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.Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: ORIENTATION: 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.
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: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Dinner
Continue our visit in Golden Gate Park with a stop at the Japanese Tea Garden, originally built as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.
For a spectacular view of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco landmarks, we'll take the elevator to the 9th floor of the de Young Museum.
Lunch: Lunch in Golden Gate Park.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, a guided visit of historic Mission Dolores. Misión San Francisco de Asís was founded June 29, 1776, under the direction of Father Junipero Serra and is both the oldest original intact Mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco.
Continue our San Francisco exploration with a guided walking tour of Chinatown. San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. View some of the alleys, temples, and shops as we learn the colorful history of this unique area.
Dinner: Our final destination will be the North Beach area of the city where we'll enjoy dinner at one of its classic Italian restaurants. North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and Russian Hill.Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At the Cable Car Museum, learn about the inventor, technologies, builders, rapid expansion, near loss and the ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the cable cars of San Francisco. No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a ride on the famed cable cars-so hop aboard for a ride on the popular Powell-Hyde St. route.
Next is a visit to the Ferry Building. Opening in 1898 on the site of the 1875 wooden Ferry House, the Ferry Building became the transportation focal point for anyone arriving by train from the East, as well as from all the East Bay and Marin residents who worked in the city.
Lunch: Lunch at one of the many venues near or in the Ferry Building Marketplace.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, board a boat of the Blue & Gold Fleet for a Bay Cruise Adventure to experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay. The fully narrated one-hour tour which sails along San Francisco’s historic waterfront where there's no better way to experience unobstructed views of sensational skylines in every direction. Sail past the PIER 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge and circle Alcatraz Island.
Back ashore enjoy a guided visit to Fisherman's Wharf. Most of the boats berthed at Fisherman’s Wharf belong to a third generation of fishing craft piloted by descendants of the fishermen who have made their livelihoods on the waters of San Francisco Bay for many generations.Dinner: Another "must" in any visit to San Francisco is to have a meal at Fisherman's Wharf so dinner tonight will be at a well-known Wharf restaurant.Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.Dinner: Dinner at local restaurantEvening: CLASS: Overview of Monterey areaLodging: Best Western Victorian Inn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chief among the scenic attractions is the Lone Cypress Tree, a salt pruned tree which is the official symbol of Pebble Beach. The road also provides access to Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, and other golf courses around the community.
In Carmel our first stop is the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. The Basilica Church, a registered National Historic Landmark, is the centerpiece of the Mission.
Behind the Basilica, in the Munrás courtyard, one will find the Munrás Family Heritage Museum. It displays the treasured keepsakes of one prominent Monterey family. In Convento Museum, through which one exits the Mission complex, is found the cell used by Blessed Junipero Serra and where he died in 1784.Lunch: Lunch in Carmel Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is a small city, founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, the town is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, continue to Pt. Lobos Reserve. Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years.Dinner: Dinner in Monterey/Cannery Row
John Steinbeck's Cannery Row spotlights the legendary lane during its industrial heyday. The street's true story begins long before canneries lined the former Ocean View Avenue. From Native American, Asian and European settlement, through the boom and bust of the whaling and sardine industries, to structural and economic despair followed by restoration and re-development, the tale of Cannery Row – so renamed by Monterey officials 13 years after the release of Steinbeck's novel – continues to fascinate guests.Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Napa is the premier wine making region in the United States. Tour and tasting at Mumm Champagne Cellars where you'll learn each step in the process of making sparkling wine in the traditional French methods.Dinner: Dinner at hotelLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue to the Napa Valley Museum for a guided visit. The changing exhibits represent a diverse range of subjects from fine arts to history to natural sciences.Lunch: Lunch at Oxbow MarketAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, visit Hess Collection Winery for a guided visit and tasting plus viewing the fascinating art collection. Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. Today, The Hess Collection houses less than a quarter of a collection that is shown in museums worldwide.Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: CLASS: ViticultureLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next we take a short drive to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone which features a wide variety of innovative programs and facilities for culinarians. After our guided visit we enjoy a wine and hors d'oeuvres tasting.
Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: PERFORMANCE: Evening entertainmentLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Program ends after drop off at San Francisco Airport at approximately 11:00AM followed by return to the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf. Return time of 11:00AM at SFO is not guaranteed.
This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our 'On the Road: San Francisco, Monterey and Napa Valley' program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast