San Diego Tours
GALA will offer two pre-conference tours on Sunday, 15 March and one post-conference tour on Wednesday, 18 March. You can register for any tour when you register for the conference. Please note that you can't register for both Sunday tours because they overlap. Guests are welcome (payment required) and must be added by contacting GALA staff directly. Please let us know if you'd like to register a friend or family member and we'll help. Tour guides will speak English.
Pre- and post-conference tours are not only a great way to see the highlights of the host city — they are also a great way to network with other conference participants.
Sunday, 15 March
Whale Watching Excursion
San Diego is one of the best locations to watch whales year-round. Gray whales migrate winter to spring from feeding grounds in Alaskan waters to calving lagoons in Baja California and back, and March is prime-time whale watching season. The cruise departs from Pier 2, a half-mile's walk from the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Enjoy the open ocean, fresh air, scenic views, and lots of native wildlife. Meet in the hotel lobby at the Manchester Grand Hyatt at 9:00 AM to walk over to Pier 2.
Cost: US$ 50
Sunday, 15 March
North County Beach and Art Tour with Lunch
You'll head up the coast to the quaint beach village of Del Mar, known for its laid-back opulence where you'll visit a local eatery for a casual lunch. From there, you'll head up to Solana Beach's Cedros Avenue, an area known for its interior design and artistic flare. You'll have free time to walk along the Avenue, do some shopping, or stop in at a local brewery for a beer tasting. After that, you'll head to Torrey Pines State Park, one of San Diego's most incredible stretches of coastline with beautiful cliffs that overlook the Pacific. You'll hike for approximately 40 minutes with a park ranger as he/she explains the geography of the area and the plants on the trails before heading back to the Hyatt.
Cost: US$ 130
Wednesday, 18 March
Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones Tour of Old Town
Join friends and colleagues for a walking tour of the historic Old Town neighborhood of San Diego. See Presidio Park, Heritage Park, Plaza del Pasado and more. You'll make three stops for Mexican food and drinks and a fourth stop for dessert. Transportation to and from the Manchester Grand Hyatt will be provided.
Cost: US$ 90