San Diego Extravaganza 2019

Join us for our 30th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion!

November 8-12, 2019 • 5 Days • $1850

Join us for a 5-day Extravaganza featuring the highlights of San Diego, CA, the sunlit city on the bay!

Now accepting $200 Registrations on this tour!

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Join us at the Reunion!

A special invite from WAI Adventure Planner and Guide Scott Isom.

Join us for a 5-day Extravaganza featuring the highlights of San Diego, CA, the sunlit city on the bay!

A 30th Anniversary Tour

The San Diego Extravaganza is a celebration of 30 years of exploring the planet with travelers from all over North America, and a few from overseas as well. We’ve always believed that one of the best things about a Walking Adventure is the kind of wonderful people who join us for the adventure, and we’re excited to celebrate our anniversary and the joy of travel with you! Most, if not all, of our WAI Guide Teams and Staff will be present at this Reunion to aid in the festivities! Each day features a different program of walks and activities, with loads of opportunities to connect with traveling pals from past Adventures and the inevitable joy of making some new walking friends as well. Multiple buses are on hand and headed in different directions each day. One hundred travelers have already signed up for this anniversary celebration and we hope you’ll be part of the reunion in San Diego in 2019 too!

Join us in San Diego for sightseeing and hobnobbing with friends, old and new!

Anchors Aweigh on Veteran’s Day

San Diego is the principle home port for the Pacific Fleet of our US Navy! Since early in the 20th century, San Diego has been a hub for military bases, especially the navy. The outstanding USS Midway Museum is just minutes away from our hotel on San Diego’s Waterfront and many times during our exploration of the San Diego area our program intersects with the heritage of our Navy and the role these service men and women played before, during, and following World War II. Since our visit spans Veteran’s Day weekend, we thought it only fitting to pay tribute to the contribution and sacrifices made by those who have served! Anchors Aweigh on Veteran’s Day !!

Walked Enough Already?!

If you’d like to join us for the San Diego Extravaganza LITE version of activities, we have a full slate of lighter excursions with shorter walks or non-walking possibilities to consider. Check out the Walked Enough Already Itinerary below for more details.

Including:

  • Accommodations at Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown
  • 5 meals: Welcome Reception Dessert, all breakfasts and the Anniversary Celebration Dinner (as denoted B,D)
  • Happy Hour nightly at the Embassy Suites
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • All land transportation by motorcoach
  • Tips to guides and coach drivers
  • 3 walks – (sanctions to be applied for from the American Volkssport Association)
  • Fees for walking credit
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available for a supplement of $460.

Visits to/Admission Fees:

  • Coronado Island Ferry tickets
  • San Diego Bay Sunset Cocktail Cruise
  • Balboa Park (not including museum entrances)
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
  • La Jolla Cove and Tide Pools

Optional Excursions:

  • Tijuana South of the Border Excursion (Day 1 or Day 5). A minimum of 20 participants for each day is required.
  • Food/Walking Tour of Historic Gaslamp Quarter Excursion (Day 1 or Day 5). A minimum of 10 participants for each day is required.

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

We will have multiple guide teams in attendance and hope to welcome upwards of 100 travelers to San Diego!

Hotels

We have one hotel for this tour, the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown.

Meals

Breakfasts included with one dinner.

Airfare

Not Included. The official start/finish point for this tour is our hotel, the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 45+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Walking Adventures Team

Walking Adventures Guides & Staff

We plan to shut down our offices during this event so that the entire WAI Team can be present. Multiple guide teams will be available, supported by our entire office staff. We are anticipating a marvelous celebration!

Walkers’ Itinerary

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Day 1–Nov 8: Arrive San Diego

It’s time to rendezvous in San Diego for our 30th Anniversary Extravaganza! San Diego’s airport is conveniently located about a 10-minute drive from our hotel, the Embassy Suites San Diego. We spend the next four nights in this centrally located hotel across from the waterfront Embarcadero and Seaport Village, and a 5 to 10-minute walk from the USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the fun, foodie Gaslamp Quarter.

Travelers arrive throughout the day, so the first official activity is a Welcome Reception Dessert in the Embassy Suites at 7:00 pm, preceded by the Embassy Suites free Happy Hour starting at 5:30 pm. San Diego has much more than we can fit into our Extravaganza Celebration so we are offering two optional activities today for travelers who decide to arrive a day early.

