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Elevation is 600 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for May 12 — May 17, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are suites featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Arrival & Registration/Welcome & Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00PM. ORIENTATION begins in the hotel conference room at 4:30pm. Your arrival packet will contain an updated schedule of program activities, a list of fellow attendees, and your name badge. Start your San Antonio experience with an informative overview of the week to come. The site coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders; address responsibilities, questions, and concerns; review safety guidelines and emergency procedures; orient you to the hotel location on maps; and discuss the program schedule and what will be included in the field trips. Begin getting to know the program staff and your fellow participants with a get-acquainted session to introduce each member of the group. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. Breakfast each day is in the hotel with lunch and dinner at restaurants in the downtown and River Walk areas. This Road Scholar program offers the opportunity to study and explore America's most complete Spanish Colonial Spanish Mission complex featuring the Alamo, unlock San Antonio's colorful history, study the River Walk and its environs with historians, review the 26 ethnic groups that settled the Texas frontier, learn of famous and not so famous characters in Texas' storied past, enjoy a barge cruise on the San Antonio River, hear the origins of Texas music, prepare and enjoy the perfect enchilada and experience a traditional mariachi performance.

Dinner: A nearby restaurant offers multiple entrée choices and continuing opportunities to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are suites featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - San Antonio Yesterday & Today/The River Walk & th...
Breakfast: Hotel provides full hot breakfast buffet each morning before the first activity.

Morning: San Antonio Overview. Discover why San Antonio is undoubtedly one of America's unique cities. Its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and blending of cultural heritages set the city apart. While the River Walk and the Alamo define San Antonio symbolically, past political and cultural wars of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries resulted in six sovereign nations flying their flags over Texas. This created a mixture of inhabitants from Mexico, the Old South, the "Wild West," and Europe. Get the facts and figures on the city's demographics, economy, weather, geography, and ecology.

Lunch: Sumptuous luncheon buffet at legendary hotel en route to afternoon expert-led walk.

Afternoon: Afternoon expert-led walk of the River Walk and Alamo. The heart of downtown San Antonio is the River Walk; the most significant historical event the battle of the Alamo.

Dinner: Happy Hour and catered dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Evening narrated barge cruise on the San Antonio River.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are suites featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Tex-Mex Cooking/San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Co...
Tex-Mex Cooking/San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Colonial Missions/McNay Art Museum/Origins of Texas Music

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning's cultural field trip travels back in time to the Spanish colonial era of San Antonio in the 18th century at San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the U.S., completed in 1750, and an active parish of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Construction began on the cathedral shortly after Canary Island colonists, granted land and title by Spain's King Philip V, settled here in 1731. General Santa Ana raised the red flag of "no quarter" from the cathedral during the siege of the Alamo. On to our cooking adventure: "All you need to know to begin Tex-Mex cooking." Meet Diana Trevino Barrios, and learn how to prepare a delicious Mexican meal with picante style! After class taste for yourself the results of these recipes with a delicious lunch at the restaurant.

Lunch: Lunch at Los Barrios. Savor enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, beans and rice and a mouthwatering dessert.

Afternoon: Cultural field trip continues: discover Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo and the McNay Art Museum and additional historical sites before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entree choices.

Evening: Evening presentation "Origins of Texas Music" - already familiar with the Texas Two-Step and the Cotton-eyed Joe? Ever done a boo-scooting boogie or a little line dancing? Know the difference between a jig, a real, and a do-si-do? Unravel the multi-ethnic musical threads that were woven into distinctively Texas music during the time period 1821-1860.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are suites featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Tales of Texas Lore & Legend/Free Time
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: All that's missing as our master storyteller weaves her tales of Texas lore and legend, is the campfire's shadows on a starry night in West Texas. Stories are handed down from Native Americans and the days of the Texas Rangers. Hear about the origin of Texas' state flower, the bluebonnet, and the snake that fought in the Civil War.

