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San Diego Zoo and Sea World: An Intergenerational Adventure

Program Number: 16145RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Diego, California
Price starting at: $1,389.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 11 years of age.

Bring the creatures of the world within reach during this adventure at two of the world’s top destinations for animal lovers of all ages. Begin at the San Diego Zoo, where zoo staff illuminates zoo operations, including animal health, exhibit design, feeding and more. Also enjoy special access to Sea World, including reserved seats to popular shows, front-of-the-line privileges on selected rides and behind-the-scenes opportunities to interact with a variety of animals.




Highlights

• Explore the San Diego Zoo’s 800 species in habitats ranging from the African rainforest to the Arctic taiga and tundra.
• Young and young at heart learn how to kayak during a morning at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.
• Experience SeaWorld San Diego as few can through an exclusive behind-the scenes VIP Expedition Tour enjoying shows and exhibits.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile.



Maximum one child per adult.




Date Specific Information

7-27-2014

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 pool, fitness studio, famous coffee house and 24-hour market.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard by Marriott San Diego
  San Diego 5 nights
 Courtyard by Marriott San Diego
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is a newer facility which opened in 2009. 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, 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: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sancm-courtyard-san-diego-mission-valley-hotel-circle/
  Room amenities: See 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. The hotel's parking fee is waived for Road Scholar guests.
  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 the hotel that night You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 P.M. at the hotel You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Release forms from liability from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center for seniors and kids.
  Parking availability:
Free and plentiful.
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 International Airport (Lindbergh Field) Code: SAN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Xpress 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.

 

San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) Code: SAN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$12 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 International Airport (Lindbergh Field) Code: SAN

 

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 & Orientation/Dinner at hotel.
(Sunday, July 27)
   
 Arrive To: 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. registration for the Road Scholar program. Location will be available at Front Desk. Dinner and orientation to follow.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Reuben H. Fleet/ Seal Tour/Dinner at the hotel/Introduction to Balboa Park
(Monday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Coach to Balboa Park for visit to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

With exhibits to touch, virtual reality to experience, films to see and fun to be had, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is an educational, entertaining experience for visitors of all ages. Upon arrival at the Center, there will then be an exclusive group workshop, followed by a film at the Center's IMAX theater.

At the conclusion of the Reuben H. Fleet experience, the coach will take the group to Seaport Village.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own at one of the many dining venues at Seaport Village.
 Afternoon: San Diego Seal Tour

Your afternoon will feature an adventure on the San Diego Seal Tour, which takes you through the most interesting sights in the city, 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. Coach back to hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Evening: This evening will feature an interactive presentation on the gem found in the center of the city of San Diego known as Balboa Park. A friend of Road Scholar for over 10 years and coordinator of a program that focuses on the museums for which the park is famous will prepare the group for their exciting adventure to the most visited "museum" in the Park; the San Diego Zoo.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/Field Trip to San Diego Zoo/Lunch/Free Time: Explore the San Diego Zoo on your own/Dinner/Pool time!
(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: San Diego Zoo

Coach to the San Diego Zoo.

Exclusive educational narrated bus tour of San Diego Zoo animal habitats. You may learn about the fundamentals of creating a green (ecologically friendly) environment at the zoo, animal health care, exhibit design, feeding, breeding and more. A personal educator will be ready to answer participants questions.

 Lunch: Lunch is on your own at one of the dining venues in the Zoo or in adjacent Balboa Park.
 Afternoon: More San Diego Zoo

A perfect opportunity this afternoon to explore one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals with more than 800 species. Exhibits are often designed around a particular habitat. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be side-by-side in the wild, along with their native horticulture. Exhibits range from the African rain forest (featuring gorillas) to the Arctic tiaga and tundra in the summertime (featuring polar bears). Some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence are here.

Many exhibits are "natural" within visible wires and darkened blinds (to view birds), and pools and open-air motes (for large mammals). The cool, sunny maritime climate is well suited to many plants and animals. The zoo maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. The zoo raises 40 varieties of bamboo for its pandas on long-term loan from China, and it maintains 18 varieties of eucalyptus trees to feed its koalas.

At the conclusion of day's activities at the San Diego Zoo, the coach will return the group to the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Evening: This evening focuses on the Courtyard's heated pool and spa. Students from San Diego State University will be on hand to invite the children to frolic in the hotel's pool. For those not inclined to "test the waters," a DVD or another activity may be offered.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Mission Bay Aquatic Center/ Kayaking/Lunch/BoogieBoarding/Dinner/Free Evening
(Wednesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Coach to Mission Bay.

San Diego State University Associated Students' Mission Bay Aquatic Center is a fully equipped aquatic recreational and educational facility that will be our playground for the morning. Experienced student instructors will provide a thorough training session on kayaks provided by the aquatic center for a fun-filled, nautical experience on San Diego's Mission Bay.

 Lunch: Boxed lunch at Mission Bay Aquatic Center.
 Afternoon: The Pacific beckons and Mission Bay Aquatic Center is across the street from the ocean, so the afternoon will involve partaking in an iconic Southern California beach activity; boogie boarding! The center's expert staff will demonstrate the basics, go over the steps to best enjoy the sport, and be with the participants as they enjoy this easy and fun ocean experience.

The coach will then return to the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening on your own. Our coordinator will provide you with a list of numerous activities you can enjoy together. Optional video will be shown in our meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Birch Aquarium / Lunch at Souplantation / SeaWorld VIP Expedition Tour / Dinner at SeaWorld / Return to Hotel
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in a banquet room assigned by the hotel.
 Morning: Birch Aquarium

Coach to La Jolla for a private docent-guided tour at the 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.Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study earth, and inspires public support of scientific endeavors. It promotes conservation through education and research, in the belief that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.

 Lunch: Following the experience at Scripps Institute, the coach will take the group to lunch at Souplantation.
 Afternoon: SeaWorld

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.

What really makes your visit to SeaWorld a memorable experience not available to other visitors; a Private VIP Expedition Tour! You will experience the Park during this three-hour tour, with reserved seats to some of the most popular shows, such as the Blue Horizon Dolphin Show, Shamu- One Ocean Show and Turtle Reef, with front-of-the-line privileges on selected rides, escorted access to behind-the-scenes areas and interactive opportunities with a variety of SeaWorld animals.

Also, take this opportunity to experience the rides, shows and events that make Seaworld so attractive.

Please note that shows change with each new season, so more exact information on what will be offered will be available closer to the dates of the program.

 Dinner: A stipend will be provided for dinner at the Park.
 Evening: Summer Nights at SeaWorld

More fun is on tap for folks of all ages as the park becomes even more festive when the evening draws nigh. The park transforms after dark with extended hours and seasonal night time only shows. Feel the amazing energy of Shamu Rocks, SeaWorld’s killer night time show. Share a laugh at Sea Lions Tonite and then let your spirit soar during the Into the Blue fireworks finale.

At the end of the evening, the coach returns the group to the hotel.

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

Day 6: Breakfast at the hotel / Interactive Presentation for All/ Musical Review/Farewell Lunch
(Friday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in a banquet 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" 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.

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 provided in a banquet room at the hotel.

Check out is at noon.

 Afternoon: 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.
   
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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Author: Olten, Carol, et al.


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


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