Special Activity 1
Alcatraz: “The Rock”
Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017; 11:45 am – 4:15 pm
Cost: $85 (includes transportation between Westin and dock, ferry ticket, narration by professional uniformed guide, Alcatraz admission ticket, and self-guided cellblock audio tour). Limited to 50 persons.
On this tour, you will be “sentenced” to a “short term” on the notorious Alcatraz Island federal penitentiary. From the San Francisco waterfront, you will take a short ferry ride across the chilly waters of the Bay to “the Rock.” Here you will visit the cells once occupied by some of the nation’s most infamous criminals. On this austere wind and fog‑ridden island, it is easy to see why few attempts were made to escape into the treacherous bay with its undertows and turbulent waters. An expertly created audio tour contains interviews with former prisoners and guards from “the Rock,” providing fascinating insight into prison life in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. After your “release” from Alcatraz, the motorcoach will be standing by to return you to the Westin.
Special Activity 2
Magical Marin: Majestic Muir Woods & Sparkling Sausalito
Date: Monday, 26 June 2017; 9:00 am – 1:45 pm
Cost: $80 (includes transportation between Westin and park, narration by professional uniformed guide, admission ticket to Muir Woods, and time to shop and browse in Sausalito). Limited to 27 persons.
Today you will cross the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge into fabled Marin County, with its astonishingly varied land and seascapes. Driving along the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, a deluxe mini-coach will thread its way down the winding mountain road to Muir Woods National Monument.
One of the first parks ever set aside for the coastal redwoods, this national park was named for the renowned conservationist, John Muir. The redwoods located here have a biological ancestry dating back well over a million years. Fossils of virtually identical trees appear in the record from some 160 to 170 million years ago, preceding the Jurassic Age of dinosaurs. These fossils are found across the Northern Hemisphere, in Manchuria, France, Alaska, Greenland, and even on Arctic islands. Redwoods have no aging mechanisms, are extremely resistant to disease, and have few natural enemies. Thus, individual redwoods can live to be thousands of years old. You will have time to wander among these ancient trees and come away with a sense of the immense grandeur and spans of time encompassed by this noble forest.
You will then visit sparkling Sausalito, a Riviera‑like bayside village with its winding wooded streets, eclectic houseboats, unique boutiques and art galleries. There will be ample time to explore the shops and galleries, or simply stroll along the waterfront and view the San Francisco skyline and Bay.
Special Activity 4
San Francisco Highlights
Date: Tuesday, 27 June 2017; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $60 (includes transportation and tour guide). Limited to 25 persons.
The forty-nine square miles of San Francisco are a colorful tapestry of steep hills, picturesque houses, clanging cable cars, fishing boats, summer fog, Chinese pagodas, cosmopolitan cafés and breathtaking views. Five continents and three centuries blend together on forty-three hills, waiting to be discovered. On this tour, you will see some of the legendary landmarks of “Everybody’s Favorite City.”
Your highlights tour may include many of the following:
- The majestic Golden Gate Bridge spanning the entrance to the San Francisco Bay
- “Painted Ladies” vividly restored Victorian homes
- Cafés and boutiques of San Francisco’s most prestigious neighborhoods
- The lush acres of Golden Gate Park
- Bohemian Italian North Beach
- Panoramic views from Twin Peaks
- The awe-inspiring Pacific Ocean and the Cliff House perched high above the waves
- Landmark skyscrapers of the Financial District such as the TransAmerica Pyramid and Bank of America’s former World Headquarters
- Bustling Fisherman’s Wharf with its steaming crab cauldrons, colorful fishing boats, and seafood restaurants overlooking the Bay
Special Activity 6
Bridge Walk: Golden Gate Bridge at Sundown
Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017; 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Cost: $80 (includes transportation between Westin and bridge, narration by professional uniformed guide).
The Golden Gate Bridge is a true engineering wonder. Completed in 1937, the bridge is rightly one of the most famous structures in the world. You will first relish the extraordinary views of the Bay as you cross the bridge to Marin County, prior to beginning your walk heading south back into San Francisco. The many sights that comprise the San Francisco Bay Region are yours to enjoy including Alcatraz and Angel Islands, the Bay Bridge in the distance, Oakland and Berkeley on the east side of the Bay, and, of course, the city’s skyline. Once across the bridge, you can explore the flower gardens, the gift shop, and nearby Fort Point. The mini-coach will be standing by to return you to the hotel.