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Program #20777RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Elevation Note
May travel over 3000 in the Adirondacks

Itinerary for Jun 21 — Jun 28, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Locted just 5 blocks from historic Penn Station. Just a short distance to the Empire State Building.

Contact info:
125 West 26th Street at 6th Ave
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-430-8500
web: www.hi-nyc.com

Room amenities: Our downtown Manhattan accommodations feature fresh rooms with bright, contemporary styling. These rooms boast either one king or two double beds, a convenient work desk with an ergonomic chair, plentiful electrical outlets, and a 32-inch flat screen TV with hundreds of cable channels, many in HD. All rooms are equipped with free high-speed, wireless Internet access. Local and toll free calls are also complimentary. Each alarm clock radio has an MP3 connection so you can listen to your own music. Individual coffeemakers with gourmet coffee will help you start your day the right way. Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan was the first Holiday Inn in New York City with all the hallmarks of the refreshed Holiday Inn. Bathrooms feature new amenities from Bath and Body Works, hairdryer with nightlight, the Holiday Inn Shower Curtain and curved shower curtain rods. Each room has fresh, new bedding with a choice of Soft or Firm pillows. Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan also offers rooms with an Empire State Building View for a nominal upgrade fee

Facility amenities: Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan provides state of the art facilities to help make your stay in the heart of Manhattan the most comfortable and convenient possible. Our New York City accommodations include restaurant bar and lounge (Prime Café), 24 Hour Complimentary Business Center and 24 Hour Complimentary Fitness Center. Prime Café and Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Offering a true New York experience, Prime Cafe is owned and operated by a local family serving a menu with a focus on the Italian cuisine New York has made famous. Specials change daily at this Chelsea eatery, and the Happy Hour specials are very popular with locals. Enjoy delicious food in the comfort of your room, as Prime Café provides Room Service throughout the day to our guests. Prime Café partners with Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan to offer the Best -4-Breakfast and Dinner packages.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $249 - $269
Please contact the provider for rates and information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, June 21 - Arrival & Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm in the Lobby. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the Lobby to register with the program staff. You will receive your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, directions to the location of our welcome dinner, and other important information we will review during the Orientation session this evening.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel or local restaurant followed by a program orientation.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening lecture to include the history of tomorrow's travels by NPS Volunteer Speaker as well as program orientation.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New York

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: While vacationing in the Hudson Valley, NY our hotel's guests should make plans to see sights like the Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR Presidential Library, which are just a short drive away. Don't miss Locust Grove, the birthplace of Morse Code inventor, Samuel B. Morse, which is located just across the street from us. Since it's a 90-minute train ride to Grand Central Station in New York City, you can make an easy trip into the Big Apple for a day of fun.

Contact info:
2750 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 USA
phone: 845-743-1151
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable, In Room Video Check-out Workspace / Desk, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Desk Level Electrical Outlet, Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Bathtub, Hairdryer Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker, Microwave Oven, Mini Refrigerator

Facility amenities: Business Center Copying, E-mail & Internet, Facsimile, PC available, Unstaffed Business Center, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) The Fitness room at the Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie hotel features everything you'll need to stay on track with your fitness routine. We offer a treadmill, lifecycle, stairmaster, recumbent bicycle, free weights, and a two-stage universal gym. Health/Fitness Center On-Site, Fitness Center Type: LIMITED The Fitness Center Times: 24 hours Outdoor Pool Housekeeping and Laundry Services, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Daily Housekeeping

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, June 22 - Amtrak from NYC to Rhinebeck, NY. Visit the Rhin...
Amtrak from NYC to Rhinebeck, NY. Visit the Rhinebeck Aerodrome for guided exploration of one of the top collections of antique and vinatage aircraft.

Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel and will include a choice of breakfast selections from a menu.

Morning: FIELD TRIP/TRAIN JOURNEY: Board the Amtrak “Adirondack” for a 2-hour journey along the Hudson River to Rhinecliff. We are joined by the National Park Service who will provide commentary via the listening devices included in your program. You’ll learn about the significance of various sites as well as the military history.

