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Program #20161RJ
4 Days | 3 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.

Itinerary for Jan 2 — Jan 5, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The L.A. Hotel Downtown is near LA Live, home of the Staples Center and NOKIA Theater LA Live. This spacious, downtown area hotel is within walking distance of landmark restaurants and lounges, L.A.'s Music Center, shopping, sports and transportation options. This full-service hotel provides guests with luxurious accommodations, a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, restaurant and lounge on the premises, room service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, and close proximity to world-famous L.A. destinations and cultural landmarks including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Griffith Observatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Little Tokyo, So. Pasadena and many theatrical venues.

Contact info:
333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
phone: 213-617-1133
web: http://thelahotel.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are furnished with a hair dryer, alarm clock, coffee maker/tea service, iron/ironing board, bedding with Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses with foam or down pillows, separate tub and shower, premium cable TV, movies/videos, and pay-per-view. A rollaway bed is available in some rooms. There is no access charge when using the room phone for toll-free and credit-card calls. Daily newspaper delivery to the room may be requested. A room refrigerator is available, but not guaranteed, upon request. INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless internet service is available at the rate of $9.95/day per device (includes iPads, laptops and any device used to connect to the internet). The service covers all guest rooms and public spaces in the hotel. Guests may sign up for Wi-Fi access at the front desk. A password is required. (This rate also includes unlimited local phone calls and unlimited long distance service within the country.)

Facility amenities: This 13-story, 400-room, smoke-free hotel offers many amenities to its guests including a concierge desk; cash machine/ATM; gift shop; foreign exchange; 24-hour fitness center; daily housekeeping service; complimentary newspaper delivered to the room, on request; room service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; safe deposit boxes at the front desk; full-service business center; and a same-day laundry and valet dry-cleaning service. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary wireless internet is always available in the hotel lobby only. PARKING: Valet parking at the hotel costs $35/day. Less expensive parking is available in one section of the World Trade Center parking garage.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
The L.A. Hotel Downtown offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call. Rates are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, January 02 - Hollywood
Note: One must be able to easily get on/off the chartered bus, climb stairs and stand/walk for 60-90 minutes on the expert-led Hollywood walk.

Lunch: Lunch at Hilton Woodland Hills

Hotel Check Out: Please check out of the Hilton Woodland Hills Hotel at the end of the Rose Parade program. The group will depart by bus after lunch for Hollywood.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Hollywood

After lunch, board the motorcoach for Hollywood where we'll meet our local expert, John Daugherty. The first stop is Hollywood & Highland, the complex that houses the site of the Academy Awards. Walk along the Walk of Fame to Grauman's Chinese Theater, famous for its foot and hand prints of the stars.

On the way to the L.A. Hotel Downtown, view the 1930 Pantages Theater, a historical landmark and art deco masterpiece, and the Capitol Record Tower. Get a glimpse of the famous Hollywood sign.

Hotel Group Check In: Check into the L.A. Hotel Downtown after 3:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at L.A. Hotel Downtown

Menus are arranged in advance for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers the following choices for meals: standard, gluten-free, low fat, low salt, and vegetarian. We are happy to accommodate the varying dietary needs of our group. These special meal requests should be written on your Participant Information Form and must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the start date of your program.

Evening: Orientation: Brief orientation begins after dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Optional Evening Performance: Please arrange for your own tickets and transportation. www.centertheatregroup.org or call (213) 972-4400

"Blithe Spirit"

Ahmanson Theatre

8:00 p.m.

Directed by Michael Blakemore ("Kiss Me, Kate" and "Copenhagen"), and featuring Angela Lansbury, "Blithe Spirit" tells the story of one husband, two feuding wives, and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy?

Lodging: The L.A. Hotel Downtown

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The L.A. Hotel Downtown is near LA Live, home of the Staples Center and NOKIA Theater LA Live. This spacious, downtown area hotel is within walking distance of landmark restaurants and lounges, L.A.'s Music Center, shopping, sports and transportation options. This full-service hotel provides guests with luxurious accommodations, a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, restaurant and lounge on the premises, room service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, and close proximity to world-famous L.A. destinations and cultural landmarks including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Griffith Observatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Little Tokyo, So. Pasadena and many theatrical venues.

