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
Wheelchairs are available in the musuem. When you arrive, let the front desk know and one will be checked out for you.Lunch: Vouchers are provided for lunch in the de Young Cafe.Afternoon: After lunch, there is time to 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. You can enjoy tea and cookies in an outdoor covered plaza.Another option is the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a 55-acre urban oasis showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.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
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 House. 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