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A Toast to the Best of San Diego

Program Number: 16955RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Diego, California
Price starting at: $1,146.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

From the world-renowned San Diego Zoo to sparkling beaches, bustling boardwalks and a picturesque harbor, San Diego is a city where life is lived outdoors. Experience the best of this sun-kissed California jewel, as you sample San Diego’s rich Genoese and Sicilian culture on an exclusive expert-led walk through Little Italy, marvel at the architectural masterpieces and manicured landscapes of Balboa Park and discover one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast — Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.




Highlights

• Explore San Diego’s harbor on a study cruise and learn about the city’s fascinating maritime heritage and how it came to be home to the largest Navy and Marine Corps complex in the U.S.
• See San Diego’s natural side with a ranger at Torrey Pines State Reserve and at La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium.
• Meet the famous giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo, enjoy a music recital and learn about the National Historic Landmark Hotel del Coronado.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to nine blocks at a leisurely pace. San Diego Zoo spread over 100 acres, some inclines.




Date Specific Information

2-23-2014, 10-12-2014, 11-2-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Salvador Torres

Salvador Roberto Torres is an artist and muralist, as well as one of the creators of Chicano Park, an open space originally intended for a Highway Patrol substation. Salvador and other artists decorated a series of freeway-pillar under the Coronado Bay Bridge that encompass the park with murals that feature themes of Chicano history. He is also a founder of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural interchange in the region. Salvador earned a masters degree in painting and drawing from San Diego State University in 1973.
 
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. There is also a coin operated guest laundry and laundry supplies available.
  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 See below.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies by season See below.
  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.
  Parking availability:
Free for participants.
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
 

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 800-974-8885

 

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.

 

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cloud 9 Shuttle
phone: 800-974-8885

 

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.

 

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 619-444-4444
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$23 - $25 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.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East 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. 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, February 23)
   
 Arrive To: Registration for the Road Scholar program is 4-5 p.m. at the Front Desk. Dinner and orientation to follow.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The U.S. Military in San Diego, Harbor Cruise, Seaport Village, Little Italy
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: The U.S. Military in San Diego and harbor cruise.

The military's impact on San Diego is legendary. Yet, few people know that the plan for turning the city from a sleepy resort town into a community on the cutting edge of the American defense effort was the result of a vision brought to fruition by a number of events. A local historian will give a presentation on the military's influence in transforming San Diego into a city with the largest Navy and Marine Corps complex in the Unites States. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A.

Transport to San Diego Bay. You will enjoy a two-hour San Diego harbor cruise that leaves from the waterfront near the San Diego cruise ship terminal.

This narrated harbor excursion shows how closely the city is tied to its maritime heritage. The excursion covers Harbor and Shelter Islands, Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, North Island Naval Air Station, the Submarine Base, as well as the Coronado Bridge, and much more.

It's a great way to rest your feet and get some great city views with ships docked beneath San Diego's modern skyline, or watch sea lions lounging on a buoy.

Take warm clothing along on your harbor cruise. It's always colder on the water, and even when the weather is warm, fog comes in quickly and the temperature drops with it.

 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Transport to Little Italy. You will experience San Diego's rich Genoese and Sicilian history on an exclusive expert-led walking exploration through the Little Italy district.

A stable ethnic business and residential community since the 1920s, Little Italy today represents downtown San Diego's oldest continuous neighborhood business district. At one time, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in Little Italy and toiled to build San Diego into the center of the world tuna industry.

This exploration will enable you to experience the history, cuisine and culture of one of California's most hip and historic neighborhoods.

Enjoy wine tasting and antipasto at an Italian restaurant in the Little Italy district.

Coach returns to the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Hispanic Community and Chicano Park, Lunch at Coronado Ferry Landing, Docent tour of Hotel del Coronado, Sustainable Wines & Tastings
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: A credentialed expert on the development of the barrio and Chicano Park will introduce you to the history of San Diego's Hispanic community.

Transport to Chicano Park.

Narrated Exploration of Chicano Park.

Steeped in a rich history and vibrant culture, the residents of the barrio take great pride in who they are and what they have accomplished. This pride has manifested itself in a series of murals painted in the center of Chicano Park, reflecting this ethos and serving as a reminder to new inhabitants and visitors alike. The murals are a tribute to the struggles of a people seeking to make this country their home while never forgetting their roots. Transport to Coronado.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Coronado Ferry Landing.
 Afternoon: Transport to Hotel del Coronado.

The Hotel del Coronado is one of the most recognizable features of San Diego. Its superb waterfront location, irrefutable charm and storied history, makes it a must-see for all visitors to Southern California.

Beginning construction in 1887, the hotel was completed in only 11 months at a cost of $1 million. Labor was provided largely by Chinese immigrants from San Francisco and Oakland. The hotel was built as a premier resort for the wealthy and has quite a famous guest list, including Thomas Edison, L. Frank Baum, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh and Edward VIII, who met his future wife, Coronado resident Wallis Simpson, during his stay.

The Del, as it is affectionately known, is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Transport to hotel.

Alex and Pam McGeary, a husband and wife team of sustainable vintners from Warner Springs Ranch, will discuss the science of growing the grapes and producing wines in a completely sustainable way. They will bring samples of their Shadow Mountain Winery vintages for tastings.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: San Diego Zoo, Lunch in Balboa Park, Option to return to Zoo or visit Museums in Balboa Park.
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: A long-time friend of the San Diego Zoo will give a presentation to set the stage for the day's excursion to the Zoo.

Transportation to San Diego Zoo.

The world-famous San Diego Zoo, in Balboa Park, is one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is privately operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of San Diego on 100 acres of parkland leased from the City of San Diego, and ownership of all animals, equipment and other assets rests with the City of San Diego.

Exhibits are often designed around a particular habitat. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with their native horticulture. Exhibits range from an African rain forest (featuring gorillas) to the Arctic taiga and tundra in the summertime (featuring polar bears). Some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence are here. Many exhibits are "natural" with invisible wires and darkened blinds (to view birds), and pools and open-air moats (for large mammals).

 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Balboa Park
 Afternoon: Continue your day at the zoo, where the cool, sunny maritime climate is well-suited to many plants and animals. Besides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. As part of its gardening effort, it raises some rare animal foods. For example, the zoo raises 40 varieties of bamboo for the pandas on long-term loan from China, and it maintains 18 varieties of eucalyptus trees to feed its koalas. It is extremely active in conservation and species-preservation efforts. Its Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES) raises and releases California condors, pandas, tigers, African black rhinos and a large number of other endangered species. It employs numerous professional geneticists, cytologists and veterinarians and maintains a cryopreservation facility for rare sperm and eggs.

Or, you may choose to visit museums in the park on your own.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening on your own.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Torrey Pines Preserve, La Jolla, Birch Aquarium
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to La Jolla for an educational ranger-led exploration at Torrey Pines State Park.

Torrey 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. PLEASE NOTE: Should rain be a factor, the trails may be unavailable for use. Should this be the case, a different activity may be substituted.

Coach provides a brief exploration of the Village of La Jolla and then off to lunch in the area.

 Lunch: Lunch in La Jolla.
 Afternoon: 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 returns to the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Evening: The Department of Music and Dance at San Diego State University will provide an accomplished performer/performers to enhance the evening with musical selections.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Presentation of "It's a Matter of Taste" and Farewell Lunch
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: Following breakfast, there will be a presentation/demonstration, led by the two head chefs from San Diego State University that will conclude the instructional segment of the program. This presentation is a "not to miss" five-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 will conclude this presentation and will be followed by a farewell lunch. Check-out is at noon.
 Lunch: Lunch provided by the hotel.
   
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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