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Program #13701RJ
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
Elevation is 758 above sea level.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel ideally situated just two blocks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Country Club Plaza, across the street from the Kemper Museum of Art. Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Science City/Union Station, Crossroads Arts District, Steamboat Arabia, City Market and downtown area a short ride on the Metro Area Express (MAX). Hotel is four miles from Starlight Theater and Zoo/IMAX Theater.

Contact info:
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkcoe/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable, coffee maker, free morning newspaper, hairdryer/iron/ironing board, work desk with lamp, windows open, cordless phone, high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, and complimentary coffee/tea, free morning newspaper delivered to room, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, work desk w/lamp, largest outdoor pool in the area with sun deck, complimentary underground secured parking, local transportation (2-3 miles), full-service restaurant/lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-0359.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Arrival & Registration/Welcome & Orientation
Afternoon: ORIENTATION begins in the hotel conference room at 4:30pm. Your arrival packet will contain an updated schedule of program activities, a list of fellow attendees, and your name badge. Start your Kansas City experience with an informative overview of the week to come. The site coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders, address responsibilities, questions, and concerns, review safety guidelines and emergency procedures, orient you to the hotel location on maps and discuss the program schedule and what will be included in the field trips. Begin getting to know the program staff and your fellow participants with a get-acquainted session to introduce each member of the group. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. Breakfast each day in the hotel, lunch and dinner at restaurants in Country Club Plaza and other areas around the city. This Road Scholar program provides opportunities to attend a live Jazz performance, peruse the Truman Presidential Library, American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio, Country Club Plaza, engage in lively discussions on Kansas City's famous personalities and regional history with a noted historian.

Dinner: A nearby restaurant offers multiple entree choices and continuing opportunities to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel ideally situated just two blocks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Country Club Plaza, across the street from the Kemper Museum of Art. Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Science City/Union Station, Crossroads Arts District, Steamboat Arabia, City Market and downtown area a short ride on the Metro Area Express (MAX). Hotel is four miles from Starlight Theater and Zoo/IMAX Theater.

Contact info:
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkcoe/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable, coffee maker, free morning newspaper, hairdryer/iron/ironing board, work desk with lamp, windows open, cordless phone, high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, and complimentary coffee/tea, free morning newspaper delivered to room, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, work desk w/lamp, largest outdoor pool in the area with sun deck, complimentary underground secured parking, local transportation (2-3 miles), full-service restaurant/lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-0359.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Kansas City History/Walking Field Trip
Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Start with an overview of Kansas City and its origins before heading out for an expert-led walk through the city’s famed Country Club Plaza. Explore the history, art and architecture of the Plaza, a 15-block district of shops and fine restaurants that is one of Kansas City’s must-see destinations. Enjoy the romantic Spanish architecture and outdoor art as you hear about the work of developer J. C. Nichols, who converted a swampy, unattractive piece of land into an attractive and functional setting. Learn first-hand why Kansas City is called the “City of Fountains.”

Lunch: Lunch at Winstead's, a local favorite.

Afternoon: Hear about Kansas City’s role in the development of jazz music from a vocalist at the forefront of the local jazz scene, David Basse. David is a tireless and prolific one man promotional machine for the sound of Kansas City. He performed at the 2011 opening of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and plans to return with Bobby Watson and the Kansas City Symphony in February 2013 for an exclusively-written tribute for jazz orchestra. He will share his love for jazz as he describes the unique role played by Kansas City in the evolution of jazz.

Dinner: Catered dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Presentation/reenactment of a famous historical figure from Kansas City's past. Participants always love the respect for the past, compassion, and attention to detail shown in this presentation of a memorable character.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel ideally situated just two blocks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Country Club Plaza, across the street from the Kemper Museum of Art. Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Science City/Union Station, Crossroads Arts District, Steamboat Arabia, City Market and downtown area a short ride on the Metro Area Express (MAX). Hotel is four miles from Starlight Theater and Zoo/IMAX Theater.

