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Program #1168RJ
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.
Elevation Note
8,500' while on Revolving Tram

Itinerary for Nov 4 — Nov 9, 2012

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Type: Resort

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy the exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos, pool, spa, free airport shuttle. 1 block to the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.

Contact info:
155 South Belardo
Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA
phone: 760-325-1301
web: www.palmmountainresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have TV, data port, phone, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dyer, iron/board. Daily maid service. Local Palm Springs calls are free.

Facility amenities: The hotel's palm tree-lined pool terrace is the resort's focal point and this oasis of sun, fun and color has it all: a refreshing micro-mister system, comfortable sun lounges, a pretty pool, and a Jacuzzi. For the fitness minded, the Palm Mountain Resort offers guests access to a complete health and wellness center. This area of Palm Springs is great for your morning walk or jog.

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

Bathroom: 3 with roll in shower - upon availability only.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for current rates
Book additional nights directly with the hotel at your own expense. Be sure to ask for CELS discount on extended nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 04 - Check in and site registration.
Afternoon: Check in with front desk after 4PM for room. CELS registration is at 4PM. Look for sign in the Lobby.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Orientation follows dinner.

Lodging: Palm Mountain Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy the exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos, pool, spa, free airport shuttle. 1 block to the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.

Contact info:
155 South Belardo
Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA
phone: 760-325-1301
web: www.palmmountainresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have TV, data port, phone, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dyer, iron/board. Daily maid service. Local Palm Springs calls are free.

Facility amenities: The hotel's palm tree-lined pool terrace is the resort's focal point and this oasis of sun, fun and color has it all: a refreshing micro-mister system, comfortable sun lounges, a pretty pool, and a Jacuzzi. For the fitness minded, the Palm Mountain Resort offers guests access to a complete health and wellness center. This area of Palm Springs is great for your morning walk or jog.

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

Bathroom: 3 with roll in shower - upon availability only.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for current rates
Book additional nights directly with the hotel at your own expense. Be sure to ask for CELS discount on extended nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 05 - Palm Springs Ariel Tram and the Palm Springs Air ...
Palm Springs Ariel Tram and the Palm Springs Air Museum. (Itinerary subject to change)

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast consisting of yogurt, dry cereal or instant oatmeal, juice, fruit, assorted danish, coffee and tea.

Morning: Palm Springs Tram - begin your adventure aboard the world's largest rotating tram cars. Start out at an elevation of 2,643 feet and travel up over 21/2 miles in just 10 minutes to a elevation of 8,516 feet through five unique life zones.

Lunch: Lunch while on field trip

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum. The Palm Springs Air Museum houses one of the nation's largest collection of World War II flying aircraft displayed in modern, well lighted, air-conditioned and clean hangars.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Lecture on Desert Plants and Animals led by local Naturalist. Be prepared to behold local flora and fauna that is beautiful and fascinating while on tomorrow's History of the Desert field trip..

Lodging: Palm Mountain Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy the exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos, pool, spa, free airport shuttle. 1 block to the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.

Contact info:
155 South Belardo
Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA
phone: 760-325-1301
web: www.palmmountainresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have TV, data port, phone, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dyer, iron/board. Daily maid service. Local Palm Springs calls are free.

Facility amenities: The hotel's palm tree-lined pool terrace is the resort's focal point and this oasis of sun, fun and color has it all: a refreshing micro-mister system, comfortable sun lounges, a pretty pool, and a Jacuzzi. For the fitness minded, the Palm Mountain Resort offers guests access to a complete health and wellness center. This area of Palm Springs is great for your morning walk or jog.

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

Bathroom: 3 with roll in shower - upon availability only.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for current rates
Book additional nights directly with the hotel at your own expense. Be sure to ask for CELS discount on extended nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 06 - History of the Desert field trip that includes th...
History of the Desert field trip that includes the Indian Canyons and a visit to the Holocaust Memorial. (Itinerary subject to change).

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast consisting of yogurt, dry cereal or instant oatmeal, juice, fruit, assorted danish, coffee and tea.

