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Program #19583RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 30 — Jul 11, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 30 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, I...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introduction to the Pacific Northwest & Portland, City of Roses

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that we'll review during orientation.

ORIENTATION: From 4:00-5:00pm, we'll have greetings, introductions to your fellow participants and program staff. We'll also review the up-to-date schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer any questions.



Dinner: We'll enjoy a relaxing dinner at Charley's in the Courtyard Marriott.

Evening: Introduction to the Pacific Northwest. We begin our journey of discovery in the beautiful City of Roses, just 70 miles from the ocean in a magnificent setting between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. In this evening’s presentation, our expert weaves together the strands of history, culture, and aspects of contemporary life. There is no doubt that the region known as the Pacific Northwest is one of the most distinctive and beautiful in the country.



Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 01 - Portland's Gardens, Urban Art & Architecture, Mic...
Portland's Gardens, Urban Art & Architecture, Microbrewery/Public Art Lecture

Breakfast: We'll start the day off right with a full buffet breakfast which includes eggs and omelets cooked to order, potatoes, crisp bacon, sausage, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold cereals, hot oatmeal, a selection of pastries and breads, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: Portland, one of the region’s jewels, is known as "the City of Roses" due to its lush gardens and has been called the “greenest” (i.e., most environmentally friendly) city in America.

At the International Rose Test Garden, enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Hood, as well as an expansive collection of rare, unique and beautiful roses. An expert will guide us through these magnificent gardens which were established in 1917 to serve as a safe haven during World War I for hybrid roses grown in Europe. The gardens which are typically in bloom in June, have grown to include over 6,800 rose bushes representing 557 varieties. Make sure you visit the themed gardens as well...the Shakespeare Garden and the Miniature Rose Garden.

Next we'll take a trip through time and learn about Chinese culture, history and way of thinking at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Their mission is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate the global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.

Our docent guides our examination of the garden’s living collections that present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms including more than 90 specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature collections that include Magnolia, Cymbidium, Camellia, Osmanthus, Rhododendron and bamboo — all within a one block area inside Portland's China town.

Lunch: Lunch is at the popular Portland City Grill, a downtown Portland restaurant located near the top of Portland's second tallest building with wonderful views of the surrounding area.

Afternoon: We'll take a leisurely walk through the streets of downtown Portland with a local expert who will guide us through some of the finest of the city's unique art and architecture. See and learn about tidbits many Portland residents may not even know!

Among its many innovations, Portland has become one of the great beer destinations in the U.S. It has so many brewpubs and microbreweries that it has been called "Munich on the Willamette."

We will visit McMenamins Edgefield, built in 1911 as a county poor farm. The historic building has been carefully restored into a European style hotel, with two restaurants, pubs and bars, winery, brewery, distillery, golf course, gardens, spa and a movie theatre. Enjoy the history tour of the building, followed by a brewery tour. You will have some time to explore this fascinating piece of history on your own.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in one of the private banquet rooms of McMenamins.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, we'll have a special presentation on the public art found so commonly around Portland.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Red Lion Hotel is walking distance to Seattle’s exciting shopping, theaters, museums, cultural landmarks, and attractions, including the Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Pioneer Square, Benaroya Hall, Pacific Science Center, Key Arena, 5th Avenue Theatre and the classic Paramount Theatre.

Contact info:
1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: This hotel includes 297 smoke-free guest rooms, pillowtop king and queen beds, free high-speed wireless Internet access, large work desks, flat screen TV, alarm clocks, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer and full-length mirror.

Facility amenities: Hotel includes 24-hour business center (additional services such as fax and Internet service are available for a reasonable fee), cardiovascular and training equipment, workout, yoga and Pilates mats, wall-to-ceiling mirrors, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, water station and towels.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call hotel directly for rate
Call toll free 1-855-515-1144 to book additional nights. Reservation hours are 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Three: Tuesday, July 02 - Columbia River Gorge & Multnomah Falls, Scenic Tr...
Breakfast: Another delightful breakfast at Charley's at the hotel: a full buffet breakfast which includes eggs and omelets cooked to order, potatoes, crisp bacon, sausage, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold cereals, hot oatmeal, a selection of pastries and breads, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: A local expert will guide our discovery of the Columbia River Gorge, a designated National Scenic Area — and spectacular geological wonder of outstanding natural beauty. The Columbia River is the second largest in North America and the gorge (canyon) it carved over millennia stretches more than 80 miles through the Cascade mountain range towards the Pacific Ocean. Its striking waterfalls include breathtaking Multnomah Falls, the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the country, dropping 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain.