Tijuana South of the Border Excursion
Join us for this all-day excursion to San Diego’s sister city – Tijuana, Mexico. Featuring an eclectic 5 kilometer guided stroll through the older parts of Tijuana, a stop at a fun local food cart park, and a ride on San Diego’s modern trolley system back from the border to downtown San Diego. Estimated price: $95 per person. If there is enough interest, this excursion will be available on Day 5 as well. A minimum of 20 participants is required for each day.

Food/Walking Tour of Historic Gaslamp Quarter Excursion
Cuisine is one of our favorite ways to connect with a new culture or town, and San Diego has a renowned collection of high quality and widely-varied eateries. Join us for a foodie tour through the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Estimated price: $79 per person. If there is enough interest, this excursion will be available on Day 5 as well.  A minimum of 10 participants is required on each day.

Day 2-Nov 9: Activities in San Diego (B)

San Diego Waterfront and Coronado Island Walk – 11 km, rated 1A

The Embassy Suites is ideally situated to access waterfront activities along San Diego’s spectacular bay, which we preview during the first part of today’s walk. We start the walk from the hotel and pass the Unconditional Surrender statue depicting the famous Times Square kiss on World War II’s VJ Day, then circle around the imposing and outstanding U.S.S. Midway Museum. The Coronado Island Ferry then shuttles us across the bay to Coronado Island. As we disembark, we join the coastal walkway around the island, passing beneath majestic Coronado Bridge and skirting the golf course en route to the Pacific side of the island.

Hotel Coronado is the main attraction here, a gracious wooden Victorian beach resort overlooking the island’s most popular beaches, and the second largest wooden structure in the United States. The trail brings us back across the island through fun shopping areas and charming local neighborhoods. Back at the ferry dock, you have time to take lunch and enjoy the relaxing vibe while enjoying the majestic skyline of San Diego across the Bay, returning by ferry at your leisure. Be sure to be back in time for tonight’s San Diego Bay Sunset Cocktail Cruise! We set sail at 4 pm for a relaxing and informative cruise, a perfect introduction to the maritime heritage that permeates so much of San Diego’s past and present. Back at the Embassy Suites this evening, we look forward to more time to connect and relax during the evening Happy Hour, ending at 7:30 pm.

Day 3-Nov 10: Activities in San Diego (B)

Balboa Park & Banker’s Hill Walk – 9 km, rated 2B

San Diego’s geology takes an interesting twist as it spreads inland from the Bay. It rises rather abruptly to a plateau that is striated on the seaside edges by urban canyons. Atop one of those plateaus is well known Balboa Park, one of the nation’s premier city parks. We access Balboa Park by starting in the surprisingly natural setting of Maple Canyon. Our trail leads us up and out of this delightful urban canyon where we stroll through the venerable and upscale neighborhood of Banker’s Hill, using a pair of charming, turn-of-the-century footbridges to cross chasms that divide Banker’s Hill. We finish in Balboa Park, a friendly outdoor space where locals come to play and relax, and a wonderful place to stroll through gardens and greenery.

After the walk, you have the option to stay in Balboa Park and explore the museums or enjoy the fun ambiance on your own, or board our bus for a short ride to Old Town to check out the “birthplace of California.” A California historic state park has been formed to preserve and restore 230 acres of this first European settlement in California, founded as a mission and a fort in 1769. Costumed interpreters are on hand in many of the buildings, and WAI will provide a self-guided map for you to maximize your time here after lunch.

We arrive back at the Embassy Suites late this afternoon, and the evening is free to enjoy on your own. Happy Hour is on again from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, but consider also Seaport Village, a welcoming complex of shops and eateries across from our hotel along San Diego Bay.

Day 4-Nov 11: Activities from San Diego (BD)

California Dreamin’ Coastal Walk – 6 km, rated 2B
Lovely La Jolla Riviera Walk – 4 km, rated 2B

Our first stop on Veteran’s Day is on Point Loma to pay homage at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Few sights are as moving as row upon row of white crosses against a background of the fastidiously kept green lawns of our national cemeteries. In this case, the impact is heightened by the backdrop far below of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is the final resting place on earth for over 100,000 servicemen, among them 23 Medal of Honor winners.

We visited Old Town yesterday for a glimpse into the first European settlement in California. Just down the Point Loma peninsula from Fort Rosecrans is Cabrillo National Monument, dedicated to the story of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer sailing under the flag of Spain. Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on California soil on September 28, 1542.

