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Coastal Virginia By Bicycle

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Program #2284RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 May 5 — May 10, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 05 - Welcome/Program Overview
Afternoon: Check In, Welcome Class: "Introduction to Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg" Get an overview of the area and its rich history, which stretches from the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown through the revolutionary battlefields of Yorktown and the great James River plantations. This class will focus on the area immediately around Williamsburg and how the town was transformed from a sleepy small college town to a world renowned living history museum.

Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.

Evening: Program Overview, Introductions, Group Riding Tips

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 06 - Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne
Note: The ride today will mostly be on the Colonial Parkway, which has a pebbly paved surface. Much of the ride is on flat ground along the river, but there are some gentle hills along the way.

Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Jamestown: Virginia's First Colonial Capital" Learn about the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Explore the interactions between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan Confederation of the local Indians. Here in 1619 the first representative legislative body in North America met and established many of the governmental traditions that we continue to this day. Here also the first African Americans arrived in Virginia as indentured servants. Activity: Review of Virginia Road Rules for Biking; Bike Fitting Field Trip: "Bike to Jamestown Settlement" This trip follows the picturesque Colonial Parkway along the shores of the James River, the original "highway" sailed by the first colonists. Stop at several pull-offs with historical markers to discover more details about life in early English America. The route will end at Jamestown Settlement with its recreated depictions of the earliest Indian and colonial life.

Lunch: Relax under the trees in the picnic area with a box lunch, including sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie and beverage.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Enjoy a self-guided exploration of this site which includes a newly renovated museum with interactive permanent galleries and special loaned exhibits, along with a recreation of a typical Powhatan Indian village, a replication of the fort built by the English adventurers on nearby Jamestown Island, and replicas of the three ships used by the first colonists in 1607. Afterwards, bike over to Jamestown Island, actual site of that original fort. Tour the Visitor Center newly built for the 400th Anniversary celebrated in 2007, observe archaeologists uncovering the remains of the fort and its buildings, and be amazed by the incredible artifacts recovered from the fort site as they are interpreted in the Archaearium. Finish your visit to Historic Jamestowne by biking around the Island Loop Road.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "A Visit with Marye Bucke, 1623" Enjoy the company of a seventeenth century gentlewoman as she describes her life in the growing Virginia colony as it refines its culture after the upheaval of the Indian uprising of 1620. Learn about the daily life of a lady of the early seventeenth century along with the latest gossip about politics and local notables.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 07 - Colonial Williamsburg
Note: Today's ride is on level or gently sloping city streets in and around Colonial Williamsburg and the College campus. Some areas have bike lanes, but there will be places where you may have to dodge preoccupied College students thinking of their upcoming exams.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Williamsburg Then and Now" Learn about Williamsburg as a quiet village in the years after the Revolution until its restoration through the vision of a local minister and the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the mid-twentieth century. The presentation is highlighted with archival slides showing the town both before and after the Restoration. Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Enjoy a casual guided walk along Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg. Learn about the government buildings, trade shops, gardens, and lives of the people of 18th century Williamsburg. After this stroll through the historic area, remount your bikes for a leisurely ride around some of the streets and by-ways of the town and the campus of the College of William & Mary.

Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon: The bikes will be available if you would like to use them to continue an exploration of Colonial Williamsburg. Information on other biking and hiking venues, including York River State Park, will also be available.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Free Evening. Information will be provided about a variety of activities you can enjoy on your own. These include a concert at historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg and possibly evening tours in the Restored Area. Transportation is not provided.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 08 - Virginia Capital Trail and Berkeley Plantation
Note: The Capital Trail is a wide paved path specifically designed for biking. In addition, there will be a few country roads, level or gently sloping, without bike lanes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "A Geologic History of the James River" Learn about the interaction of climate, geography, flora, fauna and human inhabitants of Tidewater Virginia. The discussion includes an investigation of how both the native populations of the region and the colonists adapted to the Tidewater environment. Your presenter may even treat you with a memento of the ancient landscape. Field Trip: "Virginia Capital Trail" Take an leisurely ride along this new Virginia bike trail as it parallels the Route 5 Scenic Byway. The smoothly paved trail will eventually connect Virginia's three capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond. Excursion will travel on portion of the trail in Charles City County and also include side trips on local country roads, all level or gently rolling.

Lunch: Lunch at the delightful Courthouse Grill, featuring local menu favorites.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Berkeley Plantation and Virginia Capital Trail" Take a break from peddling at historic Berkeley Plantation, ancestral home of the Harrison family of Virginia that gave our country early statesmen and two presidents. Time will be included for a tour of the house and grounds. Afterwards, finish biking this segment of the Virginia Capital Trail before returning to Williamsburg in the van.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "Rare Colonial Instruments" Enjoy the marvelous talents of a skilled musician as he plays and discusses a variety of 18th century instruments, some familiar and others very unusual.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 09 - Colonial Parkway and Yorktown Battlefield
Note: This ride will be similar to Monday, again on the Colonial Parkway, but headed to Yorktown.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "The Siege of Yorktown" Learn about the military operations that brought an end to the American Revolution. An expert lecturer will explain the action and introduce you to Washington, Lafayette, and the French allies who found the perfect combination of forces to defeat Lord Cornwallis in the fields and earthworks along the York River. Field Trip: "Bike to Yorktown" Once again take to the Colonial Parkway, heading in the opposite direction from Jamestown, along a gently rolling, tree shaded road that closely follows the routes of armies in two different wars. Eventually your route meets the York River and follows the river's southern shore, past the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station where you may see ships loading or unloading at the docks. End at the earthworks around Yorktown that mark the decisive battle of the Revolution.

Lunch: Today's box lunch is a real treat from a restaurant that is a favorite of locals. Meal includes sandwich, salad, beverage, and brownie.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Yorktown Visitor Center, Battlefield, and Riverwalk Landing" After time to explore the Visitor Center exhibits, bike over to Surrender Field where the British fifers played "The World Turned Upside Down" during the formal surrender ceremony. Then follow the 9-mile Battlefield trail and cycle through the quaint Yorktown village and down to the newly renovated waterfront. Return to the hotel in the van.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "An Evening of African-American Storytelling and Music" Enjoy three centuries of storytelling traditions and the African roots that so influenced American music. Learn of the trials and fortitude of a people who preserved their traditions in spite of their bondage. This is a captivating performance by a talented storyteller who intersperses her tales with songs delivered in a rich and moving voice.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 10 - New Quarter Park
Note: The last ride of the program is on quiet suburban streets, park roads, and a small section of the Colonial Parkway. Terrain similar to Tuesday.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Field Trip: "New Quarter Park" Enjoy a last leisurely ride that includes part of the Colonial Parkway, tree-lined residential streets, and bikeways through a local park. While you will enjoy some delightful scenery and perhaps notice a little wildlife in the secluded park, the trip along gently rolling terrain will leave you comfortable for the trip home afterwards.

Lunch: Pick up a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage before heading home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownWhen you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with activities; your free time will be limited. Since we won't be able to visit every interesting place in our historic area, consider staying an extra day or two at the end of the program for further exploration. Visit our web page with links to sample schedules, hotel web pages, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/learningodysseys

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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