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Program #21052RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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Itinerary for May 17 — May 22, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 17 - Registration/Orientation/Introductions
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

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 Compass Room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

You will also have an opportunity to select choices for several meals later in the program. As a special treat, there will be a complimentary wine reception each evening from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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; 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 Carlton

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 18 - Highlights of San Francisco/ Chinatown/ Barbary C...
Highlights of San Francisco/ Chinatown/ Barbary Coast/ Wells Fargo Museum/ Cable Car Ride/ San Francisco History

Note: Three and a half hour bus trip through San Francisco with stops for bathroom breaks and picture taking. One mile walk on paved sidewalks with a combination of flat areas, inclines, declines and stairs.

Breakfast: In the Saha Restaurant, enjoy a tasty plated breakfast with choices from a select menu of eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, breads and pastries, yogurt, juices, coffee, tea, milk.

Morning: Get to know San Francisco. You will board a chartered bus on which a local expert narrates as you visit the highlights of the city. At the end of the ride, the bus will drop you off at the Chinatown Gates. You will walk five blocks to the restaurant so you can experience the hustle and bustle of the main street of Chinatown, Grant Street.

Lunch: We will have lunch together in a mouthwatering Chinese restaurant. Sik fan! (Let’s eat!)

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Narrated walking exploration of the Barbary Coast and Chinatown. In San Francisco's early days after the Gold Rush of 1849, the Barbary Coast was the seedy red-light district where anything and everything went. Now the narrow streets are a walker's paradise, filled with beautiful architecture that belies the history of the area. Chinatown is the oldest Chinese settlement in North America and one of the largest outside of Asia. Stroll the crowded streets filled with locals, tourists, smells, sights and sounds that will overwhelm your senses. It's an experience not to be missed.

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; 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 Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 19 - Nob Hill/ Grace Cathedral/ Cable Car Museum/ Ferr...
Nob Hill/ Grace Cathedral/ Cable Car Museum/ Ferry Building/ Alcatraz/ Fisherman's Wharf/ The Damnedest Finest Ruins

Note: Two hour walking exploration of Nob Hill over mostly flat paved sidewalks. The walk from Nob Hill to the Cable Car Museum is two blocks downhill on a deep descent. You have a choice to either walk down or board the chartered bus. After the museum, the bus will proceed to the Ferry Building. After lunch the bus will take you to Pier 33 to take the 20 minute ferry ride to Alcatraz. After Alcatraz, 20 minute walk on flat pavement through Fisherman's Wharf.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: Narrated walking exploration of historic Nob Hill begins with Grace Cathedral which started as Grace Chapel in 1849, the year of the Gold Rush. By 1906, the third Grace Cathedral had been built and then consequently destroyed by the earthquake on April 18. The railroad baron/banker Crocker family gave their ruined Nob Hill property for a diocesan cathedral. Work began on the present structure in 1928. Designed in French Gothic, it was completed in 1964 as the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the nation.

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 and fire. 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.

The Cable Car Museum 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. On display are cable cars from the 1870s, various mechanical devices, and historic photographs.

Opened in 1898, the Ferry Building became the transportation hub for anyone arriving by train from the East, as well as suburban residents who worked in the city. Today, there are offices on the upper level while the main level houses a bustling marketplace.

Lunch: Independent lunch at the Ferry Building. There are many tempting restaurants and vendors to choose from.

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 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 and tea; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: The Damndest 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 where you spent the morning.

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 20 - de Young Fine Arts Museum/ Japanese Tea Garden/ T...
de Young Fine Arts Museum/ Japanese Tea Garden/ Tree Fern Dell/ Conservatory of Flowers/ Victorian Architecture

Note: Walk several blocks to catch public bus for one hour docent-led visit of de Young Museum. Japanese Tea Garden five minute walk from the de Young. Walk to Conservatory of Flowers through Tree Fern Dell takes about 20 minutes and traverses over flat pavement and an unpaved trail

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: This morning we will have a docent-led visit of the permanent collection of the de Young Fine Arts Museum. Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been a destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. In 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape. The museum showcases collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Lunch: Gift cards provided for lunch in the de Young Cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will 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 stopped 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.

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.

Evening: Learn from a local expert about San Francisco’s famed Victorian architecture.

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 21 - Victorian Architecture/Haas Lilienthal House
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: Narrated walking exploration of historic Alamo Square

Fisk Mansion. You will have the very unique opportunity to see one of San Francisco's beautiful old mansions and learn the history of the house from the current owners followed by a tea service in the ballroom. This is truly a behind-the-scenes occasion.

Lunch: Independent lunch. Suggestions will be provided.

Afternoon: Independent exploration of "Everybody's Favorite City." Suggested activity: take a docent-led visit of San Francisco's majestic City Hall.

Dinner: Group dinner at one of San Francisco's signature restaurants in North Beach, the Italian section of town.

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 Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 22 - San Francisco History, Part 2
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: CLASS: James Dalessandro will present a final lecture expanding on your knowledge of San Francisco as well as providing a recap of the program.

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast



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San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Visitor's BureauVisit this website to get information on events happening in San Francisco while you are here. The hotel is located very near the theater district.
For additional information, visit: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com

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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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