Companion Program Details

The 2013 ICALEPCS organizing committee is please to offer a Guest Companion Program. While you are attending the conference, this program offers your guest an opportunity to experience northern California culture as well as see some of its famous sites. Please see the link below for more information. To sign up for this program, please email .

Monday: Tour of the Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf

  • We will start with a tour of the Japanese Tea Garden which provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
  • Lunch will be served at Bistro Boudin, which offers some of the best bay views in the city, with panoramic sights of Alcatraz, Angel Island and Marin.
  • On this unique 90-minute journey, sail under both the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and the SF Bay Bridge for spectacular views of the entire San Francisco waterfront. On route, see Alcatraz and discover San Francisco history via headphone audio in 12 languages.

Tuesday: Napa Wine Country Tour

  • Our first stop will be at Robert Mondavi Winery in the heart of Napa.  Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest.  We will enjoy a private tour of the estate and specialty tasting.
  • Rising castle-like on the western hills, the CIA at Greystone is one of the Napa Valley's most historic and majestic properties. It's also one of the world's most unique and inspiring campuses for culinary education. Perhaps no other destination in wine country offers a richer food and wine experience in one location. We will have lunch at the Wine Spectator at Greystone followed by a tour of the Culinary Institute.
  • St. Helena is also known as “Napa Valley’s Main Street”. Our 2 hour stop here will give you plenty of time to shop for one-of-a-kind keepsakes in the boutiques, browse one of the many art galleries, wine taste at a St. Helena winery or simply have a seat at a café and take in the wonderful view and atmosphere.

Wednesday: Grace Cathedral and ICALEPCS Banquet

  • The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car system. An icon of San Francisco, California, the cable car system forms part of the intermodal urban transport network operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway.  We will ride these historic cable cars to the Grace Cathedral Church.
  • Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral located on Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of California.  The cathedral has become an international pilgrimage center for church-goers and visitors alike, famed for its mosaics by De Rosen, a replica of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, two labyrinths, varied stained glass windows, Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altarpiece, and medieval and contemporary furnishings, as well as its 44 bell carillon, three organs, and choirs.  We will take a 30 minute self guided tour. 
  • Upon return to the hotel you will have time to get ready for the NIF tour and banquet.  Your departure time may vary from one another.  Please refer to the bus time assigned to you at the registration check in desk. 
  • The ICALECPS2013 banquet will be held at One Market in San Francisco.  

Thursday: Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace

  • The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, the Exploratorium has built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.
  • The Ferry Building Marketplace is a vibrant gathering of local farmers, artisan producers, and independently owned and operated food businesses.  We welcome you to shop, explore and enjoy all this location has to offer.  You are welcome to return to the hotel, approximately one block from the Ferry building, at your leisure.
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