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NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi

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Program #20379RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Mar 9 — Mar 14, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 09 - Welcome and overview of program
Afternoon: 4:30-6 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be a seated meal.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, and overview of the week's program by local historian.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 10 - Buffet breakfast at the hotel/Lectures about Natc...
Buffet breakfast at the hotel/Lectures about Natchez history and culture. Expert-led walking exploration along the Mississippi River. Dinner in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Natchez.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An overview lecture about Natchez history will precede a program about the Natchez Historic Trails project by the city engineer. The Trails will be part of the week's enjoyment.

Lunch: Lunch will be in a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture on the Mississippi River and its impact on Natchez, especially during the Civil War. Field trip along the 200' bluff with magnificent views of the river. Exploration of the mansion Rosalie and its gardens, all overlooking the river. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will be at a downtown historic building.

Evening: A stroll along the river near the hotel to see the lighted Mississippi River Bridge.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 11 - Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decor...
Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decorative arts; exploration of the earliest churches and their histories; a dinner modeled after a Natchez meal in 1836.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture on decorative arts and various architectural styles in Natchez buildings, from Colonial to Greek Revival to Empire to Victorian, will precede an expert-led exploration of St. Mary Basilica, one of the grandest Roman Catholic churches in the Deep South. Built in the 1840s, it was first a cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church parish house with home-cooked food.

Afternoon: An expert-led exploration of Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1822 and the oldest church building in Natchez, will be enhanced by a a short concert of organ music. Next is an expert-led exploration and film at Temple B'Nai Israel, one of the oldest Jewish temples in the South. Mid-afternoon is "Chopin and Champagne," a classical music concert in historic Joseph Stone House, followed by a champagne reception and tour of the property. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown restaurant featuring delectable foods mentioned in William Johnson's 1836 diary entries, foods continually eaten in the Deep South until today.

Evening: An informal discussion of William Johnson, his diaries, and a biography about the unusual African-American whose home has been restored by the National Park Service. Optional: Natchez Little Theater's spring production.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 12 - Lecture on the African-American culture with impe...
Lecture on the African-American culture with impersonation of William Johnson; exploration of William Johnson House; exploration of historic photograph gallery; tour and lunch at historic Magnolia Hall Historic Natchez Tableaux with song and dance

Breakfast: A full breakfast will be served in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Lecture on the African-American history and culture of Natchez by a resident African-American scholar who impersonates the Free Black, William Johnson, who worked as a barber until his death in 1851. He kept a detailed diary for 18 years, which was published as "William Johnson's Natchez" in 1951 and later became the basis of a biography, "The Barber of Natchez." An exploration is included of the William Johnson House, a multi-million-dollar restoration project of the National Park Service. Next is an exploration of Natchez in Historic Photographs, a collection of incredible Henry Norman photographs that coers nearly 100 years, beginning in 1851.

Lunch: Lunch will be at historic Magnolia Hall, a downtown mansion.

Afternoon: Guided tour of Magnolia Hall, with main floor furnishings of the mid 19th century and second floor collections of historic garments and artifacts.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: Historic Natchez Tableaux, an entertainment depicting Natchez history in song, dance, and colorful costumes.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 13 - Morning program about authors who have been influ...
Morning program about authors who have been influenced by Natchez, particularly Eudora Welty. Field trip to two antebellum mansions featured on the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage, with wine reception at one. Gospel concert at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A program about authors influenced by Natchez, particularly Eudora Welty. Field trip to Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark mansion.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the famed Carriage House on the grounds of the mansion Stanton Hall.

Afternoon: Lecture: "Reconstruction: Natchez after the Civil War." Tour of a downtown mansion on Spring Pilgrimage, with wine reception afterward.

Dinner: Dinner will be at The Castle on the grounds of the mansion Dunleith.

Evening: The evening is a perfect finale for the week, with a performance by Holy Family Gospel Choir at Holy Family Catholic Church. The choir has performed at the New Orleans World's Fair, in Los Angeles, and elsewhere.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 14 - Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 11 a.m...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Hotel checkout by 11 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Natchez, MS
Free Time In NatchezParticipants have lots to choose from for their free time. They can take another three house tour, go on carriage rides, play golf or tennis, and shop, just to mention a few.

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

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