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NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi

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Program #20379RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Mar 24 — Mar 29, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 24 - Welcome and overview of program
Afternoon: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6:00 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, and overview of the week's program.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 25 - Buffet breakfast at the hotel.Lectures about Natc...
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.Lectures about Natchez history and culture. Guided walking tour along the Mississippi River. Dinner at a downtown restaurant in the historic part of town.

Note: 3 Lectures 1 Field trip

Breakfast: Breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An overview lecture about Natchez history will precede a guided walking tour along the Mississippi River bluff and a guided visit to historic Rosalie, one of the most photographed mansions in America.

Lunch: A picnic lunch overlooking the Mississippi River will be served (if inclement weather, picnic lunch will be in the hotel's dining room or in a nearby restaurant)..

Afternoon: Lectures on the Natchez Trace and the Natchez Indians by experts in the fields..Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will be in a downtown building in the historic part of town.

Evening: After-dinner stroll by the river near the hotel

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 26 - Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decor...
Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decorative arts. Exploration of two mansions and their histories; a dinner modeled after a Natchez meal in 1836. Optional "Southern Exposure" at Little Theatre.

Note: 1 Lecture 2 field trips

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture on various architectural styles and decorative arts in Natchez buildings, from colonial to Greek Revival to Empire to Victorian, will precede a guided tour of Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark mansion.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of Stanton Hall.

Afternoon: A guided tour of St. Mary Basilica with its gorgeous architecture and art objects. Then a guided tour of The Elms, one of the earliest Natchez mansions.Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown restaurant featuring delectable foods mentioned in William Johnson's 1836 diary entries, foods continually eaten in the Deep South until today..

Evening: An informal discussion of William Johnson, his diaries, and a biography about the unusual African-American whose home has been restored by the National Park Service. Optional: Dutch-treat comedy, "Southern Exposure," at Natchez Little Theatre.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 27 - Lecture on the African-American culture of Natche...
Lecture on the African-American culture of Natchez, featuring William Johnson, a Free Black, and his house. Tour of an historic photo gallery. Lecture on Natchez and the Civil War. Historic Natchez Tableaux, history in song and dance

Note: Lecture: 2 Field trips: 2 Performance: 1

Breakfast: A full breakfast will be served in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Lecture on the African-American history and culture of Natchez by a resident African-American scholar who impersonates the Free Black, William Johnson, who worked as a barber until his death in 1851. He kept a detailed diary for 18 years, which was published as "William Johnson's Natchez" in 1951 and later became the basis of a biography, "The Barber of Natchez." A tour is included of the William Johnson House, a multi-million-dollar restoration project of the National Park Service. Tour of First Presbyterian Church (1828) and its historic photograph gallery.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture on Natchez and the Civil War. Free time follows. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: Special seating at the Historic Natchez Tableaux, social history of Natchez in song and dance

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 28 - Lecture on works inspired by Natchez, focusing on...
Lecture on works inspired by Natchez, focusing on Eudora Welty's story, "A Worn Path." Field trip to three antebellum mansions, Trinity Episcopal Church (with concert) and a Jewish temple. Piano concert at one home with comments, "Chopin and Champagne."

Note: Lecture: 2 Field trips: 5 Performance: 2

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture, "Natchez: A Rich Resource for Writers," by a noted local author, focusing on Eudora Welty's story,"A Worn Path," set in Natchez. Tour of Temple B'Nai Israel and Trinity Episcopal Church (1822) with short organ concert.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the mansion, Magnolia Hall.

Afternoon: Guided explorations of Magnolia Hall and Greenlea, two antebellum mansions in the most historic part of downtown Natchez chosen for the Spring Pilgrimage. They are filled with priceless furnishings and art objects. Wind up the day with "Chopin and Champagne" at historic Stone House. A classical concert with commentary is by an Eastman School graduate who serves champagne during a tour of his historic family home.

Dinner: A bountiful dinner will be at the Castle restaurant on the grounds of palatial Dunleith.

Evening: Stroll the gardens of Dunleith

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 29 - Lecture on Post Civil War Natchez; checkout by 11...
Note: Lecture: 1

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture about Post-Civil War Natchez by a university professor. checkout of hotel is at 11 a.m.

Lunch: The program ends about 11 a.m., which is hotel checkout time.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Natchez, MS
Free Time In NatchezParticipants have lots to choose from for their free time. They can take another three house tour, go on carriage rides, play golf or tennis, and shop, just to mention a few.

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

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