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Surf and Sea San Diego: An Intergenerational Adventure

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Program #19586RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is a newer facility which opened a few years ago. Its 317 spacious, double-pane windowed rooms feature luxurious Marriott REVIVE bedding and plush pillows, 32" HDTV with premium channels, pay-per-view movies, refrigerators, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, coffeemaker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer, and stunning bathrooms.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: See "Unique Features" above.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a heated pool and spa, the Bistro restaurant, Starbucks, 24/7 market, fitness studio, GoBoard touch screen TV that provides local news, weather, restaurant information, etc., and a print-and-go boarding pass kiosk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Special participant rates for up to three consecutive nights prior to the start of the program and three consecutive nights following the conclusion of the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Registration, Dinner, Orientation
Afternoon: 4:00-5:00 P.M., registration for the Road Scholar program. Location will be available at the Front Desk. Dinner and orientation to follow.

Dinner: Dinner in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.

Evening: Orientation for the adults and programmed activities for the youngsters.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is a newer facility which opened a few years ago. Its 317 spacious, double-pane windowed rooms feature luxurious Marriott REVIVE bedding and plush pillows, 32" HDTV with premium channels, pay-per-view movies, refrigerators, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, coffeemaker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer, and stunning bathrooms.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: See "Unique Features" above.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a heated pool and spa, the Bistro restaurant, Starbucks, 24/7 market, fitness studio, GoBoard touch screen TV that provides local news, weather, restaurant information, etc., and a print-and-go boarding pass kiosk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Special participant rates for up to three consecutive nights prior to the start of the program and three consecutive nights following the conclusion of the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - Surfing/Seal Tour/Surf Culture
Breakfast: Breakfast served in a banquet room at the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart for Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is an invaluable facility for all things nautical. Managed jointly by San Diego State and the University of California San Diego, the expert staff teaches sailing, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding and a number of other aquatic sports. Our group will receive instruction on the basics of surfing in a classroom session and then, a short walk across Mission Boulevard to Mission Beach will set the stage for a surfing experience. The skilled and enthusiastic staff members will demonstrate how to mount your board and rise on it. Paddling out past the surf break, the instructors will point out the best sets to ride and then its your turn to catch a wave!

Following your surfing session, the coach will depart for lunch at the Embarcadero. On the way, the coach will make a brief stop at Cabrillo National Monument for spectacular views of San Diego to the east and the Pacific to the west.

Lunch: Lunch in your choice of venues at Seaport Village.

Afternoon: Your afternoon will find you back on San Diego Bay with an adventure on the San Diego Seal Tour, which takes you along the scenic bay front by road in an amphibious vehicle, then heads straight into the big bay without missing a beat. On the Seal Tour, every seat is a good one; it’s an open air tour vehicle that allows all guests to enjoy the tour with amazing views. The amphibious vehicles, driven by experienced captains, are specially designed and built to be used on land and water; each one is Coast Guard approved and meets all passenger vehicle and department of transportation requirements to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone on board. Enjoy!

At the conclusion of the tour, the coach will return to the hotel.

Dinner: A social for adults and a social for youngsters will be followed by dinner served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.

Evening: Two veteran surfers will offer an informative and entertaining introduction to the culture of surfing in Southern California with an inspiring video presentation to whet the appetities of the participants for their surfing experiences in San Diego!

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is a newer facility which opened a few years ago. Its 317 spacious, double-pane windowed rooms feature luxurious Marriott REVIVE bedding and plush pillows, 32" HDTV with premium channels, pay-per-view movies, refrigerators, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, coffeemaker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer, and stunning bathrooms.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: See "Unique Features" above.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a heated pool and spa, the Bistro restaurant, Starbucks, 24/7 market, fitness studio, GoBoard touch screen TV that provides local news, weather, restaurant information, etc., and a print-and-go boarding pass kiosk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Special participant rates for up to three consecutive nights prior to the start of the program and three consecutive nights following the conclusion of the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - Mission Bay Aquatic Center - Surfing/Box Lunch/To...
Mission Bay Aquatic Center - Surfing/Box Lunch/Torrey Pines/Evening Activity or Free Time

Breakfast: Breakfast in a banquet room at the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart for Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is an invaluable facility for all things nautical. Managed jointly by San Diego State and the University of California San Diego, the expert staff teaches sailing, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding and a number of other aquatic sports. Our group will receive instruction on the basics of boogie boarding and then, a short walk across Mission Boulevard to Mission Beach will set the stage for enjoying this fun activity in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

At the conclusion of the activity, participants will return to the Center for lunch.

Lunch: Box Lunch at Mission Bay

Afternoon: Coach to Torrey Pines State Preserve ranger tour.

Torrrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast! 2000 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed with the chaparral plant community, the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. One can imagine what California must have looked like to the early settlers, or to the Spanish explorers, or even to the first California residents here, the Kumeyaay people. There are eight miles of trails, a visitor center, and expert-led nature walks are offered.

