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Surf and Sea San Diego: An Intergenerational Adventure

Program Number: 19586RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/26/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Diego, California
Price starting at: $1,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 15 years of age.

Immerse yourself in a culture that fascinates the world as you and your grandchild head to the shores of the Pacific Ocean to learn about life in San Diego and Southern California. Cap off your learning adventure with an exclusive behind-the-scenes VIP Expedition Tour at SeaWorld San Diego enjoying shows and exhibits, concluding with a spectacular fireworks show. On and in the water, enjoy a complete “immersion” in this thrilling world.




Highlights

• Explore the Birch Aquarium and learn of the many life forms under the sea through an exclusive docent led visit.
• Go snorkeling or kayaking at La Jolla Shores to see leopard sharks or harbor seals.
• Learn to surf at Mission Bay Aquatic Center, visit an iconic surf shop and experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes exploration at SeaWorld San Diego.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on mostly flat terrain.



Maximum one child per adult.



Coordinated by San Diego State University.




San Diego

The oldest city in California, San Diego possesses a rich history in a gorgeous, light-filled setting. Cabrillo National Monument, historic Old Town and the city’s Spanish Mission help to tell the story of San Diego’s past. The city is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and cross-cultural feel.



Accommodations
Newly renovated hotel near San Diego attractions. Heated pool, fitness studio and wireless Internet. Hotel includes famous coffee house and 24-hour market.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
  San Diego, CA 5 nights
 Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 P.M. You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 P.M. You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Waiver form for Mission Bay Aquatic Center
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Diego, CA
  Nearest city or town:  San Diego
  Nearest highway: I-8
  Nearest airport:  San Diego International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: San Diego, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Diego

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 619-444-4444

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

@$23 -$28 per cab
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 hrs./ 7 days a week 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Rates may change without notice due to the fluctuations of the economy.

 

San Diego

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 858-974-8885

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

@$14 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 hrs./ 7 days a week 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Rates may change without notice due to the fluctuations of the economy.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Phoenix) Take Interstate 8 west to San Diego. Exit at Hotel Circle. Turn right on Hotel Circle North. Take Hotel Circle back under the freeway which then becomes Hotel Circle South. Proceed past stoplight about 50 yards. The hotel is on the left at Bachman Place.
  From the North Take Interstate 5 south. Exit at Interstate 8 east. Exit at the second Hotel Circle exit. Turn left at the stop sign and the hotel is about half a block on your right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, Dinner, Orientation
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Surfing/Seal Tour/Surf Culture
(Monday, July 22)
   
 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!
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Mission Bay Aquatic Center - Surfing/Box Lunch/Torrey Pines/Evening Activity or Free Time
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: USS Midway Museum/Lunch/Snorkeling or Kayaking at La Jolla Shores
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Birch Aquarium/VIP SeaWorld Private Expedition Tour/SeaWorld on your own.
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 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.

   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: A Culinary Treat/Youth Activity/Farewell Lunch
(Friday, July 26)
   
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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