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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

The Palm Springs International Film Festival: An Eight-Night Cinematic Experience

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Program #21383RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.

Itinerary for Jan 4 — Jan 12, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, January 04 - Registration/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Note: Please note the itinerary is subject to change.

Afternoon: Check-in at the front desk to get your room. Then register at the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your program materials.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotels.

Evening: Following dinner will be orientation and a chance to meet your fellow participants.

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Sunday, January 05 - Films # 1 and 2
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by viewing of your first film at one of the five participating theaters. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels.

Afternoon: View your second film at one of the theaters. After the film, you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the local flavor.

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Three: Monday, January 06 - Films # 3 & 4
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by viewing your third film at one of the five participating theaters. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels.

Afternoon: View your fourth film at one of the theaters. After the film, you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your fellow participants at the hotels

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Tuesday, January 07 - Films # 5 & 6
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by viewing your fifth film at one of the five participating theaters. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels.

Afternoon: View your sixth film at one of the theaters. After the film, you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area

Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your fellow participants at the hotels

Evening: Evening open to explore, relax, or attend additional films on your own...just enjoy!

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Wednesday, January 08 - Films #7 & #8
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by a private viewing of two films at the Palm Springs High School. A refreshment break with be provided between films. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels or a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the local flavor.

Evening: Evening open to explore, relax, or attend additional films on your own...just enjoy!

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Thursday, January 09 - Film #9 and #10
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by a private viewing of two films at the Palm Springs High School. A refreshment break with be provided between films. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels or a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area

Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your fellow participants at the hotels

Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore on your own.

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Friday, January 10 - Film #11 and #12
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by a private viewing of two films at the Palm Springs High School. A refreshment break with be provided between films. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels or a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to allow you to try one of 400 desert area restaurants.

Evening: Evening open to explore, relax, or attend additional films on your own...just enjoy!

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Eight: Saturday, January 11 - Film #13 and #14
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by a private viewing of two films at the Palm Springs High School. A refreshment break with be provided between films. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels or a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch you have free time to view other films on your own, use the hotel amenities or explore the local area

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Evening: Evening open to explore, relax, or attend additional films on your own...just enjoy!

Lodging: Hyatt Palm Springs or Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, January 12 - Film #15 and #16
Note: Each day will feature with a critiquing session or a lecture by film festival representative. Times will vary depending on the film schedule

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Daily announcements followed by a private viewing of two films at the Palm Springs High School. A refreshment break with be provided between films. (Private transportation will be provided)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with your fellow participants at the hotels or a local restaurant

Afternoon: Program ends at approximately 2PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Palm Springs, CA
CasinosThe Spa Casino Right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs is a player’s paradise called Spa Resort Casino. It is famous for its natural healing waters, fine restaurants and spacious hotel rooms. Experience a unique combination of quiet elegance and non-stop gaming excitement. Directions: The casino is situated on nine acres in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (888) 999-1995
For additional information, visit: www.sparesortcasino.com
College of the Desert Street FairThe Street Fair is located on the beautiful College of the Desert campus, surrounded by date palms and mountain vistas. College of the Desert's Street Fair is a great place to find holiday presents, birthday and anniversary gifts,one-of-a-kind items, produce & art. A must do for stay-overs. -Open every Saturday & Sunday -October through May – 7am – 2pm -June – September – 7am – Noon -Free Parking -Free Admission -Free Entertainment 43-500 Monterey Ave. Palm Desert , CA 92260
Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon Desert Hills Premium Outlets is more than just a great collection of the finest brands. It offers one of the largest collections of designer outlets in the country. Situated near the popular Palm Springs resorts and surrounded by majestic mountains, it's not a mirage; it is a true bargain hunter's haven. 48400 Seminole Drive Cabazon, CA 92230 (951) 849-6641 Directions: Desert Hills Premium Outlets is located just over an hour's drive from Los Angeles and Orange Counties and 20 minutes west of Palm Springs on Interstate 10; exit Fields Road.
For additional information, visit: www.premiumoutlets.com/deserthills
Palm Springs Aerial TramAscend two and a half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcars. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs - about two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego - did not just happen. It required foresight, planning, financing and, most of all a vision. For years, it was the dream of a young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to "go up there where it's nice and cool". Be sure to see the film they show. Hours of Operation Tram cars depart at least every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. Last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m. The Tramway will be closed for Annual Maintenance in September. 888-515-TRAM (8726) (760) 325-1391
For additional information, visit: www.pstramway.com
The Fabulous Palm Springs FolliesThe Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the 30's and 40's, with a cast old enough to have lived it. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Be sure to mention CELS/Roadscholar for a discount. 128 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, California 92262 (760) 327-0225
For additional information, visit: www.psfollies.com
The Living Desert, Wildlife & Botanical ParkThe Living Desert was established in March, 1970, as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world. It is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. 47-900 Portola Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260 Phone: 760-346-5694 Season Hours: Open every day September 1 – June 15 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm Last admission at 4:00pm. Closed December 25th Directions: From Hwy 111 in Palm Desert, turn south on Portola Ave., go 1 ½ miles, follow signs to main entrance. Plenty of free parking. From Interstate 10 take the Monterey exit and turn south. Go south approximately 6 miles and turn east (left) on Hwy 111. Follow direction above when you reach Portola.
For additional information, visit: www.livingdesert.org
Westfield Shopping Center180 stores – restaurants – movie theater 72-840 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 Telephone: (760) 568 0248
For additional information, visit: www.westfield.com/palmdesert

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
8 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
16 Performances

Ratings

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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