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Program #14321RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Apr 13 — Apr 18, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotel since it's opening in 1940, when it is was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service, and room service until 10 pm.

Facility amenities: A spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel.(Parking fee $10 per day) Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel. Free WiFi is available for hotel guests

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 13 - Registration and Check-in; Orientation/Introducti...
Afternoon: Check-in is at the Admiral Semmes Hotel at 3 PM. From 4-5:30 PM you can register with Road Scholar. From 5:30-6:00 PM orientation for the program week will be in the ballroom. University history and all handout materials (schedule, menus, field trips, etc.) will be discussed. Any questions about the schedule or the program will be answered at this time. (Please note: schedule is subject to change based on weather and instructor availability.)

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Each person will introduce themselves and tell something that might connect them to someone else in the group. There will also be time at the end to answer any new questions that may arise.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotel since it's opening in 1940, when it is was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service, and room service until 10 pm.

Facility amenities: A spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel.(Parking fee $10 per day) Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel. Free WiFi is available for hotel guests

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 14 - Morning classes include the history of Bellingrat...
Morning classes include the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home and Mobile History /Afternoon class on the the Battle of Mobile Bay/Evening class on the architecture of the area/Meals are in the hotel dining room

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore Bellingrath Gardens and Home conducted by the property’s curator. Discover how this local attraction was chosen as the only Alabama property featured on the A&E series, America’s Castles. Learn about the 65-acre garden estate, its opening to the public in 1932, and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bellingrath. Dive into Mobile history! During a class with a local expert, discover the influence and contributions of Native Americans, Africans, Spanish, French, and British on our city. Learn about Mobile’s role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War II.

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Sail into a class on the Battle of Mobile Bay. A local expert discusses the battle and Mobile, Alabama – the Confederacy’s last major port on Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a class with an architectural historian. Learn about Mobile’s architecture in discussions surrounding 18th and 19th century styles including bungalow, Creole, Antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate. Topics may include churches, homes, and commercial buildings. Discover how details followed individual tastes and trends of the time.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotel since it's opening in 1940, when it is was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service, and room service until 10 pm.

Facility amenities: A spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel.(Parking fee $10 per day) Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel. Free WiFi is available for hotel guests

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 15 - Morning classes include the history of Bellingrat...
Morning classes include the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home and Mobile History /Free afternoon to explore the area/ Dinner on your own/Evening class with the Azalea Trail Maids

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Continue your discussion on Bellingrath Gardens and Home conducted by the property’s curator. Discover how this local attraction was chosen as the only Alabama property featured on the A&E series, America’s Castles. Learn about the 65-acre garden estate, its opening to the public in 1932, and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bellingrath. Dive into Mobile history! During a class with a local expert, discover the influence and contributions of Native Americans, Africans, Spanish, French, and British on our city. Learn about Mobile’s role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War II.

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon as you explore Mobile on your own. Discover downtown Mobile as you walk around the historic district or venture out into the city.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Lots of great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel or take a short drive to the causeway for delicious seafood restaurant options.

Evening: This evening, enjoy a special presentation on Mobile’s famous Azalea Trail Maids. These fifty young women, selected from area high schools, wear traditional hooped antebellum dresses with pantaloons, gloves, and dainty umbrellas. The Azalea Trail Maids are true ambassadors of the city and exemplify Mobile’s southern charm. This class will definitely remain on your list of favorites for years to come! Be sure to bring your camera this evening.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotel since it's opening in 1940, when it is was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service, and room service until 10 pm.

Facility amenities: A spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel.(Parking fee $10 per day) Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel. Free WiFi is available for hotel guests

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 16 - Morning field trips include guided bus tour of hi...
Morning field trips include guided bus tour of historic Mobile and Richards DAR house/Lunch at Wintzells/ Spend the afternoon at Bellingrath gardens and home/Evening class on historic architecture/Breakfast and dinner served in the hotel dining room.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Continue your classroom history discussion with the instructor as you roll through the streets for a guided bus tour of the Mobile area. View historic landmarks, beautiful 18th and 19th century homes, and majestic live oaks. Then, drive past the city’s port area where you will learn about the Mobile economy. Visit the Richards DAR House, furnished and administered by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Period House-Museum. Built in 1860, this handsome historic home, a Town House of the Italianate style, tells in superb architectural detail of fashionable life during Mobile's affluent antebellum days. The House is famous for its iron lace that lavishly decorates the front facade. While you're there, enjoy tea and cookies as you experience Mobile's true southern hospitality.

Lunch: Lunch served at a unique local seafood restaurant that has been serving seafood dishes to the Gulf Coast for over 70 years. Known far and wide for is "Oysters- fried, stewed, or nude" Wintzell's Oyster House was founded in 1938 by Oliver Wintzell. You will enjoy the atmosphere and of course the food.

