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Baseball in the Land of Giants: San Francisco With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 16075RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2013 - 6/26/2013; 6/20/2015 - 6/24/2015; 7/18/2015 - 7/22/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: San Francisco, California
Price starting at: $943.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Baseball
Intergenerational
Meals: 9; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 16 years of age.

Share three epic days of exciting games and memorable discoveries with your grandchild. See the San Francisco Giants play at spectacular AT&T Park — you may even see a homer splash into McCovey Cove, the section of San Francisco Bay just beyond the right field wall. Between games, explore one of America’s most dynamic cities with local experts. Discover historic Alcatraz Island, thrilling Exploratorium and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and ride the famous streetcars of the City by the Bay.




Highlights

• Watch the San Francisco Giants play a major league rival at AT&T Park and experience the fun of minor league ball at a San Jose Giants game.
• Hone your baseball skills and take your cuts at fastballs at a training academy.
• Go behind the scenes of AT&T Park to see how a major league ballpark operates.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, some hilly streets. Some stairs and walking in crowds at baseball games.



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.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf with heated outdoor swimming pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf
  San Francisco, CA 4 nights
 Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Holiday Inn Express is located within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, The Cannery, Embarcadero Center and the cable car turnarounds. All amenities offered next door at the sister property, Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf are also available to those staying at the Holiday Inn Express.
  Contact info: 550 North Point Street
San Francisco,, CA 94133 USA
phone: 415-409-4600
web: www.hiefishermanswharf.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Rooms include complimentary high-speed Internet, premium cable TV, Pay-Per-View movies and games, in room safe, work desk with lamp, two-line telephone w/ voicemail, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Hotel offers complimentary high-speed Internet access, health and fitness center, and a business center providing computers and printing capabilities. Hotel also offers same-day dry cleaning/laundry pickup, services. The Holiday Inn property next door offers an outdoor heated pool for use by those staying at the Holiday Inn Express.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for current rate Call or email Carol McNeil for the best available rate. Her direct number is 415-486-0773. Her email is carol.mcneil@ihg.com. Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group when making reservations for additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for current rate Call or email Carol McNeil for the best available rate. Her direct number is 415-486-0773. Her email is carol.mcneil@ihg.com. Be sure to mention you are part of the Road Scholar group when making reservations for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM hotel check in and 5:00 pm program registration begins You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 AM after breakfast. Check-out by noon. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Intergenerational Rules & Regulations form is required. Young learners also need to return the Parental Consent Form (one per child).
  Parking availability:
$45 per day. Rates are subject to change. Long term parking at the SFO airport is $18 a day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Francisco, CA
  Nearest airport:  SFO, OAK
  From End of Program
  Location: San Francisco, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco- Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf from Oakland Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
BART
phone: 510-464-7134

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

AirBART is $3 for adults, $1.00 for children (12 and under) and seniors (65+); BART is $3.80
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

AirBart is 15 minutes, train time is 20 minutes 

   

Take AirBART shuttle from the airport to Coliseum / Oakland Airport Station. Take a blue or green train towards Daly City. Exit at Embarcadero Station (1.6 miles from the hotel). Take a taxi from the station to the hotel. Approved taxis will say “San Francisco Taxi Cab” on the side and rear of the cab. Following are three local companies: Black & White Checker Cab Company: 415-285-3710; Green Cab: 415-552-5881; Yellow Cab Co-Op: 415-282-3737. Visit www.bart.gov for more information.

 

San Francisco- Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf from San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
BART
phone: 510-464-7134

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8.25; $3.05 for seniors (65+)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

32 minutes train time 

   

Take the Pittsburg / Bay Point train to the Embarcadero station (1.6 miles from the hotel). Trains depart every 15 minutes. Take a taxi from the station to the hotel. Approved taxis will say “San Francisco Taxi Cab” on the side and rear of the cab. Following are three local companies should you need to arrange a ride. Black & White Checker Cab Company: 415-285-3710; Green Cab: 415-552-5881; Yellow Cab Co-Op: 415-282-3737. Visit www.bart.gov for more information.

 

San Francisco- Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17 first person from SFO; $27 first person from OAK; $15 each additional person in traveling party
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Time varies due to traffic and ride share 

   

Please visit www.supershuttle.com for more information.

 

San Francisco- Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf from San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximate fare is $44
Prices are subject to change.

   

