Explore behind the scenes and hands-on with San Diego Zoo, and a Workshop by Avian Behavior International with Hilary Hankey. Visit Local eateries, Pacific Coastal areas such a world famous La Jolla to see wild sealions and seals. Check out the sunset at Torrey Pines Cliffs and much more. An all-inclusive trip for animal and culture enthusiasts.
You Name It Tours are always lead by a qualified guide that's with you every step of the way. They'll handle all transportation, checking in at hotels, finding suitable dining for the group, and solving any unexpected issues along the way. Your itinerary is always subject to the powers that be (like traffic, weather events, emergencies, etc.) so they'll also be able to rearrange the itinerary on the fly. Trust the guide!
Get excited about the major destinations in the Southern California Region of San Diego, and be a part of making the experience unforgettable.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, housing over 12,000 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies on 100 acres of Balboa Park leased from the City of San Diego. Visit behind the scenes rare animals that only this zoo posesses.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. The park is in a semi-arid environment, and one of its most notable features is the Africa Tram, which explores the expansive African exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinoceros. The park is also noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the United States.
Avian Behavior International Workshop
Making a trip like this with out a learning aspect would not be complete. You will learn how to train many genera of birds on this full day imersion of Wild life training. Geared toward professionals and enthusiasts of wildlife education, you will get a professional course in training birds for captive wildlife management, education programs and general care.
La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers.
State Natural Reserves have outstanding or unusual natural or scenic values. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness island in an urban sea. This fragile environment is the home of our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. Once this tree covered a larger area. It now grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara. The park preserves not only the trees, but also one of the last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in Southern California. The reserve features high broken cliffs and deep ravines on headlands overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through stands of wind-sculpted pines.
Old Town is a festive neighborhood with attractions that reflect its Mexican roots. Reconstructed homes and craft shops in 1800s-era Mission-style buildings fill Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, while vibrant Mexican restaurants feature boisterous happy hours and live mariachi music. Perched above, Presidio Park offers sweeping views and is home to Junípero Serra Museum, highlighting city and state history.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Huge desert park featuring hiking trails and fields of wildflowers plus trees, shrubs and cacti. Wildlife viewing during the sunset and evening.
A quick glance at our itinerary will reveal that we mean business about this trip. Long days in the visiting parks and learning are not for every traveler. Consider if you are physically and mentally prepared to endure the following conditions in a group setting:
-Traveling by car/van for up to 2 hours at a time (with breaks).
-Desert Heat and dryness
-Early mornings and late nights that add up to 14-16 hour days
-Changes in elevation
-Hiking in the dark
-Handling and close encounters animals (birds, hoofstock, marine mammalssnakes, tortoises, lizards, etc)
6:00 am Meet your Tour Guide and Peers at the TBA in preparation for your flight. We'll ensure everyone gets on board safe and sound!
1:00 pm Arrival in San Diego. After gathering luggage and vehicle, we'll hit the road straight to the San Diego Zoo.
1:45 pm Arrive and explore San Diego Zoo.
5:00 pm **Depart for La Jolla to visit the cove and sunset. Swimming optional
7:30 pm Dinner in Old Town Local Restaurant