Lunch: Our lunch will taste even better amid the backdrop of cascading Multnomah Falls. We'll dine at Multnomah Falls Lodge, located along the historic Columbia Gorge Highway. Built in 1925, the lodge provides authentic Northwest cuisine in a rustic, romantic setting with panoramic views.

Afternoon: From the Portland Amtrak station, we’ll depart on our train trip to Seattle. Sit back and relax aboard the Amtrak Cascades as it whisks you north with scenic views of the surrounding area. Upon arrival at Seattle’s King Street Station, a chartered coach will meet the train and transfer you to the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue for check-in and room assignments. You'll have some time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: We'll walk a few blocks to a popular Seattle restaurant to dine on Asian fare. After our late dinner, we'll head back to the hotel to relax and rejuvenate for our next day.

Lodging: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Red Lion Hotel is walking distance to Seattle’s exciting shopping, theaters, museums, cultural landmarks, and attractions, including the Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Pioneer Square, Benaroya Hall, Pacific Science Center, Key Arena, 5th Avenue Theatre and the classic Paramount Theatre.

Contact info:
1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: This hotel includes 297 smoke-free guest rooms, pillowtop king and queen beds, free high-speed wireless Internet access, large work desks, flat screen TV, alarm clocks, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer and full-length mirror.

Facility amenities: Hotel includes 24-hour business center (additional services such as fax and Internet service are available for a reasonable fee), cardiovascular and training equipment, workout, yoga and Pilates mats, wall-to-ceiling mirrors, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, water station and towels.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call hotel directly for rate
Call toll free 1-855-515-1144 to book additional nights. Reservation hours are 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Wednesday, July 03 - Olympic Sculpture Park, Chittenden Locks, City Bu...
Olympic Sculpture Park, Chittenden Locks, City Bus Excursion, Architecture Lecture

Breakfast: Enjoy a full buffet including hot and cold cereals, eggs, breakfast meats, toast, pancakes, pastry, fruit, juices, coffee, decaf, tea and milk.

Morning: After gathering in our meeting room to discuss today's activities, we'll head to the Olympic Sculpture Park. In this stunning project of the Seattle Art Museum, developed in association with the Trust for Public Land to preserve the city’s last remaining waterfront property, we’ll experience a variety of contemporary sculpture in an outdoor setting surrounded by the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Learn about the Park’s history, dynamic spaces, design and layout.

The next stop is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks — also known as the Ballard Locks for their location — provide a link for boats between saltwater Puget Sound and the freshwater canal connecting local lakes. The grounds feature the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, one of Seattle’s most beautiful park settings, and a fish ladder critical for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn.

Our expert guide will lead your walk along the locks, the botanical garden, and fish ladder. Learn about the history and operation of this engineering marvel as you observe boats, flowers, and swimming fish.

Lunch: Lunch is at a popular waterfront restaurant. Ferries cruise by, fireboats spray, seagulls squawk as we dine on tasty seafood such as chowder and delectable crab, complemented by hot sourdough bread (other choices also available).

Afternoon: We’ll drive through the lovely University of Washington campus to Volunteer Park, with its Olmsted-designed conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Founded in 1861 in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.

We'll stop at Volunteer Park, designed by the Olmstead Brothers, and then we'll explore the Conservatory and view the outstanding Asian art exhibits at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

You’ll have some time to relax and refresh at the hotel prior to dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy a lovely Northwest-inspired dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Learn more about Seattle's fascinating architecture from a University of Washington architecture professor who has deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for this topic.

