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San Francisco and Berkeley Signature Tour

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Departure Dates

  • Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018


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San Francisco and Berkeley Signature Tour

This customized Signature Tour highlights the exceptional art and architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area—a success story fueled by the Bay Area’s innovation and creativity from the Gold Rush to today’s Tech Boom. The result is a vibrant region pondering how best to preserve its historical and cultural traditions while keeping an eye squarely on the future. The itinerary features the Presidio, which was first established by the Spanish in 1776, plus grand museums, Victorian and Maybeck homes, and iconic architectural sites such as Julia Morgan’s Berkeley City Club and Oakland’s Fox Theater.

Space is limited on this exclusively designed tour for the National Trust!

Educational Highlights
Informative lectures by local preservation experts Anthony Veerkamp, Rob Thomson and Mike Buhler.

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Four nights at the Inn at the Presidio, originally the Pershing Hall Bachelor Officers’ Quarters (BOQ). Built in 1903, this Classic Revival brick building is on the National Register of Historic Properties and is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program.

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Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to the Inn at the Presidio. Gather this evening for a lecture and walking tour followed by a welcome reception and dinner. INN AT THE PRESIDIO (R,D)

San Francisco
The Presidio is currently the largest historic preservation project underway in the country. After a morning lecture covering the Presidio’s legacy and preservation efforts, tour the grounds of what was continuously a military installation from 1776 to 1994, and is now managed jointly by the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust. Take in million-dollar views from Pacific Heights for lunch before visiting the unique Haas-Lillienthal House, a Victorian-era mansion that survived the infamous 1906 earthquake/fire. INN AT THE PRESIDIO (B,L,D)

San Francisco
Begin the day with a visit to the Legion of Honor museum, perched on a hill with dramatic views across the city, and housing an art collection that spans 4,000 years. Then see the striking deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, boasting a fine collection of American art and a unique copper façade. Continue to the city’s Mission District for a visit to the Precita Eyes mural center and a walking tour of the neighborhood’s murals. The evening is at leisure to explore the Presidio, the nearby waterfront, the lively Marina District, or the adjacent Palace of Fine Arts. INN AT THE PRESIDIO (B,L)

Berkeley and Oakland
Cross the Bay Bridge to Oakland to see the elegantly restored Fox Theater, originally opened as a movie palace in 1928, followed by the nearby Paramount Theater, an Art Deco masterpiece that was once the largest theater of its kind on the West coast. Stop for lunch at the Berkeley City Club, originally a women’s-only club, built in 1929 and designed by noted architect Julia Morgan. Then meet a representative of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for a tour of local homes and other buildings designed by Bernard Maybeck. Return to San Francisco for dinner at the Presidio Social Club, a vibrant restaurant housed in a low-key former barracks building. INN AT THE PRESIDIO (B,L,D)

San Francisco > Home
Group transfer to San Francisco airport for flights home. (B)