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On the Road: San Francisco, Monterey and Napa Valley

Program Number: 20556RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/30/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: San Francisco, California
Price starting at: $2,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 20; 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; 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.




Highlights

• In San Francisco, take a walk in the magical Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and cruise along San Francisco’s historic waterfront.
• 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.



Napa

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.



Accommodations
San Francisco hotel. Monterey hotel near Cannery Row. Napa hotel in the heart of California wine country.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
  San Francisco, California 3 nights
   Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
  Monterey 2 nights
   Hilton Garden Inn Napa
  Napa 3 nights
 Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The 26-story Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround, offers fantastic city views. The newly-renovated guest rooms begin on the 6th floor. Located in the lower Nob Hill / Pacific Heights neighborhood, the hotel is near all major attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, North Beach and Union Square. The hotel has a gym and rooftop outdoor heated pool.
  Contact info: 1500 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-441-4000
web: www.GoldenGatewayHotel.com
  Room amenities: The standard guestrooms are configured with two double beds, one queen, or one king bed. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch flat-screen television with pay-per-view and premium cable channels as well as an in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker. Other amenities include an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, private in-suite bathrooms, premium cable TV channels, pay-per-view movies, in-room Wii video gaming, blackout drapes, clock radio, spacious desk, and complimentary newspaper. All rooms are smoke-free.
  Facility amenities: Guests of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel enjoy a number of advantages including comfortable, spacious hotel rooms, two onsite restaurants, and an outdoor, heated swimming pool boasting views of the city. The hotel provides fitness and business centers that are open 24 hours-a-day. Other amenities include: car rental desk, tour desk in the gift shop, ATM, concierge services, newsstand, bellman, dry cleaning/laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box at the front desk. All guest rooms are non-smoking; however, smoking is allowed in the pool area. PARKING: A large, indoor, self-park garage is available at the hotel for a fee of $20 per day, tax included. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service in all guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for current rates. Road Scholar rate is a discount on the best available rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 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
web: www.victorianinn.com/
  Room amenities: Each guest room features in-room refrigerators and coffee makers, 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, honor bars, and free local calls. Each guest room is furnished with a 42 inch high-definition TV. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in guest rooms.
  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. INTERNET ACCESS: 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
web: www.napahiltongardeninn.com/
  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 4:00-5:00 p.m. Intro to San Francisco at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Program orientation and introductions after dinner. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Golden Gateway that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after drop off at San Francisco Airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. followed by return to the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. Return time of 11:00 a.m. at SFO is not guaranteed. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Napa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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:
Hotel self-parking is $20 per day
Transportation
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 SFO and OAK to Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17.00 per person one way to SFO/$27.00 per person one way to OAK
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 20-25 minutes depending on traffic fro SFO/Approx. 30-45 minutes depending on traffic to OAK 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles from SFO/20 miles from OAK

   

SuperShuttle offers shared van service from San Francisco and Oakland Airport to the hotel. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 800-258-3826 or visit www.supershuttle.com for online reservations and rates.

 
Driving Directions
  Golden Gate Toll Bridge Instructions for Payment The Golden Gate Bridge Toll must be paid in advance of crossing the bridge. This can be done by going online at www.bayareafastrak.org or calling 877-229-8655 and paying with a credit card. To pay for the toll in advance with cash, please visit this link to find a cash payment location near you: http://batchgeo.com/map/4218650a774cd48c44b07230c6ac0318
  Los Angeles (From the South) to Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Take CA 5 Freeway Northbound. Stay left to drive towards Interstate 580/80-West towards Tracy/San Francisco. Take Fremont Street Exit from I-80 West. Merge onto Fremont Street. Continue on to Front Street. Turn Left onto Pine Street. Turn Right onto Van Ness Street, hotel is on right.
  Sacramento (from the East) to Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Take Interstate 5 South toward Interstate 80 West. Take CA-99 Exit toward San Francisco/Interstate 80. Keep right to take Interstate 80 ramp. Merge onto Interstate 80 West and take Bay Bridge. Toll is $5. Take the Fremont Street Exit, merge onto Fremont St. Continue onto Front Street. Turn left onto Pine Street. Turn Right onto Van Ness Ave, hotel is on the right.
  Santa Rosa (From the North) to Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Take US 101 Southbound towards San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge: the toll for the bridge is $5, please see special payment instructions. Slight left onto Lombard Street. Turn right onto Van Ness Ave. Make a U-Turn at Bush Street and hotel is on the right.
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, April 30)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Before dinner, our instructor, a San Francisco resident, will introduce us to San Francisco in advance of tomorrow's field trip.
 Dinner: Enjoy a plated three course dinner at the hotel. Coffee, tea, and water included. Other beverages are available for purchase.
 Evening: Orientation: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and 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.

