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Program #1922RJ
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.

Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 USA
phone: 843-722-0600
web: www.francismarioncharleston.com

Room amenities: Coffee and tea

Facility amenities: Francis Marion Hotel At A Glance: -234 rooms including 10 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites -Complimentary Wireless Internet access -The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar -Spa Adagio Day Spa -Fitness Center -Safe Deposit Boxes -Non-smoking rooms -Wheelchair-accessible rooms -Check-in time 4 pm -Check-out time 12 noon -Room Service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner -Wake-up calls -Concierge -Dry cleaning/Laundry service -Gift Shop Starbucks Coffee Shop Sorry, no pets allowed Green Initiatives The Francis Marion is proud to be a smoke free facility. Our smoke free policy extends to sleeping rooms, as well as public space.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Participants are individually responsible for possible room availablility before or after programs. Participant rate not available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, W...
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 4:00pm. After checking in register with the Road Scholar staff in the hotel lobby. We’ll depart from the hotel lobby at 5:00pm and walk approximately 3 blocks to the Education Center at the College of Charleston for a welcome reception, light evening meal, and orientation session.

Dinner: Enjoy a catered light meal while getting to know one another.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner, staff will provide an overview of the program ahead. We'll review the up-to-date schedule, roles and responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. You’re about to embark on a very special learning adventure in one of America’s most historic and beautiful cities. The goal of the program is to gain an appreciation of Charleston’s extraordinary history, rich culture, and charm. You’ll be guided by experts in their respective fields. NOTE: Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding

Lodging: Francis Marion Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 USA
phone: 843-722-0600
web: www.francismarioncharleston.com

Room amenities: Coffee and tea

Facility amenities: Francis Marion Hotel At A Glance: -234 rooms including 10 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites -Complimentary Wireless Internet access -The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar -Spa Adagio Day Spa -Fitness Center -Safe Deposit Boxes -Non-smoking rooms -Wheelchair-accessible rooms -Check-in time 4 pm -Check-out time 12 noon -Room Service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner -Wake-up calls -Concierge -Dry cleaning/Laundry service -Gift Shop Starbucks Coffee Shop Sorry, no pets allowed Green Initiatives The Francis Marion is proud to be a smoke free facility. Our smoke free policy extends to sleeping rooms, as well as public space.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Participants are individually responsible for possible room availablility before or after programs. Participant rate not available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - Charleston’s History, Historic District Field Tri...
Charleston’s History, Historic District Field Trip, Evening Program at the College

Breakfast: Breakfast each morning at the College of Charleston's dining hall a walk of about 3 blocks from the hotel and across the street from classroom. Breakfast items vary but typically include choices such as scrambled eggs, omelettes, quiche, grits, biscuits, pancakes, bacon. You'll appreciate our walks to burn off some of those calories!

Morning: Mr. Harlan Greene introduces his audience to the settlement of Charles Towne, through two wars, reconstruction, natural disasters, and fire to present day Charleston.

Lunch: College of Charleston dining hall. Lunch items typically include a choice of soups, sandwiches, pasta, pizzas, and side dishes; also vegetarian options.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We’ll meet our guides in the hotel lobby and board the motorcoach for a field trip to the historic district. We’ll disembark at several stops and walk to see and learn about key sites such as Four Corners of Law, City Hall, and the Battery. The field trip will conclude at approximately 4:30pm with a return to the hotel.

Dinner: College of Charleston dining hall. Dinner offers a variety of soups, salads and hot entrees; also vegetarian options.

Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR: Visit the College’s unique Communication Museum for a special tour and lecture. A College performance may be available; staff will advise.

Lodging: Francis Marion Hotel

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

Contact info:
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 USA
phone: 843-722-0600
web: www.francismarioncharleston.com

Room amenities: Coffee and tea

Facility amenities: Francis Marion Hotel At A Glance: -234 rooms including 10 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites -Complimentary Wireless Internet access -The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar -Spa Adagio Day Spa -Fitness Center -Safe Deposit Boxes -Non-smoking rooms -Wheelchair-accessible rooms -Check-in time 4 pm -Check-out time 12 noon -Room Service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner -Wake-up calls -Concierge -Dry cleaning/Laundry service -Gift Shop Starbucks Coffee Shop Sorry, no pets allowed Green Initiatives The Francis Marion is proud to be a smoke free facility. Our smoke free policy extends to sleeping rooms, as well as public space.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Participants are individually responsible for possible room availablility before or after programs. Participant rate not available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Charleston Architecture, Keeping Charleston "Char...
Charleston Architecture, Keeping Charleston "Charleston", Campus Excursion, Historic Site of Your Choice, Southern Cuisine

Breakfast: College of Charleston dining hall.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Charleston is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world due to its beautiful homes and stately buildings. Learn about Charleston's unique "Single House". PRESENTATION: Keeping Charleston “Charleston". A journalist and preservation advocate will discuss the challenges facing this historic city as it enters a new era.

