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Program #12085RJ
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.
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.
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Elevation Note
Train travels over the Sierra, elevation 7200' to Reno, elevation 4500'

Itinerary for Jan 27 — Feb 1, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Newly-renovated Hyatt Regency Sacramento is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, across from the State Capitol and adjacent to the Sacramento Convention Center. Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the stylish guest rooms include oversize showers and plush Grand BedsTM and 42" HDTV's. Stay connected with complimentary WIFI access in the renovated lobby. Soak up the California sunshine at Sacramento's only resort-style pool.

Contact info:
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-321-3550
web: http://www.sacramento.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sacramento/index.jsp

Room amenities: • 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels, and pay-per view movies • Wireless high-speed Internet access (Fee) • Voice mail, dual-line telephone with data port • Iron, ironing board & individual climate control • In-room safe • Hyatt Grand Bed,™ turndown service available upon request • Full bath amenities and hair dryer • Bathrobes for Regency Club® • iHome® alarm clock radio • Workstation with ergonomic chair

Facility amenities: 1-800-CHEC K-IN® • Multilingual staff & Concierge services • Business center & currency exchange • Assisted listening devices • Safe-deposit boxes at front desk • Dry Cleaning and laundry services • Valet parking, covered parking Hyatt StayFit™ gym—featuring state-of-the-art Life Fitness® cardio equipment and weights, lockers, and showers • Pool—Large outdoor free-form swimming pool and whirlpool, heated year-round and surrounded by lush landscaping • Nearby attractions—championship golf, river rafting, biking, fishing, and hiking • On site spa services •Vines Café—Breakfast, lunch and seasonal outdoor dining • Dawson’s—Serving premium grade steak, seafood and locally sourced ingredients • Amourath 1819—Stylish lounge and outdoor patio

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing - see below
Contact Brenda Kirian, Director of Sales, at 916.321.3550 to make arrangements for pre/post night stays. Let her know you are with the Road Scholar group so you can remain in the same room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 27 - Check in to hotel, register for the program, refr...
Check in to hotel, register for the program, refreshment social, dinner, orientation, get-acquainted

Arrive To: Check in after 4 p.m. and register for your program in the hotel lobby.

Dinner: Refreshment social and dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Orientation/get-acquainted program in the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Newly-renovated Hyatt Regency Sacramento is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, across from the State Capitol and adjacent to the Sacramento Convention Center. Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the stylish guest rooms include oversize showers and plush Grand BedsTM and 42" HDTV's. Stay connected with complimentary WIFI access in the renovated lobby. Soak up the California sunshine at Sacramento's only resort-style pool.

Contact info:
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-321-3550
web: http://www.sacramento.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sacramento/index.jsp

Room amenities: • 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels, and pay-per view movies • Wireless high-speed Internet access (Fee) • Voice mail, dual-line telephone with data port • Iron, ironing board & individual climate control • In-room safe • Hyatt Grand Bed,™ turndown service available upon request • Full bath amenities and hair dryer • Bathrobes for Regency Club® • iHome® alarm clock radio • Workstation with ergonomic chair

Facility amenities: 1-800-CHEC K-IN® • Multilingual staff & Concierge services • Business center & currency exchange • Assisted listening devices • Safe-deposit boxes at front desk • Dry Cleaning and laundry services • Valet parking, covered parking Hyatt StayFit™ gym—featuring state-of-the-art Life Fitness® cardio equipment and weights, lockers, and showers • Pool—Large outdoor free-form swimming pool and whirlpool, heated year-round and surrounded by lush landscaping • Nearby attractions—championship golf, river rafting, biking, fishing, and hiking • On site spa services •Vines Café—Breakfast, lunch and seasonal outdoor dining • Dawson’s—Serving premium grade steak, seafood and locally sourced ingredients • Amourath 1819—Stylish lounge and outdoor patio

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing - see below
Contact Brenda Kirian, Director of Sales, at 916.321.3550 to make arrangements for pre/post night stays. Let her know you are with the Road Scholar group so you can remain in the same room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 28 - Field trip to the state capitol, Old Town, and th...
Field trip to the state capitol, Old Town, and the California Railroad Museum. Evening class on Sacramento history.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full, hot American Breakfast Buffet.

Morning: Board the motor coach for a field trip to the Capitol building with our local on-board instructor. The building was constructed in the neoclassical style between 1861 and 1874 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1973, view Sutter's Fort and visit historic Old Town.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the California State Railroad Museum.The transcontinental and Sacramento Valley railroads began in Old Sacramento. The 100,000-square-foot museum is the finest and most visited of its kind in North America, displaying 21 restored locomotives and cars, 1,000 fantastic toy trains, all-new exhibits highlighting the human face of the railroad and the "Lost Spike."

