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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 Jun 29 — Jul 4, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf is just a block from the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront with an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Contact info:
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-771-9000
web: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/san-francisco/sfofw/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV Coffeemaker All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Standard Internet service is free for all guests. Wireless Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. Wired Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. On-site laundry facilities open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Dry cleaning pickup/laundry; same day dry cleaning Daily housekeeping ATM machine

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are subject to availaibity. Call the hotel at 415-771-9000 for the best available rate on the dates requested.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 29 - Registration/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 Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf is just a block from the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront with an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Contact info:
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-771-9000
web: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/san-francisco/sfofw/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV Coffeemaker All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Standard Internet service is free for all guests. Wireless Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. Wired Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. On-site laundry facilities open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Dry cleaning pickup/laundry; same day dry cleaning Daily housekeeping ATM machine

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are subject to availaibity. Call the hotel at 415-771-9000 for the best available rate on the dates requested.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 30 - Alcatraz
Note: Group will take public bus from hotel to Pier 39 for lunch. After lunch, group will walk about 15 minutes to Pier 33 to take 20 minute ferry ride to Alcatraz Island.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Alcatraz

Everything you ever wanted to know about Alcatraz and would never get merely by visiting the island. In pictures and stories, your instructor conveys the colorful history, infamous criminal inhabitants, and legendary escape attempts. Prison has never been this much fun.

Lunch: Lunch on Pier 39. Vouchers will be provided with list of restaurants where they can be used.

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: Group dinner enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Evening: EXCURSION: San Francisco City Hall

After dinner, the group will take a public bus to Civic Center Plaza for exploration of City Hall, a Beaux-Arts monument, re-openend in 1915 after being damaged in the 1906 earthquake. The magnificent dome is the fifth largest dome in the world, surpassing the dome on the U.S. Capitol. Inside and out, San Francisco's City Hall is breathtakingly beautiful.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf is just a block from the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront with an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Contact info:
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-771-9000
web: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/san-francisco/sfofw/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV Coffeemaker All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Standard Internet service is free for all guests. Wireless Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. Wired Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. On-site laundry facilities open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Dry cleaning pickup/laundry; same day dry cleaning Daily housekeeping ATM machine

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are subject to availaibity. Call the hotel at 415-771-9000 for the best available rate on the dates requested.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 01 - Academy of Sciences/Golden Gate Bridge/Muir Woods
Note: Group will take a public bus to the Academy of Sciences in the morning. In the afternoon, a chartered bus will pick the group up at the Academy and depart for Golden Gate Bridge. The group will be dropped off on the San Francisco side of the bridge to walk across to the Marin County side which will take about 30 minutes. However, we will be at the bridge for an hour. Then the group will continue to Muir Woods for a 90 minute exploration. Bus will then take the group to dinner in San Francisco.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

The Academy is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a four-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. We have arranged a behind-the-scenes journey through the Academy where you will have a chance to explore from an insider's perspective, learning more about the institution's 161-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. Visit the research collections and a working laboratory and see breathtaking geology specimens in the vault. Our behind-the-scenes access includes express entry into the most popular areas of the Academy: the planetarium, rainforest, living roof and earthquake simulator. In your registration packet, you will receive a schedule of the activities on the day we visit so you can plan your time accordingly.

Lunch: Lunch at the Academy Cafe. Vouchers will be provided.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods

It's a requirement: if you visit San Francisco, you must walk across the Golden Gate Bridge! Built in 1937, the bridge hosts thousands of people and cars daily. We will spend about an hour at the bridge. You will be dropped off on the San Francisco side where you can peruse the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion which has many interesting facts about the building of the bridge such as, what the Halfway-to-Hell Club is. The bridge is 1.7 miles in length and takes an average of 30 minutes to walk across. Once on the other side, you will be picked up by our bus and continue on to the majesty of Muir Woods, a preservation of towering redwood trees, the tallest trees on earth and unique to the northern California area. You can choose to walk a 30 or 60 minute loop. The trails in Muir Woods are asphalted or board walked and over flat territory. There is a gift shop and cafe on site. Food is not permitted on the trails. There will be a guide on the bus to give interesting background info on both the bridge and Muir Woods.

