HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.
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 contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have.
This special new program, a "cultural cavalcade" from Philadelphia to New York, is jointly hosted by Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and Explore New York, Corp., both veteran Road Scholar program provider organizations.Dinner: Dinner is at Davio's located off the hotel lobby. Considered the leading Northern Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Davio’s at Club Quarters has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” and awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. The dining room with its high ceilings and arched windows is a backdrop for expertly prepared regional Italian foods.Evening: FREE EVENING: The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore the neighborhood on your own, begin making new friends, or just relax from your travels and have a good night's rest to prepare for the day ahead.Lodging: Club Quarters HotelMeals Included: Dinner
On site at the Barnes, a museum educator will provide an introduction to the collection and galleries. The Barnes Foundation showcases one of the premier private art collections in the world featuring French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern paintings. The magnificent new building displays the collection in space that replicates the scale, proportion and configuration of the original galleries in Merion.
(If you would like an expanded Barnes Foundation experience, our Program 20707, "A World of Art" includes two Barnes field trips with free time opportunities to explore at your own pace.)Lunch: Lunch is at Philadelphia’s historic farmers market, Reading Terminal, where you will be provided with a voucher to select your own food choices from the many available options. In addition to the eclectic eateries you will find throughout this immense structure, vendors offer an amazing array of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, hand-made pottery, jewelry and crafts from around the world.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Philadelphia Murals. Aboard our private bus, we will experience Philadelphia’s extraordinary public murals, a cultural highlight of city streets and buildings. The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of an anti-graffiti campaign! Under city leadership, an expert muralist reached out to redirect destructive graffiti writing into constructive and artistic mural painting. Today, Mural Arts is an innovative and successful public-private partnership that has produced more than 3,600 murals which have become a cherished part of the civic landscape and a source of inspiration to millions of residents and visitors who encounter them each year.Dinner: We will eat a local neighborhood restaurant.Evening: PERFORMANCE: The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the U.S. “Big Five” and among the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound and an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making. The Kimmel Center is situated on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts in a masterpiece of modern architecture with three performing spaces including Verizon Hall, the orchestra’s home base.Lodging: Club Quarters HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP continues: The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Led by an educator, we will have an introduction to one of the nation's foremost destinations in which to see world-class art. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to explore the exhibitions and galleries on your own. This grand museum, among the world’s greatest, began as a legacy of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. It is home to more than 227,000 objects 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 collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. The American collections are among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of modern and contemporary art.Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. At the museum, you can choose from the Cafeteria or Granite Hill, the museum’s fine eatery. The Cafeteria offers a variety of options from omelettes to soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table. Granite Hill’s French bistro menu also features seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, omelettes, fresh fish, and specialty cocktails and wines.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: You are also free to continue at the museum on your own, explore independently, or return to the hotel. Inexpensive transportation is readily available at the museum doorsteps.Dinner: For our farewell dinner in Philadelphia, enjoy the city's culinary renaissance at The Prime Rib in the Warwick Hotel, a block from Rittenhouse Square. Rated #1 Steakhouse by Zagat and one of the Top Five Romantic Restaurants by Food & Wine Magazine, the menu offers delectable choices from the signature prime rib and other meat entrées to chicken, seafood, or a vegetarian plate. The sophisticated décor and background piano playing recall the elegance of classic supper clubs.Evening: Return to the hotel at your leisure and prepare for the final morning field trip and the transfer to New York.Lodging: Club Quarters HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We are scheduled to return to the hotel by 11:30am.Lunch: Lunch is at Davio's off the hotel lobby.Afternoon: TRANSFER: We will transfer as a group to 30th Street Station where you will board an Amtrak train to New York City, a ride of approximately 90 minutes to Penn Station.
The Road Scholar program concludes in New York City and so your ticket is one-way. Should you wish to purchase a return trip ticket to Philadelphia rather than depart from New York, please contact Amtrak directly.
ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK: Upon arrival at Penn Station, you will be greeted by a member of the Explore New York staff, who will conduct you to the nearby New Yorker Hotel where you will register and have an opportunity to relax before dinner.Dinner: Dinner is at the Tick Tock Diner located just off the hotel lobby. The Tick Tock recalls traditional American diners, notable for “comfort” food. The décor evokes the spirit of the New Jersey original with banquette seating and chrome highlights.Evening: ORIENTATION: We will have a short review of the New York City portion of the program.
EXCURSION: Following orientation, we will walk to the iconic Empire State Building affording the most exciting view of America's cultural capital.Lodging: New YorkerMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
LECTURE: Massenet and "Werther." Best known for his operas, Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was one of the foremost French composers of his time and one of the greatest melodists.
Massenet completed “Werther” in 1887. It was based on a novel by Goethe more than a century earlier that was inspired in part by real life situations. The music is gorgeous but the story is one of the saddest in all of opera, ironically beginning and ending with a Christmas carol.Lunch: Enjoy deli sandwiches in the meeting room.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Lincoln Center. Explore the “campus” comprising the Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theater, Avery Fisher Hall and some smaller venues. Led by an expert guide, learn about America's first performing arts center.Dinner: Dinner is out at a neighborhood restaurant where you can dine like a New Yorker.Evening: PERFORMANCE: "Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera. Two of opera’s greatest singers today, Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca, are scheduled for this Met production of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s tragic romance. The conductor is rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu.Lodging: New YorkerMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: The Met. This, the largest museum in the U.S., is one of the three largest in the world, with one of the most significant collections. Our reserved group status at a special discounted rate allows us to bypass the admission lines. You will then have free time to explore on your own.Lunch: Lunch is on your own to dine at your leisure. The Met offers options including a self-service cafeteria, two cafés, and a European-style restaurant as well as a bar and a lounge. Or if you prefer, set out for a culinary adventure all your own at any of the numerous eateries in the area.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Continue exploring America's greatest museum or pursue your preferred interests elsewhere in America's greatest city. Wednesday is Matinee Day. If you'd like to attend another Broadway show, you might want to check out the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square that sells day-of-performance discount tickets.Dinner: Our concluding dinner together is at Cooper's Tavern, "back home" at the New Yorker. The sleek bistro
ambience is enhanced by wood-paneled walls, geometric lights, and a spacious lounge. Enjoy a convivial evening with new Road Scholar friends and share your favorite experiences. Or, head out for another evening on the town.Lodging: New YorkerMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
WRAP-UP: The Group Leader will moderate a wrap-up discussion of program highlights to conclude our cultural cavalcade.
We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
As the program commenced in Philadephia and concludes in New York City, you will have made your travel plans for your own independent departure.Meals Included: Breakfast