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Program #13331RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 2 — Oct 5, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated along the Oakland estuary, the hotel has views across the water and is just minutes from Jack London Square.

Contact info:
1755 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606 USA
phone: 510-536-6633
web: www.executiveinnoakland.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerator and Microwave, Flat screen TV with 36 cable channels, balcony or deck, high speed Internet, coffee maker, coffee, tea, hair dryer, iron, and alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a fitness center, airport and local area shuttle, wheelchair-accessible facilities, free parking, copier/fax/ATM on site, USA Today and guest laundry and valet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129
Contact hotel for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 02 - Arrival/Orientation & Get Acquainted, meet our ca...
Afternoon: Check in to hotel after 3:00 p.m. and register for Road Scholar at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: We gather for a wine/cider social and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Orientation and get-acquainted program in hotel meeting room. We meet the captain of our boat and learn what to expect on the two days of cruises.

Lodging: Executive Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated along the Oakland estuary, the hotel has views across the water and is just minutes from Jack London Square.

Contact info:
1755 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606 USA
phone: 510-536-6633
web: www.executiveinnoakland.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerator and Microwave, Flat screen TV with 36 cable channels, balcony or deck, high speed Internet, coffee maker, coffee, tea, hair dryer, iron, and alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a fitness center, airport and local area shuttle, wheelchair-accessible facilities, free parking, copier/fax/ATM on site, USA Today and guest laundry and valet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129
Contact hotel for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, October 03 - View the East Brothers Lighthouse, Marin Shore an...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Take a shuttle to the Berkeley Marina. Board the boat for today's trip on the Bay with an afternoon at Angel Island. We travel north past the port of Richmond, northern California's most diversified cargo handler. Richmond is also the home of the historic Kaiser shipyards. The Kaiser Shipyards were seven major shipbuilding yards located on the U.S. west coast during World War II. They were owned by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, founded by American industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. Four of the Kaiser Shipyards were located in Richmond. These shipyards produced 747 ships including many of the famous Liberty ships and Victory ships. Our cruise takes us near East Brothers Island, an active lighthouse for 133 years and is now a bed and breakfast inn. We continue toward the Marin shore to dock at Angel Island. Known as the Ellis Island of the west, Angel Island is a grass and woodland covered mountainous island with spectacular views of Marin County, San Francisco and the Golden Gate. In 1910 immigration facilities were opened on the island and functioned until 1940. While detaining Chinese immigrants and denying some of them entry, European immigrants faced only an inspection on board ship and were never detained on the island.

Lunch: We enjoy lunch on Angel Island.

Afternoon: We continue our visit to Angel Island as we learn more about its natural and cultural history. We board the Delphinus for our return to Berkeley and head toward the Golden Gate and Alcatraz Island on our way. The Golden Gate Bridge, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937, and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California. Since its completion, the span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. Alcatraz Island has served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963. It became a national recreation area in 1972 and received land-marking designations in 1976 and 1986. Today, the island is a historic site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at your own leisure. The hotel shuttle can take you to Jack London Square where you will find many choices. Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub is a few blocks down from the hotel.

Evening: We have a relaxing evening with a chance to visit with new friends.

Lodging: Executive Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated along the Oakland estuary, the hotel has views across the water and is just minutes from Jack London Square.

Contact info:
1755 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606 USA
phone: 510-536-6633
web: www.executiveinnoakland.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerator and Microwave, Flat screen TV with 36 cable channels, balcony or deck, high speed Internet, coffee maker, coffee, tea, hair dryer, iron, and alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a fitness center, airport and local area shuttle, wheelchair-accessible facilities, free parking, copier/fax/ATM on site, USA Today and guest laundry and valet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129
Contact hotel for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, October 04 - Board the boat to cruise Oakland's waterfront, Ja...
Board the boat to cruise Oakland's waterfront, Jack London Square, the Bay Bridge, Alameda Point, and San Francisco's waterfront

Breakfast: We have a full buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Take a shuttle to the Berkeley Marina for another day cruising the Bay. We travel past Oakland's waterfront and Jack London Square. Jack London Square recaptures the vivid history of the City of Oakland and the adventurous spirit of legendary writer Jack London. It creates an important tie between a lively working waterfront, a celebrated culinary community and the multiplicity of cultures that create the urban fabric of the East Bay. We'll discuss the Oakland Bay Bridge originally built in 1936. On October 17, 1989 a section collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake. At Alameda Point we see the renowned USS Hornet The HORNET CV-12 is one of the 24 legendary Essex-class aircraft carriers built during and after World War II. Built at Newport News, Virginia, and the eighth ship to be named “HORNET,” she is one of the most decorated ships of the US Navy.

Lunch: We stop in McCovey Cove located just outside the Giants baseball stadium for our special lunch served aboard the boat.

Afternoon: Continuing our cruise we travel along San Francisco's waterfront with views of the recently renovated Ferry Building, gateway to the Financial District; Coit Tower which was built in Pioneer Park atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the City of San Francisco; Pier 39 with its festival marketplace and resident sea lions, and the famous tourist attraction, Fisherman's Wharf. As we cruise our instructor continues to tell us more about the history of the area, and as we return to the Berkeley dock we pass Treasure Island, an artificial island connected by a small isthmus to Yerba Buena Island. It was created in 1936 & 1937 for the Golden Gate International Exposition of fill dredged from the bay.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a final lecture about the area.

Lodging: Executive Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Saturday, October 05 - Breakfast and Good Byes
Depart From: Our program ends. Please check out of the hotel by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Program ends after farewell breakfast and program wrap-up at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Oakland, CA
Jack London SquareJack London Square is a popular entertainment destination on the waterfront of Oakland. Named after the author Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland, it is the home of stores, restaurants, hotels, an Amtrak station, and a San Francisco Bay Ferry dock. Enjoy lawn areas, picturesque piers and walking paths.
For additional information, visit: www.jacklondonsquare.com/
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaWhen the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors more than forty years ago, it brought together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one roof. This progressive multidisciplinary approach was to celebrate the many facets of California. OMCA is conveniently located one block from the the Lake Merritt BART station (between 8th and 9th streets at Oak Street). OMCA is at the corner of Oak and 10th Street.
For additional information, visit: http://www.museumca.org/
Redwood Regional ParkA hidden redwood forest whose peaceful groves give little evidence of its bustling past lies on Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. In the mid-1800s, what is now Redwood Regional Park was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area. The logging era has long since passed, and a stately forest of 150-foot coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) has replaced those cut down. Take AC Transit bus #46A from Coliseum BART. Deboard on Skyline Boulevard at 11500 Skyline Boulevard.
For additional information, visit: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood#about

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.

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3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

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