Dinner: Group dinner in San Francisco

Evening: Independent evening to explore San Francsico; suggestions will be provided.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf is just a block from the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront with an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Contact info:
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-771-9000
web: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/san-francisco/sfofw/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV Coffeemaker All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Standard Internet service is free for all guests. Wireless Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. Wired Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. On-site laundry facilities open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Dry cleaning pickup/laundry; same day dry cleaning Daily housekeeping ATM machine

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are subject to availaibity. Call the hotel at 415-771-9000 for the best available rate on the dates requested.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 02 - Cable Cars/Lombard Stree/Hyde Street Pier/Maritim...
Cable Cars/Lombard Stree/Hyde Street Pier/Maritime Museum/Chinatown/Cable Car Museum/Wells Fargo Museum

Note: Group will use the cable car today to visit many venues along the cable car line. Walking exploration of Chinatown covers about two miles of sidewalk which can be uneven and steep at times.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: It's cable car day! We have designed this day to visit the many San Francisco destinations easily accessed by the cable car. Our first stop: Lombard Street, the "crookedest" street in the world. Only cars can drive down the crooked part but you can walk down and then up the stairs of this one block of Lombard. Hop back on the cable car and we're off to Hyde Street Pier, a pier once used to ferry cars across the bay and now home to many historic vessels. We will have a ranger-led visit of the Balclutha, a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world. After a stop in the Maritime Museum, it's back on the cable car and we're off to Chinatown.

Lunch: Group lunch in a delicious Chinese restaurant. Sihk faahn!

Afternoon: A guide will meet the group in Chinatown for a walking exploration of the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Included in the walk will be stops at the Cable Car Museum where you can see an actual cable at work as the cable cars rumble above and a stop at the Wells Fargo Museum where you will learn about San Francisco's birth with the Gold Rush of 1849 and get to sit in a stagecoach!

Dinner: Independent dinnner, suggestions will be provided. Since we will be very close to the Ferry Building, you can take a ferry to either Sausalito or Tiburon and have dinner there.

Evening: Independent evening for exploring San Francisco. This would be a good night to visit Pier 39--a cornocopia of shops, restaurants, fun activities and barking sea lions-- along the Embarcadero. Your registration packet will have a list of the activities available at Pier 39. When it gets dark, make sure to check out the Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge. This light show extraordinaire, by artist Leo Villareal, comes down in March 2015 so this is a limited treat--and only in San Francisco!

Lodging: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf is just a block from the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront with an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Contact info:
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-771-9000
web: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/san-francisco/sfofw/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV Coffeemaker All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Standard Internet service is free for all guests. Wireless Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. Wired Internet available in guest rooms, the business center and public areas. On-site laundry facilities open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Dry cleaning pickup/laundry; same day dry cleaning Daily housekeeping ATM machine

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are subject to availaibity. Call the hotel at 415-771-9000 for the best available rate on the dates requested.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 03 - Marin Headlands/Nike Missile Site SF-88/Point Bon...
Marin Headlands/Nike Missile Site SF-88/Point Bonita Lighthouse/Rodeo Beach

Note: Group will be picked up by chartered bus for trip out to Marin Headlands for ranger-led visits to Nike Missile Site SF-88 and Point Bonita Lighthouse, both lasting about 90 minutes each. The Nike Missile Site is on flat ground. The path to the Point Bonita Lighthouse is a half mile and includes terrain which is uneven and very steep at certain points.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Ranger-led exploration of Nike Missile Site SF-88

During the tense years from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile firing batteries in the United States. These missile sites were emplaced as the last line of defense against Soviet bombers. Today, a dedicated group of volunteers works in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the continuous task of restoration at site SF-88, which has been turned into a museum. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It's a great chance for you to see the tools of the Cold War up close. (Courtesy of the National Park Service) Once the Nike Missile Site visit is concluded, the bus will take the group to the secret jewel of the Bay Area, Point Bonita Lighthouse which is still active. Built in 1855, it is the only American lighthouse to be reached via a suspension bridge. A park ranger will lead the group on an exploration of the lighthouse and the surrounding area.

Lunch: Boxed lunches will be provided as the group picnics at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. Group, meet the Pacific Ocean, up close and personal!

Afternoon: After some quality time on the beach, the bus will take the group back to San Francisco. This afternoon is a good time to explore Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 or the Exploratorium at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero. Your registration packet will have a list of the many venues to visit in the Fisherman's Wharf area.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, July 04 - The Damndest Finest Ruins
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Damndest Finest Ruins

This film brings to life America's worst natural disaster, the 1906 earthquake. Through photos and exhaustive research, learn about the politics, lies, coverup and a subject rarely included in the conversation - the aftermath of trying to rebuild America's wildest and wickedest city. Program concludes after class. You may leave San Francisco; your heart will remain here forever.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


San Francisco, CA
Aquarium of the BayYour Aquarium of the Bay exploration begins in Discover the Bay, featuring the distinctive ecosystems that support an incredibly wide variety of marine life. Stroll through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels featuring over 20,000 marine animals from San Francisco Bay and nearby waters. The magic of San Francisco Bay is literally at your finger tips in Touch the Bay, featuring touch pools with sharks, rays and sea stars, and the interactive Bay Lab station. (Courtesy Aquarium of the Bay)
For additional information, visit: http://www.aquariumofthebay.org/
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/
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

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.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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