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Program #11376RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Nov 4 — Nov 9, 2012

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 04 - Check-in, Registration, and Orientation at the ho...
Afternoon: Afternoon-check-in at the hotel is at 3:00 and Road Scholar registration is in the lobby between 5 and 6.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation. Meet & greet your fellow participants and your coordinator as the group goes over the program materials and finalized schedule for the week.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 05 - Savannah's Historical Splendor.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: In this morning's lecture, discuss the fascinating aspects of Savannah's history, led by Savannah's very own 14th-generation Southerner, Historian Paul Blatner!

Lunch: Lunch at The Gryphon Restaurant, an architectural gem of a dining room that originally served as an Apothecary.

Afternoon: Participants will delight in the warm hospitality and relaxed pace of the old South during an expert-led walking adventure of the Historic District. From festive River Street, through Savannah's 22 enchanting squares, to lovely Forsyth Park with her trademark fountain, moss-covered oaks, and garden-like atmosphere, discover all this coastal jewel has to offer. Some points of interest may include majestic St. John's Cathedral and the Thomas Levy House, a museum home which is also a private residence.

Dinner: Dinner at Vic's on the River. The building that houses the restaurant dates back to 1858; during the War Between the States, part of General Sherman's Army occupied the building & the main dining room showcases a map that was hand-drawn by Union soldiers detailing Sherman’s march from Tennessee through Georgia.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 06 - Explore Savannah's Notable People and Places.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Discover one of Savannah's remarkable families, the Gordons on a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.

Lunch: Lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a Savannah institution that locals and visitors alike line up to experience true, home-made southern dishes.

Afternoon: Visit with General James Oglethorpe - from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters of that time period, General Oglethorpe comes to life and relays the first years of the "Georgia Experiment."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a restaurant in the historic district.

Evening: Explore Massie Heritage Center. Take a lesson in Savannah's history and architecture during an interactive experience at the site of Savannah's first public school.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 07 - Savor Southern Savannah.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Low country cooking with a local, "seasoned" chef - experience an interactive cooking class where the menu includes timeless southern favorites as well as fun, wit, and very useful culinary tips!

Lunch: Lunch with the chef - enjoy the results of the morning class.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Optional included dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 08 - Music and Culture in Savannah.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: An entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer. Learn about our beloved musical icon as you sing along (or just tap your toe if you prefer!) with our talented Kim Polote Trio.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: In an afternoon field trip, discover more about Savannah's people and their culture during visit to the historic Isaiah Davenport House, which was the catalyst in the founding of the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Dinner: Enjoy a final dinner with fellow participants at the hotel.

Evening: Evening entertainment. Enjoy a final lecture/presentation on Savannah history & culture by one of our talented instructors.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 09 - Program wrap-up.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a final musical presentation led by gifted lecturer/musician, Mr. Jamie Keena and program wrap-up with the group and coordinator, Paul Blatner.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Savannah, GA
General OverviewMuseum examples, Savannah History Museum, Davenport House, Andrew Low House, Juliette Gordon Low House, Owens-Thomas House, Green-Meldrim House, Telfair Museum of Art, Ships of the Sea Museum, Ralph Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Mighty 8th Airforce Heritage Museum, Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski, Tybee Lighthouse, City Market and River Street-examples of historic churches include Temple Mickve Israel, First African Baptist and St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic-examples of historic cemeteries include Bonaventure, Colonial and Laurel Grove-examples of wildlife and bird watching include the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Skidaway Island Aquarium, Bamboo Farm,and Wormsloe Historic Site, the Oatland Island Education Center, the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Nature Center-Savannah also offers the Roundhouse Railroad Museum.
For additional information, visit: www.savannahchamber.com

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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