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Program #14419RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Oct 28 — Nov 2, 2012

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Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

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

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 28 - Check-in/Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Check in hotel at the hotel begins at 3pm and relax until registration.

Dinner: Enjoy a catered dinner of fresh salad and 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 at the hotel.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

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

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 29 - Visit the Alamo and take a private barge cruise t...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Monday morning begins with an18 step walk to the Alamo. An educational adventure 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. See the Alamo video and Long Barracks Museum. The Alamo represents nearly three hundred years of human activity. On your visit to the 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. Afterwards, a tour of the elegant historic Menger Hotel reveals stories of the many famous people who have stayed there. Discover the close connection of this hotel and Teddy Roosevelt.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Buckhorn Saloon, established in 1891, a true Texas treat in the middle of downtown. Belly up to the bar in this old-fashioned saloon-turned-café. This is where it all started...where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings still grace today's Buckhorn Saloon, including the back bar which was hand-crafted of marble and cherry wood.

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: Later in the afternoon, the tour will take you to the Riverwalk, where you will board a private barge for a personal tour of the river. Sit in comfort as you listen to entertaining narratives of the rich history of the San Antonio River and the historic Riverwalk area. The barge conveniently unloads steps from the Zuni Grill, where dinner is served. Inspired by the flavors of the American Southwest, Zuni’s menu offers something for everyone.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

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

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 30 - Tour the missions and the San Antonio Museum of A...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: To continue on our journey of the Spanish influence on Texas culture, we will tour two of San Antonio's five missions. Arrive via private charter bus and 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 and the working gristmill 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). Here in the romantic center of the Mexican Culture, discover a land of treasures, bright, bold and beautiful. Market Square... authentically Mexico and enriched with a fascinating legacy of public markets. Choose from the entire lunch menu at Mi Tierra; rice, beans, tacos, enchiladas, salads and more! Mariachi music while you dine is sure to impress!

Afternoon: After lunch, stay for shopping and possible seasonal entertainment in the market or tour San Fernando Cathedral. 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: 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, a locally owned and operated restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine in a friendly, informal ambience.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

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

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 31 - Take a chartered bus to the LBJ Ranch and hear li...
Take a chartered bus to the LBJ Ranch and hear live Texas music during a home cooked, southern buffet dinner.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board the private charter and enjoy a drive to the famous Texas Hill Country. 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! From there we will venture on bus to Fredericksburg, Texas where you will enjoy lunch on your own on Main Street.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own so that you may explore the local fare.

Afternoon: After lunch, 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 are on your own until late afternoon.

Dinner: For dinner, a meal and music will be enjoyed 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.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown, just 18 steps from the Alamo. The hotel stands where Davy Crockett once did and was carefully renovated to preserve its original grandeur in 1982, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

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

Room amenities: In room movies, wireless Internet access, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons. Rooms have been redecorated in soothing shades of sage, plantation shutters line the windows, custom made bedspreads.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet access, same day dry cleaning, outdoor pool, access to the fitness room at the adjoining sister property. "Charlie's Bar".

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for best price.
Mention Barshop JCC Road Scholar at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 01 - Explore the Institute of Texas Cultures and a 185...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board the trolley and enjoy a guided tour of the Institute of Texas 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.

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: Travel by trolley 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.

Dinner: Bon Voyage Dinner.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 02 - You will be visited by a "Cowboy" on your final d...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: To end your week, a “Cowboy” from the Institute of Texan Cultures brings a collection of artifacts to the hotel. This is your opportunity to learn what the “Texas Cowboy” is all about- Yee-Haw! You will be sure to leave San Antonio with a newfound knowledge, appreciation and love for the city and maybe even a Texan accent!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.sachamber.org
San Antonio Convention & Visitors BureauSee this site for more information of what to do in Downtown. The location of the hotel leaves you free to explore the RiverCenter Mall, The Wax Museum and to walk to various other destinations.
For additional information, visit: www.sanantoniovisit.com

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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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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