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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
In San Diego, discover native, colonial, national and local histories and observe the ways in which they have converged to create this multicultural city with a reputation for excellence in the arts.


• With a retired professor in Old Town State Park and a docent at Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first Franciscan mission founded by Father Junipero Serra, learn about European explorers’ first experiences when they landed in California.
• View fine and folk art in the museums of Balboa Park, a historic, beautifully restored theater in the famous Gaslamp Quarter and enjoy a professional theater performance.
• Meet faculty, students and chefs from San Diego State University for a survey of the city’s fine arts, a cultural performance and a tasting of new culinary trends.

Program Notes

Maximum group size: 24 participants

Activity Notes

Walking up to one mile, mostly flat terrain, some inclines. USS Midway docent tour involves climbing stairs and climbing through hatches in bulkheads. A few steps at the Mission San Diego de Alcala. Docent tour of Salk Institute involves climbing and descending stone stairs with no handrails.

Date Notes
The San Diego Opera production of Tosca will be a highlight of your program.10/30/2016
Experience Old Town San Diego's "Day of the Dead"

Coordinated by San Diego State University.

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


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