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The Best of San Diego’s Cultural Gems

Program Number: 19390RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2014 - 4/18/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Diego, California
Price starting at: $1,048.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Art History/Criticism; Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

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.




Highlights

• 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 what and whom European explorers met when they landed in California.
• View fine and folk art in the museums of Balboa Park and an historic, beautifully restored theater in the famous Gaslamp Quarter.
• Meet faculty, students and chefs from San Diego State University for a survey of the city’s fine arts, a music performance and a tasting of new culinary trends.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, mostly flat terrain, some inclines.




Date Specific Information

4-13-2014, 10-19-2014, 11-9-2014, 3-1-2015, 3-29-2015, 10-4-2015, 11-1-2015

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1-25-2015

A Night at the Opera! On Tuesday evening, January 27th, you will enjoy a performance of Pucini`s "La Boheme" at the San Diego Opera. You will be together in Premier Balcony group seating which provides exceptional sound. You will also enjoy a backstage tour and a pre-opera lecture before the performance. A light dining option at the Westgate Room of the Westgate Hotel will be available to you.
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2-15-2015

A Night at the Opera! On Tuesday evening, February 17th, you will enjoy a performance of Mozart`s "Don Giovanni" at the San Diego Opera. You will be together in Premier Balcony group seating which provides exceptional sound. You will also enjoy a backstage tour and a pre-opera lecture before the performance. A light dining option at the Westgate Room of the Westgate Hotel will be available to you.
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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 with heated swimming pool and fitness studio.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
  San Diego 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. None
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Diego
  Nearest city or town:  San Diego
  Nearest highway: Interstate 8
  Nearest airport:  San Diego International
  From End of Program
  Location: San Diego
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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.

 

San Diego

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 619-444-4444

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

@$15-$20 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.

 
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, social, dinner, orientation
(Sunday, April 13)
   
 Dinner: Registration, social, dinner, orientation
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: USS Midway Floating Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, Mexican Folk Art.
(Monday, April 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: An Introduction to Balboa Park, Timken Museum and San Diego Museum of Art, free time for the Mingei Museum of International Folk Art or museums on your own, social, Museology.
(Tuesday, April 15)
   
 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: Dinner will be in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Evening: An "earth scientist" by profession, a college professor and consultant will present on his true passions: art and history.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Introduction to Old Town, Mission San Diego de Alcala, Walking tour of Old Town, social, dinner, Musical Interlude.
(Wednesday, April 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: La Jolla, the Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp, social, dinner, Free Evening.
(Thursday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: Transport to La Jolla.

The morning will provide an educational experience in the beautiful enclave of La Jolla.

 Lunch: Stipend for lunch in La Jolla and free time to explore.

La Jolla is considered the jewel of San Diego. Perhaps the name is a misspelling of similar Native American and Spanish words, but “jewel” is fitting because its natural setting is priceless.

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

Day 6: "A Matter of Artistic Taste"/farewell lunch/check out
(Friday, April 18)
   
 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
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.

Suggested Reading List


La Jolla (Then and Now)


Author: Olten, Carol, et al.


Description: Beginning with its first settlement in the 1880s, La Jolla established its reputation as a Southern California seaside community known for incredible beauty and natural wonders, shores washed by the surf of the Pacific, and hillsides by jagged sandstone cliffs rising from the sea. Artists, architects, and an incredible philanthropist (Ellen Browning Scripps) were attracted to the community early on. Later came fantastic growth and change.



San Diego Legends: Events, People and Places that Made History


Author: Innis, Jack Scheffler


Description: As the title suggests, this is a compendium of the history makers of San Diego and the places and events that have contributed greatly to making San Diego what it is today. This book gives a nice nice background of the city for curious visitors.





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