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: Afternoon unscheduled. Extra-curricular activity options well be provided by the coordinator, instructors and staff.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the River Walk's many restaurants and assorted eclectic cuisines.

Evening: Unscheduled evening to stroll the River Walk or enjoy jazz at Jim Cullen's Landing on the River Walk.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are suites featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Texas Personalities/King William Historic Distric...
Texas Personalities/King William Historic District/Institute of Texan Cultures/Farewell Dinner

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: "Texas Personalities Under Six Flags" Dr. Allan Kownslar, a history professor at Trinity University, brings to life some of the famous and infamous characters in Texas' storied history.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant en route to the King William Historic District.

Afternoon: This afternoon offers a guided walking tour of the King William Historic District. See mansions and cottages of varied architectural styles built by successful German families after the Civil War along the San Antonio River and adjacent farm lands that had originally belonged to the Alamo in mission days. On to the Institute of Texan Cultures, an educational center showcasing the 26 different ethnic and cultural groups groups that settled the Texas frontier. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located downtown on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk. The 182,000-square-foot complex features 65,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans. The remainder of the afternoon's guided tour features additional historical and cultural highlights of San Antonio.

Dinner: Festive farewell dinner at River Walk restaurant. Choose from multiple entrees.

Evening: Traditional Mariachi entertainment.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 17 - Early Texan Folk Medicine
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Take a peek at the system of folk medicine that came to be used by the early Texans, who often were forced to find substitutes for remedies that had been available in their previous environs. They began to share "cures" with people from other cultures: Native Americans, Mexicans, Germans, Poles, Swedes and many others. Join us as we look inside the medicine cabinets of these early settlers. Program concludes no later than 11:00 a.m

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio, Texas
Botanical GardensSan Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Telephone 210-207-3255.
For additional information, visit: www.sabot.org
Casa Navarro State Historic SiteFormer home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia.
Convention and Visitors BureauThe San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a full-service visitor information center that provides an extensive inventory of helpful brochures and other promotional materials concerning events and sites in and around the city.
For additional information, visit: www.sanantoniovisit.com
El Mercado-The MarketA two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts CenterDedicated to preserve, promote, and develop the arts and culture of the Chicano/Latino/Native American peoples. Six programs include music, dance, literature, media arts, theater arts, and visual arts. Telephone 210-271-3151.
Guenther HouseHistoric house built by Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1859. Restored by the company as a museum, restaurant, and retail store. Telephone 210-227-1061.
For additional information, visit: www.guentherhouse.com
IMAX Theatre-"Alamo...The Price of Freedom""Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629.
For additional information, visit: www.IMAX-SA.com
Majestic TheatreOpened in 1929; closed in 1974; reopened in 1989 as a performing arts center, the Majestic is said to be one of the finest "atmospheric" theaters ever built. Completely restored, and entered on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater combines Baroque, Spanish Mission, and other motifs from Greek and Roman traditions to create a fantasy environment. For performance schedules, call 210-226-3333.
SAS Shoe FactorySAS Shoe Factory, 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507, www.sasshoes.com. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5.
For additional information, visit: www.sasshoes.com
San Antonio Museum of ArtSince its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100.
For additional information, visit: www.samuseum.org
San Antonio ZooMore than 3,500 animals of 750 species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This zoo, established in 1914 is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf.
Southwest School of Art and CraftA community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch.
For additional information, visit: www.swschool.org
Spanish Governor's PalaceIn 1772, San Antonio became the seat of Spanish government in Texas, headquartered at 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. It was to this adobe-walled structure that Moses Austin came in 1820 for permission to bring a colony of U.S. citizens into Spanish Texas. Telephone 210-224-0601.
Steves HomesteadLocated on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, was built in 1876 by Edward Steves, who immigrated to Texas in 1848 and later founded the Steves Lumber Company. Victorian-era mansion also features Carriage House with antique carriages on display, the Gardener's Quarters (now a visitor center) and beautiful landscaping. Telephone 210-225-5924.

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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13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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