Local area tours:
Tours range in cost from $48 - $128 and will be drawn from the below list. You must register for all tours by January 15. Tours that do not reach the minimum attendance will be canceled and registrants refunded. A reminder that this year the institute schedule allows for free time for all those attending on Wednesday afternoon. Extra half day tours have been scheduled to let colleagues spend time with each other (or their families) off site. Please direct any questions to Janette (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour – Full Day (Tues)
Ag Venture Tours is pleased to be offering this full day wine tasting tour featuring three excellent wineries in beautiful Carmel Valley. Included in this tour will be visits to Chateau Julien Wine Estate and the tasting rooms of Robert Talbott Vineyards and Joullian Vineyards to taste their premium wines. The tour will also include an educational vineyard walk, winery tour and wine tasting at Chateau Julien. We will also visit the Quail & Olive for an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. Lunch will be at the Corkscrew Café (cost extra). As we drive through the area, we will discuss the Monterey County wine industry, observe beautiful scenery and discuss local points of interest. $95/person. 4 person minimum.
Monterey Movie Tour – Half day (Wed)
See the scenic beauty and the rich history of the Monterey Peninsula through the eyes of Hollywood!! This fascinating two-tours-in-one outing features both magnificent landscapes and blockbuster scenes from some 200 movies filmed across the Monterey Peninsula. Winding through Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel, this scenic tour also stops along the stunning 17-MILE DRIVE® in Pebble Beach. The three-hour adventure takes place aboard our multimedia Theater-On-Wheels® – a customized luxury motor coach with high-back seats, overhead video screens and personal headsets. As you glide past sites made famous on the big screen, you'll hear behind-the-scenes stories of Hollywood glamour. This is a movie tour, and yet so much more – in fact, it's the ONLY daily guided tour of the Monterey Peninsula! And, Monterey Movie Tours® enhances the standard sightseeing experience with film clips showcasing this celebrated region in times past. Peek into The Lodge at Pebble Beach circa 1956, when Doris Day runs through the entry in the suspense drama, "Julie." Marvel at the fullness of the Lone Cypress Tree as Lana Turner passes by the landmark in "Mr. Imperium." Experience the sights and sounds that inspired John Steinbeck himself while watching Marilyn Monroe journey along Cannery Row in "Clash by Night." $48/person 18 person minimum, 33 person maximum.
Monterey Bay Aquarium / Cannery Row Shopping – Half Day (Thurs.)
Today you may like to ride the Cannery Row Shopping Shuttle and take a tour of the World Renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and Historic Cannery Row. Signing up for this shuttle allows you access to/from Cannery Row from 1-5PM. You may also purchase a ticket for the Aquarium to save lines. The 250,000 square-foot Aquarium is housed in the lovingly restored Hovden Cannery building. In this $110 million world acclaimed facility, over 100 specialty exhibits and habitats feature studies of various forms of local Monterey Bay marine life: two-story kelp forest, Monterey Bay Habitats with authentic wharf pilings, king salmon, sharks, and a host of other fabulous fish. An then there is the sea otter exhibit . . . where a "team" of some of the cutest of sea "critters" imaginable constantly frolic for the viewer's pleasure! Afternoon Shuttle Ticket: $20 (20 person minimum) Aquarium Tickets: $40/per adult, $25/ senior & youth, $25/per child,
Point Lobos Nature Hike & Photograph Safari – Half Day (Wed)
Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years. Point Lobos State Reserve has outstanding passive recreation values, such as sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, Scuba diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. Over two hundred fifty different animal and bird species, and over three hundred fifty plant species have been identified at the Reserve. Next to the spectacular scenic beauty of the Point, this presence of wildlife is among the area's most arresting features. Here it is possible to observe in a primitive environment many plant and animal species living in interesting relationships to one another. While Point Lobos is justifiably famous for its scenic beauty and remarkable diversity of plants and wildlife, it is also a place rich in human history. Over the past 150 years, this area has played host to a virtual parade of human activity. At one time or another, Point Lobos had been home to Native Americans, Chinese fishermen, Japanese abalone harvesters, and Portuguese whalers. It has been the site of an abalone cannery, coal mining business, granite quarry, military base, and numerous film productions. To add to the visual and nature journey, you will be accompanied by a nature guide who will provide insight in to locations for the best shots and to assist with finding the perfect locations for the perfect photographs as a permanent remembrance of this unmatched scenery. $128/per adult, 10 person minimum
Monterey Peninsula Sightseeing / Family Fun Tour - Half Day (Wed)
Come join Ag Venture Tours on an expert guided sightseeing and family fun adventure tour of the scenic Monterey Peninsula. This sightseeing/family fun tour will first start along the rugged coast of Pacific Grove where we will search for sea otters and observe marine wildlife in the tidal pool zone. The tour will finish with a visit to Monterey’s Dennis the Menace Park where we will have time to feed the ducks and geese. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear comfortable shoes, dress casually in layers for cool and wet weather. This tour may need to be changed to a Monterey Bay Aquarium tour (add an additional $20/person) if it rains. $75/per adult, $55/per child 4 person minimum