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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

Nashville: Walking Horses, Plantations, Barbecue and Music

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Program #14681RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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Itinerary for May 20 — May 25, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located a short distance from the Opryland Hotel. Transportation in provided to the Opryland Hotel and Opryland attractions. This hotel just completed a multi million dollar renovation.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-0800
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Spacious Nashville Hotel Rooms and Suites at the Radisson at Opryland The Radisson Hotel at Opryland offers 303 stylish, beautiful and well-appointed hotel rooms in Nashville, including suites and Sleep Number® bed rooms. 24-hour security 37" flat screen color television, Coffee maker with supplies replenished daily Hair dryer Complimentary high-speed Internet access Iron/ironing board Safes (available in select rooms) Self-controlled heating and air conditioning Smoke-free atmosphere USA Today newspaper (complimentary on weekdays)

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a swimming pool, business center, high speed internet, on site restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $129.00
Will need to call provider for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Monday, May 20 - Check in and registration/Program orientation
Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Please arrive at the hotel between 3:00-5:00pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information.

Dinner: A delicious three course dinner is served at the Inn at Opryland in a private banquet room.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff.

Lodging: Inn at Opryland

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located a short distance from the Opryland Hotel. Transportation in provided to the Opryland Hotel and Opryland attractions. This hotel just completed a multi million dollar renovation.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-0800
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Spacious Nashville Hotel Rooms and Suites at the Radisson at Opryland The Radisson Hotel at Opryland offers 303 stylish, beautiful and well-appointed hotel rooms in Nashville, including suites and Sleep Number® bed rooms. 24-hour security 37" flat screen color television, Coffee maker with supplies replenished daily Hair dryer Complimentary high-speed Internet access Iron/ironing board Safes (available in select rooms) Self-controlled heating and air conditioning Smoke-free atmosphere USA Today newspaper (complimentary on weekdays)

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a swimming pool, business center, high speed internet, on site restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $129.00
Will need to call provider for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, May 21 - Backstage and Horticultural Program at Hotel
Breakfast: A breakfast is included at the Inn at Opryland. Includes: Cereal, fruit, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.

Morning: This morning we take the Opryland Hotel Shuttle to the Opryland Resort property. Local facilitator Linda Bradshaw will lead you on an exploration of the 2881 room Gaylord Resort Hotel. PRESENTATIONS: Next we enjoy a Green Leaf Experience led by the Gaylord Horticultural Department Staff. Green Leaf Department gives a potted plant arrangement experience.

Lunch: You will have a meal voucher that is good at either Stax Burgers or Pisano's Pizza and Italian.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afteroon we meet with the Gaylord staff as they lead us on a behind the scenes look at the Gaylord Hotel which is the largest non-casino hotel in the world. We will explore the housekeeping, room service and banquet departments at the hotel.

Dinner: A three course dinner is included this evening at the Aquarium Restaurant located a short walk to the Grand Old Opry House.

Evening: We will provide a shuttle transportation schedule for the week. FREE EVENING: Evening is free to enjoy one of the hotel's many entertainment venues. The hotel is chuck full of evening entertainment and your Road Scholar staff is happy to help you with suggestions. Discounted Grand Old Opry Tickets are available through the provider of the program. Dinner is being served within a short walk to the Grand Old Opry. Your coordinator will walk you to the performance following dinner. The show begins at 7:00 PM and ends around 10 PM. Shuttles will return you to the hotel following the performance.

Lodging: Inn at Opryland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located a short distance from the Opryland Hotel. Transportation in provided to the Opryland Hotel and Opryland attractions. This hotel just completed a multi million dollar renovation.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-0800
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Spacious Nashville Hotel Rooms and Suites at the Radisson at Opryland The Radisson Hotel at Opryland offers 303 stylish, beautiful and well-appointed hotel rooms in Nashville, including suites and Sleep Number® bed rooms. 24-hour security 37" flat screen color television, Coffee maker with supplies replenished daily Hair dryer Complimentary high-speed Internet access Iron/ironing board Safes (available in select rooms) Self-controlled heating and air conditioning Smoke-free atmosphere USA Today newspaper (complimentary on weekdays)

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a swimming pool, business center, high speed internet, on site restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $129.00
Will need to call provider for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, May 22 - The Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation
Breakfast: A breakfast is included at the Inn at Opryland. Includes: Cereal, fruit, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today we explore the home of Andrew Jackson. To Andrew Jackson The Hermitage meant more than just the mansion; it meant his entire farm. It also meant refuge from the trials and frustrations of public life. But before Jackson purchased The Hermitage, the property was owned and settled by Nathaniel Hays. In 1780, Nathaniel laid claim to a 640- acre preemption land grant comprised of heavily forested level land with rich soil served by natural springs and creeks. The Cumberland and Stone’s rivers were less than two miles away from Hays’ land that would eventually become The Hermitage.

