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Program #20746RJ
8 Days | 7 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 Sep 19 — Sep 26, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Hartford hotel is ideally located in the business and dining district of the historic city of Hartford, Connecticut; an upscale property that completely satisfies all levels of Hilton guests. Conveniently located at the intersections of I-91 and I-84, the Hartford, CT hotel guests can reach over 30 fine restaurants and performing arts leaders within easy walking distance of our entrance on Trumbull Street

Contact info:
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103 USA
phone: 186-072-8515 x1
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HFDHHHF-Hilton-Hartford-Connecticut/index.do

Room amenities: All guest rooms offer the blissful support of Hilton's Serenity mattress set with fine Italian woven bed linens. Bathrooms offer the exclusive herbal and peppermint scent of our Crabtree and Evelyn® bath and skin products. Desks have ergonomic desk chair, stereo MP3 players or FM radio, high speed internet access and comfortable sitting areas.

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Local Area Transportation Lounge News Stand Room Service Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room Pool Wi-Fi in common areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
As this is an on the road program, pre and post nights are not avaliable

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, September 19 - Arrival, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive at the hotel between 3 and 5 and receive your Welcome Packet from your group leader who will be located in the hotel lobby.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation and Welcome to Hartford

Lodging: Hilton Hartford

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Hartford hotel is ideally located in the business and dining district of the historic city of Hartford, Connecticut; an upscale property that completely satisfies all levels of Hilton guests. Conveniently located at the intersections of I-91 and I-84, the Hartford, CT hotel guests can reach over 30 fine restaurants and performing arts leaders within easy walking distance of our entrance on Trumbull Street

Contact info:
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103 USA
phone: 186-072-8515 x1
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HFDHHHF-Hilton-Hartford-Connecticut/index.do

Room amenities: All guest rooms offer the blissful support of Hilton's Serenity mattress set with fine Italian woven bed linens. Bathrooms offer the exclusive herbal and peppermint scent of our Crabtree and Evelyn® bath and skin products. Desks have ergonomic desk chair, stereo MP3 players or FM radio, high speed internet access and comfortable sitting areas.

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Local Area Transportation Lounge News Stand Room Service Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room Pool Wi-Fi in common areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
As this is an on the road program, pre and post nights are not avaliable

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 20 - Trinity College / Governors Mansion
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Visit Trinity College and the Widener and Broad St. Galleries

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Visit the Governors Mansion situated on four beautifully landscaped acres at 990 Prospect Avenue in Connecticut's capital city of Hartford. The Residence with its 18th century original and reproduction furniture and decorations truly reflects Connecticut's historic and cultural history. This stately and gracious house has been home to Connecticut’s governors and their families since 1943

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own this evening so that you may sample some of the local cusine.

Lodging: Hilton Hartford

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Hartford hotel is ideally located in the business and dining district of the historic city of Hartford, Connecticut; an upscale property that completely satisfies all levels of Hilton guests. Conveniently located at the intersections of I-91 and I-84, the Hartford, CT hotel guests can reach over 30 fine restaurants and performing arts leaders within easy walking distance of our entrance on Trumbull Street

Contact info:
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103 USA
phone: 186-072-8515 x1
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HFDHHHF-Hilton-Hartford-Connecticut/index.do

Room amenities: All guest rooms offer the blissful support of Hilton's Serenity mattress set with fine Italian woven bed linens. Bathrooms offer the exclusive herbal and peppermint scent of our Crabtree and Evelyn® bath and skin products. Desks have ergonomic desk chair, stereo MP3 players or FM radio, high speed internet access and comfortable sitting areas.

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Local Area Transportation Lounge News Stand Room Service Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room Pool Wi-Fi in common areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
As this is an on the road program, pre and post nights are not avaliable

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 21 - Harriet Beecher Stow Center / Mark Twain Museum &...
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and see the approximately 6,000 objects and over 200,000 manuscripts, pamphlets, books and images. They illustrate important themes in nineteenth-century U.S. history: women's history including suffrage; abolition; African American history and racial history and racial attitudes in the U.S.; the activist Beecher family; and decorative arts and architecture.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Learn about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy on a self-guided visit of the Mark Twain House and Museum

Dinner: Enjoy dinner and an evening on your own.

