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Program #21173RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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Elevation Note
Elevation is 600 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for Feb 18 — Feb 25, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, February 18 - Arrival in San Antonio, registration with program...
Arrival in San Antonio, registration with program’s group leaders, orientation meeting and dinner

Afternoon: 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay.

Dinner: A catered dinner will be served in the hotel ballroom on the fourth floor.

Evening: During dinner, enjoy a short presentation on conjunto music, followed by music by a local trio. Conjunto music blends the traditions of the Tejanos of South Texas with the Norteños of Northern Mexico with influences from German and other European immigrants. Welcoming remarks, special introductions and general program information follow dinner.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, February 19 - Texas History Presentation, Alamo, La Villita and...
Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast in the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

Morning: Pick any kid off the street in Japan, show him an outline of the state of Texas, and most likely he will instantly know what it is. Professor Allen Lee Hamilton of St. Philip's College will explain why Texas is the most universally famous place in America in a two-hour lecture and PowerPoint tour of Texas History, focusing on the sweeping events and fascinating characters that make Texas the amazing place it is; what John Steinbeck described as "a state of mind . . . a mystique closely approximating a religion . . . the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.”

Lunch: Enjoy a delightful buffet lunch at the historic Menger hotel, located on Alamo Plaza.

Afternoon: Go on expert-led walking explorations that visit the Alamo, the elegant Menger Hotel—built in 1859 on the site of Texas’ first brewery—and La Villita, at the heart of old San Antonio which is now home to the shops and studios of artists and craftsmen. You'll understand more about Texas pride as you visit these historic sites.

Afternoon: Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, available every day on the second floor of the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your group at a local restaurant.

Evening: Make your way to the River Walk— the heart of the city —for a narrated barge ride on the San Antonio River, located 20 feet below street level and just steps from the famed Alamo. See how stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture that resonate the depth of this centuries-old metropolis. The river barge ride ends at your hotel.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, February 20 - San Antonio Overview; Presentation on Water Conse...
San Antonio Overview; Presentation on Water Conservation; visit the McNay Museum, Southwest School of Art, and the San Antonio Library

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: 8:30- 11:00 a.m.: Classes will give you an overview of San Antonio, one of America’s unique cities. Learn about its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and the blending of cultural heritages that set the city apart. Join local experts for an informative and entertaining presentation on the successful story of San Antonio's water conservation efforts, which will enlighten you and provide a new perspective on the state. Conservationists will love to discover the many ways that the city is preserving water and other natural resources.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Art enthusiasts will delight in afternoon field trips to some of San Antonio’s finest art institutions. Enjoy a visit to the McNay Museum of Art, a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home which opened as the first museum of modern art in Texas in 1954. Today, its visitors are captivated by magnificent works of art by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. You will also make stops at the Southwest School of Art, one of the nation’s largest community-based art schools, to enjoy galleries and studios on the grounds of a former convent, and the San Antonio Public Library, an architecturally striking vibrant red building designed by renowned architect Ricardo Legoretta. Marvel at the building’s crowning artistic jewel, the colorful Fiesta Tower by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Fiesta Tower, comprised of 900-plus unique hand-blown glass ornaments, rises nearly 27 feet from the library’s atrium.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. Or venture out and sample from the wide variety of restaurants and cuisines offered within the area surrounding the hotel on the city’s river walk or on the street level.

Evening: What was the first word uttered by man from the moon? Houston! Find out more about the role of Texas and the Johnson Space Center in space flight from Astronaut Shannon Walker. Dr. Walker, a Houston native, served as mission control flight controller for several space shuttle missions and flight engineer on a long duration mission to the International Space Station. She will recount her adventures in space and enlighten you about the role Texas played in America's conquest of space.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, February 21 - Field trip to the quaint German town of Frederick...
Field trip to the quaint German town of Fredericksburg, featuring the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific and the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park; barbecue dinner and dancing

Note: Walk 1-2 miles, standing in museum for 1-2 hours.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Make an early departure for a full day excursion to the Texas hill country. Begin in the scenic Hill Country town of Fredricksburg. Explore the city on your own to visit German historical sites, marketplaces, breweries, or the National Museum of the Pacific War, located in the historic hotel run by the family of Admiral Chester Nimitz. Soak up the early history of the area by visiting the Pioneer Museum Complex or the Vereins-Kirche (Society Church), the oldest public building in town.

