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Program #19287RJ
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 May 12 — May 17, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical and educational district, the recently renovated Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place is located 18 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Perfectly set in an urban environment, the hotel offers spacious guest rooms featuring Hilton Evolution bedding, modern décor and complimentary high-speed internet. Additionally, the hotel offers several other amenities including complimentary shuttle-service within the Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh area, plus a restaurant and lounge.

Contact info:
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
phone: 412-683-2040
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn

Room amenities: All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, coffeemakers and complimentary coffee, clock radios, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, cable TV and in-room movies.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly
Contact hotel directly

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Check into hotel and register for Your Road Scholar program with the Group Leader in the lobby (3-5pm). Orientation at 5:00pm in room Forbes A.

Dinner: 6:00pm Welcome Dinner at Hotel.

Evening: After coffee and dessert enjoy a presentation from a local Pittsburgh Historian in room Forbes A.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical and educational district, the recently renovated Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place is located 18 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Perfectly set in an urban environment, the hotel offers spacious guest rooms featuring Hilton Evolution bedding, modern décor and complimentary high-speed internet. Additionally, the hotel offers several other amenities including complimentary shuttle-service within the Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh area, plus a restaurant and lounge.

Contact info:
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
phone: 412-683-2040
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn

Room amenities: All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, coffeemakers and complimentary coffee, clock radios, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, cable TV and in-room movies.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly
Contact hotel directly

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Phipps Conservatory/Duquesne Incline/Station Squa...
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Board the coach to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. A gift from Henry Phipps, the Conservatory is a National Historic Landmark and houses 2.5 acres of lush plantings and foliage. Then, enjoy a tour of Downtown Pittsburgh on your way to the Duquesne Incline.

Lunch: Lunch at the Grand Concourse in Station Square.

Afternoon: Following lunch, glide down the Allegheny and meet a representative from Riverlife, an organization dedicated to the restoration of Pittsburgh's waterfront. Discuss the ongoing success of the Three Rivers Park- an urban waterfront park along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers in downtown Pittsburgh.

Dinner: Dinner tonight at the Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo.

Evening: After dinner you will have time to explore Station Square on your own before returning to the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place

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

Description: Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical and educational district, the recently renovated Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place is located 18 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Perfectly set in an urban environment, the hotel offers spacious guest rooms featuring Hilton Evolution bedding, modern décor and complimentary high-speed internet. Additionally, the hotel offers several other amenities including complimentary shuttle-service within the Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh area, plus a restaurant and lounge.

Contact info:
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
phone: 412-683-2040
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn

Room amenities: All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, coffeemakers and complimentary coffee, clock radios, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, cable TV and in-room movies.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly
Contact hotel directly

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - John Heinz Regional Historic Center/ Frick Art an...
Breakfast: Breakfast in Hotel

Morning: The morning will be spent at the Senator John Heinz Regional Historical Center where we will have a special lecture and guided visit of the Innovators Exhibit. Following the visit, there will be free time to explore the History Center and Sports Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at Lidia's Pittsburgh in the Strip District.

Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the Frick Art and Historical Center. Clayton, the restored Victorian mansion of Henry Clay Frick, is one of the most complete museum homes of its kind in the nation. Afterwards, explore the Car and Carriage Museum, greenhouse, and Frick Art Museum.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: In the evening gain insight into some of Pittsburgh's lesser-known tales with storyteller, Alan Irvine.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place

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

Description: Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical and educational district, the recently renovated Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place is located 18 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Perfectly set in an urban environment, the hotel offers spacious guest rooms featuring Hilton Evolution bedding, modern décor and complimentary high-speed internet. Additionally, the hotel offers several other amenities including complimentary shuttle-service within the Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh area, plus a restaurant and lounge.

Contact info:
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
phone: 412-683-2040
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn

Room amenities: All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, coffeemakers and complimentary coffee, clock radios, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, cable TV and in-room movies.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly
Contact hotel directly

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Cathedral of Learning & Carnegie Museums
Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Today we explore more of the Oakland neighborhood beginning with a walk to the Cathedral of Learning. Explore the history of the Cathedral's development and marvel at the intricate designs of the Nationality Rooms. Afterwards, go across the street and explore the Carnegie Museums beginning with a guided visit of the internationally renowned Museum of Art.