Contact info:
333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
phone: 213-617-1133
web: http://thelahotel.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are furnished with a hair dryer, alarm clock, coffee maker/tea service, iron/ironing board, bedding with Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses with foam or down pillows, separate tub and shower, premium cable TV, movies/videos, and pay-per-view. A rollaway bed is available in some rooms. There is no access charge when using the room phone for toll-free and credit-card calls. Daily newspaper delivery to the room may be requested. A room refrigerator is available, but not guaranteed, upon request. INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless internet service is available at the rate of $9.95/day per device (includes iPads, laptops and any device used to connect to the internet). The service covers all guest rooms and public spaces in the hotel. Guests may sign up for Wi-Fi access at the front desk. A password is required. (This rate also includes unlimited local phone calls and unlimited long distance service within the country.)

Facility amenities: This 13-story, 400-room, smoke-free hotel offers many amenities to its guests including a concierge desk; cash machine/ATM; gift shop; foreign exchange; 24-hour fitness center; daily housekeeping service; complimentary newspaper delivered to the room, on request; room service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; safe deposit boxes at the front desk; full-service business center; and a same-day laundry and valet dry-cleaning service. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary wireless internet is always available in the hotel lobby only. PARKING: Valet parking at the hotel costs $35/day. Less expensive parking is available in one section of the World Trade Center parking garage.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
The L.A. Hotel Downtown offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call. Rates are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, January 03 - We will explore the history of downtown Los Angel...
Note: One must be able to easily get on/off the chartered bus, climb stairs and walk up to 0.5-1 mile at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant with a variety of choices including hot and cold selections, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Class: Historic Los Angeles

From the first settlement at El Pueblo Historical Monument to today's modern urban center with its world-class institutions, we'll see how the downtown area has evolved.

Field Trip: Exploration of Downtown Los Angeles

After class, ride the motorcoach to the first destination to begin an all day exploration of downtown with John Daugherty, our local expert. John has lived in LA for over 50 years, is passionate about the city and eager to share some of his favorite areas with us.

During the day, our stops will include the 1893 Bradbury Building, the oldest commercial office structure remaining in downtown LA, and the facades of Vaudeville-era movie houses on Broadway. At the Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, we'll visit the sanctuary and mausoleum and admire John Nava's tapestries. Later we'll view Union Station - the last of the nation's great train stations. Built in 1939, it features a grand combination of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco designs.

Lunch: Lunch at Philippe's

Enjoy one of Los Angeles's original cuisines--the French Dip sandwich--at this historic counter-service restaurant.

Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at the hotel including coffee, hot and iced tea, and ice water.

Evening: Class: The Getty Villa

This session introduces the highlights of the Getty Villa antiquities collection by gallery theme.

Lodging: The L.A. Hotel Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The L.A. Hotel Downtown is near LA Live, home of the Staples Center and NOKIA Theater LA Live. This spacious, downtown area hotel is within walking distance of landmark restaurants and lounges, L.A.'s Music Center, shopping, sports and transportation options. This full-service hotel provides guests with luxurious accommodations, a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, restaurant and lounge on the premises, room service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, and close proximity to world-famous L.A. destinations and cultural landmarks including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Griffith Observatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Little Tokyo, So. Pasadena and many theatrical venues.

Contact info:
333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
phone: 213-617-1133
web: http://thelahotel.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are furnished with a hair dryer, alarm clock, coffee maker/tea service, iron/ironing board, bedding with Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses with foam or down pillows, separate tub and shower, premium cable TV, movies/videos, and pay-per-view. A rollaway bed is available in some rooms. There is no access charge when using the room phone for toll-free and credit-card calls. Daily newspaper delivery to the room may be requested. A room refrigerator is available, but not guaranteed, upon request. INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless internet service is available at the rate of $9.95/day per device (includes iPads, laptops and any device used to connect to the internet). The service covers all guest rooms and public spaces in the hotel. Guests may sign up for Wi-Fi access at the front desk. A password is required. (This rate also includes unlimited local phone calls and unlimited long distance service within the country.)

