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Program #14419RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Nov 17 — Nov 22, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 17 - Check-in / Registration / Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel begins at 3 p.m.; relax until Orientation.

Dinner: Enjoy a hot dinner catered to the hotel.

Evening: Before dinner, begin your week with an Orientation at the Crockett Hotel. Pick up your packet, which contains the week’s itinerary, list of Road Scholar participants, your name tag, maps of San Antonio and Fredericksburg, and brochures. During a “Getting to Know You” session, discuss the roles of the many people who will make your week educational and fascinating.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 18 - Explore the Alamo and take a private barge cruise...
Explore the Alamo and take a private barge cruise through the River Walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel includes yogurt, a selection of whole and cut fruit, cottage cheese, scrambled and hardboiled eggs, diced ham or sausage, breads and pastries. A ‘make your own waffle’ station and ‘build your own breakfast burrito’ add more flexibility to your meal choice. Beverages such as juice, decaffeinated and regular coffee, hot and iced tea are available.

Morning: Take an 18-step walk to the Alamo for an educational adventure on hallowed grounds. Tread softly in the shrine where David Crockett and other heroes died to create the Republic of Texas. Hear the Alamo story told under the six flags of Texas. Experience the Alamo video and Long Barracks Museum on this site that represents nearly 300 years of human activity. Afterward, explore the historic Menger Hotel and hear of the many famous people who have stayed here. Discover the close connection of this hotel and Teddy Roosevelt.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Buckhorn Saloon, established in 1891, a true Texas treat in the middle of downtown. Belly up to the bar in this old-fashioned saloon-turned-café. This is where it all started ... where Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders, and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings still grace today's Buckhorn Saloon, including the back bar that was handcrafted of marble and cherrywood.

Afternoon: Hear the presentation “Destination Texas” from Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa of the University of the Incarnate Word, rated among the Southwest’s top liberal arts schools. Learn about Texas history and engage in a Q&A with Dr. Hinojosa. Later, board a private barge for an exploration of the River Walk and sit in comfort as you listen to entertaining narratives of the rich history of the San Antonio River and the historic River Walk. The barge conveniently unloads steps from where you will eat dinner.

Dinner: Duck into this bistro tucked into the heart of downtown nestled within the river bend but above the River Walk, you will find bistro fare with a comfortably upscale Southwestern flair. Housed in an historic building more than a century old, Zinc takes its name from the metal popular for bar and table tops in France more than a century ago. Pronounced "zonc" in French, zinc soon became slang for a neighborhood bar. You will have a choice in entree selection and can experience "famous' tableside guacamole.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 19 - Explore the missions and the San Antonio Museum o...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel includes yogurt, a selection of whole and cut fruit, cottage cheese, scrambled and hardboiled eggs, diced ham or sausage, breads and pastries. A ‘make your own waffle’ station and ‘build your own breakfast burrito’ add more flexibility to your meal choice. Beverages such as juice, decaffeinated and regular coffee, hot and iced tea are available.

Morning: Continue to delve into the Spanish influence on Texas culture during an exploration of two of San Antonio's five missions, including Mission San Jose, or “Queen of the Missions” with its imposing stone walls, bastions, granary and magnificent church completed by 1782. Built by Indian labor at the direction of Spanish artisans, view the meld of the New and Old World cultures. A fascinating video, "Gente de Razon" (People of Reason), gives an overview of mission life.

Lunch: Savor a delicious lunch at the renowned Mi Tierra Café in "El Mercado" (Mexican Market) and be serenaded by Mariachi music while you dine.bright, bold and beautiful. Market Square... authentically Mexico and enriched with a fascinating legacy of public markets. Choose from the entire lunch menu at Mi Tierra; rice, beans, tacos, enchiladas, salads and more! Mariachi music while you dine is sure to impress!

