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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 May 8 — May 13, 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: Thursday, May 08 - 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 in the hotel.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, overview of the week's program, and overview of Natchez's history.

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: Friday, May 09 - 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.

Note: walking

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 an expert-led walking exploration along the Mississippi River bluff and an expert-led visit to historic Rosalie, one of the most photographed mansions in America.

Lunch: A lunch will be in a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: An expert-led walk along the river bluff will lead to the historic mansion, Rosalie, where experts will lead you through. A piano concert by an Eastman School of Music graduate in his historic home will be followed by champagne and a tour. The event is called "Chopin and Champagne."

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

Evening: Informal discussion of points of interest in the historic cotton warehouse, now converted to an upscale restaurant and lounge. A stroll along the river will be highlighted by a magnificent sunset and lighted river bridges.

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: Saturday, May 10 - Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decor...
Lecture on Natchez architectural styles and decorative arts. Exploration of an early church and a temple. A dinner modeled after a Natchez meal in 1836. A concert that is part of Natchez Festival of Music.

Note: walking

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: Luncheon at a downtown site.

Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon. Free wine at the hotel prior to an early dinner.

Dinner: An early 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. It precedes a 7 p.m. lecture.

Evening: A concert that is part of the Natchez Festival of Music

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: Sunday, May 11 - Lecture on the African-American culture of Natche...
Lecture on the African-American culture of Natchez, with an impersonation of William Johnson; exploration of William Johnson House; exploration of historic photograph gallery; "Chopin and Champagne" concert. Historic Natchez Tableaux with song and dance

Note: walking

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

Morning: Program about the Free Black, William Johnson, who died in 1853, with visit to his downtown home, which was restored and is now managed by the National Park Service.

Lunch: Luncheon at a downtown restaurant

Afternoon: Guided exploration of First Presbyterian Church (1828) and its gallery that features "Natchez in Historic Photographs," a collection of incredible Henry Norman photographs that cover nearly 100 years, beginning in 1851. Free time follows. "Chopin and Champagne," an evening of classical piano music followed by champagne and an exploration of the antebellum home, Stone House.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown location.

Evening: Screening of the dramatization of Eudora Welty's story, "A Worn Path," set in Natchez and on the Natchez Trace.

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: Monday, May 12 - Program about social customs in the Deep South, 1...
Program about social customs in the Deep South, 1790-1860. Tour of National Historic Landmark Stanton Hall. Lunch at the Carriage House. Tour of Dunleith mansion and gardens. Concert that is part of Natchez Festival of Music.

Note: walking

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

Morning: Program about less than genteel social customs in the Deep South, 1790-1860. Exploration of Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

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

Afternoon: Exploration of Dunleith mansion and gardens surrounding the mansion, a fully colonnaded structure dating to the 1850s and a National Historic Landmark.

Dinner: An early dinner at The Castle on the grounds of Dunleith.

Evening: A performance that is part of the Natchez Festival of Music

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, May 13 - Buffet breakfast and farewell
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Check out of hotel by 11 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Natchez, Miss.
Historic Mansions of NatchezVisit historic mansions, such as Longwood, uncompleted since 1861 when the Civil War broke out and Northern artisans fled back home. 140 Lower Woodville Rd, Natchez, (601) 442-5193. Rosalie, overlooking the river, and other houses, churches, and buildings: www.rosaliemansion.com
For additional information, visit: www.visitnatchez.com
Natchez Museum of African-American History and CultureExhibits include "Portraits of Black Natchez," from the Norman Collection, “The Rhythm Night Club Fire,” and “Natchez Beginnings of America's Cotton Kingdom.” Open Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 301 Main Street, (601) 445-0728.
Natchez in Historic Photographs GalleryLocated in the First Presbyterian Church, this collection features the photography of Henry Norman, who photographed Natchez from 1870 until his death in 1913. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 405 State St. (601) 442-2581.
For additional information, visit: www.natchezms.com
Trinity Episcopal ChurchTrinity Episcopal Church is the oldest church building in Natchez and the oldest existing Episcopal church building in Mississippi. The interior decoration includes two stained-glass windows designed and installed by Tiffany. 305 South Commerce Street, Natchez, (601) 445-8432.
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
8 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
7 Performances

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