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On the Road: San Francisco, Monterey and Napa Valley

Program Number: 20556RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/12/2013 - 9/20/2013; 9/11/2014 - 9/19/2014; 10/30/2014 - 11/7/2014;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: San Francisco, California
Price starting at: $1,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

California, here we come! Experience the diverse beauty of the Golden State in three iconic locations: San Francisco, Monterey and the Napa Valley. Experience San Francisco from Fisherman’s Wharf to the country’s largest Chinatown to a boat excursion on the Bay. Continue to beautiful seaside Monterey and learn about its missionary roots, plus take field trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the artist colony of Carmel. Enjoy the bounty of the Napa Valley, learning about the world-class winemaking industry of this sun-splashed growing region.


• In Golden Gate Park, take a walk in the magical Japanese Tea Garden and see the many fascinating exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences.
• Learn about Monterey's rich and diverse history before traveling along the famed 17-Mile Drive.
• Learn about and savor the wine and foods of the Napa Valley and visit the renowned Culinary Institute of America.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival San Francisco, 3 nights; coach to Monterey, 2 nights; coach to Napa, 3 nights; coach to San Francisco for departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

San Francisco

A stunning city with a colorful past and vibrant present, San Francisco offers legendary landmarks — the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, cable cars and elegant Victorian homes — along with spectacular cityscapes and views of bay and bridges.

Monterey Bay

South of San Francisco, Monterey Bay is home to a variety of birds and marine mammals, including migrating gray and humpback whales. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects more than 4,000 square nautical miles of the bay and ocean, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is world-renowned.


Just 50 miles north of San Francisco, the town of Napa is gateway to world-renowned Napa Valley. Its hills are home to hundreds of wineries, from historic to ultra-modern, and the area is famed for dining, art and culture.

San Francisco hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. Monterey hotel near Cannery Row. Napa hotel in the heart of California wine country.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Don McLaurin

Don McLaurin has lived in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco for the last 23 years. Since his retirement 13 years ago, Don and his wife Inge have traveled extensively in Europe and in the U.S. Don has led over 40 Road Scholar programs in northern California and San Francisco, and leads walks in Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, the Japanese Tea Garden, and Golden Gate Park. In his free time, Don enjoys hiking throughout Marin County and the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
Brad Davis

An avid collector of wine, Brad Davis has been a wine educator and instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College for over 12 years. He has written for an international wine magazine and websites, and has served as the assistant director of the Savor Wine County Magazine's Wine Competition, as well as technical director for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Brad is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Guild of Sommeliers.
Nancy Brennan

For a while, it appeared that Nancy Brennan had “a career a year.” Her various enterprises including, school teacher, mother, visual artist, interior designer, romance writer, newspaper columnist and reporter, historian, and excursion leader all reflect her multitude of interests. Nancy is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of National League of American Pen Women. She and her colleague, Rebecca Yerger, have a monthly history radio show on KVON, Napa’s local radio station.
Timothy Thomas

A fourth generation Monterey County native, Tim Thomas is the museum historian and director of public programs of the Monterey History & Art Association and the Maritime Museum of Monterey. Tim has also worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and California State Parks, where he developed many popular interpretive programs. For the past 15 years, Tim has conducted research on the many fisheries of Monterey Bay. He is the author of the book, “A History of the Monterey Waterfront.”
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
  San Francisco, California 3 nights
   Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
  Monterey 2 nights
   Hilton Garden Inn Napa
  Napa 3 nights
 Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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

 Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hilton Garden Inn Napa
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 3:30-5:00PM at the hotel. Your registration packet will include a schedule noting location and time of orientation, dinner and introductions. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after drop off at San Francisco Airport at approximately 11:00AM followed by return to the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf. Return time of 11:00AM at SFO is not guaranteed. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Napa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/ traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Radisson Hotel provides a preferred parking rate to Road Scholar participants of $25/day for the length of the program but parking rates are subject to change without notice so please call hotel to confirm rates.
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Francisco, California
  Nearest city or town:  Oakland, California
  Nearest highway: US Hwy 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Napa
  Nearest city or town:  Oakland
  Nearest highway: Hwy.29
  Nearest airport:  Oakland International
Travel Details

From San Francisco (SFO) to Radisson Fisherman's Wharf


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 415-775-5121


Per Person/One Way:


$17 from SFO to hotel
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30-45 minutes depending on traffic 




16 miles from SFO to hotel


The Radisson recommends Airport Express for reliable service to both SFO and OAK airports. Advanced reservations can be made by visiting, or calling the Airport Express office at (415) 775-5121, or booking the shuttle through the hotel concierge desk. The shuttle leaves the hotel at 15 and 45 minutes after the hour with the first departure at 4:15AM and the last departure at 9:45PM. (Discounted shuttle rates are available if booked online.)


From Oakland (OAK) to Radisson Fisherman's Wharf


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 415-775-5121


Per Person/One Way:


1st Adult $65 from OAK to hotel. Each additional Adult $15.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes or more depending on traffic 




20 miles from OAK to hotel


The Radisson recommends Airport Express for reliable service to both SFO and OAK airports. Advanced reservations can be made by visiting, or calling the Airport Express office at (415) 775-5121, or booking the shuttle through the hotel concierge desk. The shuttle leaves the hotel at 15 and 45 minutes after the hour with the first departure at 4:15AM and the last departure at 9:45PM. (Discounted shuttle rates are available if booked online.)

