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Program #1468RJ
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.
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Elevation Note
Lexington's elevation is 978 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 30 — May 5, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
web: www.hyattplacelexington.com

Room amenities: The Hyatt's spacious guest rooms feature a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Hyatt Place Lexington is within a 5-minute walk of several restaurant options and a five-minute/two-mile radius of many shopping and entertainment options. The Hyatt is conveniently located south of the I-64 & I-75 interchange at Exit 108 (Man-O-War Boulevard). The hotel offers complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks, specialty espresso coffee drinks, beer and wine service, complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, indoor pool, complimentary public computer and printer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, April 30 - Registration, Orientation, Dinner and Introductio...
Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00PM. Road Scholar orientation session in the hotel conference room at 4:30PM. Your arrival packet will contain an updated schedule of program activities, a list of fellow attendees, and your name badge. Start off your Kentucky Derby experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow participants. The site coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders; address responsibilities, questions and concerns; review safety guidelines and emergency procedures; orient you to the hotel location on maps; and discuss the program schedule and what will be included on the field trips. Begin getting to know the program staff and your fellow participants with a get-acquainted session to introduce each member of the group. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the front desk. Breakfast each day is in the hotel, lunch and dinner at the hotel or restaurants in the Lexington/Louisville areas. This Road Scholar program offers the opportunity to study and explore the Kentucky Derby in-depth through presentations by local experts, field trips to Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, Thoroughbred Center, Churchill Downs, Old Friends and viewing the Derby on simulcast at Keeneland.

Dinner: Welcome dinner, with multiple entrée choices, at local restaurant allows time to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.

Evening: Introduction session. Get acquainted with your fellow program attendees during the introduction session. The coordinator will facilitate a meet-and-greet experience for the entire group during which each participate will introduce himself/herself. Participants generally share information about where they live, the type of work they do or have done, their favorite pastimes and hobbies. After the discussion, the group may visit on their own. Late arriving participants will receive their program materials and orientation information at the hotel front desk.

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
web: www.hyattplacelexington.com

Room amenities: The Hyatt's spacious guest rooms feature a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Hyatt Place Lexington is within a 5-minute walk of several restaurant options and a five-minute/two-mile radius of many shopping and entertainment options. The Hyatt is conveniently located south of the I-64 & I-75 interchange at Exit 108 (Man-O-War Boulevard). The hotel offers complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks, specialty espresso coffee drinks, beer and wine service, complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, indoor pool, complimentary public computer and printer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 01 - History of Kentucky Thoroughbred Racing and Churc...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning's presentation prepares us for our afternoon field trip to Churchill Downs. Hear the History of Kentucky Thoroughbred Racing, presented by a nationally recognized authority on the subject of thoroughbred horse racing and the Kentucky Derby.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at Churchill Downs.

Afternoon: Attend the afternoon races, in Louisville, at Churchill Downs, the "World's Most Legendary Racetrack!" Your admission ticket entitles you to a seat and a program. You may want to celebrate horseracing at Churchill Downs with a mint julep.

Dinner: Dinner, en route to Lexington, at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
web: www.hyattplacelexington.com

Room amenities: The Hyatt's spacious guest rooms feature a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Hyatt Place Lexington is within a 5-minute walk of several restaurant options and a five-minute/two-mile radius of many shopping and entertainment options. The Hyatt is conveniently located south of the I-64 & I-75 interchange at Exit 108 (Man-O-War Boulevard). The hotel offers complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks, specialty espresso coffee drinks, beer and wine service, complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, indoor pool, complimentary public computer and printer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 02 - Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park and Reading th...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Expert-led exploration of Keeneland, a combination Thoroughbred race course and sales company in the heart of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region. Keeneland provides superior year-round training facilities and annually conducts race meetings of the highest caliber in April and October. Thoroughbred sales are held five times yearly. Keeneland strives to maintain Thoroughbred racing's finest traditions while promoting the industry through three lines of business: sales, live racing, and simulcast racing. You will see the nooks and crannies that are behind-the-scenes to everyone else. Your guide will also answer all your horse track questions. Spend some time browsing the gift shop or investigating on your own. On to Woodford Reserve Distillery, the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Docents reveal how the final product is carefully hand-crafted and painstakingly selected by the Master Distiller from only the finest maturing whiskey. Long years of slumber in the longest-surviving aging house in the Commonwealth have produced a bourbon of exceptional depth and character, with a complex, full-bodied taste and uniquely smooth finish.

