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GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

The Experience of Gettysburg: The Battle, The People, The Place

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Program #16198RJ
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.
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Elevation Note
The highest elevation is 600 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 13 — Apr 18, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
2632 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-334-2755
web: www.aspiregettysburghotel.com

Room amenities: These are over sized rooms with two king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa and an easy chair. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV. There is a desk workspace with an ergonomic chair also. Rooms are completely smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Aspire features a restaurant, lounge, gift shop and deli. There is an indoor pool located in a tropical courtyard setting, a Business Center, and a Fitness Center. It is adjacent to the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex that features mini-golf, go-karts, and arcades. A complimentary shuttle is available to go to downtown Gettysburg museums and shopping locations.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69.00 + tax
Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.


Day One: Sunday, April 13 - Arrival; orientation and introductions; Living Hi...
Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 pm; Welcome reception and registration in the hotel at 5:00 pm. Orientation will be held in the designated classroom followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: Living History Presentation: “My Good Friend, Mary Todd Lincoln." Learn about Mary Todd Lincoln through the eyes of her close friend Hannah Shearer. Question and answer time will follow.

Lodging: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
2632 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-334-2755
web: www.aspiregettysburghotel.com

Room amenities: These are over sized rooms with two king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa and an easy chair. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV. There is a desk workspace with an ergonomic chair also. Rooms are completely smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Aspire features a restaurant, lounge, gift shop and deli. There is an indoor pool located in a tropical courtyard setting, a Business Center, and a Fitness Center. It is adjacent to the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex that features mini-golf, go-karts, and arcades. A complimentary shuttle is available to go to downtown Gettysburg museums and shopping locations.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69.00 + tax
Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.


Day Two: Monday, April 14 - Field trip to the Visitors Center Museum and Cycl...
Field trip to the Visitors Center Museum and Cyclorama; classroom discussion about the first day of the battle; field trip to battlefield

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll begin with a field trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There you will watch the short film "A New Birth Of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, followed by a viewing of the restored cyclorama painting (one of only three left in the U.S.) which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War. Browse the book store and gift shop with an outstanding collection of books on the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.

Lunch: In the hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon, take part in a classroom session about the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg followed by a field trip to the sites of the first day's battle including McPherson Ridge, Oak Ridge, The Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll.

Dinner: in the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll enjoy part one of the movie "Gettysburg."

Lodging: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
2632 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-334-2755
web: www.aspiregettysburghotel.com

Room amenities: These are over sized rooms with two king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa and an easy chair. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV. There is a desk workspace with an ergonomic chair also. Rooms are completely smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Aspire features a restaurant, lounge, gift shop and deli. There is an indoor pool located in a tropical courtyard setting, a Business Center, and a Fitness Center. It is adjacent to the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex that features mini-golf, go-karts, and arcades. A complimentary shuttle is available to go to downtown Gettysburg museums and shopping locations.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69.00 + tax
Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.


Day Three: Tuesday, April 15 - Classroom discussion about the Underground Railro...
Classroom discussion about the Underground Railroad, Civil War medicine and the second day of the Battle; visit to Little Round Top; walk through the Soldiers' National Cemetery

Breakfast: Full Breakfast Buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll discuss the Underground Railroad in Gettysburg and Civil War Medicine in our classroom session.

Lunch: In the hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll examine the second day of fighting in Gettysburg followed by a field trip to the battlefield to visit West Confederate Avenue, featuring monuments dedicated to the Southern States, as well as Little Round Top, Devil's Den, and the Wheat Field. The day will end with a walking tour of the Cemetery Hill, including the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll enjoy part two of the movie "Gettysburg."

Lodging: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
2632 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-334-2755
web: www.aspiregettysburghotel.com

Room amenities: These are over sized rooms with two king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa and an easy chair. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV. There is a desk workspace with an ergonomic chair also. Rooms are completely smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Aspire features a restaurant, lounge, gift shop and deli. There is an indoor pool located in a tropical courtyard setting, a Business Center, and a Fitness Center. It is adjacent to the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex that features mini-golf, go-karts, and arcades. A complimentary shuttle is available to go to downtown Gettysburg museums and shopping locations.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69.00 + tax
Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.


