PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff. You will receive your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
ORIENTATION: After introductions of participants and staff, we will have an orientation session to review the up-to-date schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Road Scholar's FLEX programs are designed for independent-minded participants who want high quality educational content in a structured framework with more free time than our traditional all-inclusive programs. In this City Highlights Program, you will have expert-led presentations and field trips that showcase some of Portland's most notable features.
The program provides two meals per day on average, thus allowing you the opportunity to explore local cuisine according to your tastes. You will also have a significant amount of free time for personal independent exploration. Your welcome packet has suggestions for free time activities and dining options, and the Group Leader will be happy to offer recommendations.
During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead optional informal activities and dining out that you are welcome to join at your own cost if you like. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Your program price also includes a 2-day unlimited ride pass for the Portland Public Transportation that will allow you to travel on MAX, buses, and street car trolleys throughout your stay.Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel as you get to know your fellow participants.Evening: OPENING PRESENTATION: Enjoy an overview of Portland, known as the City of Roses, and begin to anticipate what's ahead.Lodging: Portland Marriott City CenterMeals Included: Dinner
The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own, spend time with new friends, or relax as you choose. Your Guide will have recommendations for where to go and what to do.Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to sample the city's restaurants and enjoy the cuisine you prefer.Evening: FREE EVENING: Use the public transportation ticket provided to do more exploring as you see and do what is most interesting to you personally.Lodging: Portland Marriott City CenterMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FIELD TRIP: Enjoy an educational docent led tour of the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. The Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland.
FIELD TRIP: Founded in 1917, Portland's International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland's garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe. The primary purpose of the garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties. The City of Portland Gold Medal Awards are issued annually to the best introductions. See these roses in bloom and enjoy the lovely views of downtown Portland.
The bus will make its way from the hills back downtown, and your free afternoon begins.Lunch: Lunch on your ownAfternoon: Your Group Leader will be available to provide suggestions and ideas for your free time.
Closer to dinner time meet the group at a designated location and board the vessel for the dinner cruise on the Willamette River.Dinner: Dinner will be served aboard the Portland Spirit as you sail down the Willamette River. It will be an evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and prepared fresh on board, entertainment, and a live performance.Evening: The cruise continues into the evening.Lodging: Portland Marriott City CenterMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Group leader will do a wrap up. Individual departures begin about 11:00 AM. Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast