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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

The Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (3 nights)

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Program #20363RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Mar 3 — Mar 6, 2015

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Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Visitors are inevitably stunned by the architectural splendor found both inside and out of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. With an ideal location right in Center City, its guest rooms and suites dominate a thirty-story tower that overlooks Independence Hall, adjoined to a rotunda that houses two exceptional restaurants. While the hotel's spa and fitness center are a treat, and you're certain to sleep soundly on feather bedding in the lovely surroundings of your guest room. The hotel lounge offers cocktails and dinner.

Contact info:
Ten Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
phone: 215-523-8000
web: www.ritzcarlton.com

Room amenities: In-Room Features • Twice-daily housekeeping attention • Complimentary overnight shoeshine • Evening turndown • Complimentary morning newspaper • High-speed internet access Please note that Road Scholar includes all taxes and tips except for the chambermaid. A $3 per day tip is suggested.

Facility amenities: Spectacular historic landmark building, the award winning Grill restaurant , spa and fitness facility, located in the heart of the downtown business district, within walking distance fo the city's premier retail, dining, and cultural attractions, steps away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $219.00 plus 15.5% tax
Pre/post stays must be booked through the provider at Landmarks (215) 205 4480 ask for Margaret Biddle. At this time, we are holding a few rooms for arrival December 28. However, the hotel is sold out on January 2nd due to large city wide convention. If you wish to stay over that night, please contact Margaret Biddle and she will put in a request to the Ritz for January 2 (the room cost will be higher) or she will request space at Club Quarters Hotel which is two blocks way (the rate is $116)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, March 03 - Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, W...
Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner/Philadelphia Orientation

Note: Minimal walking 3 short blocks

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATON: After you have your room assignment, go over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the Philadelphia Landmarks program staff and pick up your welcome packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant provides an opportunity to begin getting to know your fellow participants and to savor a bit of local flavor.

Evening: ORIENTATION: after dinner we will review the schedule of events, answers questions and have an opportunity to get to know one another.

Lodging: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Visitors are inevitably stunned by the architectural splendor found both inside and out of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. With an ideal location right in Center City, its guest rooms and suites dominate a thirty-story tower that overlooks Independence Hall, adjoined to a rotunda that houses two exceptional restaurants. While the hotel's spa and fitness center are a treat, and you're certain to sleep soundly on feather bedding in the lovely surroundings of your guest room. The hotel lounge offers cocktails and dinner.

Contact info:
Ten Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
phone: 215-523-8000
web: www.ritzcarlton.com

Room amenities: In-Room Features • Twice-daily housekeeping attention • Complimentary overnight shoeshine • Evening turndown • Complimentary morning newspaper • High-speed internet access Please note that Road Scholar includes all taxes and tips except for the chambermaid. A $3 per day tip is suggested.

Facility amenities: Spectacular historic landmark building, the award winning Grill restaurant , spa and fitness facility, located in the heart of the downtown business district, within walking distance fo the city's premier retail, dining, and cultural attractions, steps away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $219.00 plus 15.5% tax
Pre/post stays must be booked through the provider at Landmarks (215) 205 4480 ask for Margaret Biddle. At this time, we are holding a few rooms for arrival December 28. However, the hotel is sold out on January 2nd due to large city wide convention. If you wish to stay over that night, please contact Margaret Biddle and she will put in a request to the Ritz for January 2 (the room cost will be higher) or she will request space at Club Quarters Hotel which is two blocks way (the rate is $116)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, March 04 - Winterthur Estate, Longwood Gardens
Note: Winterthur-small group slow walking. Lots of leisurely walking at your own pace. Longwood wheelchairs are free and motorscootors rent for $15.

Breakfast: RITZ HOTEL BREAKFAST: 10 Arts restaurant located on the Hotel Lobby floor presents contemporary, regional American cuisine with emphasis on organic and utilization of local products. offers scrambled eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals plus breads/rolls,juices and coffee. Breakfast coupons will be issued for breakfast dining at 10 Arts Bistro

Morning: En route to Delaware in our private motorcoach, our educator will point out local landmarks along the way. FIELD TRIP: Winterthur. Designed in the spirit of 18th- and 19th-century European country estates, Winterthur (pronounced winter-tour) was the childhood home of collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont and is now one of the most extraordinary museums in the country — premier showcase of American decorative arts — with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room mansion, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.

