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Program #20991RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Sep 30 — Oct 4, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Step outside the front doors of the Hotel Santa Barbara and discover a tempting variety of world-class shopping, fine dining, cultural venues, superb entertainment and great beaches. The location in the heart of downtown on State Street makes the hotel the perfect starting point for your exploration.

Contact info:
533 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 805-957-9300
web: www.hotelsantabarbara.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are decorated in butter yellows and soft blues, an eclectic California-meets-French Provincial style designed for warmth and comfort. All rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking, and include: High speed wireless internet access; premium pillow-top mattresses; down feather and non-allergenic pillows; extended cable TV & HBO; voice mail; hairdryers & makeup mirror; room safe; iron & ironing board; bottled water; individual climate control; writing desk & chair; and in-room coffee maker. Starbucks coffee is served in the building.

Facility amenities: This gracious 4-story hotel is a smoke-free property with 75 rooms. A Continental Breakfast is available to guests every morning from 7:00 to 10:00AM in the lobby. You'll find a fresh array of pastries, bagels, assorted cereal, hard boiled eggs, seasonal fruit and yogurt. You may make your own waffles or the staff will gladly prepare them for you. Beverages include apple and orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Ask for your free morning newspaper at the front desk. In addition to breakfast, seasonal fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are available 24 hours. A safe deposit box is available at the front desk. The hotel provides dry cleaning and laundry services at a charge. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Free Wi-Fi is accessible in every guest room and in most of the public areas. PARKING: Valet parking is available to all hotel guests at a rate of $7.00/day.

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
For reservations, call 1-800-549-9869.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 30 - Independent Arrivals
Note: Participants should be able to walk 2 miles/day and at least 8 blocks at a given time, with limited seating available.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Hotel Santa Barbara after 3:00PM.

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 and any other administrative issues as well as answer your questions.

CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

NOTE FOR ALL MEALS FOR THIS PROGRAM: Menus are contracted well in advance with a variety of dining facilities and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

Since meals are served in a group setting, it is difficult to adjust to individual dietary requests. If you are unable to eat what is on the regular menu, a vegetarian alternative is available, if not already part of the menu.

Since alternative meal arrangements have to be made in advance, please indicate your need for a vegetarian entree on the enclosed Participant Information Form. If you have other dietary concerns, you can order (at your own expense) from a different menu.

Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Hotel Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Step outside the front doors of the Hotel Santa Barbara and discover a tempting variety of world-class shopping, fine dining, cultural venues, superb entertainment and great beaches. The location in the heart of downtown on State Street makes the hotel the perfect starting point for your exploration.

Contact info:
533 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 805-957-9300
web: www.hotelsantabarbara.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are decorated in butter yellows and soft blues, an eclectic California-meets-French Provincial style designed for warmth and comfort. All rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking, and include: High speed wireless internet access; premium pillow-top mattresses; down feather and non-allergenic pillows; extended cable TV & HBO; voice mail; hairdryers & makeup mirror; room safe; iron & ironing board; bottled water; individual climate control; writing desk & chair; and in-room coffee maker. Starbucks coffee is served in the building.

Facility amenities: This gracious 4-story hotel is a smoke-free property with 75 rooms. A Continental Breakfast is available to guests every morning from 7:00 to 10:00AM in the lobby. You'll find a fresh array of pastries, bagels, assorted cereal, hard boiled eggs, seasonal fruit and yogurt. You may make your own waffles or the staff will gladly prepare them for you. Beverages include apple and orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Ask for your free morning newspaper at the front desk. In addition to breakfast, seasonal fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are available 24 hours. A safe deposit box is available at the front desk. The hotel provides dry cleaning and laundry services at a charge. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Free Wi-Fi is accessible in every guest room and in most of the public areas. PARKING: Valet parking is available to all hotel guests at a rate of $7.00/day.

