January 2011

Journey to Northern India:

Culture, Economy and the Pushkar Camel Fair
Tue, November 01, 2011 - Tue, November 15, 2011

India is one of the most vibrant economies in the world, now growing at a steady rate of 7-9% every year. With a population of more than 1 billion and a burgeoning consumer class of more than 200 million, India has been identified by the U. S. commerce department as a critical market for its exporters. Liberalization and deregulation of several key sectors of the economy, such as telecommunications and aviation, have potentially opened those areas and other markets. There are hundreds of educational institutions in the country churning out large numbers of graduates and post graduates. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$5,195, per person, based on double occupancy

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Burgundy's Food & Wine:

A Bay Gourmet Adventure in France
Sun, October 09, 2011 - Fri, October 14, 2011
Burgundy sits in the middle of France, one of the country's richest and most fascinating regions and together we explore its cultural, historical, and gastronomic treasures! The region is famous for its wines - Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard, Vosne-Romanée. Over the centuries the region's wealth created by these wines built magnificent châteaux, glorious cathedrals and strong free-spirited towns and villages that proudly maintain their traditions to this day. Beaune is the ancient capital of Burgundy and is our home base for the program.

Travel Cost: 

$4,449 per person, based on double occupancy (and 12 person minimum)

Legacy of the Silk Road

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan
Sat, October 06, 2012 - Sat, October 20, 2012

Much has been written about Central Asia's strategic location and its vast untapped reserves of oil and gas. See for yourself the fabled capitals of Silk Road commerce and survey their modern incarnations, arguably even more significant now than when they were at the center of the great trade routes. Join Ambassador John Ordway, as we learn about the Bukhara/Khiva region, with its 600 million barrels of proven oil reserves, and Ashkhabad, capital of Turkmenistan, said to control the fifth-largest reserves of natural gas in the world. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$4,995 per person, based on double occupancy

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Galápagos Expedition

Aboard the National Geographic Islander - Optional Extension to Peru
Sat, September 17, 2011 - Mon, September 26, 2011

The moment you set foot on your first island in Galápagos you'll see that curiosity and fearlessness are a way of life. Whether you're strolling the islands' pristine beaches, searching for the spectacular waved albatross, or snorkeling with Galápagos penguins, a feeling of freedom surrounds you. Join us as we explore the enchanted islands of Galápagos, a region teeming with unusual and remarkable wildlife. Swim and snorkel with playful sea lions, walk among giant tortoises, and watch as blue-footed boobies perform courtship dances. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$5,230, per person, based on double occupancy

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National Parks

Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons
Fri, September 09, 2011 - Sun, September 18, 2011

The United States has a national parks system like no other country, drawing travelers from around the world awed by our monuments to natural beauty. Enjoy two nights in the heart of Yellowstone, the world's first national park, where we see bubbling colorful mud pots, mineral pools, and shooting geysers – not to mention the famed Old Faithful. The endless forests and thundering waterfalls are inspiring. Marvel at views of the glorious peaks of the Grand Tetons and relax in your comfortable cottage for two nights. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$2,990, per person, based on double occupancy

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Lost Cities of Libya

From Tripoli to Apollonia

Given the current political situation in Libya, this program is currently on hold. Please send us an e-mail if you would like to be notified when plans to visit resume.

Libya was once the most desirable posting in the Roman Empire and this swathe of North Africa offers a landscape of remarkably preserved Roman cities, lush mosaics, and a distinct Berber culture. We look at not only these ancient sites, but discuss current issues around oil, the relationship between rulers and the population, Arab nationalism, and Islam.

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Travel Cost: 

$5,790, per person, based on double occupancy

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Alaska's Wild Lands: Denali & the Kenai Fjords

With Climate One Founder, Greg Dalton
Mon, June 20, 2011 - Tue, June 28, 2011

Explore real Alaska on this exclusive adventure designed for Commonwealth Club members. Join Climate One Founder Greg Dalton as we look at issues and solutions related to our pressing energy and the environmental challenges.

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Travel Cost: 

$4,795, per person, based on double occupancy

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Tuolumne River Rafting Adventure

California's Water Issues
Sat, May 07, 2011 - Sun, May 08, 2011

Designated in its entirety as "Wild & Scenic" in 1984, the Tuolumne is California's premier whitewater river. Join the Club's INFORUM division for a weekend river adventure, lively debates about California's water issues, and socializing by campfire. Experience heart-pounding Class IV rapids such as Run Rock Garden and Nemesis before reaching Clavey Falls, the biggest rapid on our 18-mile trip. Journey though remote canyon wilderness, steep hills forested with oak and pine, and witness May's magnificent wildflower display. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from $479 for members

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No sales or cancelled events

Tickets can not be purchased for this program, because it has been cancelled or rescheduled. If you have questions about this event, please call (415) 597-6705.

Your State of the Union Prep: Economic Outlook for 2011

Jan 25, 2011 @ 9:22 AM
The Commonwealth Club hosted a private, off-the-record panel discussion on the U.S. and California economies, prior to the member’s-only Bank of America/Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast luncheon on Friday, January 21, 2011. Panelists included former U.S. Representative and California State Finance Director Tom Campbell, former Semiconductor Industry Association President George Scalise, Public Policy Institute of California economist Dr. Jed Kolko, and Brian Riley, managing director of Merrill Lynch.