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Program #7647RJ
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.
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Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 7, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Classic touches of California Spanish Revival add to the historic feel of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Santa Barbara. The hotel's historic property, also known as the Hotel Virginia and built in 1917, features Malibu and Catalina tile-work and exposed brick walls and wrought-iron railings. The hotel is conveniently located near many cultural destinations as well as the beach and Stearns Wharf which are only a few blocks away.

Contact info:
17 Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428 USA
phone: 805-963-9757
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/santa-barbara/sbadt/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Boasting classic California Spanish Revival decor, each hotel room offers a unique stay. Some rooms feature the original exposed brick, creating an historic ambiance, but all guest rooms feature modern perks like free Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat panel TV, and mini fridge. If a guest needs a microwave and one is not in their room, they can ask if one is available to be placed in their room, or they can use the microwave in the hotel lobby at the breakfast bar. Other amenities include a free morning newspaper delivered to the room; coffee-maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board; premium cable channels and satellite TV; and phone with voice mail, direct dial, and free local phone calls. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guests enjoy free access to nearby Spectrum Gym, just 4 blocks away, and may request a free pass to a swimming pool located 1 mile away. Room service is available from 11am to 9pm. The hotel provides concierge services to its guests as well as daily housekeeping and same day laundry and dry cleaning service (items received before 9:00am are returned by 6:00pm). A safety deposit box is available at the Front Desk. An ice machine is also on the premises. A full-service, unstaffed Business Center provides guests with copying service, email and internet access, PC, and fax machine. WI-FI INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. PARKING: The hotel charges a reduced parking fee of $7 per night to Road Scholar participants.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 02 - Independent Arrivals
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the Holiday Inn Express after 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, go over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet, which we'll review during our orientation session.

Since the Film Festival schedule is not available when the program materials are mailed to participants, the detailed schedule will be in your registration packet on Day 1. The Road Scholar program includes 7 film screenings recommended by our instructor. If you wish to view additional films during the week, you may purchase extra tickets. Film showing locations will be noted on the schedule in your packet.

ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. There are two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. The restaurants are not able to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Classic touches of California Spanish Revival add to the historic feel of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Santa Barbara. The hotel's historic property, also known as the Hotel Virginia and built in 1917, features Malibu and Catalina tile-work and exposed brick walls and wrought-iron railings. The hotel is conveniently located near many cultural destinations as well as the beach and Stearns Wharf which are only a few blocks away.

Contact info:
17 Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428 USA
phone: 805-963-9757
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/santa-barbara/sbadt/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Boasting classic California Spanish Revival decor, each hotel room offers a unique stay. Some rooms feature the original exposed brick, creating an historic ambiance, but all guest rooms feature modern perks like free Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat panel TV, and mini fridge. If a guest needs a microwave and one is not in their room, they can ask if one is available to be placed in their room, or they can use the microwave in the hotel lobby at the breakfast bar. Other amenities include a free morning newspaper delivered to the room; coffee-maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board; premium cable channels and satellite TV; and phone with voice mail, direct dial, and free local phone calls. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guests enjoy free access to nearby Spectrum Gym, just 4 blocks away, and may request a free pass to a swimming pool located 1 mile away. Room service is available from 11am to 9pm. The hotel provides concierge services to its guests as well as daily housekeeping and same day laundry and dry cleaning service (items received before 9:00am are returned by 6:00pm). A safety deposit box is available at the Front Desk. An ice machine is also on the premises. A full-service, unstaffed Business Center provides guests with copying service, email and internet access, PC, and fax machine. WI-FI INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. PARKING: The hotel charges a reduced parking fee of $7 per night to Road Scholar participants.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 03 -
Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel

Morning: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

While participants generally have all meals together, we feel this flexibility gives you the opportunity to view films of your choice and not be restricted by a scheduled meal. Dining on your own also allows you to sample a variety of restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara.