The first of two walks begins at Point Loma Nazarene University, overlooking the Pacific and boasting what is arguably one of the most impressive university panoramas in the country. We continue through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, with its photogenic collection of weather-worn sandstone formations, then trace a trail along the cliffs to Ocean Beach. Known for its bohemian, classic SoCal beach vibe, we have time to soak in some of Ocean Beach’s surfer-dude ambience during a lunch break.

Our second walk is up the coast in the area of La Jolla. This stretch of coastline is often referred to as the Riviera of Southern California for its stunning coastal views and smart neighborhoods. We briefly sample the upscale lifestyle but focus more on a leg-stretching section of the beach itself, plus a series of wildlife-filled coves and points. Here we find a bevy of sea lions, along with harbor seals and a colony of cormorants and pelicans.

Following a time of refreshment at the Embassy Suites, our final event together is the WAI 30th Anniversary Dinner Celebration at a lovely local restaurant overlooking the Bay. We can’t spill the beans on the events of the evening, but we can say that the view of the San Diego skyline across the Bay is world class, the food is reputed to follow suite, and we look forward to a memorable evening of nostalgia and celebration!

Day 5 – Nov 12: Depart for home (B)

Following breakfast this morning, it’s easy to book a local cab to the nearby airport (5-10 minutes’ drive). It’s been a fun five days of connecting and remembering! Thanks for being a part of this Adventure and thank you for your part in 30 years of traveling the globe together! We look forward to sharing a trail again with you soon!

NOTE: If the optional activities listed on Day 1 do not have space for all who are interested, WAI will offer additional departures on Day 5 for the Tijuana South of the Border Excursion and Food/Walking Tour of Historic Gaslamp Quarter Excursion.

Walked Enough Already (WEA) Itinerary

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Day 1–Nov 8: Arrive San Diego

It’s time to rendezvous in San Diego for our 30th Anniversary Extravaganza! San Diego’s airport is conveniently located about a 10-minute drive from our hotel, the Embassy Suites San Diego. We spend the next four nights in this centrally located hotel across from the waterfront Embarcadero and Seaport Village, and a 5 to 10-minute walk from the USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the fun, foodie Gaslamp Quarter.

Travelers arrive throughout the day, so the first official activity is a Welcome Reception Dessert in the Embassy Suites at 7:00 pm, preceded by the Embassy Suites free Happy Hour starting at 5:30 pm. San Diego has much more than we can fit into our Extravaganza Celebration so we are offering two optional activities today for travelers who decide to arrive a day early.

Walking distances are listed for the optional activities listed below. There are also several activities available on your own, or with your own small group, directly from the hotel, not the least of which is a visit to the USS Midway Museum, the aircraft carrier docked just a 10-minute walk from our hotel!

Tijuana South of the Border Excursion
Join us for this all-day excursion to San Diego’s sister city – Tijuana, Mexico. Featuring an eclectic 5 kilometer guided stroll through the older parts of Tijuana, a stop at a fun local food cart park, and a ride on San Diego’s modern trolley system back from the border to downtown San Diego, where a 15-minute walk takes us back to our hotel. Estimated price: $95 per person. If there is enough interest, this excursion will be offered on Day 5 as well. A minimum of 20 participants is required on each day.

Food/Walking Tour of Historic Gaslamp Quarter Excursion
Cuisine is one of our favorite ways to connect with a new culture or town, and San Diego has a renowned collection of high quality and widely-varied eateries. Join us for a foodie tour through the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The food tour is 2-3 hours long with about 3-4 kilometers (2-3 miles) of walking. Estimated price: $79 per person. If there is enough interest, this excursion will be offered on Day 5 as well. A minimum of 10 participants is required on each day.

Day 2-Nov 9: Activities in San Diego (B)

WEA travelers also visit Coronado Island today, but we have our own bus to shuttle us around the area. We spend the morning on the island enjoying a nostalgic visit to Hotel Coronado, with time to browse the small but interesting Coronado Island Museum as well as a fun collection of shops and eateries along Orange Street. Our coach returns us to the mainland across the dramatic sweep of Coronado Bridge to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. After time for lunch at one of the fun eateries, explore the historic buildings of this first European settlement in California using a WAI-provided map. We’ll be sure to be back in time for tonight’s San Diego Bay Sunset Cocktail Cruise! We set sail at 4 pm for a relaxing and informative 2 hour cruise, a perfect introduction to the maritime heritage that permeates so much of San Diego’s past and present. Back at the Embassy Suites this evening, we look forward to more time to connect and relax during the evening Happy Hour, ending at 7:30 pm.