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
For reservations, call 1-800-549-9869.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 01 - Introductory Lecture/Santa Barbara Courthouse/Arc...
Note: Docent tour of the Santa Barbara Courthouse involves walking on flat, paved surfaces. Schedule also includes an architectural walk, which covers approximately 8 blocks in downtown Santa Barbara.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at Hotel Santa Barbara

Morning: CLASS: An Historical Lesson: 450 Years of Santa Barbara History

From the arrival in 1602 of frigates under the command of Sabastian Vizcaino to the eventual settlement efforts by the Spaniards who came to stay in 1782, this class starts in the peaceful world of the indigenous Chumash who occupied the region which became Santa Barbara County. Through the era of Spanish government followed by a period of Mexican rule, later toppled by Colonel John Fremont and his soldiers who took Santa Barbara for the United States in 1846, the instructor explores the development of Santa Barbara as a region in which Chumash, Spanish, Mexican and North American influences merged together, forming a unique blend of language and culture.

FIELD TRIP: Guided walk of Santa Barbara Courthouse

The Courthouse is the jewel in Santa Barbara's architectural crown. A bonus is the must-see view of the city from the top of the 85 foot clock tower.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Architectural Walk

Experience Downtown Santa Barbara on a guided walk that focuses on architectural styles, significant and historic buildings, aesthetics, past and present building usage, and landscape history. A captivating blend of Spanish Mediterranean and Moorish influences form the foundation of Santa Barbara's internationally renowned architectural style.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Experience the Santa Barbara dining scene.

Lodging: Hotel Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: Step outside the front doors of the Hotel Santa Barbara and discover a tempting variety of world-class shopping, fine dining, cultural venues, superb entertainment and great beaches. The location in the heart of downtown on State Street makes the hotel the perfect starting point for your exploration.

Contact info:
533 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 805-957-9300
web: www.hotelsantabarbara.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are decorated in butter yellows and soft blues, an eclectic California-meets-French Provincial style designed for warmth and comfort. All rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking, and include: High speed wireless internet access; premium pillow-top mattresses; down feather and non-allergenic pillows; extended cable TV & HBO; voice mail; hairdryers & makeup mirror; room safe; iron & ironing board; bottled water; individual climate control; writing desk & chair; and in-room coffee maker. Starbucks coffee is served in the building.

Facility amenities: This gracious 4-story hotel is a smoke-free property with 75 rooms. A Continental Breakfast is available to guests every morning from 7:00 to 10:00AM in the lobby. You'll find a fresh array of pastries, bagels, assorted cereal, hard boiled eggs, seasonal fruit and yogurt. You may make your own waffles or the staff will gladly prepare them for you. Beverages include apple and orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Ask for your free morning newspaper at the front desk. In addition to breakfast, seasonal fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are available 24 hours. A safe deposit box is available at the front desk. The hotel provides dry cleaning and laundry services at a charge. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Free Wi-Fi is accessible in every guest room and in most of the public areas. PARKING: Valet parking is available to all hotel guests at a rate of $7.00/day.

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
For reservations, call 1-800-549-9869.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 02 - Santa Barbara Mission/Guided Walk at Lotusland
Note: Docent tour of the Santa Barbara Mission involves walking on flat, paved surfaces and uneven terrain. At Lotusland, docents interpret the garden and its history on a 2-hour walk.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at Hotel Santa Barbara.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Santa Barbara Mission

Our first stop is the Santa Barbara Mission where we will enjoy a private, guided walk. Founded in 1786, Mission Santa Barbara was the 10th of the California missions to be built. Its beautiful hilltop setting and majestic views have earned it the appellation, "Queen of the Missions".

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP CONTINUES: After lunch, we will visit Lotusland, a unique, 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito to the east of the city of Santa Barbara. Knowledgeable docents will interpret the garden and its history for us on a two-hour guided walk. The gardens were created over four decades by Madame Ganna Walska, an opera singer, who owned the property as a private residence from 1941 until her death in 1984.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. From our central hotel location there are lots of options within a short walk.

Lodging: Hotel Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: Step outside the front doors of the Hotel Santa Barbara and discover a tempting variety of world-class shopping, fine dining, cultural venues, superb entertainment and great beaches. The location in the heart of downtown on State Street makes the hotel the perfect starting point for your exploration.

Contact info:
533 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 805-957-9300
web: www.hotelsantabarbara.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are decorated in butter yellows and soft blues, an eclectic California-meets-French Provincial style designed for warmth and comfort. All rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking, and include: High speed wireless internet access; premium pillow-top mattresses; down feather and non-allergenic pillows; extended cable TV & HBO; voice mail; hairdryers & makeup mirror; room safe; iron & ironing board; bottled water; individual climate control; writing desk & chair; and in-room coffee maker. Starbucks coffee is served in the building.

