There couldn't be a more appropriate city to start our Route of Wine tour than San Francisco. This vibrant city is world renowned for its 5-star restaurants, legendary chefs, and wide variety of cuisines. Of course along with superior food you'll need superior wines. San Francisco's close proximity to the wine areas of Napa and Sonoma make it easy to obtain the best wines California has to offer and the perfect place to kick off our Route of Wine tour!
Tour participants will stay at the San Francisco Hilton the first night of the tour. (The Hilton Shuttle runs to and from the airport every 20 minutes.) Schedule a flight that gets in early to give yourself time to see some of the city and sample some of the restaurants. San Francisco is known as one of the most walkable cities, so grab a map at the hotel desk, and grab a cab or shuttle to head out for a walk to stretch your legs after the flight. Walking is one of the best ways to get a real feel for the city. The views are dazzling, and every block offers a different visual experience.
The next morning our shuttle will pick you up at the hotel to begin your adventure with a tour of San Francisco's most famous landmarks. Your 5-hour sightseeing tour will acquaint you with the iconic sites and distinct neighborhoods that make up much of San Francisco's unique character. Get your camera ready... here's a sample of what you'll experience!
Golden Gate Bridge
The world's most famous bridge is also the most visited and photographed bridge in the world. Maybe it's because of the incredible views that are seen from the bridge, or maybe it's the sheer beauty of the suspension bridge itself. Whatever it is, the Golden Gate awes everyone who visits San Francisco.
Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts has lasted longer than was originally expected. It was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo and was to be torn down after the Expo. The people of San Francisco however, fell in love with the Palace and decided to keep it. Reconstructed in 1965, The Palace of Fine Art's timeless architecture and beautiful landscaping make it a popular spot for locals and visitors. You'll immediately recognize its iconic dome and adjacent lagoon that have been used as a backdrop in many movies and television shows.
Alamo Square Historic District
San Francisco has many unique neighborhoods to explore. All of them have their own style. Alamo Square boasts a higher then average percentage of homes built by distinguished architects. On the tour you'll see the "Painted Ladies." (Not what you're thinking!) The "Ladies" are Victorian houses built in 1892-96. Like other San Francisco landmarks, the houses, also known as "Postcard Row," have been used in multiple movies, television shows and advertisements.
Walking Lombard Street and Nob Hill
We'll give you chance to stretch your legs, but we won't make it too difficult for you. You'll walk "down" Lombard Street, famous for being the crookedest street in America. It's also one of the steepest, which is why you'll be walking down! There will be more perfect picture opportunities as we take you by the stately mansions. In spring, Lombard Street is vibrant with the colors of its many blooming flowers
We'll also take you on a walking tour of another of San Francisco's signature neighborhoods, Nob Hill. During Gold Rush times, railroad barons built their mansions there. You'll pass by the luxurious Fairmont Hotel and the impressive Flood Mansion.
Grace Cathedral soars above Nob Hill's Huntington Park. You'll marvel at its gothic splendor. Visitors come from all over the world to view the cathedral's stunning architecture, stained glass windows, exceptional art collection and labyrinths for contemplative walking.
Cable Car Barn
San Francisco is known for its cable cars that operate throughout the city. Fourteen cable car barns and power houses once served various lines in the city, but you'll see the only one still around. This Cable Car Barn, designated a San Francisco landmark, was constructed in 1885 to 1887. It's noted for its prominent round chimney atop the rear of the building.
More to See
You're not finished yet. Your tour also includes a guided tour of historic "Chinatown," and a 25-minute Ferry Cruise of the San Francisco Bay that will take you to the quaint, artist village of Sausalito. You may leave your heart in San Francisco, but our Napa and Sonoma part of the tour will make leaving a whole lot easier!
The tour is filling up fast, and we'd love to have you join us, so contact us now!
A week with Occidental Vacation Club means touring Chichen Itza with members, having member's parties in our properties, enjoying the shows in Xcaret Park and much more! Take a look!
