Magical Monterey
From iconic shorelines to the home of John Steinbeck, from world-renowned vineyards to the Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur, come see all that’s amazing in historic Monterey.
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Program No. 1208RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Called the most beautiful meeting of land and water on the face of the earth, Monterey Bay, the legendary Big Sur coast and sun-drenched Carmel Valley mark a convergence of currents, cultures and creators that make the area one of the country’s most fascinating places. Together we’ll visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, view stunning Big Sur and travel the internationally heralded 17 Mile Drive. With lodgings and classes at the famed Hidden Valley, a small performing arts institute nestled amongst oak covered hills, lecturers will include at least one historical character, a coastal biologist, a winemaker and performers teaching or studying at Hidden Valley. Join us for an immersion in the history, the ecology, the arts, the wine and the “magic” of Monterey.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking along flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet John Steinbeck and visit iconic Cannery Row and the Steinbeck Museum as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Learn about the region’s famous wines from a local winemaker or vineyardist.
  • Experience the drama and beauty of Big Sur on a scenic ride along the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Taelen Thomas
Taelen Thomas, local Carmel Bay bard and master of the oral tradition, is known for his golden, resonant voice and powerful stage presence. He creates and performs biological dramas in which he "brings to life" literary personalities, including Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns, John Steinbeck, Jack London, and Mark Twain, often performing with musicians. The most recent edition of Taelen's poetry is entitled "Inside of a Galloping Buffalo." He has recorded a powerful CD of the poetry of Robinson Jeffers, commissioned by the Tor House Foundation.
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Rick Yramategui
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Gael Gallagher
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Taelen Thomas
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David Shonman
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Marta Kraftzeck
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