Signature City San Francisco: City By The Bay
Immerse yourself in the story of San Francisco alongside experts as you explore Alcatraz Island, learn about the fire of 1906, stroll the markets of Chinatown and see iconic landmarks.
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Program No. 21052RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From global cuisine to Alcatraz — experience the best of the “City by the Bay.” Walk through Chinatown’s 150-year-old food market for a sensory journey past fresh produce, steaming poultry and buckets of swimming fish. Enjoy a private coach excursion, see the highlights of the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Activity Level
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On Your Feet – 1 mile walking a day, Keep The Pace – 2 miles walking a day. The program is designed to minimize walking up San Francisco's many hills. However, walks may still involve inclines and declines, stairs and standing on sidewalks that may not always be even. Some use of public transportation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Alcatraz Island, most famous for the federal penitentiary and home to the first lighthouse on the West Coast, a military garrison and a Native American occupation.
  • Join a local historian for a look into San Francisco’s devastating fire of 1906 and learn how the city was rebuilt.
  • Learn about San Francisco's unique architecture from a local expert followed by a docent-led visit to a Victorian home.

General Notes

Use of public transportation with some transfers.
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Marie Thomas McNaughton
Marie Thomas McNaughton has been a writer, photographer, speaker, and business communications professional since 1980, when she received her B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco. She received her M.A. in humanities from San Francisco State University in 2006, and enjoys studying the "long nineteenth century" in England, France, and the United States. Marie has published her work in numerous magazines and newspapers, and she enjoys leading public lectures and writing workshops.
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