Program Registration: 3:00-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (either in the lobby or the Summit Room) to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilites, and answer any questions you may have.
Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.Dinner: In the hotel’s Saha Restaurant on the main floor. Menus are designed to offer balanced, healthy choices. This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda, and water; other beverages available for purchase.Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Dinner
Your exploration of the area concludes at the Wells Fargo Museum where you will be given a docent-led visit. Located in Wells Fargo's world headquarters, the museum brings San Francisco in the 1800s to life. You will experience an authentic Concord Stagecoach used by Wells Fargo in the 1860s, a working telegraph where you can send a message to another Wells Fargo museum, works of art by noted Western artists, and real gold from California gold country region.
From stagecoach to cable car: The trip back to the hotel will be via one of San Francisco's iconic cable cars, which have rumbled through the city streets since 1873.
Dinner: In the hotel’s Saha Restaurant. Enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda, and water; other beverages available for purchase.Evening: Engage in San Francisco's colorful history through a slide-illustrated lecture peppered with fascinating anecdotes about the characters that made San Francisco the city that it is. Learn about the tumultuous beginnings of "Baghdad-by-the-Bay."Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wheelchairs are available in the musuem. When you arrive, let the front desk know and one will be checked out for you.Lunch: Gift cards provided for lunch in the de Young Cafe.Afternoon: After lunch, we visit the Japanese Tea Garden for a self-guided exploration. The tea garden features an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden. Cherry blossom trees bloom in the spring.
We will tiptoe through Tree Fern Dell on our way to the Conservatory of Flowers. As we make our way through the dell, you will feel we have stepped back in time. Giant fern leaves dot the path.
The Conservatory of Flowers is a Victorian wood-and-glass greenhouse in Golden Gate Park, filled with exotic tropical plants and flowers. A docent-led visit will provide in-depth background on the sea of greenery that surrounds you.
The Conservatory of Flowers is wheelchair accessible. They have two non-motorized wheelchairs in the ticket booth, which visitors may use (*at their own risk) if not already in use.Dinner: We will eat out at a popular diner near the hotel. You may order your meal and a non-alcoholic drink of your choice from the restaurant menu; other beverages available for purchase. Water is included.Evening: The Damnedest Finest Ruins is a documentary about the 1906 earthquake and its aftermath. Discussion will follow viewing of film. Much of the film focuses on Nob Hill which you will explore tomorrow morning.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nob Hill was settled in the late 19th century. Because of the views and its central position, the hill became a magnet for the rich and wealthy. Leland Stanford, Collis Potter Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker—the Big Four of the Central Pacific Railroad—all had mansions on Nob Hill which were all destroyed during the 1906 earthquake. After the earthquake, many wealthy families moved to Pacific Heights. The only remaining mansion was James Flood’s house which is now the Pacific-Union Club, a men’s social club.
The Fairmont Hotel was newly built when the earthquake hit in 1906. It survived the earthquake relatively unscathed but succumbed to the fire. When it came time to rebuild, Julia Morgan, the first woman to graduate from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, was chosen as the architect.
Board a private motorcoach to the Cable Car Museum which is located in a historic cable car barn and powerhouse. The museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.
We reboard the bus to for a narrated excursion through the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, along the Embarcadero. When it opened in 1898, the Ferry Building became the transportation hub of San Francisco. Today, there are offices on the upper level while the main level is a foodie paradise.Lunch: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Afternoon: Alcatraz – “The Rock” -- has been a Civil War fortress, federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement, as well as the most infamous Federal penitentiary. Upon arrival at the Alcatraz dock for our field trip, we will be greeted by a National Park Service ranger who will give a brief orientation including information on any special activities available that day. The remainder of this field trip will be a self guided exploration you can follow according to your own interests, at your own pace. Park Service staff offer free programs to visitors throughout the day on topics such as escapes, military history, American Indian occupation, natural history, and more. There are numerous exhibits to see as well as a complimentary cell house audio tour covering the penitentiary era (1934-1963).
We will rendezvous with the group leader at an appointed time at the dock to take the ferry back to San Francisco. We will make our way to dinner along the historic Fisherman's Wharf, a cornucopia of shops, restaurants, a fishing fleet, steaming crab stalls, and street performers.Dinner: At a colorful restaurant in historic Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy a plated 3-course meal plus complimentary coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.Evening: On your own to do what interests you most.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Fisk Mansion. You will have the very unique opportunity to see one of San Francisco's beautiful old mansions which is privately owned and not open to the public. Learn the history of the house from the current owners followed by a tea service in the unusual second story ballroom which affords dramatic views of San Francisco.Lunch: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunties. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.Dinner: Enjoy authentic Italian fare in the San Francisco neighborhood of North Beach, settled by Italian laborers after the 1906 earthquake. Your meal includes soup, green salad, choice of entree, dessert, coffee, one glass of house wine, and water; other beverages available for purchase. Mangia, mangia!Evening: Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running revue in musical theater history, is a true San Francisco treat. Get ready to laugh, sing, tap your toes and clap your hands to the zaniest show around!Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Our program will conclude by 11:00AM. On this final day, you will truly appreciate why Tony Bennett and millions of other visitors leave their hearts in San Francisco.
We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast