Francisco, a feast of culinary delights awaits you. The evening is yours to sample one of the more than 3,000 San Francisco restaurants on your own. San Francisco restaurants feature foods from every corner of the world, from southeast Asia to southern Italy, Shanghai, Paris and Provence. They are both high-end and low-end, ranging from little hole-in-the-walls to your upscale, white-tablecloth places with a unique decor selected by the owner, who is oftentimes also the chef. The wonderful thing is that the majority of these restaurants are all within walking distance because San Francisco is, for the most part, a walking city.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Hotel is located on beautiful Fisherman's Wharf overlooking breathtaking San Francisco Bay. You'll find popular San Francisco attractions just steps from the front door, including Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, Ghirardelli Square and the world famous San Francisco cable cars.

Contact info:
250 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-392-6700
web: www.radisson.com/san-francisco-hotel-ca-94133/cafisher

Room amenities: Guest rooms include a 25" TV with pay-per-view movies; clock radio; high-speed, wireless Internet (complimentary); in-room coffee maker; In-room safe; iron/ironing board; the Radisson's Sleep Number bed; executive work desk; and a two-line phone with voicemail.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides its guests with a concierge desk located in the lobby; Fitness Center (open 24 hours); high-speed, wireless Internet access available in all rooms (complimentary); outdoor heated pool open year-round; same-day laundry/dry cleaning service (six days a week); self-service parking ($37 plus tax per night); and a Business Center with desktop, high-speed Internet, fax and copier services (available for nominal fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See Additional Nights Comments
Participants who wish to extend their stay at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, for up to 2 days after the program ends, may get a preferred rate based upon room availability. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (415) 392-6700. It is important to identify yourself as part of the Road Scholar "Coastal California" group.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Monday, October 29 - Alcatraz Island
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant in San Francisco

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and U.S.-built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

Per Golden Gate National Recreation Area policies, the value of this tour is $26 for adults and students over the age of 11. Discounts provided for children 11 and under and seniors 62 and over. This cost is included in program cost.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant in San Francisco

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

In San Francisco there are limitless opportunities for sight-seeing. Our program will keep you busy, but this afternoon you have a few hours of free time for personal exploration.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in San Francisco

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 30 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant in San Francisco

Morning: HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Coastal California program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors BureauOne World Trade Center, Suite 300 Long Beach, CA 90831 (800) 452-7829
For additional information, visit: www.visitlongbeach.com
San Francisco, CA
Visitor's Guide201 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 974-6900
For additional information, visit: www.sfvisitor.org
San Simeon, CA
San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau1037 Mill St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 781-2531 or (800) 634-1414
For additional information, visit: www.sanluisobispocounty.com
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau1 Garden St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (805) 965-3021 or (800) 676-1266
For additional information, visit: www.santabarbaraca.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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