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 local restaurant
Menus are arranged in advance for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers the following choices for meals: standard, gluten-free, low fat, low salt and vegetarian. We are happy to accommodate the varying dietary needs of our group. These special meal requests should be written on your Participant Information Form and must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the start date of your program.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: Holiday Inn Golden GatewayMeals Included: Dinner
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.
Visit the Academy of Sciences – the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. It’s a stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals.
Lunch: Lunch in Golden Gate Park.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, a guided visit of historic Mission Dolores. Missión 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.
We 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: We'll enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Chinatown and dessert in North Beach, a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and Russian Hill.Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden GatewayMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Board the motor coach with our on-board instructor for Coit Tower. Atop Telegraph Hill is the 210-foot Coit Tower, built with funds left to the City by philanthropist Lillie Hitchcock Coit for the beautification of San Francisco.
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 on your own 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: Holiday Inn Golden GatewayMeals Included: Breakfast, 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 area with local historianLodging: 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.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, we 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 on your own 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 its roots as a Native American and later 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 travelers to the area.Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Napa is the premier wine-making region in the United States. We'll enjoy a 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 hotelEvening: CLASS: ViticultureLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The first American settlers began arriving in the 1840’s. Samuel Brannan was the leader of a settlement expedition on the ship Brooklyn landing in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1846. Following the discovery of gold in Sacramento, Brannan pursued many business ventures, which made him California’s first millionaire. Fascinated by Calistoga’s natural hot springs, Brannan purchased more than 2,000 acres with the intent to develop a spa reminiscent of Saratoga in New York.
It is rumored that the name Calistoga is a combination of the words California and Saratoga. The Sharpsteen Museum's permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post World War I with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the period of U.S. emigration and development.Lunch: Lunch on your own in CalistogaAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Guided exploration of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone which features a wide variety of innovative programs and facilities for culinarians.Dinner: Dinner at hotelLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
The program ends after a drop off at San Francisco Airport at approximately 11:00AM, followed by a return to the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. The 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