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Program #9766RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Aug 18 — Aug 22, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in Southern California's vibrant Orange County, the Wyndham Irvine Hotel at John Wayne Orange County Airport is a beautiful 13-story high-rise building that puts you near Newport Beach, the South Coast Mall with its array of dining choices, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and several major destinations including Disneyland. This full-service, smoke-free hotel has 335 guest rooms. Guests may relax in the tranquil atrium/lobby lounge or enjoy the multi-use sports court, which features basketball, small court tennis and other court games. The indoor pool provides year-round enjoyment while the serene sun deck affords quiet relaxation. The hotel offers covered valet parking and complimentary hotel shuttle service to local destinations within a 3-mile radius of the hotel, including the airport.

Contact info:
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614 USA
phone: 949-863-1999
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/california/irvine/wyndham-irvine-orange-county-airport/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Guest rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, cable/satellite TV with pay-per-view movies, CD player, iHome clock radio, phone with voice mail, and a free morning newspaper delivered to your room. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides many services and amenities, most of which are complimentary (a few might require a fee). The amenities include a 24-hour business center; fitness center (open from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.); ATM; Concierge; indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna; dry-cleaning services (same-day service); laundry facilities, and complimentary shuttle (up to 3-mile radius). WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides complimentary high-speed wireless internet services in all guest rooms and the lobby area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
The Wyndham Irvine Hotel offers a special rate based on availability. This is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - Independent Arrivals/ Program Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Wyndham Irvine Orange County Airport after 3:00PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this program offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Getting to know your fellow participants.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County Airport

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in Southern California's vibrant Orange County, the Wyndham Irvine Hotel at John Wayne Orange County Airport is a beautiful 13-story high-rise building that puts you near Newport Beach, the South Coast Mall with its array of dining choices, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and several major destinations including Disneyland. This full-service, smoke-free hotel has 335 guest rooms. Guests may relax in the tranquil atrium/lobby lounge or enjoy the multi-use sports court, which features basketball, small court tennis and other court games. The indoor pool provides year-round enjoyment while the serene sun deck affords quiet relaxation. The hotel offers covered valet parking and complimentary hotel shuttle service to local destinations within a 3-mile radius of the hotel, including the airport.

Contact info:
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614 USA
phone: 949-863-1999
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/california/irvine/wyndham-irvine-orange-county-airport/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Guest rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, cable/satellite TV with pay-per-view movies, CD player, iHome clock radio, phone with voice mail, and a free morning newspaper delivered to your room. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides many services and amenities, most of which are complimentary (a few might require a fee). The amenities include a 24-hour business center; fitness center (open from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.); ATM; Concierge; indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna; dry-cleaning services (same-day service); laundry facilities, and complimentary shuttle (up to 3-mile radius). WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides complimentary high-speed wireless internet services in all guest rooms and the lobby area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
The Wyndham Irvine Hotel offers a special rate based on availability. This is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - Field trip to Laguna Beach
Note: Be prepared to ride hotel shuttle buses to/from Laguna Beach and public bus in Laguna Beach. Walk 8 blocks in downtown Laguna Beach with local artist/guide

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: History of Orange County

The instructor traces the history of Orange County from its ranching and farming roots into the sprawling, urban society of today.

FIELD TRIP: Laguna Beach

The group will ride shuttle buses while in Laguna Beach for the day and have an opportunity to meet and talk with local artists and observe them in their intimate spaces.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Laguna Beach

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Laguna Beach continues

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: EXCURSION: Noguchi Garden/California Scenario

California Scenario was designed in 1980 by Isamu Noguchi, a renowned Japanese American sculptor and landscape architect. Also known as Noguchi Gardens, it is one of the most important outdoor sculpture gardens in the country. The engaging garden retreat occupies more than 1-1/2 acres and combines stone, sculpture, water, metal, earth and vegetation in a remarkable interpretation of our Southern California environment.

Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in Southern California's vibrant Orange County, the Wyndham Irvine Hotel at John Wayne Orange County Airport is a beautiful 13-story high-rise building that puts you near Newport Beach, the South Coast Mall with its array of dining choices, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and several major destinations including Disneyland. This full-service, smoke-free hotel has 335 guest rooms. Guests may relax in the tranquil atrium/lobby lounge or enjoy the multi-use sports court, which features basketball, small court tennis and other court games. The indoor pool provides year-round enjoyment while the serene sun deck affords quiet relaxation. The hotel offers covered valet parking and complimentary hotel shuttle service to local destinations within a 3-mile radius of the hotel, including the airport.

Contact info:
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614 USA
phone: 949-863-1999
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/california/irvine/wyndham-irvine-orange-county-airport/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Guest rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, cable/satellite TV with pay-per-view movies, CD player, iHome clock radio, phone with voice mail, and a free morning newspaper delivered to your room. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides many services and amenities, most of which are complimentary (a few might require a fee). The amenities include a 24-hour business center; fitness center (open from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.); ATM; Concierge; indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna; dry-cleaning services (same-day service); laundry facilities, and complimentary shuttle (up to 3-mile radius). WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides complimentary high-speed wireless internet services in all guest rooms and the lobby area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
The Wyndham Irvine Hotel offers a special rate based on availability. This is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - Field Trip to San Juan Capistrano Mission & Bower...
Field Trip to San Juan Capistrano Mission & Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Note: Be prepared to stand and walk for up to 90 minutes on guided walks at Mission and Bowers Museum; some uneven terrain at Mission

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: San Juan Capistrano and Guided walk of Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage.

Lunch: Lunch at Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot in San Juan Capistrano's historic train depot built in 1894.

The Los Rios District lies directly across the railroad tracks and is the oldest neighborhood in California. The forty homes that remain here include three original adobe structures. The Montanez, the Rios, and the Silvas are all that remain of the adobes that housed the builders of the mission and the mission ranch workers in the late 1700's and early 1800's.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Enjoy a guided walk of the special exhibit, "Tsar's Cabinet: 200 Years of Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs", as well as one of the Museum's permanent exhibits, "The First Californians", which features Native American art and artifacts.

Following the docent tour, participants may explore the museum's other permanent exhibits such as California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos Gallery (1768-1848); Classic California: Recently Conserved Paintings from the Permanent Collection; Pre-Columbian Exhibits, featuring Arts from the sophisticated Pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and Central America and Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy.

We will arrive at the Bowers Museum around 1:30PM and participate in the guided tour from 1:45 to 3:00PM. We will depart the Museum at 4:00PM, leaving an hour to view other exhibits. Please make your plans accordingly.

Participants may also be interested in viewing the "Gems of the Medici," a specially ticketed exhibition, on their own. Tickets are priced at Seniors $13 p/p; Adults $15 p/p and may be ordered online in advance. Visit the Bowers website for more information at www.bowers.org and click on Current Exhibitions and then GEMS OF THE MEDICI.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: CLASS: History of the Pageant of the Masters

The instructor will present a history of the Pageant of the Masters, with a behind-the-scenes-view of how the illusions are produced that highlights past objects featured in former pageants.

Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in Southern California's vibrant Orange County, the Wyndham Irvine Hotel at John Wayne Orange County Airport is a beautiful 13-story high-rise building that puts you near Newport Beach, the South Coast Mall with its array of dining choices, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and several major destinations including Disneyland. This full-service, smoke-free hotel has 335 guest rooms. Guests may relax in the tranquil atrium/lobby lounge or enjoy the multi-use sports court, which features basketball, small court tennis and other court games. The indoor pool provides year-round enjoyment while the serene sun deck affords quiet relaxation. The hotel offers covered valet parking and complimentary hotel shuttle service to local destinations within a 3-mile radius of the hotel, including the airport.

Contact info:
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614 USA
phone: 949-863-1999
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/california/irvine/wyndham-irvine-orange-county-airport/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Guest rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, cable/satellite TV with pay-per-view movies, CD player, iHome clock radio, phone with voice mail, and a free morning newspaper delivered to your room. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides many services and amenities, most of which are complimentary (a few might require a fee). The amenities include a 24-hour business center; fitness center (open from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.); ATM; Concierge; indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna; dry-cleaning services (same-day service); laundry facilities, and complimentary shuttle (up to 3-mile radius). WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides complimentary high-speed wireless internet services in all guest rooms and the lobby area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
The Wyndham Irvine Hotel offers a special rate based on availability. This is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - Field trip to Irvine Museum, Pageant of the Maste...
Field trip to Irvine Museum, Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts

Note: Be prepared to stand and walk for up to an hour on guided walks at Irvine Museum and Festival of Arts exhibition. Climb stairs to seats in amphitheater for Pageant of the Masters performance.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Artists Featured in the 2013 Pageant of the Masters

Gain insight into the artists whose masterpieces capture and enhance the Pageant's theme 'The Big Picture'.

FIELD TRIP: Irvine Museum

The Irvine Museum is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism or Plein-Air paintings, an art style that flourished in California from 1890 to 1930.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters

Take a docent-led tour of the Festival of Arts, a juried art show representing a complete spectrum of art media. You will also receive a private visit to the Irvine Bowl for a historical overview of the Pageant.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

There are two restaurants on the grounds—the Tivoli Terrace Restaurant, a full-service, garden dining experience with live music, overlooking the art exhibit, and Gina’s “Alfresco”, offering a diversified menu with items such as Pizzetta which are freshly baked, 6” individual pizzas; various salads; grilled Italian-style sandwiches; and subs. Advanced reservations are necessary for Tivoli Terrace (949-494-9650 or www.tivoliterrace.com).

Tivoli Too, located on the Art-A-Fair Festival grounds (free admission with Festival of Arts ticket) at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd., offers gourmet dinners in a pleasant outdoor dining area. Reservations are recommended by calling 949-494-6044. Other Laguna Beach restaurants are within walking distance of the Festival of Arts grounds.

If making dinner reservations, please be aware that we are scheduled for a 4:00PM docent walk of the Festival of Arts and a 30-45 min presentation in the Irvine Bowl starting at 5:30PM. The Pageant begins promptly at 8:30 PM nightly.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Pageant of the Masters 'The Big Picture'

The Pageant of the Masters is the most incredible artistic event in Southern California. Every summer, since 1932, audiences have packed the outdoor amphitheater to witness the “living pictures” spectacle. Watch as artists magically transform live actors and intricate sets into remarkable re-creations of magnificent works of art. The 90 minute program is accompanied by a full orchestra, original score and live narration.

Lodging: Wyndham Irvine - Orange County Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Critique the Pageant of the Masters

This is a time to share your thoughts and feelings about the Pageant with other group members before you depart the program.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Pageant of the Masters program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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Irvine, California
Destination IrvineIrvine Chamber Visitor's Bureau

2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150

Irvine, CA 92614

Phone (949) 660-9112 or (877) 478-4637
For additional information, visit: www.irvinecvb.org/contact

Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau252 Broadway

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Phone (800) 877-1115
For additional information, visit: www.lagunabeachinfo.org

Orange County Tourism CouncilFor further visitor information about Orange County, CA, please check out their official website and order a free travelguide.
For additional information, visit: http://www.visittheoc.com/

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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