Contact info:
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkcoe/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable, coffee maker, free morning newspaper, hairdryer/iron/ironing board, work desk with lamp, windows open, cordless phone, high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, and complimentary coffee/tea, free morning newspaper delivered to room, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, work desk w/lamp, largest outdoor pool in the area with sun deck, complimentary underground secured parking, local transportation (2-3 miles), full-service restaurant/lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-0359.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Kansas City Jazz/Kansas City BBQ presentation, Un...
Kansas City Jazz/Kansas City BBQ presentation, Union Station, Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Guided city bus tour of neighborhoods that show the rich history and diversity of Kansas City. See downtown and notable buildings throughout the city. Hear from local BBQ experts as they guide us through their own personal history and trade secrets. Tour a BBQ sauce factory operated by a local family for generations.

Lunch: Enjoy famous Kansas City BBQ with all the trimmings.

Afternoon: Guided field trip continues through noted historical Kansas City neighborhoods, Union Station, Liberty Memorial ending with a docent-led exploration of the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. See the historic district around 18th & Vine and learn more about the rise of African-American businesses in the city.

Dinner: Dinner and live music at popular Kansas City restaurant/club.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel ideally situated just two blocks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Country Club Plaza, across the street from the Kemper Museum of Art. Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Science City/Union Station, Crossroads Arts District, Steamboat Arabia, City Market and downtown area a short ride on the Metro Area Express (MAX). Hotel is four miles from Starlight Theater and Zoo/IMAX Theater.

Contact info:
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkcoe/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable, coffee maker, free morning newspaper, hairdryer/iron/ironing board, work desk with lamp, windows open, cordless phone, high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, and complimentary coffee/tea, free morning newspaper delivered to room, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, work desk w/lamp, largest outdoor pool in the area with sun deck, complimentary underground secured parking, local transportation (2-3 miles), full-service restaurant/lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-0359.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art/Free Time/Dinner & Li...
Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where an extensive collection of American and Asian art is housed in a building recognized for its impressive neo-classical design. Enjoy the sculpture park and grounds as well as the collection of over 30,000 artworks.

Lunch: Lunch at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Afternoon: Unscheduled afternoon and evening. You may choose to go to the World War I Memorial, or explore one of the city’s many other attractions.

Dinner: Unscheduled dinner to investigate the multitude of restaurants in Country Club Plaza.

Evening: Unscheduled evening opportunity: Lyric opera performance at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, "The Capulets & the Montagues" by Vincenzo Bellini, 7:30 PM. Tickets: (816) 994-7222

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel ideally situated just two blocks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Country Club Plaza, across the street from the Kemper Museum of Art. Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Science City/Union Station, Crossroads Arts District, Steamboat Arabia, City Market and downtown area a short ride on the Metro Area Express (MAX). Hotel is four miles from Starlight Theater and Zoo/IMAX Theater.

Contact info:
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkcoe/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable, coffee maker, free morning newspaper, hairdryer/iron/ironing board, work desk with lamp, windows open, cordless phone, high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, and complimentary coffee/tea, free morning newspaper delivered to room, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, work desk w/lamp, largest outdoor pool in the area with sun deck, complimentary underground secured parking, local transportation (2-3 miles), full-service restaurant/lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rate available.
Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-0359.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Thomas Hart Benton Studio, Kauffman Performing Ar...
Thomas Hart Benton Studio, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to the home and studio of Thomas Hart Benton, an important American artist. Get an insider’s tour of the artist’s studio and home, which has been untouched since his death. See how he and his family lived as you hear about the influence of his work and murals on other American artists. Visit the spectacular new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s dramatic and eye-catching arts center, which opened in 2011. Marvel at the beauty of the building and find out how each of the performance halls was specifically designed to enhance the acoustic and visual experience for patrons.

Lunch: Lunch in Independence, Missouri.