Lunch: Lunch in the Museum Cafe

Afternoon: Guided tour of the Museum of Natural History. Following the tour, the rest of the day is free. Continue exploring the museums or ask your Group Leader for suggestions for additional sites/events to experience.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free evening to enjoy the city.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical and educational district, the recently renovated Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place is located 18 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Perfectly set in an urban environment, the hotel offers spacious guest rooms featuring Hilton Evolution bedding, modern décor and complimentary high-speed internet. Additionally, the hotel offers several other amenities including complimentary shuttle-service within the Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh area, plus a restaurant and lounge.

Contact info:
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
phone: 412-683-2040
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn

Room amenities: All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, coffeemakers and complimentary coffee, clock radios, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, cable TV and in-room movies.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel directly
Contact hotel directly

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - River of Steel National Heritage Museum/Carrie Fu...
River of Steel National Heritage Museum/Carrie Furnace/Bulgarian Club/Farewell Dinner

Note: Please wear closed toed flat shoes

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: This morning we will visit the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Museum for an in-depth examination of Pittsburgh's industrial and immigrant foundation. On the beginning of the "Babushkas and Hardhats Tour," learn about the infamous Homestead Steel Strike and explore the ruins of the Carrie Furnace, a pre World War I blast furnace located in Rankin, PA along the Monongahela River.

Lunch: Emmerse yourself in the flavoral traditions of Pittsburgh's Eastern European heritage at the Bulgarian Club. Enjoy an ethnic Bulgarian meal and delight in a lively presentation by locals as they share funny and moving stories of their ethnic neighborhoods and growing up in steel mill city/town.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for a break before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time during your last night in the city.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 17 - Farewell & Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel.

Morning: Our final lecture will discuss the current state of Pittsburgh and the future of the city. How has the city recreated itself? How has the city shed its steel and coal history? What is next for Pittsburgh?

Lunch: A boxed lunch will be available for everyone as they leave.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Pittsburgh
Downtown Public Art Walking TourFour Self-Guided Walking Tours 1.The Cultural District: Contemporary art was given a leading role in the development of Pittsburgh’s central arts neighborhood. Adventurous works by prominent artists mark the district’boundaries and are integrated into its varied public spaces. 2. The North Shore:The art on the North Shore is as diverse as the mix of cultural institutions,sports arenas, parks, and residential districts in this vibrant neighborhood. 3.Retail District and Firstside:Art in these districts is found amidst soaring office towers, French and Indian War sites, retail establishments, and a historic financial district. 4.Grant Street Corridor District:Many grand public and corporate buildings in this district integrate art into their design. Contemporary artworks that use sound and light are neighbors with historic works in stained glass, bronze, and stone.
For additional information, visit: www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/public-art/walking-tours
Fort Pitt MuseumThe Fort Pitt Museum, located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot museum that tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. The strategic location of the fort – at the Forks of the Ohio River – helped to shape the course of American and world history. First opened in 1969 in a reconstructed bastion, the Fort Pitt Museum provides visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania. Through interactive exhibitions, life-like historical figures, and recently added artifacts, visitors will learn the important role our region played in shaping the United States. NEW! Make sure to visit the Fort Pitt Museum's newest exhibit, The American Frontier Rifleman: Tall Tales & Truth, to explore 200 years of this American legend through rare artifacts, lifelike museum figures, and displays on American rifleman in popular culture.
For additional information, visit: www.heinzhistorycenter.org/secondary.aspx?id=296
Silk Screen Asian American Film FestivalSilk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a multiple-day Asian American Film Festival held in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The festival is an annual event showcasing films and filmmakers with origins in India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Iran, and more.
For additional information, visit: www.silkscreenfestival.org/12/the-festival
The Andy Warhol Museum The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. The Warhol is ever-changing, constantly redefining itself in relationship to contemporary life using its unique collections and dynamic interactive programming as tools
For additional information, visit: www.warhol.org/museum/

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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