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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. 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.
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Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 18, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Check-in and Orientation
Afternoon: 5:00 pm Wine & Cheese Reception

Dinner: 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner & Orientation

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Monday, October 14 - Birding at Point Lobos and Natural History of the...
Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Birding Field Trip to Point Lobos

Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch

Afternoon: 2:00 pm Overview of the Natural History of the Monterey Peninsula led by a coastal biologist

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: The Life & Music of Scott Joplin: Listen as a fabulous pianist and Scott Joplin expert discusses and performs the American composer's works.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - Birding at Garland Park and Free Time
Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Birding Field Trip to Garland Park

Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore the area. Sack lunches provided.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: Wine, Wonderful Wine: Becoming a world wine center, Carmel Valley wines are discussed and sampled with the guidance of a local winemaker.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Day-long Birding Expedition
Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Day-long birding expedition. Sites selected at the discretion of the Master Guide based on the interests of the group.

Lunch: Sack lunches provided on field trip.

Afternoon: Field Trip continues.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: Jack London: Discuss the work and life of Jack London with Jack London himself.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Boat Trip and Birding at the Elkhorn Slough Reser...
Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Elkhorn Slough Expedition: Boat Trip

Lunch: Sack lunches provided for Field Trip

Afternoon: Birds of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve & Shore

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Campus Birding Class and Departure
Breakfast: 7:00 am Continental Breakfast

Morning: Class: Campus Birding & Summing Up

Brunch: 10:30 am Farewell Brunch & Graduation

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

Free Time Opportunities

Carmel Valley, CA
Allen Knight Maritime MuseumNear Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf
Art GalleriesOver 35 art galleries in Carmel.
Cannery RowThis street, once the home of the sardine canneries from JohnSteinbeck's "Cannery Row," now houses restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Carmel MissionVisit the historic Carmel Missionestablished by Father Junipero Serra.
Colton HallA Museum of History about the days when Monterey was theCalifornia capitol.
Fisherman's WharfStroll along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf to watch the seals, pelicans, & people.
Garland ParkHiking trails for every level of experience -- from easy, flat trails to ery challenging steep hikes.
Monterey Bay AquariumThe Monterey Bay Aquarium, on historic Cannery Row.
Monterey's Path of HistoryTake a self0guided walking tour and see the historic adobes along Monterey's Path of History.
ShoppingCarmel Rancho Carmel Barnyard Carmel Crossroads Ocean Avenue, Carmel Del Monte Center, Monterey
Walk on the beachStroll along beautiful Scenic Drive in Carmel. Sit on one of the benches overlooking the beaches of Carmel Bay from Pebble Beach to Point Lobos.

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.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips


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