Dinner: We enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Our evening program is a delightful presentation on Sacramento's history with our instructor in period costume.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

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

Description: Harrah's Reno is a full-service resort located in downtown Reno within walking distance of the Amtrak Train Station. They offer valet, self-parking and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. They have a full spa, gym and pool as well as a full salon.

Contact info:
219 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89504 USA
phone: 800-423-1121
web: www.harrahs.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, pay-per-view movies, dry cleaning and laundry services available, complimentary valet/garage parking, coffee makers, blow dryers, Nintendo Entertainment system, dataports, 24-hour room service.

Facility amenities: Casino, full spa, gym, pool and a full salon. Multiple restaurants and showroom entertainment.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, January 29 - Board the train to travel across the Sierra to Re...
Board the train to travel across the Sierra to Reno, lunch on the train, docent narration

Breakfast: Enjoy the hotel's full, hot American Breakfast Buffet

Morning: We transfer by motorcoach to the nearby Amtrak Depot. Welcome aboard the California Zephyr for your travel adventure to Reno, NV. While on board, you'll be experiencing the utmost in train travel, along with some of California's most spectacular scenery.

Lunch: Eat lunch on the train with your choice of the dining car or snack bar.

Afternoon: We arrive in Reno at the newly renovated train depot across from our hotel. As early as the 1850s a few pioneers settled in the Truckee Meadows, a relatively fertile valley through which the Truckee River made its way from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. In addition to subsistence farming, these early residents could pick up a bit of business from travellers along the California Trail, which followed the Truckee westward, before branching off towards Donner Lake, where the formidable obstacle of the Sierras began. Reno is home to a variety of recreation activities both seasonal and year-round. In the summer, Reno locals can boat, fish, water ski and swim in one of the three major bodies of water: Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Winter brings opportunities for skiing-both downhill and cross country, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Dinner: We enjoy a buffet dinner at Harrah's.

Evening: Free time to relax after a busy day.

Lodging: Harrah's Reno

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

Description: Harrah's Reno is a full-service resort located in downtown Reno within walking distance of the Amtrak Train Station. They offer valet, self-parking and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. They have a full spa, gym and pool as well as a full salon.

Contact info:
219 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89504 USA
phone: 800-423-1121
web: www.harrahs.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, pay-per-view movies, dry cleaning and laundry services available, complimentary valet/garage parking, coffee makers, blow dryers, Nintendo Entertainment system, dataports, 24-hour room service.

Facility amenities: Casino, full spa, gym, pool and a full salon. Multiple restaurants and showroom entertainment.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, January 30 - Field trip to Carson City, Nevada's capital, visi...
Field trip to Carson City, Nevada's capital, visit Nevada State Museum, continue to Virginia City, evening class on the Donner Party

Breakfast: Full, hot breakfast buffet in the hotel meeting room.

Morning: We board our motor coach for field trip to Carson City where we visit the Nevada State Capitol Building. For many years after its 1870 construction, Nevada's capitol building stood a lonely vigil in the center of Carson City. Grounds for the capitol complex had been set aside by town father Abe Curry, but Nevada started out small, and the need for big government had not developed. Now, more than 130 years later, the building is still used, standing as a testament to the foresight of Nevada's founding fathers The Nevada State Museum was originally erected in 1870 as the U.S. Mint, which coined more than $49,000,000 until 1893. The museum hosts about 250,000 visitors each year and has become famous for exhibits such as The Chinese Experience, the Dat So La Lee Washoe Indian baskets and Coin Press No. 1. Nevada's wildlife is also featured, namely the ubiquitous coyote, elusive mountain lion, majestic golden eagle, bothersome badger and the mischievous black bear. The silver dining service from the USS Nevada battleship, fashioned with silver from the Tonopah mine and gold from Goldfield, is also on display.

Lunch: We eat a delicious lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Our motor coach heads for historic Virginia City. Virginia City was the most important city in the western United States, a place where you could still find fortune and glory. Gold and silver buried in the mountain at one time attracted people from the world over. Follow in the footsteps of the Bonanza Kings, the mine owners who played an important role in shaping America’s economy. Step back in time on a guided visit of the 4th Ward School an authentically preserved 1876 Victorian school building. Sit in the same wooden desks as the children and teachers did from 1876 to 1936 and learn about the unique features of this educational institution. Re-live great moments in theatre in a guided exploration of Piper's Opera House and discover the place where Mark Twain took his pen name and began his writing career.

Dinner: We are served a delicious banquet dinner in the hotel meeting room.

Evening: Our evening speaker tells the fascinating story of the Donner Party.

