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Program #20120RJ
11 Days | 10 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 Oct 18 — Oct 28, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The waterfront Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport hotel at Liberty Station is nestled along the water and located just minutes from SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the historic Gaslamp district. The hotel is nestled along the waterfront in the heart of Liberty Station, an urban re-development of the historic Naval Training Center. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, spa facilities and museums, the hotel is also adjacent to a beautiful 46-acre waterfront park that offers bike & kayak rentals. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar and delicatessen. There are 5,000 sq ft of meeting space and 200 guest rooms.

Contact info:
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106 USA
phone: 619-221-1900
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanal-courtyard-san-diego-airport-liberty-station/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed and include free high-speed Internet access (wired and wireless); cotton-rich linens; iHome docking stations and 32" HDTVs. In addition to the general amenities, guest rooms are also furnished with a hair dryer, iron/ironing board, mini-fridge, and coffee maker.

Facility amenities: This four-story hotel provides stunning waterfront views of downtown San Diego; complimentary on-site parking and airport shuttle service for its guests; an on-site Fitness Center; a Business Center; coffee in the Lobby; outdoor swimming pool with a waterside deli and fire pit; and safe deposit boxes. Guests may relax at one of the hotel's stylish on-site restaurants, bars or waterside deli, and choose between indoor or outdoor seating. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas.

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
Call the hotel directly for early arrival availability and rates, which will be based upon room availability. The Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station hotel is the starting point for this On The Road moving program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, October 18 - Independent Arrivals
Note: Participants should be able to get on/off a motorcoach, climb stairs where accommodations do not have elevator access to second floor rooms and be able to walk up to 1.5 mi/day on scheduled activities. Program is an active, moving adventure in which participants will be 'on the road' every day with access to your rooms at the beginning and end of each day. Porterage is not included so you will be responsible for transferring your luggage to and from the motor coach.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the hotel 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, 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 at hotel

NOTE FOR ALL MEALS: 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 program 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: 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: Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The waterfront Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport hotel at Liberty Station is nestled along the water and located just minutes from SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the historic Gaslamp district. The hotel is nestled along the waterfront in the heart of Liberty Station, an urban re-development of the historic Naval Training Center. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, spa facilities and museums, the hotel is also adjacent to a beautiful 46-acre waterfront park that offers bike & kayak rentals. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar and delicatessen. There are 5,000 sq ft of meeting space and 200 guest rooms.

Contact info:
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106 USA
phone: 619-221-1900
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanal-courtyard-san-diego-airport-liberty-station/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed and include free high-speed Internet access (wired and wireless); cotton-rich linens; iHome docking stations and 32" HDTVs. In addition to the general amenities, guest rooms are also furnished with a hair dryer, iron/ironing board, mini-fridge, and coffee maker.

Facility amenities: This four-story hotel provides stunning waterfront views of downtown San Diego; complimentary on-site parking and airport shuttle service for its guests; an on-site Fitness Center; a Business Center; coffee in the Lobby; outdoor swimming pool with a waterside deli and fire pit; and safe deposit boxes. Guests may relax at one of the hotel's stylish on-site restaurants, bars or waterside deli, and choose between indoor or outdoor seating. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas.

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
Call the hotel directly for early arrival availability and rates, which will be based upon room availability. The Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station hotel is the starting point for this On The Road moving program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, October 19 - San Diego
Note: For San Diego tour, one must be able to get on/off the motorcoach and walk short distances. All of the destinations are flat terrain except at Point Loma/Cabrillo Monument. The Visitors Center is flat, but the walk up to the lighthouse is a moderate grade with good sidewalk – takes 5-10 minutes depending on speed.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: All day bus trip, with step-on guide, exploring San Diego's history, different communities, and attractions including Coronado Island, Balboa Park, Old Town and Cabrillo National Monument

Lunch: Lunch at Casa Guadalajara

Enjoy an award-winning cuisine reflecting dishes of the regional villages of Mexico. Guests are served in a festive indoor dining room or colorful outdoor patio enhanced by enchanting gardens, tile fountains, strolling mariachis and, of course, giant frothy margaritas and handmade tortillas.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: CLASS: Pacific Coast Highway related topic

Lodging: Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship. A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, award-winning onboard restaurants and dining, a wedding chapel, 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com

Room amenities: The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level. No two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. All staterooms are air-conditioned and larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Each room is equipped with a telephone, iPod docking station and alarm clock; 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattress; and Crabtree Evelyn bath products. Room service is available. Bed Configuration: The variety of bed configurations includes 1 king, 1 queen, 1 full or 2 twins.

