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Program #1615RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Elevation Note
The highest elevation participants will experience is 1,000 feet.

Itinerary for Oct 18 — Oct 23, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Hotel Promenade is located at the vibrant Branson Landing. Enjoy outstanding dining and shopping outside every entrance and beautiful views from every room.

Contact info:
3 Branson Landing
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 141-733-6550 x0
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/missouri/hilton-promenade-at-branson-landing-HROBRHH/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: one King bed or two Queen beds feature the Hilton Serenity collection which includes a pillowed topped mattress, down comforter and 250 thread count triple sheets. Additional room amenities include an easy chair with ottoman, 32 inch flat panel television, large well-lit work desk with granite counter tops, two (2) line phones with data ports and voice mail, high speed Internet access, miniature refrigerator and much more.

Facility amenities: Business Center, Concierge, Lounge, Room Service, Laundry/Valet Service, Fitness Center, Pool. Parking is $10 per day for self park and $14 per day for valet park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159
Call the hotel for rates and availability. Pre and post nights are on weekends which are a much higher cost.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 18 - Registration & Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Bra...
Afternoon: Hotel check-in is available beginning at 3:30 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: Enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your fellow participants served in a private room at the hotel. Dinner may be a select entree or a buffet.

Evening: After dinner we will have a brief overview of Branson with a local historian, including an introduction to the ubiquitous culture of "Faith, Family, and Flag." We will also have our program orientation, during which the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will then review 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.

Scheduled free time is set aside 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: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Hotel Promenade is located at the vibrant Branson Landing. Enjoy outstanding dining and shopping outside every entrance and beautiful views from every room.

Contact info:
3 Branson Landing
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 141-733-6550 x0
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/missouri/hilton-promenade-at-branson-landing-HROBRHH/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: one King bed or two Queen beds feature the Hilton Serenity collection which includes a pillowed topped mattress, down comforter and 250 thread count triple sheets. Additional room amenities include an easy chair with ottoman, 32 inch flat panel television, large well-lit work desk with granite counter tops, two (2) line phones with data ports and voice mail, high speed Internet access, miniature refrigerator and much more.

Facility amenities: Business Center, Concierge, Lounge, Room Service, Laundry/Valet Service, Fitness Center, Pool. Parking is $10 per day for self park and $14 per day for valet park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159
Call the hotel for rates and availability. Pre and post nights are on weekends which are a much higher cost.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 19 - Branson Area Coach Excursion / Matinee Performanc...
Branson Area Coach Excursion / Matinee Performance / Pre Show Lecture & Post Show Discussion

Breakfast: Enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast served each day at the hotel. Buffet includes hot entrees, cereal, toast, coffee, juice. Vouchers will be given for breakfasts.

Morning: Today we meet with our local expert in the lobby of the hotel to prepare for a morning of area exploration by bus. We'll explore the early history of the Ozarks and Branson pre-entertainment history. Learn the evolution of Branson in the early years including floods, lakes and damming systems. We conclude the morning with the entertainment evolution of Branson from the 1950's to Modern Day.

Lunch: Lunch is served at a local restaurant with a choice of limited menu including entree and drink.

Afternoon: This afternoon will be the first of several exciting insider performance experiences of the week. We begin with a preshow lecture with the musical director or theater manager at the Grand Country Music Hall. We will then enjoy a matinee performance of either The Duttons or The Adventures of Marco Polo, depending on the schedule. After the show the performers themselves will lead us in a discussion of their work.

Dinner: This evening we'll enjoy dinner at a popular Branson restaurant along with live entertainment during our meal.

Lodging: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

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

Description: Located on Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Hotel Promenade is located at the vibrant Branson Landing. Enjoy outstanding dining and shopping outside every entrance and beautiful views from every room.

Contact info:
3 Branson Landing
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 141-733-6550 x0
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/missouri/hilton-promenade-at-branson-landing-HROBRHH/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: one King bed or two Queen beds feature the Hilton Serenity collection which includes a pillowed topped mattress, down comforter and 250 thread count triple sheets. Additional room amenities include an easy chair with ottoman, 32 inch flat panel television, large well-lit work desk with granite counter tops, two (2) line phones with data ports and voice mail, high speed Internet access, miniature refrigerator and much more.

Facility amenities: Business Center, Concierge, Lounge, Room Service, Laundry/Valet Service, Fitness Center, Pool. Parking is $10 per day for self park and $14 per day for valet park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159
Call the hotel for rates and availability. Pre and post nights are on weekends which are a much higher cost.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 20 - Lectures on Branson Production/Tea with Dee Dee L...
Lectures on Branson Production/Tea with Dee Dee Lennon of the Lennon Sisters / Free Afternoon / Evening Private Performance

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a fabulous lecture at our hotel. This morning's topic could include a Branson theater professionals, lighting, sound or choreography. There will be a Q&A session following the lecture.

