Day 1: Guided Tour of San Francisco: Meet your fellow travelers during our welcome/orientation meeting. Then we will go on a guided tour of San Francisco. It is one of the most exciting cities in the US and certainly one of the most (if not the most) mythical cities. You will enjoy the tour with one of our very knowledgeable guides who will give you a unique view of "The City" including: North Beach, Chinatown, Financial District, Embarcadero, Pacific Heights, Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Evening: We will spend our first evening together in a nice restaurant in the city.
Day 2: Boat Cruise on SF bay, Alcatraz prison and Sausalito: We will take the ferry across the bay and visit the Alcatraz prison, once home of Al Capone and "Bird Man". With 378 cells and an entire island filled with history, suspense, and intrigue, it's an adventure you will not forget. It will give you the chill. The boat trip will also give you an incredible view of San Francisco. Enjoy great food at Fisherman’s wharf for lunch.
Taste some delicious seafood on the pier at one of the most typical restaurants with view on the Bay. In the afternoon, we will visit another California jewel, Sausalito,with the Mediterranean charm of a seaside village tucked amongst the hills on the Bay. It offers amazing panoramic views of San Francisco. You will have free time to stroll along the bay or visit the great shops and the many art galleries. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from for dinner before we get back on the boat.
Day 3: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley and Golden Gate: Discover the Napa Valley, the most renowned wine making region of the entire continent. With its rich volcanic soil and an ideal varied climate, Napa County is optimally suited to produce world quality wine grapes. We will drive through the beautiful rolling grassy hills, old oak trees and vineyards. We will visit at least two famous wineries and sample vintage wines in their tasting room.
Lunch: Wine country picnic. We’ll shop at a gourmet marketplace, with over 200 cheeses from around the world, as well as salads, sandwiches, panini--everything needed for our wine country picnic. End of day: Golden Gate On the way back, we will stop by the famous Golden Gate so that you can admire the best view of the city from the bridge.
Day 4: China Town and Musical Show: Morning: Gospel Celebration The 100 members of the Gospel choir take the Sunday celebration to another level. Clapping, swaying, and blasting out the spirit of empowerment, the choir embodies Glide's infectious message of diversity, acceptance, and unconditional love. The Glide Ensemble shakes the walls and raises spirits. Afternoon: From China Town to Union Square You will have some free time.
They are many shopping opportunities: from cheap cameras and clothes at Fisherman Wharf or Chinatown to luxurious shopping malls at Powell and Union Square. If you are not a shopper, we will give you ideas (and maps) of what to do: visit the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), hop on the cable car, walk on the beach, in the beautiful Golden Gate Park, to the Presidio, to Fishermanswarf, and more.
Early Evening: Beach Blanket Babylon Spectacle Beach Blanket Babylon, an internationally acclaimed San Francisco institution, is a zany musical spoof of pop culture with extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats. It continually evolves in its hilarious parodies of current events and popular icons as today’s headlines unfold. This is an incredible show not to be missed. We will have our farewell dinner together after the show.
Day 5: Departure: After our breakfast together, it will be time to say goodbye to your new friends.
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