Lodging: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandhotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless High Speed Internet.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a new restaurant, bar, a dry sauna, exercise room, business center, and a coin operated laundry. Complimentary local newspapers in each floor's foyer and in the restaurant. Same-day dry-cleaning is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, July 04 - Train to Vancouver, Granville Island, Stanley Par...
Breakfast: Because our train leaves early, we'll pick up a boxed breakfast at the hotel to eat en route to Vancouver, B.C.

Morning: We transfer to Amtrak's King Street station and board the train to Vancouver, following along salt water all the way. You’ll have great views of ferries, giant container ships, and green islands afloat in the blue of Puget Sound.

Lunch: After arriving at Pacific Central Station, we'll transfer by motorcoach to a local restaurant for lunch.

Afternoon: We'll begin our exploration of Vancouver on Granville Island, home to a thriving artistic community of painters, furniture makers, jewelers, and even a cobbler. See how a sandbar was transformed first into an industrial area then into a renowned public market.

Next, we'll explore historic Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre evergreen oasis near the downtown core with a natural West Coast atmosphere and backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock, and fir trees. Park landmarks include totem poles, monuments and sculptures, and a 5.5 mile seawall that encircles the entire park.

Dinner: We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel on this relaxing evening.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandhotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless High Speed Internet.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a new restaurant, bar, a dry sauna, exercise room, business center, and a coin operated laundry. Complimentary local newspapers in each floor's foyer and in the restaurant. Same-day dry-cleaning is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, July 05 - Lecture: "Towards a Sustainable Future," Discover...
Lecture: "Towards a Sustainable Future," Discover Vancouver: Gastown, Chinatown, Museum of Anthropology

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with selections such as sliced fresh fruit, yogurts, muffins (bran, banana, blueberry, etc.), whole wheat or white toast, scrambled eggs, assorted cold cereals (bran flakes, raisin bran, etc.), hot porridge, juice, coffee/tea.

Morning: Vancouver is part of a region known locally as the Salish Sea. You’ll learn about its history and historical precedents as well as the planning and sheer dumb luck that have enabled this city to achieve its status as one of the most “livable” cities in the world. Because everything the city does has an impact somewhere else, Vancouver is committed to being one of the most “sustainable” cities in the world.

We'll begin with an introductory lecture, "Towards a Sustainable Future — the Post War City," with your expert guide, who will lead you in an in-depth exploration of Vancouver's multi-faceted personality from past to present.

Then we'll get a first-hand look on a walking tour as your guide takes you through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods to gain fascinating (and occasionally offbeat) insights into the city's history, architecture, and people. Beginning with Gastown, the city’s birthplace, walk through this historic neighborhood, with much of its early architecture and character intact, and see how it is evolving into one of the cities newest residential areas.

We'll move on to Chinatown, with its rich culture and striking collection of designated heritage buildings recalling the contributions of early pioneers and leaders.

Lunch: After exploring one of North America's most important Chinatowns, we'll have a traditional "Dim Sum" lunch.

Afternoon: We'll spend the afternoon on a field trip to one of Vancouver's finest institutions, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia — a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, stimulating programming, vibrant exhibitions, world arts and cultures. Here you’ll gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia as you explore one of the world’s outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts.

Canada’s largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, renowned for providing insights into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. Meet with Anthropology students from the University for an introduction to the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Explore an outstanding collection of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Fish House in Stanley Park, set amid spectacular gardens and forests. The menu features a lovely variety of seafood options.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 180-066-3751 x5
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Guestrooms include comfortable lounge chairs, desk, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, mini fridge, complimentary highspeed wireless internet, free local calls, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: Business Services Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and Downtown Victoria daily Indoor Simming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) Highspeed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, July 06 - Ferry to Victoria, Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill ...
Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with selections such as sliced fresh fruit, yogurts, muffins (bran, banana, blueberry, etc.), whole wheat or white toast, scrambled eggs, assorted cold cereals (bran flakes, raisin bran, etc.), hot porridge, juice, coffee or tea.

Morning: After breakfast, we board a motorcoach to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen (just south of Vancouver) and take the ferry to the terminal just north of Victoria, British Columbia. The trip across the Strait of Georgia and through the Southern Gulf Islands is wonderfully scenic. Crossing time is approximately 1-1/2 hours.

