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5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Linda from Forest Grove, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/01/15 - 11/06/15
This was an amazing experience. The weather was perfect and Don, our guide, exposed us to many aspects of San Francisco I had never experienced, despite having visited the City dozens of times. It is a different place on foot with knowledgeable people sharing in depth information, and guiding you through the backstreets and byways. Both Don, and all the specialized guides he introduced us to along the way truly enriched the experience. My only disappointment was in the food, which was standard fare, not what you might aniticipate in a "foodie" wonderland. There were several opportunities to seek out great food on our own, though- so that can be overlooked. I just wish the hotel breakfasts weren't on par with a budget airport inn.

Betty from Fredonia, WI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 11/01/15 - 11/06/15
This program exceeded my expectations. It was so much fun. Don, our leader, was so organized and knowledgeable. I loved the amount of walking we did. It was around 4-5 miles a day but it was spread out and not hard. No one had trouble with the distances. We were in every neighborhood in the city. I loved riding the bus. It made me appreciate the transportation system in SF. We had some free time to do things on our own. Suggestion: come a day or two early and go to Alcatraz. Also - rent bikes and bike the bridge and continue over to Sausalito and Tiburon and then take the ferry back. This was our 8th Road Scholar and jumped to the top of our favorites list. I did not think I would like SF as much as I did. Hated to come home. It was one of those mind changing experiences. I loved the small group of 15. We really got to know each other and bonded as a group.

Susan from Framingham, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/25/15
I enjoyed this program very much even though the weather in September was extremely hot. Taking such a tour is the best way to be introduced to San Francisco. Walking along the steep streets and into many neighborhoods as well as across the Golden Gate Bridge gave me a clear sense of the city. Each day contrasted to the next. We went from Billionaires row and the ecology of the Presidio to climbing Coit tower and investigating Chinatown to viewing street art in the Mission District and much more. Anyone who enjoys city living will appreciate the diverse cultural heritage and everyday life of San Francisco. The unique set of problems arising from a city of liberal politics combined with a temperate climate will be a challenge to some. The homeless are present in the less affluent parts of the city. Our guide, Don McLaurin, was very courteous under all circumstances and very concerned as well. He was a skillful and knowledgeable leader. Central to this trip was the history of the earthquake of 1906. The architecture of the city was rebuilt and transformed in the process. I learned how skyscrapers could be built to withstand such a shock. Each day was chock full of interesting activities, and sights. Negotiating San Francisco public transportation was a challenge and a joy. The group hung well together. Conversation was great as we dined in fabulous restaurants. We had enough down time to make personal decisions and to relax the pace of the tour. I recommend this program highly.

Betty from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about one of our favorite cities. The hotel was charming and our guide, Don, was outstanding. We used public transportation quite a bit, so we were exposed to lots of interesting city residents. The walks were varied--some along city streets and some in parks and woodlands. The program description was clear on the activity levels. It was a great week and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about historical and contemporary San Francisco.

Michael from Henderson, NV Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
Wonderful way to see the diversity and beauty of this city. But for some, the activity level might be too strenuous. Though there is some city walking, be prepared for somewhat taxing hikes through the Presidio, up to Coit Tower, and up to Twin Peaks and out Sutro Forest. In San Francisco, just getting off the bus and walking to the next street uphill can be laborious. And be prepared for the weather elements of fog, gusty winds, and cool drizzle.

Carol from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 54
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
Outstanding way to learn about the neighborhoods of San Francisco. One of the best ever!

Ulla from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 10/27/14 - 10/31/14
Thoroughly enjoyed this program. We just moved into the Bay area and used this program to learn about the various neighborhoods and public transportation in San Francisco. It fulfilled our goals for the program. Besides expected sites, our leader showed us public parks (PO-OP) on top of buildings. These are parks built for public use by private companies. They are hidden treasures. For our free afternoon, we left the group at Golden Gate Park. We took the bus including a transfer on our own back to the hotel. We then went to the Sundance Kabuki Theater to see a Japanese movie. The hotel is located near Japantown and the theater. We were a small group but a friendly group. Our leader was just great.

David from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 10/27/14 - 10/31/14
Don McLaurin was our guide, and he also does volunteer walking tours for the Public Library. This has allowed him to always have alternative plans in case of bad weather or World Series championship celebrations. Result is contact with many neighborhoods and a becoming familiar with public transportation in the city. We've just moved out to the East Bay area and we hoped to use the course as our orientation to SF and use of the city's transportation. Don and this course really delivered!!

Alice M. from Loveland, CO Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/27/14 - 10/31/14
A great overview of what S.F. has to offer. Tired at the end of each day, but looked forward to the next day and its adventures!

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