Good Times Travel
17132 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, Alcatraz Island, de Young Museum, Optional Napa Valley Wine Train Excursion
Activity Level 2
Pace Level 2
Escape to San Francisco and experience its spectacular scenery, intriguing architecture, endless cultural attractions and world-class cuisine while enjoying a four-night stay at an upscale boutique hotel in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. We'll see the best that this vibrant and charming city has to offer including its diverse neighborhoods and its most iconic and endearing sites. This popular tour that features an optional excursion to the Napa Valley requires no air travel and features the best of the" City by the Bay."
From our departure points we’ll travel north this morning via deluxe motorcoach towards San Francisco via the Central Valley, making several rest stops and a stop for lunch on your own along the way. Late this afternoon we'll arrive to the “City by the Bay” and our hotel located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a wide array of things to do. We'll enjoy a relaxing, four-night stay at the Argonaut Hotel, the award-winning, AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel with luxurious rooms within indoor corridors and the Blue Mermaid Restaurant. This full-service, nautical-themed hotel with seafaring decor is housed in Fisherman’s Wharf historic Haslett Warehouse building and is within walking distance of a variety of restaurants, shops, the Powell & Hyde Cable Car Turnabout, Ghirardelli Square and the Hyde Street Pier. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure.
Following an included breakfast, we’ll be joined by a local guide for a comprehensive guided tour of San Francisco. Year after year, San Francisco wins awards as one of the “world’s favorite cities” and in 2023 was named one of National Geographic's 25 Most Breathtaking Places in 2023. Hear stories of the city’s past and present as we travel past its most iconic landmarks like Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Ghirardelli Square, City Hall, Pier 39 and many more. We'll travel through the city’s diverse neighborhoods including Union Square, the Financial District, the Civic Center, The Castro/Mission District, Haight/Ashbury, Chinatown, Little Italy, North Beach, the Embarcadero and Golden Gate Park. We’ll visit Twin Peaks for spectacular views of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Visit Lands End, the rocky and windswept shoreline at the mouth of the Golden Gate to admire Seal Rocks and Cliff House. In the Presidio of San Francisco we’ll visit the Palace of Fine Arts, one of the most photographed sites in San Francisco. Built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the site features a classical Greco-Roman style rotunda with curved colonnades in an idyllic park setting. At the Civil War-era Fort Point National Historic Site we’ll take in spectacular views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before we cross the bridge and take in views of the San Francisco skyline from Vista Point. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own and browsing in Sausalito, the charming, laid-back town with a Mediterranean vibe. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit Golden Gate Park – at 1,017 acres, it is one of the world's largest urban parks. We'll visit the de Young Museum with time at leisure to explore the various galleries of this San Francisco landmark that re-opened in 2005 in a new architecturally magnificent state-of-the-art facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape. The museum features an outdoor sculpture garden, Tower Observation Floor and a collection consist- ing of priceless American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries. On view during our visit, Ansel Adams in Our Time, a special exhibition of more than 100 works by America’s most famous landscape photographer and environmentalist. We'll continue to the historic Ferry Building on the Embarcadero waterfront and enjoy time at leisure at the Ferry Building Marketplace, the food hall that brings together the food traditions of the city. This afternoon we'll board a ferry and make the short trip to Alcatraz Island for an “inescapable” experience. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to “The Rock.” The presence of infamous inmates like Al “Scarface” Capone, and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud helped to establish the island’s notoriety. Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed. Included during your visit is the Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour, a captivating tour that brings history alive through the actual voices of the correctional officers and inmates who lived on the island during the infamous Federal Penitentiary era. We return to the hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure. (Breakfast)
Enjoy an included breakfast and an entire day at leisure in San Francisco to complete your “bucket list.” Perhaps you'll want to hop aboard a cable car for a fun and nostalgic ride to Union Square and back, rent a bicycle for a picturesque ride along the waterfront to Crissy Field, or grab a taxi or Uber for a ride to a museum or shopping area you've always wanted to visit. Or, take advantage of an optional full-day excursion to the Napa Valley for an additional $235 per person (minimum of 10 guests required; payable with your balance payment; all gratuities and fees included). If taking advantage of the Napa Valley optional excursion, you’ll depart the hotel this morning onboard our motorcoach and travel with your tour director and to the Napa Valley – one of the most picturesque and widely recognized wine regions in the world. In downtown Napa you’ll board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a three-hour experience traveling through the heart of the Napa Valley on a 36-mile round-trip journey to St. Helena and back. The train cars are restored early 20th century Pullman cars that feature Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions with plush armchairs that evoke the elegant glory days of luxury train travel of the early 1900s. Onboard you’ll enjoy a three-course, waiter-served lunch with choice of entree as the lush vineyards of the Napa Valley landscape pass by. You’ll return to San Francisco early this evening. (Breakfast)
After an included breakfast, we'll travel south through the Central Valley making several rest stops and a stop for an included farewell lunch at Harris Ranch, one of the first and largest “Farm to Fork” dining destinations in California. It ranks #3 among California’s independent restaurants based on sales volume and second in the state for meals sold! We return to our departure points this evening with many fond memories of our time in the “City by the Bay." (Breakfast, Lunch)
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