Upon arrival at Vancouver Island, we'll meet a local historian, who will accompany us to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. After an introduction to the Gardens on the motorcoach, we'll arrive in time for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at Butchart Gardens will be boxed so you may eat at your leisure.

Afternoon: Enjoy a self-guided walk through one of the world's premier floral show gardens. Fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display are open to the public, offering spectacular views from the many paths that meander through the four main gardens. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times. Explore at your leisure the fabulous Gardens in all their seasonal glory.

Dinner: We'll enjoy a dinner on the wharf at Milestones Grill.

Evening: Mingle with new friends for an optional walk to Beacon Hill Park, just blocks from downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbor. The park has been a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility since 1882. It overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the principal outlet for the Georgia Strait and Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, that provides a portion of the international boundary between the Canada and the U.S.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The newly–remodeled Friday Harbor Suites is within walking distance of Friday Harbor's art galleries and shops.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-378-3031
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: The spacious and stylish one bedroom suites are beautifully furnished with your comfort in mind. All rooms are large comfortable one bedroom suites and feature an identical bedding configuration as follows: a separate bedroom with one Queen size bed; and a Queen-size sleeper sofa (with 7” mattress) in the living room. Other room amenities include a large living room with fireplace; kitchen (equipped with full size refrigerator, china and silverware, and microwave); private balcony/deck; and private bath with hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, Jacuzzi and business center with computers.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, July 07 - Old Town Victoria and Harbor, Royal British Colum...
Old Town Victoria and Harbor, Royal British Columbia Museum, Ferry to Friday Harbor

Breakfast: Full country breakfast buffet at Samuel's by the Park overlooking Thunderbird Park. Choose from selections such as bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits, potatoes, fresh baked muffins, Danish, croissants, toast, assorted cold and hot cereal, seasonal fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, orange juice, milk, coffee or tea.

Morning: Discover the rich history and culture of British Columbia’s capital and western Canada’s oldest city. We begin with an illustrated lecture that presents Victoria’s natural and human history from the time of the First Nations through the Hudson’s Bay Company, 19th-century gold rushes, and modern development.

Then, we’ll explore the historic chapel and restored gardens of St. Ann’s Academy’s, continuing on foot as we walk into Old Town and around the historic harbor. At the famous Empress Hotel, examine the gardens and learn about its intriguing history and royal visits. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today so you can sample local fare according to your personal preferences.

Afternoon: Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery. Here at one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world, learn about the history of generations of people who have prospered in the land we know as British Columbia. Join a museum guide for a private presentation on the First Peoples Gallery providing a dramatic glimpse into the Pacific Northwest and First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans. Discover the meaning of the totem poles, the intricate and mythic reasons behind their carved masks, as well as the different cultural groupings of First Nations peoples in the Victoria area.

In the mid-afternoon, we'll take a short motor coach ride to the ferry terminal in Sidney where we'll depart for the San Juan Islands on the Washington State ferry. Relax and enjoy the emerald green water as you float by islands large and small on your way to the idyllic Friday Harbor community.

Dinner: Upon arrival in Friday Harbor, we'll check into our hotel where dinner will be served.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The newly–remodeled Friday Harbor Suites is within walking distance of Friday Harbor's art galleries and shops.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-378-3031
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: The spacious and stylish one bedroom suites are beautifully furnished with your comfort in mind. All rooms are large comfortable one bedroom suites and feature an identical bedding configuration as follows: a separate bedroom with one Queen size bed; and a Queen-size sleeper sofa (with 7” mattress) in the living room. Other room amenities include a large living room with fireplace; kitchen (equipped with full size refrigerator, china and silverware, and microwave); private balcony/deck; and private bath with hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, Jacuzzi and business center with computers.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, July 08 - "Views From The Island" Lecture, Whale Museum OR ...
"Views From The Island" Lecture, Whale Museum OR San Juan Historical Museum, San Juan Island National Historic Park: English Camp, Limekiln Park, Westcott Bay Sculpture Park OR Roche Harbor Village, History of Friday Harbor Lecture

Breakfast: We'll have a continental breakfast in the Harbor Room which includes fresh fruit, assorted cold cereals and milk, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, assorted toasts, muffins and bagels with an assortment of spreads, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: "Views From the Islands." Get an insider's perspective on contemporary life in the islands. The San Juan Archipelago comprises more than 700 islands and reefs; about 176 of those in San Juan County are large enough to be named. The 16,000 people who reside in San Juan County are as diverse as the land they call home: Islanders are actors, alpaca ranchers, artisans, farmers, fishermen, loggers, movie producers, pilots, shopkeepers and writers. These folks add to the islands' unique character.

