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Museum Gems of New England: Art in Boston and the Berkshires

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Program #20745RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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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Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 15, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Arrival, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive at the hotel between 3 and 5 and receive your Welcome Packet from your group leader who will be located in the hotel lobby.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation and Welcome to Boston

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner ...
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Introduction to Boston art museums lecture. Followied by a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy a guided exploration and some free time enjoy the museum of your own.

Lunch: Lunch at the MFA

Afternoon: Walk to the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and take in a guided tour of Ms. Gardner's private collection. After the tour, you will have time to explore the museum on your own or return to the MFA if you choose.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own this evening so that you may sample some of the local cuisine.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - The Institute of Contemporary Art and a Public Ar...
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of the ICA and learn more about social and cultural contexts of the works highlighted.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Enjoy a walk through Boston's Historic Back Bay. View some of the great pieces of public art the city has to offer, including the statue of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, one of the first African American units to fight in the Civil War.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner and an evening on your own.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Harvard Museum of Natural History and Art and Arc...
Harvard Museum of Natural History and Art and Architecture walk of Harvard Yard

Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Enjoy a lecture and guided Art and Architecture walk through Harvard Yard. Visit the Memorial Hall and Memorial Church.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Harvard Square.

Afternoon: Continue your time in Harvard Square with a visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. See one of the Museum's most famous treasures; the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, The Glass Flowers. After your time at the museums, enjoy some free time in Harvard Square.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Hotel Berkshires in Western Massachusetts has beautifully appointed guest rooms. We are nestled in the heart of the Berkshires, the ideal choice to explore all the Berkshire museums, theatres, historic sites and outdoor activities.

Contact info:
40 Main Sr.
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/north-adams/nadma/hoteldetail

Room amenities: All rooms have spectacular mountain views. All king bedded rooms have a desk and easy chair and two queen size bedded rooms have an activity table. Individually controlled HVAC and free WiFi. All of the rooms have coffee maker, microwaves and mini-fridge.

Facility amenities: Business Center Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Unstaffed Business Center High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Gemini Telecommunications Systems Health and Fitness Center (On-site): Cardio equipment: 2 treadmills, Elyptical, 2 bikes. Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2011 Indoor pool, & sauna. Cardio room with universla weight station On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Since this is an On the Road program, pre and post nights are not available.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Worcester Art Museum and Transfer to the Berskshi...
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Depart on the coach for North Adams. Along the way stop at the Worcester Art Museum and view their world-renowned 35,000-piece collection, with masterpieces spanning the globe.

Lunch: Lunch stop along the way.

Afternoon: Continue the journey to the Berkshires and check in to the North Adams Hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a lecture by a local expert.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Hotel Berkshires in Western Massachusetts has beautifully appointed guest rooms. We are nestled in the heart of the Berkshires, the ideal choice to explore all the Berkshire museums, theatres, historic sites and outdoor activities.

Contact info:
40 Main Sr.
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/north-adams/nadma/hoteldetail

Room amenities: All rooms have spectacular mountain views. All king bedded rooms have a desk and easy chair and two queen size bedded rooms have an activity table. Individually controlled HVAC and free WiFi. All of the rooms have coffee maker, microwaves and mini-fridge.

Facility amenities: Business Center Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Unstaffed Business Center High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Gemini Telecommunications Systems Health and Fitness Center (On-site): Cardio equipment: 2 treadmills, Elyptical, 2 bikes. Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2011 Indoor pool, & sauna. Cardio room with universla weight station On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Since this is an On the Road program, pre and post nights are not available.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Williams College Art Museum and Mass MoCA
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit the William College Art Museum and enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes exploration of the collection.

Lunch: Lunch in Williamstown

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at Mass MoCA one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. Enjoy a guided tour and some free time to explore the museum.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to allow you to explore the North Adams area.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Hotel Berkshires in Western Massachusetts has beautifully appointed guest rooms. We are nestled in the heart of the Berkshires, the ideal choice to explore all the Berkshire museums, theatres, historic sites and outdoor activities.

Contact info:
40 Main Sr.
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/north-adams/nadma/hoteldetail

Room amenities: All rooms have spectacular mountain views. All king bedded rooms have a desk and easy chair and two queen size bedded rooms have an activity table. Individually controlled HVAC and free WiFi. All of the rooms have coffee maker, microwaves and mini-fridge.

Facility amenities: Business Center Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Unstaffed Business Center High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Gemini Telecommunications Systems Health and Fitness Center (On-site): Cardio equipment: 2 treadmills, Elyptical, 2 bikes. Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2011 Indoor pool, & sauna. Cardio room with universla weight station On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Since this is an On the Road program, pre and post nights are not available.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Saturday, September 14 - Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount, Edith Whart...
Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount, Edith Wharton's Estate and Gardens

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Explore the Mount, designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902. While living at the Mount, she wrote her first bestseller, The House of Mirth. Explore her home with a docent guided tour. After, enjoy free time to explore the gardens or the temporary sculpture exhibition on the grounds of the estate.

Lunch: Lunch at the Mount on the terrace of overlooking the gardens.

Afternoon: Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum which boasts the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell's art, life and legacy in the artist's picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Lodging: Holiday Inn Berkshires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, September 15 - Return to Boston for Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, the coach will take partcipants back to Boston and make drop-offs at Logan Airport and South Station.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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