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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 Sep 30 — Oct 5, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Largest non-casino hotel in the world with many botanical gardens, indoor streams with boat rides, shops, many restaurants, night clubs, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, etc.

Contact info:
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville,, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-1100
web: www.gaylordhotels.com

Room amenities: High speed internet, hair dryers, in room movies, remote television

Facility amenities: Activities Desk Relâche Spa, Salon, & Fitness Center In-room iron, ironing board, blow dryer, in-room safe, 2 phones with dataport and voicemail On-site Shops and Restaurants Outdoor Swimming Pools

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $159 - $199 per night
Book additional nights on your own. Provider can try to book additional nights before and after but can't guarantee the Road Scholar rate as the hotel has slotted us into the low rate period.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 30 - Check in and registration/Program orientation
Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Please arrive at the hotel between 3:30-5:00pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Cascade Lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information.

Dinner: Tonight we enjoy our get acquainted dinner served in a private room at the hotel. Tonight's menu will include a salad, chicken with potato, vegetable and dessert.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. Your group leader will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. She will also provide you with information for your free time. Conclude with participant introductions.

Lodging: Opryland Resort Hotel & Conference

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Largest non-casino hotel in the world with many botanical gardens, indoor streams with boat rides, shops, many restaurants, night clubs, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, etc.

Contact info:
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville,, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-1100
web: www.gaylordhotels.com

Room amenities: High speed internet, hair dryers, in room movies, remote television

Facility amenities: Activities Desk Relâche Spa, Salon, & Fitness Center In-room iron, ironing board, blow dryer, in-room safe, 2 phones with dataport and voicemail On-site Shops and Restaurants Outdoor Swimming Pools

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $159 - $199 per night
Book additional nights on your own. Provider can try to book additional nights before and after but can't guarantee the Road Scholar rate as the hotel has slotted us into the low rate period.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 01 - Visit Indoor Atrium Gardens with Horticulturalist...
Visit Indoor Atrium Gardens with Horticulturalist, Behind the Scenes of Hotel with Staff

Breakfast: A full breakfast is served at one of the hotel's restaurants this morning.

Morning: PRESENTATIONS: Today we meet with staff of the hotel for a walking program of the hotel followed by the 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 a couple different departments during our time. FREE TIME: Following this afternoon's program explore the hotel or local area on your own. Your group leader will help with ideas. This time may be used to explore some country music attractions not included in this program.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant located near the Grand Old Opry Show.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Evening is free to enjoy one of the hotel's many entertainment venues or take in a show at the Grand Old Opry. Tickets will be available at a discount for our Road Scholar group.

Lodging: Opryland Resort Hotel & Conference

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

Description: Largest non-casino hotel in the world with many botanical gardens, indoor streams with boat rides, shops, many restaurants, night clubs, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, etc.

Contact info:
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville,, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-1100
web: www.gaylordhotels.com

Room amenities: High speed internet, hair dryers, in room movies, remote television

Facility amenities: Activities Desk Relâche Spa, Salon, & Fitness Center In-room iron, ironing board, blow dryer, in-room safe, 2 phones with dataport and voicemail On-site Shops and Restaurants Outdoor Swimming Pools

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $159 - $199 per night
Book additional nights on your own. Provider can try to book additional nights before and after but can't guarantee the Road Scholar rate as the hotel has slotted us into the low rate period.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 02 - The Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation
Breakfast: A full breakfast is included this morning at one of the hotel's restaurants.

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 BBQ lunch served at a local restaurant on our way to 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.

Dinner: Dinner is not included as we will be having a very large lunch at the Belle Meade Plantation. Your program leader will help you find dining experiences at the hotel or surrounding area.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Evening is free to enjoy the hotel amenities.

Lodging: Opryland Resort Hotel & Conference

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

Description: Largest non-casino hotel in the world with many botanical gardens, indoor streams with boat rides, shops, many restaurants, night clubs, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, etc.

Contact info:
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville,, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-1100
web: www.gaylordhotels.com

Room amenities: High speed internet, hair dryers, in room movies, remote television

Facility amenities: Activities Desk Relâche Spa, Salon, & Fitness Center In-room iron, ironing board, blow dryer, in-room safe, 2 phones with dataport and voicemail On-site Shops and Restaurants Outdoor Swimming Pools

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $159 - $199 per night
Book additional nights on your own. Provider can try to book additional nights before and after but can't guarantee the Road Scholar rate as the hotel has slotted us into the low rate period.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 03 - Lecture on Gaylord Family & Entertainment, Backst...
Lecture on Gaylord Family & Entertainment, Backstage exploration at Grand Old Opry

Breakfast: A full breakfast is included this morning at one of the hotel's restaurants.

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

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. Opry Tours for downtown are available in the hotel. Please be aware that your leader will be doing a downtown exploration but it will not include any of the attractions except the Parthenon.

Dinner: DINNER/PERFORMANCE: Tonight we visit Nashville Nightlife for a dinner and show with live country music.

Lodging: Opryland Resort Hotel & Conference

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

Description: Largest non-casino hotel in the world with many botanical gardens, indoor streams with boat rides, shops, many restaurants, night clubs, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, etc.

Contact info:
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville,, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-889-1100
web: www.gaylordhotels.com

Room amenities: High speed internet, hair dryers, in room movies, remote television

Facility amenities: Activities Desk Relâche Spa, Salon, & Fitness Center In-room iron, ironing board, blow dryer, in-room safe, 2 phones with dataport and voicemail On-site Shops and Restaurants Outdoor Swimming Pools

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $159 - $199 per night
Book additional nights on your own. Provider can try to book additional nights before and after but can't guarantee the Road Scholar rate as the hotel has slotted us into the low rate period.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, October 04 - Celebration Grounds, Clearview Farms, Lynchburg
Breakfast: Breakfast included at one of the hotel's restaurants

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today we travel to Shelbyville where we visit the Celebration Grounds, home of the World Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses. Next we travel to local farm where we will enjoy a riding demonstration and talks with trainers, riders and staff of the farm. The Tennessee Walker or Tennessee Walking Horse is a breed of riding horse. The breed was originally bred in the Southern United States to carry the owners of plantations around their lands. They are known for their unique four-beat "running walk". The breed is rarely seen in any of the sport horse disciplines; however, they are popular in trail riding because of their smooth gaits, stamina and easy temper. In addition they are also seen in Western riding disciplines and in harness.

Lunch: Today lunch is served at the Parkway Cafe, a traditional meat and two buffet restaurant that you find in many small southern towns.

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: Dinner is included this evening at a local Nashville Restaurant on our return trip to the hotel.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Free to explore one of many entertainment venues at the hotel or nearby.

Lodging: Opryland Resort Hotel & Conference

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, October 05 - Depart and check out
Depart From: Depart following the program

Breakfast: Breakfast is included

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.

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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3 Expert-led lectures
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