Lodging: Harrah's Reno

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

Description: Newly-renovated Hyatt Regency Sacramento is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, across from the State Capitol and adjacent to the Sacramento Convention Center. Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the stylish guest rooms include oversize showers and plush Grand BedsTM and 42" HDTV's. Stay connected with complimentary WIFI access in the renovated lobby. Soak up the California sunshine at Sacramento's only resort-style pool.

Contact info:
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-321-3550
web: http://www.sacramento.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sacramento/index.jsp

Room amenities: • 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels, and pay-per view movies • Wireless high-speed Internet access (Fee) • Voice mail, dual-line telephone with data port • Iron, ironing board & individual climate control • In-room safe • Hyatt Grand Bed,™ turndown service available upon request • Full bath amenities and hair dryer • Bathrobes for Regency Club® • iHome® alarm clock radio • Workstation with ergonomic chair

Facility amenities: 1-800-CHEC K-IN® • Multilingual staff & Concierge services • Business center & currency exchange • Assisted listening devices • Safe-deposit boxes at front desk • Dry Cleaning and laundry services • Valet parking, covered parking Hyatt StayFit™ gym—featuring state-of-the-art Life Fitness® cardio equipment and weights, lockers, and showers • Pool—Large outdoor free-form swimming pool and whirlpool, heated year-round and surrounded by lush landscaping • Nearby attractions—championship golf, river rafting, biking, fishing, and hiking • On site spa services •Vines Café—Breakfast, lunch and seasonal outdoor dining • Dawson’s—Serving premium grade steak, seafood and locally sourced ingredients • Amourath 1819—Stylish lounge and outdoor patio

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for pricing - see below
Contact Brenda Kirian, Director of Sales, at 916.321.3550 to make arrangements for pre/post night stays. Let her know you are with the Road Scholar group so you can remain in the same room.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 31 - Motor coach returns to Sacramento with lunch stop...
Motor coach returns to Sacramento with lunch stop at Lake Tahoe and visit to Donner State Park Museum, dinner on the Delta King

Breakfast: Full, hot breakfast buffet in the hotel meeting room.

Morning: Board our motor coach for the return trip to Sacramento. We travel to the north shore of incredible Lake Tahoe-an Alpine lake with clear, azure-blue waters-the second deepest in North America. It was originally named “Dao w a ga” by a Washoe tribe of Native Americans. Pioneers who arrived later mispronounced the name as “Da ow,” which eventually evolved into Tahoe. “Dao w a ga” originally meant Edge of Lake. Throughout history, Lake Tahoe has been called by many names, including Lake Bigler after the California governor, Bonpland after a French botanist and Mountain Lake, until 1945, when Lake Tahoe became its official name.

Lunch: Time for a delightful lunch at a restaurant on the shores of the lake with a great view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Afternoon: Back on board our motor coach we head for Donner Memorial State Park for a visit to the Emigrant Trail Museum to view exhibits and artifacts that depict the history of the area and the people who came into this part of the Sierra, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders of the transcontinental railroad. Then we follow the old highway over Donner Summit to imagine what it would have been like for the pioneers crossing this formidable Sierra pass. To reach California from the East, pioneer emigrants had to get their wagons over the Sierra. In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party followed the Truckee River up into the mountains. At the head of what is now called Donner Lake, they found a low notch in the mountains and thus became the first overland emigrants to use the pass. The pass received its name, however, from another group of California-bound emigrants. In early November 1846, the Donner Party found the route blocked by snow and was forced to spend the winter on the eastern side of the mountains. Of the 81 emigrants, only 45 survived to reach California; some of them resorted to cannibalism to survive.

Dinner: We return to our Sacramento hotel then on to the Delta King for a delicious dinner. The historic Delta King riverboat is a completely renovated, historic 1920’s riverboat that plied the Sacramento River between Sacramento and San Francisco from 1927 to 1940. The Delta King and her sister ship the Delta Queen were the finest paddle wheelers of the day; offering charm, grace, elegance, fine dining and live entertainment. Today, the icon of Sacramento is permanently moored in downtown Old Sacramento.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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Sacramento, CA
General OverviewWhile the field trip will include several of the main attractions in the city, there are numerous museums and shopping districts within short distances from the hotel and easily accessible by public transportation. The Sacramento Convention and Visitor's Bureau website provides additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.discovergold.org
Reno
Reno, NVReno has a multitude of cultural activities, as well as outdoor activites and is home to many quality shows. For more information, Harrah's Reno Hotel conceirge service can provide current show and ticket information. The Reno-Tahoe Visitor's Bureau is a good source of information about area activities and attractions.
For additional information, visit: www.visitrenotahoe.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.

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