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The James River Plantations and Their Culture

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Program #4317RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Welcome to Richmond! Check-in is 3:30 PM for your hotel room, at the hotel's lobby desk. Road Scholar registration is 3:30-5:00 PM - look for us at a table in the hotel lobby..

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Orientation and introductions.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Class/Tuckahoe Plantation/Sacred Heart Cathedral
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: We make every effort to keep our schedules as we've listed them here. However, sometimes we may have to modify time of day or the day itself to fit an instructor's availability. Please be aware that there may not be a free afternoon in this program; there is one free evening, and you will have time to relax each day, but there is no large block of free time in the afternoons. Our first class of the program gives an overview of Richmond's history, architecture and plantations.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: Our first field trip is a unique opportunity to visit the privately-owed Tuckahoe Plantation, boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. Tuckahoe, 25 minutes west of downtown, has been the location for movies and TV documentaries. Founded in 1733 by the Randolf family in the era of great plantations, Tuckahoe is still privately-owned and remains one of the most complete plantations in America. This location is not barrier-free -- you will be walking on uneven, grassy terrain. On the way back to the hotel, we'll visit another Richmond treasure, Sacred Heart Cathedral, built at the beginning of the 20th century and considered to be Virginia's finest ecclesiastical example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Surrounded by The Fan and the Monroe Park district of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Cathedral is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Learn about the lifestyle, culture and traditions at 18th and 19th century plantations.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

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

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Class/Walking field trip to the Jefferson Hotel
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Class: "Art Nouveau and La Belle Epoch" focuses on an important art movement, and some of the history, legends and legendary individuals in the Gilded Age.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: Enjoy a three-block walk to our tour of the fabulous Jefferson Hotel. Commissioned by entrepreneur Lewis Ginter, the Jefferson Hotel opened in 1895 to host the wedding of the famous Charles Dana Gibson to the Belle of the South (and of Richmond), Irene Langhorne. As a centerpiece for the upper Palm Court lobby, Ginter commissioned sculptor Edward Valentine to create a life-sized marble statue of Thomas Jefferson. This elegant hotel is one of just a handful of 5-star, 5-diamond hotels in North America.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Class: Learn about the history and architecture of the Capitol of Virginia, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson, Virginia's second governor.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

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

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Field trips to the Virginia State Capitol, the Jo...
Field trips to the Virginia State Capitol, the John Marshall House, Monument Avenue, The Fan, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: This morning's field trip begins with a visit to Virginia's State Capitol, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson and which has many well-known monuments on its grounds. Jefferson's design was inspired by the Maison Caree in Nimes, France as well as classical Roman temple design. Houdon's famous marble statue of George Washington graces the center of the Capitol's rotunda. We'll have an interesting lecture and then explore this building with Capitol historians. Next, we'll visit the John Marshall House, an outstanding example of Federal architecture that retains most of its original features. Built in 1790 and located near the Capitol, the Marshall House contains a rich collection of family-owned furnishings and a large collection of Marshall memorabilia. The intimate courtyard garden has plants and herbs that were popular in Marshall's time. This is not a barrier-free location: there are several sets of steps, but no elevators.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: Our field trip this afternoon begins with a trip down Richmond's grandest boulevard, Monument Avenue, where we'll view monuments to Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and Arthur Ashe. Monument Avenue and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are both located in Richmond's Fan District, which holds one of the nation's largest collections of Victorian architecture. Our next stop will be one of Richmond's treasures that contains treasures of its own: the splendid Museum of Fine Arts, which recently re-opened after four years of renovation and expansion. The VMFA is now one of the top ten comprehensive art museums in the US, displaying more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. Explore numerous permanent galleries connected by a 4-story atrium designed by London-born architect, who now resides in Oregon. The VMFA also contains a sculpture garden, reflecting pools, focus galleries for changing exhibits, a cafe and a restaurant, and a museum shop. Information on special exhibits, collections and upcoming events is at www.vmfa.museum

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: A free evening to explore other locations in Richmond or spend time with new (or old) friends.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

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

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Field trip to Berkeley and Shirley Plantations an...
Field trip to Berkeley and Shirley Plantations and lunch at a local tavern

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: All day field trip by coach to Berkeley and Shirley plantations in Charles City, approximately 45 minutes' travel. Explore the plantation mansions and grounds. The Georgian-style Berkeley was home to William Henry Harrison ("Tippecanoe"), who became the 9th U.S. President, and his grandson Benjamin, who was the 23rd President. Shirley, Virginia's oldest plantation, is recognized as an architectural treasure. Shirley has a 3-story "flying" staircase that is the only one of its kind in America.

Lunch: Lunch at a local country tavern

Afternoon: Shirley and Berkeley plantations are located on the James River. Cameras are not permitted in the Houses. The plantation grounds have limited barrier-free access, with grassy, uneven terrain

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: You won't want to miss the entertainment tonight, which has music typical of early Virginia. You'll learn a lot of history, too...and some really tall tales. How will you know which ones to believe?

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Morning class, lunch and departure
Depart From: Departure after morning class and lunch.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Enjoy the final program class on Richmond History, Architecture and Plantations

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel and departure

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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