For this morning's field trip, we'll divide into two groups. Each group will visit one of two small, but significant, museums. (Tomorrow afternoon, your group will go to the museum you didn't see today.)

The nationally recognized Whale Museum is the first of its kind dedicated to promoting stewardship of whales — especially Orcas — and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. You’ll find a fascinating collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, including real whale skeletons and a family tree of the resident Orcas. You can also listen to the "songs " of various species of whales.

At the San Juan Historical Museum, the Executive Director will guide you back in time through the island's history. The museum consists of eight buildings, including an 1894 farmhouse, a carriage house, root cellar and milk house, the original San Juan County Jail, a barn, 1891 log cabin, and Resource Center. Each building houses displays and exhibits of early life on San Juan Island.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll explore the north side of the island. We'll choose to travel to either historic Roche Harbor Village or Westcott Bay Sculpture Park by chartered bus.

Roche Harbor, once a Hudson's Bay Company trading post and limestone production outpost, is now a popular resort featuring Historical Hotel de Haro; colorful gardens; and large marina.

Westcott Bay Sculpture Park contains over 100 sculptures scattered throughout its outdoor museum. Gaze at the striking artworks of bronze, wood, stone, ceramic, medal and glass created by notable Pacific Northwest artists.

Next we'll visit San Juan Island National Historic Park. Following the precedent set by the Great Pig War, in which the U.S. and Great Britain settled ownership of the island through peaceful arbitration, the Park now celebrates how disputes can be resolved without resorting to violence. The Park also encompasses a rich and diverse environment intimately involved with the island's 3,000 year human history. Today, we'll visit the English Camp, where the British military built their encampment.

Weather permitting, we’ll visit the scenic Lime Kiln Park, considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from the land. The Limekiln Lighthouse also serves as a whale research outpost.

Dinner: We'll dine in the Harbor Room on Northwest green salad, roasted breast of chicken with potatoes, chef's choice of veggies, dessert, coffee, tea and ice tea.

Evening: Creative Spirit of the San Juan Islands. Learn what lures so many artists to the San Juan Islands and enjoy a guest artist presentation-demonstration.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The newly–remodeled Friday Harbor Suites is within walking distance of Friday Harbor's art galleries and shops.

Contact info:
680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-378-3031
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com

Room amenities: The spacious and stylish one bedroom suites are beautifully furnished with your comfort in mind. All rooms are large comfortable one bedroom suites and feature an identical bedding configuration as follows: a separate bedroom with one Queen size bed; and a Queen-size sleeper sofa (with 7” mattress) in the living room. Other room amenities include a large living room with fireplace; kitchen (equipped with full size refrigerator, china and silverware, and microwave); private balcony/deck; and private bath with hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, Jacuzzi and business center with computers.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, July 09 - "Wildlife of the San Juans" Lecture, San Juan Isl...
"Wildlife of the San Juans" Lecture, San Juan Island National Historic Park: American Camp, Whale Museum OR San Juan Historical Museum, Artist Demonstration

Breakfast: We'll have a continental breakfast in the Harbor Room which includes fresh fruit, assorted cold cereals and milk, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, assorted toasts, muffins and bagels with an assortment of spreads, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: Expert lecture: "Wildlife of the San Juan Islands." Learn about local creatures of land, sea and sky from a local wildlife rehabilitation educational specialist

Today, we'll explore the south side of the island. At the San Juan Island National Historic Park, we'll visit the American encampment. An American Camp guide will provide a Park overview, followed by the opportunity for self-exploration of the trails, the remaining historical buildings on site, the grounds and the barracks.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Park grounds

Afternoon: Back in Friday Harbor, the two groups will have an opportunity to visit either the Whale Museum or San Juan Historical Museum, whichever they did not see yesterday. Then, take some free time to explore Friday Harbor on your own.

Dinner: Dine this evening on Northwest green salad, prawns and scallops in a sun-dried tomato pesto with penne pasta, chef's choice veggie, dessert, coffee, tea and ice tea.

Evening: "Port on an Inland Sea." A local historian will provide insights regarding the historical establishment of the islands with a blend of politics, the founding of Friday Harbor, and the Great Pig War, a conflict involving American and British troops and warships that "could" have changed the course of history.

Lodging: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Red Lion Hotel is walking distance to Seattle’s exciting shopping, theaters, museums, cultural landmarks, and attractions, including the Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Pioneer Square, Benaroya Hall, Pacific Science Center, Key Arena, 5th Avenue Theatre and the classic Paramount Theatre.

Contact info:
1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: This hotel includes 297 smoke-free guest rooms, pillowtop king and queen beds, free high-speed wireless Internet access, large work desks, flat screen TV, alarm clocks, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer and full-length mirror.

Facility amenities: Hotel includes 24-hour business center (additional services such as fax and Internet service are available for a reasonable fee), cardiovascular and training equipment, workout, yoga and Pilates mats, wall-to-ceiling mirrors, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, water station and towels.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call hotel directly for rate
Call toll free 1-855-515-1144 to book additional nights. Reservation hours are 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 10 - Ferry to Anacortes, Motorcoach to Seattle, Pike P...
Ferry to Anacortes, Motorcoach to Seattle, Pike Place Market, Space Needle

Breakfast: We'll have a continental breakfast in the Harbor Room which includes fresh fruit, assorted cold cereals and milk, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, assorted toasts, muffins and bagels with an assortment of spreads, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: Departing at 8:00am, we travel aboard the Washington State Ferry from Friday Harbor to Anacortes for a scenic trip past islands of the San Juan Archipelago in the Salish Sea. Crossing time is approximately 1-1/4 hours. Upon arrival in Anacortes, we travel via motorcoach to Seattle, where your luggage will be stored for later check-in.

In the hotel conference room, our expert local guide will tell you all about Pike's Place Market, a special place that is recognized as one of America's foremost farmers' markets, comprising nine acres and more than a century of history. Today, the market is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which provide housing for low-income elderly people. "The Market," as locals affectionately call it, attracts millions of visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations.

At the conclusion of the presentation, we’ll walk to the Market, 3 blocks from the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at the Market with 60 restaurants and cafés from which to choose. After lunch, enjoy some free time to talk with farmers, artists, and explore the nooks and crannies abounding in five levels of shops.

Afternoon: Meet the group and walk three blocks to Seattle's Monorail. The Monorail, built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, is the best way to travel to the Seattle Center and the landmark Space Needle. It's a short ride but lots of fun!

Then zip to the top of the Space Needle, also built for the exposition in 1962. When the Space Needle was built it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The view is magnificent! You'll see cruise lines and cargo ships crossing Elliott Bay, the sparkling water of Lake Union, and the city streets abuzz with activity. The whole city will open up before you! Return via the Monorail with a short walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Relax at a leisurely dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Spend the remainder of the evening chatting with new friends about the special moments in your Pacific Northwest adventure. What's your favorite memory? Where would you like to revisit and learn more?

Lodging: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twelve: Thursday, July 11 - Program Concludes, Independent Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy a full buffet including hot and cold cereals, eggs, breakfast meats, toast, pancakes, pastry, fruit, juices, coffee, decaf, tea and milk.

Morning: HOTEL CHECK-OUT: Noon

The program concludes with breakfast as we say farewell to new friends and take home a host of memories. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will join us again for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Individual departures from Seattle.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Seattle, WA
Seattle CenterOriginally built for the 1962 World's Fair, the 74-acre Seattle Center is a park, arts, and entertainment center in Seattle. Its landmark feature is the 605-foot tall Space Needle, which when it was completed was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It is also home to major sports teams, top performing arts groups and the city's most recognized attractions.
Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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