Lunch: Lunch is included today in the Hudson Valley at a select restaurant and may include choice of sandwiches or entree's.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook. Led by our expert instructor/guide, we’ll explore “America’s living museum of antique aviation” with one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines, and memorabilia from 1900-1935. The Aerodrome’s four museum buildings display aircraft form the Pioneer Era, World War I, and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era. We check into our Poughkeepsie hotel where we stay for the next two evenings.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the hotel or local restaurant featuring a three course dinner from a limited menu.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening presentation on the Hudson River as well as the Clermont Estate and the connection between . Learn about this colorful story including the relationship of partners Robert Fulton and Robert R. Livingston.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: While vacationing in the Hudson Valley, NY our hotel's guests should make plans to see sights like the Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR Presidential Library, which are just a short drive away. Don't miss Locust Grove, the birthplace of Morse Code inventor, Samuel B. Morse, which is located just across the street from us. Since it's a 90-minute train ride to Grand Central Station in New York City, you can make an easy trip into the Big Apple for a day of fun.

Contact info:
2750 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 USA
phone: 845-743-1151
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable, In Room Video Check-out Workspace / Desk, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Desk Level Electrical Outlet, Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Bathtub, Hairdryer Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker, Microwave Oven, Mini Refrigerator

Facility amenities: Business Center Copying, E-mail & Internet, Facsimile, PC available, Unstaffed Business Center, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection Health and Fitness Center (On-site) The Fitness room at the Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie hotel features everything you'll need to stay on track with your fitness routine. We offer a treadmill, lifecycle, stairmaster, recumbent bicycle, free weights, and a two-stage universal gym. Health/Fitness Center On-Site, Fitness Center Type: LIMITED The Fitness Center Times: 24 hours Outdoor Pool Housekeeping and Laundry Services, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Hours Of Operation: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Daily Housekeeping

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, June 23 - Olana Historic Site and Clermont Historic Site
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel and includes a selection of both cold and hot entree's, fruit, yogurts, juice and coffee.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Clermont Estate. We’ll have a guided exploration of this fabled estate that features the history of seven generations of the Livingston Family who lived on the site for two centuries. It was from here in 1807 that Livingston and Fulton launched the first steamship company on the Hudson River. Clermont affords one of the Hudson Valley’s most spectacular views, stretching across the Hudson River to the Catskill Mountains.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is served today featuring a choice of deli sandwiches.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Olana House. The home of artist Frederic Edwin Church was at the epicenter of the Hudson River School of painting. The estate is a unique three-dimensional work of art comprised of romantic landscape design, breathtaking views, and exotic architecture. During a guided exploration of the house and grounds, which includes changing exhibitions in addition to the permanent collection, learn about the importance of outdoor spaces to Frederic Church and the creation of the carriage roads that weave through the estate.

Dinner: A wonderful dinner will be included this evening at a fine restaurant overlooking the Hudson River.

Evening: PRESENTATION: This evening discuss tomorrow's travel with local historian from the NY Department of Parks.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Inn at Saratoga is the perfect marriage of past and present. The oldest operating hotel in Saratoga, The Inn features an array of modern amenities close to the Saratoga Race Course and within walking distance of downtown attractions including Congress Park. Smoke-free accommodations in our well-appointed guestrooms, complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet service, cable television, Serta pillow-top mattresses, coffee maker, a spacious work desk with speaker phone, and data port are featured in all of our finely styled, smoke-free Saratoga, NY accommodations. When you stay here, you are experiencing part of Saratoga’s colorful history.

Contact info:
231 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 USA
phone: 800-274-3573
web: www.theinnatsaratoga.com

Room amenities: Complimentary use of the YMCA located 1/2 block from The Inn Complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access Hair dryer Full size iron and board Use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa State Park.

