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Elevation Note
Elevation is 600 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for Dec 3 — Dec 10, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, December 03 - Arrival in San Antonio, registration with program...
Arrival in San Antonio, registration with program’s group leaders, orientation meeting and dinner

Afternoon: Arrive at the Drury Plaza Hotel after 3:00 p.m. for check-in. Upon arrival, please pick up your program folder (this will give you your group assignment number) on the 4th floor of the hotel. At 4:00 p.m., attend an orientation meeting with your group leader on the 4th floor of the hotel. You will review the week’s itinerary, get to know other participants in your group, receive your listening devices and get other information needed during your stay.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. Welcome dinner at the Drury Plaza Hotel in the 4th floor ballroom from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Evening: During dinner, enjoy a short presentation on conjunto music, followed by music by a local trio. Conjunto music blends the traditions of the Tejanos of South Texas with the Norteños of Northern Mexico with influences from German and other European immigrants. Welcoming remarks, special introductions and general program information follow dinner.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, December 04 - San Antonio Overview and Presentation on early se...
San Antonio Overview and Presentation on early settlers; Alamo, La Villita and the River Walk; night-time river barge ride

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast in the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

Morning: This morning from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., classes will give you an overview of San Antonio, one of America’s unique cities. Learn about its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and the blending of cultural heritages that set the city apart. Hear the intriguing story of German immigrant Mary Menger, who operated two large San Antonio enterprises in the mid-19th century and demonstrated that a woman could thrive during a time when men dominated local commerce. As a widow and single mother, Menger profited from both the Western Brewery and Menger Hotel and became San Antonio’s largest employer.

Lunch: Enjoy a sumptuous buffet in a historic hotel on the way to discover the city's treasures.

Afternoon: Go on expert-led walking explorations that visit the Alamo, the elegant Menger Hotel—built in 1859 on the site of Texas’ first brewery—and La Villita, at the heart of old San Antonio which is now home to the shops and studios of artists and craftsmen. Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay.

Dinner: Join your small group for dinner near the hotel.

Evening: Make your way to the River Walk— the heart of the city —for a narrated barge ride on the San Antonio River, located 20 feet below street level and just steps from the famed Alamo. See how stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture that resonate the depth of this centuries-old metropolis. Marvel at the beauty of San Antonio and its spectacular holiday light display.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, December 05 - Presentations on folk medicine and Water Conserva...
Presentations on folk medicine and Water Conservation; visit the McNay Museum, Southwest School of Art, Texas tales/story telling

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: 8:30- 11:00 a.m.: Join local experts for an informative and entertaining presentation on the successful story of San Antonio’s water conservation efforts, which will enlighten you and provide a new perspective on the state. Conservationists will love to discover the many ways that the city is preserving water and other natural resources. In the second presentation, you will take a peek at the system of folk medicine that came to be used by the early Texans, who often were forced to find substitutes for remedies that had been available in their previous environs. They began to share "cures" with people from other cultures: Native Americans, Mexicans, Germans, Poles, Swedes and many others. Join us as we look inside the medicine cabinets of these early settlers.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Art enthusiasts will delight in afternoon field trips to some of San Antonio’s finest art institutions. Enjoy a visit to the McNay Museum of Art, a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home which opened as the first museum of modern art in Texas in 1954. Today, its visitors are captivated by magnificent works of art by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. You will also make stops at the Southwest School of Art, one of the nation’s largest community-based art schools, to enjoy galleries and studios on the grounds of a former convent, and the San Antonio Public Library, an architecturally striking vibrant red building designed by renowned architect Ricardo Legoretta. Marvel at the building’s crowning artistic jewel, the colorful Fiesta Tower by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Fiesta Tower, comprised of 900-plus unique hand-blown glass ornaments, rises nearly 27 feet from the library’s atrium. Those who prefer to remain at the hotel can enjoy a video and display information from the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University.

Dinner: Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Evening: From campfires to cracker barrels to front porches, folks have been gathering around to hear stories for centuries, and tales told well still work their magic. Texas history and folklore come alive through the riveting tales—some true, some tall—told by our award-winning storyteller, so gather round, sit back, and enjoy.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, December 06 - Field trip to the quaint German town of Frederick...
Field trip to the quaint German town of Fredericksburg; Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park; barbecue dinner and dancing

Note: Walk 1-2 miles, standing in museum for 1-2 hours.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Depart at 8:30 a.m. for a full day excursion. Begin in the scenic Hill Country town of Fredricksburg. Explore the city on your own. You may want to visit German historical sites, marketplaces, breweries, or the National Museum of the Pacific War, located in the historic hotel run by the family of Admiral Chester Nimitz. Soak up the early history of the area by visiting the Pioneer Museum Complex or the Vereins-Kirche (Society Church), the oldest public building in town.

