2003 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Tours & Excursions

March 2–6 · 2003 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · San Diego, California



The Meeting Manager has been designated the official tour company for the 2003 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The following tours are scheduled for your enjoyment. Tours will depart from the San Diego Convention Center outside of Hall A. You may reserve the tour(s) of your choice in advance by completing the tour registration form.


Please complete the form and mail or FAX along with payment to:

The Meeting Manager
2437 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 275-4012

Tickets will not be mailed in advance. Upon arrival in San Diego, your tickets will be ready for you to pick up at the Tour Desk located near the conference registration desk at the San Diego Convention Center. In order to guarantee operation of tours, please make your reservations by the tour registration closing date of February 17, 2003.

Gaslamp QuarterCITY TOUR

Date: Monday, March 3, 2003
Time: 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Cost: $31.00 per person

San Diego is known as ‘America’s finest City’, and this customized tour will highlight the many reasons why. This tour is a great way to introduce guests to San Diego.

This tour will educate quests on the history of San Diego and charm guests with its beauty. Areas featured include Coronado Island, home of the Hotel Del Coronado; the Embarcadero (Spanish for “the landing”) where guests will see Navy Ships side-by-side; the Old World charm of the Gaslamp District; the rich history of Old Town, where San Diego was first founded in the 1700’s; and the beauty and cultural wealth of Balboa Park.

If shopping is on the agenda, guests will stop at one of the areas’ shops and boutiques. Pending tour logistics, we will select from downtown’s architecturally unique Horton Plaza, the waterfront’s Seaport Village, or elegant La Jolla.


Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Time: 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Cost: $65.00 per person

San Diego ZooThe World Famous San Diego Zoo is home to more than 1,600 animals and 6,500 plant species, each ready to welcome guest when they pass through the entrance gates.

A day at the zoo offers a myriad of possibilities for getting to know the animals. Guests may choose to get an overview on board a 35-minute narrated bus safari, which encompasses 80% of the Zoo’s sprawling canyons and mesas. This is a fabulous way to meet a variety of animals, ranging form the tallest giraffes to the smallest meerkat. Guest may also proceed on foot and catch a ride back on the Skifari Tram that offers great views of the Zoo and Balboa Park.

What sets the San Diego Zoo apart is that it is also a certified botanical garden. Featured attractions include the elusive and cuddly Pandas; Tiger River; The Polar Bear Plunge; Gorilla Tropics; and Ituri Forest. The zoo has something for everyone. Come and talk with the animals!


Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Time: 8:45 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $61.00 per person

Whales are truly one of the most special creatures on our planet; the opportunity to view them closely is unique and becoming more rare with each passing year. San Diego is lucky to play host to these majestic mammals every winter. Guest will experience the excitement on a whale watching expedition just offshore in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Each year the graceful gray whales leave their home in the Bering Straits of Alaska and head for the warm waters off Baja California, Mexico. More than 15,000 whales make the journey and as many as 200 a day have been counted during peak season. During the cruise, the ship’s captain will discuss the whales’ migration habits and biological characteristics, allowing a better understanding of these beautiful creatures.

This is truly an unforgettable adventure that will create memories for years to come!


Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Time: 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Cost: $82.00 per person (box lunch is included)

Temecule Valley is Southern California’s celebrated Wine Country. Vistas of rolling hills are covered with uniquely designed wineries and vineyards. The blend of cool summer nights and a gap in the coastal mountain range allow the breezes from the Pacific Ocean to flow into the valley, creating a climate similar to the wine regions of Southern France.

The excursion will include a tour at one winery and tasting at two wineries. Wineries selected may include: Callaway Vineyard and Winery, the region’s largest and most modern premium wine producer; Thornton Winery, whose champagne was chosen as one of the 1988 Presidential Inaugural champagnes; Mt. Palomar Winery, which produces a cream sherry in the old Spanish tradition; Cilurzo Winery, grower of Petite Sirah grapes; and Maurice Carrie Winery, producer of 14 different varieties. Guests will enjoy samplings of California’s award-winning wines at these boutique wineries, each featuring their unique specialties.


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