Driving Directions
  Los Angeles (from the south) to Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Take I-5 N Slight left onto I-580 W (signs for Tracy/San Francisco) (15.8 mi) Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-580 W (30.6 mi) Slight right to stay on I-580 W (Oakland/San Francisco) (15.6 mi) Take exit 19A on the left to merge onto I-80 W toward San Francisco (Partial toll road 6.8 mi) Take exit 2C for Folsom St. (0.5 mi) Turn left onto Folsom St. (0.3 mi) Turn left onto The Embarcadero (1.5 mi) Slight right to stay on The Embarcadero (0.1 mi) Slight left onto Beach St. Destination will be on the right
  Sacramento (from the east) to Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Take I-80 W across the Bay Bridge. Take exit 2C for Folsom St. (0.5 mi) Turn left onto Folsom St. (0.3 mi) Turn left onto The Embarcadero (1.5 mi) Slight right to stay on The Embarcadero (0.1 mi) Slight left onto Beach St. Destination will be on the right
  Santa Rosa (from the north) to Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Take Hwy 101 S/CA-128 E/US-101 S toward San Francisco. Continue to follow Hwy 101 S/US-101 S. (Partial toll road 84.8 mi) Turn slight left onto Lombard St. (1.1 mi) Turn left onto Van Ness Ave. (0.2 mi) Turn right onto Bay St. (0.6 mi) Turn left onto Mason St. (0.1 mi) Take the 2nd right onto Beach St. (236 ft)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/ Registration/ Program Orientation
(Thursday, September 12)
 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.

Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golden Gate Park/Japanese Tea Garden/Academy of Sciences/Mission Dolores/Chinatown/North Beach
(Friday, September 13)

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.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cable Car Museum/Coit Tower/Ferry Building/Harbor Cruise/Fisherman's Wharf
(Saturday, September 14)
 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.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: San Juan Bautista State Historic Park/ Monterey Bay Aquarium
(Sunday, September 15)
 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
Accommodations: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 17-Mile Drive/Carmel Mission/Pt. Lobos
(Monday, September 16)
 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
Accommodations: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Monterey to Napa Valley along the Pacific Coast Highway 1/Cross Golden Gate Bridge/ Sausalito/Mumm Champagne Cellar
(Tuesday, September 17)
 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
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Napa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Napa Valley Museum/Oxbow Market/Hess Collection Winery
(Wednesday, September 18)
 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
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Napa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Calistoga/Sharpsteen Museum/Castello di Amorosa/Culinary Institute of America
(Thursday, September 19)
 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
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Napa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Return to San Francisco/Independent Departures
(Friday, September 20)
 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 Overview
In 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 Guide
San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau 201 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94107 415-974-6900 For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

San Francisco: A Photographic Portrait

Author: Brad Perks

Description: San Francisco: A Photographic Portrait is a coffee-table keepsake of high-quality, full and half-page, color images of the city and surrounding Bay Area. Its photographs depict the diverse personality of this "City-by-the-Bay". The city's commitment to its historical roots as well as the future is captured in images of both turn-of-the century and contemporary architecture; parks comprised of hillside trails and wildflowers as well as elegant theme gardens, and the cultivated vineyards of the Napa Valley are represented throughout the book.

Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination

Author: Peg Melnik (Author), Tim Fish (Author)

Description: As helpful for natives as it is for visitors, Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination reveals the richness and color of this remarkable place. There are well-known as well as undiscovered wineries, a wealth of eateries, the best accommodations, and important travel information. Also included is an events calendar, If Time Is Short options, local history, color photos and maps, and essential information to help you find the best ways to spend your vacation time. Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination, now in its ninth edition, has been acclaimed repeatedly by The Wine Advocate and Wine & Spirits.

A Moveable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country

Author: Hank Beal & Rick Cushman

Description: Hank Beal is a wine prothe executive wine buyer at an upscale supermarket chain. Rick Kushman is an ordinary joea guy who enjoys wine but doesnt know a lot about it. Together, Hank and Rick set out to visit all 141 public tasting rooms in Napa during the course of a year. The result is A Moveable Thirstan engaging, often hilarious book thats one part Sideways, one part Frommers.

Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide

Author: Rand Richards

Monterey Peninsula: The Golden Age

Author: Kim Coventry

Description: From the building of Hotel Del Monte in 1880 to the completion of the Pacific Coast Highway in 1937, connecting the peninsula to the redwood forests of Big Sur and San Simeon beyond, the history of the Monterey Peninsula is the story of the development of a collection of coastal communities-each with its own unique character. Containing many rare photographs, the book explores through images the growth of Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Point Lobos, and Big Sur.

San Francisco: The City's Sights and Secrets

Author: Leah Garchik

Description: Discover the beauty of San Francisco, its hidden charms, and its well-loved sights in this unforgettable photographic tour. Some of San Francisco's most renowned photographers, including Bill Hanapple, Don Kellogg, and Tom Tracy, have captured new perspectives of the City with spectacular images of its most celebrated landmarks, from Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid to lesser-known but equally beautiful features, such as the flower-lined Filbert Street steps and the charming alleys of Russian Hill.

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