Lunch: On your own at one of the many restaurants along Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the LBJ National Historical Park, which contains a visitor center, reconstructed boyhood home, cemetery and the Johnsons’ residence, known as the Texas White House, where the private quarters have been recently opened to the public for the first time.

Dinner: Step back in time with a visit to historic Kendalia Halle, built by German settlers in 1903 for entertainment, community gatherings, and of course, dancing. Built of lumber brought in by horse-drawn wagon, the Halle remains a lively place for dinner and dancing. Enjoy a private party at the Halle with other Road Scholars as you listen to an award-winning area band.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, February 22 - Visit the historic Mission complex; explore King ...
Visit the historic Mission complex; explore King William Historic District

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.- please note later time on weekends

Morning: Explore the city’s early Spanish mission complex Travel by private motorcoach to San Antonio Mission National Historic Park for an exploration of the missions that make up the complex. With experts, learn about the early settlement and efforts of the Spanish to convert people to the church and an agricultural form of life. Discover the beauty of Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, the Queen of the Missions, restored by the WPA in the 1930s. See how Spaniards used irrigation (acequia) systems to develop self-sustaining agricultural communities along the San Antonio River. See other nearby missions during your visit to the site of the earliest European settlements.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take a trip back in time as you experts lead you through an area settled in the mid-19th century by affluent Germans, named after King Wilhelm of Prussia. Stroll through impressive houses designed in the Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate styles. Get an inside look at the lifestyle of rich and famous San Antonio personalities from the late 1800s. Following your return to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own. At 5:30 p.m. enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay.

Dinner: On your own

Evening: Free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, February 23 - Texas Historical Perspective; Folk Medicine in Te...
Texas Historical Perspective; Folk Medicine in Texas; San Fernando Cathedral; Mexican Marketplace; free afternoon; Texas tales/story telling

Note: walking up to 1-2 miles; stand in museum for up to one hour

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.- please note later time on weekends

Morning: You will hear the intriguing story of German immigrant Mary Menger, who operated two large San Antonio enterprises in the mid-19th century and demonstrated that a woman could thrive during a time when men dominated local commerce. As a widow and single mother, Menger profited from both the Western Brewery and Menger Hotel and became San Antonio’s largest employer. In the second presentation, you will take a peek at the system of folk medicine that came to be used by the early Texans, who often were forced to find substitutes for remedies that had been available in their previous environs. They began to share "cures" with people from other cultures: Native Americans, Mexicans, Germans, Poles, Swedes and many others. Join us as we look inside the medicine cabinets of early settlers.

Lunch: Hear a traditional mariachi performance as you dine overlooking the River Walk.

Afternoon: Led by experts, enjoy a walk to visit the heart and soul of the city, the San Fernando Cathedral. Built in 1738, the Cathedral is still in operation and played an important role in the religious and secular history of the city. The rest of your afternoon is free for you to discover something that interests you in the city. Those who prefer to remain in the hotel can enjoy video presentations about points of interest in Texas.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: From campfires to cracker barrels to front porches, folks have been gathering around to hear stories for centuries, and tales told well still work their magic. Texas history and folklore come alive through the riveting tales—some true, some tall—told by our award-winning storyteller, so gather round, sit back, and enjoy.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Monday, February 24 - Special Interest field trips; Institute of Texan ...
Special Interest field trips; Institute of Texan Cultures; farewell dinner

Note: Option 1) no walking involved; Option 2) Hike up to three miles on paved pathway; Option 3) Walk up to one mile; Option 4) Walk up to one mile; Option 5) no walking involved

