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VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

Discover Santa Cruz Island of Channel Islands National Park: The American Galapagos

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Program #9176RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Apr 14 — Apr 17, 2013

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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; 32" 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 high-speed 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, which 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, April 14 - Independent Arrivals/Introductions
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel after 4:00 p.m.

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: 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.

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; 32" 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 high-speed 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, which 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, April 15 - Field trip to Channel Islands National Park Visit...
Field trip to Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center/Introductory lectures

Note: Walk 0.38 mi along the harbor from the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center to The Greek Restaurant for lunch.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center

Enjoy the opportunity to watch the new video, "A Treasure in the Sea: Channel Islands", talk with park personnel, walk through the native plant garden, and view exhibits which highlight the natural and cultural features of the islands. Browse the bookstore and enjoy the scenic view from the tower before walking along the harbor to the restaurant located in Harbor Village.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Harbor Village

Afternoon: CLASS: Learn about topics related to the Channel Islands National Park such as cultural history, Native history, marine life, geology, natural history and current research, which will be presented during the afternoon based upon instructor availability.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: CLASS: Learn about topics related to the Channel Islands National Park such as cultural history, Native history, marine life, geology, natural history and current research, which will be presented based upon instructor availability.

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; 32" 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 high-speed 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, which 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, April 16 - Boat Trip to Santa Cruz Island
Note: Travel to Santa Cruz Island by boat, weather permitting. Boat transportation is provided by Island Packers. Duration of boat trip is approx. 1 hr one-way to Scorpion Anchorage where there is a small pier. Visitors step from the boat onto a ladder and climb a few rungs to the pier. Choice of hikes: an easy 1-mile round trip walk into Scorpion Canyon, or a more strenuous 2-mile round trip hike which climbs 300 ft on the first third of the trail to Cavern Point.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: All day boat trip to Santa Cruz Island, weather permitting

With its pristine beaches and grass covered hills, Santa Cruz is the largest island of the five islands comprising Channel Island National Park, and is a miniature of what Southern California looked like 100 years ago.

On the island, you'll have a choice of 2 hikes. Scorpion Canyon is an easy 1-mile round trip walk with good examples of native and endemic plants. Cavern Point is a 2-mile round trip hike that takes approximately 1 hour 30 min. The trail climbs 300 ft on the first third of the hike to Cavern Point after which the trail flattens out providing expansive vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel. Guides talk about the isolation of the island, animals, plants, restoration projects, ranch history and marine environment at stops along the trail.

Lunch: Bag lunch on the island

Afternoon: Exploration of Santa Cruz Island (continued) The boat returns to the mainland at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, April 17 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Learn about topics related to the Channel Islands National Park such as cultural history, Native history, marine life, geology, natural history and current research, which will be presented based upon instructor availability.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: The program concludes around 10:00 a.m. after the morning lecture. We hope you have enjoyed our Santa Cruz Island adventure 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
Mission San Buenaventura211 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 643-4318

Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. It is the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Serra. Visitors will discover a small museum with mission artifacts such as Chumash basketry, a quiet courtyard, and 250 year-old paintings of the Stations of the Cross.
For additional information, visit: www.sanbuenaventuramission.org

Museum of Ventura County100 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-0323

One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume.
For additional information, visit: www.venturamuseum.org

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau101 S. California St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-2075

Ventura 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.
For additional information, visit: www.ventura-usa.com


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips

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