Lunch: On your own at one of the many restaurants along Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Afternoon: Leave downtown Fredericksburg for the LBJ National Historical Park, which contains a visitor center, reconstructed boyhood home, cemetery and the Johnsons’ residence, known as the Texas White House, where the private quarters have been recently opened to the public for the first time.

Dinner: Stop on the way back to San Antonio for a Texas-sized barbecue dinner with live music and dancing.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, December 07 - Visit the historic Mission complex; explore King ...
Visit the historic Mission complex; explore King William Historic District

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.- please note later time on weekends.

Morning: Explore the city’s early Spanish mission complex. Travel by bus to San Antonio Mission National Historic Park for an exploration of the missions that make up the complex. With experts, learn about the early settlement and efforts of the Spanish to convert people to the church and an agricultural form of life. Discover the beauty of Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, the Queen of the Missions, restored by the WPA in the 1930s. See how Spaniards used irrigation (acequia) systems to develop self-sustaining agricultural communities along the San Antonio River. You may visit one of the other three missions in the area during your visit to the site of the earliest European settlements.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take a trip back in time as you experts lead you through an area settled in the mid-19th century by affluent Germans, named after King Wilhelm of Prussia. Stroll through impressive houses designed in the Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate styles. Get an inside look at the lifestyle of rich and famous San Antonio personalities from the late 1800s.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own. You may want to get tickets for the Mariachi Vargas concert, the culmination of one of the largest mariachi festivals in the country.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, December 08 - Texas History presentation; San Fernando Cathedra...
Texas History presentation; San Fernando Cathedral; Mexican marketplace; free afternoon; Special Presentation from Mission Control Director Gene Kranz

Note: walking up to one mile, standing in museum for up to 1-2 hours

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.- please note later time on weekends.

Morning: Pick any kid off the street in Japan, show him an outline of the state of Texas, and most likely he will instantly know what it is. Professor Allen Lee Hamilton of St. Philip's College will explain why Texas is the most universally famous place in America in a two-hour lecture and PowerPoint tour of Texas History, focusing on the sweeping events and fascinating characters that make Texas the amazing place it is; what John Steinbeck described as "a state of mind . . . a mystique closely approximating a religion . . . the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.”

Lunch: Hear a traditional mariachi performance as you dine overlooking the River Walk.

Afternoon: Led by experts, enjoy a walk to visit the heart and soul of the city, the San Fernando Cathedral. Built in 1738, the Cathedral is still in operation and played an important role in the religious and secular history of the city. The rest of your afternoon is free for you to discover something that interests you in the city. You may want to visit El Mercado, the largest Mexican market in the country, just a few blocks away. Those who prefer to remain in the hotel can enjoy video presentations about Texas state and national parks.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: Just after the 50th anniversary of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, former Director of Mission Operations Eugene F. Kranz will share stories from his distinguished career at NASA, beginning at 8:00 p.m. As the leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors who brought the Apollo 13 spaceship safely back to Earth on April 17, 1970, Gene Kranz demonstrated extraordinary courage and heroism. Kranz retired from NASA in 1994 after 37 years of federal service. “Failure is not an option,” the motto that carried him through the Apollo 13 crisis, is a major theme of his motivational message. Kranz has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received from President Nixon for the Apollo 13 mission, and his designation as a Distinguished Member of the Senior Executive Service by President Reagan. Kranz will describe what happened during the Apollo 13 mission and how he and others made the tough decisions under pressure, which resulted in the crew's safe return to Earth.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV , and air conditioning

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative, Lupita Martinez, directly (210) 220-2993 or e-mail dph.riv.130.asc@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Monday, December 09 - Special Interest field trips; Institute of Texan ...
Special Interest field trips; Institute of Texan Cultures; farewell dinner

Note: Option 1) no walking involved; Option 2) Hike up to three miles on paved pathway; Option 3) Walk up to one mile; Option 4) Walk up to one mile; Option 5) no walking involved

