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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Richmond's Jewels: Mansions, Monuments and Masterpieces

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Program #9332RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.

Itinerary for Oct 14 — Oct 19, 2012

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Richmond's River District, this former historic bank is now a secluded small hotel, beautifully renovated, and just a short walk from many popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol district, Virginia Commonwealth University and the exciting downtown whitewater and falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3736 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, coffeepot, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Facility amenities: Business center, fitness room, outdoor courtyard, free parking, free passes to nearby YMCA

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: VCU/State employee rate
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rate varies by year and is based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 14 - Welcome to Richmond!/Orientation
Afternoon: Registration is in the hotel lobby from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Register for your room at the hotel desk. Register for the program at the Road Scholar desk.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel

Evening: Orientation and introductions

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Downtown Richmond

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Richmond's River District, this former historic bank is now a secluded small hotel, beautifully renovated, and just a short walk from many popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol district, Virginia Commonwealth University and the exciting downtown whitewater and falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3736 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, coffeepot, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Facility amenities: Business center, fitness room, outdoor courtyard, free parking, free passes to nearby YMCA

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: VCU/State employee rate
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rate varies by year and is based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 15 - Class/State Capitol/St. John's Church
Breakfast: In the hotel

Morning: This is a sample schedule. Classes and field trips may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' schedules. Class this morning explores the history, development and architecture of Richmond.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Today's field trip begins with a visit to the State Capitol, which was designed by Jefferson and which has many well-known monuments on its grounds. Jefferson's design was inspired by the Maison Caree in Nimes, France, and classical Roman temple design. Houdon's famous marble statue of George Washington stands in the center of the Capitol's Rotunda. Then we'll travel to St. John's Church, where we'll learn its history and importance as the setting for the Second Virginia Convention in which Patrick Henry made his famous "Liberty or Death" speech. There are approximately 12 steps up to the churchyard at St John's, and there is also handicap access. We'll return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel or at a local restaurant

Evening: Class: Richmond's Greatest Jewel, the Capitol

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Downtown Richmond

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Richmond's River District, this former historic bank is now a secluded small hotel, beautifully renovated, and just a short walk from many popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol district, Virginia Commonwealth University and the exciting downtown whitewater and falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3736 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, coffeepot, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Facility amenities: Business center, fitness room, outdoor courtyard, free parking, free passes to nearby YMCA

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: VCU/State employee rate
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rate varies by year and is based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 16 - Valentine Richmond History Center/Museum and Whit...
Valentine Richmond History Center/Museum and White House of the Confederacy

Breakfast: In the hotel

Morning: Field trip to the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. The Museum's rich collection of artifacts encompasses thousands of rare objects and artwork, and a wide range of military items that includes uniforms, weaponry and flags. The adjacent White House, which we'll also visit, was the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the War.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Field trip to Valentine Richmond History Center. Known for its first 100 years as the Valentine Museum. Guided tour includes the restored Wickham House (1812), exhibits on the history of the city, and recreated displays from the 1890s. We'll return to the hotel just before dinner. .

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel

Evening: Class: Highlights of Richmond’s art and monuments

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Downtown Richmond

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Richmond's River District, this former historic bank is now a secluded small hotel, beautifully renovated, and just a short walk from many popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol district, Virginia Commonwealth University and the exciting downtown whitewater and falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3736 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, coffeepot, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Facility amenities: Business center, fitness room, outdoor courtyard, free parking, free passes to nearby YMCA

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: VCU/State employee rate
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rate varies by year and is based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 17 - Civil War Richmond/Free afternoon
Breakfast: In the hotel

Morning: Class: "Confederate Richmond" Learn about Civil War Richmond and its history as the Capital of the Confederacy.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel

Afternoon: Your time is your own this afternoon - to visit with old and new friends, to explore attractions in Richmond, to go shopping...whatever your pleasure! We'll be happy to provide suggestions and give you directions and maps.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel

Evening: Class on Richmond history, famous people, landmarks.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Downtown Richmond

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Richmond's River District, this former historic bank is now a secluded small hotel, beautifully renovated, and just a short walk from many popular attractions, restaurants, the State Capitol district, Virginia Commonwealth University and the exciting downtown whitewater and falls of the James River.

Contact info:
201 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3736 USA
phone: 804-788-1600
web: www.hiexpress.com/richmonddtwn

Room amenities: TV with cable, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, coffeepot, free wireless high speed internet, free telephone, refrigerator and microwave

Facility amenities: Business center, fitness room, outdoor courtyard, free parking, free passes to nearby YMCA

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: VCU/State employee rate
Advance registration required and stay is based on availability. Road Scholar rate varies by year and is based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 18 - Wilton House/Maymont/the Virginia Museum of Fine ...
Breakfast: In the hotel

Morning: Field trip to Wilton House and Maymont. Both are located in Richmond on the banks of the James River. Wilton House plantation, home of the wealthy Randolph family, is Georgian-style architecture that is distinctly American and Virginian. The House was the centerpiece of a 2000-acre plantation. Access to the 2nd floor is only by steps; no elevator. Maymont is an 1890s mansion set in landscaped grounds that are today a park. The lower level has been restored to show the upstairs/downstairs workings of the house, and all the furnishings are preserved, including surprising exotica.

Lunch: Lunch at the art museum

Afternoon: Our next stop will be the splendid Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which recently re-opened after four years of renovation and expansion. The VMFA is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the US, displaying more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. Important patrons have included Paul Mellon and Sydney and Frances Lewis. Explore numerous permanent galleries connected by walkways across a 4-story atrium. The VMFA also contains a sculpture garden, reflecting pools, focus galleries for changing exhibits, a cafe, a restaurant, and a museum shop. Information on special exhibits, collections and upcoming events is at www.vmfa.museum

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel or at a local restaurant

Evening: Entertainment for your enjoyment

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Downtown Richmond

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 19 - Class
Breakfast: In the hotel

Morning: Final class on Richmond history and culture is followed by early lunch at 11:30 am. Your program ends after lunch. Room check-out is 12:00 noon.

Lunch: Program ends after early lunch in the hotel. Check out time is 12 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
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