Day 3 – Nov 10: Activities in San Diego (B)

Balboa Park is the theme of today’s activities. An icon of San Diego, the park celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018, and most of the impressive Spanish-Renaissance style buildings we see today date back to the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, organized in San Diego to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal. Upon arrival, you have the option to join your WAI guide team for an easy 2 to 3 miles stroll through the grounds, take a free tram ride through the Park, or take in one of 16 outstanding museums currently onsite. Our bus offers a shuttle back to the hotel around 1 pm or consider staying for the free 2 pm outdoor organ concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, home to one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs. We’ll have you back to the hotel by late afternoon and the evening is free to socialize at Happy Hour (5:30 to 7:30 pm) or have dinner with your friends at one of the many walkable options.

Day 4 – Nov 11: Activities from San Diego (BD)

It’s Veteran’s Day and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, situated on nearby Point Loma, is one of the most impressively sited cemeteries we’ve visited. Few sights are as moving as row upon row of white crosses against a background of the fastidiously kept green lawns of our national cemeteries, made more impressive, in this case, by the backdrop far below of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Our Old Town visit on Saturday provided a glimpse into the first European settlement in California. Just down the Point Loma peninsula from Fort Rosecrans is Cabrillo National Monument, dedicated to the story of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on California soil on September 28, 1542.

Our lunch break today is in funky, laid-back Ocean Beach, known for its bohemian, classic SoCal, surfer-dude beach vibe. From Ocean Beach, we continue up the coast through lovely neighborhoods to La Jolla and a stretch of coastline often referred to as the Riviera of Southern California for its stunning coastal views and smart neighborhoods. Here, we disembark to stretch our legs a bit as we stroll past coves and points populated by sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans, and a colony of cormorants.

We return to the hotel in time to freshen up for tonight’s gala event – the WAI 30th Anniversary Dinner Celebration, at a lovely local restaurant overlooking the Bay!

Day 5 – Nov 12: Depart for home (B)

Following breakfast this morning, it’s easy to book a local cab to the nearby airport (5-10 minutes’ drive). It’s been a fun five days of connecting and remembering! Thanks for being a part of this Adventure and thank you for your part in 30 years of traveling the globe together!

NOTE: If the optional activities listed on Day 1 do not have space for all who are interested, WAI will offer additional departures on Day 5 for the Tijuana South of the Border Excursion and Food/Walking Tour of Historic Gaslamp Quarter Excursion.

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

We are now accepting reservations. Call or mail in your registration ($200) to save your spot!

General Tour Conditions and Registration Form

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

Traveler Discounts

Traveler Discounts will not be applicable to this tour.

Payment Terms

Travelers can secure their spot on the San Diego Extravaganza with a $200 registration deposit. The remainder of the balance is then due at 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellations received in writing 120 days or more before departure will receive a full refund less a $100 administration fee. Cancellations received in writing 119 to 90 days before departure will receive a full refund less the initial $200 deposit. Cancellations received in writing 89 to 60 days before departure will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made on cancellations received less than 60 days before departure. No refunds will be made on any unused or cancelled services once the tour has commenced.

View our General Tour Conditions for more details on our policies and terms.

The Walks

Three walks form the basis of three fun-filled days of exploration. The San Diego Waterfront & Coronado Island Walk starts and ends at our hotel and includes a roundtrip ferry ride over to lovely Coronado Island. The Balboa Park & Banker’s Hill Walk starts in an urban canyon, winds through the Bankers Hill neighborhood via a couple footbridges, and explores delightful, 100-year-old Balboa Park. Our third walk is a two-part exploration. The first part, California Dreamin’ Coastal Walk, takes us along the Pacific Coast from Point Loma north to surfer-dude Ocean Beach. Part two, the Lovely La Jolla Riviera Walk, takes in a cliffside stretch along La Jolla Cove, where we are greeted by an unapologetically loud (and smelly) assembly of California sea lions and harbor seals, not to mention cormorants and majestic, soaring brown pelicans.

Walked Enough Already?! Itinerary

If you’d like to join us for the San Diego Extravaganza LITE version of activities, we have a full slate of lighter excursions with shorter walks or non-walking possibilities to consider. Check out the Walked Enough Already Itinerary for more details.

We'll be there!

We plan to shut down our offices during these 5 days in November so that the entire WAI Team can be present. We’ll have multiple guide teams available supported by our entire office staff.

Choose your bus

We’ll have at least 3 buses available to ferry travelers towards their destinations! Bus selection is first come, first serve. Ask your friends which bus they prefer, then contact us as soon as possible to put your name down on the roster!