Facility amenities: Complimentary use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa Park. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Complimentary use of our classic Roadmaster bicycles for up to two hours per day. Complimentary use of our lobby computer for internet and email access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, June 24 - Amtrak from Rhinecliff to Saratoga, NY, Explorati...
Amtrak from Rhinecliff to Saratoga, NY, Exploration of Batcheller Mansion

Breakfast: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as we will not depart the hotel until 9:00 AM. Breakfast includes a selection of both cold and hot entree's, fruit, yogurts, juice and coffee.

Morning: TRAIN JOURNEY: Depart our hotel, we transfer to the Amtrak station where we board the train for another scenic ride along the Hudson and through the Catskill Mountains to Saratoga Springs. During our journey today we are joined by a local speaker who will provide commentary via the listening devices about more of the Hudson Valley, the city of Albany, and significant sites along the way. Arriving in Saratoga Springs, we disembark the train and take a short trolley ride to the inn where we will stay the next two evenings.

Lunch: A delicious lunch is served at our inn and may include a buffet or menu selection.

Afternoon: LECTURE & FIELD TRIP: Saratoga Springs: Following lunch we will enjoy a brief presentation on the local history of Saratoga Springs. Next we experience exploration of Congress Park where history, health and horses come together. This beautiful park offers fun, relaxation... and a fountain or two.

Dinner: You are free for dinner this evening. Within a short distance from the inn are many great restaurants featuring all types of cuisine. Your program coordinator will help you find the perfect place.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Depending on the time of year you may enjoy a variety of local evening events, a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center or a simple stroll through town on your own.

Lodging: Inn at Saratoga

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Inn at Saratoga is the perfect marriage of past and present. The oldest operating hotel in Saratoga, The Inn features an array of modern amenities close to the Saratoga Race Course and within walking distance of downtown attractions including Congress Park. Smoke-free accommodations in our well-appointed guestrooms, complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet service, cable television, Serta pillow-top mattresses, coffee maker, a spacious work desk with speaker phone, and data port are featured in all of our finely styled, smoke-free Saratoga, NY accommodations. When you stay here, you are experiencing part of Saratoga’s colorful history.

Contact info:
231 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 USA
phone: 800-274-3573
web: www.theinnatsaratoga.com

Room amenities: Complimentary use of the YMCA located 1/2 block from The Inn Complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access Hair dryer Full size iron and board Use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa State Park.

Facility amenities: Complimentary use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa Park. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Complimentary use of our classic Roadmaster bicycles for up to two hours per day. Complimentary use of our lobby computer for internet and email access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, June 25 - Exploration of Saratoga Architecture , visit to t...
Exploration of Saratoga Architecture , visit to the Saratoga National Race Track and Saratoga Racing Museum Hall of Fame.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is included this morning including cold and hot entree's, cereal, juice, juice, fruit and coffee.

Morning: LECTURE: This morning we will discuss the Battles of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. These battles(September 19 and October 7, 1777) conclusively decided the fate of British General John Burgoyne's army in the American War of Independence and are generally regarded as a turning point in the war. The battles were fought eighteen days apart on the same ground, 9 miles (14 km) south of Saratoga, New York. We will visit the Saratoga Battlefield National Park

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in town today. Your program coordinator will help you find the perfect place.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we visit the Saratoga Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and explore the racing history of Saratoga. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore this charming town including the mineral spas located directly across from our inn.

Dinner: A delicious dinner is served at the inn and will include a choice from a limited menu.

Evening: LECTURE: This evening's talk will be an introduction to the Adirondacks.

Lodging: Inn at Saratoga

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, the family-owned Best Western Adirondack Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street in Lake Placid, New York—just across the street from the Olympic Center and next to Mirror Lake Beach. For travelers to the Adirondacks and the Best Western Adirondack Inn, this is a truly picturesque setting for a family vacation or romantic weekend escape in upstate New York.