Afternoon: Consider how background shapes a leader on a guided bus tour of Independence, Missouri and the sites that remained important to Harry S. Truman throughout his life and career. Your exploration of Independence concludes with a docent-led tour of the Truman Library. A leader guides us through the life and times of the 33rd President of the United States. Find out more about this influential President, from his modest beginnings, rise to political prominence, and activities after retirement.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Kansas History Overview
Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A popular historian wraps up your week with an overview of the development of of Kansas and the critical role it played in the country at the start of the Civil War. Program concludes no later than 11:00 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Kansas City, MO
Airline History MuseumThe Airline History Museum tells the story of early airline travel, with exhibits of all phases. Extensive airline memorabilia, fully restored Super G Constellation and Martin 404, and a Douglas DC-3 being restored. Admission. Telephone 816-421-3401.
For additional information, visit: www.airlinehistorymuseum.com
American Heartland TheatreNow in its 19th season, American Heartland Theatre is recognized as one of Kansas City's theatrical cornerstones. Each year, the Executive Director, and the Artistic Director travel across the country to find the latest and most popular theatrical works on the American scene. American Heartland Theatre is located in Crown Center on the third level at the south end.
For additional information, visit: ahtkc.com
Arabia Steamboat MuseumThe Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800's. The Arabia was headed up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when she struck a tree snag and sank just north of Kansas City. Her cargo hold was full of 200 tons of supplies bound for general stores and pioneer settlements. As the years passed, the river changed course and left the Arabia buried beneath a Kansas cornfield. Finally, in 1988 a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and her magnificent cargo. They were amazed to find fine dishware, clothing, and even bottled food all preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River. Admission. Telephone 816-471-1856.
For additional information, visit: www.1856.com
Hallmark Visitors CenterSee one of the world's most creative companies come to life. Located in the Crown Center Complex, the Hallmark Visitors Center celebrates the Hallmark story in a display of 14 remarkable exhibits, from the Hallmark founder's humble beginning in 1910, to the creation of the world's largest greeting card company. Step inside the Timeline exhibit where you'll view historical artifacts that reflect various eras and trends throughout the 20th century America into the new millenium.
For additional information, visit: hallmarkvisitorscenter.com
Kansas City Fire Museum1910-era fire station housing artifacts, apparatus and hands-on displays, as well as educational activities for kids. Telephone: 816-474-0200.
For additional information, visit: www.kcfiremuseum.com
Kansas City MuseumHoused in Corinthian Hall, a 50-room Beaux Arts-style mansion, once home to the R. A. Long family. The museum features displays of regional and natural history, a recreated 1910 corner drugstore complete with working soda fountain, and a 50-seat planetarium.
Kansas City SymphonyFounded in 1982 and recognized as "The Sound of Kansas City," the Kansas City Symphony's 80-person orchestra performs more than 50 concerts in three series (classical, family and pop). The Symphony's 42-week season runs September through June.
For additional information, visit: www.kcsymphony.org
Kemper Museum of Contemporary ArtSince opening in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has become a leader among modern and contemporary art museums in America. At the core of the permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, encompassing art created from the time of the 1913 New York Armory Show to today, the collection includes works by such renowned artists as Daly Chihuly, Petah Coyne, Morris Louis, Georgia O'Keeffe, Fairfield Porter, Jaume Plensa, Matthew Ritchie, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol.
For additional information, visit: www.kemperart.org
Lewis & Clark Overlook at Clark's PointA marker and statue commemorating the Voyage of Discovery's overnight in Kansas City.
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityOldest performing arts organization in Kansas City, presents five performances of four works each year in September, November, March and May. Telephone 816-471-7344 for information and tickets.
For additional information, visit: www.kcopera.org
Mutual Musician's FoundationLocated in the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District. The national historic landmark hosts fierce late night jam sessions Friday and Saturday at 1:30 a.m.
Nelson-Atkins MuseumVisit the gods of ancient Egypt. Reflect inside an authentic Chinese Temple. Survey the magnificence of Claude Monet’s vast Water Lilies. You are invited to discover some of the 28,000 pieces in the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. From ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity.
For additional information, visit: www.nelson-atkins.org
The Blue RoomA swinging jazz nightclub exhibiting authentic artifacts and featuring Kansas City's finest live jazz entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
For additional information, visit: www.americanjazzmuseum.org
The National WWI Museum at Liberty MemorialOn December 2, 2006, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial debuted as the first American and only national museum dedicated to the Great War. The 30,000-square-foot museum features more than 49,000 artifacts-the world's second largest WWI collection behind Britian's Imperial War Museum. In September 2007, the U.S. Department of the Interior designaged Liberty Memorial a national historic landmark.
For additional information, visit: nww1.org
Vietnam Veterans MemorialDedicated in 1986 to all Vietnam veterans. Includes a memorial wall of 336 Kansas City area Vietnam veterans killed or missing in action.

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