ORIENTATION: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have.Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room at The Hyatt Bellevue. Limited choice of entrées. Special dietary requests (vegetarian and gluten-free) can be accommodated with advance notice via your personal information form.Evening: FREE EVENING: The evening is free for you to enjoy making new friends or just have a good night's rest to prepare for the full day ahead.Lodging: Hyatt at The Bellevue PhiladelphiaMeals Included: Dinner
Following the lecture, we board our bus for our field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of ArtLunch:
Lunch is on your own at the museum. Choose from the Cafeteria or Granite Hill, the museum’s fine eatery, both operated by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s catering group. The Cafeteria offers a variety of options from omelette's to soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table. Granite Hill’s French bistro menu also features seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, the freshest fish, and specialty cocktails and wines.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Explore the incomparable galleries of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among the largest museums in the U.S., with 200 galleries and a collection of more than 227,000 works of art spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the American collections are among the finest in the country. If there is a major exhibit on display, timed tickets will be provided for our group.
You may remain at the museum and explore as you wish, returning to the hotel on your own via readily available taxis or convenient public bus. Seniors with a Medicare card ride our public buses for free! (this may change for 2014 and apply on to Pennsylvania residents - the possible fare could be $2.50 exact change each way). The cost of a taxi to the hotel should be approximately $10 for up to 4 persons.
Your free afternoon and evening begins when you end your visit to The Philadelphia Museum of Art.Evening: Dinner is on your own tonight to explore other restaurants or to meet with friendsLodging: Hyatt at The Bellevue PhiladelphiaMeals Included: Breakfast