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A San Diego Neighborhood Exploration from the Shores of Mission Bay

Program Number: 20521RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2014 - 4/19/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 2/12/2015 - 2/17/2015; 6/4/2015 - 6/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Diego, California
Price starting at: $995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

San Diego’s sun, sand and surf are known worldwide, but the beach and the climate form only a small part of its allure. Founded as the first California mission, today San Diego is home to nearly 1.5 million residents in an eclectic mix of interesting neighborhoods, an energetic, revitalized Victorian quarter and a venerated oceanographic institute. Enjoy rich history and culture in an idyllic climate as you see for yourself what makes San Diego special.




Highlights

• Stay on beautiful Mission Bay, in a resort setting with easy access to an array of outdoor activities.
• Join expert led field trips through Old Town; the San Diego Mission; the Hotel Del on Coronado Island; Little Italy and the Gaslamp or “new town” where every building tells a story.
• Choose a museum to visit in fascinating Balboa Park and gain an insight into the Chicano identity reflected in the murals of their "barrio."



Activity Particulars

Walking two miles, stairs, some hills; standing indoors and out; getting on/off a motor coach.



This program's focus is to provide an active outdoor exploration of “America’s Finest City.”




Date Specific Information

4-14-2014, 10-5-2014

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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
A full service resort property on Mission Bay with pools and hot tub, exuding San Diego's outdoor ambience.

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

Esther Mitrani was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, then worked in San Francisco for three years in human resources in high-tech. Missing her home, she return to her native city. Esther has been guiding since 1994, and joined the family business in 2002 as an organizer and tour leader. She is an eager traveler, and she loves sports and languages.
 
Maria Mitrani

Maria Mitrani was born in Italy, then lived in Canada, the United States and France. She finally settled in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, where she has been living since 1976 with her husband and three children. She has a bachelor’s in Italian and art history from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1985 she has led tours through different parts of Mexico and is a specialized guide for Baja California. She is one of the owners and founders of Andiamo.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
  San Diego, California 5 nights
 Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Type: Resort
  Description: Impeccable service from a welcoming staff. Luxuriate in our eco-friendly, full-service spa, , stroll on the beach, paddleboard on the bay, ride the Mission Bay Trail or relax in a deck chair at our award-winning hotel pool and watch the boats in the marina. You’ll find the best of California coastal chic at our luxury hotel in San Diego. After a day of exploring all that San Diego has to offer, enjoy stylish cuisine in a classic California setting and then sink into a plush Hyatt Grand Board™ in your well-appointed hotel room or suite.
  Contact info: 1441 Quivira Rd
San Diego, CA 92109 USA
phone: 619-224-1234
web: http://missionbay.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
  Room amenities: Standard Room Amenities: •Enhanced work desk lighting •Hairdryer •Iron/ironing board •Room service during regular hours •32 inch LCD flat-screen television •Cable/satellite TV channels •Video on demand •iHome clock radio •Dual line phones •Voicemail •High-speed Internet access ($9.95/24hrs) •Dataport •Analog phone line •Individual heat control •Individual air conditioning control •In room safe •Concierge during regular hours •Video checkout •Rollaways upon request ($20 charge per night) •Pack and play upon request •Maximum guests per room: 3 •Coffee maker •335 square feet guestroom •Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® Toothpaste Amenities Accessible Hotel Amenities on Request •Audio/visual smoke detectors •Connecting rooms •Braille symbols in elevators •Bathtub bench and grab rails •Wheelchair accessible exterior doors •Wheelchair accessible climate controls •Four rooms have wheelchair accessible bathrooms
  Facility amenities: •429 Newly-Redesigned Guestrooms •Hyatt Grand Bed™ •Balconies with Views of Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay or Gardens (not standard rooms) •Fast Board™ •PDA check-in •Babysitting Services •Valet, Self-Parking and Rental Car Options •Red Marlin Restaurant Bar and Terrace •SWIM lounge and pool bar - Bay Views, a Five-Foot, 360-degree Aquarium and Imaginative Cocktails •Einstein Bros. Bagels and Coffee in the Mission bay boardwalk •Eco-friendly Blue Marble Spa •Water Playground with Multiple Pools and Water Slides •New Waterfront 24-Hour StayFit Gym™ •Private Marina •Kayaks / Jet Skis / Sport Fishing / Sailboats / Whale Tours •30,000 sq ft of Indoor and Outdoor Flexible Function Space •Self-Parking $24 a day (minus Road Scholar 25% discount)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please Call Additional Nights available on request subject to rate availability
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please Call Additional Nights available on request subject to rate availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
San Diego. The program will start at 4:00 PM in a private room of the hotel for presentation and orientation You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina that night.
  End of Program:
San Diego. The program will end approximately at 10:00 AM in the hotel after the closing lecture and farewells. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
At an additional rate of $20.00 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Diego, California
  Nearest airport:  San Diego Airport (SAN).
  From End of Program
  Location: San Diego, California
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00 approximately
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