During our private exploration, you will see exquisitely decorated trees, beautiful rooms that are only open during this season, and encounter traditions such as the evolution of holiday meals from the colonial period to the early national period. Depending on weather, you may also meander through a re-created woodland path offering vistas of the lovely Winterthur Garden. Yuletide at Winterthur is a feast for the spirit.

Lunch: Lunch at Winterthur offers a selection of choices to satisfy almost any palate. Mushroom soup is a specialty of the Brandywine Valley as the adjacent town, Kennett Square, is known as the “mushroom capital of the world.”

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Longwood Gardens The legacy of Pierre S. DuPont is one of the great gardens of the world, with a 4-acre Conservatory and outdoor gardens spanning 1,077 acres.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: enroute to Longwood Gardens, we will visit the Brandywine River Museum, home of The Wyeths Family paintings

Dinner: Dinner is included

Lodging: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Visitors are inevitably stunned by the architectural splendor found both inside and out of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. With an ideal location right in Center City, its guest rooms and suites dominate a thirty-story tower that overlooks Independence Hall, adjoined to a rotunda that houses two exceptional restaurants. While the hotel's spa and fitness center are a treat, and you're certain to sleep soundly on feather bedding in the lovely surroundings of your guest room. The hotel lounge offers cocktails and dinner.

Contact info:
Ten Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
phone: 215-523-8000
web: www.ritzcarlton.com

Room amenities: In-Room Features • Twice-daily housekeeping attention • Complimentary overnight shoeshine • Evening turndown • Complimentary morning newspaper • High-speed internet access Please note that Road Scholar includes all taxes and tips except for the chambermaid. A $3 per day tip is suggested.

Facility amenities: Spectacular historic landmark building, the award winning Grill restaurant , spa and fitness facility, located in the heart of the downtown business district, within walking distance fo the city's premier retail, dining, and cultural attractions, steps away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $219.00 plus 15.5% tax
Pre/post stays must be booked through the provider at Landmarks (215) 205 4480 ask for Margaret Biddle. At this time, we are holding a few rooms for arrival December 28. However, the hotel is sold out on January 2nd due to large city wide convention. If you wish to stay over that night, please contact Margaret Biddle and she will put in a request to the Ritz for January 2 (the room cost will be higher) or she will request space at Club Quarters Hotel which is two blocks way (the rate is $116)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, March 05 - VIP Entry to Flower Show/Performance
Note: Use of bus to sites. Walk back from Kimmel Center 3 blocks

Breakfast: RITZ HOTEL BREAKFAST: 10 Arts restaurant 7:00 am am presents contemporary, regional American cuisine with emphasis on organic and utilization of local products. offers scrambled eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals plus breads/rolls,juices and coffee. Breakfast coupons will be issued for breakfast dining at 10 Arts Bistro

Lodging: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Four: Friday, March 06 - Barnes Foundation/Program ends
Breakfast: RITZ HOTEL BREAKFAST: 10 Arts restaurant 7:00 am presents contemporary, regional American cuisine with emphasis on organic and utilization of local products. offers scrambled eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals plus breads/rolls,juices and coffee. Breakfast coupons will be issued for breakfast dining at 10 Arts Bistro Y

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We depart at 9:30 to visit The Barnes Foundation. The city’s newest cultural landmark is the new home of the world renowned Barnes Foundation museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, housing the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern Art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania-German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The new campus which opened to much fanfare in May 2012 boasts the greatest collection of Post-Impressionist art outside Paris including masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh. We will return to the hotel at noon for check-out. We suggest that you check out prior to our departure and leave your luggage with the Concierge. Hotel check-out is NOON. We trust you have enjoyed this very special holiday experience of New Year’s revelry and the fabulous Philadelphia Mummers Parade. Please join us again for other fascinating Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Lunch: Lunch is included on this day

