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PENNSYLVANIA / WEST VIRGINIA / OHIO

Adventures Afloat: The Golden Age of Steamboating: Pittsburgh to Cincinnati on the American Queen

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Program #21287RJ
8 Days | 7 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 Jul 3 — Jul 10, 2014

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Type: Three-Star Hotel

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA
phone: 412-391-4600
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/wyndham-grand-pittsburgh-downtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: •Alarm clock •BeWellSM bedding •Coffee and tea maker •Daily weekday newspaper •37-inch flat-screen TV with premium cable •Gilchrist and Soames bath products •Hair dryer •Iron and ironing board •Room service •Self-controlled air conditioning and heating system •Voice mail •Wake-up calls •Work desk with lamp Room Accessibility Features: •Bathroom rails •Emergency instructions in pictorial form •Emergency procedures for disabled guests •Handicap closet •Knock lights •Roll-in shower area with bathroom seat •Shower - safety bars •Shower - walk-in •Subtitles/closed captions available on TV •Telephones with amplifier or TDD •TV - Closed caption •Wheelchair accessible

Facility amenities: •ATM in lobby •Business center, 24 hours •Complimentary WiFi Internet access •Daily weekday newspaper •Fitness center •Gift shop •Long-distance access Services: •AV rental service •Bellhop •Concierge services •Copy service •Credit card access •Dry cleaning •Evening turn-down •Fax service •Laundry service •Local calls •Shuttle to local attractions within three miles (based on availability) •Parking, both valet and self •Printing services •Video rentals Facility Accessibility Features: •Brailed elevators •Elevator access to all levels •Ramp access •Restaurant/bar menus available in 14pt print •Service animals allowed •Steps/staircases have handrails •Wheelchair-accessible elevators

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $200 - includes taxes
Additional nights are available subject to availability. Please email brooke.myrman@roadscholar.org or contact 503-723-6420 for more information.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, July 03 - Arrivals and Welcome Orientation
Arrive To: Your group leader, Charlene Corris, will meet you in the Lobby of the Wyndham Grand at the Road Scholar Hospitality Desk between 12:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Check in at the hotel is 4:00 pm, however the hotel will make every effort to have rooms available beforehand.

Dinner: After settling in to your room, please proceed to the Liberty Room for orientation at 6:00 pm, and a welcome dinner at 7:00 pm.

Lodging: Wyndham Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description.

Contact info:
Docked at River
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Friday, July 04 - Explore Pittsburgh before transferring to the Ame...
Note: This itinerary may change in order to allow participants to attend activities offered by both Road Scholar and the American Queen. Your group leader, Charlene, will provide an updated, detailed itinerary on July 3.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the Three Rivers Restaurant beginning at 6:30 am. Please be sure to bring your breakfast voucher with you, provided in your key pack.

Morning: Please have your luggage ready for pick up by 9:00 am, and meet your fellow Road Scholars in the lobby a few minutes before 9:30 am to explore Pittsburgh. Celebrate Independence Day by attending a variety of events taking place at Fort Pitt.

Lunch: After returning to the hotel at 11:30 am, you will board a bus to go have lunch at Mixtir's Cafe at the Heinz History Center at 12:30 pm.

Afternoon: After lunch you will have time to visit the special exhibit: "Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat - Treasures of Arabia." Depart the Heinz History Center at 2:30 pm and continue to the American Queen to board at 3:00 pm.

Dinner: Welcome aboard dinner on board the American Queen.

Evening: Marvel at an amazing Fourth of July fireworks celebration from the American Queen overlooking the 3 rivers.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description.

Contact info:
Docked at River
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Saturday, July 05 - At Sea
Breakfast: On board the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a lecture by Jerry Sutphin, who will discuss the history of steamboating.

Lunch: On board the American Queen.

Afternoon: This afternoon, you have some time to enjoy onboard activites.

Dinner: On board the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description.

Contact info:
Docked at River
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, July 06 - At Sea
Breakfast: On board the American Queen.