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy seasonal entertainment in the market or explore San Fernando Cathedral. Built by Spanish citizens from the Canary Islands, it is the oldest active parish church in the United States. San Fernando Cathedral has always been at the center of San Antonio life since its founding in 1731. More than 5,000 people participate at weekend Masses, and more than 900 baptisms and 100 weddings are held here annually. From its founding on March 9, 1731 by a group of 15 families who came from the Canary Islands at the invitation of King Phillip V of Spain, this church was planned to be at the center of the life of this city. Over 5,000 participate at weekend Masses each week of the year. Over 900 baptisms, 100 weddings, 100 funerals, and countless other services are performed each year. Symphonies, concerts, and television specials are but a few of the special events held in the cathedral regularly.

Dinner: Enjoy sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine at the locally owned Boardwalk Bistro.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 20 - Take a chartered bus to the LBJ Ranch and hear li...
Take a chartered bus to the LBJ Ranch and hear live Texas music during a home-cooked, Southwest buffet dinner.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel includes yogurt, a selection of whole and cut fruit, cottage cheese, scrambled and hardboiled eggs, diced ham or sausage, breads and pastries. A ‘make your own waffle’ station and ‘build your own breakfast burrito’ add more flexibility to your meal choice. Beverages such as juice, decaffeinated and regular coffee, hot and iced tea are available.

Morning: Board a private charter for a drive into the famous Texas Hill Country. At the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, explore President Lyndon Johnson's birthplace, first school, ranch house and final resting place. Few presidential sites give a better reflection of a president than this ranch, a virtual portrait of a larger-than-life historical figure. The video, "LBJ's Texas," is the prelude to our exploration. Be sure to ask about LBJ’s automobile collection, especially the beloved white 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible he used to survey his ranch.

Lunch: After coaching to Fredericksburg, enjoy lunch on your own on Main Street.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore the quaint shops and wineries along the Main Street of Fredericksburg. Or experience one of the finest war museums in the country, the National Museum of the Pacific War, the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner and music in the unique ambience of the Waring General Store, established in 1903. By the way, you’re in luck — it’s “Steaknite.”

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 21 - Explore the Witte and a 1859 flour mill.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel includes yogurt, a selection of whole and cut fruit, cottage cheese, scrambled and hardboiled eggs, diced ham or sausage, breads and pastries. A ‘make your own waffle’ station and ‘build your own breakfast burrito’ add more flexibility to your meal choice. Beverages such as juice, decaffeinated and regular coffee, hot and iced tea are available.

Morning: Board a trolley for an exploration of the The Witte Museum, it promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. Exhibitions and collections connect the past, the present, and future through a dynamic learning environment.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the historic Guenther House Restaurant on the site of the original 1859 flour mill on the banks of the San Antonio River.

Afternoon: Travel by trolley to the King William Historic District. By the latter half of the 19th century, the King William Historic District had grown into a fashionable neighborhood popular with another large cultural demographic, the German immigrants. Explore the Victorian home of Edward Steves, a notable German merchant.

Dinner: Enjoy a 'Farewell Dinner' that is catered to the hotel. A cranberry salad, green beans, potatoes, brisket and chicken are served buffet style. A fabulous dessert from a local bakery is sure to please.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 22 - You will be visited by a "cowboy" on your final d...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel includes yogurt, a selection of whole and cut fruit, cottage cheese, scrambled and hardboiled eggs, diced ham or sausage, breads and pastries. A ‘make your own waffle’ station and ‘build your own breakfast burrito’ add more flexibility to your meal choice. Beverages such as juice, decaffeinated and regular coffee, hot and iced tea are available.

Morning: To cap your week, a “cowboy” from the Institute of Texan Cultures brings a collection of artifacts to the hotel. Saddle up for your opportunity to learn what the “Texas Cowboy” is all about … yee-haw! You will leave San Antonio with a newfound knowledge, appreciation and love for the city — and maybe even a Texas accent.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.sachamber.org
San Antonio Convention & Visitors BureauSee this site for more information of what to do in Downtown. The location of the hotel leaves you free to explore the RiverCenter Mall, The Wax Museum and to walk to various other destinations.
For additional information, visit: www.sanantoniovisit.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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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