The PASSHE Alumni & Friends Travel Program presents...
San Francisco & Wine Country Delights
8-Day Tour to San Francisco and the California Wine Country
August 9-16, 2013
$2079* per person
Experience a laidback lifestyle on this journey through California. Discover the iconic sights of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge to vibrant Chinatown before heading to the renowned picturesque California Wine Country. Explore the lush vineyards of the Napa Valley, sample fine wines and even blend your own bottle of wine on this exciting jaunt through this world-famous region.
Sightseeing Highlights include:
• San Francisco Enjoy a city tour exploring the main attractions; take a guided walking tour through Chinatown.
• Sonoma and Napa Valleys Journey along the scenic Valley of the Moon, Carneros Highway and Silverado Trail, dotted with wineries.
• Glen Ellen Explore the Quarryhill Botanical Garden with an expert guide.
• Ravenswood Winery Blend your own wine at a private seminar.
• Sonoma Partake in a fun hands-on cooking class at a renowned culinary school.
• St Helena Enjoy a tour and tasting followed by a picnic lunch at V. Sattui Winery. Visit the mill at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.
• Clos Pegase Enjoy the art and sample the varietals on this guided tour.
• Castello di Amorosa Enjoy a private guided tour of the castle followed by a tasting of five wines.
• Nicholson Ranch Winery Admire the sweeping views and taste fine wines on this exclusive tour.
• Domaine Carneros Tour the winery, visit the beautiful chateau and enjoy a tasting of various sparkling wines.
|Friday, August 9, 2013
ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO (3 NIGHTS)
Welcome to San Francisco and the Wine Country! Take a complimentary transfer to your tour hotel. Your Travel Director is at the hotel this afternoon to answer any questions. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Saturday, August 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING
After a leisurely breakfast, begin your day with the locals and a visit to San Francisco’s famous Saturday morning Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Browse Northern California’s bounty of organic produce and flowers from small regional farmers and ranchers, artisan specialties and gourmet street fare. Continue to San Francisco’s favorite attractions -- Union Square, crooked Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. After some time on your own for lunch, set out for a real insider's experience of Haight Ashbury, ground zero for the hippie generation in the ‘60s. Join a local guide to walk in the footsteps of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and learn about the impact of the alternative rock culture on San Francisco and the world. This evening, join your Travel Director on a walking tour through Chinatown, exploring the neighborhood’s fascinating history. Inhale the pungent scents of the tea and herbal shops, admire the Chinese-style buildings, and stop at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory to watch (and sample) how fortune cookies are made. Save room for tonight’s dinner, a traditional banquet at a popular Chinese restaurant.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Local Dinner with wine in San Francisco)
Sunday, August 11, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO AT LEISURE
You have the entire day to explore glorious, exciting, eccentric San Francisco on your own. Ride the cable cars, shop Union Square, visit the museums and gardens of Golden Gate Park or take a boat ride to visit the former prison on the island of Alcatraz. If you’re a foodie, you can eat your way through San Francisco’s eclectic neighborhoods on an optional “Tastes of the City” tour. You can also venture further away on optional trips to Carmel and Monterey, Muir Woods National Monument or Yosemite National Park. Your Travel Director will be happy to help make any arrangements for you.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)
Monday, August 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - SONOMA - NAPA (4 NIGHTS)
Leave your hearts in San Francisco as you set out in search of Bacchus in California’s world-renowned Wine Country. Join a local guide for a walk through the Asia-inspired woodland of Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon. Pass through the quaint towns of Glen Ellen and Kenwood before arriving in Sonoma for some free time and lunch on your own. Stroll historic Sonoma Plaza, flanked by the Presidio and Mission San Francisco de Solano – the last California mission built – and browse the unique gift shops. This afternoon, retreat to a private blending lab at Ravenswood Winery and create, taste and bottle your own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)
Hotel: River Terrace Inn
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
NAPA VALLEY EXCURSION