Lunch: Enjoy a traditional southern lunch served at the Belle Meade Plantation.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit Belle Meade Plantation. In 1807, Virginian John Harding bought 250 acres and a log cabin known as Dunham Station, a trading post on the Natchez Trace. In 1853 John Harding’s son, William Giles Harding, completed the Greek Revival mansion, doubling its size and adding the front porch and columns, which are solid limestone. Harding was very wealthy and very pro-secession and donated $500,000 to the Southern cause. When the Federals occupied Nashville in February 1862, Harding was arrested and sent north to Fort Mackinac in Michigan to be imprisoned. His wife, Elizabeth I. McGavock, was left to tend their farm in his absence. In September, Harding was released on parole and returned to Belle Meade. Belle Meade was headquarters to Confederate Gen. James R. Chalmers of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry command prior to the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. On the first day of the battle, Union soldiers burned the Rebel wagons parked at the racetrack while Chalmers was elsewhere. Returning to Belle Meade, Chalmers’ men charged the Yankees and drove them back before running into an enemy infantry camp. The Yankees fired as the cavalry galloped back past the mansion, where Selene Harding, 19, waved a handkerchief despite the bullets flying around her. Bullet holes can still be seen in the porch columns. After the war, William Harding turned over control of the farm to his son-in-law, William Jackson, a West Point graduate who had commanded a cavalry division under Gen. S.D. Lee in Mississippi and Louisiana. Under Jackson’s tutelage, Belle Meade (French for “beautiful meadow”) became an internationally renown thoroughbred farm and showplace. The farm sold breeding stock of ponies, Alderney cattle, Cotswold sheep, and Cashmere goats. The vast estate also featured a 600-acre deer park. Conclude our day with a drive through downtown Nashville with our local facilitator Linda Bradshaw.

Dinner: Dinner is not included as we will be having a very large lunch at the Belle Meade Plantation.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Evening is free to explore the area, visit the Opry Mills or the Opryland Hotel.

Lodging: Inn at Opryland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located a short distance from the Opryland Hotel. Transportation in provided to the Opryland Hotel and Opryland attractions. This hotel just completed a multi million dollar renovation.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-0800
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Spacious Nashville Hotel Rooms and Suites at the Radisson at Opryland The Radisson Hotel at Opryland offers 303 stylish, beautiful and well-appointed hotel rooms in Nashville, including suites and Sleep Number® bed rooms. 24-hour security 37" flat screen color television, Coffee maker with supplies replenished daily Hair dryer Complimentary high-speed Internet access Iron/ironing board Safes (available in select rooms) Self-controlled heating and air conditioning Smoke-free atmosphere USA Today newspaper (complimentary on weekdays)

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a swimming pool, business center, high speed internet, on site restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $129.00
Will need to call provider for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Thursday, May 23 - Lecture on Gaylord Family & Entertainment, Backst...
Lecture on Gaylord Family & Entertainment, Backstage exploration at Grand Old Opry

Breakfast: A Quick Bite breakfast is included this morning at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning we take the shuttle to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to enjoy a presentation on the history of the Gaylord Family, the Opryland Hotel and the new Marriott relationship.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Backstage exploration of the Grand Old Opry House. We will visit the entire complex with a local expert. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee that has presented the biggest stars of the genre since 1925. It is also among the longest-running broadcasts in history since its beginnings as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM-AM. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk, comedy, and gospel. Considered an American icon, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners. The Opry, today part of the American landscape, is "the show that made country music famous", and has been called the "home of American music" and "country’s most famous stage."

Lunch: Today you will receive a lunch voucher that will be good at either Stax Burgers or Paisano's Italian Eateries located in the Delta Wing of the hotel.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Nashville or other area attractions. Your Road Scholar staff is happy to help you with suggestions. The resort offers many tour options through Opryland Tours or Gray Line of Nashville.

Dinner: Tonight we visit the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater where we will enjoy a traditional Southern Buffet Dinner with a live country music show.

Lodging: Inn at Opryland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located a short distance from the Opryland Hotel. Transportation in provided to the Opryland Hotel and Opryland attractions. This hotel just completed a multi million dollar renovation.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-0800
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Spacious Nashville Hotel Rooms and Suites at the Radisson at Opryland The Radisson Hotel at Opryland offers 303 stylish, beautiful and well-appointed hotel rooms in Nashville, including suites and Sleep Number® bed rooms. 24-hour security 37" flat screen color television, Coffee maker with supplies replenished daily Hair dryer Complimentary high-speed Internet access Iron/ironing board Safes (available in select rooms) Self-controlled heating and air conditioning Smoke-free atmosphere USA Today newspaper (complimentary on weekdays)

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a swimming pool, business center, high speed internet, on site restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $129.00
Will need to call provider for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Friday, May 24 - Celebration Grounds, Clearview Farms, Lynchburg
Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning that includes breakfast sandwiches, juice, cereal and fruit,

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel to Murfreesboro where we visit MacGregor Stables, a Tennessee Walking Horse farm where we enjoy a presentation on the Tennessee Walking Horse followed by a riding demonstration. Next we visit the Celebration Grounds, home of the World Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses.

Lunch: Lunch included at the Parkway Café Restaurant in Shelbyville.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we visit the Jack Daniel's Distillery for a guided exploration of their working facility. The Jack Daniel's Distillery – the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. – is where it all happens. It’s where Mr. Jack first crafted the recipe for Old No. 7. It’s where the pure, iron-free cave spring water flows. And it’s where every drop of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is still made today.

Dinner: A farewell dinner is included this evening at Ellendales Restaurant.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Free to explore one of many entertainment venues

Lodging: Inn at Opryland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, May 25 - Depart and check out
Breakfast: A breakfast is included at the Inn at Opryland. Includes: Cereal, fruit, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.

Morning: FINAL PROGRAM: What would a visit to Nashville be without meeting a singer/songwriter? This morning you will meet with a professional singer and songwriter as you write your own song. Class to be held at the Inn at Opryland or at Opryland Hotel. Your Program Coordinator will give you an updated itinerary upon arrival.

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

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