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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

San Antonio Celebrates the Holiday Season: Lighting Up the River Walk

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Program #7019RJ
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.

Itinerary for Dec 16 — Dec 21, 2012

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located just 18 steps from the Alamo. Like Texas, the Crockett Hotel is well-located, independent, spacious, comfortable, has a great history, and is friendly and personable. A 2007 renovation gives each of its 138 non-smoking guestrooms the freshest of furnishings and colors. From soothing sage to a comforting cream, all of our guestrooms invoke the intimacy and elegance of a boutique hotel in San Antonio. The feel is simple and understated, with all the traditional comforts of a hotel built nearly 100 years ago.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Facility amenities: The classic San Antonio Crockett hotel offers 138 guest rooms, including a variety of lodgings, including suites, on each floor. Crockett guests enjoy an outdoor pool and restfully landscaped fountain, complimentary continental breakfast, wireless and dial-up Internet access, in-room movies and video games, luxurious Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, in-room coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Refrigerators are provided in a number of rooms and are also available upon request. Valet and self-park options are available in a parking area operated by the hotel. An added measure of security is provided by the Crockett’s electronic guest room and elevator key system, which requires the use of the appropriate key card for access to any guest room floor in the hotel. Lodgings are located on the second through sixth floors of the hotel, with the seventh floor containing a series of meeting rooms and suites ideal for corporate and social functions. Guests of the classic Crockett Hotel are treated to an enhanced continental breakfast, served daily in the Landmark Dining area in the lobby. Breads, bagels and pastry are offered along with frittata, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea. Enjoy the San Antonio morning paper or watch the morning news on the television while enjoying your breakfast to start the day. Room service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and The Crockett is convenient to the broad spectrum of Downtown San Antonio restaurants, including the Colonial Room at The Menger Hotel and Morton’s Steak House, both of which are across the street.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 16 - Check-in, Registration, Orientation and Dinner
Afternoon: Check in at the hotel is 3pm, rest up before introductions and dinner.

Dinner: Catered Italian dinner including fresh salad and Vegetable Lasagne at the hotel.

Evening: Your week will begin with an “Orientation and Introduction” session at the Crockett Hotel. At that time, you will pick up your packet which contains the week’s itinerary, list of Road Scholar participants, your name tag, maps of San Antonio and Fredericksburg and brochures. The tour guides will initiate a “Getting to Know You” session and will discuss the role of Road Scholar, the coordinator, the tour guides, volunteers and vendors regarding the week’s programs. This will be followed by dinner.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located just 18 steps from the Alamo. Like Texas, the Crockett Hotel is well-located, independent, spacious, comfortable, has a great history, and is friendly and personable. A 2007 renovation gives each of its 138 non-smoking guestrooms the freshest of furnishings and colors. From soothing sage to a comforting cream, all of our guestrooms invoke the intimacy and elegance of a boutique hotel in San Antonio. The feel is simple and understated, with all the traditional comforts of a hotel built nearly 100 years ago.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Facility amenities: The classic San Antonio Crockett hotel offers 138 guest rooms, including a variety of lodgings, including suites, on each floor. Crockett guests enjoy an outdoor pool and restfully landscaped fountain, complimentary continental breakfast, wireless and dial-up Internet access, in-room movies and video games, luxurious Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, in-room coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Refrigerators are provided in a number of rooms and are also available upon request. Valet and self-park options are available in a parking area operated by the hotel. An added measure of security is provided by the Crockett’s electronic guest room and elevator key system, which requires the use of the appropriate key card for access to any guest room floor in the hotel. Lodgings are located on the second through sixth floors of the hotel, with the seventh floor containing a series of meeting rooms and suites ideal for corporate and social functions. Guests of the classic Crockett Hotel are treated to an enhanced continental breakfast, served daily in the Landmark Dining area in the lobby. Breads, bagels and pastry are offered along with frittata, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea. Enjoy the San Antonio morning paper or watch the morning news on the television while enjoying your breakfast to start the day. Room service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and The Crockett is convenient to the broad spectrum of Downtown San Antonio restaurants, including the Colonial Room at The Menger Hotel and Morton’s Steak House, both of which are across the street.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 17 - The Historic Alamo and an evening River Barge Cru...
Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Tour the Alamo and watch a film about it's rich and exciting history. Meet in hotel lobby for group walk to The Alamo. An educational adventure follows awaits you on these hallowed grounds. Tread softly in the shrine where David Crockett and other heroes died to create the Republic of Texas. Hear the Alamo story told under the six flags of Texas in the Alamo patio. See the Alamo video and Long Barracks museum. The Alamo represents nearly three hundred years of human activity. On your visit to the Alamo grounds, the Alamo Education department will give a presentation on the battle of the Alamo, reminding us of the sacrifices of a few that were made for many. A quick tour of the elegant historic Menger Hotel reveals stories of the many famous people who have stayed there and (yes) ghosts of the past and present. Find about the close connection of this hotel and Teddy Roosevelt.

Lunch: Enjoy local cuisine at a the Buckhorn. The Buckhorn Saloon has always been known as a gathering place for good conversation and cold beer (well, except during Prohibition, that is). Today, the saloon includes a Café. We'll rustle up a mouthwatering burger or sandwich and chips or potato salad.

