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Program #21176RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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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 2 — Sep 7, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Conveniently located hotel with comfortable rooms that each feature cable TV, free high-speed Internet access, a microwave, refrigerator and triple-sheeted bedding.

Contact info:
6 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355 USA
phone: 860-572-9065
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/mystic/goncb/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable TV Hairdryer Coffee Maker Microwave Refrigerator Iron / Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Business Center Health and Fitness Center Indoor Pool

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

Additional nights before: TBD
To book pre and post nights, please call Kate Kontsevaya, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express, at 860-572-9065. Please tell her you are with the Road Scholar group in order to get the Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 02 - Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION between 3:00-5:00 PM. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Ship Information: The Mystic Whaler is a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner that was designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine. She was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida and was rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Mystic Whaler's warm interior features Italian oak floors and fir wainscoting with mahogany accents. Her modern amenities include 6 bathrooms (3 private) with hot showers. The schooner meets or exceeds all Coast Guard standards for safety with an auxiliary diesel engine and generator and a full array of navigational equipment

Contact info:
35 Water Street
New London, CT 06320 USA
phone: 800-697-8420
web: www.mysticwhalercruises.com

Room amenities: Accommodation #1 Clipper Cabins (G, N, and O): One double bed, with private head and shower en suite. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Accommodation #2 Brigantine Cabins (A, B, C, F, and I): A double upper bunk and single lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. These are the largest cabins on the vessel. Accommodation #3 Schooner Cabins (H, J, and M): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Slightly more under-bunk storage space than Sloop cabins. Accommodation #4Sloop Cabins (K & L): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. There is adequate floor space for one person to dress at a time.

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


Day Two: Tuesday, September 03 - Mystic Seaport/Board the Mystic Whaler
Note: Participants board the ship using a gangplank.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a visit to Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, with a lecture and an expert-led exploration of the grounds.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Mystic before before boarding the Mystic Whaler at 5 pm. After boarding, Captain John Eginton will give an introduction to the schooner and show you around your home for the next 3 days.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6 pm, following a safety briefing.

Evening: Greetings from the captain, and overview of the cruise ahead, followed by a sea music concert on deck.

Lodging: Mystic Whaler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Ship Information: The Mystic Whaler is a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner that was designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine. She was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida and was rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Mystic Whaler's warm interior features Italian oak floors and fir wainscoting with mahogany accents. Her modern amenities include 6 bathrooms (3 private) with hot showers. The schooner meets or exceeds all Coast Guard standards for safety with an auxiliary diesel engine and generator and a full array of navigational equipment

Contact info:
35 Water Street
New London, CT 06320 USA
phone: 800-697-8420
web: www.mysticwhalercruises.com

Room amenities: Accommodation #1 Clipper Cabins (G, N, and O): One double bed, with private head and shower en suite. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Accommodation #2 Brigantine Cabins (A, B, C, F, and I): A double upper bunk and single lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. These are the largest cabins on the vessel. Accommodation #3 Schooner Cabins (H, J, and M): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Slightly more under-bunk storage space than Sloop cabins. Accommodation #4Sloop Cabins (K & L): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. There is adequate floor space for one person to dress at a time.

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


Day Three: Wednesday, September 04 - Block Island/Southeast Lighthouse
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the Mystic Whaler.

Morning: The boat will be under sail by 9 am. You are welcome to tail on to a halyard and help set sail, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax with a good book and enjoy the symphony of wind and sea. The captain will give an overview of lighthouse history, as well as a narration of each lighthouse we sail by.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: The boat will pull into Block Island (RI) by about 3 pm, where you will disembark for a bus exploration around of the island. You will stop at historic Southeast Light, the highest and brightest lighthouse in New England. Keeper Lisa Nolan will speak to you about the history of the lighthouse, and the captivating story of how it was saved from destruction. You are invited to climb to the top of the tower and stand next to the rare 1st Order Fresnel lens. After the Southeast Light tour, there will be free time to explore the town before returning to the schooner.

Dinner: Dinner on board the Mystic Whaler

Evening: Enjoy a presentation on Block Island history and lore.

Lodging: Mystic Whaler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Ship Information: The Mystic Whaler is a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner that was designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine. She was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida and was rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Mystic Whaler's warm interior features Italian oak floors and fir wainscoting with mahogany accents. Her modern amenities include 6 bathrooms (3 private) with hot showers. The schooner meets or exceeds all Coast Guard standards for safety with an auxiliary diesel engine and generator and a full array of navigational equipment

Contact info:
35 Water Street
New London, CT 06320 USA
phone: 800-697-8420
web: www.mysticwhalercruises.com

Room amenities: Accommodation #1 Clipper Cabins (G, N, and O): One double bed, with private head and shower en suite. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Accommodation #2 Brigantine Cabins (A, B, C, F, and I): A double upper bunk and single lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. These are the largest cabins on the vessel. Accommodation #3 Schooner Cabins (H, J, and M): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Slightly more under-bunk storage space than Sloop cabins. Accommodation #4Sloop Cabins (K & L): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. There is adequate floor space for one person to dress at a time.

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


Day Four: Thursday, September 05 - Stonington, CT/Lighthouse Museum
Breakfast: On the Mystic Whaler

Morning: Today we’ll set a course back to the West and make our port of call at Stonington, CT, a magnificent and charming town that is home to Connecticut’s last commercial fishing fleet.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Arrive at Stonington and take a short walk down the shaded streets that provide views of magnificent architecture ranging from Colonial to Victorian. After a visit to the Lighthouse Museum, you will return to the schooner for another wonderful dinner

Dinner: On board the Mystic Whaler

Evening: Enjoy live music on the deck.

Lodging: Mystic Whaler

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Conveniently located hotel with comfortable rooms that each feature cable TV, free high-speed Internet access, a microwave, refrigerator and triple-sheeted bedding.

Contact info:
6 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355 USA
phone: 860-572-9065
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/mystic/goncb/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable TV Hairdryer Coffee Maker Microwave Refrigerator Iron / Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Business Center Health and Fitness Center Indoor Pool

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

Additional nights before: TBD
To book pre and post nights, please call Kate Kontsevaya, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express, at 860-572-9065. Please tell her you are with the Road Scholar group in order to get the Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, September 06 - View lighthouses not visable from land/Return to ...
Breakfast: On board the Mystic Whaler

Morning: Set sail to return to New London and view many lighthouses along the way. Listen to Captain John's final narrations about sea life.

Lunch: Lunch on the deck

Afternoon: Return to New London and travel by bus back to the the hotel.

Dinner: At a nearby Mystic restaurant

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, September 07 - Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Departures from Mystic.

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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Performances

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