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Program #20663RJ
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.
Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here

Itinerary for Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2014

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Arrive in Santa Fe, Introductions, Orientation
Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM.

Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PM

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - Historical overview of New Mexico and Pueblo Indi...
Historical overview of New Mexico and Pueblo Indians; Santa Fe exploration; New Mexico Museum of History

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to one hour at a time

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll have a class providing a historical overview of New Mexico, followed by a class about the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico. We'll hear about how they survived in the past and how they live now, as well as how they are different from many other Native American tribes in the Southwest.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Our field trip this afternoon will include an exploration of the historic downtown Plaza area as well as some other Santa Fe sites, including a visit to the New Mexico State Capitol building where we'll see the great art collection there, representing many of the finest artists in the Southwest. We'll then go to the New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace of the Governors, where we'll see first-hand the many transitions and changes that have taken place in the state over the years, learn about some of the amazing people that were involved in these changes, and gain a whole new perspective about the American Southwest.

Return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Walk a few blocks to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, where we'll dine from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner.

We'll show the video, "Surviving Columbus," in one of the hotel meeting roomss

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Indian Arts Research Center at School for Advance...
Indian Arts Research Center at School for Advanced Research/Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day; standing in museums for up to an hour at a time, although there may be some opportunities to sit

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning begins with presentations on Native American and Hispanic Art of northern New Mexico.

The Hispanic art class will show us how much glorious folk art is produced in the state; many artists hold with these family traditions, and become masters at their craft, following age-old ways.

Lunch: Lunch today will be at Blue Corn Café, a local favorite. We'll order from a limited menu.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our bus and go on a field trip to the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Reserch and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

The Museum is housed in a renovated and expanded building designed in 1930 by John Gaw Meem, a leading figure in the development of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial/Pueblo Revival architecture. Originally used as the residence of the Laboratory of Anthropology’s director, the building features a multitude of handmade, historically accurate appointments, which range from the ironwork on the doors to the carved decoration of the ceiling beams. The Museum is the only Meem building in Santa Fe that has retained its original integrity.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - Old Laguna Pueblo Feast Day Dances/Visit to Acoma...
Note: Walking over uneven packed dirt (possibly muddy if it has rained recently) terrain up to two miles during day; standing for an hour or more at Feast Day Dances

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: At 8:30 AM, our bus leaves for a field trip to Old Laguna Pueblo for the feast day dances, arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. The Laguna dances feature harvest and other dances.

Laguna has one of the largest land reserves of all the pueblos, and is the youngest, having been founded in 1699. Most visitors see only a fraction of its terrain, but may notice the ancient-looking adobe village of Old Laguna capped by the white San Jose Mission. The main village, Old Laguna, and the smaller villages of Paraje, Paguate, Mesita, Encinal and Seama are home to a number of artists and craftspeople.

Oral history and archeology reveal that the area in and around Laguna was occupied off and on for thousands of years by various Indian peoples. In the 1880s, the Santa Fe Railway extended its tracks across the reservation, thus bringing changes to the previously isolated reservation. In 1926, U.S. Route 66 reached the Rio San Jose Valley, and introducing a new generation of tourists to Pueblo culture.

After the dances at Laguna, we'll go to Acoma Pueblo, just a short distance from Laguna.

Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café at Acoma

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to the top of the 400' mesa via Pueblo transportation. We'll walk through the old village with a Native American guide, then spend some time at the lovely Cultural Center and the museum there.

We'll depart from Acoma at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: We'll stop for dinner at a selected restaurant in the Albuquerque area at about 5:30, then continue on to Santa Fe at approximately 7:00 PM.

Evening: We should arrive at the hotel in Santa Fe at about 8:00 PM.

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.

Contact info:
210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com

Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD.
Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - Contemporary Southwest Cuisine and Southwest Writ...
Contemporary Southwest Cuisine and Southwest Writers Classes/Dinner at La Casa Sena Cantina

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. You may wish to walk more, as there will be several hours of free time in the afternoon

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 9:00 AM

Morning: This morning there will be a class about contemporary Southwest cuisine. We'll learn about the many different kinds of chile and spices used, taste some great salsas, and explore some experimental things that can be added to our own everyday cuisine that will bring Southwest flavor to just about anything we'd like to make a bit more exciting.

After a short break, we'll be introduced to some magnificent Southwest authors who have made this area come alive in their literature.

Lunch: Lunch on our own

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. There are a number of museums near the hotel; the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is but a short walk away, and there are many, many wonderful galleries to explore.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 to wak as a group to our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the well-known contemporary restaurant, La Casa Sena. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers. There will be a choice of several beautifully prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert, all the while being serenaded by some terrific Broadway music provided by exciting, talented singers and musicians.

Evening: After dinner and entertainment, we'll return to the hotel for the program closing in a hotel meeting room.

Lodging: Hotel St. Francis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Breakfast and Departure. Hotel check-out no late...
Depart From: Hotel check-out time is 11:00 AM. Departure from Santa Fe.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 9:00 AM

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe, NM
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
2 Performances

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4.9
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