Get to know your fellow participants in a session we call Crossing Points and discover what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golden Gate Park / Japanese Tea Garden / 9th floor Observation Deck de Young Museum / Academy of Sciences / Mission Dolores / Chinatown
(Friday, May 1)

Note: Be prepared to walk varying distances from short ¼ mile strolls to 1.5 mile at a time. Walks include variety of terrain—from inclines, uneven steps, flight of stairs to city sidewalks. Standing on sidewalk for 1.5 hours on Chinatown walk.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy the breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach with our on-board instructor and begin field trip to Golden Gate Park. First stop is at 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.
Visit 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: At the Academy of Sciences Cafe. The Group Leader will hand out gift cards upon arrival so participants can eat at their leisure. Choose from various food options in the cafeteria style restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, our instructor leads us on 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 city guide on a 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: Family style meal at a restaurant in Chinatown. Non alcoholic beverage included. Dessert will follow at a local gelato shop near the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cable Car Museum / Coit Tower / Ferry Building / Harbor Cruise / Fisherman's Wharf
(Saturday, May 2)

Note: Be prepared to walk varying distances from 4 city blocks up to one mile and climb 1-3 flights of stairs. Longer optional walks up to 1.5 mile, time permitting, and walking down 400 steps



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 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. to 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.
Board the motor coach with our on-board instructor for Coit Tower. Atop Telegraph Hill is the 210-foot Coit Tower, 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, board a boat of the Blue & Gold Fleet for a Bay Cruise. The fully narrated one-hour trip 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 with our instructor 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: Plated dinner at a "well-known" Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant. Meal to include choice of soup or salad, choice of entree, dessert, and coffee, tea, and water included. Other beverages are available for purchase on site.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: San Juan Bautista State Historic Park / Monterey Bay Aquarium
(Sunday, May 3)

Note: Walk 5 blocks from aquarium to hotel and 2 blocks from hotel to provided dinner.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach for the trip to Monterey. On the way, we'll make a stop at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park which encompasses historic buildings and gardens giving you an opportunity to experience life as it was in early California between 1859 and 1890. While not part of the State Park, we'll also visit Mission San Juan Bautista, California’s 15th mission, which is adjacent to the State Park. We enjoy a guided walking tour of the park buildings with a State Park interpreter.
 Lunch: Plated lunch at small, historic restaurant. Meal will include salad, rolls, choice of entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage.
 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: Plated dinner at local hotel restaurant. Meal will include salad, rolls, choice of entrée, dessert, and coffee, tea, iced tea, or water. Other beverages are available for purchase on site.
 Evening: CLASS: Overview of Monterey area with local historian prepares us for tomorrow's field trip.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Monterey / 17-Mile Drive / Carmel / Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
(Monday, May 4)

Note: Opportunity to walk at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve on 1-1.5 mile compact soil granite trail with 3% grade and some stairs.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We board the motor coach with our local historian and travel from Monterey to 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.
 Lunch: Plated lunch in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Meal to include choice of entrée salad, dessert, and coffee, tea, and water are included. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Often called simply Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Seas 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 State Natural Reserve. Often called "the crown jewel of the State Park System," this area has it all--natural beauty, rich underwater habitat, wildlife, seabirds, hiking trails and a history with the whaling and abalone industry.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Victorian Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Monterey to Napa Valley along the Pacific Coast Highway 1 / Cross Golden Gate Bridge / Sausalito / Mumm Champagne Cellar
(Tuesday, May 5)

Note: Be prepared to walk several blocks in Sausalito and stand / walk for 90 minutes at Mumm.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 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: At a sit-down cafe in Sausalito. Meal will include side salad, choice of entree and a non-alcoholic beverage including soda, iced tea, or water.
 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: Enjoy a buffet style dinner at the hotel. Coffee, tea, and water included. Wine and beer available for purchase.
 Evening: Do you know wine basics, or feel overwhelmed with so many choices? Not sure what to look for in a wine? Want to hone your wine tasting/evaluating skills? Here's your chance! With our wine educator, learn about the different appellations and learn some wine “lingo” as you discuss characteristics and styles. Learn how to judge a wine with a tasting.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Napa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Napa Valley Museum / Oxbow Market / Hess Collection Winery
(Wednesday, May 6)

Note: Be prepared to stand / walk 60-90 minutes on museum and winery tours.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the hotel's restaurant. Choose from assorted cooked breakfast items, hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and more. Assorted juices, coffee, tea, and water are available.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We board the motor coach and begin our Napa Valley field trip with a guided visit of the Napa Valley Museum. The changing exhibits represent a diverse range of subjects from fine arts to human history to natural sciences.
 Lunch: At a restaurant in Oxbow Public Market. The Market is located along the Napa River and features a diverse mixture of local food vendors, artisan cafés and organic produce.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, visit the Hess Collection Winery which was founded by Swiss entrepreneur, Donald Hess. Enjoy a guided winery tour, tasting and an overview of Hess's Contemporary Art Museum, featuring works from his private collection.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Movie Night: “Bottle Shock” (2008) tells the story of a small California winery before Napa was famous, and its journey to the blind wine-tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris” in which French judges compared and rated wines from France and California. If you already know it, don’t give away the ending!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Napa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Calistoga / Sharpsteen Museum / Frank Family Vineyards / Culinary Institute of America
(Thursday, May 7)

Note: Be prepared to stand / walk 60-90 minutes on museum and winery tours.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach for the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga. The Museum was developed by Ben and Bernice Sharpsteen who donated it to the City of Calistoga in 1978. Among its exhibits is a collection of cultural artifacts from the area’s original inhabitants, historical displays of the upper Napa Valley and material on Robert Louis Stevenson. The founders room houses Ben’s memorabilia from his career as an Academy Award-winning animator, producer and director for Walt Disney Studios. One of the main attractions is a 30 ft. diorama of the original Hot Springs Resort which took nearly 3 years to complete.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Frank Family Vineyards, just south of Calistoga, is our first stop after lunch. With his Disney background, owners Rich and Connie Frank, have created a friendly and educational experience for visitors. In our reserve wine tasting, learn about the Frank Family wine and history.

Afterwards, we continue our travels south and stop at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for a guided exploration. CIA features a wide variety of innovative programs and facilities for culinarians.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Napa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Return to San Francisco / Independent Departures
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: At the 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 Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. 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 www.sfvisitor.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.

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


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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