Facility amenities: This 13-story, 400-room, smoke-free hotel offers many amenities to its guests including a concierge desk; cash machine/ATM; gift shop; foreign exchange; 24-hour fitness center; daily housekeeping service; complimentary newspaper delivered to the room, on request; room service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; safe deposit boxes at the front desk; full-service business center; and a same-day laundry and valet dry-cleaning service. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary wireless internet is always available in the hotel lobby only. PARKING: Valet parking at the hotel costs $35/day. Less expensive parking is available in one section of the World Trade Center parking garage.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
The L.A. Hotel Downtown offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call. Rates are based on room availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, January 04 - Explore the beautiful Getty Villa / Theater Perfo...
Explore the beautiful Getty Villa / Theater Performance at the historic Pantages Theater in Hollywood

Note: Walking at the Getty Villa on a self-guided exploration is on flat, paved surfaces with the exception of a few stairs. There are benches and seats available throughout the site--in the Entry Pavilion, Museum hallways, some galleries, the Outer Peristyle, the Inner Peristyle, the Herb Garden, and the West Belvedere at the end of the Herb Garden, as well as in the Outdoor Classical Theater. The amount of standing and walking at the Getty Villa is based upon one's interest level.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant with a variety of choices including hot and cold selections, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Field Trip: Day long exploration of the Getty Villa.

Oil magnate J. Paul Getty used some of his vast wealth to amass an incredible art and antiquities collection, first displayed in his ranch house on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. In the early 70s, he had a Romanesque Villa constructed next to his house to be a permanent museum for his collection. The Malibu Villa, modeled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy, became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974.

In 1997 the Getty Villa was closed and the collection was relocated to the new hill-top Getty Center in Brentwood (Los Angeles). After a nine-year, $275 million renovation and expansion, the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa re-opened as a home to the museum's Antiquities Collection.

The Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities are arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos, and the Theater and Stories of the Trojan War, housed within Roman-inspired architecture and surrounded by Roman-style gardens.

Explore the museum on your own or join one of the public tours.

Lunch: Lunch at the Getty Villa will be on your own to give you greater flexibility in viewing the Villa collection at your leisure.

The Cafe at the Getty Villa serves casual Mediterranean fare and has indoor and outdoor seating. Menu choices include salads, soups, panini, pizzas, pastas, vegetables and desserts.

The Coffee Kiosk near the Cafe entrance offers coffee, hot tea, espresso drinks, lemonade, and bottled beverages, as well as grab-and-go items including home-made soup, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and a selection of baked goods, desserts, and ice cream.

Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel includes coffee, hot tea and iced tea, and ice water.

Evening: Performance: "Wicked" Pantages Theater Hollywood 6:30 p.m.

Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). The untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good... before Dorothy dropped in. Based on the imaginative Gregory Maguire novel, Wicked takes a fantasy journey through the unseen side of Oz, sharing a tale of unexpected friendship and love.

Lodging: The L.A. Hotel Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Four: Monday, January 05 - City Hall / Independent Departures
Note: Be prepared to ride DASH shuttle, a public shuttle bus, from hotel to LA City Hall. At City Hall, group will have a one hour visit and enjoy view of LA from 27th floor Observation Deck.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Field Trip: With the group, ride DASH to City Hall and enjoy the beautiful view of Los Angeles from the 27th floor Observation Deck.

Hotel Check Out: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Los Angeles program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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Los Angeles
The Getty Villa17985 E Pacific Coast Hwy

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone (310) 440-7300

Email: VisitorServices@getty.edu

The Getty Villa houses the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on view in 23 galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with five additional galleries for changing exhibitions. With objects dating from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400, the collection contains monumental sculptures as well as artifacts of everyday life.
For additional information, visit: http://www.getty.edu/visit/

Los Angeles Convention and Visitors BureauBecause Los Angeles offers the visitor a wide range of activites, we suggest you contact the the LACVB and request tourism information.

Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau

6801 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

(877) 506-3780
For additional information, visit: www.discoverlosangeles.com

Music CenterInformation and performance schedules for the Music Center, home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall are available at the Music Center's website.
For additional information, visit: www.musiccenter.org

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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