19-25 November 2020
San Francisco


Since the Gold Rush transformed San Francisco from a hamlet into a city in the 1850’s it has been home to a multitude of races, religions and cultures. This diverse population makes the city intensely cosmopolitan and is reflected in the varied museums and galleries, neighbourhoods and dining – all of which celebrate the experiences of both Europe and America, as well as Asians, Africans and other groups. San Francisco has also frequently set America’s social pace – the 50’s Beat Generation, the hippie era in the 60’s, the gay liberation movement in the 70’s through to the90’s internet companies such as Google and Apple. However San Francisco is small by big city standards with 800,000 people on a peninsular which prevents sprawl. The neighbourhoods are linked by transport and many easily to walk between and within reach of down-town, the business hub and Fisherman’s Wharf. It is the most visited city in the United States, has been a backdrop for many films – from the cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, civic buildings historic piers and two cathedrals – St Mary’s with its towering gleaming white hyperbolic parabloids and Grace whose doors were cast after those of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise of the Baptistery in Florence.


Other Details


Axiom Hotel**** in the centre of San Francisco.



Breakfast is not included.


Course Cost

£1111     per person for double room with a matrimonial bed

£1299    per person for twin-bedded room (2 matrimonial beds)

£1499    single occupation in room with matrimonial bed

Inclusive of tuition and airport transfers (airport transfers are only available for the Siragusa Tours Ltd nominated flight).

NOTE: A deposit of £325 for the hotel is required, as well as a deposit of £175 for the flight.   We need at least 6 people to go ahead with this tour.


Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and if we have booked a flight for you through Travelpack, you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008, for an immediate quote (unless you already have insurance).



Ca. £650 – 850 scheduled flight to San Francisco, possibility to upgrade


Local Transport

Airport transfers by shuttle


Group Size

Ca. 8 – 10 people



Jackie Parry MA, is an experienced lecturer and art historian who has led many gallery visits and study tours. She teaches art history at the University of Sussex and the Open University.  She has also lectured for NADFAS, the U3A and the National Trust.  Her interests are mostly based around 18th century art and culture and the development of modernism from 19th century to the present.  Her MA research included issues of gender and critical theory.






Related OU Courses

AA318/A226/General Interest



Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, Wednesday 8 May 2019

Arrival and transfer to hotel; orientation; maybe city tour depending on time.


Day 2, Thursday 9 May 2019

SF MOMA (painting and sculpture from 1900 including Matisse’s ‘Woman with a Hat’ and Pollock’s ‘Guardian of the Secret’. Also Kahlo, Rivera etc. Grace Cathederal, Nob Hill, Chinatown all in this Downtown area.


Day 3, Friday 10 May 2019

Bay Area; Pacific Heights; Alcatraz; Palace of Fine Arts ( a Roman ruin – intentionally designed in1915, influenced by Piranesi and Bocklin)


Day 4, Saturday 11 May 2019

Palace of the Legion of Honour ( from Medieval; El Greco to Picasso and large collection of Rodin; plus 100,000 prints and drawings from Durer to O Keefe)


Day 5, Sunday 12 May 2019

am: de Young Museum (American Art ; decorative arts); Golden Gate Park.

pm: St Mary’s Cathedral; City Hall (Beaux Arts); Mission Dolores ( the oldest building in SF);     Japantown


Day 6, Monday 13 May 2019

Free until departure : perhaps visit the Exploratorium or any of the many musuems of individual interest Maritime Museum; Jewish Museum; Cartoon Museum; Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory; Lombard Street ( the most crooked street in the city) etc. (24th November)


Day 7, Tuesday 14 May 2019

Arrival in the UK

 This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions