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Program #1046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Equipment Requirements
- Bring your own camera. digital SLR recommended. Point and Shoot Cameras welcome, as are film users. We will not be able to process film for critique during the week. - Wide angle (20-35 mm) lens, macro lens or close-up filter useful. - Short to medium (80-200 mm) telephoto lens also useful. - Tripod and cable release are invaluable. - USB Flash drive/jump drive at least 2 gig in size. To submit the images for the daily photo review. This device is important and only one device per couple or team is needed. A second memory card may be substituted. - Laptop computers are recommended. They are useful for participants reviewing their daily photos for submission for review, editing photos and organizing photo essay for the end of the week. I-Pads do not work as well as laptops due to inability to export files. - Printed copy of the Camera's full owner's manual - not just the Getting Start Manual, download from MFR's website if necessary; - Extra batteries, battery charger.

Itinerary for Feb 8 — Feb 13, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Contact info:
3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.

Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal - Call hotel direct
Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 08 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel Check-In: After 4 PM. Early check-in subject to hotel availability.

Program Registration: 4:30-5:15 PM. After You have your room assignment, Come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby or meeting room to register with the program staff,and pick up your name tag.

Orientation: 5:30-7 PM. We will gather in the hotel meeting room. We will review the daily schedule and any changes, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you have. We will follow with quick introductions.

Please be aware that the program activities and schedule 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.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel conference room at 7 PM. If you wish you may also order "adult" beverages at your cost.

Evening: After Dinner, enjoy a free evening, get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead.

Lodging: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Contact info:
3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.

Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal - Call hotel direct
Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 09 - Photography Class/MacDonald Ranch
Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Anyone with one of today's cameras can take a picture; not everyone can be called a photographer. Many of today's cameras are so "smart" that a person can literally point and shoot with the results being very acceptable more often than not. The question regarding equipment is, do you run it or does it run you? Which route to take? Your path or the beaten path? Discover your own unique path to stunning photography under the guided tutelage of an Arizona Highways Photographer. Unlock the secrets of professional photographers and learn to capture the "soul" of a place as opposed to merely its physical appearance. View the world with the eye of a photographer and uncover the beauty and picturesque moments and scenes surrounding you during this photography class. Discuss Camera Basics and explore the controls on your camera. (Bring our Camera with you to the session.)

Lunch: Lunch is a delicious green salad and build your own sandwich.

Afternoon: After lunch sit down for a review and critique session of photos submitted prior to the program by you and your fellow participants. Field trip to 1300 acre ranch in the lush Sonoran desert. Experience the magic of the desert in the true spirit of the west. Enjoy endless saguaros and fascinating wildlife.

Dinner: Enjoy a cowboy cookout in a rustic old-west setting.

Evening: Return to hotel upon conclusion of photo shoot and cowboy cookout.

Lodging: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Contact info:
3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.

Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal - Call hotel direct
Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 10 - Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden and the Sonoran...
Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Photo shoot at the Desert Botanical Gardens. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year. The stunning exhibits provide endless photo opportunities.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Afternoon: Gather in the resort meeting room for an afternoon photo critique and review session. Depart for a sunset photoshoot in the Superstition Mountains.

Dinner: Dinner at the Mining Camp Restaurant.

Evening: Late return to the hotel after dinner and photoshoot.

Lodging: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport hotel is one mile from Tucson International Airport (TUS) and minutes from downtown.

Contact info:
6575 South Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 USA
phone: 520-741-0505
Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Tucson International Airport shuttle including destinations within a 5 mile radius of the hotel. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Hotel for Rate
Contact Hotel for Rate.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Wednesday, February 11 - Travel to Tucson and visit historic San Xavier de...
Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Pack up, and load the vehicles for our trip to Tucson.

Lunch: Lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room of our Tucson hotel for a photo critique and review session. Check in to your room and head out to Saguaro National Park, for an afternoon shoot at the Signal Hill Petroglyph site and a sunset shoot at the Desert Discovery Trail.

Dinner: Late dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Evening: Sunset shots

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport hotel is one mile from Tucson International Airport (TUS) and minutes from downtown.

Contact info:
6575 South Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 USA
phone: 520-741-0505
Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Tucson International Airport shuttle including destinations within a 5 mile radius of the hotel. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Hotel for Rate
Contact Hotel for Rate.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, February 12 - Old Tucson movie set, and historic Tucson movie s...
Old Tucson movie set, and historic Tucson movie set, and Photo Critique

Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one mile each.

Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Visit the San Xavier del Bac Mission, the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. Visit the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. It is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world because of its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems).

Lunch: Lunch at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.

Afternoon: Explore historic buildings along the Presidio Trail in historic Tucson.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Photo workshop critique and review.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 13 - Check-out and departures
Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Pack up and depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, followed by a stop at the starting hotel. We should arrive to the airport by 10:30AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences

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