Contact info:
2625 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-2424
web: www.adirondack-inn.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated Standard rooms are available with one king-size bed or two queen-size beds. All the amenities found in our Deluxe rooms are also provided for in our Standard rooms. An ADA accessible room and connecting rooms are available in this category. Most of our Standard rooms have an exterior entry accessible, without stairs, and a patio right outside your door complete with deck chairs. Rooms equipped with refrigerator, clock radio, satellite TV, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea, telephone, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and complimentary, high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Take a dip in our indoor, heated pool or hot tub; relax in the sauna; or work out those kinks in our fitness center.

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

Additional nights after: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Thursday, June 26 - Amtrak along Lake Champlain, through Ticonderoga ...
Amtrak along Lake Champlain, through Ticonderoga to the Adirondack Mountains, John Brown State Historic Site

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is included this morning including cold and hot entree's, cereal, juice, juice, fruit and coffee.

Morning: FREE MORNING: Time for a walk for more personal independent exploration.

Lunch: FIELD TRIP/TRAIN JOURNEY W/BOX LUNCH We board the train at noon with a box lunch prepared by the inn. We begin our journey through Whitehall and along the shores of Lake Champlain en route to Westport. We will be joined by a local historian who will capture your imagination with the history of Lake Champlain, the Underground Railroad, and John Brown.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: John Brown State Historic Site. We disembark at the Westport, NY Station where we will be greeted by our deluxe motorcoach which will take us to the home of abolitionist John Brown. Many people have heard of the song “John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,” but most have never heard of this simple farm at North Elba, New York. Recall the events before and after John Brown’s notorious raid on Harper’s Ferry, October 16, 1859, and consider his legacy.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening in the village this evening as your coordinator will provide you with the many choices.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Feel free to enjoy the village or take a stroll around beautiful Mirror Lake.

Lodging: Best Western Adirondack Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, the family-owned Best Western Adirondack Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street in Lake Placid, New York—just across the street from the Olympic Center and next to Mirror Lake Beach. For travelers to the Adirondacks and the Best Western Adirondack Inn, this is a truly picturesque setting for a family vacation or romantic weekend escape in upstate New York.

Contact info:
2625 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-2424
web: www.adirondack-inn.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated Standard rooms are available with one king-size bed or two queen-size beds. All the amenities found in our Deluxe rooms are also provided for in our Standard rooms. An ADA accessible room and connecting rooms are available in this category. Most of our Standard rooms have an exterior entry accessible, without stairs, and a patio right outside your door complete with deck chairs. Rooms equipped with refrigerator, clock radio, satellite TV, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea, telephone, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and complimentary, high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Take a dip in our indoor, heated pool or hot tub; relax in the sauna; or work out those kinks in our fitness center.

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

Additional nights after: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Friday, June 27 - The Wild Center, The Olympic Center, Olympic Muse...
Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast that includes cold and hot selections, juice and coffee.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Wild Center, Tupper Lake. Located on a 31-acre site near the geographic center of the Adirondack Park, the Wild Center’s mission is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. The center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits, and programs are designed to open new ways to look into the latest discoveries made by natural scientists. We’ll meet and talk with staff members to learn about the center and its work.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is included today.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Olympic Complex. Returning to Lake Placid, we visit some of the venues for the Winter Olympics of 1932 and 1980. This is one of only four places in the world that have hosted the Olympics twice. The area is still known for its numerous outdoor activities.

Dinner: A delicous farewell dinner is included this evening at a lovely Lake Placid restaurant.

Evening: An evening speaker presentation or light entertainment depending on time of year.

Lodging: Best Western Adirondack Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, June 28 - Travel to New Jersey and New York City
Depart From: Today we board our motorcoach for our journey from Lake Placid to New York City.

Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast that includes cold and hot selections, juice and coffee.

Morning: Today we travel by motorcoach to NYC. We will travel to the Newark Liberty Airport if needed for people who have parked in Long Term Parking or will be flying from this airport. Our plans are to arrive at the Newark Airport by 1:00 PM. Following our drop off at the Newark Airport we will travel to the Holiday Inn Manhattan for drop off at the hotel if needed. This should be around 2:30 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
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