Afternoon: CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion with the instructor.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Classic touches of California Spanish Revival add to the historic feel of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Santa Barbara. The hotel's historic property, also known as the Hotel Virginia and built in 1917, features Malibu and Catalina tile-work and exposed brick walls and wrought-iron railings. The hotel is conveniently located near many cultural destinations as well as the beach and Stearns Wharf which are only a few blocks away.

Contact info:
17 Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428 USA
phone: 805-963-9757
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/santa-barbara/sbadt/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Boasting classic California Spanish Revival decor, each hotel room offers a unique stay. Some rooms feature the original exposed brick, creating an historic ambiance, but all guest rooms feature modern perks like free Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat panel TV, and mini fridge. If a guest needs a microwave and one is not in their room, they can ask if one is available to be placed in their room, or they can use the microwave in the hotel lobby at the breakfast bar. Other amenities include a free morning newspaper delivered to the room; coffee-maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board; premium cable channels and satellite TV; and phone with voice mail, direct dial, and free local phone calls. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guests enjoy free access to nearby Spectrum Gym, just 4 blocks away, and may request a free pass to a swimming pool located 1 mile away. Room service is available from 11am to 9pm. The hotel provides concierge services to its guests as well as daily housekeeping and same day laundry and dry cleaning service (items received before 9:00am are returned by 6:00pm). A safety deposit box is available at the Front Desk. An ice machine is also on the premises. A full-service, unstaffed Business Center provides guests with copying service, email and internet access, PC, and fax machine. WI-FI INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. PARKING: The hotel charges a reduced parking fee of $7 per night to Road Scholar participants.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 04 -
Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel

Morning: SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.

Afternoon: CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion with the instructor.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Classic touches of California Spanish Revival add to the historic feel of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Santa Barbara. The hotel's historic property, also known as the Hotel Virginia and built in 1917, features Malibu and Catalina tile-work and exposed brick walls and wrought-iron railings. The hotel is conveniently located near many cultural destinations as well as the beach and Stearns Wharf which are only a few blocks away.

Contact info:
17 Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428 USA
phone: 805-963-9757
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/santa-barbara/sbadt/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Boasting classic California Spanish Revival decor, each hotel room offers a unique stay. Some rooms feature the original exposed brick, creating an historic ambiance, but all guest rooms feature modern perks like free Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat panel TV, and mini fridge. If a guest needs a microwave and one is not in their room, they can ask if one is available to be placed in their room, or they can use the microwave in the hotel lobby at the breakfast bar. Other amenities include a free morning newspaper delivered to the room; coffee-maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board; premium cable channels and satellite TV; and phone with voice mail, direct dial, and free local phone calls. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guests enjoy free access to nearby Spectrum Gym, just 4 blocks away, and may request a free pass to a swimming pool located 1 mile away. Room service is available from 11am to 9pm. The hotel provides concierge services to its guests as well as daily housekeeping and same day laundry and dry cleaning service (items received before 9:00am are returned by 6:00pm). A safety deposit box is available at the Front Desk. An ice machine is also on the premises. A full-service, unstaffed Business Center provides guests with copying service, email and internet access, PC, and fax machine. WI-FI INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. PARKING: The hotel charges a reduced parking fee of $7 per night to Road Scholar participants.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 05 -
Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel

Morning: SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.

Afternoon: CLASS: A veteran Santa Barbara journalist takes you behind the scenes of the SBIFF and regales the group with gossip, rumors and a possible interview with a guest.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

While participants generally have all meals together, we feel this flexibility gives you the opportunity to view films of your choice and not be restricted by a scheduled meal. Dining on your own also allows you to sample a variety of restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Classic touches of California Spanish Revival add to the historic feel of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Santa Barbara. The hotel's historic property, also known as the Hotel Virginia and built in 1917, features Malibu and Catalina tile-work and exposed brick walls and wrought-iron railings. The hotel is conveniently located near many cultural destinations as well as the beach and Stearns Wharf which are only a few blocks away.