Did you know that couples who drink wine together last longer? If you didn’t, well, now is time for you to find out why. Next spring you will have the chance to join us for a limited registration trip to Northern California in a one of a kind wine experience just for members.
We will start our journey in the incomparable City of San Francisco and work our way up the road to Napa and Sonoma County with expert guides. We will even meet with master vintners who will detail the nuances of the finest wines of the region. Don’t let time slip away or it will be too late to register for this once in a life time event. This is an advantage created just for Club members. I know it’s going to be a blast.
Instead of the humdrum every day activities that make every day just about the same as the last, Occidental Vacation Club is hard at work providing you with a number of vacation experiences which will turn into ever lasting memories. You work hard. Reward yourself with a Club Experience you will always remember.
Take for instance the wonderful tour that nearly 30 members took to the ancient Mayan ruins that dot the Yucatan peninsula. This November, these fortunate folks were treated to one of the first of many Club excursions designed to give you out of the ordinary vacation experiences in addition to all the other membership benefits you enjoy.
And to preserve those memories, remember that old Rod Stewart hit, “Every Picture Tells a Story Don’t It?” Well, he had a point and hopefully you will participate in our upcoming photo contest. The first place winner will get to spend a whole week at Occidental Grand Xcaret, how does that sound? So send us your selfies, scenery panoramas and family pictures with a short story about the photo and what made that moment, and the vacation so great.
There’s a lot going on for members, and trust me when I say there’s a lot more to come.
See you soon,
As part our "Wine Tour", members will be treated to a very special, private tour and wine discussion at the White Oak Vineyards & Winery! This Mediterranean-style winery is located in the most scenic area of the Alexander Valley of northern Sonoma County, and is widely known for its award-wining wines. White Oak Vineyards and Winery sits on 750 acres of vineyards divided between the Napa, Alexander and Russian River Valleys, an area known to produce a stunning variety of wines.
Winemaker, Bill Myers Leads the Tour and Talk
White Oak's winemaker, Bill Parker, will lead your tour and informational discussion. There are many winery tours in Sonoma County, but it's quite a privilege to have the actual winemaker lead the tour. Mr. Parker, who joined the wine industry in 1974, has consistently produced 90+rated, medal-wining wines at White Oak. His expertise keeps White Oak positioned as a world-class winery. In addition, your host will be White Oak's co-owner and founder, Bill Myers. Mr. Myers began making wine in the 1970's and quickly became recognized for producing top quality Chardonnay, Zinfandel and White Oak's flagship wine: Sauvignon Blanc.
Sip and Taste
After the tour, you'll have plenty of time to ask all those wine questions you've been saving up for the experts. Then you'll be able to sip and savor some of the wines you've been curious about. White Oak is currently producing five artisan quality wines for national distribution and two Estate wines, which are only available in the winery's tasting room. Your grand finale, is a delectable al fresco meal that pairs each course with the perfect wine!
With your new knowledge of all things wine, your friends at home will think of you as an Oenophile (wine lover and connoisseur). At your next party, be ready to share your knowledge and impress a few friends with your skills.
Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience. Email us at email@example.com to book your seat!
My name is Michel Soriano, I work for Customer Service and Reservation department. I speak English, French, Italian, and Spanish, of course! I am from Santo Domingo, DR.
I have been in the company for almost four years now, I can honestly say that Occidental Vacation Club has become part of my life in many ways. Life perspectives change when you are part of such a big happy family as OVC. The fact that I can deal with customers from other countries and help them in such an important thing as vacations, has enriched me as a person and as a professional.
I think that every single call we receive is a challenge to offer the best service possible to our customers. It also gives me the opportunity to help families have the time of their lives at any of our resorts, isn’t that great?! So I am very happy to belong to OVC and do this exciting and rewarding job! I just love it!
I am married, I have two adorable four-year-old twins, Amelia and Melina who I love playing with and dedicate all quality time possible, you know family is the most important thing.
