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    Japanese Martial Arts: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

    Bujinkan Taka-Seigi Dojo
    What in the world is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu? Well, it is a lot more difficult to pronounce than it is to understand. It is a martial art training based on the same nine schools that have provided the roots for many of the common discourses we have all heard of: Aikido, Judo, Karate, and Ju-Jitsu. In this class, you will be trained in the art of defense representing a rich tradition and heritage of victory. If you're thinking samurai and special forces, strategy and tactics then you are right on track. Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu makes for a perfect centerpiece to any martial arts training.
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    Gaslamp Historical Walking Tour

    The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
    Open up a window to San Diego's past as you embark on this walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter. You'll learn the history of the William Heath Davis house built in 1850 and now known as the most haunted house of the Gaslamp district. You'll also visit architecturally significant structures of the period -- Old City Hall (1874), the Keating Building (1890), and the Louis Bank of Commerce (1888). Listen to fascinating stories of the people and the characters that shaped the destiny of San Diego, from William Heath Davis himself, to Alonzo Horton, who finished the building of "New Town." Discover a new appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of this city!
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    Gaslamp Culture History Tour

    The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
    Open up a window to San Diego's past as you embark on this walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter. You'll learn the history of the William Heath Davis house built in 1850 and now known as the most haunted house of the Gaslamp district. Compare the historic stories you hear about this building with its present standing -- a couple ghost stories or two may send chill down your spine! Listen to fascinating stories of the people and the characters that shaped the destiny of San Diego, from William Heath Davis himself, to Alonzo Horton, who finished the building of "New Town." Discover a new appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of this city!
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    City Highlights Tour

    Explore beautiful San Diego and Coronado on this narrated sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village, and enjoy time to walk around and take photos. You'll be picked up from your San Diego hotel in the morning and taken on a narrated coach tour of sunny San Diego, stunning La Jolla and scenic Coronado. First, visit Old Town, the birth place of San Diego. Now a state-protected historical park, this area commemorates the early days of the city and is home to Heritage Park, where you'll see well-preserved Victorian buildings. Continue to Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre (490-hectacre) park named after Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Then, discover the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of San Diego where the nightlife happens. Learn how the name refers to the gas lamps that were common here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex built on the site of a former burial ground from the Spanish expedition of 1782. Then, travel on the Embarcadero, an area along the San Diego Harbor that's home to the cruise ship terminal. Drive along downtown's Green Dragon Colony, a collection of cottages that once served as a retreat for writers, actors, artists and musicians. These buildings now house quaint galleries and boutiques. Throughout your tour of these beautiful places, you'll have several photo stops along the way, as well as time to walk around.
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    City Highlights Tour and Cruise

    Explore beautiful San Diego and Coronado on this narrated sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village, and enjoy time to walk around and take photos. Explore beautiful San Diego and Coronado on this narrated sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village, and enjoy time to walk around and take photos --- and don't forget about a scenic 1-hour cruise on San Diego Bay! You'll be picked up from your San Diego hotel in the morning and taken on a narrated coach tour of sunny San Diego, stunning La Jolla and scenic Coronado. First, visit Old Town, the birth place of San Diego. Now a state-protected historical park, this area commemorates the early days of the city and is home to Heritage Park, where you'll see well-preserved Victorian buildings. Continue to Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre (490-hectacre) park named after Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Then, discover the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of San Diego where the nightlife happens. Learn how the name refers to the gas lamps that were common here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drive along downtown's Green Dragon Colony, a collection of cottages that once served as a retreat for writers, actors, artists and musicians. These buildings now house quaint galleries and boutiques. Then, relax on a comfortable boat and soak in amazing sights from the water as you listen to interesting onboard commentary. Throughout your tour of these beautiful places, you'll have several photo stops along the way, as well as time to walk around.
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    The Grand Baja Tour