Contact info:
17 Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428 USA
phone: 805-963-9757
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/santa-barbara/sbadt/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Boasting classic California Spanish Revival decor, each hotel room offers a unique stay. Some rooms feature the original exposed brick, creating an historic ambiance, but all guest rooms feature modern perks like free Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat panel TV, and mini fridge. If a guest needs a microwave and one is not in their room, they can ask if one is available to be placed in their room, or they can use the microwave in the hotel lobby at the breakfast bar. Other amenities include a free morning newspaper delivered to the room; coffee-maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board; premium cable channels and satellite TV; and phone with voice mail, direct dial, and free local phone calls. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guests enjoy free access to nearby Spectrum Gym, just 4 blocks away, and may request a free pass to a swimming pool located 1 mile away. Room service is available from 11am to 9pm. The hotel provides concierge services to its guests as well as daily housekeeping and same day laundry and dry cleaning service (items received before 9:00am are returned by 6:00pm). A safety deposit box is available at the Front Desk. An ice machine is also on the premises. A full-service, unstaffed Business Center provides guests with copying service, email and internet access, PC, and fax machine. WI-FI INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. PARKING: The hotel charges a reduced parking fee of $7 per night to Road Scholar participants.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 06 -
Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel

Morning: SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.

Afternoon: CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion with the instructor.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Six: Friday, February 07 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel

Morning: SCHEDULE: The program will conclude after a final film critique session with the instructor.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau1 Garden St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

805-965-3021 or 1-800-676-1266

Because Santa Barbara offers a wide range of activities, we suggest that you contact the Visitors Bureau for more complete tourism information.
For additional information, visit: www.santabarbaraca.com

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park123 Canon Perdido St.

805-966-9719

Founded in 1782, Presidio was the last Spanish military outpost built in North America. Call the Presidio or check the website for current hours, admission fees and tour information.
For additional information, visit: www.sbthp.org/presidio.htm

Old Mission Santa Barbara2201 Laguna St.

805-682-4713

The "Queen of the Missions" was founded by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1786. The 10th of California's 21 missions, this is the only one to be continuously occupied and used since founding. Explore eight restored rooms, cloister gardens, chapel, historic cemetary and beautiful Moorish fountains and courtyard. Call the Mission or check the website for current hours and admission fees.
For additional information, visit: www.sbmission.org

Santa Barbara Museum of Art1130 State St.

805-963-4364

The SB Art Museum is known for its American and Asian collections, and is also home to important works of photography, modern art, prints and drawings. Major touring exhibits are featured throughout the year. Call the Museum or check the website for current hours, admission fees, and exhibit information.
For additional information, visit: www.sbma.net

Museum of Natural History2559 Puesta Del Sol Rd.

805-682-4711

The museum features exhibits on regions, geology, minerals, native wildlife and marine life. Call the Museum or check the web site for current hours, admissions fees and exhibit information.
For additional information, visit: www.sbnature.org

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden1212 Mission Canyon Rd.

805-682-4726

A "living museum" spanning 65 acres, the Botanic Garden consists of more than 5 miles of trails that wind through the garden's 1000 plus examples of native California plant life from habitats including the deserts, the Sierra Nevadas and the Channel Islands. Call the Garden or check the website current hours and admission fees.
For additional information, visit: www.sbbg.org

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum113 Harbor Way in the Waterfront Center

805-962-8404

The Maritime Museum offers interactive exhibits dedicated to the area's rich maritime heritage with displays focused on marine history, the environment, fishing, naviagation, piloting and a children's area. Call the Museum or check the website for current hours, admission fees and exhibit information.
For additional information, visit: www.sbmm.org

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens500 Ninos Dr.

805-962-5339

The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. Call the zoo or check the website for current hours and admission fees.
For additional information, visit: www.santabarbarazoo.org

Santa Barbara Film Festival1528 Chapala St., Suite 203

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-963-0023

For Film Festival information, contact the Santa Barbara International Film Festival office or check their web site.

Many restaurants create special menus and have unique promotions throughout the film festival. For more information about restaurants participating in "FILM FEAST", please visit www.santabarbaraca.com/filmfeast
For additional information, visit: www.sbfilmfestival.org


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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8 meals: 5 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners
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