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Program #12085RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Elevation Note
Train travels over the Sierra (elevation 7,200') to Reno (elevation 4,400').

Itinerary for Jan 25 — Jan 30, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Landmark hotel in the heart of Sacramento, across from the State Capitol. Conveniently located in the center of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance of Old Sacramento’s many popular historic landmarks and museums.

Contact info:
1290 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-443-1234
web: www.sacramento.hyatt.com

Room amenities: All rooms include: 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels and pay-per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee), telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, mini bar, alarm clock radio, workstation with an ergonomic chair and windows that open.

Facility amenities: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento offers complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, concierge services, covered self & valet parking, currency exchange, 24 hour fitness center, large outdoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. The 24 hour business center is conveniently located within the hotel's lobby on the first floor. Self automated services include copying, faxing, scanning and high speed Internet access (all for a fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Please contact the reservations department (402-593-5085) for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 25 - Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Win...
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Wine Social / Welcome Dinner / Orientation

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Our Group Leader will host an informal wine social in the Vines Café before dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in the Vines Café.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Landmark hotel in the heart of Sacramento, across from the State Capitol. Conveniently located in the center of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance of Old Sacramento’s many popular historic landmarks and museums.

Contact info:
1290 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-443-1234
web: www.sacramento.hyatt.com

Room amenities: All rooms include: 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels and pay-per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee), telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, mini bar, alarm clock radio, workstation with an ergonomic chair and windows that open.

Facility amenities: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento offers complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, concierge services, covered self & valet parking, currency exchange, 24 hour fitness center, large outdoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. The 24 hour business center is conveniently located within the hotel's lobby on the first floor. Self automated services include copying, faxing, scanning and high speed Internet access (all for a fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Please contact the reservations department (402-593-5085) for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 26 - State Capitol / California State Railroad Museum ...
State Capitol / California State Railroad Museum / Old Town / Pioneer Life with “Widow Chambers”

Breakfast: In the Vines Café, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, breads and pastries, and fruit, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll take our bus over to the Capitol building for a field trip guided by our local instructor. The California State Capitol was constructed between 1861 and 1874, and its neoclassical style has earned a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Our field trip continues with a drive by the Gold-Rush-era Sutter's Fort and a walk through Sacramento’s historic Old Town.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll stop for a plated lunch with a choice of entrée and dessert, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We’ll travel by bus to the California State Railroad Museum, dedicated to the Transcontinental and Sacramento Valley railroads and their heritage in Old Sacramento. The 100,000-square-foot museum is the finest and most visited of its kind in North America, displaying 21 restored locomotives and cars, 1,000 fantastic toy trains, all-new exhibits highlighting the human face of the railroad, and the "Lost Spike." We’ll return to our hotel with time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: In the Vines Café.

Evening: A talented historic reenactor as "Widow Chambers" will pay us a visit at the hotel, bringing pioneer history to life from her unique point of view.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino is a complete destination with everything you want for fun.

Contact info:
219 Center St
Reno, NV 89501 USA
phone: 775-786-3232
web: www.harrahsreno.com

Room amenities: Rooms include a TV, hair dryer, and private voice mail.

Facility amenities: Harrah's Reno has a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness facility, salon, Spa at Harrah's offering massages, facials and other services (all for a fee). Casino offers slots and table games.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, January 27 - Train Ride Across the Sierra to Reno / Legacy of ...
Breakfast: In the Vines Café.

Morning: After we check out of our hotel, our bus will take us to the Amtrak Depot to board the Superliner “California Zephyr.” Welcome aboard for our railway adventure to Reno, Nevada! This Superliner affords the utmost in train travel, along with some of California's most spectacular scenery.

Lunch: On the train, use your voucher ($15 value) in either the dining car or snack bar.

Afternoon: We’ll arrive in Reno at the newly renovated train depot across the street from our hotel. After checking in, we’ll have time to relax before dinner in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a plated dinner with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea (hot or iced), water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In our meeting room at the hotel, we’re joined by a local historian and author who will recall the story of the Donner Party. A large group of pioneers led by brothers George and Jacob Donner left Springfield, Illinois, for California in the spring of 1846. They took what was supposed to be a shorter route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains but experienced many delays and were finally trapped by heavy snow. The story of what happened to the Donner Party, who survived, and how is one of the most chilling chronicles of the way west.

Lodging: Harrah's Reno

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino is a complete destination with everything you want for fun.

Contact info:
219 Center St
Reno, NV 89501 USA
phone: 775-786-3232
web: www.harrahsreno.com

Room amenities: Rooms include a TV, hair dryer, and private voice mail.

Facility amenities: Harrah's Reno has a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness facility, salon, Spa at Harrah's offering massages, facials and other services (all for a fee). Casino offers slots and table games.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, January 28 - Carson City / Nevada State Capitol Building / Nev...
Carson City / Nevada State Capitol Building / Nevada State Museum / Virginia City

Breakfast: In our private conference room at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a catered breakfast including eggs, breakfast meats, breads, pastries, and fruit, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We board a private motorcoach for the 33-mile ride to Carson City, where we’ll have a docent-led exploration of the Nevada State Capitol Building. Built to hold a state government much larger than what was necessary when it was completed in 1870, the Capitol was under-utilized for many years. Now, more than 140 years later, it is still able to hold all the government officials and operations the state requires, a testament to the foresight of Nevada's founding fathers.

