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Program #20838RJ
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 13, 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: Thursday, October 10 - Check-In & Registration, Orientation, Welcome Din...
Check-In & Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Opening Presentation

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff. You will receive your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. ORIENTATION: After introductions of participants and staff, we will have an orientation session to review the up-to-date schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Road Scholar's FLEX programs are designed for independent-minded participants who want high quality educational content in a structured framework with more free time than our traditional all-inclusive programs. In this City Highlights Weekend, you will have expert-led presentations and field trips that showcase some of Portland's most notable features. The program provides two meals per day on average, thus allowing you the opportunity to explore local cuisine according to your tastes. You will also have a significant amount of free time for personal independent exploration. Your welcome packet has suggestions for free time activities and dining options, and the Group Leader will be happy to offer recommendations. During free time, the Group leader will be available to lead optional informal activities and dining out that you are welcome to join at your own cost if you like. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Your program price also includes a 2-day unlimited ride pass for the Portland Public Transportation that will allow you to travel on MAX, buses, and street car trolleys throughout your stay.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel as you get to know your fellow participants.

Evening: OPENING PRESENTATION: Enjoy an overview of Portland, known as the City of Roses, and begin to anticipate what's ahead.

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: Friday, October 11 - Pittock Mansion & Japanese Garden Field Trip, Wal...
Pittock Mansion & Japanese Garden Field Trip, Walking Downtown, Free Afternoon & Evening

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning FIELD TRIP continues: Our next stop is a special treat. Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland. FIELD TRIP: Pittock Mansion. This morning will delight with the wealth of beauty we will experience. A comfortable motor coach will take you to the Washington Park where you will tour the Pittock Mansion.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Portland City Grill located on the 30th floor of the US Bank tower, known for its incredible city views and delicious cuisine.

Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Walk off your lunch with your Guide through the streets of downtown as he shares his wealth of knowledge about the city and its history with you. The excursion will conclude at Powell’s Books -- an independent bookstore that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own, spend time with new friends, or relax as you choose. Your Guide will have recommendations for where to go and what to do.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to sample the city's restaurants and enjoy the cuisine you prefer.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Use the public transportation ticket provided to do more exploring as you see and do what is most interesting to you personally.

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 Three: Saturday, October 12 - Free Morning and Afternoon/Lecture/Dinner/Perform...
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Free morning awaits you: perhaps you could visit the Portland Art Museum or the Oregon History Museum. Your Group Leader will be happy to suggest any activity.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Meet at the hotel for a special presentation on the public art found so commonly around Portland. After the lecture get together with the group for a behind the scenes talk at the Keller Auditorium where you will attend tonight's performance.

Dinner: Dinner at a local favorite spot.

Evening: Oregon Ballet Theatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" performance goes well into the night. There will be one intermission during the performance.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Four: Sunday, October 13 - Lecture/Wrap up/Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Start the day with an award winning producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s "Oregon Field Guide" who will share video and stories that provide a great insight into the wonders of the state.

Group leader will do a wrap up. Individual departures begin about 11:00 AM. Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM.

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

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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3 nights of accommodations
6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Performances

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