Wine & Food In The Golden State
Travel with Barnard Alumnae and friends on a 5-day adventure exploring San Francisco and Napa. See the city’s highlights and architecture while staying in Union Square. Take the Napa Valley Wine Train for a panoramic tour of the region while enjoying a gourmet lunch. Feed your culinary curiosity with a cooking class at the Silverado Cooking School, using locally sourced ingredients. Then further satiate the palate in Napa, which boasts some 400 wineries with a bounty of varietals and pair your preference with a fine locally cultivated cheese. This trip is sure to be revelry for the senses!April 12, 2015 to April 16, 2015
Dates: April 12 - 16, 2015
Prices: $2,695 per person based upon double occupancy, single travelers, please add $795
April 12, 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! Embark on a walking tour of this charming city this afternoon. See Union Square, the ceremonial heart of the city, full of lovely boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants; and Chinatown, established in the mid-19th century and boasting the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Continue to North Beach with its unique painted house facades, decorated by present day “Michelangelos.” Though adjacent to Chinatown, there is a distinct Italian feel as the neighborhood has historically been home to a large Italian-American population. Tonight, get to meet your fellow travelers over dinner. Return to the Serrano Hotel, an upscale 4-star hotel located in the heart of San Francisco within a few blocks of Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf.
SERRANO HOTEL (D)
April 13, 2015 - NAPA
Today’s adventure takes you to Napa. On the way, cross the new span of the Bay Bridge, a marvel of engineering that traverses the distance between Yerba Buena Island and Oakland. After an hour drive arrive in Napa and board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a gourmet luncheon. Enjoy your afternoon while taking in the fertile beauty of Napa Valley. Check into the Napa River Inn at the historic Napa Mill. Here you will have the opportunity to taste locally produced wines, or explore the Ox Bow Market, before dinner at your leisure.
NAPA RIVER INN (B,L)
April 14, 2015 - NAPA
Today provides an opportunity for you to become a gourmet chef for a day at the Silverado Cooking School. This school offers cooking classes, which focus on the use of locally sourced ingredients. Using these fresh ingredients you will help prepare a four-course lunch, paired with world-class wines and beers from the region. Afterwards, tour the Black Coyote Vineyard, founded in 2000, followed by a tasting of the award winning Cabernet as well as the winery’s other varietals. A hotel since 2000, the Napa River Inn’s history stretches back to 1895, when the land was purchased by Captain Albert Hatt, who developed the property to support his shipping business. Located within the complex of the Old Mill, the Inn features 66 rooms spread out among three historic buildings and is designated a Historic Hotel of America.
NAPA RIVER INN (B,L,D)
DAY 4 - MUIR WOODS/SAN FRANCISCO
Bid farewell to lovely Napa as you drive back to San Francisco. En route, visit the 550-acre Muir Woods, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, home to some of the last old-growth redwoods on the planet. Ancestors of redwood and sequoia trees grew throughout what is now the United States 150 million years ago. Following lunch, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the most visited and photographed bridge in the world. The bridge connects the Marin headlands to the tip of the San Francisco peninsula. This evening’s sunset sailing trip is an excursion on the slate blue waters of the San Francisco Bay. This large protected harbor is why cities emerged around its shores. While on your sail, you will be treated to inspiring views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the iconic city skyline. Your evening culminates in a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf.
SERRANO HOTEL (B,L,D)
DAY 5 - SAN FRANCISCO
This morning enjoy a fantastic two-hour walking tour through the rich architectural history of San Francisco. Taking you from the classical lines of the 1908 Banking Hall of Wells Fargo to the stratospheric late modernism of One Rincon Hill, the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi, this is truly a promenade through architectural time. Later, proceed to the airport for your flight home. Return with the memories of your great culinary experience in the Golden State.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
• Superior accommodation at hotels as indicated in the itinerary (or similar).
• Meals as specified in itinerary.
• Services of driver/guide throughout the tour.
• All admission fees for included excursions
• An architectural walking tour of San Francisco.
• All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
• Complimentary baggage tags.
Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees if applicable; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; excess baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section of the brochure; transfers to/from hotels; meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.
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