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Program #18533RJ
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 Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Check-In/ Orientation/ Oregon Trail History
Arrive To: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 4:00 PM in the hotel lobby.

Afternoon: Orientation begins at 5:00 PM. This is an opportunity to meet your group leader and the participants who will share this week's journey with you. You'll receive an overview of the itinerary as well as detailed program information.

Dinner: Dine at the hotel.

Evening: Start your exploration with a trip back in time to discover the events that led to the formation of the Oregon Territory. A local expert in Oregon Trail history will bring to life this pivotal time in our nation's development.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Downtown Walking Tour/ Lan Su Chinese Garden/ Loc...
Downtown Walking Tour/ Lan Su Chinese Garden/ Local History Lecture/ Public Art Presentation

Note: Downtown walking tour is approximately one mile at a leisurely pace, with some periods of standing.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Learn from a local historian how Portland first competed with Seattle and San Franscisco to become a significant industrial port on the Pacific Coast and then developed a name for itself as one of the "greenest" cities in the world.

Morning: Stretch your legs with a walking excursion through Portland's historic downtown with a local expert. Discover the delightful public art, the intriguing architecture and experience the history of the City of Roses "on the street."

Lunch: Dine at one of the city's most popular restaurants while you soak in spectacular views from the 30th floor of one of Portland's tallest buildings.

Afternoon: Stroll through the authentically built, awe-inspiring Suzhou-style Lan Su Chinese Garden. A docent will guide you through this experience, which is based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Wrap up the day with a slide show presentation of the abundant public art that is flourishing around the city.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

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

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - OPB Presentation/Portland Art Museum/Oregon Histo...
OPB Presentation/Portland Art Museum/Oregon History Museum/Rose Gardens/Japanese Gardens

Note: Day involves a lot of standing at the museums, and walking on unpaved paths at the Gardens. Use of public transportation during the day.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Start your day with an award winning producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s "Oregon Field Guide" who will share video and stories of the state’s scenic wonders.

Ride the MAX train to the cultural district and visit the Portland Art Museum, the oldest art museum on the West Coast. It features Native American, Northwest, modern, contemporary and Asian art as well as an outdoor public sculpture garden. A docent will be available to narrate a portion of the museum.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the cultural district at an award winning seafood restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch you'll discover an expansive collection of artifacts and exhibits at the Oregon History Museum, whose mission is to preserve and interpret Oregon's past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways. A docent will elaborate on the exciting stories portrayed here.

Experience the tranquil beauty of the Japanese Garden. Stroll the lovely gardens in one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside of Japan and learn about the five distinctive garden types from an expert.

Spend the remaining afternoon learning about the significance of the longest continually operated International Rose Test Garden, as you meander through the garden and take in the multitude of colors and pleasant aromas of the roses.

Dinner: Dinner at a fantastic neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: Dinner will go into the evening, but you will have some free time after we return to the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Native American Storyteller/Governor Barbara Robe...
Native American Storyteller/Governor Barbara Roberts Lecture/Tour of Bridges

Note: Expect to walk up to a bit over a mile on the bridges tour. Expect to be on your feet for majority of the tour, there will be opportunities to sit on the public transit during the tour.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Native American culture is integral to the Oregon experience from the naming of mountains, rivers, cities and streets to the Maya Lin Confluence Project documenting the journey of Lewis and Clark. Listen to the stories of Native experience in old as well as modern times as told by a local storyteller of Kalapuya/Coos heritage. Then join former Governor Barbara Roberts, a descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, as she shares her insights into the region's unique politcs as well as stories of her distinguished career in the state government.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Explore the bridges of Portland with one of the city's outstanding bridge experts, including a trip up into the tower and down into the bascule pit of the Morrison Bridge.

Get a bird's eye view of seven of the bridges that span the Willamette River from 500 feet above the city in the aerial tram. Learn how Portland became "Bridge Town" and how engineers have kept the spans functioning for a century.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to enjoy your choice of all the exciting dining options the City has to offer.

Evening: Tonight will be a free evening to further explore the city or to relax at the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Pearl District Food Tour/ Pittock Mansion/ Dinner...
Pearl District Food Tour/ Pittock Mansion/ Dinner Cruise on the Willamette River

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the neighborhood food scene in the up and coming Pearl District. A local "foodie" will guide you through a variety of culinary experiences and there will be samples!

Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch at a neighborhood restaurant in the Pearl.

Afternoon: Later, explore the Pittock Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was the magnificent home of Oregon pioneers and owners of Portland's newspaper, "The Oregonian." Located on a cliff overlooking the valley, you'll have another opportunity for fabulous views.

Dinner: Because Portland is situated at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, river culture plays a big role in the community from Rose Festival dragon boat races and Fourth of July festivities to biking and art along the Esplanade. Enjoy the sights of the city from your river view aboard the Portland Spirit as you cruise on the Willamette River. Savor your dinner as the beautiful waterfront slowly passes by and the sites are narrated by riverboat staff.

Evening: Your dinner cruise extends into the evening.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Breakfast/Wrap Up/ Independent Departures
Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Wrap up and independent departures. Hotel check out time is 12:00. Have a safe journey home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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