Starting with a visit to downtown Napa and the Oxbow public market, today is a day devoted to tasting the savory, sweet, salty and spicy s of California Wine Country. Sample creamy, pungent and delicate locally produced artisan cheeses; nibble on cured salami and specialty sausages; and sate your sweet tooth with a tasting of decadent chocolates. You’ll have a chance to shop for your own treats before travelling on to the quaint town of St. Helena and the V. Sattui Winery. After touring the winery, prepare your palate for tasting an outstanding selection of wines and relax at a picnic lunch on the beautiful grounds. This afternoon, the tables are turned as you join a hands-on cooking class at a famous culinary school and take your turn at preparing your own dinner. You’ll group into teams with your fellow travelers and prepare a delicious four-course gourmet meal alongside top chef instructors. When finished, toast your efforts with a glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres before enjoying the fruits of your labor at a dinner paired with locally produced wines.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Picnic Highlight Lunch / Private cooking class and Dinner with wine)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
NAPA AT LEISURE
You have a free day to explore Napa on your own! Spend the day around town, enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the charming restaurants or shop for antiques and crafts. If you are feeling extra adventurous, join an optional sunrise balloon flight over the vineyards or a journey through the bucolic countryside with lunch aboard the vintage rail cars of the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)
Thursday. August 15, 2013
Travel the scenic drive north to St. Helena and visit Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, the site of a water-powered grist mill where early Napa Valley settlers gathered. Then, join a guided private tour of Castello di Amorosa, a 107-room, Tuscan-style castle and winery, complete with a moat, chapel and torture chamber. Learn how the castle vintners combine traditional wine making methods with modern technology to produce wines similar to the hand-crafted wines from Italy’s Tuscany and Umbria regions. And, you’ll taste the wine, of course! Lunch is on your own in bubbly downtown Calistoga, noted for its hot springs and geyser. Continue on to explore the art and vineyards of the award-winning winery Clos Pegase and sample some of its estate wines. This evening, celebrate a wonderful vacation with a Farewell Dinner at a winery where you’ll also enjoy a private tour and sample estate-produced wines and olive oil.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner with wine)
Friday, August 16, 2013
NAPA - DEPART SAN FRANCISCO
Wrap up your Wine Country sojourn this morning with a tour of the beautiful chateau and vineyards of Domaine Carneros. Learn the secrets of sparkling wine production and toast your fellow travelers with a seated tasting of sparkling wines. Before you know it, it will be time to say one last ‘Cheers’ in California – take your complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport, or to the tour hotel in San Francisco if you wish to extend your stay.
Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)
Please Note: Itinerary based on 2012 tour and is subject to change. Hotels used are also subject to change. Final itinerary will be available in July, 2012..
Land Price: $2079.00* per person based on double occupancy including all features and meals as stated in above itinerary and roundtrip airport transfers.
Single Room Supplement (subject to availability) $700.00*
Triple Room Reduction (subject to availability) $130.00*
Air: Air is not included in the pricing. Flight schedules and fares will not be available until approximately 330 days prior to your return date. We will be happy to assist you with your flight reservations at the appropriate time.
Please note that return flights should not be scheduled prior to 5:00 PM. To get back to the east coast, this would mean taking a red-eye flight. If you would prefer not to take a red-eye flight, or if you just want to stay a little longer in San Francisco, we can arrange an extra night for you. The extra night rate is $118.00* per person ($93.00* per person triple; $220.00* single). Transfers back to the San Francisco airport would then be $19.00* per person.
Deposit: $250.00 per person (nonrefundable) due at time of booking
Final Payment Date: May 20, 2013
Book by April 1, 2013 Reservations after that date will be accepted pending availability.
*Please note prices shown are guaranteed pricing. Should the 2013 rates be lower than our rates, you will receive the lower rate. Should the 2013 rates be higher, your price will not go up. You are guaranteed these rates or lower. Final rates should be in place in July, 2012.
This trip is sure to be very popular! Book early so you won’t be disappointed!
|For reservations and information call Christie (ext. 107) or Craig (ext. 103) at Cruisin’ & Main Line Vacations (610) 341-1979 or (800) 506-7447
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