Lunch: Lunch at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park. This 1,200 acre working horse farm is surrounded by 30 miles of white plank fencing. The park features two museum, two theaters, and nearly 50 different breeds of horses. Here you'll find the gravesite of Man o' War, one of the greatest racehorses of all time. Attend some or all of the daily attractions including the Parade of Breeds presentation, horse-drawn trolley tour, Hall of Champions presentation, Thou Shalt Fly Without Wings, Draft Horse Exodus, International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum, and much more.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.

Evening: Evening presentation.

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
web: www.hyattplacelexington.com

Room amenities: The Hyatt's spacious guest rooms feature a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Hyatt Place Lexington is within a 5-minute walk of several restaurant options and a five-minute/two-mile radius of many shopping and entertainment options. The Hyatt is conveniently located south of the I-64 & I-75 interchange at Exit 108 (Man-O-War Boulevard). The hotel offers complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks, specialty espresso coffee drinks, beer and wine service, complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, indoor pool, complimentary public computer and printer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, May 03 - Thoroughbred Center and Hot Topics in the Horse R...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Go behind the scenes at the Thoroughbred Center, a working thoroughbred training facility. Learn about a normal working day in the lives of thoroughbreds, trainers, and grooms.

Lunch: Lunch at the Thoroughbred Center.

Afternoon: From the Executive Director of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association hear about hot topics in the horse racing industry. An amatuer rider, former marketing executive with Santa Anita, associate coordinator of the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program and son of the noted Daily Racing Form cartoonist Peb will discuss both the Associaton and the Derby.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
web: www.hyattplacelexington.com

Room amenities: The Hyatt's spacious guest rooms feature a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Hyatt Place Lexington is within a 5-minute walk of several restaurant options and a five-minute/two-mile radius of many shopping and entertainment options. The Hyatt is conveniently located south of the I-64 & I-75 interchange at Exit 108 (Man-O-War Boulevard). The hotel offers complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks, specialty espresso coffee drinks, beer and wine service, complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, indoor pool, complimentary public computer and printer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, May 04 - Old Friends and the Kentucky Derby via simulcast ...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Old Friends - A Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbreds. Old Friends began as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds. Then news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002. The discovery gave even more impetus to this organization. "We went from getting five emails a day to hundreds," noted President and founder Michael Blowen. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end--to Old Friends, provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve, and open the space to the public. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we realized we could draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need. Old Friends is the only thoroughbred rescue / retirement facility that accepts stallions. The organization takes exceptional pride in their pensioned champions, among them 1988 Eclipse-winning Turf Champion, Sunshine Forever & one of the last great sons of Damascus, Ogygian. In addition to the pensioned stallions, Old Friends is home to some very deserving retired mares & geldings.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch

Afternoon: Simulcast of the Kentucky Derby at Keeneland.

Dinner: Dinner en route to hotel.

Evening: Closing reception.