Afternoon: Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa from the University of the Incarnate Word, will present “Destination Texas”. Learn about Texas history and participate in a question and answer session with the professor.

Dinner: Dinner at the Zuni Grill, enjoy colorful Southwestern cuisine on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Evening: Enjoy a lovely holiday lit boat cruise on the River. The cruise is one hour long and will cover two and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. The cruise ride will be on a beautiful, safe, fully accessible, environmentally sound cruise vessel. The boats are operated by well-trained and pleasant "goodwill" ambassadors, supported by skilled cruise personnel and state-of-the-art technology.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located just 18 steps from the Alamo. Like Texas, the Crockett Hotel is well-located, independent, spacious, comfortable, has a great history, and is friendly and personable. A 2007 renovation gives each of its 138 non-smoking guestrooms the freshest of furnishings and colors. From soothing sage to a comforting cream, all of our guestrooms invoke the intimacy and elegance of a boutique hotel in San Antonio. The feel is simple and understated, with all the traditional comforts of a hotel built nearly 100 years ago.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Facility amenities: The classic San Antonio Crockett hotel offers 138 guest rooms, including a variety of lodgings, including suites, on each floor. Crockett guests enjoy an outdoor pool and restfully landscaped fountain, complimentary continental breakfast, wireless and dial-up Internet access, in-room movies and video games, luxurious Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, in-room coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Refrigerators are provided in a number of rooms and are also available upon request. Valet and self-park options are available in a parking area operated by the hotel. An added measure of security is provided by the Crockett’s electronic guest room and elevator key system, which requires the use of the appropriate key card for access to any guest room floor in the hotel. Lodgings are located on the second through sixth floors of the hotel, with the seventh floor containing a series of meeting rooms and suites ideal for corporate and social functions. Guests of the classic Crockett Hotel are treated to an enhanced continental breakfast, served daily in the Landmark Dining area in the lobby. Breads, bagels and pastry are offered along with frittata, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea. Enjoy the San Antonio morning paper or watch the morning news on the television while enjoying your breakfast to start the day. Room service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and The Crockett is convenient to the broad spectrum of Downtown San Antonio restaurants, including the Colonial Room at The Menger Hotel and Morton’s Steak House, both of which are across the street.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 18 - Guided tour of the Missions, San Antonio Museum o...
Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Guided tour of the Missions. To continue on our journey of the Spanish influence on Texas culture, we will tour two of San Antonio's five missions. Step back in time at our Queen of the Missions, Mission San Jose. Built by Indian labor at the direction of Spanish artisans, view the meld of the New and Old World cultures. See the splendid church, the working grist mill in the guided tour. A video, "Gente de Razon" - "People of Reason", gives overview of mission life.

Lunch: Lunch at the unforgettable Mi Tierra restaurant in "El Mercado" (Mexican Market). Choose from the entire lunch menu; rice, beans, tacos, enchiladas, salads and more! Mariachi music while you dine is sure to impress!

Afternoon: Later in the afternoon, visit the San Antonio Museum of Art. SAMA is dedicated solely to furthering its mission to promote a deeper understanding of human cultures, values and traditions by displaying and interpreting art works from all cultures and periods. At the conclusion of this docent guided tour, board the private charter bus to the Boardwalk Bistro for dinner.

Afternoon: Enjoy the Mexican Marketplace or tour the San Fernando Cathedral. San Antonians have been shopping at Market Square, or the Mexican Marketplace, since the 1820's, before Texas joined the United States. The first businesses were a pharmacy and a dry goods store, and the area served as a marketplace for produce and other foods. Built by Spanish citizens from the Canary Islands, it is the oldest active parish church in the United States. San Fernando Cathedral has always been at the center of San Antonio. It is a special place that occupies a unique position in this city and for the many visitors who come by the thousands every year. From its founding on March 9, 1731 by a group of 15 families who came from the Canary Islands at the invitation of King Phillip V of Spain, this church was planned to be at the center of the life of this city. Over 5,000 participate at weekend Masses each week of the year. Over 900 baptisms, 100 weddings, 100 funerals, and countless other services are performed each year. Symphonies, concerts, and television specials are but a few of the special events held in the cathedral regularly.

