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Program #19390RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Feb 15 — Feb 20, 2015

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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, February 15 - Registration, social, dinner, orientation
Dinner: Registration, social, dinner, orientation

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, February 16 - USS Midway Floating Museum, Cabrillo National Mo...
USS Midway Floating Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, Mexican Folk Art.

Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory 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 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.

Upon leaving the Midway, the group will go past the Urban Trees exhibit on the North Embarcadero. These "trees" are sculptures, created with inspiration and imagination from a diverse and striking range of of traditional and modern media.

Lunch: Lunch at the Souplantation.

Afternoon: Transport to Cabrillo National Monument.

Cabrillo National Monument, established in 1913, commemorates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's voyage of discovery. As the park’s namesake, he led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States. Cabrillo departed from the port of Navidad, Mexico, on June 27, 1542. Three months later he arrived at "a very good enclosed port," which is known today as San Diego Bay. Historians believe he anchored his flagship, the San Salvador, on Point Loma's east shore near Cabrillo National Monument. Cabrillo later died during the expedition, but his crew pushed on, possibly as far north as Oregon, before thrashing winter storms forced them to back to Mexico.

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point.

Today, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse still stands watch over San Diego, sentinel to a vanished past. The National Park Service has refurbished the interior to its historic 1880s appearance - a reminder of a bygone era.

Ocean fog and mild temperatures add moisture to allow species requiring more water to coexist with the desert plants and animals. The ocean also keeps air temperatures mild year-round, which allows heat-loving cactus to grow next to evergreen shrubs common in cooler climates, salamanders to walk past sunning desert snakes, and mosses to grow in the cool shade, a stone’s throw from where parched lichen cling to dry, hot boulders. Tide pools are home to a myriad of marine plants and animals.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: A graduate student from San Diego State University will present on her area specialty; Mexican Folk Art. She will trace the evolution of this art form from its roots in the Old World, through its gradual acclimation to the New World and its maturation into the vibrant and continually evolving art we see today.

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 Three: Tuesday, February 17 - An Introduction to Balboa Park, Timken Museum and...
An Introduction to Balboa Park, Timken Museum and San Diego Museum of Art, free time for the Mingei Museum or museums on your own. A Night at the Opera!

Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: A long-time friend of Balboa Park and it's institutions will give an audio/visual introduction to Balboa Park.

Transportation to Balboa Park followed by an exclusive docent tour of the Timken Museum. Located in San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection of European old masters American art, and Russian icons.

Artworks in the collection range from 13th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits to 19th-century still lifes. Represented are the works of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian painters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Petrus Christus, Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, and Veronese, as well as American artists such as John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson.

The next museum for an exclusive docent tour is the San Diego Museum of Art, the region's primary resource for exhibitions and collections of fine art for more than 80 years. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, its galleries offer opportunities for learning, introspection, and connection with cultures from around the world.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Balboa Park.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the Mingei International Museum of Folk Art, which reveals the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Superb collections and stunning exhibitions reflect a joy in making by hand useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit.

Or you may visit any of the other museums in the park on your own.

Transportation back to the hotel.

Dinner: light dinner option will be provided at the hotel.

Evening: Mozart's "Don Giovanni" is the treat for the evening.

This opera chronicles the final twenty-four hours of this notorious libertine’s wicked life. It begins in the middle of the night, as he is trying to escape from Donna Anna’s bedroom after either seducing or raping her (or attempting to do one of the above; the bedroom is offstage, so no one really knows what happened in there). Anna’s father, the Commendatore, challenges Don Giovanni to a duel, and Giovanni kills him. Anna forces her fiancé Don Ottavio to swear an oath that he will avenge the murdered Commendatore. That afternoon, Giovanni is attempting to escape from the clingy Donna Elvira, who thinks she’s married to him, when he stumbles upon the wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. He invites them and their friends to a feast at his palace, that evening, where he attempts to rape Zerlina. Ottavio, Anna, and Elvira, who have joined the party wearing masks, protect her and confront Giovanni; but he manages to give them all the slip. Giovanni continues playing pranks on people all night long, until he and Leporello happen upon the statue of the Commendatore out in the cemetery. Audaciously Giovanni invites the statue to join him for a very late dinner, and the statue says it will come. At dinner the statue offers Giovanni a last chance to repent. He refuses, and gets dragged down to hell. All the other characters rejoice at Giovanni’s fitting punishment.

