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Program #20734RJ
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 Dec 12 — Dec 17, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, December 12 - Check-in/registration, followed by dinner at the ...
Check-in/registration, followed by dinner at the hotel and orientation/meet & greet.

Arrive To: Hotel; check-in, 4:00 p.m. Registration, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in hotel lobby.

Dinner: At hotel, in the meeting room where orientation will take place.

Evening: Meet & greet your coordinator and fellow Road Scholar participants as well as go over the program schedule at Orientation.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, December 13 - Moravian Christmas Customs, Historic Savannah Ove...
Moravian Christmas Customs, Historic Savannah Overview, and Theater Performance

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture/class by our outstanding professor of History on a group of early Savannah settlers, the Moravians, and their interesting Christmas customs.

Lunch: At the 17Hundred90 Restaurant - located in an historic inn, dripping with character and folklore.

Afternoon: Lecture/overview of Savannah history by our expert Historian, during a field trip exploring points of interest the historic district with emphasis on Christmases past. Visit to the historic Green-Meldrim House during the field trip.

Dinner: At the River House Seafood Restaurant located on the beautiful Savannah Riverfront.

Evening: Special performance at the Historic Savannah Theater: "A Christmas Tradition," a long-running, popular program featuring holiday music that receives rave reviews year after year.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

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

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, December 14 - Holiday Tour of Homes and a Special Symphony Perf...
Note: A full day of walking in the Historic District over uneven terrain and encountering several buildings that have no handicapped access. Climbing several flights of stairs will likely be required.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visit holiday-decorated, privately owned historic homes opened by their residents, just for this special presentation. The displays will not always be typical "Christmas-themed" decor but instead may reflect the homes' and owners' styles.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel meeting room, in between the morning and afternoon home tours.

Afternoon: Continue/finish the Holiday Tour of Homes this afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner this evening will enjoyed with your fellow participants in the hotel meeting room.

Evening: A special treat this evening: enjoy a special, rare holiday performance by Savannah's own Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful, awe-inspiring Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

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

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, December 15 - Christmases Past at the Davenport House and Free ...
Note: Active morning of walking to and from museum home over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visit the historic Isaiah Davenport House museum for a presentation on historic holiday customs presented by guides in period costume and featuring the house decorated as it would be during a Christmas season of the time period.

Lunch: On your own. Enjoy a local restaurant not included in the program.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. You may want to take in the Holiday Tour of Inns today or visit River Street.

Dinner: On your own. Enjoy a local restaurant not included in the program.

Evening: Free evening. You may want to stroll the district or take a carriage ride to enjoy all of the outdoor holiday decorations on display.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Free wireless Internet access in guestrooms and lobby. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundryIn-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk.

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies w/ season.
Call hotel directly for current rates at 912-443-2021. Subject to availability and Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, December 16 - Field trips to Old Fort Jackson and Massie Herita...
Field trips to Old Fort Jackson and Massie Heritage Center in the morning and afternoon. Evening Visit to Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Note: An active day of extensive walking over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visit Old Fort Jackson, one of the oldest brick fortifications along the East Coast, and learn more about the Dec. 1963 surrender of Savannah to Union forces. Experience a cannon-firing demonstration!

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant, The Gryphon, which occupies a former apothecary store.

Afternoon: Visit Massie Heritage Center, site of Savannah’s first free public school. Enjoy numerous historic and archeological exhibits before taking in (and maybe being a part of) a special "Christmas-themed School Play"!

Dinner: Dinner at a popular, local restaurant - Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. A local institution serving up authentic, delicious southern comfort food family-style.

Evening: Enjoy a special evening visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, hearing stories about one of Savannah's premier families while having the home "all to ourselves."

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, December 17 - Special Holiday Music Presentation and Program Wr...
Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Enjoy a Holiday music-themed presentation led by our own talented performer/musician. Program ends after class. Lunch on your own.

Lunch: Program ends after morning presentation. Lunch on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

Ratings

4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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