In my free time I teach English at a local college, I study, I play basketball and see movies, I am a big fan of scifi, drama, action, any genre! And many other things!
Well, I hope to hear from you soon and be able to assist you arrange your vacations with OVC, and who knows we might enjoy delicious Piña Colada or good rum together at any of our OVC hotels!!!.
Definitely. When we say “investment” you may think about the classic stuff: stock market, real estate or gold. We are talking about a different, better and, overall, much more fun kind of investment. Vacation Ownership is an investment in your lifestyle. Vacation Ownership is an investment in your family. Vacation Ownership is an investment in you and your well-being.
But, how is that? You might be asking. Well, here’s what we mean. Think about the reasons why you go on vacation every year: to relax, to spend quality time with your family, to live new experiences, to create long lasting memories. Now think about what things would improve the way you vacation and the quality of your vacation time: great locations, outstanding properties, top notch service, exclusivity… and that’s exactly what you receive when you become a member of Occidental Vacation Club, that’s what your Club is about.
We know how much our members love the Caribbean and the different locations they have the chance to visit every year, but there’s one thing that keeps bringing each one of them back to their favorite resort: the people. Many of them have made dear friendships with other members and Club staff, and having the chance to enjoy a beautiful please with good friends is what really makes a week of vacation an unforgettable one.
“What makes a vacation perfect is the people: the staff and the people you meet every year” – Donna Sharples, Grand Level Member.
“Grand Nuevo Vallarta is our favorite location and the staff are our favorite friends. Every time we arrive we are their priority. They go above and beyond in trying to help you feel at home”. - Lorraine Volbrecht, Prestige Member
“We were at Occidental Grand Punta Cana in January, and it is absolutely the best resort! Helpful and friendly First Club and Royal club staff; the beach was amazing, the palms and the food was simply scrumptious. We love it!” - Carrie Manship Belaire, Grand Level Member
All those things make your time with us a time in your life where are improving every aspect of it, from your health to your relationship with friends and family. Having the opportunity to enjoy without hassle, to have exclusive areas and modern and comfortable rooms is much more than an economic investment. It’s what we call being your home away from home.
Vacation ownership enriches your vacations and your life. Every time you vacation with Occidental Vacation Club you are getting a stress-free vacation time, and a standard of service you won’t get anywhere else.
Wine lovers, this is for you! Here at the Club we are always looking for new ways to enhance your vacations, and provide our members with unique and unforgettable experiences. This time we want you to join us in “The Route of Wine”; a tour exclusive for members!
It's going to be a week you'll never forget. Take a look at the itinerary!
Your tour begins in the legendary "City by the Bay", San Francisco. You'll stay in the heart of the city near fine dining, shopping, museums and all the incredible sites of the city
In the morning you'll board a shuttle for a 5-hour tour of the city's most well known landmarks. You'll see famous sites like Nob Hill, Lombard Street, and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as The Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown and much more!
Later that day it's on to Sonoma County where you'll stay at one of the most popular inns in Sonoma, Fountaingrove. Deluxe king guestrooms in a vibrant, Tuscan decor feature plush bedding, elegant bathrooms and many amenities for your comfort. The Inn is strategically located near the wineries of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma, as well as the many quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma. There's even a private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club only a half-mile from the inn!
Hop on board the " Napa Wine Train" the perfect way to visit the wineries and see the stunning beauty of the countryside. You'll get up close and personal with wine makers, and learn all about wine making at the Grgich Hills Estate, a family owned and operated, award-winning winery. Delight in a gourmet 3-course lunch in the train's elegant dining car as you journey through the Napa Valley.
After lunch, you'll add to your wine knowledge, at the Grgich Vineyards in Rutherford. A private tour and tasting led by a wine educator will give you ample opportunity to get all your wine questions answered. A dessert course is served in the train's restored, 1915 Pullman Lounge Car as you head back to the Napa station.
