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AMERICAN CANYON, CALIFORNIA

Cruising the Backwaters of the California Delta

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Program #13957RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 May 4 — May 7, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Fairfield Inn & Suites Napa American Canyon is the gateway to Napa and Somona's finest wineries, art and antique galleries, chocolatiers, spas, golf courses and award winning restaurants. The hotel is centrally located to San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento airports. The hotel is located on Highway 29, the world famous Napa Valley Wine Trail, close to Highways 80, 12 and Highway 37 main thruway to Marin County, Sonoma Valley Wineries, historical Mare Island and Vallejo's ferry terminal. Downtown historical Napa, Napa Junction, Ox Bow Marketplace and the Riverfront are easy driving distances.

Contact info:
3800 Broadway Hwy 29
American Canyon, CA 94503 USA
phone: 707-643-3800
web: www.marriott.com/SFOAC

Room amenities: Room amenities include in-room coffeemakers, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, refrigerators & microwave, well-lit work desk, two phones, TV with Comcast High Definition programming with HBO, small living room area with twin sofa bed and wet bar and high speed internet access in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Features include 80 all-suite rooms, a business center, an exercise room, an outdoor pool and spa. On-site parking is complimentary. Deluxe breakfasts feature breakfast sandwiches, fresh waffles, cereal & fresh fruit. There are also on site laundry facilities. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is a non smoking hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate
The Fairfield Inn & Suites does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs should be made directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 04 - Reception, Introductions and Orientation to River...
Afternoon: Hotel check in and program registration is between 3:00-4:00 PM. The program activities begin with a reception at 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Reception, followed by dinner.

Evening: Orientation: Meet your expedition leader and a local birder who will be your guides throughout your journey up the backwaters of the delta! They have an abundance of information to share with you and both have a fun way of sharing.

Lodging: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Fairfield Inn & Suites Napa American Canyon is the gateway to Napa and Somona's finest wineries, art and antique galleries, chocolatiers, spas, golf courses and award winning restaurants. The hotel is centrally located to San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento airports. The hotel is located on Highway 29, the world famous Napa Valley Wine Trail, close to Highways 80, 12 and Highway 37 main thruway to Marin County, Sonoma Valley Wineries, historical Mare Island and Vallejo's ferry terminal. Downtown historical Napa, Napa Junction, Ox Bow Marketplace and the Riverfront are easy driving distances.

Contact info:
3800 Broadway Hwy 29
American Canyon, CA 94503 USA
phone: 707-643-3800
web: www.marriott.com/SFOAC

Room amenities: Room amenities include in-room coffeemakers, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, refrigerators & microwave, well-lit work desk, two phones, TV with Comcast High Definition programming with HBO, small living room area with twin sofa bed and wet bar and high speed internet access in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Features include 80 all-suite rooms, a business center, an exercise room, an outdoor pool and spa. On-site parking is complimentary. Deluxe breakfasts feature breakfast sandwiches, fresh waffles, cereal & fresh fruit. There are also on site laundry facilities. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is a non smoking hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate
The Fairfield Inn & Suites does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs should be made directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 05 - Suisun Marsh Abounds with Wildlife/Mothball Fleet...
Suisun Marsh Abounds with Wildlife/Mothball Fleet/Lunch in Suisun City/Olive Oil and Benicia

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Journey through the Carquinez Strait, past Glen Cove, Port Costa, and past the Mothball Fleet which is a floating museum of government and military ships. We will continue our boat trip through Suisun Marsh to Suisun City. Suisun Marsh, the largest brackish marsh on the West Coast, abounds with wildlife. Listen to an expert on the area as you visit this amazing eco-system.

Lunch: Walk to the restaurant of your choice in Suisun City.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center in Suisun City. We will then take a coach to a family owned Olive Oil farm for some tasting followed by a visit to the charming historic town of Benicia.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a fun night with the leaders from your cruise!

Lodging: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Fairfield Inn & Suites Napa American Canyon is the gateway to Napa and Somona's finest wineries, art and antique galleries, chocolatiers, spas, golf courses and award winning restaurants. The hotel is centrally located to San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento airports. The hotel is located on Highway 29, the world famous Napa Valley Wine Trail, close to Highways 80, 12 and Highway 37 main thruway to Marin County, Sonoma Valley Wineries, historical Mare Island and Vallejo's ferry terminal. Downtown historical Napa, Napa Junction, Ox Bow Marketplace and the Riverfront are easy driving distances.

