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Program #21299RJ
6 Days | 5 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.
Elevation Note
Elevation 1,250 feet

Itinerary for Nov 15 — Nov 20, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 15 - Registration/Program Orientation
Afternoon: Program registration to take place between 4:30 - 5:15 pm in the hotel lobby. This is a drop-in registration. Following registration, we will conduct a program orientation. Information about the hotel property, program itinerary, instructors, venues, nearby attractions and on site staff will be provided. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and to meet your fellow Road Scholar participants.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian and gluten-free option.

Evening: Enjoy after-dinner coffee with your fellow participants or turn in early in anticipation of the week's activities.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 16 - Arizona and Phoenix History 101/Explore Phoenix C...
Arizona and Phoenix History 101/Explore Phoenix City Tour/Presentation on Native Arizona: Prehistory to Today

Note: Walking short distances in downtown Phoenix and in the Arizona Capitol Museum.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order. Be sure to allow enough time to enjoy your breakfast and coffee in beautiful Old Town Scottsdale.

Morning: Learn about Arizona's early days and its capital city, Phoenix. Our local historian will not only provide you with the historical framework for our exploration this week, but will also provide you with some tantalizing stories and tales you probably haven’t heard before.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Now that you've heard about Arizona and Phoenix’ beginnings, we'll get out and see it with a comprehensive city tour, allowing you to get your bearings. See the architecture and vibrancy of downtown Phoenix, the neighborhoods near Camelback Mountain and the beautiful Biltmore Hotel and Resort before returning to our hotel in Old Town Scottsdale. The Arizona Biltmore is the only existing luxury hotel with design elements from Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1929, the Biltmore was immediately crowned the “Jewel of the Desert” and has been a preferred resort for celebrities, heads of state, and business scions. While in the downtown area we’ll make a stop (time permitting) at the Arizona Capitol Museum, the former capitol building which served as the territorial capitol and was built to show that Arizona was ready to become a state, as it did in 1912. The museum houses the unique silver and copper punchbowl service from the USS Arizona, miraculously saved before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Learn about those that came before -- the Hohokam and their legacy of canals in the Phoenix area. Our Native American speaker will describe the contemporary Native American tribes in the greater Phoenix region.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 17 - Desert Botanical Garden/Heard Museum/Presentation...
Desert Botanical Garden/Heard Museum/Presentation on Local Topic of Interest

Note: Some walking and standing. Most paths are paved in the Garden. Elevators available in the Museum.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.

Morning: 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.

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

Afternoon: The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. The museum's 11 spacious exhibition galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art. Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard in 1929 - as a small museum in a small Southwestern town - the Heard has grown in size and stature - to now being recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. The Heard is a living museum - giving voice to a uniquely American people.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Presentation on a topic of local interest. Program may vary by week and include a local author, artist or regional expert.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 18 - Taliesin West/Musical Instrument Museum/Free Even...
Note: Walking and standing in museums; some stairs at Taliesin.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.

Morning: This morning we visit Taliesin West (pronounced TALLY EHSSEN), Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 and lived here until 1959. It is Located on 600 acres in the Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale. An expert on Wright and his works will assist in our exploration of this unique architectural wonder. Wright and his apprentices gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build this great desert masterpiece. From the beginning, this remarkable set of buildings astounded architectural critics with its beauty and unusual form. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Lunch: Lunch at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Afternoon: Visit the Musical Instrument Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience for music lovers of any stripe. Opened since 2010, the museum allows the visitor to hear music from around the world in galleries organized by continent and country. Every visitor receives a set of headphones with which to enjoy and learn about music from all genres. Among many instruments of note, the museum has on display the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote “Imagine”. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at any of the fun and delicious restaurant offerings in Old Town Scottsdale or along the trolley route or within walking distance. The trolley runs until 9:00 PM so you will have time to investigate and still catch a ride back to the hotel stop.

Evening: Enjoy an evening on your own strolling the streets, shops and art galleries in Old Town Scottsdale, just a short distance from the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 19 - Water in the West/Phoenix Art Museum/Free Time/We...
Note: Walking and standing in museum.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.

Morning: Begin the morning with a presentation about Water in the West by a representative of the Salt River Project. Continue today’s exploration of the arts with a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum. The museum is one of the largest art museums in the Southwest, and within its labyrinth of halls and galleries is a respectable collection that spans the major artistic movements from the Renaissance to the present. Exhibits cover decorative arts, historic fashions, Spanish-colonial furnishings and religious art, and, of course, works by members of the Cowboy Artists of America.

Lunch: Lunch at a Phoenix Art Museum.

Afternoon: Spend a bit more time in the museum following lunch, then return to the hotel. A portion of this afternoon is free to explore Old Town Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Historical Museum (the Little Red School House), people watch or stroll on the Scottsdale Mall’s green space, visit SMOCA – the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, cross the Soleri Bridge along the waterfront, view the whimsical art work in the canal or just relax!

Dinner: Depart in late afternoon for an evening bar-b-que cookout and a campfire under the stars amidst towering saguaro cacti, icon of the West. Don’t forget your jacket as desert nights will cool off quickly. Cowboy boots optional!

Evening: Watch the sun set, the stars pop out and hear the campfire crackle. Then sing a song or two with newfound friends under Western skies as you wrap up the week's experiences in this Signature City. Return to the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 20 - Farewells and Hotel Check Out
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.

Morning: Say your final good-byes to new-found friends as you depart for home or other destinations. Program ends by 9:00 am. Hotel check out by Noon.

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.

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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances

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