Walking less than .5 mile to boat launch. Getting on/off a 150-foot vessel with stairs accessing 3 decks; riding approximately 1 hour. Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking about 1 mile, approximately 2 hours; paved sidewalks, dirt paths, periodic stops for commentary, and opportunities to sit.
At the hotel.
We will be joined at the hotel by a local expert for an overview of San Diego history. We’ll learn about the evolution of the area from a native Kumeyaay village to a Spanish settlement, including the Mexican and American periods. We’ll then walk across the street and board our boat at San Diego Bay for our 1-hour narrated study cruise. Find a seat of your choice, indoors or out, and enjoy the view of the San Diego skyline as we cover 13 miles on the Bay. We’ll pass landmarks such as the Harbor and Shelter Islands, the Cabrillo National Monument, and the Star of India. As we go, we’ll learn about bait barges and keep an eye out for sea lions as we pass Point Loma. We’ll also get a sense for the significance of the military presence in San Diego as we pass by the North Island Naval Air Station and the Nuclear Submarine Base.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Next, we’ll ride to Little Italy for an introduction to San Diego’s rich Genoese and Sicilian history during a walking field trip. We’ll stop to explore key sites including a historic Italian home, Piazza Basilone, and a historic Italian-Catholic church. There are “Little Italy” communities throughout the country but San Diego’s is one of the most active. Many of these Italian Americans were employed in the local fishing industry, earning San Diego the title of Tuna Capital of the World. This community also has a long history of activism; after the decline of fishing industry, local Italian Americans rallied together in the 1990s to create their own community management corporation and saved the industry. Little Italy today is symbolized by the exciting new Piazza della Famiglia development.
At a restaurant in Little Italy.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.