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Program #9265RJ
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.
Elevation Note
The Visitor Center at Paradise on Mt. Rainier is at 5500'.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.

Contact info:
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-917-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary seasonally.
Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Registration/Introductions
Arrive To: Check into hotel room, then at meeting room (posted on readerboard in lobby) any time between 4:00-5:00 pm to pick up program materials and name tag.

Afternoon: Hosted reception at 5:00 pm; welcome and discussion of agenda 5:30-6:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Introductions of all attendees, short snapshot of Seattle.

Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.

Contact info:
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-917-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary seasonally.
Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Exploring Seattle--the Chittenden Locks, Dungenes...
Exploring Seattle--the Chittenden Locks, Dungeness crab for lunch, the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Pike Place Market. An evening lecture on Mt. Rainier.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in our meeting room. Enjoy scrambled eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruit/ juices, assorted breakfast breads, bacon/sausage, potatoes, toast, yogurt, coffe/decaf/tea.

Morning: Learn about the history and operation of the Pike Place Market in an illustrated lecture. Narrated ride on chartered coach to Ballard Locks, where a Corps of Engineers interpreter will lecture on the history of the Locks, then lead a walk of the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder. Travel through scenic Seattle neighborhoods on the way to lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a waterfront restaurant known for its Dungeness cracked crab and other local seafood/non-seafood choices. Enjoy clam chowder, Fisherman's stew, hot sourdough bread and tossed green salad before the crab arrives.

Afternoon: Stop by the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park on the shores of Elliott Bay. Travel a few blocks to the Pike Place Market for a guided walk of some of the hidden treasures of the Market, with time to explore on your own. Walk the three blocks to the hotel with the group or take more time to explore the Market.

Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.

Evening: Illustrated lecture by a local geologist on the beauty and the volcanic potential of Mt. Rainier.

Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue

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

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.

Contact info:
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-917-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary seasonally.
Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Mt. Rainier visit--Longmire, Paradise, Narada Fal...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.

Morning: Travel by well-equipped chartered coach to 14,410' Mt. Rainier. We'll have a rest stop on the way, then choose our lunches from a deluxe deli. Once at Longmire, take time to explore the historic national park buildings and walk the well-groomed Trail of the Shadows. See dramatic Narada Falls, where crystal-clear snowmelt cascades over towering cliffs. Expect to spend 2.5 hours each way on this Mt. Rainier trip.

Lunch: Unpack your picnic lunch at the Paradise Inn or at a picnic table outside the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, elevation 5500 feet..

Afternoon: Walk trails in the meadows on your own, gazing up at the autumn-flamed vine maple and choose from a number of hikes. Browse the Visitor Center's interpretive displays on the natural and human history of the mountain and its breathtaking surrounding peaks. Look through its excellent gift shops for souvenirs of this gorgeous day. Visit Paradise Inn, a vintage National Park lodge, to see hand-painted lampshades, sturdy rustic furniture, huge fireplaces and a one-of-a-kind piano. Bask in the sun on the decks as you take in the aptly-named Sawtooth Range. Be alert for wildlife, large and small--cheeky chipmunks, mountain marmots and shy black bears live here.

Dinner: We'll return to the hotel for a relaxing dinner after the drive home from Mt. Rainier.

Evening: No evening program tonight. We have a busy day tomorrow!

Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue

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

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.

Contact info:
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-917-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary seasonally.
Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Visit Tacoma's fascinating museums--The Washingto...
Visit Tacoma's fascinating museums--The Washington State History Museum, Union Station and the red-hot Museum of Glass.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.

Morning: Travel by chartered coach to Tacoma, 45 minutes south of Seattle, to visit the fascinating Washington State History Museum and the extensive Chihuly glass exhibit in historic Union Station, a graceful building designed by the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Lunch: Lunch in a popular brewpub near the museums.

Afternoon: Marvel at the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, created by Dale Chihuly, a Tacoma native, as a grand entry to the Museum of Glass, designed by Arthur Erickson, Canada's foremost architect. Follow a docent or stroll at your own pace through the current displays at the acclaimed Museum of Glass, then observe glass artistry in the making at the Museum's amphitheatre-style hot shop. A narrator will describe the processes and answer questions about the glass-making you see.

Dinner: The remainder of the evening is free after we return to Seattle about 4:30 pm. You are on your own for dinner this evening. Suggestions will be provided for finding a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants surrounding our hotel.

Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.

Contact info:
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-917-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary seasonally.
Seattle Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Stroll the historic Victorian town of Pt. Townsen...
Stroll the historic Victorian town of Pt. Townsend; hear great stories from a local guide. Relax over a delicious seafood dinner.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.

Morning: Our motorcoach will drive aboard the Washington State ferry as we cross Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. We'll drive through the Scandinavian village of Poulsbo and cross the Hood Canal Floating Bridge on our way to picturesque Victorian Pt. Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Explore Water Street's many shops, bookstores and cafes, located in historic brick buildings.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in one of Pt. Townsend's many excellent cafes. Some are on the water, others in old houses, others feature organic, vegetarian or ethnic meals. Fresh seafood abounds.

Afternoon: Re-board the coach to hear from a knowledegable and entertaining local guide about Pt. Townsend's colorful history. Visit a "gingerbread" Victorian mansion, the old-time commander's house at Ft. Worden and more.

Dinner: Travel back across Puget Sound by ferry to Edmonds for a leisurely dinner in a highly-acclaimed waterfront seafood restaurant on the way home. Watch the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains and ferries come and go as you enjoy a meal designed just for us.

Evening: Plan to arrive back at our hotel by 9:00 pm. Good night!

Lodging: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Up the Space Needle's glass-fronted elevator to t...
Up the Space Needle's glass-fronted elevator to the 360-degree observation deck. Delight in the sparkling displays of glass magic at the new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit.

Depart From: Program ends after the morning's activities.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.

Morning: View a video of the 1962 construction of the Space Needle before we ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and the glass-fronted elevator up to the observation deck of the landmark structure. Once you've spotted many of the places we've visited this busy week in the upper left-hand corner it's time to enter the magical world of glass-master Dale Chihuly. Learn about his early inspirations and see work from the 1970s right up to today. Our program concludes at this point. You may linger at the Seattle Center or return to the hotel with the group on the monorail. Thank you for coming to Seattle!

Lunch: Bon voyage!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Seattle, Washington
Chihuly's Gardens & GlassSee wonderful new glass art creations by legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly in a permanent exhibit adjacent to the Space Needle. Expected to open late Spring; ticket prices not yet announced.
For additional information, visit: chihulygardenandglass.com
LeMay Car MuseumThe new LeMay Car Museum, adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, will show vintage and exotic cars from the world's largest private car collection in a distinctive building. The day we visit Tacoma in our program you can choose to visit here instead of the Museum of Glass. Free 10-minute light-rail ride to the car museum after lunch. Ticket prices not yet available.
For additional information, visit: www.lemaymuseum.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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