Morning: Join us for a fantastic opportunity to have morning tea with Dee Dee Lennon. Diane (Dee Dee) is well remembered as the lead singer of “America’s Sweethearts of Song”, the Lovely Lennon Sisters. Dee Dee will discuss her life as a performer with stories that include Lawrence Welk, Bob Hope, Warren Beaty, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and many more entertainment legends. The Lennon Sisters performed for seven Presidents, have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have been inducted Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Dee Dee has retired and now calls Branson, Missouri her home. There’ll be plenty of time for Q & A.”

Lunch: Lunch is included today at our hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore the Branson Landing area or relax along the lake. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

Evening: Private Performance: Enjoy an evening with the Michams in a private setting as Mike and Nancee Micham take you on a musical journey from Ireland to the hills of the Ozarks. A great time for laughing, learning, and listening!

Lodging: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

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

Description: Located on Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Hotel Promenade is located at the vibrant Branson Landing. Enjoy outstanding dining and shopping outside every entrance and beautiful views from every room.

Contact info:
3 Branson Landing
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 141-733-6550 x0
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/missouri/hilton-promenade-at-branson-landing-HROBRHH/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: one King bed or two Queen beds feature the Hilton Serenity collection which includes a pillowed topped mattress, down comforter and 250 thread count triple sheets. Additional room amenities include an easy chair with ottoman, 32 inch flat panel television, large well-lit work desk with granite counter tops, two (2) line phones with data ports and voice mail, high speed Internet access, miniature refrigerator and much more.

Facility amenities: Business Center, Concierge, Lounge, Room Service, Laundry/Valet Service, Fitness Center, Pool. Parking is $10 per day for self park and $14 per day for valet park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159
Call the hotel for rates and availability. Pre and post nights are on weekends which are a much higher cost.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 21 - Lectures on Branson / Matinee Performance / Meet ...
Lectures on Branson / Matinee Performance / Meet and Greet with Production Staff and Performers / Free Evening

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning enjoy lectures at the hotel on two unique aspects of Branson. One will be given by a wardrobe manager or other theater personal, and the other will be on marketing Branson as an entertainment destination. This lecture will be given by one of Branson's marketing professionals that may include theater, hotel or attractions.

Lunch: We board the coach in the late morning to go for lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a preshow meet and greet with the staff and entertainers at a local theater, followed by another fabulous Branson matinee production and a post show lecture with the cast or crew.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: Free Evening - Suggestions will be made on shows and activities to do.

Lodging: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Hotel Promenade is located at the vibrant Branson Landing. Enjoy outstanding dining and shopping outside every entrance and beautiful views from every room.

Contact info:
3 Branson Landing
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 141-733-6550 x0
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/missouri/hilton-promenade-at-branson-landing-HROBRHH/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: one King bed or two Queen beds feature the Hilton Serenity collection which includes a pillowed topped mattress, down comforter and 250 thread count triple sheets. Additional room amenities include an easy chair with ottoman, 32 inch flat panel television, large well-lit work desk with granite counter tops, two (2) line phones with data ports and voice mail, high speed Internet access, miniature refrigerator and much more.

Facility amenities: Business Center, Concierge, Lounge, Room Service, Laundry/Valet Service, Fitness Center, Pool. Parking is $10 per day for self park and $14 per day for valet park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159
Call the hotel for rates and availability. Pre and post nights are on weekends which are a much higher cost.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 22 - Lecture on Swing Music and the Lennon Family / Pr...
Lecture on Swing Music and the Lennon Family / Private Performance / Guided Exploration of the College of the Ozarks / Evening Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Performance: The Lennon/Cathcart Show (Woodstock Folk Rock Trio) will feature Branson favorites Gail Lennon, Mike Cathcart and Bill Lennon performing the music that they love in the tradition of Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Beach Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary and more! -

Following the performance we will enjoy a post show question and answer with the cast.

Lunch: Lunch today is served at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Board the coach for an exploration of the College of the Ozarks, a unique Midwest Christian college that uses a comprehensive work-study program to ensure that its students graduate debt-free. Hear the history of the college and how it has adapted to provide a performing arts program following Branson's transformation into a live-entertainment capital.

Dinner: Dinner is included at another popular Branson Restaurant.

Evening: Tonight we will attend an available show, depending on schedule. Following the performance we will enjoy a final meet and greet with the cast and crew of the show.

Lodging: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 23 - Final Lecture on the Future of Branson / Program ...
Final Lecture on the Future of Branson / Program Concludes / Final Goodbyes and Departures

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Performance/Lecture: What would a show in Branson be without a fiddle player. This morning you will meet with one of the fiddle players who call Branson home. Learn how they play a part in the many shows and hear some fantastic music. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Branson, MO
Free TimeDuring the week there are free times listed in the iternerary and present a great opportunity to attend additional shows. Please visit explorebranson.com for a listing of offerings. please do not purchase tickets till the first meeting of the program due to possible (but unlikely) schedule changes

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

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
6 Performances

Ratings

4.6
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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