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THE 2017 TRIP IS HEADED WEST - TO CALIFORNIA!
8 Days, Feb. 26 through March 5, 2017
We will tour the Nixon and Reagan Presidential Libraries, the Reagan Ranch, Monterey, the Hoover Institution and Tower at Stanford University and a Napa Valley Winery Tour
Day 1 – February 26 - Sunday
After a late afternoon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your home for the next three nights in the heart of downtown Burbank. Your accommodations are surrounded by tree-lined streets with many restaurants and shops nearby. Welcome Wine Reception & Dinner is hosted by the Hoover Presidential Foundation. Hilton Garden Inn Burbank – 3 nights
Day 2 – February 27 – Monday
Depart for the Richard Nixon Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, whose galleries are currently undergoing a $15 million renovation. VIP Tour. Program and Lunch are part of the HPF Experience! After your tour and lunch, pass through downtown Los Angeles as you return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner is at your leisure.
Day 3 – February 28 - Tuesday
Depart this morning for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. VIP Tour, Program and Lunch underneath President Reagan's former Air Force One airplane are part of the HPF Experience! En route back to your hotel, stop at famous Santa Monica Pier for dinner at The Lobster Restaurant. Enjoy sunset views of the Pacific Ocean and stroll the pier, the official end of Route 66.
Day 4 – March 1 - Wednesday
Arise early this morning for your journey to Cambria, located on California's stunning Central Coast. But first, a stop at the Reagan Ranch! Travel from Burbank to Santa Barbara for a short ride and day at Reagan Ranch, along with a picnic lunch! Depart mid afternoon for Cambria and a stay at the Oceanside Best Western Plus Cavalier. The Manta Ray is a delightful oceanfront restaurant in San Simeon and is the location for tonight's dinner. Your accommodations this evening are nearby and located directly on the Pacific Ocean in Cambria. Best Western Plus Cavalier Inn – 1 night – Oceanfront Rooms
Day 5 – March 2 - Thursday
Arise early and begin your journey to Monterey. Once there, we will meet our local guide who will point out the various sites as we tour a bit of Monterey. Lunch is at your leisure on Fisherman's Wharf, overlooking Monterey Bay, the focal point of Monterey's historic waterfront, or on Cannery Row, the scene of John Steinbeck's famous novel. Today Cannery Row is much different – filled with shops and sights, and anchored by Monterey Bay Aquarium. Enjoy time for shopping at your leisure or a self-guided tour of the aquarium (not included in the price of the tour). Depart for Palo Alto in the late afternoon. Your accommodations are at the Westin Hotel, Palo Alto for the next 3 nights. Dine at your leisure this evening. Westin Hotel – Palo Alto – 3 nights
Day 6 – March 3 – Friday
This morning, spend the day in Palo Alto, home of Stanford University. On October 1, 1891, the university opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The first student body consisted of 555 men and women, including one Herbert Hoover, and the original faculty of 15 was expanded to 49 for the second year. The Stanford Family engaged Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who created New York's Central Park, to design the physical plan for the university. The collaboration was contentious, but finally resulted in an organization of quadrangles on an east-west axis. Today, as Stanford continues to expand, the university's architects attempt to respect those original university plans. We will tour the Hoover Institution and Tower. Depending upon time, art enthusiasts may enjoy touring the galleries at the Cantor Arts Center and the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, strolling through the Rodin Sculpture Garden, visiting the student art gallery or walking around campus to view our 42 freestanding outdoor sculptures. Lunch is at your leisure. Dinner tonight will be on the bustling University Avenue at Evvia Estoria – an upscale delightful Greek restaurant.
Day 7 – March 4 - Saturday
Travel this morning to Napa, home of countless vineyards! You will enjoy excellent tastings at 3 Napa wineries, a delicious lunch at a winery and an Olive Oil tasting/presentation. (Jacuzzi Vineyards, Rutherford Grove, And Stag's Leap along with The Olive Press) We will return to Palo Alto in the late afternoon. Dinner is at your leisure. (There is a 1 hour 45-minute ride each way to Napa)
Day 8 – March 5 - Sunday
Your tour ends with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport.
3 night's hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn, Burbank
1 night's hotel accommodations at the Best Western Plus Cavalier Inn, Cambria (oceanfront rooms)
3 night's hotel accommodations at the Westin Hotel, Palo Alto
Deluxe coach throughout
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Airfare from Cedar Rapids to Los Angeles; San Francisco to Cedar Rapids
Admissions to all 3 "Presidential Tours"
Napa Valley Wine tour with guide
All taxes, meal gratuities and guide and driver gratuities