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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 + 14 % tax as of 1-25-10
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Registration 4:00 PM/Dinner
Afternoon: 4:00 registration immediately followed by orientation then dinner.

Dinner: At hotel

Evening: Check with sponsor to see if an evening activity is planned, sometimes due to scheduling opportunities this may occur the first night.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 + 14 % tax as of 1-25-10
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - 18th C. History Lecture/Independence Hall & Liber...
18th C. History Lecture/Independence Hall & Liberty Bell/Dinner/Curtis Institute of Music Performance

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: On 18th Century Philadelphia history about our Founding Fathers.

Lunch: At hotel or restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch we board the bus (10 blocks) to the Colonial City (America's most historical square mile) for a visit to The Liberty Bell (a national treasure) as well a a visit to Independence Hall (a national treasure) both of which are the corner stone of our American democracy. "The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal."

Dinner: At hotel or a local restaurant

Evening: This evening we will attend the Curtis student performance at the Curtis Mansion on Rittenhouse Square. If the Curtis students are on Spring Break we will substitute this recital with a stroll around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood Your coordinator will point out outstanding architecture and upscale landmarks for shopping and dining.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 + 14 % tax as of 1-25-10
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - 19th C. Landmarks- City Hall & Masonic Temple/Rea...
19th C. Landmarks- City Hall & Masonic Temple/Reading Terminal Market/Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts/Lecture

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: A morning walk to City Hall and the Masonic Temple (just a short walk from our hotel) will highlight the outstanding 19th C. architecture that Philadelphia is famous for. Philadelphia City Hall is the largest municipal building in the world and is in the French 2nd Renaissance style. The interior of the Masonic Temple is beyond description - each of the 7 ceremonial rooms are decorated in different architectural styles reflecting Greek, Renaissance, Egyptain, Moorish and other styles.

Lunch: A short walking distance from the Masonic Temple is the Reading Terminal Market- a food shoppers paradise replete with speciality items from all over the world as well as produce and food specialities from the Amish who have been bringing their goods since the opening of the market in the 1890's. Enjoy walking around the market before making your lunch selection- Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies (local treasures) are everyone's favorites here as well as Bassetts ice cream first scooped at our centennial of 1876.

Afternoon: Charles Wilson Peale (America's first 18 C. painter) is the founder of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts- the first art school in the United States. It is also a museum that houses only American art by American painters from the 17th to 21st centuries. An art historian will show you the Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Eakins and Wyeths as wll as the Mary Cassat (Philadelphia native) and others.

Dinner: At hotel

Evening: Enjoy a lecture on art

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 + 14 % tax as of 1-25-10
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Old City (Christ Church, Betsy Ross House) Free ...
Old City (Christ Church, Betsy Ross House) Free Afternoon/Lunch & Dinner excluded

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: With educator to Olde City to visit Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, Betsy Ross House and 4th St. Quaker Meeting House.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own

Afternoon: After lunch in the colonial city we will leave you to enjoy the rest of the afternoon to do things on your own. Coordinator will assist you with suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner on own to meet with friends or to explore other restaurants on your own

Evening: Free evening. There is no activity scheduled.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 + 14 % tax as of 1-25-10
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Physick & Powel Houses in Society Hill/Evening Ac...
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Morning lecture on 300 years of Philadelphia Architecture followed by a visit to The National Constitution Center. The Center's permanent exhibition, The Story of We the People, tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, "Freedom Rising", and Signers' Hall. BALANCE OF POWERS Learn more about the three branches of government as you explore giant models of the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Public Program demonstrators lead you through an entertaining look at the buildings, the people who work in them, and the checks and balances of our government.

Lunch: Out

Afternoon: A visit to the Society Hill neighborhood is not complete until you visit with an educator two historic houses. The Physick House dating to 1789 is the home of Doctor Phillip Syng Physick, known as "The Father of American Surgery". On view will be instruments that he invented to remove gall stones which are still in use today. The Powel House was the home to Samuel Powel first mayor of Philadelphia prior to the American Revolution and after it. It was constructed in 1748 and hosted the 25th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington and the marriage of Benjamin Franklin's daughter, Deborah to Benjamin Bache.

Dinner: At hotel

Evening: Evening activity to be announced later

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Morning history lecture/Program ends at 11:00
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: History/scientific lecture relating to Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, David Rittenhouse and other 18 Century savants.

Morning: The program ends after our lecture Hotel check - out is noon.

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Performances

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