Morning: Study Marietta’s history via the "Hop-on Hop-off" tour. Begin in the quaint shopping district on Green Street, explore the Castle of Marietta, discover the golden age of the steamboat at the Ohio River Museum, and more. Pay tribute at the Mound Cemetery, resting place of more American Revolutionary War officers than at any other location.

Lunch: On board the American Queen.

Afternoon: Visit Blennerhasset Island, a small island in the Ohio River named after Harman Blennerhassett, a figure in the Aaron Burr "treason" conspiracy. His residence, Blennerhassett House, is where Burr and Blennerhassett are alleged to have plotted treason against the United States in the so-called Burr Conspiracy.

Dinner: On board the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description.

Contact info:
Docked at River
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, July 07 - Point Pleasant, WV
Breakfast: On board the American Queen.

Morning: Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, Point Pleasant was the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Point Pleasant (1774) and is celebrated locally as the first battle of the revolution. We will be departing in the morning to take a special trip to visit the Robert C Byrd Lock and Dam with Jerry Sutphin. Jerry worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for many years and will explain how the lock and dam system works.

Lunch: On board the American Queen.

Afternoon: After a special talk by Jerry, "Steamboating from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati," enjoy an exclusive Road Scholar Cocktail party at 4:00 pm in the Ladies Parlour.

Dinner: On board the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: See above description.

Contact info:
Docked at River
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased.

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, July 08 - Augusta, KY
Breakfast: On board the American Queen.

Morning: The city of Augusta was named one of the 11 places that helped shape the state of Kentucky by Dr. Thomas Clark, Kentucky's most famous historian. Explore Agusta at your own pace on the "Hop-on Hop-off" tour. Begin with a visit to the former home of Rosemary Clooney, stop at the 1811 Jail the oldest intact jail in Kentucky, shop along Main Street, and end your mornign with a tasting of local wine at the historic Baker Bird Winery.

Lunch: On board the American Queen.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Augusta on your own or enjoy a leisurely afternoon on board.

Dinner: On board the American Queen.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Cincinnatian Hotel is a Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond hotel that epitomizes modern luxury in a historic setting. Guests at the Cincinnatian are treated to legendary service and an elegant atmosphere that includes the esteemed Palace Restaurant for American fine dining and state-of-the-art meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Comfort and style are never compromised at downtown Cincinnati’s only small luxury hotel, accommodating Cincinnatians, Cincinnati tourists, and Cincinnati’s business community since 1882.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
601 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202 USA
phone: 800-942-9000
web: www.cincinnatianhotel.com/index.aspx

Room amenities: •In-room safe •DVD players in all rooms •Data port •In-room voice mail

Facility amenities: •Health facility •Comprehensive concierge services •Complementary high-speed internet access in guest rooms and meeting spaces •Dual phone lines in every guest room •Conference phones •Top-of-the line audio and video equipment available •Wireless lobby internet access •DVD movie library available to rent from

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $200
Additional nights are subject to availability. Please email brooke.myrman@roadscholar.org or contact 503-723-6420 for more information.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Wednesday, July 09 - Arrive Cincinnati, OH
Breakfast: On board the American Queen.

Morning: This morning we disembark the American Queen for a special tour of the Cincinnati Library to view a digital display of "The Daguerreotype View of Cincinnati", also referred to as the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848. This 120° panoramic image of the Cincinnati riverfront consisted of eight full-plate (6.5 × 8.5") daguerreotypes and was taken in September 1848 by William Porter and Charles Fontayne. Originally taken from Newport, KY, the panorama was reassembled from a later series of 8 × 10 film negatives.

Lunch: Enjoy a view of the river and the Roebling Suspension bridge as you dine at the Morlein Lager House, a restaurant built on the site of the original Cincinnati Reds Stadium.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit the Cincinnati History Museum to view the special exhibit on Princess Diana.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Cincinnatian Hotel.

Lodging: Cincinnatian Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Thursday, July 10 - Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the aiport for flights home. Individual transfers have been arranged. Charlene will provide the timing with the final itinerary on July 3.

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.
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3 Expert-led lectures
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