San Francisco Bay
Sep 07, 2017 to Sep 12, 2017
We often associate the San Francisco Bay area with pure sunshine and pristine beaches. However, early on fishermen and sailors learned of pea-soup fog, shifting shoals and perilous rocks in abundance all of which are highly conducive to ship wrecks. The influx of ships during the Gold Rush encouraged Congress to pass action that lead to the building of several lighthouses in California, some of which we will visit on our San Francisco Bay lighthouse tour.
Beginning in San Francisco, we will head north to Point Reyes Light Station to climb its some 300 stairs to wonder at the rugged coastline below. A cruise in the San Francisco Bay will take us to the famed Alcatraz Island, sight of the notorious prison. As we continue navigating the bay, we will have photo opportunities of Yerba Buena Island, Point Bonita, East Brother Island, Fort Point and Mile Rock. Heading down the rugged, scenic coast, we’ll visit Point Pinos, built along with the first batch of eight lighthouses constructed on the West Coast and Point Montara with its Victorian keeper’s dwelling. Further down the coast we will visit charming Monterey and its famed Aquarium. A visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, with its 115 foot tower, completes our tour. As we head back to San Francisco, we reflect on the beacons that once guided sailors safely to shore and have become monuments to maritime culture.
Thursday, September 7: San Francisco - Welcome dinner and overnight (*D)
Friday, September 8: San Francisco (B/L/D)
Saturday, September 9: San Francisco (B/L)
Sunday, September 10: Pacific Grove (B/L/D)
Monday, September 11: San Francisco Airport - Farewell dinner (B/D)
Tuesday, September 12: Flights home (B)
*B = Breakfast included / L = Lunch included / D = Dinner included
- September 8 - Point Reyes - Visit & Climb
- September 8 - Lightship Relief - Visit
- September 9 - Alcatraz - Photo Op
- September 9 - Yerba Buena Island - Photo Op
- September 9 - Point Bonita - Photo Op
- September 9 - East Brother Island - Photo Op
- September 9 - Fort Point - Photo Op
- September 9 - Mile Rocks - Photo Op
- September 10 - Point Montara - Photo Op
- September 10 - Point Pinos - Tour
- September 10 - Point Sur - Visit & Climb
- September 11 - Pigeon Point - Tour
Hotel Accommodation: 5 nights
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Coach, cruise, and local transport as needed
Other: Entrance fees to lighthouses and museums
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