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.
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: 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 StationMeals Included: Dinner
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 hotelEvening: CLASS: Pacific Coast Highway-related topicLodging: Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty StationMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 Aves.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 HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 BarbaraLodging: Harbor View InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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 BarbaraLodging: Harbor View InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Our first stop, Los Olivos, is a charming historic town of 1,000 residents, noted for its eclectic art galleries, wine tasting, unique shopping, epicurean restaurant opportunities, and antiques.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: At Global Gardens, proprietess Theo Stephen 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 SimeonLodging: Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 MontereyLodging: Best Western Victorian Inn HotelMeals 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.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 HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 FranciscoAfternoon: 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 FranciscoLodging: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's WharfMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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