Contact info:
3800 Broadway Hwy 29
American Canyon, CA 94503 USA
phone: 707-643-3800
web: www.marriott.com/SFOAC

Room amenities: Room amenities include in-room coffeemakers, hairdryer, iron / ironing board, refrigerators & microwave, well-lit work desk, two phones, TV with Comcast High Definition programming with HBO, small living room area with twin sofa bed and wet bar and high speed internet access in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Features include 80 all-suite rooms, a business center, an exercise room, an outdoor pool and spa. On-site parking is complimentary. Deluxe breakfasts feature breakfast sandwiches, fresh waffles, cereal & fresh fruit. There are also on site laundry facilities. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is a non smoking hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate
The Fairfield Inn & Suites does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs should be made directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 06 - Sail Into the Heart of the Wine Country
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Take a guided boat trip up the Napa River and sail into the heart of the Napa/Sonoma wine country with its quaint-but-sophisticated towns. Enjoy the remote backwater habitats dominated by red-tailed hawks, egrets & diverse plant species. Lectures will include eco-system and wildlife habitat discussions.

Lunch: From the dock we will head to downtown Napa for lunch at a restaurant. You may choose to walk 5-6 blocks on flat surfaces or walk 4 blocks and take a bus the additional blocks to downtown.

Afternoon: Return trip on Napa River back to the hotel - continue to explore these interesting backwaters.

Dinner: At hotel.

Evening: Evening program on a stealthy wildlife inhabitant of the area!

Lodging: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, May 07 - Departure
Breakfast: Program is over after continental breakfast at the hotel. Final room check-out by 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


American Canyon, CA
Baylink Ferries to San FranciscoLeaves from Vallejo Ferry Terminal. Leave your car there and let one of Vallejo’s high-speed catamaran ferries whisk you across the bay in comfort. Go ashore at either the San Francisco Ferry Building or San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf where you can "shop-’til-you-drop" at PIER 39. There you will find over 100 shops, restaurants, and attractions, as well as ferry connections to Alcatraz, Sausalito and Tiburon. Vallejo ferries also service Angel Island State Park, where you can take a tram tour of an authentic Civil War camp and the old immigration station on the island that prompted people to refer to Angel Island as the "Ellis Island of the West." Call 1-877-643-3779 for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.baylinkferry.com
Jelly Belly Visitor CenterJelly Belly Visitor Center is located at One Jelly Belly Lane in Fairfield, CA. Here you may step into their factory and smell the aroma of chocolate, apricot, cinnamon, pineapple, or whatever is being cooked up that day. During the 40-minute walking tour, Jelly Belly guides will show you a real working factory where they cook up to over 150 different sweet treats. Learn the secrets to how they create the legendary Jelly Belly bean, and discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean. See taffy, chocolates, and wild gummy critters in the making, too. For more information, contact Jelly Belly at 1-800-953-5592.
For additional information, visit: www.jellybelly.com
Mare Island Historic ParkThe Mare Island Historic Park Foundation offers two-hour tours of Mare Island. For more information, contact the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation at (707) 557-1538. As the first United States Naval installation on the west coast, Mare Island and the now closed Mare Island Naval Shipyard have seen it all. From canvas to coal to oil to nuclear power, from sailing ships to steamers to atomic-powered submarines, Mare Island has played an important part in American, Naval, and Vallejo history.
For additional information, visit: www.mareislandhpf.org
Napa Valley Wine TrailThe Napa area is home to many of the most famous wineries in the world. There are two roads that run along the Napa Valley beginning in the town of Napa. Highway 29 is the main artery from the city of Napa to Calistoga and can be extremely busy on weekends. On the eastside of the Valley is the less traveled Silverado Trail. Many small country road intersect the Valley. These are picturesque roads with many beautiful views of the vineyards.
For additional information, visit: www.winecountrygetaways.com/napa_map.html
Napa Valley Wine TrainThe Napa Valley Wine Train is a leisurely 3-hour journey through the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley in meticulously restored vintage rail cars. Not just a train ride, but a culinary experience as well. The Napa Valley Wine Train's winery tour packages provide a full Napa Valley experience. Learn about wine tasting and sample local Napa wines with their wine educator in the station. Board the train and enjoy a freshly prepared three course gourmet lunch. Relax as you journey alongside beautiful vineyards and world famous Napa wineries. Then disembark, and participate in private tours and wine tastings on one of three outstanding winery tours. For more information, visit www.winetrain.com or call 1-800-427-4124.
For additional information, visit: www.winetrain.com
The VineThe VINE, the region's fixed-route bus system, provides safe, affordable and accessible transportation for all residents and visitors in Napa Valley. With its community shuttles, it's easy to enjoy the best of what Napa Valley has to offer. Take the American Canyon Transit and transfer to the VINE and head to Napa or to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal where you can board a ferry to the City.
For additional information, visit: www.nctpa.net/vine.cfm

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 ...
3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

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