Use of public transportation including getting on/off cable cars. Hiking 5 miles over the course of 11 hours. Climb to top of Telegraph Hill for Coit Tower involves a gain of about 300 feet; steps, inclined paved walkway. Bring a refillable water bottle for the day.
At the hotel, the daily breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as hard-boiled eggs, sausages, waffles, hot and cold cereals, bagels and cream cheese, English and sweet muffins, croissants, fruit, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll take one of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars to Union Square. With our Group Leader, we’ll learn about the history of the area as we walk through the square and through the Financial District and Barbary Coast featuring Portsmouth Square, the birthplace of San Francisco. Then, making our way to Chinatown, we’ll sample different teas at one of many the tea shops in the area.
At a popular Chinese restaurant, we’ll have a family style lunch, sharing platters of food with hot tea and water included; other beverages available for purchase. Sik fan! (Let’s eat!)
Next, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Chinatown with a local expert, walking through alleys, temples, Chinese herbal medicine shops, and unusual food markets in America’s oldest and largest Chinatown. We’ll learn about the history and personal stories that have made this amazing place what it is today. We’ll continue our walk with our Group Leader through North Beach, home to early Italian fishermen as well as the Beatniks of the 1950s. We will learn how the neighborhood has evolved over the last century and scope out restaurants along the way. Then, we take a brisk walk from Washington Square to the top of Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower and enjoy the approaching sunset (weather permitting). The final ascent to the observation deck will be by elevator where we’ll have a 360-degree view of the city, the bay, and the Golden Gate, the strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.
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. You might like one of the many fine Italian restaurants in North Beach.
At leisure. For those participants who wish to return to the hotel with the Group Leader via public transportation, an appointed time and meeting spot will be arranged.