Day Four: Wednesday, April 16 - Gain an appreciation of the back story of the 2,4...
Gain an appreciation of the back story of the 2,400 civilians of Gettysburg during the siege

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll begin with a lecture on "The Civilians' Story," exploring the backstory and experience of civilians in Gettysburg at the time of the battle.

Following our lecture we'll take a field trip to visit the restored Shriver House to see and hear the experiences of a local Gettysburg family during the siege.

Lunch: In the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch we'll resume our classroom discussion with Part Two of our lecture on "The Civilians' Story," followed by an instructor guided walking tour.

Dinner: In the hotel

Lodging: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
2632 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-334-2755
web: www.aspiregettysburghotel.com

Room amenities: These are over sized rooms with two king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa and an easy chair. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV. There is a desk workspace with an ergonomic chair also. Rooms are completely smoke-free.

Facility amenities: Aspire features a restaurant, lounge, gift shop and deli. There is an indoor pool located in a tropical courtyard setting, a Business Center, and a Fitness Center. It is adjacent to the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex that features mini-golf, go-karts, and arcades. A complimentary shuttle is available to go to downtown Gettysburg museums and shopping locations.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69.00 + tax
Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.


Day Five: Thursday, April 17 - Examine the stories of the generals of the Blue a...
Examine the stories of the generals of the Blue and the Gray; free time to explore on your own

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll examine and discuss the generals who played an important role in the battle at Gettysburg, with lectures on the "Generals In Blue," and the "Generals in Gray."

Lunch: Opportunity to explore local fare on your own. Many restaurants located in historic buildings with special features. Lists of places to eat are available to participants.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town of Gettysburg and the Military National Park.

Dinner: Social and special farewell dinner.

Evening: Meet a local renowned folk musician while he plays Civil War era music. He will discuss his handmade hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he plays his musical selections.

Lodging: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 18 - Day Three of the Battle - Picketts Charge
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll conclude our program with a lecture on the third day of fighting at Gettysburg. Following our classroom discussion, we'll venture out to visit the day's corresponding sites on the Battlefield featuring the High Water Mark - the Union Line of Pickett's Charge.

Lunch: Following our field trip we'll return to the hotel for a box lunch to take on your way or enjoy in the hotel dining room before you depart.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
YWCA Gettysburg & Adams CountyVisit our local YWCA located just 1 mile from the Gettysburg Hotel at 909 Fairfield Road (Rte 116). This family recreation facility offers a swimming pool and a spacious 12-person whirlpool-there is no towel service so be sure to bring your own towels. You may swim during lap lane/open swim or join an aquatics fitness class- Please check schedule in your hotel classroom for times. Also available is the weight and fitness room, 2 basketball and 2 racquetball courts for your enjoyment. Hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (pool opens at 6a.m.). Saturday 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. (717) 334-9171.
For additional information, visit: www.ywcagettysburg.org
Adams County Historical SocietyLocated in the Samuel Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. It has a museum, library, archives and meeting rooms of the society. Between archives, photographs, books, and objects the Adams County Historical Society estimates that it has over 1,000,000 items in the collection. Hours of operation are: Wednesday thru Saturday 9a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Museum is open by appointment only. Please contact the Historical Society for more information or to schedule a tour at (717)-334-4723.
For additional information, visit: www.achs-pa.org
Guided Historic Walking ToursDepart from the Gettysburg Hotel with a licensed Town Guide and learn how the battle impacted the town and its people. Walk to historical buildings and landmarks while hearing the stories from diary entries, personal accounts, letters, drawings, and photographs with stories of Tillie Pierce, the canon known as “Penelope”, Mary Virginia Wade, Sarah Broadhead, Mary McAllister, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Burns and many, many others. Tours run April thru November 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (717) 339-6161 or (717) 337-3491.
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
The David Wills HouseHome of attorney David Wills and where President Lincoln spent the night before delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. The museum includes seven galleries, including the restored office where David Wills coordinated post-battle recovery efforts and the famous Lincoln bedroom where the President finished revising the Gettysburg Address. For more information on rates and hours of operation please call (717) 337-3491
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Performances

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4.7
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