2002 Waterways of Northern California + Yosemite & Lake Tahoe Ext.

You're invited to join Fred Theurkauf on October 12, 2002 for a bridge playing, sightseeing and cruising holiday on the Waterways of Northern California. We'll spend five nights cruising in casual luxury on the M/V Yorktown Clipper in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Delta followed by three nights in historic Monterey. From the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge and vineyards of Napa Valley to Steinbeck's Cannery Row in old Monterey and the beautiful rugged coastline of Big Sur, we'll do and see it all. And, of course, bridge hospitality will abound as we join local bridge players for fun evenings of dinner and duplicate bridge.

Dates: October 12 to 20, 2002 - 9 days
Cost: From $2,153.00


Tour Schedule
Day 1 San Jose - Embark
  Arrive on your flight this morning at San Jose International Airport. You'll be transferred directly to the M/V Yorktown Clipper for embarkation.
Hotel: Embark Cruise
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Sausalito
 

Sea Otter at Play
Enjoy sightseeing today in the artists' haven of Sausalito, a charming town that hugs the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Enjoy lunch "on the deck" in a waterfront cafe, and shop to your heart's content in the quaint local shops. Don't forget to watch for sea otters at play just off the shoreline.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Sacramento
  Enjoy Old Sacramento today, the heart of the California capital. Today's optional excursion takes you to the area settled by John Sutter in 1839 and destined for greatness 10 years later when gold was struck at Sutter's Fort.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Barbara Vann invites us to join Sacramento players for a most social evening of dinner and duplicate here in the Golden State's Capital.
Day 4 Napa Valley
 

The Napa Valley
In the heart of California's agricultural region, Napa Valley has become famous as a location for award-winning wineries. Today, you'll sample world-renowned vintage fare while touring two select wineries from the region.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 San Francisco
 

The Golden Gate Bridge
This morning, opt for an exciting excursion to historic Alcatraz. And, this afternoon, explore the lively streets of San Francisco at your leisure, touring in Northbeach, Golden Gate Park, Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Disembark - Monterey
  We disembark this morning and immediately head for Palo Alto. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the prestigious Stanford University campus, noted for its beautiful romanesque and Spanish style architecture, picturesque setting and academic excellence. After bridge with the local Palo Alto players, we'll head for Monterey.
Hotel: Marriott Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 We're the invited guests of Cameron Cotton and the Palo Alto bridge players this afternoon for luncheon and bridge.
Day 7 Monterey
 

The Lone Cypress
This morning we depart for Monterey's stunning 17-Mile Drive, ending in the delightful city of Carmel. After lunch, we'll explore the Carmel Mission, arriving at Chateau Julien Winery in time for wine-tasting.
Hotel: Marriott Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Join the local Monterey players for an evening of bridge hospitality, including dinner and duplicate.
Day 8 Monterey
 

The Big Sur Coastline
Today we explore the rugged coastline of Big Sur and enjoy wildlife watching at the Point Lobos Wildlife Preserve as we snake south along Highway One. This afternoon we'll tour old Monterey, and spend time at the finest sea-life showplace in the nation - the acclaimed Monterey Aquarium. Enjoy exploring the hidden world of Monterey Bay from shallow tide-pools to the million-gallon indoor ocean. Tonight, join Fred Theurkauf for a sumptuous Farewell Dinner at our hotel. We'll recount highlights from our California journey and toast to new friends. Anything goes!
Hotel: Marriott Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Monterey - Depart
  Those not continuing on our Yosemite-Tahoe Extension will transfer to San Jose International Airport for their independent return flights home.
Meal(s): Breakfast


Your 9-Day Package Includes

 Five nights cruising aboard the M/V Yorktown Clipper with ports of call in Sausalito, Sacramento, Napa Valley, and San Francisco.

 Three luxurious nights at the Marriott Hotel, in the heart of old Spanish Monterey.

 Onboard history and wildlife experts and lecturers while cruising plus local guides on the Monterey Peninsula.


 Choice of optional excursions to John Muir Woods Monument, Old Sacramento, Gold Rush Country, Napa Valley Wineries, and Alcatraz.

 All porterage and transfers between airports, hotel and ship.

 Three special bridge events with local players in Sacramento, Palo Alto and Monterey as well as shipboard sessions directed by Fred Theurkauf (all sessions ACBL sanctioned).





Yosemite National Park
4-Night Extension to Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe

Dates: October 20 to 24, 2002
Cost: $982.00

Relax in scenic wonderlands. View meadows, streams, spectacular waterfalls plus Half-Dome and El Capitan rising above you from your open-air tram in Yosemite National Park. Breathe in the pristine fresh air. Enjoy bridge in the pines with us at the Tenaya Lodge. Experience breathtaking Tioga Pass and Tuolomne Meadows en route to Virginia City and then on to the grandeur of Lake Tahoe where you'll take a morning gondola ride up 3,000 feet to the top of Heavenly Valley for panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Cruise with us on a lazy paddlewheeler through Emerald Bay or try your luck at the popular gaming tables of world-famous Harrah's Resort. We'll do it all.

Your 5-Day Extension Package Includes

 2 nights at Yosemite's beautiful Tenaya Lodge

 2 nights at Lake Tahoe's scenic Hyatt Regency in Incline Village

 2 ACBL sanctioned duplicate sessions with our own group at Yosemite

 3 full American breakfasts and 1 dinner

 Guided visits to Yosemite and Mariposa Grove


 Guided visit to Virginia City, Nevada

 Cruise aboard Lake Tahoe's MS Dixie II Paddlewheeler

 Heavenly Valley Gondola ride for morning views of Lake Tahoe

 Try your luck at Harrah's gaming tables and slot machines


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