Our next stop is the Nevada State Museum, where we’ll have time for a leisurely visit with our Group Leader. The museum’s building was originally constructed in 1870 as the U.S. Mint; in just 23 years, it produced more than $49,000,000 in coins. Today, we’ll see exhibits that include "The Chinese Experience," and "Coin Press No. 1," We’ll also see a collection of Washoe Native American baskets, and the dining service from the battleship USS Nevada, made from silver mined at nearby Tonopah and gold from Goldfield. The museum also features Nevada's wildlife, particularly coyotes, mountain lions, golden eagles, badgers, and black bears.

Lunch: At a nearby restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with several menu options plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We’ll board our motor coach for historic Virginia City, 12 miles away. In its heyday, Virginia City was the most important city in the western U.S., a place where people from all over the world found fortune and glory, drawn by the gold and silver buried in nearby mountains. With our Group Leader, we’ll learn about the Bonanza Kings, the mine owners who played an important role in shaping America’s economy.

Next, with a museum docent, we’ll step back in time to Virginia City’s historic Fourth Ward School, “the last school of its kind still standing in North America.” This 1876 Victorian structure still contains the same wooden desks occupied by children and teachers from 1876 to 1936. Virginia City is also where Mark Twain took his pen name and began his writing career. We’ll learn about the city’s influence on his writings, and we’ll also stop by Piper's Opera House, where stars such as John Philip Sousa and Al Jolson once took the stage.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. You might enjoy a stroll along the Truckee River Walk or take in a concert or show at one of the city’s theaters.

Lodging: Harrah's Reno

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Landmark hotel in the heart of Sacramento, across from the State Capitol. Conveniently located in the center of the city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance of Old Sacramento’s many popular historic landmarks and museums.

Contact info:
1290 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 USA
phone: 916-443-1234
web: www.sacramento.hyatt.com

Room amenities: All rooms include: 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV with cable movie channels and pay-per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee), telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, mini bar, alarm clock radio, workstation with an ergonomic chair and windows that open.

Facility amenities: The Hyatt Regency Sacramento offers complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, concierge services, covered self & valet parking, currency exchange, 24 hour fitness center, large outdoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. The 24 hour business center is conveniently located within the hotel's lobby on the first floor. Self automated services include copying, faxing, scanning and high speed Internet access (all for a fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Please contact the reservations department (402-593-5085) for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 29 - Motorcoach Return to Sacramento / Donner State Pa...
Breakfast: In our meeting room at the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board our motor coach for the return trip to Sacramento. We’ll travel along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, an Alpine lake with clear, azure-blue waters that is the second deepest in North America. Its name is actually a derivative of “Dao w a ga,” which, in the language of the Native American Washoe people, originally meant “edge of lake.” After a number of name changes, “Lake Tahoe” has appeared on official maps since 1945.

Lunch: At a restaurant on the shores of Lake Tahoe, we’ll have salad or sandwiches plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Aboard our motor coach, we’ll head for Donner Memorial State Park to learn more about the dramatic story of the Donner Party. Then, we’ll follow the old highway over Donner Summit as we contemplate the experience of 19th century pioneers crossing the formidable Sierra Mountains through this precarious notch.

We’ll arrive back at our original Sacramento hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard the Delta King, a permanently moored 1920s riverboat that is now a popular restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with a choice of entrée, side salad, and dessert, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You may linger on the Delta King and imagine traveling between Sacramento and San Francisco by boat, as many did through the first half of the 20th century.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 30 - Wrap-Up Presentation / Program Concludes
Note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In the Vines Café.

Morning: Our Group Leader will conduct a wrap-up session with farewells before departure. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sacramento, CA
Governor's Mansion State Historic ParkOriginally built by a hardware merchant in 1877, the mansion became California's Executive Mansion in 1903. The mansion is an example of Second Empire-Italianate architecture. The interior design reflects a mixture of tastes, ranging from the original Victorian builder through all the various governors and first ladies who lived there. Address: 1526 "H" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 323-3047
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=498
Old Town SacramentoExperience the Sacramento of the Gold Rush era. Enjoy museums, entertainment, restaurants, unique shops, and plenty of great places to stay at this National Registered Landmark and 28-acre State Historic Park, on the river, in downtown Sacramento. Address: Old Sacramento Visitor Center, 1002 Second Street, Sacramento, CA Phone: 916-442-8575
For additional information, visit: www.oldsacramento.com
Sacramento Convention CenterLocated in the heart of downtown, the Sacramento Convention Center includes 134,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 31 meeting rooms, an outdoor garden terrace adjacent to an elegant 24,000-square-foot ballroom, and two separate 10,000-square-foot registration/pre-function areas. The complex also includes the 4,000-seat Memorial Auditorium and the 2,452-seat Community Center Theater. Address: 1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916-808-5291
For additional information, visit: www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com
Sutter's Fort State Historic ParkJohn Sutter established this outpost in 1839, and the park, restored to its 1846 appearance, aims to recapture the spirit of 19th-century California. Exhibits include a blacksmith's forge, cooperage, bakery, and jail — a self-guided audio tour is also available. Demonstrations and reenactments in costume are staged daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Address: 2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816 ( between K & L and 26th & 28th) Phone: 916-445-4422
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=485

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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