19586
California
Surf and Sea San Diego: An Active Adventure With Your Grandchild
Learn to surf, go kayaking, explore Birch Aquarium and enjoy an amphibious Seal Tour as you create lasting memories with your grandchild in historic San Diego.
Program No. 19586RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
San Diego, CA
D
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table outside the meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. .

Dinner: In our private meeting and dining room at the hotel, the dinner buffet offers a rotating menu each evening of salad, entrée, rolls/butter, dessert, and coffee, tea (iced/hot), and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel and transfers will be via private motorcoach unless noted otherwise. For all outdoor activities, wear sunscreen and reapply it several times a day! San Diego is noted for its cloudy mornings,especially May through July, but you can still get a sunburn during this time. The sun doesn't burn through the "marine layer" until early afternoon. . Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Get to know your fellow participants in a session we call Crossing Points and discover what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Boogie Boarding @ MBAC, Seal Tour, Surf Culture
San Diego, CA
B,D
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking on sand; boogie boarding in ocean water; getting on/off amphibious vehicles requires going up/down a few steps; about 1.5 hours aboard. All vehicles are safety and comfort approved by the Coast Guard.

Breakfast: In our private meeting and dining room, the daily breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, sliced and whole fruit, baked goods and sliced breads, milk, juices, coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, and water.

Morning: We'll travel by motorcoach to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) and enjoy a morning of boogie boarding in the warm waters of the Pacific! This fully equipped aquatic recreational and educational facility will be our playground and classroom as experienced student instructors provide a thorough training session on boogie boarding and surfing later in the week. They will demonstrate the basics of each, go over the steps on how to best enjoy the sport, and be with us for some fun in the sun. At the Center there will be a one-time presentation on safety rules and evaluation of the participants' water adeptness (swim test). Once that is completed, it's time to hit the waves! We’ll return to the hotel to change into dry clothes before going to lunch.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at Seaport Village, a 14-acre waterfront complex with many restaurants. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll walk to the boarding location for our afternoon experience and get ready to absorb the sights and highlights of San Diego in a way largely unique to this city – via an amphibious vehicle! Our expert captain will provide narration throughout our journey by land and sea, even after we drive straight into the big bay. While aboard, we’ll enjoy lovely views of the skyline and the human component of the area, but we will also likely see sunbathing seals along the way. Once our amphibious exploration concludes, we’ll then return to the hotel via motorcoach.

Dinner: Hotel buffet

Evening: A veteran surfer will offer an informative and entertaining introduction to the culture of surfing in Southern California. An inspiring video presentation whets your appetite for surfing in San Diego!

DAY
3
Surfing @ MBAC, Kayaking @ La Jolla Shores
San Diego, CA
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking on sand; surfing in ocean water; getting in/out of kayaks; kayaking up to 1.5 hours; assistance provided as needed.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet

Morning: We return to Mission Bay Aquatic via our motorcoach for your introductory lesson in the iconic sport of surfing. Mornings are the best time to catch the best waves. The trained and enthusiastic instructors at the center will lead the group on a short walk across Mission Boulevard to Pacific Beach for instruction and hands-on experience in how to mount the board, paddle and rise up. Then, it's into the water to "get your feet wet" for a fun morning in the waves!

Lunch: Boxed lunch at Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Afternoon: Next, the motorcoach will transport you to La Jolla Shores In or on the water is the perfect way to explore the spectacular scenery and coastal formations which make La Jolla Shores a favorite of tourist and locals alike. A certified guide will keep the group together and point out the beauty and fragility of this coastal habitat. While kayaking, harbor seals may make their appearance as they bask in the sun on the rocks or dive into the surf to fish. Coach returns to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet

Evening: This evening focuses on the Courtyard's heated pool and spa for the kids and grandparents to enjoy.

DAY
4
Birch Aquarium, Surfing @ MBAC
San Diego, CA
B,D
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking on sand; surfing in ocean water.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet

Morning: We’ll ride to the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the La Jolla bluffs. With an aquarium expert, we’ll encounter a dazzling variety of marine life from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical seas of Mexico and beyond. We’ll view exhibits highlighting the latest research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a department of the University of California San Diego. We’ll also have an opportunity to get up close to marine organisms such as hermit crabs, lobsters, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, sea stars, and others in the outdoor tide-pool plaza. The views of the Pacific Ocean are some of the best in La Jolla.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Splash Cafe at the Birch Aquarium

Afternoon: We’ll return to the hotel after the Aquarium to change into our bathing suits and then head back to Mission Beach Aquatic Center on our motorcoach The siren call of the Pacific beckons us back to the beach for more sun, sand, and surf! Again our instructors will be in the water with us to point out where the surf breaks are and the optimum point in the wave to catch it and ride it to shore. Coach will return to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Surfing @ MBAC, USS Midway Museum, Belmont Park
San Diego, CA
B,L
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking on sand; surfing in ocean water; climbing stairs and ladders and walking one mile on USS MIdway

Breakfast: Hotel buffet

Morning: Our motorcoach takes us back to the Pacific Ocean for our final morning of surfing instruction with MBAC. Afterwards, we travel via our motorcoach back to the hotel to change into dry clothes before having lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Board our motorcoach and transfer to the downtown waterfront. On an exclusive docent led exploration aboard the USS Midway Museum, discover a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Gain access to the mess deck, berthing spaces, hangar deck, flight deck, island superstructure and various exhibits and displays. Museum docents stationed throughout Midway are eager to share their personal story of life at sea.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at Belmont Park, a historic oceanfront amusement park. Our Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Belmont Park, located on Mission Beach, was developed by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels and opened on July 4, 1925. The Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster, is the park’s most iconic attraction and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a local landmark. In addition to the multitude of other amazing rides and attractions, Belmont Park also offers breathtaking oceanfront views and delicious eateries around every corner. Take this time to explore on your own and do what interests you most. We’ll then rendezvous to board the motorcoach and travel back to the hotel. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures tomorrow.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
San Diego, CA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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