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Program #13073RJ
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 30 — Jan 4, 2013

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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. As a result of careful renovation in 1982, the Crockett Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures and architects Ford, Powell and Carson received the Historical Preservation Certification from the U.S. Department of Interior. Again renovated in 2007, guestrooms are dressed in the finest of furnishings and colors ranging from the soothing sage to a comforting cream, invoking the charm and elegance of a boutique hotel with interior shutters as well as local artistry depicting regional history. All 138 guestrooms are non-smoking (floor plans may vary). No pet policy. The courtyard rooms are no longer in existence. Come see the new Crockett Hotel. When remembering the Alamo, remember the Crockett Hotel.

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.

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 Program at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 30 - Orientation and Dinner
Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Italian dinner at the hotel consisting of fresh salad and a Vegetable Lasagna.

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. As a result of careful renovation in 1982, the Crockett Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures and architects Ford, Powell and Carson received the Historical Preservation Certification from the U.S. Department of Interior. Again renovated in 2007, guestrooms are dressed in the finest of furnishings and colors ranging from the soothing sage to a comforting cream, invoking the charm and elegance of a boutique hotel with interior shutters as well as local artistry depicting regional history. All 138 guestrooms are non-smoking (floor plans may vary). No pet policy. The courtyard rooms are no longer in existence. Come see the new Crockett Hotel. When remembering the Alamo, remember the Crockett Hotel.

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.

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 Program at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 31 - The Historic Alamo, Buckhorn Saloon, 'Destination...
The Historic Alamo, Buckhorn Saloon, 'Destination Texas' presentation, NYE Celebration

Breakfast: A premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Monday morning begins with an 18 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.

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: After lunch, 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: Enjoy a three course meal at the wonderful Paesanos on the River. First course is a choice of House Salad or Italian Wedding Soup. Your Entree will be your choice of Pan Seared Sea Bass, Shrimp Paesano With Spaghetti, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast With Linguini, Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Risotto, Lamb Osso Bucco With Pancetta Gnocchi or Cheese Tortellini With A Basil, Pesto, Parmesan Cream Sauce. Dessert is New York Style Cheesecake.

Evening: After dinner, embark on 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 River is ablaze with lights for the holiday season. Enjoy a city wide celebration for the New Year with live music and entertainment. The party is held on South Alamo Street between Market and Durango Street and in La Villita.

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. As a result of careful renovation in 1982, the Crockett Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures and architects Ford, Powell and Carson received the Historical Preservation Certification from the U.S. Department of Interior. Again renovated in 2007, guestrooms are dressed in the finest of furnishings and colors ranging from the soothing sage to a comforting cream, invoking the charm and elegance of a boutique hotel with interior shutters as well as local artistry depicting regional history. All 138 guestrooms are non-smoking (floor plans may vary). No pet policy. The courtyard rooms are no longer in existence. Come see the new Crockett Hotel. When remembering the Alamo, remember the Crockett Hotel.

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.

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 Program at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 01 - The Historic Menger Hotel Tour and the Witte
Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: New Year's Day morning is free for you to explore San Antonio on your own.

Lunch: Lunch at the Colonial Room in the Historic Menger Hotel followed by a tour of the supposedly haunted property. Hear the stories of the many famous people who have stayed there. Discover the close connection of this hotel and Teddy Roosevelt.

Afternoon: Take the trolley to the Witte Museum. The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.

Lodging: The Crockett Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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. As a result of careful renovation in 1982, the Crockett Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures and architects Ford, Powell and Carson received the Historical Preservation Certification from the U.S. Department of Interior. Again renovated in 2007, guestrooms are dressed in the finest of furnishings and colors ranging from the soothing sage to a comforting cream, invoking the charm and elegance of a boutique hotel with interior shutters as well as local artistry depicting regional history. All 138 guestrooms are non-smoking (floor plans may vary). No pet policy. The courtyard rooms are no longer in existence. Come see the new Crockett Hotel. When remembering the Alamo, remember the Crockett Hotel.

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.

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 Program at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 02 - The San Antonio Missions, Mi Tierra and the Marke...
Breakfast: Premium continental 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.

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! Live 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 in 1731 by a group of 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.

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.

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: 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. As a result of careful renovation in 1982, the Crockett Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures and architects Ford, Powell and Carson received the Historical Preservation Certification from the U.S. Department of Interior. Again renovated in 2007, guestrooms are dressed in the finest of furnishings and colors ranging from the soothing sage to a comforting cream, invoking the charm and elegance of a boutique hotel with interior shutters as well as local artistry depicting regional history. All 138 guestrooms are non-smoking (floor plans may vary). No pet policy. The courtyard rooms are no longer in existence. Come see the new Crockett Hotel. When remembering the Alamo, remember the Crockett Hotel.

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.

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 Program at time of call.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 03 - Institute of Texan Cultures, Steves Homestead Tou...
Breakfast: Premium continental breakfast at the 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. The Guenther House is located on a bend of the San Antonio River, at the foot of King William, one of the oldest historical districts in Texas. Dine in the private upstairs area that was once an open air room for the Guenther family. Fresh salad, housemade dressing and just baked bread are memorable delights of the palate. The Guenther staff will tell you the tale of the Guenther family, secrets and all!

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, January 04 - Presentation From a Cowboy brought to you by the ...
Presentation From a Cowboy brought to you by the Institute of Texan Cultures

Note: If you have a later flight, be sure to request for the hotel to hold your luggage.

Breakfast: Premium continental 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 - handle artifacts such as a lasso and spurs! You will be sure to leave San Antonio with a newfound knowledge, appreciation and love for the city and maybe even a Texan accent! Program ends at 10am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio
McNay Art MuseumAn impressive Mediterranean mansion with tiled floors and a Moorish-style courtyard is home to this museum, which shelters a pleasant collection of post-Impressionist art. Most works are American and European in nature; representative artists include Hopper, Gauguin, and Picasso. The McNay's lobby features stage and costume design, and the facility highlights modern statuary, medieval art and first-rate traveling exhibits too. 6000 N New Braunfels St, San Antonio, TX 78209 · 210-824-5368
River Center MallJust STEPS from your hotel...Surrounded by the romance of the River Walk, Rivercenter is as scenic as the shopping is spectacular. Stores include specialty retail, clothing, electronics, shoes, books and fine jewlery.
For additional information, visit: www.shoprivercenter.com/main/index.php
Spanish Governor's PalaceConstructed in 1722, this adobe structure is now a national historic landmark. It didn't officially serve as a palace, but it was used as government offices during the 18th century and is a rare Texas example of an early Spanish aristocrat's home. The building has been restored and is now filled with period furnishings and artifacts. The simple structure is quite revealing in how the wealthy lived during these early days. The grounds include a lovely patio and courtyard, and the home's wooden doors are said to document Spanish American history via carved symbols. 105 Military Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205-2412 · 210-224-0601
Visit San AntonioPlan your free time by visitin this website!
For additional information, visit: www.visitsanantonio.com

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