Dinner: Boardwalk Bistro for dinner, a locally owned and operated restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine in a friendly, informal ambience.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located just 18 steps from the Alamo. Like Texas, the Crockett Hotel is well-located, independent, spacious, comfortable, has a great history, and is friendly and personable. A 2007 renovation gives each of its 138 non-smoking guestrooms the freshest of furnishings and colors. From soothing sage to a comforting cream, all of our guestrooms invoke the intimacy and elegance of a boutique hotel in San Antonio. The feel is simple and understated, with all the traditional comforts of a hotel built nearly 100 years ago.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Facility amenities: The classic San Antonio Crockett hotel offers 138 guest rooms, including a variety of lodgings, including suites, on each floor. Crockett guests enjoy an outdoor pool and restfully landscaped fountain, complimentary continental breakfast, wireless and dial-up Internet access, in-room movies and video games, luxurious Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, in-room coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Refrigerators are provided in a number of rooms and are also available upon request. Valet and self-park options are available in a parking area operated by the hotel. An added measure of security is provided by the Crockett’s electronic guest room and elevator key system, which requires the use of the appropriate key card for access to any guest room floor in the hotel. Lodgings are located on the second through sixth floors of the hotel, with the seventh floor containing a series of meeting rooms and suites ideal for corporate and social functions. Guests of the classic Crockett Hotel are treated to an enhanced continental breakfast, served daily in the Landmark Dining area in the lobby. Breads, bagels and pastry are offered along with frittata, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea. Enjoy the San Antonio morning paper or watch the morning news on the television while enjoying your breakfast to start the day. Room service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and The Crockett is convenient to the broad spectrum of Downtown San Antonio restaurants, including the Colonial Room at The Menger Hotel and Morton’s Steak House, both of which are across the street.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 19 - Drive to the Texas Hill Country
Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board the private charter and enjoy a drive to the famous Texas Hill Country. Anyone with an interest in World War II will have the opportunity to visit one of the finest war museums in the United States. The National Museum of the Pacific War is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. For those of you who would like to investigate the unique and quaint shops and wineries along the Main Street of Fredericksburg, you may.

Lunch: Experience lunch on your own in Downtown Fredericksburg.

Afternoon: We start our day by visiting the LBJ ranch in Stonewall TX. The LBJ Ranch is the location of President Lyndon Johnson's birthplace, first school, ranch house, and final resting place. Few presidential sites give a better reflection of a president than this ranch which is a virtual portrait of a larger-than-life historical figure. The video, "LBJ's Texas" sets the mood before our tour. See if the white Continental is truly parked out back!

Dinner: Enjoy a true Texas meal at the Waring General Store. Established in 1903, the "General Store" offers quite a unique setting. Don Strange purchased the general store in 1987 and "Steak Nite" was developed in 1997. There are plenty of dishes for everyone and every taste.

Evening: See the Hill Country a glow for the Holiday Season. "Oh" and "Ah" from your comfy seat on the bus as you gaze at the Holiday Lights.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located just 18 steps from the Alamo. Like Texas, the Crockett Hotel is well-located, independent, spacious, comfortable, has a great history, and is friendly and personable. A 2007 renovation gives each of its 138 non-smoking guestrooms the freshest of furnishings and colors. From soothing sage to a comforting cream, all of our guestrooms invoke the intimacy and elegance of a boutique hotel in San Antonio. The feel is simple and understated, with all the traditional comforts of a hotel built nearly 100 years ago.

Contact info:
320 Bonham
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-225-6500
web: www.crocketthotel.com

Facility amenities: The classic San Antonio Crockett hotel offers 138 guest rooms, including a variety of lodgings, including suites, on each floor. Crockett guests enjoy an outdoor pool and restfully landscaped fountain, complimentary continental breakfast, wireless and dial-up Internet access, in-room movies and video games, luxurious Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, in-room coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Refrigerators are provided in a number of rooms and are also available upon request. Valet and self-park options are available in a parking area operated by the hotel. An added measure of security is provided by the Crockett’s electronic guest room and elevator key system, which requires the use of the appropriate key card for access to any guest room floor in the hotel. Lodgings are located on the second through sixth floors of the hotel, with the seventh floor containing a series of meeting rooms and suites ideal for corporate and social functions. Guests of the classic Crockett Hotel are treated to an enhanced continental breakfast, served daily in the Landmark Dining area in the lobby. Breads, bagels and pastry are offered along with frittata, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea. Enjoy the San Antonio morning paper or watch the morning news on the television while enjoying your breakfast to start the day. Room service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and The Crockett is convenient to the broad spectrum of Downtown San Antonio restaurants, including the Colonial Room at The Menger Hotel and Morton’s Steak House, both of which are across the street.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 20 - See the city by Trolley! Lunch at the Guenther Ho...
See the city by Trolley! Lunch at the Guenther House, a tour of Steve's Homestead and the Institute of Texan Cultures.

Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Visit and tour the Historic District. Walk through Steve's Family Home, a true gem rich in culture. Travel by public transportation to the King William Historic District. By the latter half of the 19th century, the King William Historic District had grown into a fashionable neighborhood popular with another large cultural demographic, the German immigrants. Here you will tour the Victorian home of Edward Steves, a notable German merchant and stroll a few blocks in this fashionable neighborhood to your lunch spot.

Lunch: Lunch at historic Guenther House Restaurant on the site of the original 1859 flour mill on the banks of the San Antonio River.

Afternoon: Visit the Institute of Texan Cultures, the state's center for multicultural education which focuses on ethnic and cultural history. More than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Institute showcases the artifacts of more than twenty three major ethnic groups that formed the State of Texas.

Dinner: Bon Voyage Dinner

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, December 21 - Presentation, "The Cowboy".
Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Institute of Texan Cultures will teach you about "The Cowboy". Discover the secrets of chuck wagon cooking and learn about life on the cattle trail by examining cowboy clothing and gear. Hold a pair of spurs and try on leather chaps while listening to cowboy music and lore.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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