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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
California

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 1208 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,299
On Campus Upgraded 1,599
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,299
On Campus Upgraded 1,599
Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
May 8 - May 13, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,359
On Campus Upgraded 1,659

DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
May 8 - May 13, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,659
On Campus Upgraded 1,959

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
On Your Feet
Walking at museums and on natural history field trips, getting on and off a coach, and sitting during presentations.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, and a live performance or event.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Taelen Thomas View biography
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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Marta Kraftzeck View biography
Born and raised in Monterey, Marta Kraftzeck discovered her passion for winemaking while traveling through Europe. A winemaker for more than 20 years, she has worked at a number of vineyards and realized the industrial creativity involved in the process of growing grapes and making wine. Marta earned a bachelor’s in botany from the University of California, Santa Cruz and, later, a master’s in viniculture and enology from the University of California, Davis.
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Rick Yramategui View biography
Rick Yramategui first performed a Joplin rag at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Alamitos, California while in high school in the 70s. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Whitworth College. He serves as pastor of Carmel Valley Community Chapel, performs with the Carmel Piano Trio, and was the pianist for a revival of George Gershwin's musical, “Oh, Kay!” He is passionate about the connection between music and spirituality.
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Gael Gallagher has a passion for the Monterey Bay area and pursues ongoing coursework in local history, ecology, architecture, and the natural sciences. Gael serves as a docent a the Point Lobos State Reserve and is a guide/trainer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is also docent at the National Steinbeck Center and is an instructor for the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Summit.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
The Pastures of Heaven
by John Steinbeck
Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide: With Special Notes on the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary
by Jerry Emory
Cannery Row
by John Steinbeck
The Red Pony
by John Steinbeck





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