Lodging: Hilton Hartford

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Hartford hotel is ideally located in the business and dining district of the historic city of Hartford, Connecticut; an upscale property that completely satisfies all levels of Hilton guests. Conveniently located at the intersections of I-91 and I-84, the Hartford, CT hotel guests can reach over 30 fine restaurants and performing arts leaders within easy walking distance of our entrance on Trumbull Street

Contact info:
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103 USA
phone: 186-072-8515 x1
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HFDHHHF-Hilton-Hartford-Connecticut/index.do

Room amenities: All guest rooms offer the blissful support of Hilton's Serenity mattress set with fine Italian woven bed linens. Bathrooms offer the exclusive herbal and peppermint scent of our Crabtree and Evelyn® bath and skin products. Desks have ergonomic desk chair, stereo MP3 players or FM radio, high speed internet access and comfortable sitting areas.

Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Beverage Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Local Area Transportation Lounge News Stand Room Service Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room Pool Wi-Fi in common areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
As this is an on the road program, pre and post nights are not avaliable

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 22 - Wadsworth Anthenaeum / New Britain Museum of Amer...
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Visit Wadsworth Antheneum, which is more than just the first public art institution in the United States. It is the first museum in America to begin collecting contemporary American art – resulting in the world renowned Hudson River School collection. It staged the first retrospective of Pablo Picasso in America; it was the first museum to both exhibit and purchase works by Surrealist artists – today almost every exhibition about Surrealism includes works borrowed from the collection. It the first art museum to also have a theater – and it was the first to show Gertrude Stein’s Four Saints & 3 Acts – which it also produced.

Lunch: Lunch on your own either at the museum or at one of the many restaurants in the area.

Afternoon: Admire the works at the New Britain Museum of American Art's founding in 1903 entitles the institution to be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Dinner: Prepare for tomorrow's journey to Newport with a lecture about the area.

Lodging: Hilton Hartford

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the world famous Cliff Walk and just one mile from downtown Newport.

Contact info:
One Wave Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-846-0310
web: newportbeachhotelandsuites.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: The original Historic Building recently reopened following a multi-million dollar restoration which incorporates carefully restored interiors with luxurious furnishings and amenities. Completely redesigned guest rooms in these elegant Newport accommodations feature luxurious bedding, and a variety of room configurations. The new décor features beige and blue tones popular within contemporary New England beachside interiors. The same craftsmen who have designed furniture for Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Wynn Hotel, and other luxury hotels designed custom furniture for our rooms with wood inlays and granite tops. Custom furniture with wood inlays and granite tops. 37-inch LCD TV with HD cable, DVD player and complimentary use of our in-house DVD library. MP3 player with iPod docking station. Luxurious bedding with imported linens, duvets and featherbeds, with your choice of plush down or fiberfill pillows. Bathrooms finished in imported Carrera marble, granite vanities with custom cabinetry, and luxury bath amenities. Refrigerator, microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, and electronic safe. In-room gourmet coffee and teas. Complimentary wireless Internet. Proud member of Historic Hotels of America, an exclusive collection of uniquely restored hotels and resorts.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond provide soothing water views from walls of windows and Juliet balconies. A cascading water wall, nautical artwork, and inlayed glass block mosaic tiles contribute to the relaxing ambiance of the indoor pool environment. The rooftop deck with hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooks Newport Pond arguably the best views of any of the hotels in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionaly the hotel offers: Free wireless Internet access available in all guest rooms and public areas. Complimentary business center with Internet terminals and printers. Guest laundry in the historic section of the hotel. Complimentary gourmet coffee and teas throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Depending on Availibilty
Please contact the hotel directly for additional nights before or following the program no earlier than 2 months before the program begins. Depending on availibilty a special rate maybe available for Road Scholar Participants.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Monday, September 23 - Mystic Seaport
Breakfast: Full breakfast

Morning: Depart on the coach for Mystic. Upon arrival explore the Mystic Seaport Museum.This museum is notable both for its collection of sailing ships and boats, and for the re-creation of crafts and fabric of an entire 19th century seafaring village. It consists of more than 60 original historic buildings, most of them rare commercial structures moved to the 37 acres (0.15 km2) site and meticulously restored.

Lunch: Lunch in museum or nearby local restaurant

Afternoon: Free Time to relax and enjoy this traditional New England town

Afternoon: Continue the journey to Newport and check in to the Hotel

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Lecture about the Gilded Age

Lodging: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites

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

Description: The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the world famous Cliff Walk and just one mile from downtown Newport.