Facility amenities: Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable portholes, there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30's, 40’s and 50’s. From historic shipwalk tours and an onboard Art Gallery to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and fitness room, and various events, there is a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. The Queen Mary is a 100% non-smoking hotel. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Wi-Fi is available on board the Queen Mary in all rooms for a fee per computer of $5.99 for 60 minutes, or $9.99 for 24 hours. You can set up your WiFi access at the hotel front desk. A credit card is required.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, October 20 - Oceanside/Laguna Beach/Queen Mary
Note: Amount of walking at Surf Museum and downtown Laguna is based upon interest level. Guided walk of the Queen Mary is 90 minutes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Motorcoach departs the hotel for our trip north on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)--one of the most beautiful road trips in the world.

We'll stop first at Oceanside to visit the California Surf Museum for a look at the history and culture of surfing in California.

Lunch: Lunch in Laguna Beach.

CLASS: During lunch, listen to a brief history of the Laguna Beach Art Colony.

After lunch, take time to explore downtown Laguna Beach where you'll find a casual walking environment in which you can explore galleries and one-of-a-kind shops along Forest and Ocean Avenues.

Afternoon: Continue north by motorcoach to Long Beach and the Queen Mary.

FIELD TRIP: After checking into your stateroom, join our Behind-the-Scenes Guided Walk which offers a deeper look into the ship's history, from her construction and launch to her days as a passenger vessel and troopship.

Dinner: Dinner in the Promenade Cafe onboard the Queen Mary

The Promenade Cafe offers American favorites in a casual dining experience.

Evening: CLASS: 'J. Paul Getty and His Collection' introduces the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles which houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.

Lodging: The Queen Mary Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Harbor View Inn is a family friendly, resort-style hotel that provides an ideal location for those wishing to experience the best that Santa Barbara has to offer---from the beautiful Pacific coastline (the Inn sits right across the street from the ocean and a white sandy beach) to the charming shops and restaurants along State Street.

Contact info:
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 800-755-0222
web: www.harborviewinnsb.com/

Room amenities: All guest rooms feature the same amenities and are as follows: All rooms include a private patio or balcony and added amenities like terry cloth robes, coffeemaker, CD player, personal safe, iron and board, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe and a daily newspaper delivered to your door. Your remote-control flat screen TV has cable service with free HBO and pay per-view movies and games.

Facility amenities: This boutique resort hotel include 102 spacious, well-appointed guest rooms and many amenities. The Harbor View Inn's ocean-view pool is a spectacular place to relax amid blooming colors and tropical palm trees. Or you can soak in the jacuzzi and watch the sunset. The adults-only fitness center features treadmill, elliptical trainers, stationary bike, universal gym and free weights. The gift shop serves as a convenient place to purchase toiletries and other swim/sun essentials. The business center offers 24-hour access to the internet through a desktop computer as well as printer and copier access. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in all guest rooms and public areas. Road Scholar guests should request the password when they check in.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, October 21 - Getty Center/Santa Barbara
Note: At Getty Center, a computer-operated tram runs from street-level entrance to top of hill. Getty Center art collection is displayed in four buildings, three of which have two floors; the fourth building has three floors. Walking between museum buildings is generally on flat, paved surfaces. Optional guided docent walks of art, architecture or gardens last about an hour. Elevators are available. Amount of walking is determined by interest level. Access to Getty Garden involves a slight incline.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Promenade Cafe onboard Queen Mary

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Motorcoach departs Queen Mary for Getty Center

The Getty Center presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. Explore the museum and grounds on your own or join one of the public tours.

Lunch: Lunch at the Getty Center will be on your own to give you an opportunity to view the art at your leisure.

•The Garden Terrace Café offers coffee, lunch, and snacks in an outdoor setting overlooking the Central Garden in the Exhibitions Pavilion building. •The Café at the Getty Center is a self-service café with an extensive menu which includes include pizza, sandwiches, burgers, soups, pastas and salads. •Reservations are suggested for the Restaurant, a full-service facility with views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Lunch is served Tuesday-Saturday 11:30AM-2:30PM. Make reservations for the restaurant by calling (310) 440-6810.

Afternoon: After checking into the hotel in the late afternoon, spend time walking along the Santa Barbara beach or Stearns Wharf, located across the street from hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in Santa Barbara

Lodging: Harbor View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Harbor View Inn is a family friendly, resort-style hotel that provides an ideal location for those wishing to experience the best that Santa Barbara has to offer---from the beautiful Pacific coastline (the Inn sits right across the street from the ocean and a white sandy beach) to the charming shops and restaurants along State Street.

