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Program #12804RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Elevation Note
Midwest location provides for very low elevation. All activities below 1,300 feet.

Itinerary for May 3 — May 8, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located across the street from the famous St. Louis Union Station, the Drury offers a free reception each evening from 5:30 - 7:00 with drinks and snacks. Free sodas and fresh popcorn served in the lobby daily from 3 - 10pm.

Contact info:
201 S. 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
phone: 314-231-3900
Room amenities: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, microwave & refrigerator, free 60 minutes of long distance per day and in-room coffee service in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool & whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry, free 60 minutes of long distance per day plus free high-speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $99/night
Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 03 - Welcome and Program Orientation
Note: You may check in to hotel anytime after 3 pm. Meet group in Room 134 at 4:15.

Arrive To: Program Orientation, 4:15 pm, Room 134.

Dinner: In hotel, 6:00 PM.

Evening: Readjourn in hotel, room 134 immediately following dinner for lecture on the founding of St. Louis and the St. Louis fur trade.

Lodging: Drury Inn - Union Station

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located across the street from the famous St. Louis Union Station, the Drury offers a free reception each evening from 5:30 - 7:00 with drinks and snacks. Free sodas and fresh popcorn served in the lobby daily from 3 - 10pm.

Contact info:
201 S. 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
phone: 314-231-3900
Room amenities: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, microwave & refrigerator, free 60 minutes of long distance per day and in-room coffee service in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool & whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry, free 60 minutes of long distance per day plus free high-speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $99/night
Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 04 - Melanie Harvey will take you on a journey, connec...
Melanie Harvey will take you on a journey, connecting the dots, bringing the past into the present. View sites, neighborhoods, and a local Historical Museum. Enjoy the architecture of the Cathedral Basilica, with the largest mosaic collection in the US.

Note: Considerable standing and walking in neighborhoods and Cathedral Basilica.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Meet in Room 134 at 8:00 am where guide, Melanie Harvey will get you acclimated to the day's journey. Experience a bus tour with Melanie of St. Louis landmarks and ethnic neighborhoods both, "Then and Now": Union Station, City Museum, City Garden, Soulard Market and its historic neighborhood, St. Louis Arsenal, Lemp Mansion & Brewery. Experience some of the old neighborhoods as you learn the importance of German, Irish and Italian immigrants and their significance on the development of St. Louis. Study various forms of the world's architectural influences on the Midwest. Tour the Carondelet neighborhood with a brief stop at Belle Rive Park overlooking the Mississippi River. Then visit the Carondelet Historical Society featuring the site of the 1st public continuously funded Kindergarten in the United States that opened in 1873 by Susan Blow, see archives of the area, local artist exhibits, artifacts from the Cleveland High School, exhibits of Victorian era housewares and the Memory Lane Room, which includes a street of storefronts including a doll shop and an old-fashioned meat market. Then engage in a walking tour of La Fayette Square neighborhood and park.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the "Hill", and maybe even try your hand at Bocce Ball at Milo's Bocce Garden. After lunch, enjoy an authentic Italian Gelato or an Italian pastry at nearby shops.

Afternoon: Field study on the St. Louis Hill. This unique neighborhood remains primarily an Italian-American neighborhood. It was established in the late 19th century when immigrants were attracted by jobs in nearby plants created to exploit the local clay. Baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagioli Sr. grew up on the Hill, along with other sports notables. Field trip to the new St. Louis Cathedral Basilica where the largest collection of mosaics in the world is housed in one place. Study the architectural design of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, where east meets west.

Dinner: Meet in Room 134 for catered dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Meet me at the fair! Enjoy a presentation on the sights, sounds, and discoveries of the 1904 World's Fair, held in St. Louis.

Lodging: Drury Inn - Union Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located across the street from the famous St. Louis Union Station, the Drury offers a free reception each evening from 5:30 - 7:00 with drinks and snacks. Free sodas and fresh popcorn served in the lobby daily from 3 - 10pm.

Contact info:
201 S. 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
phone: 314-231-3900
Room amenities: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, microwave & refrigerator, free 60 minutes of long distance per day and in-room coffee service in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool & whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry, free 60 minutes of long distance per day plus free high-speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $99/night
Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 05 - Campbell House Museum, Tower Grove Park and Misso...
Note: Steps and standing required at the Campbell House. Tram is available at Botanical Garden, so you can walk as much or as little as you wish.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Step back in time at the Campbell House Museum. This museum opened in 1943, transferring directly from family ownership to the museum. This preserved not only the Campbell's house but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house from 1885. It looks much the same today as it did in these photographs.

Lunch: As we work our way to the world-reowned Missouri Botanical Gardens, we will make a stop in Tower Grove Park for a picnic lunch. This gorgeous park will take you back to a simpler time. A gift to the City of St. Louis from 19th-century merchant Henry Shaw (who was also responsible for the adjacent Missouri Botanical Garden ), this park was laid out in the mid-19th century as a Victorian walking park. Much of the park is car-free, with winding roads for walking and biking. Unique flamboyant Victorian pavilions may be reserved for picnics notably the Turkish and Chinese pavilions and the lovely "Ruins" area is a restful spot with a pond and fountain. Other features include a beautifully restored Victorian bandstand, tennis courts and a small wading pool.

