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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 23 — Mar 28, 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 23 - Welcome and overview of program
Afternoon: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6:00 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be a plated 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 24 - Buffet breakfast at the hotel/Lectures about Natc...
Buffet breakfast at the hotel/Lectures about Natchez history and culture. Guided walking tour along the Mississippi River. Field trips to two historic mansions. 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 Natchez Historic Trails, which will be enjoyed throughout the week.

Lunch: Lunch will be in a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture about Natchez, the river's influence, and the Civil War's influence. Field trips to historic Rosalie and Texada, two of the mansions featured on Spring Pilgrimage tours. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will be in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Natchez.

Evening: A stroll along the river near the hotel to see the lighted Miss. 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 25 - Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decor...
Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decorative arts; exploration of an early church, a temple, and a home; "Chopin and Champagne," a classical concert with champagne and tour of mansion; 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 a guided tour of one of the city's earliest mansions.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Guided tours of Temple B'Nai Israel, one of the oldest Jewish temples in the South, and St. Mary Catholic Basilica, with its gorgeous architecture and interior decorative arts precede "Chopin and Champagne," a classical piano concert with champagne and tour of historic Joseph Stone House. 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 26 - Lecture on the African-American culture of Natche...
Lecture on the African-American culture of Natchez, with an impersonation of William Johnson, a Free Black; tour of William Johnson House; tour of historic photograph gallery and Trinity Episcopal Church with its Tiffany windows; 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 i n1851. 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." A tour is included of the William Johnson House, a multi-million-dollar restoration project of the National Park Service. Next is a tour of "Natchez in Historic Photographs," a collection of incredible Henry Norman photographs that cover nearly 100 years, beginning in 1851.

Lunch: Lunch will be at historic Magnolia Hall, one of the mansions on the Spring Pilgrimage.

Afternoon: Guided tour of Magnolia Hall, a Spring Pilgrimage tour house, followed by a tour of Trinity Episcopal Church and its Tiffany windows. Free time follows. Wind up the day with complimentary wine reception at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be downtown.

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 27 - Morning lecture about writers who have been influ...
Morning lecture about writers who have been influenced by Natchez, particularly Eudora Welty. Field trip to Stanton Hall, a mansion featured on the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage. Lecture about Reconstruction. 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 writers who have been influenced by Natchez, particularly Eudora Welty. Field trip to Stanton Hall, a mansion that is the most photographed in the South.

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

Afternoon: Lecture on Natchez and Reconstruction after the Civil War. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

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 28 - Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 11 a....
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
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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