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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Exploring Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” in Washington DC: History, Myth and Truth

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Program #19098RJ
4 Days | 3 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.
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Itinerary for Apr 14 — Apr 17, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 14 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation,
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK IN: You may check in beginning at 4:00pm.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you get your room assignment, please come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby. Pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session immediately following dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: ORIENTATION: You'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!
Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” is the sequel to his monumentally popular novel “The DaVinci Code.” Like its predecessor, this tale weaves together skeins of history, myth, and truth — not in foreign countries, but our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Our goal is to sort threads of reality from the tapestry of fiction and see what remains. Through a series of expert-led field trips and presentations, you will explore some of the key sites in the story and come to your own conclusions.

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 15 - Freemasonry, L’Enfant’s Plan, U.S. Capitol, Statu...
Freemasonry, L’Enfant’s Plan, U.S. Capitol, Statuary Hall & Rotunda, Library of Congress, Monuments by Moonlight Walk

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Who are the Masons and what does “The Lost Symbol” have to do with them? Throughout the program, we’ll address topics such as — Did Masonic teachings help to formulate the United States? How many and which of the Founding Fathers were Masons? How many Presidents and other high-ranking officials have been Masons? Are there Masonic meanings hidden in the Great Seal of the United States? the dollar bill? Does Brown accurately describe rites and practices mentioned in the book?
We’ll also discuss L’Enfant’s Plan for Washington. In 1791, President George Washington appointed architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant to design the new "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of the United States..." Does the street design suggest Masonic influence?
Please Note: We'll pass by the Washington Monument several times during the course of the program and there will expert commentary about it aboard our motorcoach. We have not included it in the program itinerary because there are frequently long lines to get into the new Visitors Center, but you may certainly visit on your own. The history of the Washington Monument is fascinating. Dan Brown has made it more so as the final site in his novel where the great "secret" is revealed.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon, we’ll have an expert-led exploration of the U.S. Capitol building including the Visitors Center, Statuary Hall, and the Rotunda. In the book, Robert Langdon arrives in the Rotunda, viewing Constantino Brumidi's fresco painting "Apotheosis of Washington" on the ceiling. It has been documented that President Washington wore his Masonic apron when he laid the cornerstone for our national capitol. Are there other Masonic references in the building?
Departing the Capitol, we'll proceed to the Library of Congress. Formed around Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the Library of Congress preserves a vast collection of documents, books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts serving and serves members of Congress and the public. Robert Langdon makes his way here through the tunnel, which we will access via the upper level of the Capitol's Visitor Center, and consults with one of the other characters about the Library’s bibles. Are there also hidden messages found in the Italian Renaissance architecture?

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Monuments by Moonlight Walk.

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

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

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 16 - George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Wash...
George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Washington National Cathedral, Scottish Rite Temple

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: One of the most impressive sites in Brown’s novel is the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. Inspired by the ancient lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, the memorial contains impressive artifacts from Washington's life. This colossal monument was constructed in the 1920s through the donations of more than two million American Freemasons as a memorial to “express in durability and beauty the undying esteem of the Freemasons of the United States for him in whose memory it shall stand throughout the coming years." The Memorial is also a research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and countless visiting Masonic lodges and organizations.
Within the building is a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, drawn from descriptions in the Bible. Some claim that the Freemasons are descended from the Knights Templar, who allegedly took the ark from Jerusalem in the Middle Ages.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Washington National Cathedral, known in part for its gargoyles, secrets, and symbols, is situated on the highest point in the city. Since the celebrated moment in 1907 when workmen laid the foundation stone, the majestic structure has played a vital role in our nation’s history. Langdon comes here seeking sanctuary and insights into the Ancient Mysteries. We’ll have a guided, in-depth exploration of the Cathedral. The chase continues as we proceed to the magnificent House of the Temple, site of the novel’s climactic moments. Located at 1733 Sixteenth Street, north of the White House, its architecture is an adaptation of the famous Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.” This is the headquarters of The Supreme Council, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. We’ll have a guided exploration to go behind the scenes and learn what really happens here.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR: Theater evening. We'll attend a performance from current offerings. Further information will be posted on this website when available and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, April 17 - Wrap-up, Program Concludes
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Program Wrap Up followed by Check out

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Washington, DC
Arlington National CemeteryArlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free.
For additional information, visit: www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Corcoran Gallery of ArtWashington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture
For additional information, visit: www.corcoran.org
Ford's TheatreAs a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life.
For additional information, visit: www.fordstheatre.org
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and GardensExplore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day!
For additional information, visit: www.mountvernon.org
National MallA splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens.
For additional information, visit: nps.gov/nama
Smithsonian MuseumsExplore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more.
For additional information, visit: www.si.edu/
Washington Visitor's BureauVisit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer.
For additional information, visit: www.washington.org

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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