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Exploring the Missions and Cuisine of California’s Central Coast

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5 Days | 4 Nights
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.
From Native American culture through the Spanish Colonial and Mexican periods, go on a sensory discovery of the state’s extraordinary Central Coast. With beautiful Monterey as your base, visit historic missions, adobe homes, world-class wineries and more, using each as a vehicle for tracing the history and evolution of this fascinating corner of America. Accompanying you every step of the way is an array of leading experts on all you experience, including California State Parks interpreters, museum curators and wine-industry professionals.


• Go behind the scenes with interpreters at local missions, including an expert-led visit to Mission Carmel, final resting place of Father Junipero Serra and a special visit to the mission time forgot, San Antonio de Padua.
• Savor the distinct and varied flavors of the Central Coast with a tapas reception at your hotel, dinner in a historic adobe, an authentic Mexican lunch at Mission San Antonio, and wines of the Central Coast.
• Traveling the El Camino Real, understand the Spanish expedition that established the missions and appreciate the diverse geography of Central Coast wine regions.

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Walk up to one mile, stairs, some uneven terrain.

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4 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips


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