    Explore some of Baja California's top destinations on this day trip from San Diego. This relaxing, scenic getaway takes you along the stunning Pacific coast across the California-Mexico border to Tijuana for a cultural sightseeing tour and time to shop along Avenidad Revolution, followed by a luscious lobster lunch, margaritas and mariachi music in Puerto Nuevo. Walk off your meal with a stroll along the waterfront, and then enjoy free time to explore the lovely historic city of Rosarito Beach at your leisure. Get ready for your full-day Mexico getaway! You'll be picked up in the morning from your hotel in San Diego for a drive south aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. As you cross the California-Mexico border and journey along the breathtaking Pacific coast, you'll be treated to picture-perfect vistas of sapphire-blue ocean waters, rugged cliffs and rolling hills. Your first stop is Tijuana, the fourth-largest city in Mexico, where you'll take a sightseeing tour with your guide to experience this vibrant city's rich culture and heritage. Visit the Cultural Center, the Tijuana Bullring, the Tijuana Zoo and the Tijuana Tower, and then enjoy time to shop along Avenidad Revolution. Practice your bargaining skills as you browse more than 400 shops! Then, it's off to Puerto Nuevo, a small community known locally as 'Lobster Village.' This cute little village is home to tons of shops and arts and craft stores, but its claim to fame is the group of traditional restaurants serving up the local specialty: lobster. Head to one of these restaurants to enjoy your own lobster meal (included). Chat with your fellow travelers as you savor deep-fried Pacific lobster with unlimited beans, rice, handmade tortillas and a welcome margarita. Once you've had your fill, take a stroll along the waterfront while enjoying some authentic mariachi music. Then, hop on the coach and head to nearby Rosarito Beach, a blooming beachside community that was once the Mexican Hollywood during the 1920s. You'll have some free time here to explore the city or lounge on the beach, or your guide can direct you to other activities such as horseback riding or ATV riding (own expense). After your time in Rosarito Beach, it's time to venture back to San Diego. Drive up the Pacific coast and savor your last views of Mexico as you cross the border and arrive back at your hotel in the evening. Important Information US and Canadian citizens: You must bring a passport for re-entry into the United States. Non-US citizens: You must bring your passport, and you may be required to show a I-94, Multiple Entry Visa or Resident Alien Card for re-entry to the United States. You must confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
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    Gaslamp Architectural Tour

    The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
    Open a window to San Diego's past! From the Romanesque-style Keating Building to the Baroque Revival Louis Bank of Commerce, this tour will increase your knowledge of this beautiful city's architecture and history. You'll learn about both William Heath Davis, who first attempted the building of "New Town," and Alonzo Horton, who arrived in San Diego in 1867 and finished the job. The rich cultural heritage of San Diego speaks through the buildings of a by-gone era. Discover the truth about the owners and builders of these buildings and see for yourself how they tried to transform the city. You will understand the cultural heritage they left behind as you hear their secrets and share them with others.
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    Folklorico Dance with Joel

    The Dancehouse
    Want to feel a deeper connection to your heritage, meet new people, and have a great time? Your family probably agrees, so it's time you learned folklorico dance! Gain an understanding of this traditional Mexican dance style under the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. Practice various steps, turns, and combinations to put together into a routine to lively music. Learn more about the history of the dance as well as the Mexican culture it exemplifies. Gain appreciation for the tradition of Folklorico dance as you increase your own coordination, stamina, and rhythm. What better way to connect with a culture than through a tradition that has been passed down through generations.
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    Tijuana Day Trip

    Explore San Diego, La Jolla, Coronado and Tijuana on this combo sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, see places like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village, with several photo stops along the way and time to walk around. Then, head south to Tijuana for a tour and enjoy free time to browse local shops. After pickup from your San Diego hotel in the morning, you'll be taken on a narrated tour by comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Enjoy the beautiful sights of sunny San Diego, stunning La Jolla and scenic Coronado. Some of the places you'll see include Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, La Jolla Cove, Seal Rock, Hotel del Coronado, Green Dragon Colony, Mission Bay Park, Heritage Park and the Embarcadero. After pickup from your San Diego hotel in the morning, you'll be taken on a narrated tour by comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Enjoy the beautiful sights of sunny San Diego, stunning La Jolla and scenic Coronado. Some of the places you'll see include Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, La Jolla Cove, Seal Rock, Hotel del Coronado, Green Dragon Colony, Mission Bay Park, Heritage Park and the Embarcadero. You'll have several photo stops along the way, as well as time to walk around. Enjoy free time in Seaport Village to enjoy lunch and do some shopping. Then, drive south and take a 30-minute narrated coach tour of downtown Tijuana, making a stop at Avenida Revolucion, Tijuana's biggest attraction full of shops and restaurants. Here, enjoy two hours of free time to wander through the bustling shops and bazaars. Browse handcrafts from street vendors and head to any of the Mexican restaurants to enjoy some authentic Mariachi music over a refreshing margarita (own expense).
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