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.Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.
FOR THE DURATION OF THIS PROGRAM--Menus are contracted for the program 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: 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. 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.
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: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Dinner
For a spectacular view of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco landmarks, we'll take the elevator to the 9th floor of the de Young Museum.
Continue to the Academy of Sciences – 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.Lunch: Lunch at Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate ParkAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we'll take a guided visit of historic Mission Dolores. Missión San Francisco de Asís was founded June 29, 1776, under the direction of Father Junipero Serra and is both the oldest, original intact Mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco.
We continue our San Francisco exploration with a guided walking tour of Chinatown. San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. View some of the alleys, temples, and shops as we learn the colorful history of this unique area.Dinner: Our final destination will be the North Beach area of the city where we'll enjoy dinner at one of its classic Italian restaurants. North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and Russian Hill.Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At the Cable Car Museum, learn about the inventor, technologies, builders, rapid expansion, near loss and the ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the cable cars of San Francisco.
Next stop is the 210-foot Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill which was built with funds left to the City by philanthropist Lillie Hitchcock Coit for the beautification of San Francisco.
Next is a visit to the Ferry Building. Opening in 1898 on the site of the 1875 wooden Ferry House, the Ferry Building became the transportation focal point for anyone arriving by train from the East, as well as from all the East Bay and Marin residents who worked in the city.Lunch: Lunch at one of the many venues near or in the Ferry Building Marketplace.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, board a boat of the Blue & Gold Fleet for a Bay Cruise Adventure to experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay. The fully narrated one-hour tour sails along San Francisco’s historic waterfront where there's no better way to experience unobstructed views of sensational skylines in every direction. Sail past the PIER 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and circle Alcatraz Island.
Back ashore enjoy a guided visit to Fisherman's Wharf. Most of the boats berthed at Fisherman’s Wharf belong to a third generation of fishing craft piloted by descendants of the fishermen who have made their livelihoods on the waters of San Francisco Bay for many generations.Dinner: Another "must" in any visit to San Francisco is to have a meal at Fisherman's Wharf so dinner tonight will be at a well-known Wharf restaurant.Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Based on your interests, view the exhibits and attend Aquarium programs. The program schedule is subject to change, so please check with the information desk when you arrive for current show times. Programs are free with Aquarium admission.Dinner: Dinner at local restaurantEvening: CLASS: Overview of Monterey areaLodging: Best Western Victorian Inn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chief among the scenic attractions is the Lone Cypress Tree, a salt pruned tree which is the official symbol of Pebble Beach. The road also provides access to Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, and other golf courses around the community.
In Carmel our first stop is the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. The Basilica Church, a registered National Historic Landmark, is the centerpiece of the Mission.
Behind the Basilica, in the Munrás courtyard, one will find the Munrás Family Heritage Museum. It displays the treasured keepsakes of one prominent Monterey family. The cell used by Blessed Junipero Serra (and where he died in 1784) is found in Convento Museum, through which one exits the Mission complex.Lunch: Lunch in Carmel Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is a small city founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, the town is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we continue to Pt. Lobos Reserve. Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Point Lobos has offered many delights to millions of people who have visited it over the years.Dinner: Dinner in MontereyLodging: Best Western Victorian Inn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Napa is the premier wine-making region in the United States. We'll enjoy a tour and tasting at Mumm Champagne Cellars where you'll learn each step in the process of making sparkling wine in the traditional French methods.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The first American settlers began arriving in the 1840’s. Samuel Brannan was the leader of a settlement expedition on the ship Brooklyn, which landed in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1846. Following the discovery of gold in Sacramento, Brannan pursued many business ventures, which made him California’s first millionaire. Fascinated by Calistoga’s natural hot springs, Brannan purchased more than 2,000 acres with the intent to develop a spa reminiscent of Saratoga in New York.
It is rumored that the name Calistoga is a combination of the words California and Saratoga. A 6-meter diorama of this early Calistoga can be seen in the Sharpsteen Museum. The Sharpsteen Museum's permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post World War I with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the period of U.S. emigration and development.Lunch: Lunch in CalistogaAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Guided visit and tasting at Castello di Amorosa. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, the Castello di Amorosa is located near Calistoga, California. It is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885. Sattui claims to have spent nearly all his resources during the 14 year process of building this medieval replica castle on the vineyard grounds.
Next we take a short drive to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone which features a wide variety of innovative programs and facilities for culinarians. After our guided visit we enjoy a wine and hors d'oeuvres tasting.Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: PERFORMANCE: Evening entertainmentLodging: Hilton Garden Inn NapaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program ends after a drop off at San Francisco Airport at approximately 11:00AM, followed by a return to the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf. The return time of 11:00AM at SFO is not guaranteed.
This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our 'On the Road: San Francisco, Monterey and Napa Valley' program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast