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Program #20860RJ
3 Days | 2 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.
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 Oct 17 — Oct 19, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Nestled in the heart of downtown Portland, this elegant all-suite hotel offers exceptional levels of convenience and service. Built in 1912, the building combines original architecture and features with modern comfort and is only two blocks from the city’s Max Light Railway System for easy access to the many places you will want to visit.

Contact info:
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204 USA
phone: 503-279-9000
web: embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/embassy-suites-portland-downtown-PDXPSES/index.html

Room amenities: Enjoy a standard suite which feature a spacious living room and separate bedroom with two double beds. Each suite offers two exterior windows to allow in natural lighting. The luxury furnishings include sleeper sofa, armchair, activity table with upholstered chairs, beautiful 200 thread-count bed linens, two 42-inch Flat Screen HDTV's, alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, refrigerator and microwave oven. The bathroom features marble vanity and a tub with shower. The bath is appointed with plush white towels and a rounded shower rod for extra space and comfort.

Facility amenities: 24-hour business center, fax, photocopier, printer, high speed internet (fee), indoor swimming pool, fitness center, ATM, car rental desk, coin laundry, gift shop, laundry/valet services, lounge, luggage hold, room service, safety deposit boxes, pool table, and a video arcade.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar Rate
Please contact the hotel directly and let them know you will be attending the Road Scholar program and ask for the Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, October 17 - Welcome Reception/Dinner/Orientation
Arrive To: Meet your Road Scholar group leader in the hotel lobby, then gather for a welcome reception.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by introductions and a program orientation.

Lodging: Embassy Suites Portland Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Nestled in the heart of downtown Portland, this elegant all-suite hotel offers exceptional levels of convenience and service. Built in 1912, the building combines original architecture and features with modern comfort and is only two blocks from the city’s Max Light Railway System for easy access to the many places you will want to visit.

Contact info:
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204 USA
phone: 503-279-9000
web: embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/embassy-suites-portland-downtown-PDXPSES/index.html

Room amenities: Enjoy a standard suite which feature a spacious living room and separate bedroom with two double beds. Each suite offers two exterior windows to allow in natural lighting. The luxury furnishings include sleeper sofa, armchair, activity table with upholstered chairs, beautiful 200 thread-count bed linens, two 42-inch Flat Screen HDTV's, alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, refrigerator and microwave oven. The bathroom features marble vanity and a tub with shower. The bath is appointed with plush white towels and a rounded shower rod for extra space and comfort.

Facility amenities: 24-hour business center, fax, photocopier, printer, high speed internet (fee), indoor swimming pool, fitness center, ATM, car rental desk, coin laundry, gift shop, laundry/valet services, lounge, luggage hold, room service, safety deposit boxes, pool table, and a video arcade.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar Rate
Please contact the hotel directly and let them know you will be attending the Road Scholar program and ask for the Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, October 18 - Walking Tour/Free Time/Happy Hour/Dinner on Your ...
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: A local expert will lead a walking tour of downtown Portland to orient you to the city of roses. He will provide some history and fun facts--even some that the locals may not know!

Lunch: Now that you know a bit about the city and can find a lunch spot on your own, have a fun time exploring with suggestions from your Road Scholar leader.

Afternoon: Discover the city by visiting some of the local spots as you explore on your own. Portland's public transportation can provide excellent access to many sites in the city. Maybe it will be the Chinese Garden, the Portland Art Museum or an afternoon of books at Powells Book Store. It's your choice! Return to the hotel to gather with your fellow adventurers for some cocktails and hors d'oeurves. Share stories about your discoveries.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to find a restaurant in this foodie town. Your Road Scholar leader will provide suggestions.

Lodging: Embassy Suites Portland Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Three: Saturday, October 19 - Portland History/Explore Some More/Transfer to Sh...
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: You will be joined by a local historian to learn about Portland's fascinating history from "Stump Town" to "The City of Roses." Then check out of the hotel, store your luggage and enjoy some time on the town.

Lunch: Find a local restaurant to enjoy some more of Portland's specialties on your own. Maybe you could try one of the famous food carts--Portland is well known for these funky, but delicious carts with many local specialties. Then find your way to the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel by 2:30 pm. Transportation will be provided from the Embassy Suites to the hosptality suite if desired.

Afternoon: Meet your fellow travelers at our hospitality suite at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel prior to transfering to the ship for your travels up the Columbia Gorge!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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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

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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