Contact info:
One Wave Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-846-0310
web: newportbeachhotelandsuites.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: The original Historic Building recently reopened following a multi-million dollar restoration which incorporates carefully restored interiors with luxurious furnishings and amenities. Completely redesigned guest rooms in these elegant Newport accommodations feature luxurious bedding, and a variety of room configurations. The new décor features beige and blue tones popular within contemporary New England beachside interiors. The same craftsmen who have designed furniture for Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Wynn Hotel, and other luxury hotels designed custom furniture for our rooms with wood inlays and granite tops. Custom furniture with wood inlays and granite tops. 37-inch LCD TV with HD cable, DVD player and complimentary use of our in-house DVD library. MP3 player with iPod docking station. Luxurious bedding with imported linens, duvets and featherbeds, with your choice of plush down or fiberfill pillows. Bathrooms finished in imported Carrera marble, granite vanities with custom cabinetry, and luxury bath amenities. Refrigerator, microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, and electronic safe. In-room gourmet coffee and teas. Complimentary wireless Internet. Proud member of Historic Hotels of America, an exclusive collection of uniquely restored hotels and resorts.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond provide soothing water views from walls of windows and Juliet balconies. A cascading water wall, nautical artwork, and inlayed glass block mosaic tiles contribute to the relaxing ambiance of the indoor pool environment. The rooftop deck with hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooks Newport Pond arguably the best views of any of the hotels in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionaly the hotel offers: Free wireless Internet access available in all guest rooms and public areas. Complimentary business center with Internet terminals and printers. Guest laundry in the historic section of the hotel. Complimentary gourmet coffee and teas throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Depending on Availibilty
Please contact the hotel directly for additional nights before or following the program no earlier than 2 months before the program begins. Depending on availibilty a special rate maybe available for Road Scholar Participants.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Tuesday, September 24 - Newport Mansions / Tennis Hall of Fame
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit the Newport Mansions. These summer homes along the Atlantic Ocean in the Bellevue Avenue Historic District once belonged to some of the United States wealthiest citizens

Lunch: Lunch in historic Newport

Afternoon: Explore the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, housed in the historic Newport Casino, is an uncommon example of sporting excellence. The entire history of the sport, dating from the 12th Century through today, is chronicled within its 18 galleries. The Museum encompasses more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, momentous videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions past and present.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to allow you to explore the Newport area.

Lodging: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the world famous Cliff Walk and just one mile from downtown Newport.

Contact info:
One Wave Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-846-0310
web: newportbeachhotelandsuites.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: The original Historic Building recently reopened following a multi-million dollar restoration which incorporates carefully restored interiors with luxurious furnishings and amenities. Completely redesigned guest rooms in these elegant Newport accommodations feature luxurious bedding, and a variety of room configurations. The new décor features beige and blue tones popular within contemporary New England beachside interiors. The same craftsmen who have designed furniture for Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Wynn Hotel, and other luxury hotels designed custom furniture for our rooms with wood inlays and granite tops. Custom furniture with wood inlays and granite tops. 37-inch LCD TV with HD cable, DVD player and complimentary use of our in-house DVD library. MP3 player with iPod docking station. Luxurious bedding with imported linens, duvets and featherbeds, with your choice of plush down or fiberfill pillows. Bathrooms finished in imported Carrera marble, granite vanities with custom cabinetry, and luxury bath amenities. Refrigerator, microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, and electronic safe. In-room gourmet coffee and teas. Complimentary wireless Internet. Proud member of Historic Hotels of America, an exclusive collection of uniquely restored hotels and resorts.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond provide soothing water views from walls of windows and Juliet balconies. A cascading water wall, nautical artwork, and inlayed glass block mosaic tiles contribute to the relaxing ambiance of the indoor pool environment. The rooftop deck with hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooks Newport Pond arguably the best views of any of the hotels in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionaly the hotel offers: Free wireless Internet access available in all guest rooms and public areas. Complimentary business center with Internet terminals and printers. Guest laundry in the historic section of the hotel. Complimentary gourmet coffee and teas throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Depending on Availibilty
Please contact the hotel directly for additional nights before or following the program no earlier than 2 months before the program begins. Depending on availibilty a special rate maybe available for Road Scholar Participants.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Wednesday, September 25 - Newport Mansions / Blithewold Mansion, Gardens an...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Continue learning about the rich history and culture of the Newport Mansions

Lunch: Lunch in downtown Newport

Afternoon: Visit The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum. This 13 hectares arboretum is located on Bristol Harbor with views over Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a 4 hectares lawn and over 300 species of woody plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species. The Mansion and its grounds were established in the 1890s by Augustus and Bessie Van Wickle as their summer retreat. Augustus Van Wickle was from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, with a fortune in the coal-mining business, and donor of the Van Wickle gates at Brown University. Today's grounds are primarily the design of John DeWolf, and date between 1896 and 1913.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Lodging: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Thursday, September 26 - Return to Hartford for Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, the coach will take partcipants back to Hartford

Meals Included: Breakfast

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