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Philadelphia, PA
Independence HallBirthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. During the summer of 1776, 56 men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution. The guided tour, led by National Park rangers, begins in the courtroom. The Assembly Room which is arranged as it was during the Constitutional Convention. In the adjacent West Wing, the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration and an original draft of the Constitution are displayed. If you are planning a tour of Independence Hall you will need free timed ticket to see the Hall. A timed and dated ticket system has been developed to save valuable vacation time. Here’s how it works: Free tickets will be available on the morning of your visit: Pick up tickets at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia Advance tickets are available through the National Park Service (NPS) nationwide reservation system. Visitors planning their trip can reserve tickets up to twelve months in advance of their trip by calling 1-800-967-2283 for reservations from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily (Eastern Time). Reserved tickets can be picked up the day of the tour at the Independence Visitor Center "will call" window. Using the advanced ticket system, there is a $1.50 per ticket service charge for the otherwise free tickets, which must be picked up at least 45 minutes before the tour begins.
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Independence Visitors CenterThe, centrally located Independence Visitor Center is a one-stop destination for everyone. The Center provides information on restaurants and shopping; you can also learn about new exhibits at museums and attractions anywhere in the region. The Visitors Center includes the National Park Service's revolving park exhibits as well as five permanent exhibits focusing on themes central to Philadelphia and the birth of America. Visitor amenities include: Knowledgeable concierge services, restaurant reservation service, ticketing for tours, cultural, sporting, and special events, informational displays showcasing the region’s attractionns, gift shop offering merchandise and souvenirs, coffee bar, public restrooms, accessible by public transit. The Independence Visitor Center is located at 6th and Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. People can also call (800) 537-7676 or (215) 965-7676.
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Liberty Bell CenterThe new Liberty Bell Center opened on October 9, 2003. The Liberty Bell was ordered from England in 1751 by the Pennsylvania Legislature. It cracked shortly after arriving and was melt down and recast. It was melted it down and recasted it a second time in 1753 in an attempt to improve the bell's sound. On June 11, 1753 the Liberty Bell was hoisted into the belfry of Independence Hall (known then as the State House), where it hung and rang to mark special occasions until 1828. On July 8, 1776 the Liberty Bell rang to call Philadelphia's citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. In 1846, when being rung to commemorate George Washington's birthday, the bell obtained its infamous crack that rendered it unringable thenceforth. You will enter the screening facility on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets and will directed through the Liberty Bell Center. Once finished you will cross to Independence Square, once on the square you will be able to visit the buildings at your own pace. You will not be able to return to the Liberty Bell once you cross Chestnut Street Independence Hall tours will continue by timed tickets only. Tickets can be picked up at the Independence Visitors Center; it is suggested that you arrive 45 minutes to one hour before your tour. The fewer personal items you bring (bags and such) the faster you will move through security If you have any questions about the new procedures please contact Independence National Historical Park or call the Independence Visitor Center at 1-800-537-7676 Independence Mall 6th and Chestnut Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106 Tickets and Information (215) 965-2305 Call or go on-line for information. www.nps.gov/inde
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Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of ArtThe Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. The collection of Asian art, with objects dating from the third millenium B.C. to the present, includes ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and decorative objects as well as a Japanese ceremonial teahouse, a Chinese palace hall, and a celebrated collection of Oriental carpets. The European collections include medieval sculpture, stained glass, and a 13th-century French cloister; masterpieces of Renaissance painting; a suite of 18th-century French interiors; and superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The American collections include extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art; refined furniture and silver by early Philadelphia craftsmen; and the most important collection in the world of works by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. The art of the 20th century can be traced from the early innovations of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Duchamp to great works of abstract expressionism, pop art, color field painting, and contemporary work in many media. Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m. Closed Mondays and legal holidays General Admission* Adults $10 Seniors (62+) $7 Sundays: Pay what you wish all day Philadelphia Museum of Art Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19130 Main Museum Number: (215) 763-8100 | TTY: (215) 684-7600
For additional information, visit: www.philamuseum.org/

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