Contact info:
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 800-755-0222
web: www.harborviewinnsb.com/

Room amenities: All guest rooms feature the same amenities and are as follows: All rooms include a private patio or balcony and added amenities like terry cloth robes, coffeemaker, CD player, personal safe, iron and board, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe and a daily newspaper delivered to your door. Your remote-control flat screen TV has cable service with free HBO and pay per-view movies and games.

Facility amenities: This boutique resort hotel include 102 spacious, well-appointed guest rooms and many amenities. The Harbor View Inn's ocean-view pool is a spectacular place to relax amid blooming colors and tropical palm trees. Or you can soak in the jacuzzi and watch the sunset. The adults-only fitness center features treadmill, elliptical trainers, stationary bike, universal gym and free weights. The gift shop serves as a convenient place to purchase toiletries and other swim/sun essentials. The business center offers 24-hour access to the internet through a desktop computer as well as printer and copier access. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in all guest rooms and public areas. Road Scholar guests should request the password when they check in.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, October 22 - Santa Barbara Mission & Courthouse/Free Afternoon
Note: Guided walk at the Santa Barbara Mission involves walking on uneven terrain; no elevators available.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Private guided walks through Santa Barbara Mission and Courthouse.

The "Queen of the Missions" was founded by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1786. The 10th of California's 21 missions, this is the only one to be continuously occupied and used since its founding. Explore eight restored rooms, the cloister gardens, chapel, historic cemetary, and beautiful Moorish fountains and courtyard.

Later we will enjoy a private one hour guided walk of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, the jewel in Santa Barbara's architectural crown. A bonus is the must-see view of Santa Barbara from the top of the 85 foot clock tower.

Lunch: Lunch on your own--Enjoy an opportunity to savor the flavors of Santa Barbara at the restaurant of your choice.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON

Explore the sights of Santa Barbara on your own. 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 and the shuttles travel on State Street from Sola Street to Stearns Wharf and along Cabrillo Boulevard.

Suggested sites are the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Art Museum, Zoo, Presidio State Historic Park, Maritime Museum, Ty Warner Sea Center, and Urban Wine Trail.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in Santa Barbara

Lodging: Harbor View Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is located just three miles south of Hearst Castle. It is Cambria and San Simeon's only oceanfront accommodation and affords the traveler spectacular natural beauty, comfortable lodging and gracious hospitality. Situated on California's scenic Highway 1, one of the world's most beautiful roadways, this property is a gateway to viewing migrating Gray Whales (in season), California sea otters and sea lions, and some of California's finest vineyards and wineries.

Contact info:
9415 Hearst Drive
San Simeon, CA 93452-9724 USA
phone: 805-927-4688
web: http://bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best-western-plus-cavalier-oceanfront-resort

Room amenities: Guest rooms are tastefully appointed and have one king or two queen-size beds. Amenities include cable satellite television with HBO, AM/FM alarm clock, coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, hairdryer and iron/board. Handicapped-accessible rooms are available with 1 king or 2 queen bed configurations. Bathrooms have grab bars and some have roll-in showers. Ground floor rooms are available.

Facility amenities: The BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort features an on-site restaurant, outdoor heated pool, spa and exercise facility (open from 9:00AM to 9:00PM), gift shop, and concierge services. It is a 100% smoke free hotel. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free Wi-Fi high-speed internet access is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. Guest rooms are also hard-wired with Ethernet cables.

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


Day Six: Thursday, October 23 - Santa Ynez Wine Country/San Simeon
Note: Stops in Santa Ynez wine country may involve walking on uneven terrain in Los Olivos and vineyard. The visit to Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony requires walking on a boardwalk. There is no elevator at the hotel in San Simeon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Half day narrated bus tour of Santa Ynez Valley

Our guide is a local wine expert who has participated in every step of the winegrowing/winemaking process from pruning through picking, de-stemming, crushing, pressing, fermenting, maturing, racking, bottling and, of course, drinking.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: In Los Alamos, at Global Gardens, Theo Stephen, proprietess will educate us on the many nuances of Extra Virgin Olive Oil as we taste a variety of olive oil samples.

Lunch: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Wine tasting and gourmet box lunch during a tour of a local vineyard and winery

Afternoon: While traveling to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, view "Hearst Castle - Building the Dream", a 40 minute National Geographic Movie which highlights the castle's rich history and surroundings and the inspirations which led William Randolph Hearst to construct his architectural masterpiece.

