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Program #21059RJ
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.
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.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: 26 Floors 499 Non-Smoking Rooms 5 Suites 232 Double-Bedded Rooms 267 Single-Bedded Rooms Downtown/City Center 2 Restaurants Rental Car Desk: Tour Desk: In Gift Shop A/C Public Areas

Contact info:
1500 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-441-4000
web: www.GoldenGatewayHotel.com

Room amenities: High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Breathtaking Views, Flat-Screen Cable TV, Mini Refrigerator Coffeemaker w Complimentary Coffees & Teas, Voice Mail, Complimentary Newspaper delivered to Room, Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, In-Room Video Check-Out

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Free wireless Internet Health/Fitness Center On-Site A/C Public Areas Pets under 35 lbs are allowed with a non-refundable $75.00 pet charge ATM/Cash Machine Concierge Services Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk WorldNews - Global Newspaper Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for rates
Road Scholar Rate is discount on best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Reception and Orientation
Afternoon: Reception, orientation, introductions and get acquainted session at hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: 26 Floors 499 Non-Smoking Rooms 5 Suites 232 Double-Bedded Rooms 267 Single-Bedded Rooms Downtown/City Center 2 Restaurants Rental Car Desk: Tour Desk: In Gift Shop A/C Public Areas

Contact info:
1500 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-441-4000
web: www.GoldenGatewayHotel.com

Room amenities: High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Breathtaking Views, Flat-Screen Cable TV, Mini Refrigerator Coffeemaker w Complimentary Coffees & Teas, Voice Mail, Complimentary Newspaper delivered to Room, Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, In-Room Video Check-Out

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Free wireless Internet Health/Fitness Center On-Site A/C Public Areas Pets under 35 lbs are allowed with a non-refundable $75.00 pet charge ATM/Cash Machine Concierge Services Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk WorldNews - Global Newspaper Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for rates
Road Scholar Rate is discount on best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - Chinatown/California History
Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel restaurant

Morning: Separate introductory lectures for children and adults on the Gold Rush period.

Lunch: Group lunch in Chinatown.

Afternoon: Walking exploration of Barbary Coast and Chinatown.

Dinner: Group dinner enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Evening: Children's activities and adult lectures will cover California's journey to statehood and the growth of San Francisco's population.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: 26 Floors 499 Non-Smoking Rooms 5 Suites 232 Double-Bedded Rooms 267 Single-Bedded Rooms Downtown/City Center 2 Restaurants Rental Car Desk: Tour Desk: In Gift Shop A/C Public Areas

Contact info:
1500 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-441-4000
web: www.GoldenGatewayHotel.com

Room amenities: High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Breathtaking Views, Flat-Screen Cable TV, Mini Refrigerator Coffeemaker w Complimentary Coffees & Teas, Voice Mail, Complimentary Newspaper delivered to Room, Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, In-Room Video Check-Out

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Free wireless Internet Health/Fitness Center On-Site A/C Public Areas Pets under 35 lbs are allowed with a non-refundable $75.00 pet charge ATM/Cash Machine Concierge Services Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk WorldNews - Global Newspaper Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for rates
Road Scholar Rate is discount on best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - Visit to the Academy of Science/ Kite Flying
Breakfast: American breakfast at hotel restaurant

Morning: This morning we take the bus to the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park – the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. It’s a stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals. Admission to the California Academy of Sciences includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof. Admission to this popular Bay Area attraction includes a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks and more.

Lunch: A lunch voucher will be provided to use in the Academy restaurant or cafe.

Afternoon: Continue your visit to the Academy or take an optional excursion with the group leader; a visit to the de Young Tower, with panoramic views of the city. The de Young is a 5 minute walk from the Acedmy. This afternoon we fly kites in Golden Gate Park, kites provided.