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, May 05 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel. Departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Lexington, KY
AshlandAshland, the Henry Clay Estate - Henry Clay was an important statesman and famous orator in early 19th-century American politics, a U.S. Senator, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State and three time Presidential candidate. In his home city of Lexington, "Harry of the West" was a respected lawyer, revered and leading gentleman farmer. Although most of the 600 acres of his "beloved Ashland" are now a residential neighborhood, about 20 acres are preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate includes an Italianate-style house built for Henry’s son, James. (The house where Clay lived from 1809 until his death in 1852 was torn down in 1857; some of its materials were used in the new Ashland.) There’s a great deal of family memorabilia on display, much of it relating to the "Great Compromiser" himself. Ashland is located at 120 Sycamore Road and offers tours on the hour, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Closed January. Admission charged. There’s no charge to visit the formal English parterre-style garden, a favorite spot of local artists, or walk the lovely wooded grounds. The walled garden is locked at 5:00 p.m. but you can stroll the grounds at any time. (859) 266-8581
Aviation Museum of KentuckyThe Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington. The facility has 12,000 square feet of display area, a fully equipped shop for aviation restoration projects, an office, a library/archive and a gift shop. The Museum is a dynamic entity which includes not only older restored aircraft and memorabilia, but also air-worthy, flyable aircraft for the public to enjoy. This year we celebrate our 10th year of operation.
For additional information, visit: www.aviationky.org
Boone StationDaniel Boone (1734-1820), known for his role in the exploring and settling of the Kentucky frontier decided that the settlement of Boonesborough had become far too crowded. In December 1779, Boone and his family established Boone’s Station. At its height, the community had 15 to 20 families, including the Boone, Barrow, Hays, Morgan, Muir, Scholl and, Stinson families. Daniel Boone and his family endured many hardships while living at Boone's Station. Both his son Israel, and nephew Thomas Boone were killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1781. By 1781, Boone’s claim to Boone Station proved to be invalid. He and other members of the settlement continued to live there for a brief period. However, by 1791 Boone Station had ceased to exist. In 1795, Robert Frank purchased 500 acres that included the Station site. Eventually Boone and his family moved to Missouri where the famous pioneer died in 1820. In 1845, the Governor, and General Assembly of Kentucky requested that the remains of Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca Bryan Boone be reburied in Kentucky. They are buried in the State Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
For additional information, visit: www.parks.ky.gov
Hunt-Morgan HouseThe Hunt-Morgan House - The brick house at 201 North Mill Street has several claims to historic fame. It was built in 1814 for the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, a hemp merchant named John Wesley Hunt. Among Hunt’s descendants was Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, the flamboyant leader of the guerrilla fighters known as "Morgan’s Raiders." Local legend has Morgan riding his mare Black Bess up the front steps, stopping to kiss his mother in the hall, and galloping out the back door—with Union troops in hot pursuit. Morgan’s nephew, Thomas Hunt Morgan, born in Lexington in 1866, would become the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize, for his work in genetics. The Hunt-Morgan House is cherished not only for its human history, but for its architectural features as well. Representing a Kentucky adaptation of the Federal style, it features a large, impressive entrance door with leaded fanlight and sidelight windows; reeded woodwork and door jambs; beautifully carved mantels; and a three-story cantilevered staircase. Tours are given at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Saturday tours are given at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. There’s a Civil War museum on the second floor. Admission charged. (859) 233-3290 or (859) 253-0362
Mary Todd Lincoln HouseThe Mary Todd Lincoln House - Mary Todd, who would become Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most controversial First Ladies, was born in Lexington in 1818. Her father, Robert Todd, was a successful businessman and Whig politician; her grandfather, Levi Todd, was one of Lexington’s founders. Her mother died when she was six. In 1832, her father and his new wife moved the family to this brick house on West Main Street. Mary lived here until she was 21, when she went to Springfield, Illinois to live with her sister. She and Abraham Lincoln visited the house several times. Today, family pieces and period antiques as well as personal possessions of Mary Todd are on display. The late Georgian style brick house was built in 1803 to 1806, and includes a period herb and perennial garden in the back yard. Open for tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission charged. (859) 233-9999
WavelandWaveland . Waveland was built in 1847 for Joseph Bryan, a great-nephew of Daniel Boone. With its Ionic columns and portico, frieze patterned after those on the Acropolis in Greece, 14-foot ceilings, and grand yet graceful demeanor, it is considered an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture in Kentucky. Its human story is that of life on a pre-Civil War hemp plantation. Along with the house itself, slave quarters have been restored. Owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Waveland is a State Historic Site. There are flower and herb gardens as well as picnic tables and a playground. Tours are given year-round on the hour. Call ahead for hours of operation. Admission charged. (859) 272-3611

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