FIELD TRIP: Hearst Castle Visitor Center

Exhibits located in the Visitor Center offer guests an insightful look into the Castle, its architect Julia Morgan, and its owner W.R. Hearst.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in San Simeon

Lodging: Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel offers its guests the pleasures of a seaside vacation and close proximity to the major attractions of the Monterey Bay area such as the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and the unique shops and restaurants along Cannery Row. There's a nearby recreation trail, which is great for scenic runs, walks or bike rides.

Contact info:
487 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
phone: 831-373-8000
web: www.victorianinn.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room features a marble gas fireplace, spacious bathroom, armoire and either a private balcony, patio or window seat from which to soak up the sea air. Additional amenities include dual sinks, in-room refrigerators and coffee makers, honor bars, free local calls, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Each guest room is furnished with a 42 inch high-definition TV.

Facility amenities: Distinctive features of this boutique hotel include spacious accommodations, in-room marble fireplaces, private patios, balconies or window seats where guests can soak up ocean breezes, and an evening wine and cheese reception featuring award-winning Ventana Vineyards wines. Guests may also enjoy the outdoor hot tub on the property. There are no laundry facilities on the premises, although the front desk staff will facilitate guests in locating a nearby laundromat. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, October 24 - Hearst Castle/Big Sur
Note: The Grand Rooms guided walk at Hearst Castle consists of approximately 106 stairs (up and down) and is about 2/3 mile in length. The tour duration is 45 minutes with a considerable amount of standing and no opportunity to sit or rest. At the end of the guided portion, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your leisure around the Neptune Pool.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Guided Walk Through Hearst Castle

On the Grand Rooms Tour, travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at The Enchanted Hill, known today as Hearst Castle, one of California's top attractions.

In Casa Grande, the main house, four rooms on the ground floor are shown starting with the Assembly Room, largest of the 14 sitting rooms and once the gathering place for Hearst's guests. Next, you will visit the Refectory, the only dining room on the Enchanted Hill and then the Billiard Room, a game room featuring two 1920s era billiard tables and the Gothic mille fleurs tapestry. The final stop is the Theater, the largest room in Casa Grande.

At the end of the guided porton of your tour, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your lesiure around the Neptune Pool, a Greco-Roman style outdoor pool, and the Roman Pool, an indoor pool lined with blue Venetian glass and gold tiles.

Lunch: Lunch at Ragged Point Restaurant with a coastal ambiance

Afternoon: After lunch, continue driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Big Sur to Monterey on the Monterey Peninsula. This coastal highway winds along some of the most spectacular ocean views in the U.S.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Monterey

Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel offers its guests the pleasures of a seaside vacation and close proximity to the major attractions of the Monterey Bay area such as the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and the unique shops and restaurants along Cannery Row. There's a nearby recreation trail, which is great for scenic runs, walks or bike rides.

Contact info:
487 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
phone: 831-373-8000
web: www.victorianinn.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room features a marble gas fireplace, spacious bathroom, armoire and either a private balcony, patio or window seat from which to soak up the sea air. Additional amenities include dual sinks, in-room refrigerators and coffee makers, honor bars, free local calls, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Each guest room is furnished with a 42 inch high-definition TV.

Facility amenities: Distinctive features of this boutique hotel include spacious accommodations, in-room marble fireplaces, private patios, balconies or window seats where guests can soak up ocean breezes, and an evening wine and cheese reception featuring award-winning Ventana Vineyards wines. Guests may also enjoy the outdoor hot tub on the property. There are no laundry facilities on the premises, although the front desk staff will facilitate guests in locating a nearby laundromat. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, October 25 - Monterey Aquarium/Monterey Peninsula
Note: Amount of walking at Monterey Aquarium depends upon one's interest level. Elevator available in the Aquarium.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Victorian Inn

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the bay along Monterey's historic Cannery Row, which was immortalized by John Steinbeck. Regularly named one of the nation's top aquariums, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to more than 35,000 plants and animals in 200 different exhibits.

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.

Lunch: Enjoy spectacular views of the bay as you relax for lunch at the casual Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe.

The Cafe features pizza, pasta, ethnic specialties made to order, and a wide variety of ready-made sandwiches and salad entrees. Vegetarian meals, daily specials, and juicy hamburgers are made at the grill. Beverages, beer, wine and desserts are also served.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Gael Gallagher, naturalist and historian, joins us in the afternoon to acquaint us with the Monterey Peninsula, starting with Monterey, the most historic city in California; "New Monterey" or Cannery Row, an area immortalized by John Steinbeck; Pacific Grove, the Butterfly capital of the world; Pebble Beach's famous 17 Mile Drive; and the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Dinner: Dinner on your own--Enjoy an opportunity to savor the flavors of Monterey at the restaurant of your choice.

Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Hotel is located on beautiful Fisherman's Wharf overlooking breathtaking San Francisco Bay. You'll find popular San Francisco attractions just steps from the front door, including Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, Ghirardelli Square and the world famous San Francisco cable cars.

Contact info:
250 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-392-6700
web: www.radisson.com/san-francisco-hotel-ca-94133/cafisher

Room amenities: Guest rooms include a 25" TV with pay-per-view movies; clock radio; high-speed, wireless Internet (complimentary); in-room coffee maker; In-room safe; iron/ironing board; the Radisson's Sleep Number bed; executive work desk; and a two-line phone with voicemail.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides its guests with a concierge desk located in the lobby; Fitness Center (open 24 hours); outdoor heated pool open year-round; same-day laundry/dry cleaning service (six days a week); self-service parking ($37 plus tax per night); and a Business Center with desktop, high-speed Internet, fax and copier services (available for nominal fee). WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See Additional Nights Comments
Participants who wish to extend their stay at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, for up to 2 days after the program ends, may get a preferred rate based upon room availability. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (415) 392-6700. It is important to identify yourself as part of a Road Scholar and to mention the specific name of the RS program you are enrolled in, in order to request a preferred rate.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Sunday, October 26 - San Francisco
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Victorian Inn

Morning: After breakfast, the motorcoach departs Monterey for San Francisco.

Lunch: While on the trip, we'll stop and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Once we arrive in San Francisco, our San Francisco guide will introduce us to the city and the city highlights.

Dinner: In San Francisco, a feast of culinary delights awaits you. The evening is yours to sample one of the more than 3,000 San Francisco restaurants on your own. San Francisco restaurants feature foods from every corner of the world, from southeast Asia to southern Italy, Shanghai, Paris and Provence. They are both high-end and low-end, ranging from little hole-in-the-walls to your upscale, white-tablecloth places with a unique decor selected by the owner, who is oftentimes also the chef. The wonderful thing is that the majority of these restaurants are all within walking distance because San Francisco is, for the most part, a walking city.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Hotel is located on beautiful Fisherman's Wharf overlooking breathtaking San Francisco Bay. You'll find popular San Francisco attractions just steps from the front door, including Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, Ghirardelli Square and the world famous San Francisco cable cars.

Contact info:
250 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-392-6700
web: www.radisson.com/san-francisco-hotel-ca-94133/cafisher

Room amenities: Guest rooms include a 25" TV with pay-per-view movies; clock radio; high-speed, wireless Internet (complimentary); in-room coffee maker; In-room safe; iron/ironing board; the Radisson's Sleep Number bed; executive work desk; and a two-line phone with voicemail.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides its guests with a concierge desk located in the lobby; Fitness Center (open 24 hours); outdoor heated pool open year-round; same-day laundry/dry cleaning service (six days a week); self-service parking ($37 plus tax per night); and a Business Center with desktop, high-speed Internet, fax and copier services (available for nominal fee). WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See Additional Nights Comments
Participants who wish to extend their stay at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, for up to 2 days after the program ends, may get a preferred rate based upon room availability. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (415) 392-6700. It is important to identify yourself as part of a Road Scholar and to mention the specific name of the RS program you are enrolled in, in order to request a preferred rate.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Monday, October 27 - Alcatraz Island
Note: One must be able to ride a ferry boat round-trip between the San Francisco pier and 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.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant in San Francisco

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and U.S. built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

Per Golden Gate National Recreation Area policies, the value of this tour is $26 for adults and students over the age of 11. Discounts are provided for children 11 and under and seniors 62 and over. This cost is included in program cost.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant in San Francisco

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON

In San Francisco there are limitless opportunities for sight-seeing. Our program will keep you busy, but this afternoon you have a few hours of free time for personal exploration.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in San Francisco

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 28 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant in San Francisco

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

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors BureauOne World Trade Center, Suite 300

Long Beach, CA 90831

Phone (800) 452-7829
For additional information, visit: www.visitlongbeach.com

San Simeon, CA
San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau1037 Mill St.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone (800) 634-1414 or (805) 781-2531
For additional information, visit: www.sanluisobispocounty.com

Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau1 Garden St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone (800) 676-1266 or (805) 965-3021
For additional information, visit: www.santabarbaraca.com

San Francisco, California
General OverviewIn San Francisco there are limitless opportunities for sight-seeing. Our program will keep participants busy, but there will be a few hours of free time for personal exploration.
Visitor's GuideSan Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau 201 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94107 415-974-6900
For additional information, visit: www.sfvisitor.org

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

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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