Itinerary

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Wednesday, March 1

Arrival day.
You may like to join the group for a testimony meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Science Society in Berkeley, CA, 2619 Dwight Way. Transportation to and from the service is not included in the program.

Thursday, March 2

We'll begin the morning with a welcome concert held at beautiful Arden Wood and presented by Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish, Principia Professor Emerita of Music, and pianist and violinist Laura Garritson Parker, Assistant Professor of Music at Principia College. Following the concert, we’ll enjoy a group lunch and tour Arden Wood’s stunning campus.

This afternoon, we'll take a guided sightseeing tour of San Francisco, including many of the city’s major sights: Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina District, San Francisco Bay, Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square, and more. We’ll then embark on a California Twilight Cruise of San Francisco Bay. Heading out from Fisherman's Wharf, we'll see landmarks such as the Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower, and Bay Bridge. In the beauty of twilight, we'll cruise past Sausalito and the infamous Alcatraz Island as we continue to sail west until we glide under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. On our way back to port, the twinkle of lights from the San Francisco skyline will make memories that last a lifetime.

Friday, March 3

This morning, we'll visit First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley to hear from leading Bernard Maybeck scholar Dr. Grey Brechin, a historical geographer, author, and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. Later, we'll attend a lecture on the Beatles given by Dr. Jureit-Beamish and explore the UC Berkeley campus, followed by a group lunch and shopping on College Avenue.

This evening, we'll attend a performance by The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band, at the Palace of Fine Arts. Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Day in The Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Hey, Jude.” The incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles' career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences around the world.

Saturday, March 4

We'll begin the morning with a lecture from Dr. Jureit-Beamish on Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, the two great Russian masters featured in the evening’s symphony performance. We’ll then venture to Muir Woods, the only old-growth coastal redwood forest in the Bay Area and one of the last on the planet. Enjoy walking beneath the redwoods and learning about the woods from a park ranger. 

This evening, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner at the iconic HS Lordships, where we'll savor breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline and delicious cuisine. Our evening concludes at the San Francisco Symphony, where acclaimed cellist Gautier Capuçon joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for Shostakovich’s provocative Cello Concerto No. 1. The orchestra will then play Tchaikovsky’s ardent Pathétique symphony, known as one of the composer’s proudest achievements.

Sunday, March 5

Departure day. Those leaving later in the day may like to join the group at the Christian Science Society in Berkeley for the morning church service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Transportation to and from the service is not included in the program.

This itinerary is subject to change.