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Choose from one of the following field trips: 1) Cooking demonstration/class- Learn how to prepare a delicious Mexican meal with picante style from Diana Barrios Trevino. Diana has appeared on the Today Show, the Food Network and prepared the puffy tacos served at Bill Clinton’s inauguration dinner. Diana shares the story of her mother’s effort to start a restaurant and how the family business has expanded to satisfy the hunger of thousands of happy customers. Enjoy an enchilada lunch following the demonstration. 2) Nature/Bird Watching walk along river extension trail- Enjoy a three-mile hike alongside the San Antonio River. You will learn about the city's urban renewal efforts. Bring your binoculars to help spot birds and other wildlife as you enjoy an easy walk on paved pathways with a master naturalist as your guide. Visit one of the city's most interesting libraries at the end of your walk. 3) SAS Factory Tour- Take a bus to the San Antonio Shoe factory to find out how the passion of two shoe makers in the 1970s created a company that became a nationally known brand from the local factory. See how the founders’ dedication to comfort, quality, and craftsmanship is carried on today. Visit the general store with a candy kitchen, ice cream parlor, and vintage car display. 4) Hispanic Culture/West Side Visit- Explore the city's west side to learn more about the diversity of the city and view some of its colorful murals. View a cross section of the many murals, visit Mujer Artes - a cooperative where women of the west side learn to improve their world through art; stop at Gallisto - a gallery of Hispanic art; visit a Mexican bakery, drive down Guadalupe St. and Park (where John Paul II held mass in 1988; Chapel of Miracles a private chapel, and drive by many other historic and important places in the life of West Side residents. 5) Remain in the hotel to and enjoy a video presentation about Texas' famous personalities of the past.

Lunch: Lunch is provided on the field trip of your choice.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free time before the farewell dinner. All groups depart the hotel at 4:30 p.m. for the Institute of Texas Cultures (ITC) at Hemisfair Park. Operated by the University of Texas at San Antonio, the ITC fulfills its mandate as the state’s center for multicultural education by investigating the ethnic and cultural history of the state. Examine displays about the 26 different ethnic and cultural groups that settled the Texas frontier.

Dinner: Farewell dinner under the dome theater of the ITC, featuring music and cultural dancers.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, December 10 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Say “adios” to San Antonio as you depart for home. Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 p.m. Transportation to airport provided.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio, Texas
Botanical GardensSan Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Telephone 210-207-3255.
For additional information, visit: www.sabot.org
Briscoe MuseumThe Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey, preserves and interprets the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located on San Antonio's famed River Walk, the institution is housed in San Antonio’s first Public Library and newly constructed pavilion designed by the nationally recognized architecture firm Lake/Flato. The Museum campus consists of over 50,000 square feet and is scheduled to open to the public in the fall of 2013. 210 W. Market Street; T: 210.299.4499
For additional information, visit: http://www.briscoemuseum.org/
Casa Navarro State Historic SiteFormer home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia.
Convention and Visitors BureauThe San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a full-service visitor information center that provides an extensive inventory of helpful brochures and other promotional materials concerning events and sites in and around the city.
For additional information, visit: www.sanantoniovisit.com
El Mercado-The MarketA two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
Guenther HouseHistoric house built by Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1859. Restored by the company as a museum, restaurant, and retail store. Telephone 210-227-1061.
For additional information, visit: www.guentherhouse.com
IMAX Theatre-"Alamo...The Price of Freedom""Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629.
For additional information, visit: www.IMAX-SA.com
SAS Shoe FactorySAS Shoe Factory, 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507, www.sasshoes.com. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5.
For additional information, visit: www.sasshoes.com
San Antonio Museum of ArtSince its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100.
For additional information, visit: www.samuseum.org
San Antonio ZooMore than 3,500 animals of 750 species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This zoo, established in 1914 is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf.
Southwest School of Art and CraftA community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch.
For additional information, visit: www.swschool.org
Spanish Governor's PalaceIn 1772, San Antonio became the seat of Spanish government in Texas, headquartered at 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. It was to this adobe-walled structure that Moses Austin came in 1820 for permission to bring a colony of U.S. citizens into Spanish Texas. Telephone 210-224-0601.
Steves HomesteadLocated on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, was built in 1876 by Edward Steves, who immigrated to Texas in 1848 and later founded the Steves Lumber Company. Victorian-era mansion also features Carriage House with antique carriages on display, the Gardener's Quarters (now a visitor center) and beautiful landscaping. Telephone 210-225-5924.

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