Carmel Valley
New Year in Magical Monterey
Celebrate the season in historic Monterey as you visit the Steinbeck Museum, Cannery Row, coastal habitats and enjoy local champagne and cuisine while bringing in the New Year!
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Program No. 13042RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

End one year and ring in another in exciting fashion in historic, charming Monterey. Monterey Bay, the legendary coast and sun-drenched Carmel Valley mark a convergence of currents, cultures and creators that make the area endlessly fascinating. Expert-led field trips explore such diverse attractions as Steinbeck Country, the magnificent coastline and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Immerse yourself in the history, the ecology, the arts, the wine, the music, the magic of Monterey.
Activity Level
Minimal walking on flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience “Steinbeck Country,” as this part of California is called, including visits to the Steinbeck Museum and Cannery Row in Monterey.
  • Gather with your fellow participants and instructors to celebrate the New Year with a splendid dinner, California champagne and an evening of music and dancing.
  • A local winemaker introduces you to the technique and tastes of the wines made in this fertile region.
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Marta Kraftzeck
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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