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PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Hillerman's Mystery Novels, Astronomy, and Arizona Sonoran Desert: Birds, Wildlife, Cacti & Geology

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Program #4535RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel to register at 5:00pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room.

Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: After dinner we will have orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - Tony Hillerman / Heard Museum / Astronomy Class
Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: A close-up look at Native American lifestyles with emphasis on the Navajo and Hopi cultures as told through Hillerman's fiction using "Sacred Clowns" and "Thief of Time" as basis for discussion.

Lunch: Explore the rustic, savory cusine of Arizona with this meal on your own.

Afternoon: Field trip to renowned Native American Heard Museum.

Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Astronomy Class

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - The Sonoran Desert with a Naturalist and the Dese...
Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Study the lush Sonoran Desert and the plants and wildlife it supports with a naturalist. Learn when, where and how to gather and process common desert plants. Taste foods prepared with plants such as ocotillo, prickly pear, saguaro, mesquite and other native vegetation. Discover the special adaptations of native birds, plants and wildlife in the desert.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Afternoon: Explore the ruin of an 800 year-old platform mound possibly used by the Hohokam for ceremonies or as an administrative center. An excavated ballcourt and two full-scale reproductions of prehistoric Hohokam homes can be viewed along the ruin trail. The site also includes some of the last remaining intact Hohokam irrigation canals. The museum offers expert-led talks of the platform mound and museum exhibits, as well as other places of archaeological interest in the Salt River Valley and the state.

Afternoon: One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year.

Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: Tony Hillerman Class

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - South Mountain nature walk and Downtown tour of P...
Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: The Sonoran Desert and Nature Walk - birds, wildlife, cacti and geology at South Mountain.

Lunch: Meals unless otherwise indicated. They may be at the hotel or out at a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Afternoon: Downtown tour of Phoenix.

Afternoon: Native American class

Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Video - Beyond Tradition

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Native American flute playing and Star Party with...
Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Spend some time studying and engaging in discussion with a talented Native American Flute player. From the history of instruments to the vast array of musical styles, you're guaranteed to learn something new.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Using a telescope, step your way across the western night sky and the solar system to discover planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and much more. Enjoy classes and a field trip to "star party" with an astronomer.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Wrap-up and Check out
Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Class and Wrap Up

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips

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