Facility amenities: This gracious 4-story hotel is a smoke-free property with 75 rooms. A Continental Breakfast is available to guests every morning from 7:00 to 10:00AM in the lobby. You'll find a fresh array of pastries, bagels, assorted cereal, hard boiled eggs, seasonal fruit and yogurt. You may make your own waffles or the staff will gladly prepare them for you. Beverages include apple and orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Ask for your free morning newspaper at the front desk. In addition to breakfast, seasonal fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are available 24 hours. A safe deposit box is available at the front desk. The hotel provides dry cleaning and laundry services at a charge. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Free Wi-Fi is accessible in every guest room and in most of the public areas. PARKING: Valet parking is available to all hotel guests at a rate of $7.00/day.

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
For reservations, call 1-800-549-9869.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 03 - Fairview Gardens/Waterfront/Wine tasting
Note: Walking on uneven terrain will be encountered during our guided walk of Fairview Gardens.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at Hotel Santa Barbara

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

The same qualities that lure visitors to the Santa Barbara area also make for a bustling agricultural industry. We'll visit one of the oldest organic farms in CA to see and taste what's in season.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant using fresh, local ingredients

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Santa Barbara Waterfront

After lunch, ride the Downtown-Waterfront Shuttle, which provides frequent service along State Street and the Waterfront area. Shuttle buses and bus stops are marked with blue and black sailboat symbols. The shuttles travel on State Street from Sola Street to Stearns Wharf and along Cabrillo Boulevard.

Visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which overlooks the harbor, and discover the rich maritime history of the central coast. Located in the Santa Barbara Waterfront Center, the Museum's structure was formerly known as the Old Naval Reserve Center, which was built by the Federal Government's Works Project Administration (WPA) program during the late 1930s through the early 1940s.

HANDS ON: Wine Tasting at the Santa Barbara Winery

Taste some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County within blocks of downtown and the beach. Santa Barbara Winery is part of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, and offers both novices and aficionados the opportunity to learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County's best vineyards.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Choose from a wide variety of restaurant options or follow the group leader to a local favorite.

Evening: 1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and other art-related venues will offer free access to art in a fun and social environment.

Lodging: Hotel Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five: Friday, October 04 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at Hotel Santa Barbara

Morning: CLASS: The Story of Santa Barbara’s Flying A Studio

Hear the fascinating story of the "Flying A Studios", California's first movie studio which was built in Santa Barbara in 1910. The famous Flying A Studio dominated the pivotal time in movie history when entertainment transitioned from the old days of vaudeville and live show business to the new world of silent films. Over a thousand Western movies were filmed in the Santa Barbara area during a brief golden period before the movie industry moved south to Hollywood.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Santa Barbara program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Visitors BureauBecause Santa Barbara offers a wide range of activities, we suggest that you contact the Visitors Bureau for tourism information.

Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau

500 Montecito St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone (800) 676-1266 or (805) 966-9222

Send an email to tourism@santabarbaraca.com or vist their website.
For additional information, visit: www.santabarbaraca.com

Museum of Natural History2559 Puesta Del Sol Rd.

Phone (805) 682-4711

The museum features exhibits on regions, geology, minerals, native wildlife and marine life. Call or check the web site for current hours, admissions fees and exhibit information.
For additional information, visit: www.sbnature.org

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden1212 Mission Canyon Rd.

Phone (805) 682-4726

A "living museum" spanning 65 acres, the Botanic Garden consists of more than 5 miles of trails that wind through the garden's 1000 plus examples of native California plant life from habitats including the deserts, the Sierra Nevadas and the Channel Islands. Call the Garden or check the website for current hours and admission fees.
For additional information, visit: www.sbbg.org

Santa Barbara Museum of Art1130 State St.

Phone (805) 963-4364

The SB Art Museum is known for its American and Asian collections, and is also home to important works of photography, modern art, prints and drawings. Major touring exhibits are featured throughout the year. Call the Museum or check the website for current hours, admission fees, and exhibit information.
For additional information, visit: www.sbmuseart.org

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens500 Ninos Dr.

Phone (805) 962-5339

The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. Call the zoo or check the website at for current hours and admission fees.
For additional information, visit: www.santabarbarazoo.org


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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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