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Program #21021RJ
6 Days | 5 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 Jul 7 — Jul 12, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 07 - Program Overview
Arrive To: Check-in and Registration

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Program Overview and Introductions Ice Breaker for Grandchildren

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 08 - Jamestown Island and Settlement
Note: About a mile of walking each at the two Jamestowns. Paths are grass, pebble, dirt, and similar uneven surfaces. Both sites have museums near the entrance where those who cannot cover the whole distance can enjoy the exhibits.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your Leisure

Morning: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Take a guided walk through interpretive areas that showcase a reconstructed Indian village, fort, and sailing ships. Explore the museum as well as participate in interactive classroom time where participants can handle and even dress up in reproduction artifacts.

Lunch: Box Lunch at the Settlement

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Jamestown Island" Explore the actual site of the original first permanent English colony in North America. Includes tour of Visitor Center galleries, introductory film and tour of new Archaearium where artifacts from the recently unearthed original fort are displayed. Depending on site schedule, may include opportunity to observe ongoing archaeological dig at fort site.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Evening Entertainment: "Rare Colonial Instruments" An amazingly talented musician, dressed in period clothing, demonstrates instruments of the colonial period, including a reproduction of the glass armonica invented by Benjamin Franklin.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 09 - Colonial Williamsburg---Capitol, Gaol, Brickyard,...
Note: Considerable standing for extended periods and walking on pebble, dirt, and oyster shell paths. Definitely a day for active participants!

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Visit a number of historical buildings including the Capitol where Jefferson and Patrick Henry spoke and the Gaol that imprisoned paupers and pirates. Stroll by fields where animal breeds from the colonial era graze. Help make bricks (shoes must come off!) in the Brickyard.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Activities: "Colonial Games and Crafts" Learn to write with a quill pen, seal a letter with wax, dress up in colonial clothes and play a variety of lawn and parlor games. Adults will be treated to a special presentation on colonial life while the grandchildren play.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Free Evening: A variety of activities will be suggested for you to choose from to enjoy on your own. These may include a concert at the 18th century Bruton Parish Church, a ghost walk through the colonial village, or even a visit to Busch Gardens!

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 10 - Colonial Williamsburg---Governor's Palace and Maz...
Colonial Williamsburg---Governor's Palace and Maze, Wren Building, craft shops, lunch at a colonial tavern

Note: This is another day of extensive walking and standing. Total distance covered, in segments, is about 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Continue to explore the buildings, gardens, and other sites in the Restored Area. At the Governor's Palace, learn how the royal representative in Virginia lived and get lost and found in the garden maze. Visit the campus of the College of William and Mary and tour the historic Wren Building, the oldest college building in America in continuous use. Explore some of the trade shops such as the blacksmith, wig maker and cooper (barrel maker) to gain a better understanding of colonial life.

Lunch: Lunch: Experience a hearty colonial-style meal in a historic tavern, complete with strolling entertainers and other colonial characters.

Afternoon: Free Time: Return to Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the pool at the hotel, or just sit back and relax.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening Program: "African-American Music, Storytelling, and Dancing", Listen to and join in with a talented singer/storyteller as she takes you through three centuries of African-American culture from its roots in Africa to its triumph with the end of slavery.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 11 - Yorktown Battlefield---recreated Revolutionary en...
Yorktown Battlefield---recreated Revolutionary encampment (where you can join the militia!) and colonial farm, two museums, Revolutionary and Civil War earthworks. In the evening an exciting debate to decide if we break with England or remain loyal.

Note: The walking today is over shorter distances with uneven paths similar to earlier days. The ground is slightly hilly and includes walking up and around Revolutionary era earthworks. At both sites, there are museums near the entrance where the less hearty can enjoy the exhibits.

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Field Trip: "Hands-on Program at the Yorktown Victory Center" Participate in a visit to the museum galleries and interpretive sites. Help turn flax into linen thread at the farm site and practice military drills in the encampment. Learn about Revolutionary War medicine and cooking and poke your head into a tobacco barn.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Yorktown Battlefield" Explore the actual site of the siege of Yorktown that took place in 1781 where American and French forces defeated the British and won the Revolutionary War. Visit the galleries at the Visitor Center and end with a walk across Surrender Field where the British army lay down its arms before George Washington's forces.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Evening Program: Freedom Debate: Decide whether to stand with the Patriots or the Loyalists and be prepared to defend your choice in a spirited debate moderated by a character from colonial America. Use the information you have gathered during the week's field trips to defend your position.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, July 12 - Help make a colonial dessert, then celebrate the ...
Help make a colonial dessert, then celebrate the week with some lively colonial dancing.

Note: A more relaxed morning at the hotel to finish up with some authentic colonial activities. If you are nimble on your feet, even the dancing won't be a challenge!

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Class: "Colonial Foodways", Participate in the preparation of an authentic (and delicious) colonial dessert as you learn about typical foods and their preparation. Class: "Colonial Dance" Just like the people of colonial times, follow your dessert by putting on your dancing shoes and prancing around the room to the strains of music of the time period. Children, parents, and grandparents can all learn the steps of the minuet and other colonial dances with the lively assistance of a talented dance mistress. Graduation Ceremony

Lunch: Box Lunch available after last class at approximately 11:00 a.m. for the trip home.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownWhen you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with activities; your free time will be limited to only a few hours a day. Since we won't be able to visit every interesting place in the Williamsburg area, consider staying an extra day or two at the end of the program for further exploration. Visit our web page with links to sample schedules, hotel web pages, reading lists, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/Road Scholar

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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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
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