Afternoon: Tour one of A&E’s “American Castles” – Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Step back in time for a journey through the magnificent 15-room mansion. The home showcases its original collection of treasured antiques, furniture, silver, china, crystal, and cut glass. The exterior features handmade brick and ironwork from a landmark 19th century Mobile hotel. Nestled among beautiful live oaks, Spanish moss, and scenic Fowl River, the 65-acre gardens boast blooms every day of the year. During Spring, enjoy azaleas, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, camellias, Japanese magnolias, ornamental kale and cabbage, foxglove, delphinium, violas and poppies.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Finish up your lessons on historic architecture. Learn about Mobile’s architecture in discussions surrounding 18th and 19th century styles including bungalow, Creole, Antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate. Topics may include churches, homes, and commercial buildings. Discover how details followed individual tastes and trends of the time.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotel since it's opening in 1940, when it is was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service, and room service until 10 pm.

Facility amenities: A spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel.(Parking fee $10 per day) Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel. Free WiFi is available for hotel guests

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 17 - Morning field trip to the History Museum of Mobil...
Morning field trip to the History Museum of Mobile/Lunch on your own in downtown Mobile/Afternoon spent on an area walking tour and at a Museum home/ Evening class/ Breakfast and lunch served in the hotel dining room.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: 21st Century innovative exhibits come alive during your field trip to The History Museum of Mobile. Explore Mobile as the first Americans saw it. Relive the passage on an African slave ship. Listen to the stories of Civil War soldiers, and feel the power of nature’s raging storm, the hurricane. Get your hands on history in the Discovery Room, an interactive gallery for the young and young at heart. Visit The Shop in the Southern Market for a unique gift or memento.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. You will be able to board a free downtown trolley to stop and eat wherever you would like. From seafood to sandwiches and salads, you can find many wonderful restaurants to enjoy. Don't miss "Three Georges" candy store for your home made candy dessert.

Afternoon: After your walking tour, visit the Oakleigh House Museum and the Cox-Deasy House. View exhibits of beautiful furnishings with fine period collections of furniture, portraits, silver, china, jewellery, interesting kitchen implements, and toys.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a class to discover the history, fun, and ambience of Mardi Gras with a local expert. Understand the true meaning behind the carnival season and where it orginated first.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 18 - Breakfast in the hotel/Check-out; morning class o...
Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room

Morning: Check out of lodging rooms. Discover Jubilee, a natural phenomenon that takes place from time to time on the shores of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Occurring mainly on warm summer nights, often in the early pre-dawn hours, the event initiates a joyous community beach party. Learn what this rare celebration is all about and why it benefits coastal residents.

Lunch: Box lunch to go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Mobile, AL
Battleship USS AlabamaHistory meets heroism ...from World War II to Iraqi Freedom, at one of America’s finest military parks. Here at Battleship Memorial Park you’ll walk the decks of a mighty battleship. Go below in a World War II submarine. View cockpits of combat aircraft. You’ll also see tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a plane like the one flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. It’s all here, all waiting to be discovered by you!
For additional information, visit: www.ussalabama.com/
Bellingrath Gardens and HomeReaders of "Southern Living" recently chose Bellingrath Gardens as one of the top three gardens in its annual Readers Choice Survey. In bloom every day of the year, Bellingrath Gardens offers visitors 65 acres of landscaped beauty among towering live-oaks draped in Spanish moss. The Bellingrath Home has been chosen as the first in Alabama to appear on A&E's popular "America's Castles" series. Enjoy a relaxing sight-seeing cruise aboard the Southern Bell River Cruiser on the Fowl River. View surrounding estates and wildlife from climate controlled comfort.
For additional information, visit: www.bellingrath.org
Bragg-Mitchell MansionCanopied by century-old live oak trees, "The Bragg" is a grand antebellum mansion. This beautiful example of southern elegance is furnished with fine antiques and exquisite draperies. The circular staircase, double parlors and lavish rooms with crystal chandeliers remind one of a time when hospitality was a way of life. Free parking.
For additional information, visit: www.braggmitchellmansion.com
Conde Charlotte Museum HouseMobile's first official jail, this circa 1822 Federal-style home has period rooms containing French, British, Spanish, Confederate, and American furnishings and decor.
Mobile Carnival MuseumThe Mobile Carnival Museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace - Mobile Alabama. ♦ Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of carnival. ♦ See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs. ♦ Discover the art of costume design and float construction. ♦ View videos of parades and balls. ♦ Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations. ♦ Browse a pictorial gallery of historical photographs dating back to 1886. ♦ Experience a behind the mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float.
For additional information, visit: www.mobilecarnivalmuseum.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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13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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