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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 Aug 4 — Aug 9, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 26-story Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround, offers fantastic city views. The newly-renovated guest rooms begin on the 6th floor. Located in the lower Nob Hill / Pacific Heights neighborhood, the hotel is near all major attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. The hotel has a gym and rooftop outdoor heated pool.

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

Room amenities: The standard guestrooms are configured with two double beds, one queen, or one king bed. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch flat-screen television with pay-per-view and premium cable channels as well as an in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker. Other amenities include an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, private in-suite bathrooms, premium cable TV channels, pay-per-view movies, in-room Wii video gaming, blackout drapes, clock radio, spacious desk, and complimentary newspaper. All rooms are smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Guests of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel enjoy a number of advantages including comfortable, spacious hotel rooms, two onsite restaurants, and an outdoor, heated swimming pool boasting views of the city. The hotel provides fitness and business centers that are open 24 hours-a-day. Other amenities include: car rental desk, tour desk in the gift shop, ATM, concierge services, newsstand, bellman, dry cleaning/laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box at the front desk. All guest rooms are non-smoking; however, smoking is allowed in the pool area. PARKING: A large, indoor, self-park garage is available at the hotel for a fee of $45.60 per day, tax included. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call in-house reservations, and ask for a 10% discount off the Best Flex Rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 04 - Reception/Orientation/Introductions
Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. 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 in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: 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: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 26-story Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround, offers fantastic city views. The newly-renovated guest rooms begin on the 6th floor. Located in the lower Nob Hill / Pacific Heights neighborhood, the hotel is near all major attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. The hotel has a gym and rooftop outdoor heated pool.

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

Room amenities: The standard guestrooms are configured with two double beds, one queen, or one king bed. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch flat-screen television with pay-per-view and premium cable channels as well as an in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker. Other amenities include an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, private in-suite bathrooms, premium cable TV channels, pay-per-view movies, in-room Wii video gaming, blackout drapes, clock radio, spacious desk, and complimentary newspaper. All rooms are smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Guests of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel enjoy a number of advantages including comfortable, spacious hotel rooms, two onsite restaurants, and an outdoor, heated swimming pool boasting views of the city. The hotel provides fitness and business centers that are open 24 hours-a-day. Other amenities include: car rental desk, tour desk in the gift shop, ATM, concierge services, newsstand, bellman, dry cleaning/laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box at the front desk. All guest rooms are non-smoking; however, smoking is allowed in the pool area. PARKING: A large, indoor, self-park garage is available at the hotel for a fee of $45.60 per day, tax included. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call in-house reservations, and ask for a 10% discount off the Best Flex Rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 05 - Hyde Street Pier/The Damnedest Finest Ruins
Note: Group will take public bus from hotel to Hyde Street Pier for one hour docent-led visit of the 1886 square rigger Balclutha followed by free time to explore other historic vessels on the pier.

Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hyde Street Pier offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. There are many historic vessels to explore.

The Balclutha is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world. Launched in 1886 by the Charles Connell and Company shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland, the ship carried goods around Cape Horn 17 times.

The CA Thayer is a wooden-hulled, three-masted schooner, designed for carrying lumber. She was built in 1895 in Northern California at Hans D. Bendixsen’s shipyard in Fairhaven, CA.

The Eureka, built in 1890, is a wooden-hulled, sidewheel paddle steamboat. From the passenger deck up, she is nearly identical fore and aft. Her "double-end" design made disembarking quicker and easier. Eureka's large "walking beam" steam engine remains intact.

The Alma is a wooden-hulled scow schooner built in 1891 to carry bulk cargo. The flat-bottomed hull was designed to navigate the shallow waters of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and to rest on the bottom at low tide. With few bridges and connecting roads, scow schooners delivered goods all over the Bay and Delta much as trucks do today. By 1880 there were 250 sailing scows on San Francisco Bay.

The Hercules is a steam powered tug built for ocean towing. The 151-foot ship, of riveted steel construction, still contains her original triple expansion steam engine. Built on the East Coast in 1907, she towed her sister ship from Camden, New Jersey around South America to San Francisco.

The Eppleton Hall is a steam-powered sidewheeler built in 1914 in England designed to tow ocean-going colliers on the River Tyne.