10 minutes approximately

   

Taxi cabs may be found right outside the airport terminal. It is the easiest transfer method. Same information is applicable for train or bus stations arrivals.

 

To Htayy Regency Mission Bay

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00 approximately
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

10 minutes approximately

   

Private shuttles or taxi cabs are the best means of transportation. Please call one day in advance to schedule your pick up from the airport, the bus or train stations, or SAN parking lot.

 
Driving Directions
  From San Diego International Airport (SAN): San Diego International Airport is located at: 3225 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 To Hyatt Regency Mission Bay: Take the Pt. Loma exit and turn right on Nimitz Blvd. towards Mission Bay Park. Follow Ingraham Street north to West Mission Bay Drive/Mission Beach. Follow West Mission Bay Drive to the right. Turn left at the light, on to Quivira Road. Make an immediate right at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina.
  From the East (Arizona): To Hyatt Regency Mission Bay: Follow Interstate 8 west to West Mission Bay Drive. Exit West Mission Bay Drive. Turn right on to West Mission Bay Drive. Go over the bridge and follow the second exit to West Mission Bay Drive/Mission Beach. Stay in the left lane and make a left turn at the first intersection on to Quivira Road. Make an immediate right. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina will be on the left.
  From the North (Los Angeles): To Hyatt Regency Mission Bay: Follow Interstate 5 South to SeaWorld Drive Exit and go Right. Pass SeaWorld and stay to the right following signs for West Mission Bay Drive. Turn left at Quivira Road, then make an immediate right. The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina is on the left.
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: WELCOME AND ORIENTATION
(Monday, April 14)
   
