Itinerary Overview

Explore the Bay Area

Cruise from the bustling wharfs of San Francisco to the stunning shores of Monterey Bay on an exploration of California’s coastal cities and fascinating ecosystems. Delve into the state’s dynamic history at an immigration station on spectacular Angel Island, and taste your way through the golden hills of California wine country. Meet charismatic sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and possibly get up close to sea lions on the docks and observe mysterious kelp forests in the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Spend a day participating in a conservation project and contributing to the protection of the Monterey Bay ecosystem for future generations.



  • Glide past the glittering San Francisco skyline at sunset, and explore California’s rugged coast aboard the National Geographic Venture.
  • Hike to the summit of historic Angel Island for spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais.
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to fascinating marine life, including endangered sea otters.
  • Discover the rolling vineyards and quaint towns of California wine country on an inland excursion, and enjoy lunch and a cooking demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

NOTE: This itinerary runs in "reverse" on some departures.