The Wapama was constructed in 1915 almost entirely of Douglas fir in St. Helens, Oregon. A wooden steamship, it is the last survivor of the approximately 235 steam schooners that were built on the West Coast. (Vessel information courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park).

Lunch: Independent lunch. Select from one of many venues available in the Fisherman's Wharf area/Pier 39. Suggestions will be provided.

Afternoon: At your leisure, explore Fisherman's Wharf. Visit the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 (tickets provided) and perhaps the Musee Mechanique, a collection of 19th century mechanical toys, the USS Pampanito, the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien and many other attractions. The group leader will make sure you know of all the options in the area.

Dinner: Group dinner enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Evening: CLASS: Children's activities and adult lectures will cover California's journey to statehood and the growth of San Francisco's population. Adult lecture will include viewing instructor James Dalessandro's The Damnedest Finest Ruins, a documentary about the 1906 earthquake.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 26-story Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround, offers fantastic city views. The newly-renovated guest rooms begin on the 6th floor. Located in the lower Nob Hill / Pacific Heights neighborhood, the hotel is near all major attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. The hotel has a gym and rooftop outdoor heated pool.

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

Room amenities: The standard guestrooms are configured with two double beds, one queen, or one king bed. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch flat-screen television with pay-per-view and premium cable channels as well as an in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker. Other amenities include an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, private in-suite bathrooms, premium cable TV channels, pay-per-view movies, in-room Wii video gaming, blackout drapes, clock radio, spacious desk, and complimentary newspaper. All rooms are smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Guests of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel enjoy a number of advantages including comfortable, spacious hotel rooms, two onsite restaurants, and an outdoor, heated swimming pool boasting views of the city. The hotel provides fitness and business centers that are open 24 hours-a-day. Other amenities include: car rental desk, tour desk in the gift shop, ATM, concierge services, newsstand, bellman, dry cleaning/laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box at the front desk. All guest rooms are non-smoking; however, smoking is allowed in the pool area. PARKING: A large, indoor, self-park garage is available at the hotel for a fee of $45.60 per day, tax included. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call in-house reservations, and ask for a 10% discount off the Best Flex Rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 06 - San Francisco History/Chinatown/San Francisco Cab...
San Francisco History/Chinatown/San Francisco Cable Car Museum/Barbary Coast

Note: Group will take a cable car to Chinatown for lunch. Following lunch, there will be a docent-led walking exploration through Chinatown and the Barbary Coast which includes a stop in the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.

Breakfast: American breakfast at hotel restaurant

Morning: CLASS: Separate introductory lectures for children and adults on the Gold Rush era

Lunch: Group lunch in Chinatown. We will take one of San Francisco's iconic cable cars to lunch.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Walking exploration of Barbary Coast and Chinatown which includes a stop in the San Francisco Cable Car Museum. Cable cars began running in San Francisco in 1873 so 2013 marks the 135th anniversary of the cable car.

Dinner: Independent dinner; suggestions will be provided

Evening: Free evening to pursue personal interests.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 26-story Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround, offers fantastic city views. The newly-renovated guest rooms begin on the 6th floor. Located in the lower Nob Hill / Pacific Heights neighborhood, the hotel is near all major attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. The hotel has a gym and rooftop outdoor heated pool.

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

Room amenities: The standard guestrooms are configured with two double beds, one queen, or one king bed. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch flat-screen television with pay-per-view and premium cable channels as well as an in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker. Other amenities include an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, private in-suite bathrooms, premium cable TV channels, pay-per-view movies, in-room Wii video gaming, blackout drapes, clock radio, spacious desk, and complimentary newspaper. All rooms are smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Guests of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel enjoy a number of advantages including comfortable, spacious hotel rooms, two onsite restaurants, and an outdoor, heated swimming pool boasting views of the city. The hotel provides fitness and business centers that are open 24 hours-a-day. Other amenities include: car rental desk, tour desk in the gift shop, ATM, concierge services, newsstand, bellman, dry cleaning/laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box at the front desk. All guest rooms are non-smoking; however, smoking is allowed in the pool area. PARKING: A large, indoor, self-park garage is available at the hotel for a fee of $45.60 per day, tax included. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call in-house reservations, and ask for a 10% discount off the Best Flex Rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 07 - California Academy of Sciences/Kite Flying
Note: Group will take a public bus to the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: 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 Cafe.