Performed by the acclaimed San Diego Opera company, you will experience a special backstage tour before the evening performance as well as a pre-opera lecture. You will be together in Premier Balcony group seating for exceptional sound.

You may wish to avail yourselves in a light meal at the Westgate Room at the Westgate Hotel.

Return to the hotel together on our coach or take a cab.

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 Four: Wednesday, February 18 - Introduction to Old Town, Mission San Diego de Al...
Introduction to Old Town, Mission San Diego de Alcala, Walking tour of Old Town, social, dinner, Musical Interlude.

Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: An Introduction to Old Town is presented by an emeritus professor from the San Diego State History Department. He will trace the evolution of the area from the early indigenous people of the area, the Kumeyaay, through the emergence of the Spanish and the Franciscan friars who attempted to convert these people, and the period of the Spanish land grants, all leading up to the establishment of Old Town.

Transportation to the Mission.

San Diego de Alcala, the first of the great California Missions, marks the birthplace of Christianity in the far West. It is California's first church. This remarkable and significant historical shrine provides an understanding and appreciation of the beginning of Catholicism in this corner of the world.

Today the Mission, which was founded in 1769, serves as an active parish church and cultural center for people of all faiths who are welcome to visit and relive the grandeur and excitement of more than two centuries of California history and tradition.

A self-guided tour will bring bring new insight into this important landmark.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Old Town.

Afternoon: An exclusive narrated walking tour of Old Town State Park which will illuminate life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period are complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode. The Historic Plaza remains a gathering place for community events and historic activity. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which includes museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants.

This tour will be followed by free time to continue to explore the state park or the shops and historic buildings adjacent to the park.

You will be given a cash stipend for use on the public transit system bus to return to the hotel as you please.

Dinner: Dinner in a room assigned by the hotel.

Evening: The Department of Music and Dance at San Diego State University will provide musician(s) to offer an evening performance of fine music.

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, February 19 - La Jolla, the Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp, soci...
La Jolla, the Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp, social, dinner, Free Evening.

Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: Transport to La Jolla.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is a world renowned scientific research facility in genetics, neuroscience and molecular and plant biology. Founded by Jonas Salk in 1960,

The campus that houses the research facilities was designed by Louis Kahn and completed in 1962. The purpose of the aesthetics in the design was to draw cutting-edge researchers from all over the world and it has been designated historical landmark in 1991.

You will experience an exclusive docent led tour of some of these unique buildings in a most scenic area overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Following the tour, the coach will proceed to the charming Village of La Jolla.

Lunch: The Village of La Jolla is ensconced along beautiful La Jolla cove and offers picturesque views around every corner. The Village is a tasteful blend of shops, and galleries, with an iconic La Valencia hotel and Museum of Contemporary Art serving as landmarks. Dining venues are plentiful with menus both simple and eclectic. You may choose your spot for lunch and then take some free time to explore this "jewel" of the California coast.

Afternoon: Transport to the Gaslamp District in San Diego.

The Balboa Theatre is a theater located in downtown San Diego, California, that was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Built in 1924, the Balboa Theatre was a grand 1920s movie palace with a seating capacity of 1,600. The theater was converted to housing for the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, it resumed operation as a movie theater but struggled and was slated for demolition in 1959 before bought and converted into an action movie house. The theater was designated as a local historic site in 1972 but closed its doors in the 1970s and remained vacant for many years. In 1985, the City of San Diego bought the theater with plans to restore it. Restoration work finally began in 2005, and the theater re-opened in 2008 as a venue for live theater and concerts.

An exclusive docent led tour will invite the group to witness the masterful job that has been done to restore this historic venue to its glory.

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

Evening: Free Evening.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, February 20 - "A Matter of Artistic Taste"/farewell lunch/check...
Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.

Morning: "It's a Matter of Artistic Taste"

This final session will be a presentation/demonstration, led by one or two chefs from San Diego State University that will conclude the instructional segment of the program. This presentation is a "not to miss" 5 star rated experience by past participants and will include a discussion of how foods complement one another and how the fusion of foods can create a whole new experience of flavors. Individual tastings will also be provided. A group discussion and Q&A session will conclude this presentation and will be followed by a farewell lunch. Check-out is at noon.

Lunch: Farewell lunch, check-out.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
2 Performances

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