Afternoon: Field study to the Henry Shaw's dream, the Missouri Botanical Garden. Discover why it is one of the top three botanical gardens in the United States. Explore the garden, Climatron, and more at your leisure. Round-trip tram ride to various areas of park is optional on our tour.

Dinner: Enjoy the Irish presence in St. Louis tonight at McGurk's Irish Restaurant and Pub..

Evening: Optional: "Brick By Chance and Fortune". A documentary about the past, present, and future of brick in St. Louis. This movie chronicles the city's rich history as both a producer and user of a building material that's as lovely as it is sturdy. Once a major player in the U.S. brick-making industry, St. Louis still boasts countless brick houses, from small working-class bungalows to the stately mansions of the Central West End and University City, and the documentary illustrates the diversity and beauty of the city's striking brick edifices.

Lodging: Drury Inn - Union Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located across the street from the famous St. Louis Union Station, the Drury offers a free reception each evening from 5:30 - 7:00 with drinks and snacks. Free sodas and fresh popcorn served in the lobby daily from 3 - 10pm.

Contact info:
201 S. 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
phone: 314-231-3900
Room amenities: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, microwave & refrigerator, free 60 minutes of long distance per day and in-room coffee service in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool & whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry, free 60 minutes of long distance per day plus free high-speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $99/night
Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 06 - Explore the Gateway Arch, the Old Court House, an...
Explore the Gateway Arch, the Old Court House, and the St. Louis Old Cathedral. Visit Anheuser Busch Brewery and the majestic Clydesdales, and then return to the Hotel to enjoy a free afternoon and evening.

Note: Walking down a paved sidewalk required to reach Arch, and there are multiple steps leading down to Arch entrance. The trip to the brewery requires walking, escalators, and standing. A shortened tour is optional.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Meet in Room 134 of the hotel at 8:00 am, where we will begin the morning viewing "Monument to the Dream", a documentary about the monumental engineering feat that was required to erect this National Monument. Afterwards, board the bus to visit the Gateway Arch, built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for who St. Louis was the Gateway to the West. As we arrive at the Arch, stop in the Old Cathedral, site of the oldest Catholic parish west of the Mississippi, and location of the baptism of Sacagawea's son. Continue on to the Arch, just a short walk down a tree-lined path, and travel to the top of this 630 foot high stainless steel structure for amazing views of the Gateway City, the Mighty Mississippi, and neighboring Illinois. Then board the bus to visit the historic Old Court House, site of the Dred Scott trial. View exhibits on the Dred Scott Court case and view a special video on Dred and Harriet Scott.

Lunch: Lunch at Sqwires Restaurant in Lafayette Square. The Lafayette square area of St. Louis is a revitalized old neighborhood characterized by rows of Victorian "Painted Lady" homes and a beautiful central park managed by a neighborhood conservatorship. Sqwires is located in a historical wire factory. While dining you can observe some of the remaining features of this facility.

Afternoon: A trip to St. Louis is not complete without a visit to the Anheuser Busch Brewery. Even if you are not a beer lover, you will be impressed by this historical facility, which is beautiful and spotless. We will also visit the stable housing the majestic Clydesdale horses. If you are a beer lover, you can sample free Anheuser-Busch products at the conclusion of the tour.

Dinner: Free evening to enjoy St. Louis and various cuisines on your own. Literature will be available to give you options of places to see within a short distance of the hotel.

Evening: "Meet Me in St. Louis" (Judy Garland) will be available to watch in Room 134.

Lodging: Drury Inn - Union Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located across the street from the famous St. Louis Union Station, the Drury offers a free reception each evening from 5:30 - 7:00 with drinks and snacks. Free sodas and fresh popcorn served in the lobby daily from 3 - 10pm.

Contact info:
201 S. 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
phone: 314-231-3900
Room amenities: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, microwave & refrigerator, free 60 minutes of long distance per day and in-room coffee service in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool & whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry, free 60 minutes of long distance per day plus free high-speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $99/night
Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 07 - Explore Forest Park, site of the 1904 World's Fai...
Explore Forest Park, site of the 1904 World's Fair, and one of the largest urban parks in the country, surpassing Central Park in New York City by 500 acres. Sites will include the St. Louis Art Musuem, St. Louis History Museum, and the St. Louis Zoo.

Note: Moderate walking and some standing.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet hotel.

Morning: This morning you will have time to explore the St. Louis Zoo, one of the only free zoological parks still remaining in the US. Visit the giant birdcage, left from the 1904 World's Fair, along with many other natural habitat exhibits.

Lunch: Today we will lunch at a true St. Louis icon and enjoy food native to the St. Louis area. You may even get to enjoy a special St. Louis treat!

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon exploring the St. Louis History Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum. Schedule is flexible -- if you prefer to spend all of your time at one museum, we can accommodate that.

Dinner: Enjoy the German influence on St. Louis cuisine this evening as we dine at the Feasting Fox Restaurant.

Evening: Meet back in Room 134 for an evening of St. Louis Trivia with your fellow Road Scholars.

Lodging: Drury Inn - Union Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 08 - Program Conclusion and Departures
Note: Meet in Room 134 of the hotel at 8:15 am.

Breakfast: Closing program at 8:15 in Room 134 of the hotel. If you choose, view the National Geographic movie, "Lewis and Clark, Great Journey West". Main program will conclude by 8:30, movie will conclude by 9:30. Please check out of rooms by 11 am.

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips

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