Lunch: College of Charleston dining hall.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: We’ll have a guided walk through the beautiful College of Charleston campus. Founded in 1770, the College is situated in the heart of the city and is renowned for quality education, student life, and affordability. The campus is a noted arboretum and has a number of significant historic structures. EXCURSION: You will receive a ticket (included in the program price) that gives you admission to one of three historic venues of your choice. Program staff will offer directions. The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 and is regarded as America’s first museum. Special collections are available. In addition to its regular exhibits including an overview of Charleston’s rice cultivation and a collection of Charleston silver. The Heyward-Washington House was built in 1772 by rice planter Daniel Heyward. The City rented it for President George Washington's “Southern Tour” in 1791. There is a magnificent collection of Charleston-made furniture along with a traditional outbuilding and gardens. The Joseph Manigault House, situated near the Museum, built in 1803, is one of Charleston’s most elegant historic homes — a three-story Adam-style (Federal) architecture. The house is a fine example of a country estate originally located outside the city walls.

Dinner: Gather together with new friends for a buffet supper.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Southern Cuisine. You will have a good time learning what makes Southern cooking and cuisine so special and distinctive, and finally understand the difference between grits and hominy.

Lodging: Francis Marion Hotel

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

Contact info:
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 USA
phone: 843-722-0600
web: www.francismarioncharleston.com

Room amenities: Coffee and tea

Facility amenities: Francis Marion Hotel At A Glance: -234 rooms including 10 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites -Complimentary Wireless Internet access -The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar -Spa Adagio Day Spa -Fitness Center -Safe Deposit Boxes -Non-smoking rooms -Wheelchair-accessible rooms -Check-in time 4 pm -Check-out time 12 noon -Room Service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner -Wake-up calls -Concierge -Dry cleaning/Laundry service -Gift Shop Starbucks Coffee Shop Sorry, no pets allowed Green Initiatives The Francis Marion is proud to be a smoke free facility. Our smoke free policy extends to sleeping rooms, as well as public space.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Participants are individually responsible for possible room availablility before or after programs. Participant rate not available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - Boone Hall Plantation Field Trip, Lunch at Gullah...
Boone Hall Plantation Field Trip, Lunch at Gullah Restaurant, Free Afternoon & Evening to explore on Your Own

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.;

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Assemble in the hotel lobby and depart by motorcoach to Boone Hall Plantation via the spectacular Ravenel Bridge. “America’s Most Photographed Plantation” is famous for its half-mile of Spanish moss-draped live oaks. Nine refurbished slave cabins (c. 1743) offer an insightful history into plantation slave life

Lunch: Lunch is at a Gullah Restaurant where you will sample true southern cooking.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Prior to returning to the hotel for your afternoon excursions, the motorcoach will stop at Liberty Square for those wishing to visit Fort Sumter during their free time. FREE AFTERNOON FOR OTHERS: This is an opportunity to pursue more of your own personal interests. You may choose to visit historic houses such as the Aiken-Rhett House, Nathaniel Russell House, or some of the city’s many museums and churches. Or, you may wish to take a trip to one of the other nearby plantations such as Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, or Middleton Place. The program staff will provide directions to the site of your choice.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to continue savoring your favorite flavors of Charleston.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Program staff will let you know about local events, if available.

Lodging: Francis Marion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 USA
phone: 843-722-0600
web: www.francismarioncharleston.com

Room amenities: Coffee and tea

Facility amenities: Francis Marion Hotel At A Glance: -234 rooms including 10 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites -Complimentary Wireless Internet access -The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar -Spa Adagio Day Spa -Fitness Center -Safe Deposit Boxes -Non-smoking rooms -Wheelchair-accessible rooms -Check-in time 4 pm -Check-out time 12 noon -Room Service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner -Wake-up calls -Concierge -Dry cleaning/Laundry service -Gift Shop Starbucks Coffee Shop Sorry, no pets allowed Green Initiatives The Francis Marion is proud to be a smoke free facility. Our smoke free policy extends to sleeping rooms, as well as public space.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Participants are individually responsible for possible room availablility before or after programs. Participant rate not available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Charleston’s Golden Age of Music, Southern Imagin...
Charleston’s Golden Age of Music, Southern Imagination, Black History & Gullah Culture, Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Breakfast: College of Charleston dining hall.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Charleston's Golden Age of Music: 1766-1820. Your lecturer, a musician, historian, archivist, and musicologist will introduce you to Charleston’s colonial musical culture. There will be a short break after the lecture PRESENTATION: Southern Imagination. The southern “voice” in literature is illustrated by your lecturer, a former College chair and professor.

Lunch: College of Charleston dining hall.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: After lunch, we’ll assemble in the hotel lobby and walk about 2 blocks to the Emanuel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church. Your lecturer, a guide and local historian, will present an overview of Charleston’s black history in his unique and entertaining style. You’ll have some free time after presentation for further exploration on your own or just to relax.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a fine local restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner a chance to relax and recount the week's activities with your fellow participants.

Lodging: Francis Marion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Charleston Renaissance, Program Concludes
Breakfast: College of Charleston dining hall.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Charleston Renaissance. In the 1920’s, artists, writers, and poets discovered America’s “best kept secret” - a colonial city steeped in the past. An insightful lecturer will illustrate how this influenced Charlestonians.

Lunch: The program concludes before lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this enlightening and entertaining look at one of America’s most historic cities and that you will take away many fond memories. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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