Dinner: Dinner independent, suggestions will be provided

Evening: Evening free to pursue personal interests. An opportunity to take in a play or baseball game.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: 26 Floors 499 Non-Smoking Rooms 5 Suites 232 Double-Bedded Rooms 267 Single-Bedded Rooms Downtown/City Center 2 Restaurants Rental Car Desk: Tour Desk: In Gift Shop A/C Public Areas

Contact info:
1500 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-441-4000
web: www.GoldenGatewayHotel.com

Room amenities: High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Breathtaking Views, Flat-Screen Cable TV, Mini Refrigerator Coffeemaker w Complimentary Coffees & Teas, Voice Mail, Complimentary Newspaper delivered to Room, Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, In-Room Video Check-Out

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Free wireless Internet Health/Fitness Center On-Site A/C Public Areas Pets under 35 lbs are allowed with a non-refundable $75.00 pet charge ATM/Cash Machine Concierge Services Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk WorldNews - Global Newspaper Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for rates
Road Scholar Rate is discount on best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Maritime Museum/Hyde Street Pier/Fisherman's Whar...
Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Excursion to the Maritime Museum's historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier. Here it is possible to board a square-rigged tall ship and several other vessels on display. A National Park Service Ranger will guide us through the ships, giving an in depth look at life aboard these old ships

Lunch: Select from one of many venues available in the Fisherman's Wharf area.

Afternoon: At your leisure, explore Fisherman's wharf. Visit the Aquarium (tickets provided) and perhaps the Musee Mechanique, a collection of 19th century mechanical toys, the USS Pampanito, and many other attractions. The group leader will make sure you know of all the options in the area.

Dinner: Dinner free to explore personal choice with many suggestions provided both in waterfront and surrounding area.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: 26 Floors 499 Non-Smoking Rooms 5 Suites 232 Double-Bedded Rooms 267 Single-Bedded Rooms Downtown/City Center 2 Restaurants Rental Car Desk: Tour Desk: In Gift Shop A/C Public Areas

Contact info:
1500 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-441-4000
web: www.GoldenGatewayHotel.com

Room amenities: High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Breathtaking Views, Flat-Screen Cable TV, Mini Refrigerator Coffeemaker w Complimentary Coffees & Teas, Voice Mail, Complimentary Newspaper delivered to Room, Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, In-Room Video Check-Out

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Free wireless Internet Health/Fitness Center On-Site A/C Public Areas Pets under 35 lbs are allowed with a non-refundable $75.00 pet charge ATM/Cash Machine Concierge Services Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk WorldNews - Global Newspaper Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for rates
Road Scholar Rate is discount on best available rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Pier 39/Alcatraz/Festive Farewell Dinner
Note: A public bus is taken to board the ferry at Pier 33 for the 20 minute ride to Alcatraz Much of Alcatraz is steep and hilly; the walking distance from the dock to the cell house at the top of the island is about 1/4 mile and the elevation change is 130 feet. A tram is available for people who do not wish to climb the hill.

Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Presentation on Alcatraz with stories of the notorious inmates and daring escape attempts.

Lunch: Choose from a variety of vendors at Pier 39. After lunch, be sure to check out the California Sea Lions on the docks at Pier 39.

Afternoon: The history of Alcatraz--The Rock-- includes a Civil War fortress, federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement. Visiting Alcatraz is a self guided experience which you can do at your own pace. Park Service staff offer free programs throughout the day on a variety of topics: escapes, military history, American Indian occupation, natural history, etc. Once on the island you can stay as long or as short as you wish - there is a ferry departing about every half hour and you can return to San Francisco on any ferry. The group leader will let you know which ferry she will be taking back. There are numerous videos and exhibits on the island, as well as a complimentary cell house audio tour which covers the penitentiary era (1934 - 1963). On arriving at the Alcatraz dock, you will be greeted by a park ranger who will give you a brief orientation including information on any special activities available that day. The weather on Alcatraz can be some what unpredictable and can change quickly - it may be warm and sunny in the city and very windy and cool on the island. Summer days can sometimes be as cool as winter due to thick fog and strong winds. We recommend dressing in layers. There is no food service available on the island - only water is available on site. Eating, drinking and smoking are only allowed at the dock level. (Alcatraz Island information courtesy of the National Park Service)

Dinner: The farewell dinner will be on Fisherman's Wharf with panoramic views of the Bay and Golden Gate

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Adult and children's session
Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel restaurant

Morning: Morning wrap up sessions for both adults and children.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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