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Program #14492RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Jun 22 — Jun 27, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

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 Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 22 - Independent Arrivals
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel after 4:00PM

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

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. 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: 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: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

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 Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 23 - Introductory lectures to Channel Islands National...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Chumash Nation

This presentation offers insight into the native life of the Chumash Indians of California.

CLASS: Introduction to Channel Islands National Park and Boat Trip Orientation

What do we bring? What do we wear? What will we see on our Anacapa adventure? All of these questions will be answered during our powerpoint introduction to the Channel Islands National Park.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: Marine Life

The Channel Islands National Park extends 1 mile around each island, protecting and supporting a multitude of marine organisms. The instructor, an expert scuba diver, shares her underwater experiences and knowledge about the marine environment through an entertaining powerpoint presentation.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

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 Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 24 - Boat trip to Anacapa Island
Note: Travel to Anacapa Island by boat, weather permitting. The duration of the boat trip will be approximately one hour, one-way. Be prepared to climb 157 steps to the island's plateau where spectacular panoramic views and nearly 2 miles of nature trails await. The trip includes a two-mile guided walk with a naturalist on Anacapa Island.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: All day boat trip to Anacapa Island

Twelve miles from the mainland, a five-mile-long spine of rock emerges from the ocean, breaks into three islets, and offers itself as home to 265 species of plants and a bevy of seabirds - with the largest brown pelican rookery on the Pacific Coast. On charts, the island of 737 acres appears as East, Middle, and West Anapaca. The Chumash called it Anyapakh or "mirage". It was anything but a mirage on the night of December 2, 1853, when the sidewheel steamer Winfield Scott, running at full speed, crashed into rocks off Middle Anacapa and sank. The Coast Guard built a light beacon in 1912 and a light station in 1932.

The group will enjoy a guided nature walk on Anacapa Island.

Lunch: Bag lunch on island

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Theater Sports: A group of improvisational actors

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on the central coast of California. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms and no elevators. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 805-927-4200
web: http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment). The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. Guests may enjoy the many fountains located throughout the property or a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants found in the gardens are available for purchase. The hotel provides dry cleaning and laundry services at a charge. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The Lodge provides free wireless and wired Internet access in all guest rooms. Wi-Fi access is available in some public areas.

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

Additional nights after:
This is a moving program, so additional nights are excluded.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, June 25 - Bus from Ventura to Cambria/Santa Barbara Courtho...
Note: Santa Barbara Courthouse guided walk involves walking/standing for about one hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The bus travels from Ventura to Cambria with a stop in Santa Barbara.

Docent guided visit of the Santa Barbara Courthouse--the jewel in Santa Barbara's architectural crown. A bonus is the must-see view of the city from the top of the 85 foot clock tower.

Lunch: Lunch at San Luis Obispo restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP CONTINUES AFTER LUNCH: Our on-board instructor gives an historical overview of the area from San Luis Obispo to Cambria.

Dinner: Dinner at Cambria Pines Lodge

Evening: CLASS: The Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas

Program is presented by The Friends of the Elephant Seal who support the seal rookery at Piedras Blancas. The site is located by California Highway 1 at the southern end of Big Sur on the California coast, just four miles north of the entrance to the Hearst Castle. The location is ideal for the seals. It is protected by the Piedras Blancas Point from storms from the northwest; it has wide, sandy beaches offering pups protection from high water; and it is protected from predators by a kelp forest.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on the central coast of California. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms and no elevators. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 805-927-4200
web: http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment). The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. Guests may enjoy the many fountains located throughout the property or a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants found in the gardens are available for purchase. The hotel provides dry cleaning and laundry services at a charge. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The Lodge provides free wireless and wired Internet access in all guest rooms. Wi-Fi access is available in some public areas.

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

Additional nights after:
This is a moving program, so additional nights are excluded.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, June 26 - Guided visit of Hearst Castle/Piedras Blancas Ele...
Note: The Grand Rooms guided walk at Hearst Castle consists of approximately 106 stairs (up and down) and is about 2/3 mile in length. The tour duration is 45 minutes with a considerable amount of standing and no opportunity to sit or rest. At the end of the guided portion, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your leisure around the Neptune Pool. The visit to Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony requires walking on a boardwalk.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Cambria Pines Lodge

Morning: FIELD TRIP TO HEARST CASTLE

Learn more about William Randolph Hearst in "Hearst Castle-Building the Dream," a 40 min, large format, National Geographic Movie at the Visitor Center.

The William Randolph Hearst exhibit located in the Visitor Center offers guests an insightful look into the Castle, its architect Julia Morgan, and its owner W.R. Hearst.

On the Grand Rooms Museum 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 portion of your tour, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your leisure 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.

The group will ride a bus from the Visitors Center to Hearst Castle, roundtrip.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Visitor Center Snack Bar which offers hot and cold meals from hamburgers & fries to salad, soup, and sandwiches. Vegetarian entrees, including veggie wraps and garden burgers, are available.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP TO PIEDRAS BLANCAS ELEPHANT SEAL COLONY

Visit Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony, the year round home of one of California's largest populations of elephant seals.

Dinner: Dinner at Cambria Pines Lodge

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 27 - Bus returns to Ventura
Breakfast: Breakfast at Cambria Pines Lodge

HOTEL CHECK OUT

The group departs Cambria via motorcoach for Ventura. Our program concludes when the bus returns to Ventura at approximately 11:00AM, depending upon traffic.

Morning: We hope you have enjoyed our Channel Islands to Hearst Castle program and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Ventura, California
General OverviewVentura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel.
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau101 S. California St.

Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 805-648-2075, or 800-483-6214
For additional information, visit: www.ventura-usa.com

Museum of Ventura County100 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 805-653-0323

The Museum has a permanent exhibit that explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. The collection of artifacts and displays focuses on native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, a collection of intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costumes. Open Tues-Sun, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Senior admission is $3. Call the Museum for further information or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.venturamuseum.org


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