Torrey Pines is visited by travelers from all over the world and by local residents who come daily to rest at the stunning overlooks, walk a peaceful trail, or exercise in a clean, beautiful environment. Special care has been taken to preserve this coastal treasure and keep it pristine for generations to come.

Dinner: A social for adults and a social for youngsters will be followed by dinner served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.

Evening: The evening will be devoted to supervised pool activities for the youngsters and free time for the adults.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is a newer facility which opened a few years ago. Its 317 spacious, double-pane windowed rooms feature luxurious Marriott REVIVE bedding and plush pillows, 32" HDTV with premium channels, pay-per-view movies, refrigerators, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, coffeemaker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer, and stunning bathrooms.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: See "Unique Features" above.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a heated pool and spa, the Bistro restaurant, Starbucks, 24/7 market, fitness studio, GoBoard touch screen TV that provides local news, weather, restaurant information, etc., and a print-and-go boarding pass kiosk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Special participant rates for up to three consecutive nights prior to the start of the program and three consecutive nights following the conclusion of the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - USS Midway Museum/Lunch/Snorkeling or Kayaking at...
Breakfast: Breakfast served in a room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Embarcadero

Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory through an exclusive docent led tour aboard the USS Midway Museum. You'll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, officer's country, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms, as well as primary flight control. Especially popular are the roaming museum docents you'll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure.

At the conclusion of the visit, the coach will take the group to La Jolla Shores.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at one of the many dining venues at La Jolla Shores.

Afternoon: In or on the water is the perfect way to explore the spectacular scenery and coastal formations which make La Jolla Shores a favorite of tourist and locals alike. A certified guide will keep the group together and point out the beauty and fragility of this coastal habitat. If snorkeling is the activity of the day, leopard sharks and shovel nose guitar fish will be the creatures to view. If kayaking is the activity, harbor seals may make their appearance as they bask in the sun on the rocks or dive into the surf to fish. Note that the conditions of the ocean on the day of the visit will determine if the activity is snorkeling or kayaking.

At the conclusion of the activity, the coach will return the group to the hotel.

Dinner: A social for adults and a social for youngsters will be followed by dinner served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel. .

Evening: There will be time for relaxation for the adults and the opportunity for the youth to avail themselves of the heated pool at the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is a newer facility which opened a few years ago. Its 317 spacious, double-pane windowed rooms feature luxurious Marriott REVIVE bedding and plush pillows, 32" HDTV with premium channels, pay-per-view movies, refrigerators, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, coffeemaker, iron/ironing board and hairdryer, and stunning bathrooms.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: See "Unique Features" above.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a heated pool and spa, the Bistro restaurant, Starbucks, 24/7 market, fitness studio, GoBoard touch screen TV that provides local news, weather, restaurant information, etc., and a print-and-go boarding pass kiosk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Special participant rates for up to three consecutive nights prior to the start of the program and three consecutive nights following the conclusion of the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Birch Aquarium/VIP SeaWorld Private Expedition To...
Birch Aquarium/VIP SeaWorld Private Expedition Tour/SeaWorld on your own.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in a banquet room at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Birch Aquarium

The mission of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research, and to promote ocean conservation. The Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs, and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives. Docents interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors. The institution promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.

Coach leaves for SOuplantation.

Lunch: Lunch at the Souplantation. Coach leaves for SeaWorld.

Afternoon: SeaWorld is one of the most popular marine parks in the world. SeaWorld San Diego has hosted more than 100 million visitors since its opening in March,1964. The founding principles of education, entertainment, research and conservation make SeaWorld an ideal place to learn about, enjoy and gain an appreciation for some of the oceans most fascinating creatures.

You will take an exclusive Private VIP Expedition Tour. It is called an expedition because this tour takes you on an in-depth, unforgettable, three-hour exploration of SeaWorld. Enjoy a great menu of special privileges including behind-the-scenes access and exclusive animal encounters all in the company of your own personal tour guide. You will also get reserved seats for some of the most popular shows and front-of-the-line access to select rides.

Following the tour, you will have time to experience the rides, shows and events that make SeaWorld so attractive.

Dinner: You will have a dinner stipend which will enable you to have dinner in the Park.

Evening: More fun is on tap for folks of all ages as the Park becomes even more festive as evening draws nigh. The whole Park becomes a kid's paradise with such attractions as Coco Loco Games and Arcade, Shipwreck Rapids, and Journey to Atlantis.

Coach returns the group to the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, July 26 - A Culinary Treat/Youth Activity/Farewell Lunch
Breakfast: Breakfast served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: Master chefs from San Diego State University Dining Services will offer a highly informative and entertaining hands-on presentation for both the adults and youth. Through display-kitchen type preparation of foods to be sampled by the group, the chefs will expand the culinary knowledge and awaken the taste buds of both young and not so young.

Following the chefs' presentation the youngsters put their final touches on and then present their Musical Review of the Program! This is the fruition of the diligent preparation that has taken place all during the program and the Musical Review is a memorable moment and a fitting conclusion to a week of adventures for the young and the not so young alike, and will be followed by a farewell lunch.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.

Checkout is at noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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