This day the shuttle arrives to pick you up for the Sonoma County Wine Tour. The Sonoma area features 16 distinct wine-growing areas that support vintner efforts in producing a wide variety of wines. Featured on the tour is the award-winning White Oak Vineyard & Winery where you'll experience another private tour and educational discussion. Taste Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and others. A picnic lunch set among the vines adds to the fun!
Check out of the inn, and board the shuttle to San Francisco. Your tour is not yet over...the shuttle takes the scenic route through the Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, Sausalito and over the Golden Gate Bridge into the city. Before you check in to the Hilton for the night, stop at the iconic Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy fresh fish at one of the many wharf restaurants.
It will be hard...but this is the day you depart for home.
Sounds fun, right? So wait no more! Access your Club Rewards on My-OVC.com and book your seat!
She went from the North Shore all the way to East. Ariany Ventura, Guest Service at Occidental Grand Punta Cana is a new mom who loves the beach and the movies.
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I'm originally from Puerto Plata, in the North Coast of the island, and this is my second time working for the Club. In 2010 I worked for over two years at the Allegro Puerto Plata, and for the last 8 months I've been working at Grand Punta Cana.
To me, being part of the Occidental Vacation Club staff has been more than a job, it's like being part of a big family. The most exciting thing about my job is having the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, learn about their culture, religion, hobbies, and the many more things we share during your stay. Our members really become part of our family, since we are in close contact with all of you. It is so grateful when you come back to the resort and I can be there to server you.
I'm married, and I have a 19 month daughter named Arianna. In my free time, if I'm not traveling to the north to see my family, I like going to the beach, the movies or visit some friends.
I'm sure that if you been in Punta Cana this year you have definitely seen my face at the First Club. If not, I will be waiting to see you on your next trip!
One of the best things Occidental Vacation Club offers to their members is flexibility. No only you are able to choose among many different locations, or travel as many times as you wish to, there are also different ways to use the week you own: you can use it, exchange it and try a new location, or share it with your loved ones. Take a look at how fellow members are taking advantage of their membership.
Use. Mr. and Mrs. Case have been members for more than 5 years. They love Punta Cana. Year after year they return to their perfect vacation spot. They see old friends and make new ones. Their Grand Level membership means that they can enjoy the exclusivity with a level of service and accommodations unsurpassed in the world of all-inclusive timeshare vacation stays.
Exchange. The Bennets are First Club members. They joined the OVC family 12 years ago and have enjoyed many different vacation experiences during these years. They fell in love with Allegro Cozumel 5 years ago, but now are opting to expand their horizons. They used the RCI option and chose between the more than 4,000 resort and hotel options they have to offer and exchanged their week in Allegro Cozumel. Last year they went skiing instead of snorkeling and next year they are thinking of visiting Europe via their RCI exchange.
Share. Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Johnson’s had an unexpected emergency at home. As much as they wanted, they were unable to make their trip to the Caribbean as planned. However, they let dear friends take advantage of their membership. This year the news is much better. The Johnson’s are thrilled: their daughter is getting married! As a gift, they want her and her new husband to enjoy the many perks they have as First Club members. This year they are giving their week to the newlyweds, for a one of a kind honeymoon.
So you are sitting at home, remembering the wonderful times you had a few months ago when you went on vacation with Occidental Vacation Club. You'll do anything to feel the warm breeze on your face and the sand on your toes all over again; and having a delicious cocktail.
Dream no more and have your own sip of the Caribbean right at your home! With a few simple ingredients that you probably already have, you can feel right back at the wonderful Caribbean without leaving your home.
Here's how to make a refreshing Rum Punch.
What you need:
80 mint leaves, torn or thinly sliced
8 ounces light rum
8 ounces aged rum
8 ounces fresh orange juice
8 ounces mango nectar or juice
4 ounces pineapple juice
8 pineapple wedges
How to do it:
In a pitcher, combine all of the ingredients except the ice and pineapple wedges and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Stir well and serve over ice in red wine glasses. Garnish each drink with a pineapple wedge.
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