Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

BEGINS IN: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

On the Road: San Francisco, Monterey and Napa Valley

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

CA

Interest

On the Road

Price Range

over $1500

Start Date

End Date

More Options


Road Scholar
Program #20556RJ
9 Days | 8 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 17 — Oct 25, 2013

Expand all
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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, October 17 - Independent Arrivals/ Registration/ Program Orien...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf after 4:00PM.

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.

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 Wharf

Meals Included: Dinner

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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, October 18 - Golden Gate Park/Japanese Tea Garden/Academy of S...
Golden Gate Park/Japanese Tea Garden/Academy of Sciences/Mission Dolores/Chinatown/North Beach

Note: Be prepared to get on/off the bus several times each day. Be prepared to walk on mostly paved surfaces for distances of up to a mile and standing up to 60 minutes for guided walks. Since porterage is not included in the cost of our program, you will be responsible for transferring your luggage to and from the motor coach.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach with our on-board instructor and begin the field trip to Golden Gate Park. Visit the Japanese Tea Garden originally built as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.

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 Park

Afternoon: 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 Wharf

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, October 19 - Cable Car Museum/Coit Tower/Ferry Building/Harbor...
Cable Car Museum/Coit Tower/Ferry Building/Harbor Cruise/Fisherman's Wharf

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a ride on the famed cable cars, so hop aboard for a ride on the popular Powell-Hyde St. route.

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 Wharf

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 Four: Sunday, October 20 - San Juan Bautista State Historic Park/ Monterey B...
Breakfast: Breakfast at a local restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach for the trip to Monterey, but first we'll make a stop at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. The park is part of a nationally recognized historic landmark adjacent to the extant portion of California's 15th Spanish-era mission. The park and its Plaza represent what was once the "town square" of the largest town in central California and a vital crossroad for travel between northern and southern California. We enjoy a guided walking tour of the park buildings.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: CLASS: Overview of Monterey area

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 Five: Monday, October 21 - 17-Mile Drive/Carmel Mission/Pt. Lobos
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Victorian Inn

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We board the motor coach for the field trip with our on-board instructor and travel from Pacific Grove along the 17-Mile Drive. The road runs inland past Spanish Bay, then adjacent to beaches and up into the coastal hills, providing scenic viewpoints.

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 Monterey

Lodging: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Napa hotel in Napa, California has an ideal location in the heart of California's wine country, only an hour from San Francisco International Airport. This comfortable Napa hotel is minutes from downtown Napa and the historical waterfront. More than 270 local wineries including Mondavi, Peju, Black Stallion, V. Sattui, Alpha Omega, Rutherford Grove and Van der Heyden are nearby. Guests can enjoy premier Napa Valley Wines in the Wine Tasting Lounge in a beautiful atmosphere reflecting the surrounding wine country. Excellent golf courses such as the Eagle Vine Golf Club are just minutes away.

Contact info:
3585 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558 USA
phone: 707-252-0444
web: http://www.napahiltongardeninn.com/

Room amenities: Hilton Garden Inn guests can relax in modern Wine Country hotel rooms with great amenities including a 37-inch flat-screen TV, comfortable self-adjusting Garden Sleep System Bed, complimentary WiFi with secure in-room printing, a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Guest rooms are configured with either 2 double beds or one king bed. Each guest room is equipped with a 37" flat screen TV with digital channels, alarm clock with MP3 player, chair with ottoman, large work desk with Herman Miller ergonomic desk chair, 2 phones with voicemail, remote printing, data port, and complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access. The hospitality center includes refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron & full-size ironing board. In-room features include video games, music and movies and complimentary HBO. A complimentary USA Today newspaper is delivered each weekday morning.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Napa hotel is a 100% smoke-free facility offering friendly service and spacious guest rooms with 37-inch LCD flat-panel TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and large work desks with adjustable lighting and ergonomic chairs. The hotel has an elevator and offers baggage storage, a coin-operated laundry, Gift Shop, laundry/valet service, luggage hold, room service, an on-site convenience store and a safety deposit box. After a busy day, guests may relax in the whirlpool and spa or swim in the heated outdoor pool, or work out in either the complimentary modern fitness center or in their room with a Stay Fit Kit. To make dining easy, breakfast and dinner are cooked-to-order in the hotel's Great American Grill® restaurant, The Napa Valley Bistro. The 24-hour Pavilion Pantry offers a supply of takeaway meals, drinks and sundries. The hotel provides a complimentary 24-hour business center where guests may print documents securely and directly. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access is available in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Tuesday, October 22 - Monterey to Napa Valley along the Pacific Coast H...
Monterey to Napa Valley along the Pacific Coast Highway 1/Cross Golden Gate Bridge/ Sausalito/Mumm Champagne Cellar

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Victorian Inn

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach and travel along part of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway for our trip to Napa Valley. The PCH is famous for running by some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. We will cross the Golden Gate Bridge with a stop for a photo op at the north end.

Lunch: Lunch in Sausalito

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we travel north to Napa and skirt the northern edge of San Francisco Bay, referred to as San Pablo Bay, a shallow tidal estuary.