 Afternoon: At 5:00 pm Meet the program leader and fellow participants at a gathering by the fire pits in the hotel’s lush gardens. An overview of the program and San Diego information is included.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner takes place at the hotel’s restaurant overlooking the bay.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: GASLAMP / OLD TOWN
(Tuesday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel’s restaurant on the marina.
 Morning: Today we will set out to explore the sites where the city was founded. Join an expert led walk to become acquainted with the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego’s downtown since 1850. Declared a National Historic District, it is now filled with restaurants, theaters, galleries and gaslamps! The visit includes the The Gaslamp Quarter Museum located in one of the area's first houses and the adjacent historical Horton Grand Hotel. The walk ends at the waterfront with free time to stroll through Seaport Village, a pleasant restaurant and shopping area with a scenic park surrounded by water on three sides. We will journey across town to discover the Old Town State Park, the birthplace of California. On the way, see the Convention Center, an architectural success, and the Italian neighborhood settled by fishermen who began a thriving tuna fishing industry.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a Mexican restaurant in Old Town
 Afternoon: After a brief guided walk to visit some of the most important historical buildings in Old Town, the remainder of the day is free. Options include: Remain in Old Town: an interesting mix of shops and restaurants interwoven into this historic site. Return to downtown: stroll through the shops in the Gaslamp. Return to hotel: Enjoy the pool, relax in the garden, the SPA or stroll along the marina. Independent activities may include rental of bicycles, kayaks paddleboard or more
 Dinner: Is on your own. You may remain at the hotel or take a taxi to a restaurant in one of the many fine dining sites offered throughout the city.
 Evening: Continue to explore lively Gaslamp Quarters on your own if desired or enjoy the outdoor atmosphere at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: CORONADO VICTORIAN SPLENDOR
(Wednesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel’s restaurant on the marina.
 Morning: Free morning to enjoy the hotel and for independent activities. Enjoy the pool, relax in the garden, the SPA or stroll along the marina. Independent activities may include rental of bicycles, kayaks, paddleboard or more.
 Lunch: On your own. May choose the hotel restaurant, or a quick bite along the shore of the bay.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we travel to Barrio Logan, the Hispanic Quarter of the City. Chicano Park, located under the San Diego-Coronado bridge, is home to the largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States all painted by local artists. Tour the murals which reflect the Mexican-American culture. A slender curved bridge unites San Diego with charming Coronado island. Characterized by fabulous views, palm-lined avenues and a fine wide beach, the highlight of Coronado is the Hotel Del, an American fairytale castle. Boasting a history filled with famous celebrities, the lavish wooden Victorian hotel is the last of its kind still standing on the West Coast. Enjoy free time exploring the hotel, the beach and its surroundings. Return to downtown by ferry to view the skyline from the water. Walk along Embarcadero to a waterfront restaurant for dinner
 Dinner: Is at a well-known bayside restaurant
 Evening: At leisure to enjoy the vibrant downtown or return to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: BALBOA PARK
(Thursday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant on the marina.
 Morning: We set off this morning to discover Balboa Park. Built to host the 1915 Panama – California Exposition, Balboa Park today is America’s largest urban cultural park. Exotic vegetation, 15 museums, theaters, art centers, exquisite Moorish architecture and a world famous zoo fill its 1.200 acres. We'll get to know El Prado, at the heart of the park, and have free time to choose a museum to visit.
 Lunch: We'll meet for lunch in a restaurant in the park.
 Afternoon: Free remainder of the day. Options: Remain in Balboa Park: additional museums, San Diego Zoo. Return to hotel: Enjoy the pool, relax in the garden, the SPA or stroll along the marina. Independent activities may include rental of bicycles, kayaks or paddleboards
 Dinner: Is on your own. You may remain at the hotel or take the opportunity to visit a restaurant in one of the many fine dining sites offered throughout the city.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: SEASHORE AND FAREWELL
(Friday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel’s restaurant on the marina.
 Morning: Free morning to enjoy the hotel and for independent activities. Enjoy the pool, relax in the garden, the SPA or stroll along the marina. Independent activities may include rental of bicycles, kayaks, paddle board or more.
 Lunch: On your own. Choose between the hotel restaurant, or a quick bite along the shore of the bay.
 Afternoon: We head north along the scenic Pacific Coast as we drive past Mission Bay to reach the sophisticated exclusive La Jolla community, where Mediterranean architecture, boutiques and restaurants line rugged cliffs and sculptured coves. Enjoy free time to stroll along the spectacular seashore and, if desired, the boutiques. We return along the magnificent coast to Pacific Beach where we'll stroll the boardwalk and get to know the San Diego beach scene. Free time to enjoy the beach. Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Meet at the hotel restaurant on the water for a farewell dinner.
 Evening: Enjoy a private lively sing-along to end a joyful week.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: HOME SWEET HOME
(Saturday, April 19)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel’s restaurant on the marina.
 Morning: Independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  San Diego, California General Overview
With almost idillyc weather, San Diego offers entertainment for every taste. From numerous museums, nature and beaches, exhibits and events, to a great number of amusement parks, restaurants and night clubs, this city has something for every age. For additional information, visit www.sandiego.gov
  General overview
San Diego offers a vast variety of events year-round for all tastes. To learn what will be happening during your stay, you may review a comprehensive calendar at this San Diego visitor's on-line guide. For additional information, visit www.sandiegocoastlife.com
  Theater
OLD GLOBE THEATER Balboa Park Tel. (619) 234 5023 CYGNET THEATER 4040 Twiggs St. San Diego, CA 92110 Tel. (619) 337-1525 SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATER 1100 Third Ave Tel. (619) 570 1100 BALBOA THEATER 868 Fourth Ave @ E Street in Gaslamp Tel. (619) 5701100 COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 Tel. (619).235.0804
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


San Diego Then and Now


Author: Nancy Hendrickson


Description: A photographic approach to San Diego history comparing same site, different time period.



San Diego An introduction to the Region


Author: Philip R. Pryde


Description: A historical geography of the natural environments and human development of San Diego County. A tecnical but simple approach.



Walking San Diego


Author: Lonnie Burnstein Hewitt and Barbara Moore


Description: An inviting description of the trails and the wildlife for those who enjoy to explore the parks and the surroundings of the city by foot.



San Diego Legends


Author: Jack Scheffler


Description: Pleasant reading about the events, people and places that made history.



Ramona


Author: Helen Hunt Jackson


Description: A favorite historic love novel set in Southern California in the 1880’s, Ramona is the story of 3 cultures - Indian, Mexican, and Anglo – and their struggle to co-exist.





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