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Choose from one of the following field trips: 1) Cooking demonstration/class- Learn how to prepare a delicious Mexican meal with picante style from Diana Barrios Trevino. Diana has appeared on the Today Show, the Food Network and prepared the puffy tacos served at Bill Clinton’s inauguration dinner. Diana shares the story of her mother’s effort to start a restaurant and how the family business has expanded to satisfy the hunger of thousands of happy customers. Enjoy an enchilada lunch following the demonstration. 2) Nature/Bird Watching walk along river extension trail- Enjoy a three-mile hike alongside the San Antonio River. You will learn about the city's urban renewal efforts. Bring your binoculars to help spot birds and other wildlife as you enjoy an easy walk on paved pathways with a master naturalist as your guide. 3) SAS Factory Tour- Take a bus to the San Antonio Shoe factory to find out how the passion of two shoe makers in the 1970s created a company that became a nationally known brand from the local factory. See how the founders’ dedication to comfort, quality, and craftsmanship is carried on today. Visit the general store with a candy kitchen, ice cream parlor, and vintage car display. 4) Hispanic Culture/West Side Visit- Explore an area rarely seen by tourists with a visit to the city's west side. Learn more about the diversity of the city and view some of its colorful murals. View a cross section of the many murals, visit a Mexican bakery, drive down Guadalupe St. and Park (where John Paul II held mass in 1988; explore herbal remedies in a botanica, and drive by many other historic and important places in the life of West Side residents. 5) Remain in the hotel to and enjoy a video presentation about Texas' famous personalities of the past.

Lunch: Lunch is provided on the field trip of your choice.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free time before the farewell dinner. All groups will go by motorcoach to the Institute of Texas Cultures (ITC) at Hemisfair Park. Operated by the University of Texas at San Antonio, the ITC fulfills its mandate as the state’s center for multicultural education by investigating the ethnic and cultural history of the state. Examine displays about the 26 different ethnic and cultural groups that settled the Texas frontier. Enjoy exclusive, after-hours admission to the museum and learn about the rich diversity of cultures who sent settlers to Texas.

Dinner: Farewell dinner under the dome theater of the museum, featuring music and cultural dancers.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, February 25 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Say “adios” to San Antonio as you depart for home. Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 p.m. Shuttle buses will be running from the hotel to the airport throughout the day. Those who stay in San Antonio beyond the final day will be provided with shuttle vouchers to return to the airport at their convenience.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio, Texas
Briscoe Western Art MuseumThe Briscoe Museum preserves and interprets the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. 210 W. Market Street; Telephone 210.299.4499
For additional information, visit: http://www.briscoemuseum.org/
Botanical GardensSan Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Telephone 210-207-3255.
For additional information, visit: www.sabot.org
Casa Navarro State Historic SiteFormer home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia.
Convention and Visitors BureauThe San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a full-service visitor information center that provides an extensive inventory of helpful brochures and other promotional materials concerning events and sites in and around the city.
For additional information, visit: www.sanantoniovisit.com
El Mercado-The MarketA two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
Guenther HouseHistoric house built by Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1859. Restored by the company as a museum, restaurant, and retail store. Telephone 210-227-1061.
For additional information, visit: www.guentherhouse.com
IMAX Theatre-"Alamo...The Price of Freedom""Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629.
For additional information, visit: www.IMAX-SA.com
SAS Shoe FactorySAS Shoe Factory, 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507, www.sasshoes.com. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5.
For additional information, visit: www.sasshoes.com
San Antonio Museum of ArtSince its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100.
For additional information, visit: www.samuseum.org
San Antonio ZooMore than 3,500 animals of 750 species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This zoo, established in 1914 is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf.
Southwest School of Art and CraftA community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch.
For additional information, visit: www.swschool.org
Steves HomesteadLocated on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, was built in 1876 by Edward Steves, who immigrated to Texas in 1848 and later founded the Steves Lumber Company. Victorian-era mansion also features Carriage House with antique carriages on display, the Gardener's Quarters (now a visitor center) and beautiful landscaping. Telephone 210-225-5924.

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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7 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
3 Performances

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