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The Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (5 nights)

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Program #20362RJ
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 Mar 1 — Mar 6, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel

Contact info:
237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
web: www.doubletree.com

Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones

Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2%
Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, March 01 - Registration/Orientation/Dinner
Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 in the designated conference room as listed on the electric sign located by elevator. Orientation at hotel at 4:30 p.m.

Dinner: At hotel.

Evening: Tonight no activity is planned.

Lodging: Doubletree Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel

Contact info:
237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
web: www.doubletree.com

Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones

Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2%
Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, March 02 - Art lecture/Rodin Museum/The Philadelphia Museum ...
Art lecture/Rodin Museum/The Philadelphia Museum of Philadelphia Orchestra Concert

Note: There is a handicap entrance to the Rodin Museum. Not a lot of walking as it is a small museum (5 galleries). Usual walking and standing as expected at art museum. Wheelchairs are available at no charge.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Enjoy a fascinating lecture on the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art by an art educator.

Morning: Following our lecture, we will go to The Rodin Museum which has been rejuvenated to its 1929 origins. The Rodin Museum, located just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, houses the largest public collection of works, outside of Paris, by the celebrated late nineteenth-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin. With extraordinary works of art and a spectacular garden, the Museum offers a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Lunch: The Philadelphia Museum of Art has three locations for you to dine on your own for lunch. The museum cafeteria in the museum or in the Perelman annex and fine dining at The museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.

Afternoon: You are on your own this afternoon to enjoy the galleries of the museum. Docent led tours are available every 1/2 hour concentrating on different collections of the museum

Afternoon: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Constructed in 1928 of Minnesota dolomite, it's modeled after ancient Greek temples but on a grander scale. The museum was designed by Julian Francis Abele, the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Inside, you'll see Saint-Gaudens's statue of Diana; she formerly graced New York's old Madison Square Garden. The museum has several outstanding permanent collections: the John G. Johnson Collection covers Western art from the Renaissance to the 19th century; the Arensberg and A. E. Gallatin collections contain modern and contemporary works by artists such as Brancusi, Braque, Matisse, and Picasso. Famous paintings in these collections include Van Eyck's St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, Rubens's Prometheus Bound, Benjamin West's Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, van Gogh's Sunflowers, Cézanne's The Large Bathers, and Picasso's Three Musicians. The museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial teahouse. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts. An unusual touch -- and one that children especially like -- is the Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor.

Dinner: at hotel

Evening: Off to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, performance home of The Philadelphia Orchestra. enjoy them in concert. Prior to the concert, we will attend a lecture presented by a musicologist about the works to be presented. Philadelphia Orchestra Haydn, Schumann, Stravinsky Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor Haydn Symphony No. 38 Schumann Symphony No. 1 ('Spring') Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Lodging: Doubletree Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel

Contact info:
237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
web: www.doubletree.com

Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones

Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2%
Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, March 03 - Winterthur/Brandywine River Museum/Longwood Garde...
Note: Winterthur requires 1 hour of tour walking and standing. Longwood Gardens is all walking at your own pace. Wheelchairs and motor scooters are available at Longwood. They cost $15 (rental fee).

Breakfast: at hotel

Morning: Then we leave by motorcoach for a full day's excursion to The Brandywine Valley. We will tour Winterthur,the residence in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight

Lunch: Lunch at Winterthur

Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the worlds premier horticultural showplace. Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,077 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you?ll find beauty at every turn. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. The Conservatory was built in 1919 At present, there are 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.

Afternoon: After our visit to Winterthur, we will make a brief stop to The Brandywine River Museum to view the collections of the Wyeth and McCoy family, the most notable being Andrew Wyeth.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening

Evening: We will return to the Philadelphia between 6 and 6:30 pm. You are free this evening to dine out, meet with friends or acquaint yourself with Philadelphia night life.

Lodging: Doubletree Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel

Contact info:
237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
web: www.doubletree.com

Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones

Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2%
Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, March 04 - Horticulture lec/lunch/The Barnes Foundation/Stud...
Horticulture lec/lunch/The Barnes Foundation/Student Music Recital at Curtis

Note: Barnes has 15 viewing galleries with benches in each room. Wheelchairs are available.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: A garden lecture will take you back to the time of the Quakers and thier settlements in the Brandywine Valley. You will learn more about John Bartram, the "Father of American Botony"

Lunch: Lunch at hotel or local restaurant

Afternoon: It is time to visit the Barnes Foundation in its new location on the Parkway. After many years of controversial court hearings the Barnes has moved from its Merion Campus to Center City. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.

Dinner: Dinner is included

Evening: Attend a student recital at the Curtis Institute of Music Mansion on Rittenhouse Square just 3 blocks from our hotel.

Lodging: Doubletree Hotel

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

Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel

Contact info:
237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
web: www.doubletree.com

Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones

Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2%
Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, March 05 - The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal...
The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal Market/Philadelphia Flower Show/Evening Lecture

Note: Extensive walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available, but must be reserved in advance. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Early morning private tour of the flower show before it is opened to the public. Horticultural guides walk you around the exhibits in small groups. Use of the member lounge is available all day for our group. The theme of the 2013 Flower Show, “Brilliant!” is a celebration of the contemporary culture, design, gardens and landscapes of Great Britain. The central feature of the 2013 Flower Show will focus on London and how it has influenced the modern world. Other exhibits will be inspired by both the historical and contemporary landscapes and floral designs of Great Britain and lift up the extraordinary passion the English have for gardening. To ensure an authentic and spectacular Show experience, PHS has developed relationships with the Royal Horticultural Society and the British-American Business Association. PHS will also work closely with British artists, fashion designers, horticulturists, and landscape and floral designers to create garden displays, entertainment, and exhibits in hundreds of categories. The Philadelphia International Flower Show is the nation's largest indoor flower show, which blooms in Philadelphia every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Show features the country's premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a floral fantasy world with beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic arranging, hundreds of gardening lectures and demonstrations, special events, a mammoth indoor Marketplace, and a city-wide Flower Show Week celebration throughout the Philadelphia region.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own and many inexoensive options are available either at the flower Show food court on the terrace cafe or at the Reading Terminal market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., Originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods.

Afternoon: On your own at the Flower Show to attend lectures. We provide our own shuttle bus back to the hotel from 1pm to 3pm. The convention center is 8 blocks from the hotel, if you wish to stay later and walk ,taxi or public bus back. Your ticket allows you to go back to the show later that evening

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture TBA

Lodging: Doubletree Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Wednesday, March 06 - Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis" lecture
Breakfast: At hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.

Morning: This morning enjoy a closing lecture on Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis"

Lunch: The program ends after the morning lecture

Meals Included: Breakfast

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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
2 Performances

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