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

Dinner: Independent dinnner, suggestions will be provided.

Evening: Free evening to pursue personal interests.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 26-story Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround, offers fantastic city views. The newly-renovated guest rooms begin on the 6th floor. Located in the lower Nob Hill / Pacific Heights neighborhood, the hotel is near all major attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. The hotel has a gym and rooftop outdoor heated pool.

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

Room amenities: The standard guestrooms are configured with two double beds, one queen, or one king bed. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch flat-screen television with pay-per-view and premium cable channels as well as an in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker. Other amenities include an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, private in-suite bathrooms, premium cable TV channels, pay-per-view movies, in-room Wii video gaming, blackout drapes, clock radio, spacious desk, and complimentary newspaper. All rooms are smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Guests of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel enjoy a number of advantages including comfortable, spacious hotel rooms, two onsite restaurants, and an outdoor, heated swimming pool boasting views of the city. The hotel provides fitness and business centers that are open 24 hours-a-day. Other amenities include: car rental desk, tour desk in the gift shop, ATM, concierge services, newsstand, bellman, dry cleaning/laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box at the front desk. All guest rooms are non-smoking; however, smoking is allowed in the pool area. PARKING: A large, indoor, self-park garage is available at the hotel for a fee of $45.60 per day, tax included. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call in-house reservations, and ask for a 10% discount off the Best Flex Rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 08 - Pier 39/Alcatraz/Festive Farewell Dinner
Note: A public bus is taken to Pier 39 for lunch, followed by a 15 minute walk along the Embarcadero 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: CLASS: Presentation on Alcatraz with stories of the notorious inmates and daring escape attempts

Lunch: Choose from a variety of vendors at Pier 39. Vouchers will be provided.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: 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: Farewell dinner in hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, August 09 - Wrap-up of Week in San Francisco.
Breakfast: American breakfast at the hotel restaurant

Morning: CLASS: Morning wrap-up sessions for both adults and children

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Francisco, CA
Coit TowerBuilt to fulfill the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who left funds to be used to beautify the city she loved, Coit Tower is an icon on the San Francisco skyline, a simple tower crowning Telegraph Hill overlooking the San Francisco waterfront.Coit Tower visitors come here mostly for the views: sweeping waterfront vistas from the parking lot and observation deck, and for cityscapes best seen from the small park behind the tower. You'll often hear guides and claiming that Coit Tower is supposed to look like the nozzle of a fire hose, but designers Arthur Brown Jr. and Henry Howard always denied it, and in fact, it looks more like the towers at London's Battersea Power Station, completed one year earlier.
For additional information, visit: http://www.sftravel.com/coit-tower-san-francisco.html
ExploratoriumLocated right on San Francisco Bay at Pier 15, the Exploratorium is a 21st century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. The hands-on exhibits ignite curiosity and encourage exploration. Dive in and discover.
For additional information, visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocoate ShopThe Ghirardelli Chocolate Company began its rich history of chocolate making at Ghirardelli Square in 1852. Visit the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Manufactory, where you can view the original chocolate manufacturing equipment.
For additional information, visit: http://www.ghirardellisq.com/ghirardelli-chocolate-Shop
Musee MecaniqueThe Musee Mecanique is one of the world's largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. You can play them! Located on Pier 45, free admission.
For additional information, visit: http://www.museemecaniquesf.com/
SS Jeremiah O'BrienThe SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two remaining functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during WWII. Berthed at Pier 45, the O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate.
For additional information, visit: http://www.ssjeremiahobrien.org/
TCHOLocated at Pier 17, the TCHO Factory experience includes a presentation and factory tour with the most knowledgeable and entertaining chocolate experts in town, as well as an in-depth guided tasting of their flavor-driven, artisan chocolate. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the history of chocolate, the unique TCHOSource program of direct training and investments in cocoa farmers, and how they manufacture their New American Chocolate from scratch.
For additional information, visit: http://www.tcho.com/tour/
USS PampanitoUSS Pampanito is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is open for visitors daily at Pier 45. The Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others.
For additional information, visit: http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm

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11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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