Morning: History of the Desert field trip led by a local historian that includes the Indian Canyons and to the Holocaust Memorial.

Lunch: Lunch on field trip.

Afternoon: Field trip continued.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy one of 400 area restaurants. Not included in program cost.

Evening: History of the Area - lecture by local historian.

Lodging: Palm Mountain Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy the exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos, pool, spa, free airport shuttle. 1 block to the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.

Contact info:
155 South Belardo
Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA
phone: 760-325-1301
web: www.palmmountainresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have TV, data port, phone, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dyer, iron/board. Daily maid service. Local Palm Springs calls are free.

Facility amenities: The hotel's palm tree-lined pool terrace is the resort's focal point and this oasis of sun, fun and color has it all: a refreshing micro-mister system, comfortable sun lounges, a pretty pool, and a Jacuzzi. For the fitness minded, the Palm Mountain Resort offers guests access to a complete health and wellness center. This area of Palm Springs is great for your morning walk or jog.

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

Bathroom: 3 with roll in shower - upon availability only.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for current rates
Book additional nights directly with the hotel at your own expense. Be sure to ask for CELS discount on extended nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 07 - Field trip to the Living Desert and Botanical Gar...
Field trip to the Living Desert and Botanical Gardens (Itinerary subject to change).

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast consisting of yogurt, dry cereal or instant oatmeal, juice, fruit, assorted danish, coffee and tea.

Morning: Field Trip to the Living Desert and Botanical Gardens. This vast living museum of desert flora and fauna is a must-see for most visitors to the Coachella Valley. More than 400 species thrive here, including Mexican gray wolves, bobcats, mountain lions and golden eagles. The Village Watutu exhibit expands the desert experience to include the regions of Africa, so the collection also includes camels, zebras and cheetahs. In addition, Wildlife Wonders shows are held in the Tennity Amphitheater daily. The Living Desert is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens that is dedicated to conservation and education. You will enjoy a narrated journey through the park while riding on the park shuttles.

Lunch: Lunch on the field trip

Afternoon: Field trip continued.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Musical entertainment.

Lodging: Palm Mountain Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs where you can enjoy the exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos, pool, spa, free airport shuttle. 1 block to the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.

Contact info:
155 South Belardo
Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA
phone: 760-325-1301
web: www.palmmountainresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have TV, data port, phone, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dyer, iron/board. Daily maid service. Local Palm Springs calls are free.

Facility amenities: The hotel's palm tree-lined pool terrace is the resort's focal point and this oasis of sun, fun and color has it all: a refreshing micro-mister system, comfortable sun lounges, a pretty pool, and a Jacuzzi. For the fitness minded, the Palm Mountain Resort offers guests access to a complete health and wellness center. This area of Palm Springs is great for your morning walk or jog.

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

Bathroom: 3 with roll in shower - upon availability only.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for current rates
Book additional nights directly with the hotel at your own expense. Be sure to ask for CELS discount on extended nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 08 - The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (Itinerary subj...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast consisting of yogurt, dry cereal or instant oatmeal, juice, fruit, assorted danish, coffee and tea.

Morning: Open time to explore the area; stroll downtown Palm Springs, shop, try your luck at the local casino, ....just enjoy! You will be hard pressed to miss the 26' "Forever Marilyn" sculpture recently installed on the corner of Palm Canyon Dr. and Tahquitz Canyon Way in the heart of Palm Springs. The sculpture by artist Seward Johnson will stand on a replica of the subway grate over which Monroe famously held down her skirt in the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch.”

Lunch: 12:00 Noon - Lunch at the Cafe Muse located in the lower level of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Afternoon: Get ready to enjoy a truly unique experience- The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies! The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-class music, dance and comedy extravaganza. The show celebrates the music, dance and comedy of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with a cast old enough to have lived it! Celebrated guest stars and international vaudeville acts join the Follies’ world-renowned line of Long-Legged Lovelies and Dapper Dans, who range in age from 56 to 86. Please be in your seats by 1:15PM at The Plaza Theater which is located at 128 S. Palm Canyon Dr.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy one of 400 area restaurants. Not included in program cost.