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 hotel

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Napa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Napa hotel in Napa, California has an ideal location in the heart of California's wine country, only an hour from San Francisco International Airport. This comfortable Napa hotel is minutes from downtown Napa and the historical waterfront. More than 270 local wineries including Mondavi, Peju, Black Stallion, V. Sattui, Alpha Omega, Rutherford Grove and Van der Heyden are nearby. Guests can enjoy premier Napa Valley Wines in the Wine Tasting Lounge in a beautiful atmosphere reflecting the surrounding wine country. Excellent golf courses such as the Eagle Vine Golf Club are just minutes away.

Contact info:
3585 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558 USA
phone: 707-252-0444
web: http://www.napahiltongardeninn.com/

Room amenities: Hilton Garden Inn guests can relax in modern Wine Country hotel rooms with great amenities including a 37-inch flat-screen TV, comfortable self-adjusting Garden Sleep System Bed, complimentary WiFi with secure in-room printing, a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Guest rooms are configured with either 2 double beds or one king bed. Each guest room is equipped with a 37" flat screen TV with digital channels, alarm clock with MP3 player, chair with ottoman, large work desk with Herman Miller ergonomic desk chair, 2 phones with voicemail, remote printing, data port, and complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access. The hospitality center includes refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron & full-size ironing board. In-room features include video games, music and movies and complimentary HBO. A complimentary USA Today newspaper is delivered each weekday morning.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Napa hotel is a 100% smoke-free facility offering friendly service and spacious guest rooms with 37-inch LCD flat-panel TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and large work desks with adjustable lighting and ergonomic chairs. The hotel has an elevator and offers baggage storage, a coin-operated laundry, Gift Shop, laundry/valet service, luggage hold, room service, an on-site convenience store and a safety deposit box. After a busy day, guests may relax in the whirlpool and spa or swim in the heated outdoor pool, or work out in either the complimentary modern fitness center or in their room with a Stay Fit Kit. To make dining easy, breakfast and dinner are cooked-to-order in the hotel's Great American Grill® restaurant, The Napa Valley Bistro. The 24-hour Pavilion Pantry offers a supply of takeaway meals, drinks and sundries. The hotel provides a complimentary 24-hour business center where guests may print documents securely and directly. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access is available in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Wednesday, October 23 - Napa Valley Museum/Oxbow Market/Hess Collection W...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We board the motor coach for our Napa Valley field trip with our first stop at the Napa Valley Museum for a guided visit. The changing exhibits represent a diverse range of subjects from fine arts to history to natural sciences.

Lunch: Lunch at Oxbow Market

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, visit the Hess Collection Winery for a guided visit and tasting plus viewing its fascinating art collection. Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. Today, The Hess Collection houses less than a quarter of a collection that is shown in museums worldwide.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: CLASS: Viticulture

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Napa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Napa hotel in Napa, California has an ideal location in the heart of California's wine country, only an hour from San Francisco International Airport. This comfortable Napa hotel is minutes from downtown Napa and the historical waterfront. More than 270 local wineries including Mondavi, Peju, Black Stallion, V. Sattui, Alpha Omega, Rutherford Grove and Van der Heyden are nearby. Guests can enjoy premier Napa Valley Wines in the Wine Tasting Lounge in a beautiful atmosphere reflecting the surrounding wine country. Excellent golf courses such as the Eagle Vine Golf Club are just minutes away.

Contact info:
3585 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558 USA
phone: 707-252-0444
web: http://www.napahiltongardeninn.com/

Room amenities: Hilton Garden Inn guests can relax in modern Wine Country hotel rooms with great amenities including a 37-inch flat-screen TV, comfortable self-adjusting Garden Sleep System Bed, complimentary WiFi with secure in-room printing, a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Guest rooms are configured with either 2 double beds or one king bed. Each guest room is equipped with a 37" flat screen TV with digital channels, alarm clock with MP3 player, chair with ottoman, large work desk with Herman Miller ergonomic desk chair, 2 phones with voicemail, remote printing, data port, and complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access. The hospitality center includes refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron & full-size ironing board. In-room features include video games, music and movies and complimentary HBO. A complimentary USA Today newspaper is delivered each weekday morning.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Napa hotel is a 100% smoke-free facility offering friendly service and spacious guest rooms with 37-inch LCD flat-panel TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and large work desks with adjustable lighting and ergonomic chairs. The hotel has an elevator and offers baggage storage, a coin-operated laundry, Gift Shop, laundry/valet service, luggage hold, room service, an on-site convenience store and a safety deposit box. After a busy day, guests may relax in the whirlpool and spa or swim in the heated outdoor pool, or work out in either the complimentary modern fitness center or in their room with a Stay Fit Kit. To make dining easy, breakfast and dinner are cooked-to-order in the hotel's Great American Grill® restaurant, The Napa Valley Bistro. The 24-hour Pavilion Pantry offers a supply of takeaway meals, drinks and sundries. The hotel provides a complimentary 24-hour business center where guests may print documents securely and directly. WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access is available in all guest rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Thursday, October 24 - Calistoga/Sharpsteen Museum/Castello di Amorosa/C...
Calistoga/Sharpsteen Museum/Castello di Amorosa/Culinary Institute of America

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach for the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga. Following Mexican Independence, mission properties were secularized and disposed of by the Mexican government with much of the Napa Valley being partitioned into large ranchos in the 1830s and 1840s.

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 Calistoga

Afternoon: 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 hotel

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Evening entertainment

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Napa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine: Friday, October 25 - Return to San Francisco/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Board the motor coach for the return trip to San Francisco.

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



Free Time Opportunities


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

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
8 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
15 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
1 Performances

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768