Taxis depart from the designated taxi zones located at the roadway center islands, on the Arrivals / Baggage Claim Level of all terminals. Uniformed taxi coordinators are stationed at the taxi zones from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. to assist passengers with questions or concerns. A $2.00 exit surcharge is included in all San Francisco taxicab meter fares for rides originating from San Francisco International Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf from Oakland Airport Head north on Airport Drive. Slight right to stay on Airport Drive. Continue on 98th Avenue. Merge onto I-880 N via the ramp to Oakland. Continue on CA-880 N (signs for I-80 W/San Francisco) Toll road. Merge onto I-80 W Toll road. Take the Fremont St exit. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Folsom St. Turn left at Folsom St. Turn left at The Embarcadero. Slight left at North Point St. The Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf hotel is on the right.
  Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf from San Francisco International Airport Merge onto US-101 N via the ramp to San Francisco. Take the exit onto I-280 North. Continue on King Street. Continue on the Embarcadero. Take a slight left at North Point Street. The Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf hotel is on the right.
  Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf from the Embarcadero train station Head northeast on Market St. toward Main St. Turn right at Steuart St. Turn left at Mission St. Turn left at the Embarcadero. Slight left at North Point St. The Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf hotel is on the right.
Equipment Requirements: You may wish to bring a baseball glove, just in case.
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: San Francisco/Bay Area/Orientation/Dinner
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 Arrive To: Transfer on own to hotel.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar registration will begin at 5:00 PM--you may come at any time between 5:00 and dinner to pick up your program schedule and materials. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm followed by orientation where you will have a chance to meet your fellow participants and learn about program details.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: Program orientation
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/City Tour/Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart from the hotel to see the city with a local expert. Sites to see include the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Lombard Street and San Francisco's amazing hills. The trip through the city will end at AT&T park for an afternoon at the ball park.
 Lunch: Lunch at AT&T Park
 Afternoon: Settle back to watch the San Francisco Giants take on the Miami Marlins. Get ready for the action!
 Evening: After the game the group will return to the hotel with free time and dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Breakfast/Behind the Scenes at AT&T Park/Baseball Academy/San Jose Giants Game
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the home of the Giants in a behind-the-scenes look at AT&T Park, heralded as one of the finest sports stadiums in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at AT&T Park.
 Afternoon: Head south to San Jose and try your hand in the batting cages and pitching stations at the area's best baseball academy. Bring your batting gloves and mits, slugger!
 Dinner: At the stadium.
 Evening: Sit back and enjoy minor league baseball at its finest. From your seats in the VIP box you'll enjoy dinner and a fast-paced game between the San Jose Giants and their opponent the Modesto Nuts.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Aquarium of the Bay/The Rock/Free Time/Inspiration from a Baseball Coach!
(Tuesday, June 25)

Note: Group will walk approximately 1/2 Block to the Aquarium from the hotel and from the Aquarium to the Alcatraz Boat Dock which is an additional 3 blocks. Free time in the area of Pier 39 is within a block or two of the aquarium.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Walk across the catwalk above the 700,000 gallon exhibit tunnels at the Aquarium of the Bay and see eight-foot sharks an arm's length away. Included in our special behind the scenes visit, view the "jellies nursery" and see animals not currently on exhibit. Learn about the Aquarium's shark research, and how they are working to protect endangered and special species.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in the area of Pier 39. There are many specialty restaurants to choose from.
 Afternoon: Board a ferry boat to Alcatraz and tour The Rock, San Francisco's notorious island prison. Per Golden Gate National Recreation Area policies the value of this tour is $26 for adults and students over age 11. Discounts provided for children 11 and under and Seniors 62 and over. This cost is included in program price.
 Dinner: Return to the hotel on your own providing a chance for you to spend as much time as you wish at Alcatraz. Group dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: A special guest will talk to the group about the game of baseball and what it takes to be a college player. The focus is on the importance of a well rounded athlete--one who focuses on classes as well as team sports.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast/Departure
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Bid farewell to fellow baseball fans and depart for home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  San Francisco, CA Aquarium of the Bay
Meet 20,000 amazing marine animals as you walk through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels. Touch sharks and rays. It's like skin diving without getting wet. Open daily except Dec. 25. Information from: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com and sanfrancisco.about.com For additional information, visit www.aquariumofthebay.com
  Meteron
Metreon is the first-of-its-kind entertainment center located at Fourth and Mission streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This 350,000 square-foot complex features an eclectic mix of the Bay Area's best restaurants, shopping venues, theatres, and entertainment destinations, including the West Coast's largest IMAX theatre. Information from: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com and sanfrancisco.about.com For additional information, visit www.metreon.com
  Pier 39
There is something for everyone at PIER 39, one of San Francisco's premier Bay attractions: a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 14 Bay view restaurants and a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages, including the world-renowned sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment. Information from: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com and sanfrancisco.about.com For additional information, visit www.pier39.com
  Presidio of San Francisco
Formerly a military post, the Presidio is a national park and recreational paradise featuring spectacular vistas, meandering trails, and historic and architectural treasures. Come for a hike, a walking tour, a picnic, to view an exhibit or take a stroll back in time. Entrance to the park and most programs are free. The park is open daily, year-round. Information from: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com and sanfrancisco.about.com For additional information, visit www.presidio.gov
  San Francisco Zoo
Northern California's largest zoological park features approximately 1,000 exotic and endangered wildlife. Visit the new Grizzly Gulch (June 2007), home to two grizzly bears and stroll through the African Savannah habitat. Experience the wonders of the Children's Zoo and visit other favorites such as Gorilla Preserve, Penguin Island, Koala Crossing, Lemur Forest and the Australian WalkAbout. Ride the historical Dentzel Carousel and Little Puffer miniature steam train. Information from: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com and sanfrancisco.about.com For additional information, visit www.sfzoo.org
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.


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