Evening: After the Follies, stroll over to the Palm Springs Art Museum, it is free from 4-8PM. Established in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum has become the center of the desert’s art community. What began as a museum about the desert has evolved into an oasis for the arts, focusing on international Modern and Contemporary painting and sculpture. The museum also includes works by historically significant west coast artists as well as contemporary Native American artists. Use the remainder of your evening to stroll the Palm Springs Village Fest from 6-10PM; over 100 vendors, art, produce, 1-of-a-kind gift items, food booths. The Village fest runs along Palm Canyon Drive; three blocks on in either direction from the Tahquitz intersection in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.

Lodging: Palm Mountain Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Friday, November 09 - Program ends after breakfast; approximately 10AM ...
Program ends after breakfast; approximately 10AM (Itinerary subject to change).

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast consisting of yogurt, dry cereal or instant oatmeal, juice, fruit, assorted danish, coffee and tea.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Palm Springs, CA
CasinosThe Spa Casino Right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs is a player’s paradise called Spa Resort Casino. It is famous for its natural healing waters, fine restaurants and spacious hotel rooms. Experience a unique combination of quiet elegance and non-stop gaming excitement. Directions: The casino is situated on nine acres in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (888) 999-1995
For additional information, visit: www.sparesortcasino.com
College of the Desert Street FairThe Street Fair is located on the beautiful College of the Desert campus, surrounded by date palms and mountain vistas. College of the Desert's Street Fair is a great place to find holiday presents, birthday and anniversary gifts,one-of-a-kind items, produce & art. A must do for stay-overs. -Open every Saturday & Sunday -October through May – 7am – 2pm -June – September – 7am – Noon -Free Parking -Free Admission -Free Entertainment 43-500 Monterey Ave. Palm Desert , CA 92260
Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon Desert Hills Premium Outlets is more than just a great collection of the finest brands. It offers one of the largest collections of designer outlets in the country. Situated near the popular Palm Springs resorts and surrounded by majestic mountains, it's not a mirage; it is a true bargain hunter's haven. 48400 Seminole Drive Cabazon, CA 92230 (951) 849-6641 Directions: Desert Hills Premium Outlets is located just over an hour's drive from Los Angeles and Orange Counties and 20 minutes west of Palm Springs on Interstate 10; exit Fields Road.
For additional information, visit: www.premiumoutlets.com/deserthills
Palm Springs Aerial TramAscend two and a half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcars. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs - about two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego - did not just happen. It required foresight, planning, financing and, most of all a vision. For years, it was the dream of a young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to "go up there where it's nice and cool". Be sure to see the film they show. Hours of Operation Tram cars depart at least every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. Last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m. The Tramway will be closed for Annual Maintenance in September. 888-515-TRAM (8726) (760) 325-1391
For additional information, visit: www.pstramway.com
The Fabulous Palm Springs FolliesThe Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the 30's and 40's, with a cast old enough to have lived it. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Be sure to mention CELS/Roadscholar for a discount. 128 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, California 92262 (760) 327-0225
For additional information, visit: www.psfollies.com
The Living Desert, Wildlife & Botanical ParkThe Living Desert was established in March, 1970, as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world. It is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. 47-900 Portola Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260 Phone: 760-346-5694 Season Hours: Open every day September 1 – June 15 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm Last admission at 4:00pm. Closed December 25th Directions: From Hwy 111 in Palm Desert, turn south on Portola Ave., go 1 ½ miles, follow signs to main entrance. Plenty of free parking. From Interstate 10 take the Monterey exit and turn south. Go south approximately 6 miles and turn east (left) on Hwy 111. Follow direction above when you reach Portola.
For additional information, visit: www.livingdesert.org
Westfield Shopping Center180 stores – restaurants – movie theater 72-840 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 Telephone: (760) 568 0248
For additional information, visit: www.westfield.com/palmdesert

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