  • Bus 1 – USS San Diego
  • Bus 2 – USS Mercy
  • Bus 3 – USS Midway – for the WEA crowd!

That Reunion Feel

Half the fun of the San Diego Celebration is hanging with your friends! With permission, we’ll be sharing the traveler lists for each bus, so you can figure out where your friends will be.

Our Hotel

We are based in the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown for all 4 nights! Embassy Suites has a wonderfully social vibe with expansive suites and a complimentary happy hour nightly. Its location couldn’t be better, directly across from the Embarcadero and Waterfront Park, offering more than a mile of bayside strolling through Seaport Village, several picturesque marinas, the outstanding USS Midway Museum, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

If you live in San Diego…

We hope you’ll join us for the Celebration. We have adjusted pricing available for San Diego residents that does not include lodging at the Embassy Suites.

Other activities available in the San Diego Area!

San Diego offers many additional activities for the traveler to explore! Here’s a short list of worthwhile attractions we just couldn’t fit into our schedule!

  • USS Midway Museum – highly recommended by our guides!
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • World Renowned San Diego Zoo
  • A host of biking opportunities throughout the San Diego region
  • Museums in Balboa Park

How is Airfare Arranged?

The official start/finish point for this tour is our hotel, the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown. Travelers will fly into and out of the San Diego International Airport (airport code SAN), which is just a short taxi ride of 15-20 minutes away. If you’d like help booking your airfare, we can recommend a local travel agent, Debbi Custer, who is familiar with our tours.

More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided  in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

Optional Excursions

Tijuana South of the Border Excursion
Tijuana has long been the quickest way to get a taste of Mexico from the western USA. Since our hotel in San Diego is just a short drive from this, the busiest border crossing on the planet, we decided to offer an international flavor to this anniversary celebration! Our guide for the day is Derrik, a transplanted American with a passion for sharing his adopted home. Once south of the border, we join Derrik for an eclectic 5 kilometer stroll through older parts of Tijuana featuring Hotel Caesars, where chef Caesar Cardini first developed his famous Caesar Salad in the 1920s; Avenida Revolucion, Tijuana’s main boulevard full of shops and restaurants and color; Avenida Constitucion, one block away but with a much more local feeling; and lovely Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Much has changed in the heart of the city, and for the better. Businesses that catered to Americans stopping in for a wild night on the town are much less conspicuous, and the vibe is definitely “local”. Following the walk, we stop for lunch at a fun local food cart park, then return to the border via bus along the monuments of Paseo de los Heroes. San Diego’s modern trolley system will return us to downtown San Diego, where a 15-minute walk takes us back to the Embassy Suites.

The Tijuana South of the Border experience is offered on Day 1 (November 8). If we receive enough interest, we’ll offer this excursion on Day 5 (November 12) as well. Space is limited to 40 travelers, which will split into two groups for the walk. WAI will apply for a Mexico IVV walk stamp. Included in the trip are round-trip transportation with private bus to the border and public trolley on the return, walk stamp fee, local guide service, and WAI guide service. Estimated price: $95 per person. A minimum of 20 participants required.

Food/Walking Tour of Historic Gaslamp Quarter Excursion
Cuisine is one of our favorite ways to connect with a new culture or town, and San Diego has a renowned collection of high quality and widely-varied eateries. Our hotel is just a few blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, which houses the greatest concentration of these fabulous fooderies. This tour explores the historic Gaslamp Quarter with stops to chow down at four local restaurants. Along the way a San Diego local shares colorful and nostalgic stories of the Gaslamp Quarter, from its days as a lusty 19th century seaport, to its expansion after the opening of the Panama Canal, to its development as a major city during its campaign to become the Gibraltar of the Pacific, with the building of seven U.S. naval bases in the early 20th century.

The Historic Gaslamp Quarter experience is offered on Day 1 (November 8). If we receive enough interest, we’ll offer this excursion on Day 5 (November 12) as well. The food tour is 2-3 hours long with about 3-4 kilometers (2-3 miles) of walking. Estimated price: $79 per person. A minimum of 10 participants is required.

Walk Pace & Difficulty

For those of you participating in the walk program, we generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the squaremouth.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.

Other options include:

  • Allianz – (866) 884-3556
  • Betins – (866) 552-8834
  • Travel Guard – (800) 826-4919
  • Travel Insured International – (800) 243-3174

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice flyer will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing packet about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.